Weekly Report Week of June 17 2013

June 19, 2013, 3:44 p.m. (ET)

USA Field Hockey Weekly-Week of June 17, 2013

Futures This is the big week where dreams come true for many young athletes about to embark in intense competition at USA Field Hockey’s National Futures Championship, Futures Elite Championship and U21 National Championship. All these prestigious events, as well as the Junior National Camp are supported by Presenting Sponsor Harrow Sports. Our good friends at Harrow share our vision to grow the game and we are extremely grateful for their wonderful support. These events showcase the best the sport has to offer in 2013 as the women participating have all earned their respective ways there. The event will also feature selectors, analyzing each athlete for further participation in our Olympic Development pipeline, as well as dozens of college coaches who will be on hand to view talented young athletes, and look toward the potential of collegiate athletic careers with their teams. It is an exciting, nerve-wracking, and a high stress time for both athletes and parents. It is also a huge labor of love that has been put together by USA Field Hockey staff member Caitie Tornes, assisted by Kaitlin Piosa, and has taken literally hundreds of hours of preparation. So, now as the hour of competition is about here, it is time to offer from all of us at USA Field Hockey our very best wishes to the athletes as they demonstrate their talents to the Virginia Beach audience.

Our Women’s National Team flew to London on Saturday and are now preparing to take on the challenge of the World League Semi-Final. We will be facing China, Italy and Argentina in the pool stage, with the key match being the quarterfinal on Thursday, June 27. This is the very top level of hockey and the competition will be intense. Head Coach Craig Parnham, has selected a talented and committed team, that will proudly represent USA and we wish them all the best. All matches will be streamed live on the International Hockey Federation’s YouTube channel and a link to the live coverage is available on usafieldhockey.com.

Short tidbits:

  •          In last week’s Weekly, we solicited interest from members to become a part of a newly created sub-committee of the USA Field Hockey Ethics Committee for the purpose of adjudicating claims revolving around the violation of Safe Sport elements. I neglected to mention the deadline to get those indications of interest in by. That deadline date is July 18th, and they should be sent with a resume and explanation of why there is an interest to Alva Serrette, the chairman of the USA Field Hockey Nominations Committee. Alva can be reached at acoghockey@aol.com. We are seeking people with law enforcement and/or legal backgrounds for involvement with this sub-committee.
  •          The Colorado Springs locale, where USA Field Hockey is located-along with 23 other sport NGBs plus the USOC, has experienced incredible drought conditions, high winds, and pretty hot temps of late. All of those conditions have spawned many forest fires that are invading some of the metropolitan areas. Many homes have been lost (at last count, over five-hundred). Several NGB and USOC personnel have lost their homes. All homes owned by USA Field Hockey personnel are still safe and we certainly hope that remains the case. However, with the conditions not promising much of a change, we are expecting many more fires throughout the course of the warm months in Southern Colorado.
  •          I left for Rotterdam yesterday morning (Monday, the 17th) to participate in an FIH meeting with CEOs from our sister national associations from throughout the globe. Next week’s report will have an update from that meeting as many fundamental topics are being considered, and we need full input into those decisions. Some of the topics deal with the Olympic programme and international relations, update on the upcoming FIH World Cup and the Rio Olympic Games, and Hockey 5s. I suspect this will be an important meeting.:

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Have a great week!!

Steven Locke
Executive Director
USA Field Hockey