USA Field Hockey Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates

Updated: March 26, 2020

  • The 2020 World Masters Hockey (WMH) World Cups set for August 8-17 in Nottingham, England; September 19-28 in Cape Town, South Africa and November 5-15 in Tokyo, Japan have all been postponed. The WMH organization are in the process of being rescheduled for 2021.

Updated: March 24, 2020

  • Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games Postponed to 2021
  • All Coaching Clinics scheduled now until April 30, 2020 have been postponed. USA Field Hockey’s Coach Education department is working closely with Level 1 and Level 2 Instructional Coaching Clinic and Technical Skills Workshop host sites and coach educators to reschedule these offerings.

Updated: March 23, 2020

Updated: March 20, 2020

  • Message from USA Field Hockey
  • With the confirmed cases continuing to rise globally and out of concern, it is for the best interest of all athletes of USA Field Hockey remain in the United States and self-quarantine in their homes. The upcoming U.S. U-16, Rise and U-21 Women’s National Team and U.S. Women’s National Development Team training camps for March 27 to 29 in Chapel Hill and Durham, N.C. and April 10 to 12 in Maryland have also been canceled. The U.S. Women’s National Development Team Scotland Tour original scheduled for April 16 to 22 has been canceled. The U-16 and Rise USWNT tour to England from April 29 to May 3 has been canceled.

Updated: March 19, 2020

Updated: March 18, 2020

  • USA Field Hockey and The Hill School decided to postpone the Beginner Umpire Clinic originally schedule for April 19 at The Hill School and Pottstown, Pa. Registrants will receive a refund from USA Field Hockey due to the event postponement. A new date will be set in the future depending on how the situation with the coronavirus (COVID-19) evolves.

Updated: March 17, 2020

  • Coronavirus Update and USA Field Hockey Events, Programs and Travel
  • After careful consideration and review, Junior Premier Hockey has decided to cancel the 2020 Junior Premier Outdoor League in its entirety – all sites, regions and dates. A full refund of any deposits/payments made will be processed over the next few days.
  • USA Field Hockey and the Virginia Beach Regional Training Center staff with guidance from local and state health authorities in the state of Virginia has decided to postpone the Region 8 U-19 Regional Club Championship originally scheduled for March 28 to 29, 2020 in Virginia Beach, Va. Both organizations will continue to monitor COVID-19, discuss and determine what is best for the ongoing situation.
  • USA Field Hockey, the National Field Hockey Coaches Association, Connecticut colleges and universities, and Gulf Coast Field Hockey put the health and safety of its players, coaches, staff and families first. Due to the evolving concerns over the coronavirus (COVID-19), the Discover Field Hockey Clinic on May 2in Hamden, Conn. has been canceled. The Discover Field Hockey Clinic on April 3in Estero, Fla. has been canceled. USA Field Hockey and Gulf Coast Field Hockey will continue to work closely and look forward to running a Discover Field Hockey Clinic later this fall. Participants will receive a refund from USA Field Hockey due to the event cancellations.

Updated: March 13, 2020

  • As part of the national effort to contain the further spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), based on the information that is available from the experts in the medical community and the government agencies, as well as members in the sports community, USA Field Hockey has decided to suspend Futures programing until further notice.
  • FIH Hockey Pro League Put On Hold Until April 15
  • The Boys Blast Series that was set to take place at Queens University in Charlotte, N.C. from April 3 to 5 has been postponed until further notice. A new date will be set in the future depending on how the situation with the coronavirus (COVID-19) evolves.
  • Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation that is impacting the global community, the 49th annual California Cup has been postponed to a future date later this year.

Updated: March 11, 2020

Event Updates

Updated: March 18, 2020

As part of the national effort to contain the further spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), based on the information that is available from the experts in the medical community and government agencies, as well as members in the sports community, the following USA Field Hockey list of regional, national and/or sanctioned events, programs or travel have bee postponed, suspended or canceled.

If you have any questions regarding the status of an event, please email information@usafieldhockey.com.

On March 18, USA Field Hockey and The Hill School decided to postpone the Beginner Umpire Clinic originally schedule for April 19 at The Hill School and Pottstown, Pa. Registrants will receive a refund from USA Field Hockey due to the event postponement. A new date will be set in the future depending on how the situation with the coronavirus (COVID-19) evolves.

