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December 16, 2010

USA Field Hockey’s 2011-2020 Long Term Strategic Plan


USA Field Hockey recently announced it’s 2011-2020 Long Term Strategic Plan (LTSP- my abbreviation).  The LTSP is the product of information gathered through membership surveys, Town Hall style meetings among parents and coaches and no doubt countless meetings among board members.  The final product is nothing short of breathtaking in terms of its scope and ambition.

I’ve got to hand it to the USFHA.  They’ve laid down the gauntlet as a matter of public record.  The LTSP, as its published, provides a Cliffs Notes version for the future of sport development from A-Z over the next decade.  Some general thoughts/impressions:

I love that High Performance is identified as the first strategic goal.  After all, what is the purpose of the sport’s governing body if not to produce ‘competitive excellence’ among our national teams on an international scale?  Aside from the obvious commitments to facilities and technical resources, the LTSP makes specific mention of the need ‘boost’ financial support for national team players.  Achieving a respectable athlete stipend will go a long way towards not only retaining the top committed athletes, but will also lend some credibility to the high performance lifestyle among development players.  The net effect should result in longer average playing careers, thus allowing a broader number of athletes to realize their full potential.

The LTSP also covers the vast and fertile ground of Sport Development.  Goals specify increasing playing opportunities among all demographics accompanied by increased membership to the association.  That makes good sense: More people playing the sport + more opportunities to play = a statistically greater chance to produce high performance athletes.  The US has an abundance of the resources necessary to make this happen, such as access to information, population and motivation.  What is lacking is physical infrastructure, i.e. turf hockey fields.

Granted, turf fields of varying types are more prevalent now than ever before.  However, the vast majority of them are owned and operated by high schools and universities- each of which likely engaged in a lengthy battle of bureaucratic maneuvering and fundraising in order to afford their fields in the first place.  That environment, combined an institution’s own sports programs as an administrator’s primary focus, does little to pave the way for private access to facilities – as a non-profit organization or otherwise.  As one who has built a business dependent on renting facility space, I see future growth of the sport largely as a function of the available time and expense of turf fields.

Considering the overall depth of the LTSP, I highly recommend you giving it a read for yourself.  It does a nice job of articulating USFHA’s vision for the next decade and provides a solid backdrop for which to evaluate future objective results.

-Matt Winn, Director.

[Matt Winn, CE Business Director, is solely responsible for any intended or perceived editorial content in this post. Questions or concerns? Email Matt directly at]

December 14, 2010

2010 Harrow Sports / NFHCA High School All-American Teams

Award season rolls on as Harrow Sports and the National Field Hockey Coaches Association High School have announced the 2010 High School All-American Teams.  The first and second teams are comprised of athletes from the various Regional All-American teams, which were featured in the previous post.  CE wishes to pass along a hearty congratulations to all athletes.  We wish you all successful and productive college careers.

First Team

Hannah Barreca Shore Regional High School West Long Branch, NJ

Abby Bascetta Granby Memorial High School Granby, CT

Abby Beltrani Ward Melville High School East Setauket, NY

Emma Bozek Lakeland High School Shrub Oak, NY

Echo Bretz Lehighton High School Lehighton, PA

Maxine Fluharty Sussex Technical High School Georgetown, DE

Laura Gebhart Donegal High School Mount Joy, PA

Jordyn Hamilton Pinkerton Academy Derry, NH

Sarah Hospodar Merion Mercy Academy Merion Station, PA

Debi-Michelle Jantzen Shoreham-Wading River High School Shoreham, NY

Sydney Kirby Hathaway Brown School Shaker Heights, OH

Jordan Page Cocalico High School Denver, PA

Kelsey Smither Lakeland High School Suffolk, VA

Becky Stiles Shawnee High School Medford, NJ

Taylor West Pocomoke High School Pocomoke, MD

Emily Wold Freehold Boro High School Freehold, NJ

Second Team

Corinne Allen Eastern High School Voorhees, NJ

Kate Barber Lafayette High School Wildwood, MO

Teresa Benvenuti Oak Knoll School Summit, NJ

Jenna Chrismer Crestwood High School Mountain Top, PA

Christyn Davidson Wilson High School – West Lawn West Lawn, PA

Stefani Day Palmyra High School Palmyra, PA

Lucy Dikeou Kent Denver School Englewood, CO

Jahna Driscoll Greene Central School Greene, NY

Anya Gersoff Cherry Creek High School Greenwood Village, CO

Mallory Mason Westminster School Simsbury, CT

Kristen Reitano Princess Anne High School Virginia Beach, VA

Shannon Scavelli Lakeland High School Shrub Oak, NY

Nicole Sevey Skowhegan Area High School Skowhegan, ME

Loren Shealy Charlotte Country Day School Charlotte, NC

Katlyn Soucy Palmyra High School Palmyra, PA

Renee Suter Penn Manor High School Millersville, PA

We find it worth mentioning that in order to be eligible for selection as an All-American on the first or second team, an athlete was required to participate in the USFHA National Hockey Festival, November 25-28.  Final selections to the All-American Teams were based on an athlete’s performance at the Festival tournament, an event which is mutually exclusive of the high school field hockey season.

