As the national governing body for the sport of field hockey in the United States, it is USA Field Hockey’s responsibility to promote and develop the sport for future generations to enjoy.

Uniting the field hockey community and harnessing everyone’s passion for the sport through a shared weekend experience can help fuel the growth and success.

The 2019 USA Field Hockey Summit, presented by AstroTurf, is designed to bring the field hockey community together – Club and Program Administrators, Coaches and Umpires of all levels, Sponsors and Vendors – for an educational and inspirational weekend featuring guest speakers, professional development, awards and recognition, networking opportunities, and more.

Many field hockey, sport experts and business professionals will be speaking at the 2019 Summit to provide attendees with useful information, best principles and thought-provoking discussion.

The keynote speaker will be Tom Farrey, Executive Director of the Aspen Institute. Farrey leads the renowned Project Play initiative and will also be moderating a panel discussion around “Growing the Game of Field Hockey in America.”

USA Field Hockey is excited to launch the American Development Model (ADM) at the 2019 Summit. The ADM is an organizing framework to develop and grow the game.

The goal of the ADM is to:

  • Welcome and include all participants by supporting the many roles people can enjoy through the game of field hockey
  • Maximize enjoyment and retention by focusing on what, when and how the sport is taught, trained and played
  • Inspire a lifelong love of field hockey

USA Field Hockey’s ADM is built on the foundation of core values which bring out the full potential of every person exposed to the sport. When these values are embraced, participants learn the sport better, love it more, and enjoy it longer, while gaining important life skills in the process.

Club Administrators will share best principles and learn from field hockey and sport experts. Breakout session topics for Club Administrators will

  • Athlete Attraction and Retention
  • Parent and Constituent Engagement and Retention
  • Safety and Risk Management

Breakout sessions targeted to Coach Education will include both classroom workshops and skill demonstrations. Presenters include USA Field Hockey’s Director of Coach Education and Learning Craig Parnham, U.S. Women’s National Team Coach Janneke Schopman and U.S. Men’s National Team Coach Rutger Wiese. Topics include:

  • Age Appropriate Development
  • Learner-Centered Coaching
  • Developing Young Goalkeepers
  • Breakout sessions for Umpires will include:
  • Positioning and Communication
  • Game Management
  • Managing Intentional Fouls

Registrants will be able to check out the vendor booths on Friday night and Saturday morning to network with vendors and see the latest in field hockey gear, uniforms and swag from sponsors and exhibitors.

When is the USA Field Hockey Summit?

The 2019 USA Field Hockey Summit, presented by AstroTurf, will start on the morning of Friday, March 15 with programming targeted to Club and Program Administrators, Coaches and Umpires.

Attendees will come together for a Welcome Reception on Friday night. Programming will continue all day on Saturday and for a half day on Sunday. The Keynote Speaker, Tom Farrey, will speak midday on Saturday.

Enjoy ‘Hockey Happy Hour’ on Saturday evening. Get ready for some small-sided Walking Hockey competition. The USA Field Hockey Summit will end around 12:30 p.m. ET on Sunday, March 17, 2019.

Ancillary programming including Level 1 and Level 2 Instructional Coaching Clinics may be offered on Thursday, March 14 and the morning of Friday, March 15. Details to follow.

What will the weekend schedule be?

The programming on Friday, March 15 will start at 8:30 a.m. ET and will include lunch.

Programming will continue all day with opportunities to learn from field hockey and sports experts as well as other club administrators and sport leaders around the country.

Friday evening’s Welcome Reception will kick off the Summit with the opportunity to meet and connect with fellow Club Administrators, Coaches and Umpires of all levels, and sport advocates.

This evening will be a perfect time to visit with sponsors and vendors who serve the field hockey community with their expertise, products and services.

Appetizers will be served and there will be a cash bar. Saturday, March 16’s programming will start early! Enjoy an early-morning informational workout led by U.S. National Team athletes.

Network during morning coffee hour and get ready for the launch of USA Field Hockey’s American Development Model (ADM).

Saturday’s schedule will include a boxed lunch, and continue all day with multiple breakout sessions and on-field sessions targeted to coaches of all levels and new and experienced umpires.

USA Field Hockey Awards will be presented at lunch and the Keynote Speaker, Tom Farrey, Executive Director of the Aspen Institute, is scheduled to speak and lead a panel discussion around ‘Growing the Game of Field Hockey in America’ at 12:30 p.m. ET on Saturday.

Saturday night’s festivities will include “Hockey Happy Hour,” a fun opportunity to network, make some new friends and enjoy an opportunity to show off your competitive side as USA Field Hockey introduces small-sided Walking Hockey!

Appetizers will be served in the Radisson Field Ballroom with a cash bar. Happy hour pricing on food and drink will also be available. Programming continues Sunday, March 17 with another informational workout led by U.S. National Team athletes and a networking coffee hour.

Programming will conclude at 12:30 p.m. ET to accommodate travel schedules, although some regional growth discussions will continue in the afternoon

2019 Summit Skeleton Schedule

 Friday, March 15, 2019

  • 8:30 AM – 5:30 PM Programming targeted to Program Leaders, Coaches and Umpires
  • 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM Welcome Reception and Exhibitor Hall Open

Saturday, March 16, 2019

  • 7:00 AM – 8:00 AM Workout led by U.S. National Team Athletes
  • 7:30 AM – 9:00 AM Coffee and Networking
  • 9:00 AM – 9:45 AM Introducing USA Field Hockey’s Development Model
  • 9:45 AM – 11:45 AM Programming, including On-Field Session
  • 11:45 AM – 12:30 PM Boxed Lunch and Awards
  • 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM Keynote Speaker Tom Farrey Panel
  • 1:30 PM – 5:00 PM Programming
  • 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM Hockey Social Event including On-Field Small-Games

Sunday, March 17, 2019

  • 7:00 AM – 8:00 AM Workout led by U.S. National Team Athlete
  • 7:30 AM – 9:00 AM Coffee and Networking
  • 9:00 AM – 12:30 PM Coach/Umpire Programming and Closing Remarks
  • 1:30 PM – 4:00 PM Additional Discussion Opportunities

Who should attend this event?

USA Field Hockey encourages all field hockey stakeholders to attend.

Everyone involved in field hockey as a club or school administrator, program leader, coach of multi-sport organization, physical education teacher, elementary school coach, high school coach, college coach, umpire of any level, product or service manufacturer or supplier is welcome!

Adult players and all individuals looking to learn more about field hockey are welcome to attend as well. Registrants will have the opportunity to attend multiple sessions of interest throughout the weekend.

Where is this event located?

The USA Field Hockey Summit will be held at the Lord Baltimore Hotel in Baltimore’s beautiful Inner Harbor.

Hotel Address: 20 West Baltimore Street Baltimore, MD 21201

How much does Summit Cost and what does the price include?

USA Field Hockey Member and Non-Member Pricing:

Click here to become a USA Field Hockey Member.

Summit All Access Pass*
USA Field Hockey Member
Non-USA Field Hockey Member
Early Bird Member Pricing: Offered now – Sunday, November 25, 2018
$249 for 3 days of sessions at Summit
$299 for 3 days of sessions at Summit
Standard Member Pricing: Offered Monday, November 26, 2018 – Monday, February 4, 2019
$279 for 3 days of sessions at Summit
$329 for 3 days of sessions at Summit
Late Registration: Offered Tuesday, February 5, 2019- Friday, March 15, 2019
$319 for 3 days of sessions at Summit
$369 for 3 days of sessions at Summit
*Summit includes Friday, Saturday and Sunday
All purchases are nonrefundable after Monday, February 4, 2019.


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