Quick Start Guide for Club Development Now Available

Jan. 16, 2014, 12:38 p.m. (ET)

USA Field Hockey is excited to announce the release of “A Quick Startup Guide: Club Development” on usafieldhockey.com. The Startup Club Development Guide is designed to inaugurate, offer expansion ideas and create longevity within current or establishing USA Field Hockey clubs.

The guide provides helpful information on everything from deciding on programming to practicing successful business models. It is the hope of USA Field Hockey that the guide will greatly assist those interested in growing the sport.

The guide was put together by USA Field Hockey’s Sport Development Team in an effort to provide resources to potential and existing clubs. The ability to create avenues and opportunities for athlete development, community involvement and hockey knowledge is a direct extension of USA Field Hockey’s overall mission to Grow the Game

“Clubs are the ‘lifeblood’ of our sport,” said Liz Tchou USA Field Hockey’s Sport Development Senior Manager. “In 2014 and beyond, we will provide more resources for everyone to benefit from in all areas pertaining to growing the game from club development to coaching and umpiring development. Horizontal growth at the base is crucial in order to provide sustainability through the pipeline and it all starts with our local clubs.”

As part of a club, all members and coaches must be members of USA Field Hockey to participate in USA Field Hockey national and sanctioned events. Among many other benefits, members receive accident participant insurance provided by ESIX, covering all USA Field Hockey national and sanctioned events, and a subscription to FH Life print and digital editions.

For a free download of “A Quick Startup Guide: Club Development”, click here.

USA Field Hockey’s sincere thanks is extended to those who have contributed to the guidelines’ completion:

Barb Liles
Head Coach at Oak Park & River Forest High School, Oak Park, Illinois – 29 years

Won 9 state championships

Finished in top 4 all but 3 years

Sent 91 athletes to play in college

Owner/Director Windy City Field Hockey, Elmhurst, Illinois – 21 years

Served in capacities for USFHA:

National Futures Chair

Futures Coach and Regional Director

All-American Chair

U12 Task Force

Received USFHA and USOC Olympic Developmental Coach of the Year Award in 2000

Courtney Tavener, Boston College Graduate
Prior advocate and ambassador for youth development in the sport of field hockey

Kaitlin Piosa, USA Field Hockey’s Communications Coordinator