USA Field Hockey Weekly Report

July 29, 2014, 2:52 p.m. (ET)

USA Field Hockey Weekly Report-Week of July 28, 2014

Just a quick note
Sunday evening (in actual fact early Monday morning at 3 a.m. due to Denver weather issues which seems to be a regular occurrence), I returned from Orlando and the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex within Disney World. The ESPN Junior Field Hockey Classic took place beginning last Thursday through the weekend and it was a spectacular success. An impressive 125 teams from throughout the USA were there as were quite a number of new umpires. The new umpires were exciting to watch and they performed well. Many veteran officials were there mentoring and the entire dynamic was great fun to watch, even with the brutally hot and humid conditions. Well, it is Florida in the summer!

I did want to mention a particular group - our staff. Our event staff and others put in incredible hours in conducting the myriad of events taking place this early summer at Spooky Nook Sports in Lancaster, Pa. and now at Disney. They do these events in conjunction with a collection of contractors and volunteers. Taking into account that the staff also does the same in the early part of the year, it all adds up to an incredible body of work. And, the year is not yet complete. USA Field Hockey’s Karen Collins and contractor Karen Marley are off to the AAU’s Junior Olympics this week and later this year almost the entire staff will be engaged with USA Field Hockey’s Hockey Festival in Palm Springs, Cali. By the way, USA Field Hockey’s Emily Thomas headed up this past weekend’s Disney event with a great set of assists from staff members Tyler Parthemer and Liz Tchou.

Thank you everyone involved in conducting our events. They all involve multitudes of detail and require a great investment in time for their planning’s, and execution. Good on you all.

Summer Series Heats Up for Men’s National Team
The Men’s National Team had a successful start last week to their summer series by going unbeaten against the higher world ranked Chilean National Team. The team is now preparing for the arrival of Mexico with six official test matches beginning this Saturday at the Olympic Training Center, Chula Vista, Cali. The new team has started well and we wish them all the best against Mexico. 

We are glad that you enjoyed the latest #NoOffDays video, the players’ hard work and dedication is paying off.  Check out the most recent #NoOffDays video by clicking here.

Stanford University Hosts International Team on USA Field Hockey’s Behalf

Stanford University served as USA Field Hockey’s representative this week as they hosted the Spanish Women’s National Team for training and a series of games versus a NorCal select team. 

The Redsticks traveled to California in conjunction with the professional football league, La Liga.  The initiative is built to promote other sports and their federations with the establishment of football around the world. First trialed with women’s water polo, it was now field hockey’s turn to shine on the global stage. The Spanish National Team traveled to Stanford University for a week of training and four competitions against the San Francisco Bay Area select team along with La Liga Champions and Champion’s League runners-up, Atlético Madrid soccer team.

This fantastic opportunity allowed Stanford University and the Spanish National Team to showcase how hockey excels on the West Coast where during this same phase the USA Men’s National Team concluded an undefeated six game series versus Chile in San Diego, Cali.  Watch a brief highlight video of their stay at Stanford University by clicking here.

Spanish National Team Coach Adrian Lock enjoyed the fraternization of La Liga and Real Federación Española de Hockey (RFEH) and hopes this is a partnership that will continue in the future and perhaps will be carried on further through fellow FIH teams and their respective football counterparts. The training and competition will serve as part of the foundation of the Spanish National Team’s preparation for Rio 2016 and hosting of World League Round 2 in Valencia, Spain. Stanford University was happy to aide in their legacy of Olympic excellence that has seen Stanford student-athletes claim record breaking medal counts in the last two Olympiads (16 in London, 2012 and 25 in Beijing, 2008). The Redsticks returned to Spain on Monday following the completion of the NorCal vs Spain series and taking in the Atlético Madrid v San Jose Earthquakes. Stanford University would like to commend the RFEH for their assistance in supporting this training and competition in addition to La Liga President, Jaiver Tebas and his commitment to sport development and growth of field hockey’s presence in Spain and the United States. 

Prepare Yourself for the 2014 Season! 
Attend the Harrow Sports / NFHCA Preseason Workshop on August 9 at RPI in Troy, New York. High School and College Coaches will have the chance to learn new skills and new drills from some of the best clinicians in the sport. For more information or to register, click here

Learn from the best, attend the STX Preseason Clinic!
Don’t forget to register for the best pre-season clinic of 2014 on August 13th. Hosted by STX, learn from national team members Katie O’Donnell, Jill Witmer, Ali McEvoy and current member of the Men’s Great Britain National Team, Sam Ward. Don’t miss your chance to #PlayHuge with some of the most elite athletes. To participate, register here by August 8th.

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Have a great week!

Steven Locke
USA Field Hockey
Executive Director