Board of Directors Announces USA Field Hockey Membership Changes this Summer

May 20, 2019, 3 p.m. (ET)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – May 20, 2019 - In order to sustain growth of field hockey across the country and better support members through increased programming and benefits, the USA Field Hockey Board of Directors has approved an increase to membership prices. Effective July 1, 2019, three membership categories will see a $10 increase. The membership categories that will have new pricing are:

  • U-19 ($50 to $60)
  • Coach ($85 to $95)
  • Umpire ($85 to $95)

The last time that membership prices increased was in 2010. It has been almost a decade since this change and during that time period the cost to operate the business has increased 35%. The approved fee increases will allow USA Field Hockey to better serve its membership base and continue to grow the game across all levels of the sport. This will be done by investing more into resources that create a safe playing environment for all and expanding educational programming across all membership categories.

USA Field Hockey is committed to better serving its members by providing the safest environment for athletes, coaches and umpires to participate. The fee increase will help enhance current background screenings, SafeSport training and first-class insurance coverage ultimately providing a safe environment for all constituents to learn and grow.

The organization will continue its commitment to growing the game by investing in programs that promote education and fuel growth. The USA Field Hockey American Development Model (ADM), which was launched in March 2019, is a guiding framework for players, coaches, umpires, program leaders and fans to get into the sport earlier in life and stick with it longer. Field hockey is a sport for life, and the ADM provides best principles for age and stage appropriate development on how, what and when to teach, train and play to maximize fun and enjoyment of field hockey. One of the ADM’s core values is to have trained and certified coaches and umpires which helps to provide better, safer and more enjoyable experiences. Since 2016, more than 1,300 individuals have participated in the Coach Education Program and around 300 umpires have participated in Umpire Education. The increase will help to expand the reach of these programs both geographically and topically. The ADM will also include the launch of turnkey programs like Discover Field Hockey and Play and Learn which will help groups across the country recruit new players to the sport. USA Field Hockey’s commitment to invest in grow the game initiatives to help build a stronger base will be a top priority.

In summary, USA Field Hockey will continue to strive to grow the game and support its members by developing educational resources and programs and providing a safe playing environment for all. To learn more about USA Field Hockey’s membership program click here. For more information on the benefits of each individual membership type click on name of the membership type in the chart below.

Membership Type 2018 2019 Rationale for Change
U-12 $25 $25 No change in pricing.
U-19 $50 $60 The offerings for U-19 Members have expanded:
  • Increased playing opportunities with the addition of events like the Summer Bash Series, Regional Club Championships, National Club Championship, U-14 National Indoor Tournament and expanded Sanctioned Event portfolio.

  • In 2016, USA Field Hockey formed a partnership with Next College Student Athlete, which provides free recruiting profiles for members.
  • USA Field Hockey strives to create the safest space for athletes, coaches and umpires to participate. To build a safe environment SafeSport training and a background screening are included in the coach and umpire memberships to help protect athlete members. Over the past nine years background screening costs have doubled and SafeSport is a brand-new investment.
Collegiate $95 (4-year membership)
$35 yearly upgrade to include coaching or umpiring
$95 (4-year membership)
$35 yearly upgrade to include coaching or umpiring
No change in pricing. This membership helps bridge the gap and promote field hockey for life. A Collegiate Membership allows an upgrade in membership to include coaching or umpiring which lets athletes explore different ways to stay engaged with the sport.
Adult $50 $50 No change in pricing.
Coach $85 $95

The offerings for Coach Members have expanded greatly:

  • Special member pricing for seven in-person educational opportunities including Level 1 and Level 2 Instructional Coaching Clinics, USA Field Hockey Summit, Technical Skills Workshop and much more.

  • Special member pricing for online Coach Education including the Positive Coaching Alliance Double Goal Coach Course or National Federation of State High School Associations Goalkeeping Course (completely free).

  • USA Field Hockey strives to create the safest space for athletes, coaches and umpires to participate. To build a safe environment SafeSport training and a background screening are included in the Coach Membership. Over the past nine years background screening costs have doubled and SafeSport is a brand-new investment.

  • Access to Coaching Education Tools and Resources through the Team USA Mobile Coach App and Member Hub area. This includes items like the ADM GO Cards.
  • The overall investment in Coach Education has seen a 325% increase since 2010.
Umpire $85 $95 The offerings for Umpire Members have expanded:
  • USA Field Hockey strives to create the safest space for athletes, coaches and umpires to participate. To build a safe environment SafeSport training and a background screening are included in the umpire membership. Over the past nine years background screening costs have doubled and SafeSport is a brand-new investment.

  • Increased opportunities to umpire at USA Field Hockey events with the addition of the Summer Bash Series, Regional Club Championships, National Club Championship, U-10, U-12 and U-14 National Indoor Tournament and expanded Sanctioned Event portfolio.

  • Two, full-time staff members have been hired on since 2010 to specifically serve the Umpire Membership.
  • Umpire Education opportunities have expanded with offerings at the USA Field Hockey Summit and introduction of free beginner umpire clinics.


Logistics of the Price Increase
The increase will be effective July 1, 2019. The membership prices will update automatically and there will be no need for members to do anything differently when going through the membership renewal or sign-up process. Do note that memberships can be renewed up to 6 months prior to the expiration date. If you renew your membership earlier, you still receive your full years’ worth of membership. For example, if your membership is set to expire on December 28, 2019 you can renew your membership on June 28, 2019, and you would be charged the current price. Your renewed membership will then sit in the system in a pending status and will not go into effect until December 29, 2019 (the day after your current membership expires). For additional questions in regard to change in membership pricing please reach out to USA Field Hockey's Membership Department at membership@usafieldhockey.com.