As part of the national effort to contain the further spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), based on the information that is available from the experts in the medical community and the government agencies, Betty Shellenberger's service to celebrate her life has been postponed until further notice.
The Boys Blast Series that was set to take place at Queen's University in Charlotte, N.C. from April 3 to 5 has been postponed until further notice. A new date will be set in the future depending on how the situation with the coronavirus (COVID-19) evolves.

On March 13, with great regret due to the COVID-19 pandemic and current global restrictions, the California Cup organizing committee decided to postpone the 49th annual California Cup international field hockey tournament to a later date this year.

 

As the panic and fears settle down, and the world starts to get healthy, back to business again, the California Cup organizing committee will gather to decide upon a new date to hold the 2020 California Cup. For everyone who has paid a deposit or full registration fees, the California Cup organizing committee will be issuing refunds in short time.

California Cup is a USA Field Hockey Sanctioned Event.

Updated: March 24, 2020

At the moment, all Coaching Clinics scheduled now until April 30, 2020 have been postponed. USA Field Hockey’s Coach Education department is working closely with Level 1 and Level 2 Instructional Coaching Clinic and Technical Skills Workshop host sites and coach educators to reschedule these offerings.

USA Field Hockey, the National Field Hockey Coaches Association, Connecticut colleges and universities, and Gulf Coast Field Hockey put the health and safety of its players, coaches, staff and families first. Due to the evolving concerns over the coronavirus (COVID-19), the Discover Field Hockey Clinic on May 2 in Hamden, Conn. has been canceled. The Discover Field Hockey Clinic on April 3 in Estero, Fla. has been canceled. USA Field Hockey and Gulf Coast Field Hockey will continue to work closely and look forward to running a Discover Field Hockey Clinic later this fall. Participants will receive a refund from USA Field Hockey due to the event cancellations.

  • April 3 - Estero, Fla.
  • May 2 - Hamden, Conn.

Updated: March 18, 2020 

 

Based on the latest developments of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and in particular of the response to it by the relevant public authorities globally, the International Hockey Federation (FIH), with the support of all participating National Associations, has today decided to extend the postponement period of the FIH Hockey Pro League to May 17.

 

USA Field Hockey, FIH, UNC-Chapel Hill,  Hockey China, Australia and Belgium will closely monitor the situation as it continues to have an impact nationally and worldwide and will have appropriate discussions to determine a future rescheduling date.

 

 

On March 13, following the latest information and recommendations from the WHO and the decisions taken by a number of governments and local authorities around the world regarding the current COVID-19 outbreak, the International Hockey Federation (FIH) and all participating National Associations (NAs) decided to put all FIH Hockey Pro League matches currently scheduled until April 15 on hold.

 

FIH Hockey Pro League USA games on hold:

  • April 10 & 11 - USA vs. China
  • May 2 & 3 - USA vs. Australia
  • May 15 & 17 - USA vs. Belgium
On March 13, USA Field Hockey’s Olympic Development Program, Futures, announced that all sessions would be suspended until future notice. The Futures staff are working diligently to take the lead from relevant state and local health authorities for each Futures site, will continue to monitor the situation and resume sessions when appropriate. If Futures participants have any questions, please refer to the Regional Futures Websites for updates and schedule changes when the program resumes.

The Pan American Hockey Federation (PAHF) has been closely monitoring the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation that is impacting the global community, and more directly, the Pan American region in recent days.

Following consultation with the USA Field Hockey and local health authorities, on March 11 PAHF decided to postpone the 2020 Indoor Pan American Cups/Indoor World Cup Qualifier originally scheduled for March 25-29, 2020 at Spooky Nook Sports in Lancaster, Pa. to a date to be announced in the near future.

PAHF apologizes for the disruption this may result in previously arranged travel plans and other arrangements in preparation for this event.

However, out of concern for the well-being and safety of the athletes, support staff, event officials and the public at large, the decision to postpone the event has become necessary.

On March 17, after careful consideration and review, Junior Premier Hockey has decided to cancel the 2020 Junior Premier Outdoor League in its entirety – all sites, regions and dates. A full refund of any deposits/payments made will be processed over the next few days.

