USA Field Hockey Weekly Report

Oct. 22, 2013, 2:41 p.m. (ET)

USA Field Hockey Weekly Report-Week of October 21, 2013

To complement and continue the success that the Women’s National Team has achieved with Head Coach Craig Parnham’s lead, USA Field Hockey is seeking a world-class candidate for the position of Assistant Coach.  Reporting to the Head Coach, the Assistant Coach will be responsible for working with the USA Field Hockey senior women’s team for the current Olympic cycle with a view to achieving international success as well as leading the U21 women’s program and the direction of junior high performance teams. The position is based in Manheim, Pa. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply here.

The action will be fast and furious during this year’s National Hockey Festival in West Palm Beach, Fla. Two departments within USA Field Hockey will be conducting special events during the National Hockey Festival. This is exciting stuff as we bring in parents and siblings of those athletes participating to learn and grow in the game. Our Sport Development Team headed up by 1996 Olympian Liz Tchou will conduct events over three days of Festival (the schedule is shown below). We are also conducting special umpire oriented seminars for umpires, those interested in umpiring in the future, and others who just want to learn more of some of the underlying approaches to officiating (that schedule is also provided below). The umpiring set of seminars contains really interesting topics for those folks unfamiliar with the stresses of enforcing the rules. It is oriented toward the notion of “walk a mile in my shoes” so folks can get a perspective on umpiring. Conducting the seminars will be the USA Field Hockey Umpire Director Steve Horgan. Steve heads up the Umpire Department within USA Field Hockey.

Free Clinics at the 2013 National Hockey Festival
Join the Sport Development Team in growing the game by visiting Field 6 and inviting your parents, siblings, coaches, friends and anyone who wants to play the game and have fun!


Thursday, November 28   
10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.  | Youth Boys and Girls
1:30 p.m. -  2:00 p.m.  | The Hockey 5  
1:30 p.m. -  2:30 p.m.  | All Adults Open Play
3:00 p.m. -  4:30 p.m.  | Boys Clinic

Friday, November 29
10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.  | Youth Boys and Girls
1:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.  | Competition for Boys

Saturday, November 30
10:30 a.m.- 12:30 p.m.  | Youth Boys and Girls
1:00 p.m.- 3:30 p.m.  | Competition for Boys

Anyone under the age of 18 who wants to participate in the free clinics or competition has to register online and bring their waiver to the field on the first day. Registration is now available on and by clicking HERE.

The Sport Development Team would also like to welcome everyone to the USA Field Hockey Fundamental Field Hockey tent for additional information and upcoming opportunities regarding youth, boys, umpires, coaching, diversity and inclusion, and adults.  USA Field Hockey’s Grow the Game campaign is committed to exposing the sport to many and inspiring participation for all. For any questions, please contact the Sport Development Team at

Another new feature offered at this year’s National Hockey Festival is the inclusion of umpire discussion sessions put in place to equip our officials with the most up-to-date knowledge on the game. Be sure to attend the free 30-minute courses below!

Join Director of Umpires Steve Horgan at the Umpire Tent near Field 18!


Thursday, November 28   
11:00  a.m. – 11:30 a.m.  | Myths and Misconceptions of the Rules
1:00 .p.m.  – 1:30 p.m.  | Understanding the Rule Book
3:00  p.m.  –  3:30 p.m.  | Umpiring in the 21st Century

Friday, November 29
11:00  a.m. – 11:30 a.m.  | Myths and Misconceptions of the Rules
1:00 .p.m.  – 1:30 p.m.  | Understanding the Rule Book
3:00  p.m.  –  3:30 p.m.  | Umpiring in the 21st Century

This is your last week to register for a 2014 Futures Program Trial! Trials for the 2014 Futures Program must be completed and submitted by October 25th. All athletes who did not participate in the program last year or did not receive a partner camp recommendation must register for and participate in a trial in order to be eligible for the 2014 program.

Don’t miss out on your chance to take your game to the next level. Register here for a 2014 Futures Trial before time runs out!

