USA Field Hockey Weekly Report-Week of May 16, 2011

May 17, 2011, 10:05 a.m. (ET)


USA Field Hockey Weekly Report-Week of May 16, 2011

This week I will be away for most of the week in Phoenix for the annual ACES meeting and later in the week to Washington, DC for the USA Field Hockey Board of Directors meeting.
What is ACES you ask? It is the Association for Chief Executives of Sports organizations. In other words, it mostly consist of executive directors/CEOs of Olympic and Pan American Games sport national governing bodies. The real reason for ACES to exist is to lobby the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) for resources, both hard dollar and other, and to share common issues and how to resolve them. Sounds boring. But, it isn’t boring as it is robust and progressive as the sharing of problems, resolutions, new ideas, and fundamental governance processes benefits us all. I anticipate a great meeting that will include all the Olympic sport NGBs, the principals from the USOC, and a myriad of Olympic athletes from the USOC’s Athletes Advisory Council.

On Friday, travel will be to the DC area to participate in Saturday’s USA Field Hockey Board meeting and view the Women's National Championship, the try-outs for the USA Field Hockey National Women’s Team taking place at American University. The Board agenda is full and it is shared below for your information. Incidentally, we will have three new Board members attending their first Board meeting. They are Anthony Gulotta, Dr. Tej Singh, and Randall Sundeen.

USA Field Hockey

Board of Directors Meeting Agenda
Washington Marriott Wardman Park Hotel


Saturday, May 21, 2011
8:00 AM – 9:30 PM

1.       Call to Order – Jim Johnson, Chair

2.      Roll Call – Janet Paden, USFHA CFO

3.      Vote on Agenda – Jim Johnson

4.      Overview of a Governance Board – Jim Johnson

a.       Role of a Governance Board vs. Operating Board

b.      Communications with Staff

c.       Confidentiality

d.      This is a TEAM

5.       Recent Board History – Jim Johnson

a.       Amateur Sports Act

b.      Relationship with

                                                              i.      USOC

                                                            ii.      FIH

                                                          iii.      PAHF

                                                           iv.      USFHF

                                                             v.      USMFHF

                                                           vi.      NCAA

                                                         vii.      NFHCA

                                                       viii.      NFHS

6.      Bylaws Overview – Jim Johnson

7.       Strategic Plan Overview – Heather Lewis, Board Member


8.      Lessons Learned and Key Issues Moving Forward – Current Board Members

Working Lunch

9.      High Performance Report – Terry Walsh, High Performance contractor

10.   Staff Overview and Executive Director Report – Steve Locke, Executive Director

a.       IST for the Strategic Plan

b.      Business Plan (SMART)

c.       Club Task Force

d.      Listing/Sale of National Office building in Colorado Springs

e.       NFHS Goggles Issue – Rene Zelkin

f.        Others from Steve Locke

11.    Board Chair Election


12.   Standing Board Committees (Development, Member Services, Finance & Audit)

a.       Committee duties and responsibilities – Current Committee Chairs

b.      Recent committee activities – Current Committee Chairs

c.       Confirm committee assignments – Current Committee Chairs

d.      Confirm Board committee assignments

e.       Elect Committee Chairs

f.        Elect Liaisons to other Standing Committees

g.       Pending items from Ethics Committee

13.   Report from Legal Counsel on Bylaws update

14.   Old Business  

a.       Reconsideration of sale of National Office building in Colorado Springs

15.    New Business

a.       Opportunity for input from Club guests

b.      Future meeting dates


Drive to American University – WNT game begins at 6:00pm

Dinner at American University cafeteria with WNT (7:30-8:30)

Meet with Women’s National Team members (8:30-9:15)

Overview of the program to London – Lee Bodimeade (9:15-9:30)

Navy SEALS…a unique partnership with the USA Field Hockey National Women’s Team The Navy SEALs are all the talk in many quarters in light of the Pakistan episode involving Osama bin Laden. Probably not as well-known has been the relationship USA Field Hockey has nourished over these past several months with the San Diego based SEALs. SEALs are renowned for their developed toughness through training that is both physically and mentally demanding. Olympic Games-bound athletes display similarities and that is why the partnership has been created. It goes both ways; our women are put through some of the rigors SEALs experience and vice versa. We hope this symbiotic relationship provides results as we face a pretty intense year leading into the London Olympic Games. International competition is like no other. The intensity; the in-your-face-attitude that is required; and the absolute passion to win are all components of an Olympic team seeking podium status. Here are some further photos from a recent USA Field Hockey NWT/SEALS training session: 





Late Night with Jimmy Fallon: ‘Jacob and Isabella are the most popular baby names in the U.S. The least popular baby name: Donald Sheen bin Laden.’



Have a great week!

Steve Locke

Executive Director
USA Field Hockey