COLORADO SPRINGS Colo. – March 8, 2018 – Next week marks the inaugural USA Field Hockey Summit, presented by AstroTurf at the Lord Baltimore Hotel in Baltimore, Md. from March 16-18. In addition to the numerous panels and educational opportunities for field hockey enthusiasts across the country, Summit will also include five ancillary events in USA Field Hockey’s continued mission to Grow the Game, Serve Members and Succeed Internationally.
Wednesday, March 14:
Learn to Play Field Hockey Event | 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. ET
USA Field Hockey is working with Project Play and the Aspen Institute, the Living Classrooms Foundation, East Baltimore schools, and area collegiate, high school and club field hockey programs to offer a free Learn to Play Clinic for local girls, boys and adults ages 5+. Sustained playing opportunities will also be provided through a summer camp and fall league. For more information or to register to help with this event and program, click here.
Thursday, March 15:
Level 2 Instructional Coaching Clinic | 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. ET
UA House & Lord Baltimore Hotel
USA Field Hockey’s Level 2 Instructional Coaching Clinic is two-day, 14-hour offering that expands on several of the topics covered in the Level 1 Clinic and will challenge participants to further define and evaluate their individual coaching philosophies, styles and technique, while encouraging self-assessment. This course is also recommended for field hockey coaches of all levels. Coaches will work in groups to share best practices and receive peer feedback in a comfortable and encouraging environment. Level 2 Clinics offer an additional opportunity for professional development, local networking and mentorship. Upon completion of the course, all participants will receive their USA Field Hockey Level 2 Coaching Certification.
This offering will be taught by head coach educators Craig Parnham, USA Field Hockey’s Director of Coach Education and Learning, and Jeremy Cook, Bucknell University’s Head Coach. Click here to register for this offering.
Friday, March 16:
Level 1 Instructional Coaching Clinic | 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. ET.
UA House & Lord Baltimore Hotel
The Level 1 Instructional Coaching Clinic is the first level of certification in the Coach Education Program. This course is recommended for all field hockey coaches of all levels. The game of field hockey has changed significantly over the past decade. The introduction of synthetic turf and continual innovations have sped up the game, inspiring new tactics, techniques and rules to accommodate the faster play. Whether you coach players on grass, field turf, water or sand-based turf, teaching these new skills properly, in a fun engaging way, will enable you and your team to develop, succeed and your program to grow.
Level 1 Clinics are an 8-hour in-person offering that covers a broad range of topics essential for coaching success. Some course preparation is required. Level 1 Clinics provide an opportunity for professional development and networking within your local field hockey community. Upon completion of the course, all participants will receive their Level 1 Coaching Certification.
This offering will be led by coach educators, Katie and Marvin Barm, both University of Maryland Assistant Coaches. Unfortuantely, this offering is completely full and registration has closed.
Level 2 Instructional Coaching Clinic: Day 2 | 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. ET UA House & Lord Baltimore Hotel
Umpire Clinic | 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. ET
Lord Baltimore Hotel
Spend a day reviewing and discussing topics and rules pertinent to all levels of umpiring. Time will be included to answer questions and for video analysis. The clinic will cover 21st century hockey umpiring, concepts of positioning, presence and body language, and understanding the rule book. Other topics that will be covered are breakdown fouls, aerials, free hit management, use of cards, umpire coordination for today’s game and penalty corner administration.
This event is free, although pre-registration is appreciated. Click here to register.
Saturday, March 17:
USA Field Hockey Hall of Fame & Awards Gala, presented by STX | 7:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. ET
Lord Baltimore Hotel
USA Field Hockey is excited to host the 30th Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in conjunction with Summit. Since its establishment in 1988, the USA Field Hockey Hall of Fame has recognized countless individuals who were successful on the field, given long and exception service to the organization and have made significant contributions to the sport in the United States or internationally.
Join us as we celebrate and honor all of the 2018 Hall of Fame Inductees, Honorary Members and Award Winners. Tickets for this event can be purchase by clicking here.
Sunday, March 18:
Baltimore Project Play, The Living Classrooms Foundation & USA Field Hockey’s Play to Support Growth in Baltimore City | 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. ET
Lord Baltimore Theater, Lord Baltimore Hotel
USA Field Hockey invites everyone who is able to stick around to meet Andre Fountain, The Aspen Institute Project Coordinator, Sports & Society Program, Blake Micael, BeMore Athletics Youth Basketball Coordinator and Advisor, and Sally Goggin, USA Field Hockey’s National Development Director, to learn more about Project Play, the State of Play in Baltimore City, USA Field Hockey’s Learn to Play initiative and to discuss strategies and plans to continue to grow the game in Baltimore and beyond. Maryland clubs, coaches and field hockey advocates have done a great job driving grassroots growth, and this will be the perfect opportunity to discuss what strategies and support systems are necessary to bring sustainable playing opportunity to boys and girls in urban zip codes such as Baltimore City.