Team USA Field Hockey Alumni Event and Retirement Celebration:  Saturday, November 23, 2013 at the Norfolk Yacht and Country Club:  Join USA Field Hockey for a special event as we honor athletes and friends that have dedicated their careers to the U.S. National Team. Connect with alumni from all generations of hockey in this Team USA Field Hockey Alumni Event!  Come celebrate the retirements of Jesse Gey, Claire Laubauch, Keli Smith Puzo, Amy Tran Swensen, Kayla Bashore Smedley and Arjan Reyatt.  For more event details and to reserve your tickets, click here.

U.S. Men’s National Team Head Coach Chris Clements travelled to three different states over the past two weeks to educate and inspire boys, girls and area coaches in California, Virginia and Florida.  USA Field Hockey has identified these areas for future growth of the men's game in this country as these areas have great weather, facilities made for field hockey, along with passionate club coaches willing to start boys only programming within their current club structure.  

Local boys from Southwest High School visited the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Cali. with their high school field hockey program.  In Virginia Beach and Miami/Key Biscayne, Florida, Clements held a clinic for boys ages 10-16, hosted a coaching clinic and ran a separate skill development clinic for boys and girls.  He also found time to observe the Doral club training in Florida, which covered coaching tips and advice for everyone involved.  The time spent face-to-face with these passionate club leaders was key, as they were able to address with Chris the specific needs of their regions.  Chris was able to stress the need for growth of the boys’ game and offer ideas on how we can educate, support and provide opportunities to those interested and inspired to do so.  

We will not only continue to see where we can add boys divisions to our U.S. events, but we will explore and encourage local leagues and regionally-sanctioned events to form and run on a yearly basis throughout the country.  Our goal is to provide consistent competitive opportunities for the boys to continue to play recreationally and through the Olympic Pipeline.   

The USA Field Hockey Performance Science Program is accepting applications for the position of Strength and Conditioning Intern. This is an excellent opportunity for an individual to be embedded into the US Olympic Field Hockey team as the team prepares for the 2014 World Cup at their training facility at Spooky Nook Sports, Lancaster, PA. The candidate will be required for a minimum time commitment of 20 hours per week. The position is voluntary and will not be compensated.  For further internship information please click here. To apply please send a cover letter and resume to David Hamilton, Director of Performance Science at

Just a reminder our
upcoming board meeting will be held at the Doubletree Hotel West Palm Beach – Airport, Saturday, November 30th, from 2 p.m. – 8 p.m., and Sunday, December 1st from 8 a.m. to noon.  Also, the Annual General Meeting will be held during the National Field Hockey Festival on Friday the 29th of November at the Pavilion near the fields at 4:45 p.m. (right after the games are over).

The Baltimore Field Hockey Association (BFHA) is very proud to be celebrating their 90th anniversary this year. BFHA was established in 1923, just 22 years after Constance Applebee’s 1901 introduction of field hockey to the United States. BFHA began as a club team, and then in 1926 joined Philadelphia and Richmond to form the Southeast Section recognized the US Field Hockey Association. In the early days, BFHA would select their best players to represent the Association at the annual Southeast Tournament. To this day, BFHA still runs the Southeast Tournament every November, however it is now an open event and no longer requires ‘selection’. BFHA continues to be a very active all-volunteer field hockey organization, providing playing opportunities for both adult and high school players.

To celebrate 90 amazing years, BFHA is hosting a social event for previous members this Saturday, October 26, 2013 at the Tanyard Springs Club house at 6920 Heritage Crossing, Glen Burnie, MD 21060. The event will run from 6:30 p.m  - 10:30 p.m. For more information and to RSVP, please contact Carol Mercer at or 410-795-7292, or visit their website at

Late Night with Jimmy Fallon: "Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt said that he plans to retire after the 2016 Olympics in Brazil. When asked what he'll do after he retires, Bolt said, 'Walk.'" 

Steven Locke
Executive Director
USA Field Hockey