From November 19 to 21, the NCAA Field Hockey National Championships will take place across all three Divisions in three different locations. The Division I Championship will be played at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Mich., the Division II Final will be held at Millersville University in Millersville, Pa., and the Division III Final Four will be hosted by Trinity College in Hartford, Conn.
To add to the excitement of the fall season being back on schedule, USA Field Hockey and the Michigan State Chapter have partnered to support the NCAA with a fun-filled schedule of ancillary events at the NCAA Division I Championship. Designed for athletes, coaches, umpires and fans of all levels, each day boasts something different with the chance to socialize, network, learn and enjoy field hockey.
“We couldn’t be more thrilled to host the NCAA Division I Championship in our state, and offer a full weekend of ancillary offerings to those attending,” said Keely Tamer, Michigan State Chapter President. “The great support from USA Field Hockey, especially for the coach and umpire education, will most definitely add to the excitement and make it a weekend to remember.”
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 2021
The weekend kicks off on Friday, November 19 with the NCAA Division I Semifinals taking place at the University of Michigan’s Phyllis Ocker Field. The first Semifinal is slotted for 12:00 p.m. ET, with the second at 2:30 p.m. ET. Immediately following the game is a Social at Conor O’Neills (318 Main Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48104) for a chance for fellow field hockey fans to hangout, socialize and win some door prizes. Pre-registration is encouraged but walk-ins are welcome.
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 2021
Saturday, November 20 is an action-packed day with four registration based ancillary offerings. To start, USA Field Hockey’s Coach Education and Learning team will host a 3-hour Defending Principles Workshop at the Indoor Training Center in Ann Arbor, Mich. This offering running from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. ET will provide coaches with the essential principles to help build more effective defensive teams. Following at the same facility from 1:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. ET is a Level 1 Instructional Coaching Clinic, the second part of the Level 1 program, which is a great way to become certified and training in best practices in coaching field hockey and in “The USA Way ”. The Coach Educator for both clinics is Allan Law, who served nine years as an assistant coach and associate head coach at Syracuse University, where he helped lead the team to the 2015 NCAA Division I National Championship. He also serves as the U.S. U-16 and U-21 Women’s National Team Assistant Coach and led the U.S. Men’s Masters Team to a fifth place finish at the 2019 Masters Indoor World Cup.
USA Field Hockey’s Director of Umpiring Steve Horgan will also host an Umpiring the Modern Game course from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. ET at the Stephen M. Ross Academic Center. This 90-minute workshop is designed for all levels and will cover how the game has changed over the years, with the new and modified rules, stronger, faster and more skilled players, and new techniques that didn’t exist until recently.
To round out the day, a Youth Clinic and Autograph Session will take place from 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET at the Indoor Training Center. Kids of all ages, new and experienced, are welcomed to join for fun on-field games-based activities and the chance to meet U.S. National Team athletes. Loaner sticks will be available but those attending are asked to bring shinguards and mouth guards.
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2021
USA Field Hockey would like to thank the Michigan State Chapter for their leadership in supporting field hockey in the state and organizing the additional programming surrounding the NCAA Division I Championship weekend. With a total of five State Chapter programs currently launched in California, Kentucky, Michigan, North Carolina and South Carolina, USA Field Hockey’s plans to extend these offerings across all three NCAA Championships in future years.