[Matt Winn, CE Business Director, is solely responsible for any intended or perceived editorial content in this post. Questions or concerns? Email Matt directly at]

March 29, 2010

CE Presence in World Cup Qualifier

Katie Reinprecht, Princeton University '12

Katie Reinprecht, Princeton University '12

The AtaHolding Women’s World Cup Cup Qualifier is currently taking place at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, CA. The winner advances to the 2010 Women’s World Cup in Rosario, Argentina this September.

The U.S. stands at 3-0 so far in the 6 team tournament after defeating Mexico (7-0), France (3-0) & Belgium (3-0). Among those participating for the U.S. team include several former and current CE camp/club coaches:

Lauren Crandall
Rachel Dawson
Katie Evans
Maren Ford
Carrie Lingo

You can follow the tournament action at U.S. Field Hockey’s website; live text updates are available as the matches take place. We also highly recommend checking out the daily Match Highlights (Youtube videos). Commentary is provided by Nick Conway, the current U.S. Men’s Coach and former long-time CE director. If everything goes as planned, we’re expecting a U.S. vs. Korea final scheduled for this coming Saturday, April 3.

[Matt Winn, CE Business Director, is solely responsible for any intended or perceived editorial content in this post. Questions or concerns? Email Matt directly at]

February 3, 2009

CE’s Kristen Winn on Katie Reinprecht’s US Pan Am Cup Selection

Katie Reinprecht

Katie Reinprecht

Princeton University’s Katie Reinprecht (2012) was recently named to the US Women’s Pan Am Cup Team. Her college coach and CE Director Kristen Winn gives her thoughts below:

Can you put into context what it means for a college freshman to make a Sr. National Team?

It is very special considering how hockey in the US is organized. American athletes do not have the benefit of interacting in a club environment as it exists in Europe, South America or the Oceanic countries. In these countries, a gifted young hockey player will get placed in their top division within their club where often there will be several National team players as well as other high level players. Growing up in a professional environment prepares these younger players for the demands of a National team environment. It is not uncommon to see an Australian or Dutch 19 or 20 year old with 50 caps. That doesn’t happen in the US. The fact that Katie is ready for this level now is testament to her overall talent and athleticism.

As Katie’s college coach, to what extent do you feel responsible for preparing her to play at the international level?

Katie has been on my NJ high performance team for the last few years so I would say that those moments together have probably had more influence on her play than these last few months at the college level. HP is great because it more closely simulates what she would get if she playing in a club in Europe (diversity of age and quality players). The high performance team serves as the highest level of competition for an American athlete other than the National Team. Ultimately, a coach can only do so much. I believe the High performance environment allowed Katie to be around other players such as Katie Evans and Tracey Arndt (Larson) who were capable of really pushing the tempo of our practices . I think this probably helped Katie the most.

How will Katie’s experience at the international level help her college teammates at Princeton during the upcoming spring season?

It will be invaluable. The main difference between the two levels is the speed at which Katie will need to execute her skills and make decisions. She’ll come back playing and thinking faster. It will force her teammates to have to stay up with her.

Additional information can be found on Princeton University’s athletic website.


CE Coaches Past & Present rep US on Pan Am Cup Team

The US Women’s Pan Am Cup Team has been recently announced. Five members of the team are past or present Champion’s Edge camp coaches. They include: Keli Smith, Carrie Lingo, Lauren Crandall, Tiffany Snow & Katie Evans.

The Pan Am Cup takes place February 7-15 in Hamilton Bermuda. The top 8 teams in the region compete for automatic qualification to the 2010 World Cup in Argentina. See the complete story at


January 12, 2009

US Field Hockey’s New Website

The USFHA finally popped for a new website. I don’t spend a lot of time on the site, but I’m often referring campers and parents there for various bits of information. In the process of doing so, I’m forced to check the source myself- and it’s usually a brutal exercise in point and click. Not anymore. I haven’t fully vetted the site, but from what I’ve seen, it’s a massive upgrade. There’s a ton of readily available news and video clips. The information has been totally streamlined. At this point, if you can’t find what you’re looking for, it’s your own fault.

Check it out:


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