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May 21 USA Field Hockey Weekly Report-Week of May 20, 2013

May 21, 2013, 6:30 p.m. (ET)

USA Field Hockey Weekly Report- Week of May 20, 2013

We are thrilled to announce The 4Goals Cup USA Field Hockey event! The 4Goals Cup, to be located at Brown University in Providence, RI, brings together field hockey players from all over the world who love to play! The tournament will feature some great competition and a FUN weekend of hockey. $10,000 in prize money will be awarded to the champion in each of the open divisions for men, women, and mixed. 4Goals is dedicated to providing outstanding playing opportunities at all levels including the over-35 women's division, the collegiate women's division, U-21 Boys, U-19 Girls, and U-17 Boys.  All divisions will be competing for The 4Goals Cup. The 4Goals Cup is the start of what will eventually become The 4Goals Cup Series. The 4Goals Cup Series will be a year-long event in which teams compete in a series of tournaments. The team with the highest point total throughout the year wins The 4Goals Cup Series and the Grand Prize. Teams and individuals can register by visiting www.4goals.net

Other Sanctioned Events include the Big Apple Memorial Six-a-Side (May 25-26, New York, NY), Regional Outdoor Club League (April 14-June 9, New Jersey), Harrow Cup (June 8-9, Philadelphia, PA), Harrow Challenge (June 15-16, Philadelphia, PA), Howard County Showcase (November 23-24, Howard County, MD), and the All Boys Indoor Tournament (December 13-15, Colorado Springs, CO).

USA Field Hockey is presenting local tournaments with a unique opportunity to elevate their event to a premier status through sanctioning. Key features to USA Field Hockey sanctioned tournaments include robust insurance protection, exclusive media coverage, access to USA Field Hockey umpires in your area and more.

The Cal Cup, located in Moorpark, CA and to be competed this upcoming weekend, provides current and aspiring players the opportunity to compete for a position on the men’s national senior or development squad for the next calendar year. The competition is stiff between the players and teams all vying for a place on the USA roster and the honors to be the Cal Cup Champion. It has been pleasing to see the Camarillo Cougars win the tournament for the past 2 years as a number of current and past national team members are a part of this team. This domestic competition provides our players the best opportunity outside the national team fixtures to compete and test their skills against quality opponents.

The addition of the U-20 division to the Cal Cup will only enhance the opportunities and experiences that our younger players will gain from competing in the tournament. We thank the Cal Cup Organizing Committee for including the division this year. The increased opportunities at an earlier age for domestic and then international competition will only enhance the entire men’s program.. Chris Clements, USA Field Hockey head men’s national team coach, looks forward to seeing all the players compete as well as watching some of the U-16 and U-14 Boys Divisions for future talent.  We will also be naming a U-20 and U-17 National squad at the conclusion of the tournament.

The 108 athletes participating in the 2013 Women’s National Championship in Norfolk, Va., May 23-29, have been confirmed. Some of the best field hockey players in the nation will compete for the title of regional champions, but far more importantly contend for a spot on the U.S. Women’s National Team roster. Head coach Craig Parnham will be evaluating matches and selecting outstanding players from the pool of participants to represent Team USA on the international stage.

USA Field Hockey is in the process of taking applications for the new U14 girls division at Festiva this year, the initial deadline is Wednesday, May 29th, so please get your applications in. The expansion of Festival to include U-14 girls (and U-15 and U-21 boys) is one of many initiatives we are undertaking that together will help develop the game in the U.S. Festival is about celebrating our sport and spending a holiday weekend with family and friends playing the game we all love. Opening three divisions will give younger athletes and boys the opportunity to participate in the largest amateur hockey event in the world. We are excited to have more families join us in Palm Beach County this year for what will be another exciting holiday weekend filled with hockey.

Lastly, we’d like to cordially invite family, friends and fans of

USA Field Hockey to join us for a relaxing evening on the Elizabeth River and an opportunity to meet Craig Parhnam, Head Coach of the Women's National Team, and more High Performance staff members. The meet and greet will include a buffet dinner, drinks, sunset views and island sounds at a private, waterfront home in Norfolk, VA this Friday, May 24th from 7-10pm. For more information and to purchase tickets, please click here.

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Have a great week!

 

Steven Locke

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