COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - October 23, 2019 - USA Field Hockey has added another level in Futures, the Olympic Development Pathway, to facilitate continued growth and advancement and provide a positive experience for all participating athletes. This improvement was made based on feedback received from athletes and coaches to create better continuity and a developmental progression across all levels within Futures. USA Field Hockey will be piloting this program in select areas in 2020.
Here’s how the 2020 Futures pathway will work in geographical areas with high Futures participation numbers:
First-time Futures athletes and athletes who have participated in Futures previously and have not been selected for advancement to the National Futures Championship will be placed in a Standard Training Site with top quality coaches using the learner-based Futures curriculum.
In some, but not all, areas of the country, a Level 2 Site has been added. Athletes who have participated in Futures for one or more years and have been identified in the previous year’s Regional Futures Tournament may be placed in a Level 2 Site. These are athletes who have not been selected for the National Futures Championship but who have been recognized for their strong performance.
Level 1 Sites will continue to be made up of athletes that were selected to compete in or as an alternate for a previous National Futures Championship.
“USA Field Hockey is always working to optimize the Futures Program to provide quality training that accelerates skill development,” said Lisa McCoy, USA Field Hockey’s Director of Programs. “Recognizing that the landscape of field hockey varies dramatically throughout the country and that some areas and regions have more participants than others, adding another site level in dense Futures areas can provide a better development pathway. Please recognize that all athletes from all Futures Sites compete equally in the Regional Futures Tournament for selection to the National Futures Championship. All sites provide premier training with top quality coaches and focus on a learner-based approach to development and growth.”
USA Field Hockey looks forward to athletes participating in Futures in 2020!