FUNdamental Field Hockey is USA Field Hockey's youth development initiative designed to expose field hockey to thousands of children nationwide by providing free field hockey equipment and emphasizing fun physical activity! 


What is the FUNdamental Field Hockey Grant Program?

The FUNdamental Field Hockey Grant Program is USA Field Hockey's youth development initiative. Since the program’s inception in 2012, USA Field Hockey has partnered with Harrow Sports to provide more than 1,000 FUNdamental Field Hockey Kits to schools, clubs and other multi-sport organizations across the country. In 2016, Citi joined in on the FUN and became the FUNdamental Field Hockey title sponsor, enabling USA Field Hockey to provide more grants each year. Together we can grow the game and expose kids in your community to one of the most widely played sports in the world.

Who can apply?

Anyone can apply! The FUNdamental Field Hockey grant program is appropriate for anyone who is looking to start their own team, recreational program or incorporate it into their physical education curriculum. Past grant recipients include physical education teachers, parents, coaches and players, along with organizational applicants such as YMCAs and park districts. Many recipients have used the grant to expand an existing program or strengthen a feeder program. Others have used it to do community service projects that introduce field hockey to kids who haven’t had the opportunity to play it in their community.

When are applications reviewed?

Applications are reviewed on a quarterfly basis, dates are listed below.

Quarter Start Date Quarter End Date Grant Approval Date Shipment Date
Quarter 1 Monday, January 1 Saturday, March 31 Saturday, April 7 Monday April 16
Quarter 2 Sunday, April 1 Saturday, June 30 Saturday, July 7 Monday, July 16
Quarter 3 Sunday, July 1 Sunday, September 30  Sunday, October 7 Monday, October 15
Quarter 4 Monday, October 1 Monday, December 31 Monday, January 7 Monday, January 14

Do I need to be a USA Field Hockey Coach Member?

While you do not need to be a USA Field Hockey Coach Member to apply for a FUNdamental Field Hockey Grant, we are confident you will want to join! A Coach Membership provides you with a background check that USA Field Hockey and many organization require for adults working with children, as well as many additional resources that will help your program be successful, including discounts on coach education. A membership also supports the FUNdamental Field Hockey Grant Program and the National and Olympic Teams, and ensures a healthy future for our sport.

What is included in the FUNdamental Field Hockey Kit?

  • 24 Sticks (Plastic or Wood)
  • 24 Balls
  • Mesh Stick Bag

Plastic or Wood?

The soft stick kits are specifically designed for physical education programs. The sticks are plastic, rather than wood, and are best used on an indoor surface such as a gym floor or multi-purpose room. The wood sticks are the traditional sticks and a perfect tool for any beginner to learn on. These are perfect for outdoor play and suitable for players of all ages. Wood sticks can be used on an indoor surface, but it is advised to check with the facility before doing so.

 4' & under 2nd Grade & under 28"
 4' 1" - 4' 3" K - 4th Grade 30"
 4' 4" - 4' 4" 5th - 6th Grade 32"
 4' 7" - 5' 3" 7th - 8th Grae 34"
 5' 3" & over 7th Grade & over 36"

*FUNdamental Field Hockey wood sticks are color coordinated based on stick length.


FUNdamental Field Hockey Curriculum Guide (.PDF)

Click on the above link to access the 2016 FUNdamental Field Hockey Curriculum.

#FUNFriday Posts

As part of USA Field Hockey's initiative to show growth progress in the sport of field hockey, every Friday a FUNdamental Field Hockey or youth program image is featured in a #FUNFriday post. These are images are posted to Facebook and Twitter with a motivational quote along with a highlight of which program or club team provided the image. Click here to see past postings.

Want to submit an image to be posted? Send the image to with the club, program or organization name and location (city, state).

Contact Us

Please contact us at if you have any questions about the FUNdamentall Field Hockey grant process or need additional information.

Thank you to our sponsors Citi, the Official Title Sponsor of FUNdamental Field Hockey, and Harrow Sports, the Official Equipment Supplier.

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