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USA Field Hockey Weekly Report

June 10, 2014, 3:10 p.m. (ET)

USA Field Hockey Weekly Report – Week of June 9, 2014

Outstanding performance continues at Women’s World Cup
There must be at least 50,000 rabid hockey fans within the confines of The Hague in the Netherlands at the Rabobank Hockey World Cup, and the talk of the town is the improvement, massive improvement, that competing teams are seeing from the USA Field Hockey Women's National Team. Of course, the improvement has everything to do with the buy-in of our program by the team's athletes and our group is certainly robust with keen athleticism. They have bought into a program that revolves around accountability to themselves and their teammates. Another huge aspect has been Coach Craig Parnham's insertion into our High Performance staff of Janneke Schopman and Dave Hamilton. Dave comes from Great Britain and served the GB hockey team, among others, as a sport scientist in the lead up to the London Olympic Games. As you remember, the GB Women's Hockey Team earned a podium finish with a bronze.

Dave is incredibly measured. To Dave, everything has a metric, and numbers do not lie. Our sports science efforts rely on the true development of fitness, agility and generally the biomechanics in movement within sport. The outcome to date through the development of individual programs for each athlete has been profound fitness and good agility.

Enhancing Dave's efforts are those of Janneke. Janneke is a two-time Olympian and medalist from Holland. Janneke brings a high level of technical prowess to the USA and we are beginning to see results from her work.

All credit goes to Craig on the organizational skill he has brought to the table and for the team he has assembled.

More on the rest of our High Performance staff members next week.

No matter the final outcome of the Rabobank Hockey World Cup, the USA has presented to the outside world and hopefully within our world as well, a new spirit. Good on Craig. Good on the support staff, and especially, good on our athletes for their buy-in and dedication through hard work that has gotten us to this point.

And, speaking of parents (and, I wasn't but will now) there is an incredible assemblage of national team player parents in The Hague. It is not often that parents receive the due credit they should receive for the support financially and personally that they have provided throughout the years their daughters have been involved in the game. These parents are much like the rest of you: Dedicated, successful and indeed passionate. They, and you, are the backbone to sport as you allow your daughters and sons to fulfill their dreams. Good on the daughters; good on the sons; and especially good on the parents.

U.S. Masters World Cup Teams Show Promise on the Pitch
Our four U.S. Masters Teams have been holding their own in Holland at the 2014 Masters World Cup and representing our nation well. Most notably is Sunday when the Over-50 squad notched the first ever USA Masters victory as they defeated Egypt. To all of our athletes and coaches, keep up the great work! Get a more in-depth report by clicking here.

Post-Collegiate Competition Turns Up a Notch at annual Harrow Cup 
This past weekend’s second annual Harrow Cup was a success. The Mambas, led by captain Kelly Driscoll, defended their 2013 title and took home the trophy and the $10,000 prize for the second year in a row. Congratulations to the Mambas and to all of the athletes who participated in the weekend!

Good on Harrow Sports CEO Mark Hayden and his entire team for supporting and facilitiating post-collegiate play in the U.S.

Ignite your Olympic dream, register for an Olympic Youth Camp today!
The athletes fighting for glory on the global stage at the World Cup are the same ones coming to communities near you this summer to coach field hockey to girls and boys between the ages of 7-13. Don’t miss your opportunity to learn the game from the country’s best as Men’s and Women’s National Team athletes teach skills and drills at Olympic Youth Camps at 14 select sites. Register today!

Have a great week!!

Steven Locke
Executive Director
USA Field Hockey

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