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USA Field Hockey Weekly Report

March 11, 2014, 12:48 p.m. (ET)

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

There was a terrific hockey tournament this weekend in Virginia Beach, Va. The Under-16 National Indoor Tournament was staged in the Virginia Beach Convention Center which included diverse and fun play. The diversity was provided through a rich competition set of games with young boys and many mature boys as well. To most of us watching the guys, it was obvious that we are just beginning to see the promise of a greater pool of males playing across all age groups. And, it was a joy to see sizable crowds watch the boys’ and men’s division. The Under-16 girls had great spectatorship, too, for what proved to be some intense and down to the last second games. Overall, USA Field Hockey’s Karen Collins’ volunteer members rendered another very memorable event, the umpires were in every sense engaged and doing great officiating, and the USA Field Hockey staff was there from the beginning to end (doing setup, branding the event, placing courts, and doing tear down…none of it glamorous work, but fundamental for the presentation of a great tournament). Thanks to Emily, Simon, KC, KP, Caitie, Kait, Chelsea, Katie and Liz. All in all, a superb effort.

Whilst the NITs in Virginia Beach were going on, we were in preparation for a series of test events to be staged in Lancaster, Pa.’s, Spooky Nook Sports, and Home of Hockey. This is a four game test series with the Canadian Women’s National Team at The Nook’s Dome. This weather insulated facility is one of only two in the world and this series is the first for the brand new facility. The series started last night with a 7-0 victory for the US. There is a huge wow factor as you enter this simply incredible facility, and our Women’s National Team produced a stellar performance to open the venue. As it is a first time use, we limited ticket numbers to 500 per game and the response was strong with all tickets for the four games being taken within 24 hours. We will have photos posted on-line throughout the week illustrating this new venue, and our communications manager Kait Mitchell will be tweeting throughout the matches.

From time to time, we must report news that is not so good within the hockey world. Last week on Tuesday evening, Maria Wolf, athletic trainer for First Colonial High School in Virginia and USA Field Hockey, suffered a brain aneurysm at her home. She has undergone surgery and is currently in an ICU at her local hospital. If any of you would like to extend expressions of concern, you can do so by routing them through to Karen Collins at kcollins@usafieldhockey.com, and KC will share them with her family.

This weekend will see more boys in action with HP and Developmental sites competing against each other in Moorpark, Cali. NorCal HP, Ventura HP and Chula Vista Developmental sites are playing to aid in increasing the domestic competitive opportunities and preparations for Cal Cup, all part of the boys pipeline towards the National Junior and Senior Squads. Under-21 games will be between Ventura and NorCal and Under-15 matches between all three sites.

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Have a great week!!

Steven Locke
Executive Director
USA Field Hockey


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