USA Field Hockey Weekly Report

March 04, 2014, 5:15 p.m. (ET)

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

During this past week, Spooky Nook Sports and USA Field Hockey personnel spent much time together resolving the issues that arose during the recent U12 and U14 National Indoor Tournament. The principal problem revolved around parking. Without going into detail, Spooky Nook Sports is exploring the addition of more parking lots close to its building, and developing a slip ramp leading from the major highway feeding The Nook. The slip ramp would allow more cars to enter in a shorter period of time. Traffic engineers are also working on better traffic flows with the potential new parking areas. Even with the new parking areas, there are possibilities, due to the heavy use of The Nook facilities, that those new parking elements will not always be enough. There will still be shuttle lots in place, and it is imperative that when texts or email alerts are sent that people pay attention to them.

The second major rub was the availability of food and drink. With The Nook policy in place restricting outside food and drink, and only one restaurant in place, major delays in obtaining food took place. The remedy is to build another restaurant area. That will be done in association with a hotel to be built within the complex. Also there will be a placement of food kiosks with food and drink throughout the facility.

We are also looking at how the courts were placed and the sizing of the courts. In order to achieve the sizing we need, there may be a need to have fewer courts than the number we had. We had ten and we may cut the number to eight, which is similar in court numbers to our other two NITs. This would also force us to cut the number of teams participating. We are still taking a look at that issue.

Acoustical control is still an issue we are examining. The sound levels seemed high but it could have been due to the quantity of people in the area. With fewer teams, we may have a lesser issue. We are still looking at the sound acoustics to determine if there is a practical solution.

There were also some other issues brought our attention that are receiving consideration. "Other issues" always pop up no matter the venue we are using, and we work hard to find positive outcomes.

The Nook is an incredible facility with hockey serving as an anchor client. Its staff, and in particular its owner Sam Beiler, are generous to a fault. We are partners and as partners there will always be situations that need quick resolution. Together we are resolving the issues we faced and we are looking forward to our next large event in the nook.

The nomination process for the 2014 Hall of Fame is underway, and we couldn’t be more excited to hear from you. Please note that the deadline for nominations is March 19. For more information, or to nominate someone, click here.

The final weekend of the 2014 National Indoor Tournament begins this weekend and features U16 Girls, Boys and Adult divisions. A big shout out to Liz Tchou, USA Field Hockey Sport Development Senior Manager, for all of her hard work and dedication in orchestrating the organization of the Boys and Adult divisions. Liz is a walking example of the USA Field Hockey “Grow the Game” initiative and has certainly outdone herself with her latest endeavor.

Five men’s squads, four boy’s squads and seven women’s teams will take to the courts over the course of the weekend. The hope is for the younger athletes to learn valuable lessons from observing adult matches.

On the men’s side, several former and current international players can be found on the teams, along with many high performance players who train at the East Coast High Performance center under Rutger Wiese and Christ Pothier.

The U.S. National Women’s Indoor squad, including Head Coach Denise Zelenak, will play with two teams in the Women’s division against former international players, college coaches excited for the opportunity to compete and a variety of former collegiate athletes.

The Boy’s division features younger East Coast High Performance center athletes as well as a mixture of athletes from the East Coast, St. Louis and Colorado.

Good on you, Liz, we are proud of your efforts and look forward to what the upcoming weekend holds.

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Have a great week!!

Steven Locke
Executive Director
USA Field Hockey