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USA Field Hockey Weekly Report

Feb. 11, 2014, 3:02 p.m. (ET)

USA Field Hockey Weekly Report - Week of February 10, 2014

Do your part to keep a hundred-year tradition alive! This week Radford University, a Virginia-based Division I athletics program, and the Governing Board of Visitors decided to drop their 100 year field hockey program and add women's lacrosse. Their response is said to be due to funding. However, the Radford Field Hockey Team’s determination and vigor to play has not been silenced because of the school’s decision but rather amplified, calling you and me to take action and sign a petition to reinstate hockey. Show your support by signing here (https://www.change.org/petitions/radford-university-reinstate-radford-university-field-hockey-team) or by writing a letter of support to Radford BOV, AD and SWA and Assistant ADs:

Governor of Virginia:

Terry McAuliffe
            (804) 786-2211
            1111 East Broad Street, Richmond, VA 23219

President of the University:

            Penelope Kyle: pwkyle@radford.edu & president@radford.edu (540)831-5401

Radford’s University Governing Body:

Board of Visitors: BOV@radford.edu

Athletic Director:

Robert Lineburg: rlineburg@radford.edu (540)831-6194

Senior Women’s Administrator:

Stephanie Ballein: sballein@radford.edu (540)831-5363

Executive Associate Athletic Director:

Randy Butt: rbutt@radford.edu (540)831-5762

Please do your part and help spread the word!

USA Field Hockey is excited to announce the first phase of our increasing focus on growing the sport with a regional approach and is seeking to hire three Regional Development Managers (RMD) to spearhead our programming in Region 4 (New York State), 7 (DE, MD) and 8 (South). Regional Development Managers, who will start in the early summer, will focus their efforts on being a field hockey resource to their community. They will manage USA Field Hockey initiatives to grow the sport within their regions with the goal to increase the base of players, coaches and umpires and to provide further field hockey opportunities for each constituent group. It is an exciting time for USA Field Hockey. Interested candidates should click here to apply.

Specific questions regarding the Regional Development Manager positions can be addressed to Laura Darling, National Development Director at Ldarling@usafieldhockey.com or 856-231-1199.

Our United States Under-18 Men’s Squad competed in Puerto Rico during the last few days in an attempt to claim a spot at the 2014 Youth Olympic Games (YOG) in Nanjing, China. After tough pool play, the team presented relentless competition against Mexico in the bronze medal match but fell 4-2. Although the end result is not what we were hoping for, the team made great steps forward. In talking to Head Coach Rutger Wiese it was interesting to note that the age span for YOG is 15-18 years of age and the differences in strength between the typical 15 year old and 18 year old are immense. We had many younger players. The great aspect to this is the international experience being gained. Thanks to the coaches, support staff, and athletes for participating in the YOG qualification experience.

Also this weekend, our U.S. Women’s Youth Olympic Squad departed for their 2014 YOG Qualifier in Uruguay. Sending luck and well wishes to Coaches Tracey Fuchs and Tamara Durante as well as the rest of the team!

Disney Showcase observations I just returned from Orlando and the Disney Showcase. Despite patches of gloomy weather conditions, it was a marvelous experience. The athletes, coaches, umpires, event production staff and Disney folks were all champs and made for a great tournament in spite of the weather. Thanks to Karen Collins for another excellent Karen Collins Production and thanks to her associate Emily Thomas for pulling many of the pieces together along with the usual assortment of Karen Collins posse members. They are a well-oiled machine and we are all very appreciative of them. Also, a big thanks to Rene’ Zelkin as she scheduled umpires throughout the tournament and Rene’s posse of managers. Great stuff! It takes lot of people involved in making the tournament the usual high quality premium event.

Registration is closing fast for the 2014 NIT's in VA Beach, VA from March 7-9th! If you are interested, sign up's will remain open until filled on a first-come, first-serve basis. Register now for U15 Boys, Adult Men's (includes two U21 teams), and Adult Women's Divisions.

Our Women’s National Team took the pitch against Great Britain in Chula Vista, Cali. yesterday for the teams’ first capped match of an international series hosted at the Olympic Training Center. The match ended in a 2 – 2 draw with a great performance by Team USA. Representing the red, white and blue, U.S. Women’s National Team athlete Ali McEvoy (Gilbertsville, Pa) also earned her first-ever international cap in today’s game. Congratulations, Ali!

Men’s National Team athletes have scheduled matches against the University of British Columbia (UBC) for U.S. domestically-based players to increase their exposure to competition, supplementing the training within the Centralized Training Program and Remote training locations within the USA. The matches will take place at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Cali. from February 17 – 21.

Game schedule:

Monday, February 17 @ 2 p.m. PST

Tuesday, February 18 @ 2 p.m. PST

Thursday, February 20 @ 9:30 a.m. PST

Friday, February 21 @ 9:30 a.m. PST

Late Night with Jimmy Fallon: There's a new survey that found that 50 percent of doctors admit to going on Wikipedia to look up medical information. While the rest behave like professionals and use WebMD.

Have a great week!!

Steven Locke
Executive Director
USA Field Hockey

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