Junior Premier Outdoor League is a USA Field Hockey Sanctioned Event.

On March 17, USA Field Hockey and the Virginia Beach Regional Training Center staff with guidance from local and state health authorities in the state of Virginia has decided to postpone the Region 8 U-19 Regional Club Championship originally scheduled for March 28 to 29, 2020 in Virginia Beach, Va. Both organizations will continue to monitor COVID-19, discuss and determine what is best for the ongoing situation.

On March 11, USA Field Hockey was informed that due to the overall situation of coronavirus (COVID-19) the remaining scheduled matches between the U.S. U-21 Men’s National Team and Argentina U-21 have been suspended.

 

The National High Performance Sports Center (CeNARD), a place for the training of athletes representing the country of Argentina and where the matches were to be played, is a government agency from the National Secretariat of Sports. Today, Hockey Argentina was notified by the authorities of the National Ministry of Tourism and Sports about a prohibition to enter the CeNARD and play friendly matches for the month of March. To follow the regulations of the National Ministry of Health and recommendations of the World Health Organization regarding the prevention of COVID-19, the Argentine Hockey Confederation has no alternative and must abide by and accept the regulations established by the National Government.

 

Following conversations with the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee, U-21 USMNT adjusted their travel plans and will return on March 12 (instead of the original scheduled return date of March 14).

Based on recent coronavirus developments, the U.S. Women's Masters Indoor Squad Tryout originally scheduled for April 5 has been postponed. It will be rescheduled for either October or November.

Updated: March 18, 2020

The following Regional Club Championships have been postponed:

  • March 28-29 - Region 8 U-19

Updated: March 20, 2020

The following events or travel have been canceled:

  • March 7-14 - Junior U.S. Men's National Team Training Camp | Moorpark, Calif.
  • March 27-29 - Junior U.S. Women's National Team Training Camp | Chapel Hill & Durham, N.C.
  • April 3 - Discover Field Hockey Clinic | Estero, Fla.
  • April 4 - June 7 - Junior Premier Outdoor League | USA Field Hockey Sanctioned Event
  • April 10-12 - Junior U.S. Women's National Team Training Camp | Maryland
  • April 16-22 - U.S. Women's National Development Team Scotland Tour
  • April 29 - May 3 - U.S. U-16 and Rise Women's National Team England Tours
  • May 2 - Discover Field Hockey Clinic | Hamden, Conn.

Updated: March 20, 2020

 

With the confirmed cases continuing to rise globally and out of concern, it is for the best interest of all athletes of USA Field Hockey remain in the United States and self-quarantine in their homes. Last week, following conversations and advice from the USOPC, the U.S. U-21 Men’s National Team adjusted their travel plans from their tour in Buenos Aires, Argentina and flew home the next day. The U.S. Women’s National Team also cut their training block at the Chula Vista Elite Athlete Training Center in California short a week and flew home. As the uncertainties continue and the facility at which the USWNT was to train on the east coast will be closed the next two weeks, athletes are training remotely with the staff looking at a long term training plan.

 

The Junior U.S. Men’s National Training Squad camp which was supposed to take place last weekend, March 14 to 16, in Moorpark, Calif. was canceled. The upcoming U.S. U-16, Rise and U-21 Women’s National Team and U.S. Women’s National Development Team training camps for March 27 to 29 in Chapel Hill and Durham, N.C. and April 10 to 12 in Maryland have also been canceled. The U.S. Women’s National Development Team Scotland Tour original scheduled for April 16 to 22 has been canceled. The U-16 and Rise USWNT tour to England from April 29 to May 3 has been canceled.

Health & Safety Precautions

USA Field Hockey strongly urges everyone to follow the protocols below:

  • If you are sick, DO NOT participate in any training or games. STAY HOME!
  • Players, coaches, umpires and spectators should not shake hands before or after matches. A verbal ‘Good Game' is sufficient and encouraged.
  • DO NOT allow players to share water bottles.

To reinforce general health safety and best practices for illness prevention:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipes.
  • Follow the CDC's recommendations for using a face mask.
    -  The CDC does not recommend that people who are feeling well wear a face mask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including coronavirus.
    -  Face masks should be used by people who show symptoms to help prevent the spread of the disease.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.