USA Field Hockey Weekly Report

April 08, 2014, 3:06 p.m. (ET)

USA Field Hockey Weekly Report - Week of April 7, 2014

The U.S. Men’s and Women’s National Indoor Squads kicked off competition last night at the 2014 Indoor Pan Am Cup in Montevideo, Uruguay. Both national teams took on the host country and started the tournament on a strong note. U.S. Men capitalized 4-0 while the U.S. Women defeated Uruguay 3-2. Best of luck to both teams as they continue play through the rest of the week.

Another Umpire advances in the FIH World! We are all very excited and proud that Suzi Sutton has recently been elevated to a GRADE 1 status as an FIH Umpire. Suzi has worked very hard and has committed herself to becoming the best umpire possible. Grade 1 is the third of a five step process for umpires to attain a World Panel Grading (the highest possible by the FIH). At her two most recent tournaments, the Pan American Cup in Medoza, Argentina and the South American ODESUR Games in Santiago, Chile, Suzi performed well and achieved the necessary markings from FIH assigned Umpire Managers and Technical Delegates to be upgraded. Congratulations to Suzi as we look forward toward her very long and successful umpiring career.

The American Medical Society for Sports Medicine recently released an interesting scientific article regarding overuse injuries and burnout in youth sports. It is a lengthy but worthwhile read for anyone involved in youth sports, especially parents and coaches. The article offers a detailed look into the ever-growing world of adolescent athletics and offers preventative solutions to combat injuries and burnout, which have become much more prevalent in recent years. Click here for the full read.

The time has come: Be on the lookout tomorrow as we announce the 2014 Hall of Fame Induction and Honorary Membership class. We are so excited to bring back this prestigious event and celebrate this year’s class and the history of our sport. For more information about the Hall of Fame, please visit this link.

As a reminder from our friends at NFHCA, registration for their coaching clinics is now open! For further details please click here.

Congratulations to all of the NCAA DIII field hockey programs who have strived for excellence both on the field and in the classroom. Over the past three weeks, we have examined the very impressive GPAs earned by student-athletes at various DI, II and III institutions. To say they are impressive is a huge understatement. Here are the top DIII institutions with their earned student-athlete GPAs. These statistics are as provided by the National Field Hockey Coaches Association:

Top 5 Performers Team GPA:

1. Springfield College 3.59
2. Stockton College 3.57
3. Eastern University, Kean University and Salisbury University 3.54

Programs with a Team GPA of 3.0 or Higher:

Albright College

Husson University

Saint Joseph’s College of Maine

Alvernia University 

Immaculata University 

St. Lawrence University 

Amherst College 

Ithaca College 

St. Mary’s College of Maryland 

Anna Maria College 

Johns Hopkins University 

Salve Regina University 

Arcadia University 

Juniata College 

University of Scranton 

Babson College 

Keene State College 

Sewanee: University of the South

Bates College 

Kenyon College 

Simmons College 

Bay Path College 

Keystone College 

Skidmore College 

Bridgewater College

King’s College 

Smith College 

Bryn Mawr College 

Lasell College 

Stevens Institute of Technology 

Cabrini College 

Lebanon Valley College

Stevenson University 

Castleton State College 

Lynchburg College 

Susquehanna University 

Catholic University 

University of Maine Farmington 

Swarthmore College 

Cedar Crest College 

Manhattanville College 

Sweet Briar College 

Centre College 

Marywood University 

Thomas College 

Christopher Newport University

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Transylvania University 

Clark University 

McDaniel College 

Trinity College 

Colby College 

Messiah College 

Tufts University 

Denison University 

Middlebury College 

Union College 

DePauw University 

Misericordia University 

Ursinus College 

DeSales University 

Montclair State University 

Utica College 

Dickinson College 

Moravian College 

Vassar College 

Drew University 

Mount Holyoke College 

Virginia Wesleyan College 

Eastern Mennonite University 

Muhlenberg College 

Washington & Jefferson College 

Elizabethtown College 

Nazareth College of Rochester 

Washington & Lee University 

Elmira College 

New England College 

Washington College 

Elms College 

University of New England 

Wellesley College 

Endicott College 

SUNY New Paltz 

Wesley College 

Fairleigh Dickinson University 

Nichols College 

Wesleyan University 

Fitchburg State University 

Oberlin College 

Western New England University 

Franklin & Marshall College 

Ohio Wesleyan University 

Westfield State University 

SUNY Geneseo 

SUNY Oneonta 

Wheaton College 

Gettysburg College 

Ramapo College 

Widener University 

Gordon College 

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute 

William Paterson University 

Goucher College 

Rhodes College 

William Smith College 

Gwynedd Mercy University    

Rivier University 

Williams College 

Hamilton College 

Roanoke College 

Wittenberg University 

Hartwick College 

University of Rochester 

College of Wooster 

Haverford College 

Rowan University 

Worcester Polytechnic Institute 

Hendrix College 

St. John Fisher College 

York College of Pennsylvania 

Houghton College

The Late Show with David Letterman: Earlier today, I called the president of CBS, the guy who owns the network, Leslie Moonves, and said, "I'm retiring." There was a pause and then he said, "Who is this?" Immediately after I made that call, CBS posted a guard by the office supplies.

Have a great week!!

Steven Locke
Executive Director
USA Field Hockey