New Uniforms for USA Eagles
The USA Eagles (not all shown) have received new uniforms thanks to the generosity of the team's sponsors. Major Sponsors: Phoenix Field Hockey and Band of Brothers Field Hockey Foundation. Also supporting the team: JLS Automation (guided robotic case packing systems), Dino Ball (heavy ball used for flick training), and Skillz Machine (electronic platform used to improve ball handling).
Central New Jersey - High School senior Kiet Maloney, freshmen Ishaq Inayat and Alexandre Beauduin, and sophomore James Polashock, have been named to the USA Men's Junior National Indoor Team.
Hopewell Township, NJ - High School Sophomore: Kiet Maloney, an attacker for the East Coast High Performance field hockey team, has been applying his interest in field hockey to the other side of the whistle. In his first year of umpiring, Kiet was appointed to umpire the championship game at the Region 5 Regional Club Championship (learn more).
Pottstown, PA - March 23-24, 2019: Middle School and High School boys were among the 200 athletes who tried out for positions on the USA Men's Junior National Team, Men's Senior National Team, Women's Junior National Team, and Women's Senior National Team. The trials were gender integrated - boys and girls and men and women. See the photos and watch the video, click here.
BoysFieldHockey.com asked a pretty simple question, "Where do males who play field hockey in the USA live?" Have a look via this live-action, interactive map (have fun).
Colorado Springs, CO – March 6, 2019: The Under-16 National Boys Team is set to return to Chile later this week to take part in a test series with the host nation from March 10-15 in Santiago, Chile. As USA’s first international competition of the year, the U-16 squad, and U-20 squad, will play back-to-back across four days, as well as have team practices (learn more).
Downingtown, PA - High School Freshman: Toby Peck was no stranger to shots (making more than 30 saves) in the recently concluded 2019 National Indoor Hockey Tournament. He helped his team secure a second place finish (learn more and watch the video).
Louisville, KY - Middle School Student: Sekayi Charasika, a 12-year old seventh grader from Kentucky Country Day School, wins gold medal in USA's Under-19 Division (learn more).
Hopewell Township, NJ - High School Sophomore: Out sized but not out gunned, Kiet Maloney scored 32% of his team's goals at the 2019 National Indoor Hockey Tournament (learn more).
Princeton, NJ - Middle School Student: Ishaq Inayat, a 6th grader at John Witherspoon Middle School, won a gold medal at USA Field Hockey's National Indoor Hockey Tournament (learn more).
BoysFieldHockey.com created maps to see where members of the USA Men's Under-16 and Under-20 National Field Hockey Teams call home. You'll find hometowns from Florida to California and Massachusetts to Arizona on the maps -- all of whom will travel to Chile in March (learn more).
Frederickburgs, VA - Middle School Student: Tyler Kim, in blue USA uniform, competing for the USA Under-16 team against Chile, in 2018 (learn more).
Is Men's Field Hockey Popular?
FUN FACT: Field hockey is the second or third most popular MEN'S team sport on the planet (depending how you count -- players, countries with national teams, spectators). Hockey is very similar to soccer in terms of team composition (11v11), tactics, and fitness requirements. Unlike soccer, excellent eye-hand coordination is an important requirement. The graphic is from WorldAtlas.com.
Hopewell Township, NJ - High School Sophomore: After collecting multiple gold medals in recent tournaments, Kiet Maloney has decided to umpire to help fund his hockey pursuits (learn more).
Fulton, MD - Middle School Student: Jack Weitzman competed in numerous tournaments preparing to compete in the National Indoor Hockey Tournament in Richmond, VA (learn more).
Glenn Ridge, NJ - High School Freshman: Gavin Chung named to the Junior National Team that will compete in Santiago, Chile, March 8-16 (learn more).
Downingtown, PA - High School Freshman: Toby Peck recently won a gold medal with other boys at the Downingtown Indoor Hockey Tournament. Next step? The Nationals! (learn more)
Newport News, VA - High School Sophomore: Corey Dykema is preparing for competitions with the USA Under-16 team against Chile, March 8-16, 2019 (learn more).
Carlisle, PA - Middle School Student: He's only 11-years old but will be facing down 18-year olds at in the Under-19 division of the National Indoor Hockey Tournament in Richmond, VA (learn more).
Hainseport, NJ - Elementary School Student: James Polashock recently won a gold medal with other boys at the Downingtown Indoor Hockey Tournament (learn more).
Jamaica Plain, MA - Middle School Student: Ronan Stevenson-Swadling, a Boston Latin Academy student, is named to USA Field Hockey’s Men’s Under-16 National Team (learn more).
Princeton, NJ - Middle School Students: Ishaq Inayat (left) and Alex Beauduin, 6th graders at John Witherspoon Middle School, won gold medals at an indoor hockey tournament (read more).
Major international competitions for men include the Olympics, World Cup, Junior World Cup, and Pan Am Games. The USA Men’s National Field Hockey Team is ranked 25th in the world and is looking forward to qualifying for its first Hockey World Cup.
Indoor hockey is similar to “field” hockey although it is a different sport with different, yet similar rules. Indoor hockey is a super fast 6v6 game, does not allow hitting, and is scaled down so it can be played inside gymnasiums. The goal is 25% smaller than its outdoor counterpart. International competitions include the Indoor Hockey World Cup and Indoor Hockey Pan Am Games. The USA Men's National Indoor Hockey Team has qualified twice for the Indoor Hockey World Cup.
In the USA, hockey is largely played on the coasts and, unlike almost every other country, the overwhelming number of participants are female and under the age of 21. About 70,000 girls play in high schools, about 7,500 play on college teams and college clubs. After college, again unlike other countries, only a small number of adults find opportunities to continue playing the sport.