Executive Director Weekly Report

Sept. 10, 2013, 9:48 a.m. (ET)

USA Field Hockey Weekly Report - Week of September 9, 2013

  • It is time to start celebrating National Field Hockey Day on Saturday, September 14th! USA Field Hockey is excited to commemorate its second year of the initiative which hopes to increase awareness of the sport, inspire greater participation and celebrate field hockey nationwide. Members are encouraged to participate by playing, coaching, sharing, umpiring or watching the game all weekend long. Prizes will be awarded for individuals or teams who get creative with their celebration, so please let us know what you're up to that weekend by using social media (Twitter, Instagram, Facebook) or contacting us at growthegame@usafieldhockey.com. For more information, click here.
  • The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has had a very eventful week…and it continues today. Over the weekend, Tokyo was chosen by the IOC as the host city for the 2020 Summer Olympic Games, and wrestling was placed back onto the Olympic programme for 2020 and 2024 (it will also be on the 2016 programme in Rio). Wrestling, at this point, is considered a provisional sport and will not join the core sports of the Olympic Games until after the 2024 Games. By the way, field hockey is one of the twenty-five core sports on the Olympic Programme. During this final day of IOC business, a new IOC president will be selected and new nominees for the IOC Board will be ratified. Larry Probst, the chair of the USOC’s Board of Directors, has been nominated for an IOC position. All of this activity is taking place in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
    This Wednesday, our Women’s National Team leaves for Mendoza, Argentina (everything seems to be going on in Argentina this week) for the Pan American Cup. Good luck to the team and our staff accompanying the team. It will be an exciting tournament!!
  • We continue to have a very effective and essential Club Advisory Task Force (CATF) made up of eight individuals who provide input regarding the programming, services, and events provided by USA Field Hockey to our members and member clubs. The CATF has reached the end of their term and with that comes a chance for all current USA Field Hockey members to apply to be in the CATF. Any current member who would like to be considered for a one year term in the CATF (a task force in which we are recreating new short term goals), please email your name, email address, membership number and role within the field hockey world to Emily Thomas (ethomas@usafieldhockey.com). Four openings are available. As per USA Field Hockey bylaws, the Executive Director selects the representative group, meaning I will be receiving your submissions and make a decision with the input from many others. If selected, you will be part of an eight person group; four remaining CATF members, and four new CATF members. Once the group has been formed, a Chair and Secretary will be selected. For each CATF meeting, USA Field Hockey recommends the agenda with an addition of an Any Other Business session at the end of each meeting where CATF members can raise items of their choosing. By the end of September, after the group has been formed, a news story will be published on www.usafieldhockey.com and an announcement will be made within the weekly report providing the names of the individuals selected to serve for the next 12 months.

    For the four members who have served from the outset of the CATF and who now leave to make room to introduce new faces, Richard Kentwell, Kathi Liszewski, Brian Bernatchez and Nigel Traverso, I would like to thank you for your commitment to serve on the Club Advisory Task Force. You have done stellar work and truly made an impact in helping to shape an ever better environment for clubs and club athletes in our sport. I admire your passion and volunteerism.

    In a constant effort to give all current members a voice at the CATF meetings, we encourage members to submit their thoughts on our programming, services and events. The submitted concerns will be discussed during the Any Other Business session at the end of all CATF meetings. Any current member may email CATF@usafieldhockey.com to submit their thoughts. I ask that you do not abuse this resource by using it as a place for “venting.” The submissions should be formatted in such a way that objectively explains a problem and proposes solutions for the CATF to discuss. We are excited to extend this outlet to you and hear your proposed solutions to the difficulties we may face in growing our great sport.
  • Last week we opened a position solicitation for a Director of Coaching and Talent Systems. The site to solicit we normally use is www.teamworkonline.com. This is a site generally used by all professionals in sports. It is a critical position. The person selected will be involved in an array of responsibilities ranging from curricula development, to creating a better tracking system for athlete ID, plus sundry other responsibilities. The potential this job carries with it is exciting. If you are interested in applying and have the required credentials, please apply here.

  • It’s not too late to support our Grow the Game Digital Fundraising Campaign.  It’s the final week of our Grow the Game fundraising campaign and we couldn’t be more thrilled by the amount of support and excitement we have received this summer. Over 100 loyal fans have already shown their passion for growing the game. Thank you!  With the campaign ending this Saturday on National Field Hockey Day, it’s not too late to commit to supporting this great cause and getting involved in the action!  For more information about Grow the Game or to make a gift, please visit:  http://www.teamusa.org/USA-Field-Hockey/ABOUT/DONATE

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Have a great week!

Steven Locke
Executive Director
USA Field Hockey