USA Field Hockey Weekly Report

Nov. 26, 2013, 11:57 a.m. (ET)

USA Field Hockey Weekly Report - Week of November 25, 2013

It was a grand event! Last Saturday night at the Norfolk Yacht and Country Club, about 80 people met to celebrate the careers of a number of retiring national team members. It was a fabulous renewal of family plus a hardy remembering of some pretty incredible careers. Fran Markwith, a member of the Golden Girls, and former USA Field Hockey Board member set the tone as she talked of family and the meaningfulness that the field hockey family has brought to thousands of people throughout the years. Hockey provides passion, discipline, and drive to those involved and those attributes touch upon all aspects of life. Fran said, “Hockey is truly a family. Events like these bring people back the USA family worldwide.”

Those athletes honored were:

Jesse Gey – (2008 Olympian) 99 caps; 2008 -2013
Claire Laubach – (2012 Olympian) 167 caps; 2005 - 2013
Arjan Reyatt (Men’s team) – 69 caps; 2002 – 2013
Keli Smith Puzo (2008 and 2012 Olympian) – 179 caps; 2002 - 2013
Amy Tran Swensen – (2008 and 2012 Olympian) 163 caps; 2003 – 2013
Kayla Bashore Smedley – (2008 and 2012 Olympian) 173 caps; 2006 - 2013

The organizing committee for the event included USA Field Hockey’s Fundraising Manager Meagan Connolly, elite athlete USA Field Hockey Board of Directors members Carrie Lingo and Tiki Kinnear, and Board member Susan Nottingham. Susan and George Nottingham managed to obtain the use of the facility for the celebration. It takes an enormous amount of planning and work toward making an event like this happen.

Our efforts to honor folks will continue as we strive to highlight national team members and others. We are in the midst of planning the resurrection of the USA Field Hockey Hall of Fame. To my knowledge, there has not been an induction for nearly a decade. Meagan has assembled a committee that is working toward the Hall of Fame reestablishment plus adding further induction requirements for constituencies within USA Field Hockey beyond national team members. We are getting into the business of honoring those who have contributed in many differing ways to the success of hockey in the USA. The timeframe for the USA Field Hockey Hall of Fame is Spring/Summer, 2014, and the event will be staged at the Home of Hockey in The Nook in Lancaster, Pa.

Simon Gray, Chair of our Men’s Master’s Committee reports: As part of the selection process for next year’s FIH Masters World Cup to be held in Holland, June 5-13, 2014, two regional trials has been arranged to assist with squad selection for the Men’s Masters O-40 and O-50 National Teams. The trials will be held as follows:

East Coast:  Saturday December 7, 2013 from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Princeton University. The field hockey pitch is located at Bedford Field. Location and travel directions to Princeton University, Princeton, NJ 08544 are found by clicking here. If you intend to attend this trial, please contact Peter Jones at as soon as possible, but by November 30, 2013, so we can have an idea of numbers and have contact information in case of a late weather cancellation. Please arrive at the field at least 30 minutes before the start for admin and warm-up. There will be a fee of $25 per player for the trial (please bring cash).

West Coast: Sunday December 15, 2013 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Moorpark College. The field hockey pitch is located at Moorpark College, 7075 Campus Road, Moorpark, CA 93021. Location details can be obtained by clicking here. If you intend to attend this trial, please contact Simon Gray at as soon as possible, but by December 8, 2013, so we again can have an idea of numbers and have contact information in the event of a late cancellation. Please arrive at the field at least 30 minutes before the start for admin and warm-up. There is a similar $25 fee for this trial (please bring cash).

Attendance at either trial is highly encouraged, but is not mandatory for selection. The trials are an opportunity for those who have already expressed interest in playing to demonstrate both their fitness and hockey skills to the selectors. They are particularly targeted at those who have not yet played for the Men’s Masters National Teams. Selections will be made primarily using previous Masters National Team performances and performance at trials. Clearly the best way to be selected is to attend a trial. However, for those who are unable to attend these trials, it will be your responsibility to best represent your field hockey skills to selectors through an interview process that will cover past and current level of play, current exercise routine and current level of fitness. It is suggested that video evidence of recent match play, training and/or exercise routines showing skills and fitness levels is the best way of showing to selectors your abilities, if you are unable to attend a selection trial.

To participate in the trials, players must be members of USA Field Hockey. Membership is needed for insurance and liability reasons. All players must bring evidence of current USA Field Hockey membership and a completed liability release form. If you are not already a USA Field Member, a temporary membership can be obtained for the event only for just $10 by clicking here. Please note that if selected, full USA Field Hockey membership is required. Adult membership at $50 for one year can be obtained here.

We look forward to seeing you at the trials!
           - USA Field Hockey Men’s Masters Committee

A majority of our National Office has traveled to Palm Beach County, Fla. in preparation for another greatly anticipated National Field Hockey Festival tournament. We look forward to welcoming hockey enthusiasts from all over the country to a one-of-a-kind event this Thursday.  

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Have a great week!

Steven Locke
Executive Director
USA Field Hockey