San Diego's Boys League Making History
San Diego’s Boys’ High School Field Hockey League is making history. It is currently the only boys high school field hockey league running in the United States. Otay Ranch and El Capitan competed in their final match of the season on Sunday, February 26, at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, CA, following the conclusion of the USA Men’s National Team against Canada. Otay Ranch fell to El Capitan, 4-1
The San Diego Boy's High School League has been a pilot program operated to grow and develop the boys game. Later in 2011, a similar program will be initiated in Pennsylvania with the implementation of a further five localized programs. The goal of the program is to raise exposure of the sport amongst boys with Pennsylvania targeted as the next area for expansion. Other regions, notably Massachusetts, the Tri-State area and the Mid-Atlantic region are also being assessed for program viability.
“USA Field Hockey's objectives are to increase demand and create opportunities for boys to play across the United States. If in doing so we are able to alleviate some of the anxieties surrounding boy's playing on girls’ teams, then I would see that as a positive,” said Nick Conway, USA Men’s National Team Head Coach.
Conway’s goal is for these developmental programs to eventually create a stronger and sustainable feeder system for the Men’s National Team's.
With the San Diego high school league now complete, the focus is towards developing a San Diego team to potentially compete in the upcoming California Cup in Moorpark, California, May 27-30 and ideally provide the foundation for an additional team within the USA Field Hockey Junior National Championships, the selection opportunity for the Junior Men’s National Team.
The teams in the San Diego Boy's High School League included: La Jolla High School (La Jolla, CA), Mira Mesa High School (Mira Mesa, CA), El Capitan High School (Lakeside, CA) and Otay Ranch High School (Chula Vista, CA).