USA Field Hockey Weekly Report

July 22, 2014, 12:22 p.m. (ET)

USA Field Hockey Weekly Report-Week of July 21, 2014

U.S. Men Go 3-0 in Summer Series with Chile
The guys are doing great at the Chula Vista Olympic Training Center in their test series with Chile. USA Field Hockey National Team Head Coach Chris Clements reports solid results for the first test series to be held this year. The first three matches have rendered a sweep of a very capable Chilean national team. The weather has been great even for a drought stricken state, and the matches have been highly competitive. Chris is running a number of new athletes on the team through their paces and generally, he has been pleased. The crowds have been decent for the free entrance event as many friends and family are present.

This series is the first of three sets of test series running through the summer at Chula Vista. All events provide for free entry. The remainder of the Chilean series schedule is:

USA v Chile
July 22, 24, 25

The next two test series will provide competition with Mexico and Argentina and those schedules are:

USA v Mexico
August 2, 3, 5, 6, 8, 9

USA v Argentina
August 23, 24, 26, 27, 29, 30

All matches are set to being at 10:45 a.m. PDT but are subject to change.

The Under-18/Under-21 Camp also starts today for further future talent development. These players will be interacting with the Men’s National Team players and watching their games between trainings.

Hockey Heads Unite
Our good friend from the United States Olympic Committee Chester Wheeler was on vacation in Pennsylvania last week and was trailing a car with an interesting plate on it:

National Club Championship Wrap-Up
The 2014 edition of the National Club Championship, presented by Harrow Sports, came to a close on Friday with the ultra-competitive and highly skilled Under-19 division. For the second year in a row, WC Eagles (Spring City, Pa.) took home the top spot and golden Harrow sticks in each of the three divisions, an incredible testimony to the level of talent found within the club. X-Calibur (Elverson, Pa.) was a dominant presence as they took home silver in the Under-19 division and bronze in the Under-16 division. Not to be outdone, Saints Hockey (Henrico, Va.) earned the bronze medal in the Under-19 division and silver medal in the Under-16 division. North East Elite (Windham, N.H.) earned a silver medal in the Under-14 division and Aim (Kirkwood, Mo.) took home the Under-14 bronze. With each tournament, the level of play among our nation’s athletes becomes more and more impressive. Congratulations to all athletes, clubs, coaches and parents on reaching the National Club Championship and representing and supporting your club on the national stage!

It is incredibly necessary to extend a big thank you to all of the volunteers, umpires, technical staff, USA Field Hockey sponsors, USA Field Hockey employees and Spooky Nook Sports staff for your tireless dedication in making the National Club Championship and all of the summer events not only a possibility, but a success. To the parents who make their children’s dreams a reality, drive to countless practices and games and cheer on their children’s teammates as if they were their own kin, thank you for all that you do in helping to mold the next generation of stellar field hockey athletes and growing the game in your own way.

Disney Junior Field Hockey Classic
The Disney Junior Field Hockey Classic begins later this week in (hopefully) sunny Orlando, Fla. at the impressive ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. The event is made possible by the hard-working staff of Disney. Now in its third year, the Disney Junior Field Hockey Classic has grown exponentially since its inception and serves as an incredible opportunity for younger athletes, Under-12 and Under-14, to gain competitive experience at a gorgeous facility in a fun environment. Disney truly is the most magical place on Earth and we wish the best of luck to all competitors for a fun-filled weekend of hockey!

Congratulations to 2014-15 Junior Women’s National Squads
After several grueling weeks of sweltering days, intense competition and elite training, three  2014-15 U.S. Junior Women’s National Squads were announced earlier this month. New rosters  were named for the Under-21, Under-19 and Under-17 squads. This newest generation of elite USA Field Hockey athletes exemplifies the growth and progress of our sport within the country. Congratulations to all selected athletes! Click here for the complete rosters.

Late Night with Seth Meyers: “Over the weekend, firefighters in Minnesota rescued a woman who had been stuck in quicksand for over 14 hours. So, not the quickest sand.”

Have a great week!!

Steven Locke
USA Field Hockey
Executive Director