USA Field Hockey Weekly Report

Feb. 04, 2014, 1:48 p.m. (ET)

USA Field Hockey Weekly Report - Week of February 3, 2014

This winter has been difficult, to say the least, thus far, but we still are progressing with many projects on the front burner. The Disney Showcase starts later this week in Orlando’s ESPN Wide World of Sports. Just as a reminder, Thursday will be a blackout day for NCAA D-1 coaches, so none of those coaches will be on the Disney fields. They will return on Friday. The expected weather is typical for Florida at this time of year with temps in the mid-70s to 80s. The environment should be top shelf and we are expecting great competitions throughout the span of the tournament.

On the other side of the country, in San Diego at the Chula Vista Olympic Training Center, our Women’s National Team will begin their test matches against Great Britain and New Zealand on February 5. For those wishing to travel to San Diego, there will be no tickets for entry. The matches will be free to watch. The schedule is as follows with the bolded matches indicating those that capped:

Wednesday, February 5: USA vs GBR 2:00 p.m.   
Friday, February 7: USA vs GBR 2:00 p.m.
Sat Feb 8th: NZL vs GBR 2:00 p.m. 
Sunday February 9: USA vs NZL 2:00 p.m.
Monday February 10: USA vs GBR 2:00 p.m.  
Tuesday Feb 11: NZL vs GBR 2:00 p.m.  
Wednesday February 12: USA vs NZL 2:00 p.m. 
Thursday February 13: USA vs GBR 2:00 p.m.
Friday February 14: NZL vs GBR 2:00 p.m. 
Saturday February 15: USA vs NZL 2:00 p.m. 
Monday February 17: NZL vs USA 11:30 p.m. 

Also, competing in Chula Vista in early February, the Men’s National Team will take the pitch in a series of matches against University of British Columbia at the Olympic Training Center, Chula Vista, Cali. These games are scheduled for our domestically based players to increase their exposure to competition, supplementing the training within the Centralized Training Program and Remote training locations within the USA.

This competitive environment with a development squad provides a stepping stone towards full international matches with the senior team in the future. Senior players will share their expertise and knowledge to develop the younger players providing guidance on and off the field. This process is critical to player development as in the heat of battle at major tournaments is not the place to transition an up and coming player.

Event schedule:

Monday, February 17 at 2 p.m.
Tuesday, February 18 at 2 p.m.
Thursday February 20 9:30 a.m.
Friday, February 21 at 9:30 a.m.

Boys, adults and hockey enthusiast alike, beat the cold and heat up the courts at this year’s National Indoor Tournament in Virginia Beach, Va. from March 7-9.  Athletes interested in playing U15 Boys, U21 Boys, 21 and Older Men's Division and 19 and Older Women's Division are encouraged to sign up by clicking here.

USA WOMEN’S MASTERS PLAYERS – If you are 40+ years of age and interested in the Masters World Cup or any playing opportunities moving forward, please enter your contact information into our database at http://tinyurl.com/usawomensmasters. It will take less than a minute and you will be the first to receive important information about playing opportunities. Please forward this link to interested teammates and hockey friends. 

As part of the selection process for next year’s FIH Masters World Cup to be held in Holland, June 5-13, 2014, trials have been arranged to assist with squad selection for the Women’s Masters Over-40 and Over-50 National Teams. The trials will be held as follows:

Saturday, February 22, 2014 from 1:00pm to 4:00pm at Drexel University (Philadelphia, PA). A Visitors Guide for Drexel University is provided at: http://www.drexeldragons.com/documents/2013/7/8/Visitors_Guide_July13.pdf?&tab=0. The field hockey field is located at 43rd Street and Powelton Avenue: http://www.drexeldragons.com/sports/2006/10/5/Buckley%20Field.aspx?id=157

If you intend to attend this trial, please contact Women’s Masters Coordinator Pam Stuper at pamela.stuper@yale.edu as soon as possible, but by February 19, 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).

***If you cannot attend the February trial, March 1 will serve as a second opportunity to be evaluated. For those who attend February 22, it will be a second playing opportunity before the teams are announced the following week.

Saturday, March 1, 2014 from 10:00am to 12:00pm at American University (Washington D.C.). A Visitors guide for American University is provided at: http://static.psbin.com/z/c/nw3xfjgpps5as8/American_University_2013-14_Visitors_Guide_-12-13-13-.pdf. The field hockey field is located at Jacobs Recreational Complex. A campus map can be found at: http://video.realviewtv.com/education/au/map/ and directions to campus can be found here: http://www.american.edu/admissions/pdf/upload/Directions-to-AU.pdf If you intend to attend this practice, please contact Women’s Masters Coordinator Pam Stuper at pamela.stuper@yale.edu as soon as possible, but by February 26 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 practice (please bring cash).

Attendance at trials 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. Trials will include skills, small games, and scrimmage. Selections will be made primarily using performance at trials. At this time we are exploring the possibility of Trials also being located in California and Florida, more information will follow. If you are unable to attend, the coaches and/or selectors may use your performance at previous Thanksgiving Festivals, tournaments and/or adult leagues. Clearly the best way to be selected is to attend a trial. However, for those who are unable to attend these trials and who have not been seen in the last year, 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 Hockey Member, a temporary membership can be obtained for the event only for just $10.

We look forward to seeing you at the trials! GO USA!!

USA Field Hockey Women’s Masters Committee

Lisa Cropper
Meg Dudek
Wendi Massaro
Miki Osherow
Pam Stuper
Denise Zelenak

Our Men’s Youth Olympic Games (YOG) squad left for Puerto Rico last Thursday to vie for their spot at the 2014 YOG in Nanjing, China this summer by earning one of the top two spots during this week’s preliminary tournament. Games began today for the team and will run until February 8. Today's game was a tough battle against Mexico which concluded with a 5-5 score. We’re cheering on coaches Rutger Wiese, Ben Maruquin and the rest of the squad as they take the pitch. The tournament game schedule can be viewed by clicking here.

Finally, the inaugural USA Field Hockey National Indoor Tournament for U12s and 14s will be staged at Lancaster, Pa.’s Spooky Nook Sports on February 21, 22, and 23. This is a power packed month with hockey galore!!

Late Night with Jimmy Fallon: I heard that Justin Bieber is moving out of his $7 million home after he was accused of egging his neighbor's house earlier this month. His neighbors are very happy, while his neighbors' daughter is SO not talking to her parents EVER again. 

Have a great week!

Steven Locke
Executive Director
USA Field Hockey

 

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