Executive Director Weekly Report

Oct. 02, 2012, 12:43 p.m. (ET)
Watch the U.S. Women's Team live at Champions Challenge 1  Fans interested in watching the Women's National Team in Dublin are in luck as all matches are being streamed live online. The U.S. takes on Ireland at 1:00 p.m. ET today in their final pool play match. You can watch live on www.aertv.ie. The quarterfinals, semi-final, placement and medal games, October 4-7,  can be viewed on www.fih.livesport.tv. Depending on the outcome of today's match, the U.S. will play in the quarterfinal round on October 4 against Belgium or Wales. For the latest news from Dublin, visit the Champions Challenge 1 event page on usafieldhockey.com. 

Futures Trials will be open for only 25 more days.  Athletes interested in being a part of the Futures 2013 program will need to register online for a Futures Trials. Once registered, the athlete must contact their middle school, high school, or club coach to schedule their trial. If accepted into the Futures 2013 program the athlete will receive an invitation by November 10th. If an athlete participated in the Futures 2012 program or was recommended to the program by a partner camp, they do not need to go through the trial process for 2013. 

Coaches, if you feel that your athletes can benefit from specialized off season training, talent showcasing, and additional college recruitment opportunities please let your athletes know about the Futures program. Coaches can find more information about the Futures Trials process by clicking here

The Futures program is a great opportunity for athletes looking to sharpen their skills off season and who want additional college recruitment opportunities within the sport of field hockey. 

National Indoor Qualifier applications are now available on usafieldhockey.com. Throughout the months of December, January, and February, there will be twelve U-16 and thirteen U-19 Indoor Qualifying competitions giving more than 500 indoor teams a chance to earn a spot in the 2013 National Indoor Tournament. In order to earn a spot at the National Indoor Tournament, teams must attend an Indoor Qualifier and place in the top 30-40% of teams. The National Indoor Tournament is set to be the first two weekends in March 2013 in Richmond and Virginia Beach, VA.

The deadline to register a Women’s Open or Mixed division team for the National Hockey Festival is tonight. Register your team! The Adult division teams compete for four days at the National Hockey Festival from November 22-25.

Calling all Boys! USA Field Hockey is excited to announce Chris Clements, Men’s National Team Coach, will host FREE clinics across the country this month. These clinics are open to all skill levels and will begin October 13th at Moorpark College in Moorpark, California followed by a clinic at Stanford a week later.  Following the California clinics, Chris will travel east to host clinics in Philadelphia and Boston. The sessions will provide skill instruction and small games. We encourage young players to take this opportunity to be coached by some of the best coaches in the country! Coaches joining Chris on this tour include current and retired National Team members and current collegiate coaches. Don’t miss this great opportunity to showcase your skills or to simply learn about the sport! For more info, visit usafieldhockey.com.

USA Field Hockey is excited to announce Misham Hashmi as the October Club Athlete of the Month! Misham competes with Hollywood Field Hockey and lives in Granada Hills, California. She has played field hockey since she was 5 years old and wishes to teach more youth in her community the sport. She will play at the upcoming National Hockey Festival in November on her club’s U19 team. For more on Misham, visit usafieldhockey.com. To nominate a Club Athlete of the Month, please send the following information to membership@usafieldhockey.com: Headshot of athlete (high resolution jpeg), First and last name, Age, Hometown and state, Club, Brief explanation of why your athlete should be considered.

The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: “Some good news for the folks in New Orleans. Today, FEMA ruled they are eligible for disaster relief for having to watch the Saints play.”

Have a great week! 

Steve Locke 
Executive Director 
USA Field Hockey