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Windy City Field Hockey: The 2017 Journey

Welcome Back to all the athletes and families in our Windy City Program! We are excited to start off the 2017 journey with everyone in our program. We have settled into the middle of the Winter Season and look forward to many upcoming events in our program such as new programs starting up at Libertyville Sports Complex, Hosting the National Indoor Qualifying Tournament Jan 21-22 at LSC, indoor teams continue preparation for National events, Select Programs working hard on basic and advanced skills, many beginners in our Academy Program and Roots programs learning and loving the sport. To the athletes, keep doing the hard work as preparation is the key to all of our success. Dream Big and remember to enjoy the time on the field with your coaches and teammates!


BEST WISHES FOR A WONDERFUL HOLIDAY!

The staff at Windy City Field Hockey would like to wish all of our Field Hockey Families a Happy Holiday Season and a Happy New Year!


2017 Windy City FH International Tour for Travel Team Players!

Windy City is excited to announce a new international trip in 2017 after taking a year off from trips abroad. We are headed to Cape Town, South Africa. This unique experience, and for some a once in a lifetime opportunity, is going to be a trip to remember. Travel Team members in the U16 (rising) & U19 age groups are invited to join our staff in South Africa in July/August 2017!


Join us for the Celebration of Illinois Field Hockey Event- Saturday, October 29th

USA Field Hockey is offering an great opportunity for players from the state of Illinois to be coached by USA Field Hockey Olympians this Saturday, Oct 29!! Come meet and be coached by Rio Olympians Lauren Crandall (USA Team Captain) and Michelle Vittese this Saturday, October 29th from 8:30a-10:30am indoors at The Athletico Center. Cost is $20 for USAFH members/ $25 for non-members. 

Plan to bring your field hockey stick, mouthguards, shinguards and water! And anything you want autographed. T-shirts given out to all participants.


2017 Windy City FH International Tour for Travel Team Players!

Windy City is excited to announce a new international trip in 2017 after taking a year off from trips abroad. We are headed to Cape Town, South Africa! This unique experience, and for some a once in a lifetime opportunity, is going to be a trip to remember. Travel Team members in the U16 (rising) & U19 age groups are invited to join our staff in Cape Town, South Africa in July/August 2017!


Illinois Field Hockey

Check out our new website for all of Illinois Field Hockey! The website is a new resource for all field hockey in the state. If you have details on an event or team, then email info@illinoisfieldhockey.com

2016 Illinois High School Field Hockey All-Star Game

Excited to announce the first Illinois High School Field Hockey All-Star game. Windy City and 4USports will sponsor the event on Tuesday, November 1st at 7pm at Northwestern University's Lakeside Field Hockey Turf. Teams will be announced later this month. Stay tuned!



DII & DIII Penn Monto/NFHCA PreSeason Coaches Poll Released

The NFHCA has released the DII Pre-Season Poll and East Stroudsburg Univ claimed the top spot.

Click here for Division II Rankings

The NFHCA has released the DIII Pre-Season Poll and Middlebury claimed the top spot.

Click here for Division III Rankings

Division I Penn Monto/ NFHCA Pre-season Poll Announced!

The NFHCA has announced the Division I pre-season poll! A sneak peek shows UNC at the top followed by Syracuse and UConn.

Click here for the full Division I preseason poll rankings


Celebrate WCFH Day at NUFH!

Celebrate Windy City Field Hockey Day! 

Come out and cheer on Northwestern Field Hockey as they take on Big10 opponent Maryland Terrapins! See flyer for more information regarding ticket discounts, opportunity to meet the team and free gift! 

WHEN: Sunday, September 25th at Noon 

WHERE: Lakeside Field

 


Watch TEAM USA at the Olympic Games!

Mark your calendars to watch USA at the 2016 Olympic Games:

Date  Match  Network Time 
 Saturday, Aug. 6  USA vs. Argentina  USA Network  4:00 p.m. EST
 Monday, Aug. 8  USA vs. Australia   NBC Sports Network  9:00 a.m. EST
 Wednesday, Aug. 10  USA vs. Japan  NBC Sports Network  4:00 p.m. EST
 Thursday, Aug. 11  USA vs. India   NBC Sports Network  6:30 p.m. EST
 Saturday, Aug. 13  USA vs. Great Britain  CNBC  5:00 p.m. EST
 Monday, Aug. 15  Women's Quarterfinals  USA Network  9:00 a.m. EST
     NBC Sports Network  11:30 a.m. EST (taped)
 Wednesday, Aug. 17  Women's Semifinals  MSNBC  11:00 a.m. EST 
     CNBC  5:00 p.m. EST (taped)
 Friday, Aug. 19   Women's Bronze Medal Match  USA Network  11:30 a.m. EST
   Women's Gold Medal Match  MSNBC  4:00 p.m. EST

