USA Field Hockey Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates

Updated: June 11, 2020

Updated: June 8, 2020

Updated: May 30, 2020

Updated: May 21, 2020

Updated: May 1, 2020

Updated: April 29, 2020

Updated: April 28, 2020

  • The 2020 World Masters Hockey (WMH) World Cup set for August 8-17 in Nottingham, England has been postponed to August 13-22, 2021.

Updated: April 24, 2020

Updated: April 17, 2020

Updated: April 16, 2020

  • All Coaching Clinics scheduled now until May 31, 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: April 10, 2020

Updated: April 3, 2020

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: June 11, 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.

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.

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.

Updated: March 13, 2020

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.

Updated: March 13, 2020

 

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: April 16, 2020

At the moment, all Coaching Clinics scheduled now until May 31, 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 17, 2020

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: April 24, 2020 

 

On April 24 the International Hockey Federation (FIH) announced that due to ongoing uncertainties surrounding the COVID-19 global health pandemic, and in agreement with the 11 participating National Associations (NAs), the second edition of the FIH Hockey Pro League is being extended through to June 2021.

 

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
  • June 5 & 7 - USA vs. Australia

Updated: June 8, 2020

Futures 2020 Important Announcement

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Considering these uncertainties, USA Field Hockey has been working diligently behind the scenes on plans to deliver 2020 Futures in an alternate format and timeframe. An online Futures curriculum is being developed by our top U.S. Men’s and Women’s National Team and Junior High Performance coaches in conjunction with our Coach Education and Learning team. As many educational institutions are pivoting to online learning in these unprecedented times, we feel confident that we are in a unique position with the subject matter and experts on staff to deliver valuable programming which will develop the whole athlete.

 

The new online program will be a blended interactive experience, with aspects covering tactical development through video analysis, opportunities to learn from the best with guided technical skills sessions featuring national team players and coaches as well as physical and psychological elements. Each week will feature a different theme, including Coping with Pressure, Goalsetting and The Use of Imagery to Aid Performance. Through the 7-week program players will use the skills learned each week to build their own personal development plan tailored to their individual needs.  

On March 13, USA Field Hockey’s Olympic Development Program, Futures, announced that all sessions would be suspended until future notice.

Updated: June 11, 2020

Based on feedback and consideration, USA Field Hockey and the women’s High Performance Coaching Staff have decided to cancel the 2020 High Performance Centers.

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After much consideration, USA Field Hockey and the women’s High Performance Coaching Staff have decided to postpone the scheduled High Performance Centers and Young Women’s National Championship as uncertainties surrounding the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continue.

Updated: April 10, 2020

On March 11, 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 April 10, further to our public release on March 11, 2020 advising of the postponement of the Indoor Pan American Cups, and the announcement of the dates and venue for the Indoor World Cup (February 3-7, 2021 in Liege, Belgium) the PAHF wishes to that our qualifying event will be rescheduled to a date in October 2020. 

The new date will be announced by the end of June.

Updated: May 1, 2020

Unfortunately, current restrictions make it impossible for the RCC tournaments to take place in their scheduled timeframe. Therefore,in the interest of safety and fairness to all clubs, USA Field Hockey is making the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 Regional Club Championships and National Club Championship. All registered clubs have been notified.

Updated: May 30, 2020

The Pan American Hockey Federation (PAHF) announced that the Junior Pan American Championships (women & men) World Cup Qualifier, has been rescheduled for April 12 to 25, 2021, in Santiago, Chile.

The event will be held under International Hockey Federation (FIH) current security regulations for COVID-19, to be able to take care of the health of the athletes, officials and other people involved in the event.

Athletes' eligibility is maintained based on the date they were agreed to play in 2020.

The Junior Pan American Championships were originally scheduled for November 30 to December 13, 2020.

Updated: March 17, 2020

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.

Updated: May 1, 2020

Unfortunatelycurrent restrictions make it impossible for the RCC tournaments to take place in their scheduled timeframe. Therefore,in the interest of safety and fairness to all clubs, USA Field Hockey is making the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 Regional Club Championships and National Club Championship. All registered clubs have been notified

Updated: April 3, 2020

The National Futures team and Regional Futures Managers worked together to modify the delivery of Futures 2020. With the changes, the Regional Futures Tournaments and Regional Training Camps are looking to be replaced by a Regional Futures Camps.

 

The Regional Futures Camps will be scheduled in each region in the middle to end of June timeframe. Athletes will be assigned to an age appropriate  camp, delivered in a 2 to 3-day format, featuring top coaches providing  skills, technical training and classroom sessions covering topics relevant to high-performance athletes.

 

Athletes will be selected at the Regional Futures Camps to attend the National Futures Championship, tentatively scheduled for July.

Updated: June 8, 2020

Futures 2020 Information Announcement

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USA Field Hockey is planning to hold Regional Futures Camps in all regions in late June, if possible, with the National Futures Championship scheduled to be held in July at the Virginia Beach Regional Training Center in Virginia Beach, Va. Additional information on locations and dates will be provided to Futures athletes and families as soon as it is available.

Updated: May 1, 2020

Summer Bash at the Beach is traditionally exclusively for the U-10, U-12 and U-14 age divisions. Club priorities and consensus from members helped shape USA Field Hockey’s decision to cancel the Summer Bash at the Beach and instead explore the possibility of a tournament inclusive to broader age groups. All registered clubs have been notified.

Updated: March 30, 2020

On March 24, it was announced that the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games set to begin on July 24 will be pushed back to 2021 as the world continues efforts to slow the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the International Olympic Committee (IOC), marking the first-time in more than a century of the modern Olympic Games that event has been delayed.

On March 30, the IOC and Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee announced that the Olympic Games will take place from July 23 to August 8, 2021.

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).

Updated: March 23, 2020

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.

Update: April 29, 2020

United States Field Hockey League (USFHL) and University of Delaware mentioned that the top priority of the organizations is to put the health and safety of the athletes, coaches, spectators, staff and families first. In keeping with the state Governor’s guidance to stay at home through July, and due to the evolving concerns over the coronavirus (COVID-19), the USFHL 2020 Adult National Championship scheduled July 10 to 12 at the University of Delaware has been be canceled. 

Updated: June 16, 2020

 

The 2020 World Masters Hockey (WMH) World Cup set for August 8-17 in Nottingham, England has been postponed to August 13-22, 2021.

The 2020 World Masters Hockey (WMH) World Cup set for September 19-28 in Cape Town, South Africa has been postponed to September 18-27, 2021.

The 2020 World Masters Hockey (WMH) World Cup set for November 5-15 in Tokyo, Japan has been postponed to November 2021.

 

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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.

Update: April 18, 2020

After much consideration, USA Field Hockey and the women’s High Performance Coaching Staff have decided to postpone the scheduled High Performance Centers and Young Women’s National Championship as uncertainties surrounding the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continue.

Updated: June 11, 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.
  • March 28 - June 1 - Regional Club Championships | Various Locations
  • April - March - High Performance Centers | Various Locations
  • 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.
  • May 2-31 - Regional Futures Championships | Various Locations
  • June 6-14 - Regional Training Camps | Various Locations
  • July 7-15 - National Club Championship | Virginia Beach, Va.
  • July 14-21 - National Futures Championship  |  Virginia Beach, Va.
  • July 17-19 - Summer Bash at the Beach | Virginia Beach, Va.

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.