CARSON, Calif. – November 1, 2019 - USA Field Hockey and AstroTurf would like to invite community sports leaders in California to attend a free Foundations Course on Friday, December 6 at 1:00 p.m. at the Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, Calif. This course is specially designed to provide sports leaders with everything they need to know to start or build field hockey programs and leagues in their respective communities. Community sports leaders from Parks and Recreation Departments, YMCAs, boys and girls clubs, physical education teachers and leaders from all sports are encouraged to attend and spread the word.
“The Dignity Health Sports Park is the perfect venue for this introduction to field hockey,” said Sally Goggin, USA Field Hockey’s National Development Director. “This is in Carson, near where field hockey will be played by Team USA and other top men’s and women’s national teams from around the world for the gold medal at the Los Angeles 2028 Olympic Games. We are excited to be able to introduce field hockey, one of the most popular sports in the world, to California sports leaders and to work with them to grow the game.”
“As the city of Los Angeles prepares for the 2028 Olympic Games we are excited about the opportunity to help grow the game of field hockey in California,” said Melissa Vassalotti Twist, AstroTurf’s Field Hockey Director. “AstroTurf aims to provide more multi-purpose hockey fields to expand the game at the youth level. Starting at the parks and recreation level is vital to providing playing opportunities for our youth.”
USA Field Hockey and AstroTurf will do a brief presentation introducing the sport, explaining the different game and equipment modifications and surfaces that make field hockey fun, safe and accessible for all communities to play. USA Field Hockey coaches, AstroTurf field hockey specialists and special guest Alastair Cox, International Hockey Federation’s Facility Specialist, will be on hand to share their knowledge and passion for the sport.
“USA Field Hockey has more tools and resources to support grassroots growth than ever before,” added Goggin. “We are excited to share these resources with community sports leaders throughout California so they can bring field hockey to their communities.”
In addition to taking part in the free course, attendees will receive a USA Field Hockey Foundations Course Certificate of Completion for professional development purposes.
The Foundations Course at the Dignity Health Sports Park is just one of many field hockey events scheduled for the weekend of December 6, 2019. Field hockey enthusiasts and community sports leaders are welcome to attend a networking dinner on Friday night in Westlake Village, the full-day California Field Hockey Symposium, presented by AstroTurf, on Saturday at The Stadium Center in Westlake Village, and a variety of field hockey coach and umpire education offerings at Moorpark College on Sunday. For a full agenda and registration details for the California Field Hockey Symposium, click here.
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