100th FUNdamental Field Hockey Program: Rochester Youth Field Hockey

June 20, 2014, 4:46 p.m. (ET)

100th FUNdamental Field Hockey Program: Rochester Youth Field Hockey

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – June 20, 2014 – Newly appointed USA Field Hockey Regional Development Manager, Victoria Warzeski, along with the Rochester Youth Field Hockey program have earned the 100th FUNdamental Field Hockey equipment pack of 2014 The program, which provides a free curriculum, sticks, balls and cones, is USA Field Hockey’s flagship initiative to continue to grow the game across the country. Thanks to the Fundamental Field Hockey program sponsor Harrow Sports, thousands of boys and girls have been exposed to the sport since the program’s inception in 2012. 

 “In order to build a sturdy, long lasting structure, you need to start with a solid base; then build up,” says Warzeski. “Coaches in the Rochester, N.Y. area feel this is no different than when trying to build a fruitful field hockey program.”

It’s no secret that feeder programs are essential for the overall strength of an athletic program. When athletes begin playing field hockey as late as the modified level, 7th and 8th grades, it affects the potential strength of the sport at the junior varsity and varsity levels. Coaches in Rochester recognize this and have been working hard to improve field hockey in their area by establishing Rochester Youth Field Hockey (RYFH).

“Rochester Youth Field Hockey is a conglomerate of area coaches dedicated to the growth of youth field hockey in the Rochester area,” says Sean Metz, President of RYFH and Varsity Field Hockey Coach at Brighton High School. “These youth programs will serve as the foundation for creating stronger scholastic and club field hockey endeavors in the future.”

The focus of RYFH is to cultivate the sport at the youth level by providing athletes, who range in age from K-6th grades, the opportunity to participate in clinics, tournaments and leagues led by different coaches in the area. The mission of the program is not school-based, it is more utilitarian in nature, meaning that coaches from different districts will be taking off their “school hats” while working towards growing the game in the Rochester area.

"Not only are the coaches excited to start teaching and coaching youth players, they are invested in helping the Rochester area be more competitive at the higher levels,” says Kara Carpenter, Marketing Director for RYFH and Varsity Field Hockey Coach for Mendon High School.

Receiving the FUNdamental Field Hockey equipment grant through USA Field Hockey is a huge asset for this program and will allow even more young athletes to participate. Providing the equipment allows kids to come out and experience the sport we all love. For more information on FUNdamental Field Hockey and how it can help grow the game in your community, click here