USA Field Hockey Weekly Report

Nov. 05, 2013, 2:04 p.m. (ET)

USA Field Hockey Weekly Report - Week of November 4, 2013

Late last week there was an article in the Washington Times highlighting concussing in sport. The premise in the Times article was aligned with the fact that parents really need to begin to take notice and learn the implications of concussing at a young age. As it turns out, as represented in the article, young girls are even more vulnerable to concussions than boys. Our data suggests that concussing in hockey is not common especially if athletes are receiving quality coaching. Skills taught and executed correctly enhance safety.  We always encourage new coaches, whether that be an athlete turned coach, as well as moms and dads to become more knowledgeable in this realm. Coaches should constantly strive to learn proper techniques, the rules of the game and ethics in sport which results in the ability to manage risks. The more people we have helping to Grow the Game the better for the game. We do have coaching seminars periodically in the U.S. as there is a need. We also have partnered with the National Federation of High Schools to develop an online fundamental course available to everyone right from your home. You can learn more about our coach certification program by following this link.  If you would like to speak with someone directly contact USA Field Hockey’s Laura Darling at In the meantime, this link will lead you to the Washington Times article mentioned above Click Here

Last week’s  Executive Director’s Weekly Report contained an item that delved into the philosophical twists and turns concerning encouraging young kids to participate in many sports as opposed to an early focus on one.  A concern we have in this country is that our hockey athletes do not get involved early enough as to focus on learning fundamental techniques to be successful in the game. That concern flew in the face of encouraging diversity in sport…to get a taste of many sports. I asked for responses and received a ton. They were passionate and in most cases lengthy. Each of the respondents spent a lot of time writing in great detail. As there were many and they were lengthy, they are assembled in one PDF on this link. They each make a great read. Thanks to everyone who spent considerable time in expressing views. The comments were all very interesting and helpful.

Tournament Rules Committee Advert.

We want to thank those who have volunteered to be part of the Tournament Rules Advisory Committee to help us in keeping up with the trends and needs of our members from all perspectives. Currently the vast majority of those who have volunteered are from one particular region (Region 6) within USA Field Hockey. We would like to have a more diverse regional participation if at all possible. We are looking for two coaches, two players (one adult & one youth 16-18yo), two umpires and two office staff to be part of this committee. The commitment to this committee would be 3-4 one hour conference calls per year. We do value the input from our constituencies. If you are interested in being part of this Advisory Committee, please send your request or questions to

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Have a great week!

Steven Locke
Executive Director
USA Field Hockey