USA Field Hockey Weekly Report-Week of January 10, 2011

Jan. 11, 2011, 12:16 p.m. (ET)

Week of January 10, 2011

USA Field Hockey Weekly Report-Week of January 10, 2011


The inaugural USA Field Hockey National Club Championship will occur in 2011 featuring age groups U17 and U19, and we have been hearing from an incredible number of people representing clubs that are interested. The open date for applying for the event is February 1 at 10:00am EST, and here is the process:

1.        Entries will only be accepted on-line (go to and a link on the home page will be found; click through on the link and you will be taken to the registration site).

2.       The first 16 entries per age group (U19 and U17) will be accepted.

3.       Only one team per age group per club may be submitted; and, the club must be a USA Field Hockey member club and all members of the team must be USA Field Hockey association members.

4.       Deadline for roster submittal will be May 1, 2011.

5.       The entry fee is $1,000 per team plus a $400 umpire fee.

This is a big happening and we are totally excited about the event possibilities. This event is the only national championship staged by USA Field Hockey and we expect it to develop immediate cache to the extent that in subsequent years we will need to host qualifiers for entry and add additional age groups. All of this is quite encouraging for the continuing growth of hockey in the USA and to properly recognize a national champion in this sport annually.

Karen Collins, USA Field Hockey Director of Event Logistics will be in charge and that alone will assure a quality event. 

The National Field Hockey Coaches Association met this past weekend at the Baltimore Convention Center, and the event was huge
. Not only was it huge, it was superbly managed with program offerings and business meetings throughout the entire weekend. Somewhere in the vicinity of 450 college and high school coaches were in attendance. The highlights included the annual award ceremonies. Beca Main-Kohli, President of the NFHCA, and Jennifer Goodrich, its executive director, were the principals involved in the organization of the conference. It is a large undertaking and it came off well. We are hopeful of working with the NFHCA in many future collaborative events.   

RulesIndoor Rules

The USA Field Hockey Rules of Indoor Hockey  and the Rules of Outdoor Hockey soon to be sent. While that doesn’t sound like it is a big deal message, it is. Here is why. The rulebooks this year are branded as USA Field Hockey rules  co-opted with the FIH. It seems over the years that due to budgetary restraints we had not printed books ourselves, but had relied upon the FIH to help supply the books. This year all existing umpires will receive rule books and, in a new twist, all coaches will also receive rule books. In accordance with our Strategic Plan, we are committed to furthering the education of all within the game. Part of this is by making the rulebooks accessible to all coaches and umpires. The books going to existing umpires and coaches will be sent out by the end of January.  The budgetary restraint is easy to understand when taking into consideration the cost of printing. However, it is imperative that we provide rule books to principals within the sport as we are indeed seeking consistency in the application and enforcement of rules.

Laura Darling, USA Field Hockey’s Managing Director of Olympic and Athlete Development, reports that as we go into 2011 more than 18 level one coaching clinics are scheduled and 2 level two clinics. Much of this activity has much to do with the requirement of certification as a coach to be involved in USA Field Hockey Futures coaching. In fact, over 80% of the level two participants are seeking the  level two certification as they want to enhance their (and their athletes) Futures experience. Our drive this year is to continue to elevate the quality of coaching within Futures as we think that coaching is the driving force of the program. Also in the Umpiring ranks, Laura has made available on the recent indoor rules briefing. Go to  

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Have a great week! Stay warm.

Steve Locke

Executive Director

USA Field Hockey