Executive Director Weekly Report Week of April 16 2013

April 17, 2013, 10:48 a.m. (ET)

USA Field Hockey Weekly Report-Week of April 16, 2013 

We are deeply saddened by the tragedy during the Boston Marathon yesterday and our thoughts go out to those who were affected.

Keli Smith-Puzo has a wonderful send off. Over this past weekend, Keli Smith-Puzo had a marvelous retirement party. Retirement sounds so weird as Keli is young...but...she did retire from the Women's National Team earlier this year after well over a decade of spectacular play. Her departure puts a dent in our program, but she is being followed by a new crew of highly talented young players. Time moves on, but Keli, her family, and her accomplishments will not be forgotten. 

Growing the Game. Spearheaded by the success of the youth program, FUNdamental Field Hockey, our Sport Development Team will look to introduce development programs for boys, umpires, coaches, adults and athletes in new and nontraditional areas as part of USA Field Hockey’s Grow the Game campaign. And… this is big news… to kick off the movement, we are giving away a $1,000 shopping spree at any Grow the Game sponsor for the best Grow the Game video submission. Videos must be submitted  by Friday, May 17 at 11:59 p.m. EDT in .wmv or .mov format, no larger than 1GB and no longer than two (2) minutes. For more information on the Grow the Game campaign and Grow the Game contest details, visit usafieldhockey.com.

Online applications for the 2013 National Hockey Festival rushed in yesterday on day one of registration for eligible member clubs. Clubs have throughout the rest of the week to submit their team preferences which will be used in awarding teams to the four-day, Thanksgiving weekend celebration in Palm Beach County, Florida. 

Patience, grasshopper. The first four nation tournament is now complete and our USA women came fourth in well competed competition with three other highly ranked nations. We gained a great deal of experience with a group including many young athletes, many who are competing for the first time at the highest international level. Craig Parnham, USA's coach, was impressed with the foray into Oceanana. It is a process. Experience is key in international competition, and that is what we are now gaining. So, patience is the key. We know we have superb athletes, coaches, and support staff. It is all a matter of time.

Late Night with Jimmy Fallon: "A new study found evidence that humans may have a so-called “lazy” gene. Scientists would know more, but why bother?"

Have a great week!!

Steve Locke