Weekly Report Week of August 5

Aug. 06, 2013, 1:32 p.m. (ET)

USA Field Hockey Weekly Report -Week of August 5, 2013

The USA Field Hockey Women’s Junior National Team returns from the FIH Junior World Cup with a 7th Congratulations to our Junior Women’s National Team (WNT) for their 7th place finish at the FIH Junior World Cup competed last week in Germany.. It was a stellar effort by a young group of athletes who were well prepared by a high level of coaches from the USA. Steve Jennings headed up the coaching staff with associates Tracy Fuchs and Pam Bustin. In last week’s Weekly, I failed to mention that Pam was alongside Steve and Tracy and doing a wonderful job. My apologies to Pam for my miscue.

In a note to Steve and the group earlier this week, I mentioned:

Welcome back! The result you produced from the FIH Junior World Cup was outstanding. The WNT u21's had a particularly good tournament  with a 7th placement.  The nations that finished below USA RSA NZL GER KOR CHI BEL CAN RUS GHA were some quality teams. For the short time you had to prepare, you, the associate coaches, and team did marvelous work.

Good on you, Steve and everyone else involved. As we look toward the future with WNT Coach Craig Parnham’s involvement and that of a great cadre of coaches like you plus the new Nook facilities, future programing will be enhanced and the future looks bright. Thanks for a huge effort on your part!

Steve, Pam, Tracy, the staff of physios, docs, media folks and team manager plus the collection of highly talented athletes on this team deserve huge accolades for their dedication within this series and for providing what appears to us to be a great path going forward.

USA Field Hockey Board of Directors meets this weekend at The Nook. This weekend holds for USA Field Hockey’s Board of Directors a full slate of activity. For many Board members, this will be their first opportunity to tour the new Home of Hockey, the Nook, located in Lancaster, PA. The Nook  is a multisport facility that will host the USA Field Hockey’s WNT as the anchor client. Included in The Nook’s facilities that are dedicated to hockey are two water based turfs (one with a dome cover for inclement weather use), ten indoor courts, a twenty-thousand square foot USA Field Hockey WNT facility segregated for WNT exclusive use. The twenty thousand square foot facility will provide strength and conditioning rooms, a trainer’s facility, video-review/class room, four locker rooms, conference rooms and coaches offices. There is also a huge hospitality area that will overlook the outside turfs. It is very impressive and a facility that eventually everyone associated with hockey should view and use (we will be staging many future events at The Nook).

Aside from touring The Nook, the Board will engage in brainstorming sessions involving several critical areas in the organization including assessing our Men’s High Performance program (this session will be led by Dr. Peter Davis, Ph.D., a globally known authority on high performance programming); a discussion rounding out the implications of Safe Sport, a program providing for safe environments for athletes that is about to be launched by USA Field Hockey; and the restructuring of the USA Field Hockey Foundation into a fundraising arm of USA Field Hockey. There are quite a number of additional agenda items to be discussed and a roundup will be provided via the minutes. The minutes will be posted on the USA Field Hockey website upon their final approval. The Board meeting will be at The Nook in Boardroom A beginning at 8am ET this upcoming Saturday.

National Field Hockey Day USA Field Hockey is excited to announce its 2nd annual National Field Hockey Day on Saturday, September 14. National Field Hockey Day is another opportunity for USA Field Hockey and its members to expose the game and inspire participation nationwide. Last year, clubs hosted play days, colleges put on free youth clinics, high school teams invited parents and brothers to hit around after the match, and lots of alums sent in photos for our Throwback Thursday competition. We think we can get even more people involved this year, but we will need your help! However you choose to celebrate National Field Hockey Day, let us know on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram by using #NFHDay and @USAFieldHockey. For more information on all National Field Hockey Day festivities, check your inbox tomorrow and online throughout the month. 

Men’s Pan American Cup Team Our Men’s Team is currently hosting Chile at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista in preparation for the Pan American Cup. Chile is a close opponent for us. We narrowly fell to them 1-0 at the World League Round 2 tournament in Brazil in February and yesterday in our first of two friendly test matches, we drew them 1-1. We will face Chile again today at 2 p.m. PT before departing for Brampton tomorrow. Also yesterday, Ian Scally earned his 100th cap with the Men’s National Team – a big milestone and extraordinary achievement. Good luck to Chris Clements and the team on their Pan Am Cup journey.

Women’s Indoor CanAm Series Our Women’s Indoor Team hosted Canada over the weekend for a series of three friendly test matches. They utilized the new FIH 5-a-side Indoor Rule and had great results with two wins and one draw. Head coach Denise Zelenak will soon announce the squad that will travel to Leipzig, Germany in January 2014 for final preparations for the next Pan American Indoor Cup in April 2014 in Montevideo, Uruguay which serves as a qualifier for the Indoor World Cup.

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Have a great week!

Steven Locke
Executive Director
USA Field Hockey