USA Field Hockey Weekly Report

Dec. 10, 2013, 2:42 p.m. (ET)

USA Field Hockey Weekly Report - Week of December 9, 2013

It's time to jump inAt Festival, USA Field Hockey released an umpire training manual entitled Jump In: Beginner’s Guide to Field Hockey Umpiring. The book has its roots in a 30-minute Jump In course that was developed in 2005 by field hockey player, coach, umpire, developer and author, Cris Maloney. With the help of Laura Darling, the program was used at Regional Futures Tournaments across the USA in 2006 to introduce umpiring to players -- some as young as 11 years old.

Earlier this year, Steve Horgan, National Umpire Director, asked Cris if he would take the Jump In curriculum and work with him to create a book that USA Field Hockey could publish. Cris agreed and began writing, taking photos, creating illustrations, and re-testing the system with players from the Princeton Field Hockey Club. The last step was for USA Field Hockey to work with designer Laura Bowman, who made the book as beautiful to look at as it is to learn from. 

The goal of the Jump In program is to expose potential umpires of all ages to the USA Field Hockey way of umpiring with a consistent, clear and concise educational process that will give them the confidence to jump into umpiring. We sold a number of copies of the Jump In book at Festival and already have an order for 50 copies from one of our member clubs. The book is recommended for all players, umpire instructors, and students of summer umpiring courses.

To order your copy (or copies) of Jump In click here!

Field Hockey is all about being diverse and being a lifestyle sport. And, Peter Jones, coach of our male Masters team, has much to add to the flavor of playing beyond collegiate years in this report of progress with our Masters team:

“How many field hockey players do you think there are in the USA over the age of 40?  Well, 90 men have registered their interest in competing for the USA at the 2nd FIH Masters World Cup to be held at Hockeyclub Rotterdam in Holland, June 5-13, 2014.  This past Saturday, December 7th, 32 of them turned up at Princeton, N.J. for the East Coast Trials and another 20 have signed up for the West Coast Trials in Moorpark. On a cold day, the players were grateful that the overnight rain had died down and that the snow and ice storms that had blanketed the Midwest were not due to hit the East Coast until Sunday. The beautiful Princeton field had been made available for rental thanks to the efforts of the Princeton coaching staff, Kristen Holmes-Winn, Melisa Meccage, David Williamson and Mike Pallister and Karen Malec of Princeton's Athletic Department.  

Srinu Karuturi and his daughter, Saahithi, helped me register all the participants and check their paperwork. Manuel Morales flew in from Miami and Chip Rogers from Ohio to try to make a World Cup side.  Many others drove four or more hours, including Clement D'Souza who drove overnight from Ohio. Tony Gulotta, USA Field Hockey Board Member, came to watch with his daughter and took a number of photos to document the event.  The players started with two timed 500 meter shuttle runs with 10 minutes of rest in between, followed by the Illinois Agility Test.  This was followed by several passing and shooting combination drills, then 3 x 20 minutes of full field play. At the end of three hours, the players were tired, but mostly satisfied that they had a chance to play some good hockey and show what they could do.”  

Both Men's and Women's USA over 40 and over 50 teams will compete in the FIH’s Masters World Cup.  The women's trial will occur sometime in early 2014. For further information, men may contact Peter at and women may contact Pam Stuper at

This Friday is the last day to register for the 2014 Futures Program. Futures is USA Field Hockey’s Olympic Development program and the beginning of an athlete’s journey to the U.S. National and Olympic Squad. 

The Futures program invites the top 5,000 athletes in the country to participate in specialized training sessions. Athletes that participate in the Futures program are recruited to play at some of the best collegiate field hockey programs in the country. Some will represent the U.S. on the Junior National and National Squad and a few will have the opportunity to represent the U.S. at the 2016 or 2020 Olympic Games.

Over 83% of NCAA Division I athletes participated in the Futures program and the 2013 U.S. Women’s Olympic Field Hockey Team started their journey in Futures. Your journey starts here too!

To register for the Futures program follow the instructions on your email invitation. If you are having issues registering or have questions about the program, please email Caitie Tornes at

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Late Night with Jimmy Fallon: “It was just revealed that the Federal Reserve was hacked on Sunday. It’s pretty serious. In fact, they say the hackers could've made off with as much as negative $14 trillion.” 

Have a great week!!

Steve Locke
Executive Director
USA Field Hockey