Executive Director Weekly Report

Nov. 13, 2012, 2:35 p.m. (ET)

USA Field Hockey Weekly Report-Week of November 13, 2012

The men are coming to town. Well, our Men’s National Team is as they meet in Chula Vista to compete in the first ever FIH World League Round I. Their competitors will be Guatemala and Mexico. The Dominican Republic was going to compete, however, they had issues getting visas in a timely manner and as a result will not be on hand. The winner of this three nation tournament will advance to World League II to be played this upcoming February in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Chris Clements, USA Field Hockey Men’s National Team coach, has been doing yeoman work in assembling the new look team, and this is just the beginning for our hoped Road to Rio and the 2016 Olympic Games. Some may think of our Men’s Olympic qualification as a pipe dream, but we don’t. Chris feels, and we concur, that our Men’s Team has potential international significance and we are striving toward a gradual and continued progression of FIH ranking increases through more and more international competition experience. Time will tell in what will be a very uphill ascension for our team as international competition is like no other. We have quality athletes; are gradually nourishing more; and we certainly have the coaching prowess with Chris.

The background players for the event production of this competition are Laura Darling, Kate Reisinger, and a cast of other staff members both from our Chula Vista Olympic Training Center site and our headquarters in Colorado Springs. Laura has been the lead on this event and will provide a great looking presentation beginning this upcoming weekend. For those of you in the Southern California region, it is a great event to attend and the cost is no cost. Just be there and you will experience some sterling hockey. The schedule is posted on the USA Field Hockey website (usafieldhockey.com), and the website will feature ongoing news regarding the event throughout the weekend. For those of you inclined to want to watch a streamed version of the games, Ashley Meunier, USA Field Hockey Communications Manager, has arranged with the United States Olympic Committee to broadcast all the competitions within this World League I. The schedule and appropriate streaming links will be provided on the USA Field Hockey website. Big fun. Go USA and in particular good luck to our men.

NCAA Championship season is underway! The Division I tournament is entering its second and final weekend as only four teams remain. North Carolina, Syracuse, Princeton, and defending National Champions, Maryland will head to Norfolk, Virginia for a chance at the 2012 Title. This would be the first championship title for both Syracuse and Princeton. The Division II tournament found a rematch of the 2011 title game with the West Chester Golden Rams and the UMass-Lowell River Hawks meeting again this past Sunday. West Chester would take the crown for the second consecutive year.  The Division III National Champion will also be decided this weekend, but on the campus of William Smith College in Geneva, New York. Some new faces will take the field as Mountclair St, Mary Washington, Tufts and DePauw head to the Final Four, none of which made the trip in 2011. Congratulations on Division II Champion West Chester and best of luck to the eight other teams competing this weekend. 

FUNdamental Field Hockey will be hosting a free Clinic during the World League on Saturday, November 17. Please join us in cheering on the U.S. Men’s National team as they take on Guatemala at 12 pm and then stay for the free clinic after the game. Beginners are welcome and we will provide sticks courtesy of Harrow Sports. Bring the family and don’t forget to wear your red white and blue! Registration is now online.

Coming soon! USA Field Hockey is excited to announce there will be a Boy's Division during the 2013 National Indoor Tournament, March 1- 3. Registration will be open to all U14, U17 and U21 boys. More information will be available soon on usafieldhockey.com 

The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: “The big story here in Los Angeles is the Lakers have fired their coach, Mike Brown. They are playing so bad that President Obama and Chris Christie toured the Staples Center today. When reporters asked Brown if he thought he should be fired, he had no defense — just like the Lakers.”

Have a great week! 

Steve Locke
Executive Director
USA Field Hockey