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  • Harrow Sports partners with New USA FIeld Hockey Youth Initiative

    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.

  • National Field Hockey Festival Starts Up

     

    If you’d rather watch sports than fight crowds on Black Friday, keep your eyes on theNational Field Hockey Festival taking place November 25-28 at the Reach 11 Sports Complex in Phoenix, AZ.

    The annual USA Field Hockey event is expected to attract more than 230 club teams, 3,500 amateur athletes from the United States, Canada, Europe, and the Caribbean and 4,000 visitors. Also in attendance of the four-day showcase will be Olympic athletes, college recruiters, and Harrow Sports supplying the official event merchandise.
    Next year, expect to catch all the action in Palm Beach, FL because USA Field Hockey recently announced it is moving the world’s largest amateur field hockey event to Wellington County November 2012.
  • Congratulations to the USA Field hockey team

    Article from ESPN.com. Read the original article hereThe victory automatically qualifies the U.S. for the London Games, and leaves Argentina scrambling next year to win a spot in pre-Olympic qualifying.

    "Right now this team is in pain," said Luciana Aymar, considered to be the best player in the world. "The United States is not at our level, but they have improved a lot. These things happen to all teams."
    Argentina has won the world title twice, including last year, while Aymar is a seven-time recipient of the game's world player of the year award. Las Leonas, as the team is known in Spanish, had never lost a game in Pan American play since the sport was included in 1987. The U.S. is ranked 13th.
    After the win, the American women stood with their arms on each other's shoulders on the medal podium, and then raised joined hands to the sky when the United States was announced as the winner.
    Aymar, meanwhile, wiped away tears, put her hand to her forehead and then stared at the ground. Eventually, she crossed her arms across her chest, the posture assumed by almost the entire team. A few stood with hands on hips, openly disgusted.
    The Americans shocked Argentina with two early goals. Paige Selenski scored in the 12th minute and Shannon Taylor added another in the 15th. Maria Barrionuevo scored on a penalty corner in the 18th for Argentina, but O'Donnell made it 3-1.
    Barrionuevo scored her second on a penalty in the 42nd before Michelle Vittese secured the win with a goal in the 66th.
    "In our minds we never had the lead, it was always 0-0," U.S. captain Lauren Crandall said. "We were always fighting, always working. Argentina is capable of scoring three goals in a minute. We stayed focused to the end -- well let's say the last 5 seconds."
    Crandall has been to London before, and she said her parents -- Amy and Tim Crandall of Doylestown, Penn. -- were already looking to book a hotel room just seconds after the match ended.
    "I can guarantee you my mom is doing it right now," she said. "They are probably blowing up my phone right now."
    The United States finished eighth at the 2008 Olympics, but Australian-born coach Lee Bodimeade figures this bunch could contend.
    "Our goal is a medal in London," he said. "Now that we've beaten the world's No. 1 team, well, by definition we've got a chance."
    The Americans play the South Americans several times a year, and in February the United States lost to Argentina 3-2 in the Four Nations tournament in Mendoza, Argentina.
    "We play Argentina so often," Bodimeade said, "and we've been beaten often enough by them to know what works and what doesn't."

    Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press

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