USA Field Hockey Weekly Report

Dec. 17, 2013, 12:33 p.m. (ET)
The USA Field Hockey Winter Ball was an apropos name as a Nor’easter hits The Nook. The weather outside was dreadful; the snow and rain were regretful; but…over 100 folks persevered to attend the first ever USA Field Hockey Winter Ball staged at The Nook, Home of Hockey, in Lancaster, Pa. Inside it was warm while outside snow whipped about with elements of frozen rain coating cars and roadways. Everyone returned home safely but not after a wonderful evening that featured members of both the Men’s and Women’s National Teams. The highlight of the evening was The Nook’s owner Sam Beiler staging an auction for two weekends in the Presidential Suite of The Nook based hotel that soon will be under construction. Sam must have been an auctioneer in a past life as his grasp of auctioneering was superb. It was a great evening and the fundraising events generating nearly $12,000. USA Field Hockey Fundraising Director Meagan Connolly was in charge of the event and creating a tremendous new epic activity that will follow for many years to come. Good on Meagan; good on everyone who was in attendance.

Here is a deal: Sign up for Harrow Sports sponsored program, FUNdamental Field Hockey, before the end of the year. The program is open to applicants interested in starting or strengthening youth field hockey in their area. FUNdamental Field Hockey provides free equipment to recreation and educational programs across the country. We offer two options for equipment, one for 7-11 year olds and the other for 11-14 year olds. Added support from USA Field Hockey’s Sport Development staff is also available. The feedback from hosts and clubs has been really positive throughout the two years USA Field Hockey has had the program in place. For more information, contact Liz Tchou at or click here for an application.

Over this past weekend, inspired field hockey players traveled from Maine, Virginia and everywhere in-between to The Training Center in West Chester, Pa. This was opening weekend for the East Coast High Performance Jr Boys Squad and also stood as a selection opportunity for many athletes for the 2014 Youth Olympic Games U18 team.

Head Coach Rutger Wiese and his staff, Chris Pothier and Ben Howarth ran three intense training sessions with fitness testing, circuit training, skill development and a plethora of mini competitions. The boys really enjoyed the weekend, growing as individuals and gelling as a cohesive unit from the start. This is one of many more training weekends to come in preparation for the USA Field Hockey National Indoor Tournament, a Tour to California in March and the main event, California Cup in May, which serves as selections for the US Jr National teams.

This YouTube link will give you a flavor of the weekend.

There are a fair number of people located in many locales throughout the country working toward developing boys. Usually, they do so without much acclaim. They still do the task and we reckon as time goes on these programs will build. It takes time and dedicated people growing the sport at the grassroots level. Thanks to Rutger, Chris, Ben, and the many others of you out there introducing boys to hockey!!

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Have a great week!! 

Steven Locke
Executive Director
USA Field Hockey