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USA Field Hockey Weekly Report

April 01, 2014, 4:18 p.m. (ET)

USA Field Hockey Weekly Report-Week of March 31, 2014

Last week I reported on the outstanding GPAs earned by field hockey athletes found in NCAA DI schools throughout the nation. This week we are looking at the DII schools (and next week will be DIII). It just goes without saying that field hockey athletes are generally just superb students as well as superb athletes. I would challenge any other sport to equal what we are seeing in average GPA’s in the hockey collegiate setting. Congrats to the DII student athletes and each of their institutions.

Top 5 Performers Team GPA: 

1.  Slippery Rock University 3.56
2.  West Chester University 3.45
3.   Mansfield University 3.44 and Mercyhurst University 3.44
5.  Southern Connecticut State Univ. 3.40   

Programs with a Team GPA of 3.0 or Higher:

Adelphi University
American International College
Bellarmine University
Bentley University
Bloomsburg University
East Stroudsburg University
Franklin Pierce University
Kutztown University
L I U Post
Lindenwood University
Merrimack College
Millersville University
Saint Anselm College
Saint Michael’s College
Seton Hill University
Shippensburg University
Stonehill College 

A group of us (us being some USA Field Hockey Board members) have been having some very interesting brain-storming sessions this past two Sundays, and they will continue on for the next several Sundays. The topic is the age old issue of getting more boys into a sport that is perceived to be women’s sport in the USA. In actual fact, on an international basis, hockey has a large male presence. A recent article sort of highlights the issue for boys wanting to enter the sport, but are being prohibited for any number of reasons. Take a look at this link.

The Sunday discussions really revolve around how to use the resources we are currently devoting to boys development in a most effective way. Bear in mind, that development is just what it means…developing a way to get boys into the game. The consensus seems to be to retain the current 11-a-side Men’s High Performance program as it is making incremental improvement, but to begin an earnest program to complete the boys’ pipeline through a focus on both the indoor and outdoor versions of 5-a-side hockey. It is a simple solution for a number of reasons. Included in those reasons are:

  • It is easier to gather 5 players per side then 11 in the current game
  • The indoor and outdoor variants are virtually the same
  • The outdoor game can be played on many different surfaces (e.g. grass, half a turf, asphalt, etcetera)
  • You can choose to play without a GK or with one…..there are many exciting options
  • There are many cross -over talents used within both disciplines, so boys wanting to strive toward Men’s 11-a-side High Performance status can move on easily to that level.

This conversation could be very impactful for boys and men wanting to play hockey in the USA. It would be interesting to hear your opinions so those opinions can be passed onto our Sunday group. If you would like to voice an opinion please address it to slocke@usafieldhockey.com

The #NoOffDays campaign, highlighting the hard work and dedication of our Men’s National Team, is hosting its first competition of the year. Send in a video of your best attempt at completing as many stick pulls as you can in 30 seconds to for a chance to win USA Field Hockey gear and a box of PR Bars! Click here for all the details and ways to win.

With Champions Challenge and the Hockey World Cup right around the corner, USA Field Hockey is pleased to unveil “Traveling Trevor”, a colored-in, cut-out version of our logo who will be traveling around the globe with our Women’s National Squad. We will be creating a photo gallery of support send-off with photos of you and your teams with your cut-out Trevor. One lucky team’s Trevor will travel with the squad for various events throughout the year. Click here to show your support for Team USA and create your Traveling Trevor today!

USA Field Hockey will have a booth set up at the AAHPERD (American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance) Convention from April 2-5th in St. Louis, Mo. This year, the theme is "Gateway to Success".  Stop by and introduce yourselves to the Sport Development team of Laura Darling, Liz Tchou and Simone Attles at the FUNdamental Field Hockey Booth. They are also scheduled to present the sport of field hockey and the FUNdamental Field Hockey program.

If you or your colleagues are interested in starting field hockey as part of your PE curriculum, youth or recreation program, e-mail Sport Development at funfh@usafieldhockey.com or visit the FUNdamental Field Hockey page for more information.

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Have a great week!!

Steven Locke
Executive Director
USA Field Hockey


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