Executive Director Weekly Report

July 30, 2013, 10:56 a.m. (ET)

USA Field Hockey Weekly Report -Week of July 29, 2013

U.S. Women’s Junior Team is currently in Germany competing at the FIH Women’s Junior World Cup Our first game over this past weekend provided a 4-1 win over Korea. In the second game against Holland, we fell 5-1, but the result did not represent the high level of effort and finesse by this team. Through a series of minor miscues, scores were dealt against us by the toughest team in the tournament, the Dutch. But, coaches Steve Jennings and Tracy Fuchs see promise as we progress through the event. In the final match of pool play (early this morning in the U.S.), we shutout Ghana 6-0 and secured our spot in the quarterfinal on August 1. The opponent will be determined following the conclusion of pool play today. This young team is full of talent from head national women’s coach Craig Parnham’s perspective and this is a great opportunity to display those talents. Good luck to the athletes, coaches, and staff of the U.S. Junior National Women’s Team as the tournament moves through the rest of this week.

The U.S. Senior Men take on Chile in test matches next Monday and Tuesday at the Chula Vista Olympic Training Center. The test series is in preparation for the Men’s Pan Am Cup which will start on Saturday, August 10 in Toronto, Ontario. Chris Clements, head men’s national team coach, has been preparing for the Pan Am Cup throughout 2013. His team has been to Australia for a set of six key games, and the Chile test series is rapidly approaching. The Pan Am Cup serves as the continental qualifier for the FIH World Cup and Chris and the team will be taking a healthy swing at the prospect of qualifying. This is a team with a combination of experienced players and many new young players. They will be big fun to watch.

The U.S. Women’s Indoor Team will host Canada in early August at the Sportsplex in Feasterville, Pa. Matches will be played at 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Saturday, August 3 and at 10 a.m. on Sunday, August 4. From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, August 3, current and former U.S. Women’s Indoor Team players will conduct a clinic open to boys and girls of all ages. To register for the clinic, click here.

USA Field Hockey sanctioned and supported the first ever 4Goals Cup at Brown University this past weekend. 4Goals Cup is organized by Deb Brickey (club owner of HTC, former National Team Player and Iowa Grad) and 2-time Olympian, Marcia Pankratz (Michigan Head Coach).  Winners of the coveted 4Goals Cup were Lead the Way (High School Division) and Quinnipiac (Open Division).  It turned out to be a fantastic weekend of hockey. During the 4Goals competition, Olympians Marcia Pankratz ('88 and '96), Jill Reeve ('96) and Sport Development Senior Manager Liz Tchou ('96), hosted a free clinic, which lasted 1.5 hours with kids ranging from 10-18 years of age.  The basic core concepts were covered and all drills were directed at goal.  The group finished the day scrimmaging against each other with Liz and Jill providing group feedback. There was also a positive display of mentoring as some of the more experienced players helped the younger players feel included and successful.  USA Field Hockey intends to run more clinics like this one in the future during these sanctioned events.

Club Affiliation open enrollment window opens on Thursday, August 1 to allow U12 and U19 members to change their club affiliation for the upcoming year. This window will close on October 1. During this time members can change club affiliation by logging into their member accounts and clicking on Change My Club Affiliation from the left-hand side navigation bar. This will omit the need of the transfer request paperwork which is required outside of the open enrollment window. If you have questions, please contact Emily Thomas, Membership and Events Coordinator at ethomas@usafieldhockey.com.

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Have a great week!

Steven Locke
Executive Director
USA Field Hockey