USA Field Hockey Weekly Report

May 27, 2014, 4:46 p.m. (ET)

USA Field Hockey Weekly Report – Week of May 26, 2014

Cal Cup Rings out 43rd Edition of Event with Outstanding Success
In a word, the 2014 Cal Cup, the event’s 43rd edition, was superb. The competition was entertaining and in many cases top shelf. But the most important element was the collegial environment, the passion of hundreds of volunteers, the social components found throughout and the continued vision of founder Tom Harris and his band of loyalists.

This was a particularly difficult year as Cal Cup had lost some fundamental volunteers from past years and needed to fill some sizable holes. They did that and more. The event was the best I have seen from a "presentation" aspect (marketers always like speaking in those terms) and the venue looked better than ever. It was crisp; banners and informational signs were straight. It was just a great look. The customer service was top of the line. Volunteer smiles never were erased, and the service was quick and efficient. There was an abundance of umpires which can sometimes be a struggle in this world. They were on top of the game, and their leader, Saleem Aaron, was constantly on site coaching, cheerleading and providing special awards as morale builders.

For event producers, the "Cal Cup hundreds" provided a wonderful model of how to belly-up in challenging circumstances (producing sizable events is always challenging) and provide a community lead event. Good on the Moorpark/Thousand Oaks, California crowd and all of their associates!

#NoOffDays Shirts for Sale: Support our U.S. Men’s National Team

Throughout the duration of Cal Cup, many members of the U.S. Men’s National Team were on hand playing hockey plus participating in a fund raising activity. Through the generosity of DITA's Sandy Kinnee, the team has been provided screened shirts to support the #NoOffDays campaign. They are high quality shirts and the logo really reflects the attitude of the team. They continuously work, persevere, and sacrifice to meet goals representing the United States. To reach these goals, the team kindly asks for your support. U.S. Men’s National Team athletes Will Holt and Mike Barminski with some hopefuls model the #NoOffDays shirts below. If you would be interested in supporting our men plus getting a pretty fab shirt, please click here to purchase your shirt. The shirts cost $20.00 plus shipping and handling.

Chase the Cup with U.S.
U.S. Women’s Head Coach Craig Parnham and his squad of prepped and primed of athletes and staff departed from the Home of Hockey in Lancaster, Pa. last Saturday to begin their journey to The Hague, Netherlands. Only four days remain until 2014 Rabobank Hockey World Cup and the team is settling in nicely with test matches and final meetings. All of our luck and good wishes are extended to Craig and the team. Click here to view more event details as well as receive Masters World Cup information.

U.S. Men's National Team Announces Summer Schedule

This summer the U.S. Men’s National Team will compete in 18 test matches at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif. From July 7-August 30, the National Squad will begin preparations toward next year’s World League Round 2 and Pan American Games. The objective of this time is to get the best group of players together, to train, compete and develop as a unit while playing as many matches as possible. We need this time together as an entire squad and this summer will be critical in building a foundation with a new selection to be revealed, Wednesday May 28.

Match schedule: 

July 19-26: USA v Chile

August  2-9: USA v Mexico

August  23-30: USA v Argentina  

Igniting the Dream this Summer!
Without the fuss of a red carpet but with the fame of U.S. Women’s National Team and Olympians, stardom is delivered to your backyard this summer with the opening of 2014 Olympic Youth Camps! Register today to enhance your skills by rubbing elbows with some of the best hockey players in the world as well as having fun! Click here to Ignite the Dream!

Have a great week!

Steven Locke
Executive Director
USA Field Hockey