USA Field Hockey Weekly Report-Week of May 23, 2011

May 24, 2011, 11:28 a.m. (ET)

USA Field Hockey Weekly Report-Week of May 23, 2011

USA Field Hockey Board of Directors’ meeting a home run. Last weekend's USA Field Hockey Board of Directors' meeting was a top shelf event. Three new Independent Board members, Dr. Tej Singh, Randy Sundeen, and Anthony Gulotta, participated along with Board members Rene Zelkin, Kate “Tiki” Kinnear, Jen Averill, Pam Stuper, Billie Ahluwalia, Pat Cota, and Carla Tagliente. The conversation was lively and was wholly oriented in constructive ideas, thoughts and methods surrounding the building of the sport. Yale University head field hockey coach Pam Stuper was elected interim Board chairperson, as we have three vacant At-Large Board seats. These seats should be filled within the next several weeks and the Board will then be fully constituted. At that point, a chair election will take place along with Board member committee assignments. During the course of the meeting, New Jersey's Bobby Issar, representing several clubs from throughout the USA, provided a thoughtful report with various perspectives. Many of the perspectives are already under consideration by the current standing Club Advisory Task Force. Bobby's report along with the work being undertaken by the task force illustrates the importance of club development for the sport and the seriousness that the Board and staff of USAFH is placing on the initiative.

The Board meeting was held in Washington, DC. American University, based in DC, is also the site for the current ongoing Women's National Championship. The eight day event is the national trials for women attempting to earn a place on the National Team. This will be the Women's National Team representing the USA in elite events this year with a final lead-in to the Pan American Games. Those games will be the first opportunity for our team to qualify for the London Olympic Games (this opportunity is in place for both the Men's and Women's National Teams). The Pan Am Games will be the peak target event for both men and women in 2011.  



At the conclusion of the Saturday Board meeting, the Board traveled to American University to watch one of the evening games and later had dinner in the athletes dining hall with the team. At the conclusion of dinner, the Board met with the team and coaches in a conference room on the AU complex. The meeting was inspiring. Meeting with these athletes illustrated the huge commitment made by the collective team as each member is either interrupting school or career pursuits to devote inordinate time to training and competing in preparation to represent USA in international competition. The training is intense and totally focused on "team" as opposed to individual goals. I wonder how many of us would be willing to dedicate ourselves to such a selfless pursuit. They are a gracious, focused, intelligent, and an aggressively athletic group, and we are really more than fortunate to have them representing us.

Our mission as an organization is to gain international success in our global pursuit of podium status. Our National Teams are focused on having that success. Likewise, our mission is to also grow the sport. From all indications that I saw this past weekend, our Board is fully engaged in achieving success in accomplishing that goal as well. You would be proud of both sets of our representatives in this sport.

Late Night with Jimmy Fallon: “A 100-year-old woman in Texas will finally graduate from high school in June. She's already thought up a pretty good senior class prank: sitting still with her eyes closed.”

“Miss Wisconsin had to drop out of the Miss USA pageant after she was charged with identity theft. The whole thing’s pretty crazy. It turns out her last name isn’t even Wisconsin.”

This weekend is Memorial Day weekend and I am off to Moorpark, California for the 40th running of the California Cup! Good on Tom Harris, Billie Ahluwalia, and the entire supporting crew.

Have a great week.

Steve Locke

Executive Director
USA Field Hockey