Hockey began as a simple ball and stick game, the modern form closest to the original is what we call field hockey. All variations come from this sport. All are amazingly familiar once you grab a stick and begin to play.
The Intention of hosting the First ALL BOYS INDOOR HOCKEY TOURNAMENT was to provide an incentive for boys to play field hockey. There are few opportunities for boys to play with other boys in a tournament situation. By creating an event where boys from all over the USA could come together to play, we had hoped to spark interest and increase visibility for the boys and men who play.
In an effort to stir interest, we opened the tournament to other hockey playing nations, notably Canada and South Africa, who had planned to each send several teams. This would have been a rare opportunity for USA, Canadian, and South African boys not on their national teams to meet and compete, sharing their interest and skills, and enthusiasm.
Sadly, we are informing our friends in Canada and South Africa that the event will be postponed until January 2015.
The total number USA boys registering did not reach critical mass sufficient to host a worthwhile indoor tournament. There will be no tournament this year.
The 2015 ALL-BOYS INTERNATIONAL INDOOR HOCKEY TOURNAMENT, sponsored by Dita, will be held at the end of January. A cap of eight teams in each of the following age divisions will be invited: Under 12, U 14, U 16, and U 18. Once the first three slots in each division are filled by USA players, we will accept application from Canadian, Mexican, South African, Dutch, Australian, and Chilean boys teams. Age divisions without a minimum three USA teams will be eliminated.
We are also willing to accept bids for hosting the tournament at other locations within the USA, should interest and large numbers of players justify the move from the venue of the Colorado Springs Olympic Training Center facility.
The goal remains the same, to provide an event that helps answer to question: Where can boys play hockey?
Field Hockey Life magazine celebrates our sport in a way that opens the experience to those who have perhaps never picked up a stick and felt the exhilaration of clobbering a ball.
The magazine, through articles, but primarily via compelling images, offers a look into the life and passion that is field hockey.
It attempts to demonstrate that there is room to participate and enjoy this healthy, athletic activity in many different levels and in many wonderful ways.
FH Life pictures a sport the entire family can play for a lifetime.
There are but a few companies in the entire world which focus solely upon the sport of field hockey.
The rest think they can copy our sticks and sell them as a sideline to their real business of: lacrosse, small appliances, shoes, make-up, or whatever. To those merchants, field hockey sticks is a sideline.
For Dita, Grays, TK, and Gryphon,
it's a passion.
Play smart. Get your genius on!
I really don't want to beat a dead horse. But I do wish it would die, by being withdrawn. The high school use of so-called safety goggles is unlikely to be reversed. There are those who see additional equipment as enhancing the game. Yes, it enhances the profitability of the game for those seeking to sell goggles, by millions of dollars. It creates an illusion that it makes a player safer.
There is a good reason that field hockey has always had a better safety record than other team sports. Respect and reason were designed into the sport. Part of the reason field hockey players wear so little padding is because of mutual respect. If one is vulnerable, one knows better than to tackle from the blind side. It is the reason there are rules about dangerous play. It is the reason everyone plays with the stick held at the top by the left hand. It is the reason behind using the flat side of the stick.
As stated recently in a Yahoo feature about dangerous sports, field hockey didn't even get on the radar. Football, softball, cheer leading, lacrosse, soccer, and ice hockey had higher casualties; in numbers and in ratio to participants. CLICK FOR FULL ARTICLE. The study was taken before high schools were manipulated into mandating goggles. In the USA the wearing of goggles was required by the organization that dictates high school sports. Those who manufacture and sell the goggles would like to increase their business. The perception that goggles make one safer helps widen their market.
Umpire and field hockey organizer, Cris Maloney, observed that
younger children are being targeted for goggle sales. "I was
sickened the other day," Maloney said, "when I saw a pair of
little, tiny goggles at a sporting goods store labeled for field
hockey. I am also sickened when I see youth
programs and middle schools requiring them. Not only because the
kids are wearing something so counter intuitive to developing field
hockey skills but because the camp owners and middle school athletic
directors probably think they're doing the right thing.
The thing is,
when a kid gets hurt because of the goggles, their parents will realize
that the goggle requirement was specifically designed for high school
age athletes playing in games strictly governed by NFHS rules being
enforced by two certified umpires---not camp activities, not middle
school games. Those things are completely outside the scope of concerns
considered by the NFHS. Lawyers are going to have a field day when a
little boy or girl gets hurt in a middle school game or at a camp that
required the kids to wear goggles."
Those who know the sport, understand that the wearing of goggles, rather than decreasing risk of injury, increases danger. This is why USA Field Hockey prohibits the wearing of goggles at all its sanctioned events. Some other groups have bucked the trend and prohibited the wearing of the goggles. Last year at least one school required goggles at their camps.This year they don't. Below is the statement directly from the website of the Ocean Atlantic Field Hockey Association ( http://www.oafha.org ) :
Avoiding the Dangers of Wearing Goggles
Use of goggles is banned at
all Ocean Atlantic Field Hockey Association events because they are
dangerous. Players wearing goggles have restricted and/or distorted
vision which creates dangers for themselves and the players around them.
Further, goggles are hard and can injure other athletes during
collisions (lacerations, bruises, and in some case concussions). In
addition, when an athlete wearing goggles falls to the ground the
goggles can causes injuries that would not occur if the athlete fell to
the ground when not wearing goggles. In two completely different incidents, girls wearing goggles who fell to
the ground broke their nose and received lacerations when the goggles
were ripped across their face when they hit the ground.