USA Field Hockey and the Sport Development Team proudly announce the launch of a new youth development initiative, RISE Instructional Clinics. RISE, which stands for “Responsible, Impactful, Sustainable, Empowering,” was created as a next step for FUNdamental Field Hockey and other programs, such as high schools and clubs, that are looking to create the youth base of our sport (ages 11 and under) in a recreational environment. RISE Instructional Clinics not only provide young players the opportunity to enjoy a USA Field Hockey clinic with local coaches, but every registrant will receive a U-12 membership, a t-shirt and stick. Harrow Sports, which also provides the equipment for FUNdamental Field Hockey, has agreed to provide each registered player with a t-shirt and stick. Furthermore, each of our 10 RISE sites in 2015 will be awarded a Coaching Education Program Level 1 Instructional Clinic in 2016. More detailed information on how the program works is provided in the application available here.
“RISE Instructional Clinics are an important step in our sport development strategic plan for creating a recreational base of youth field hockey players in the United States,” shared newly appointed National Development Director, Kyle Boyer. “They will empower the local level to host their own events with our support of curriculum and equipment. The Coaching Education piece in the second year is imperative since as we grow the number of players, we need to ensure we grow the number of qualified coaches to responsibly grow the game.”
Boyer recently took over the sport development reigns in January having spent the past 6 years with US Lacrosse in coaching education. Harrow Sports Field Hockey Brand Manager, Alli Tanner, shared, “Harrow Sports is thrilled to partner with USA Field Hockey as the Official Sponsor and Equipment Supplier of the Rise program. Our involvement stems from our dedication to grow the game and provide young athletes with the opportunity to play consistently in a structured atmosphere. Harrow Sports now proudly sponsors three USA Field Hockey development programs including the FUNdamental Field Hockey Program, Rise and Futures.”
RISE Instructional Clinics for 2015, will be held from June through December, but in following years, can be hosted from April through November. All clinic expenses will be absorbed by USA Field Hockey including payment of sites, coaches and athletic trainers. The clinics will cost $75 per player through online registration, which will be held on USA Field Hockey’s website once the application for RISE is approved. In 2015, there will be 10 sites selected.