 


Twenty Years Ago at the 1996 Olympic Games


1996 Olympic Game Venue in Atlanta, GA

I think back to where I was twenty years ago and it brings back powerful memories of my journey to get to the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, GA. I was fairly new to the team and had a lot to prove as a college athlete. I started playing field hockey in 9th grade and caught the attention of University of Maryland's Missy Meharg when I was a senior in high school. Attending the University of Maryland under the leadership of Meharg was the catalyst I needed to play field hockey at the international level. During my senior year of college I took an Olympic waiver from the University of Maryland, which in essence puts your time clock on hold and freezes your eligibility status, to tryout for the Olympic team. Taking a year off and moving to Atlanta to tryout for the Olympic team was the best decision I could have made. 

For a year a squad of 30 athletes trained 4-5 hours of field hockey a day, ran as if we were members of the USA Track & Field team, studied filmed, weight lifted, traveled the world for competition all in preparation for the Olympic Games. In May of 2016, my dream came true and I was one of 16 players named to the Olympic Team.  

Walking in the Opening Ceremonies marked the beginning of what was going to be an amazing experience. Wearing the red, white & blue and representing the USA at the Olympic games was one of the proudest moments of my life!  Team USA finished the 1996 Olympic Games in 5th place. Although we didn't medal as a team, I feel I won in so many ways. 

At Windy City Field Hockey I have the opportunity each and every day to share my passion of the sport to so many girls and boys of all ages. I can honestly say I'm very lucky to be able to do what I do every single day. 

Good luck Team USA as you pursue your dreams in Rio. Windy City is watching and cheering you on! Go States, get it done!! 

 

Words Can't Describe Beach's Olympic Experience

Thanks Sport Ngin and Loren Nelson!


Windy City Field Hockey Newsletter Vol 1

Windy City Field Hockey is excited to share our first Newsletter to update our club members on the latest program offerings, registration reminders, tournament updates and special announcements!


Three Windy City Players Named to MAX Field Hockey Top 100 Field Players in Class of 2017

Congratulations to WCFH Juniors on being named to the Top 100 Field Hockey Players in the Class of 2017 by MAX Field Hockey. Christen Conley of Oak Park River Forest High School will attend Northwestern University in the Fall of 2017; Libby Thompson will attend Duke University in the Fall of 2017 and Nell Van Schaack will attend Georgetown University in the Fall of 2017. WCFH is proud of this accomplished group of players and look forward to their continued leadership and play throughout their remaining WCFH Travel careers! To view the complete list and article click here


JPOL Week #2

Windy City Field Hockey heads to Ann Arbor, Michigan the weekend of April 29-May 1 to compete in the Junior Premier Outdoor League. JPOL in the Midwest started in the spring of 2015 and provides club teams from our region to participate in a professional and competitive event.

Over the course of three weekends, our top U16 (Flame) and top U19 (Fire) Travel Teams will compete for the Midwest title.

Click here for more details, results and standings


NEW USA FIELD HOCKEY CLUB RANKINGS RELEASED


U16's Finish Top in Pool at Presidents' Day Showcase

New USA Field Hockey Club rankings have been released. Windy City has claimed Top 20 spots at all three age groups: U19, U16 & U14  age divisions! Windy City Proud!

U19 Windy City Field Hockey #15 Ranking

U16 Windy City Field Hockey #3 Ranking

U14 Windy City Field Hockey #7 Ranking

Click on the link below for full list of Club Rankings as of March 15, 2016:

http://www.teamusa.org/USA-Field-Hockey/MEMBERSHIP/CLUB-MEMBERSHIP/RANKINGS-POLICY


U10 & U12 TRAVEL TEAM TRYOUT DETAILS!

**Mark your Calendars  for the U10 & U12 Spring/Summer Outdoor Travel Team Tryouts**

For more details, above put your cursor on Travel, scroll down and click on U10 Sparkles & Spirit or U12 Blast & Heat for all the details.

Registration for Tryouts coming soon! 

 

WINDY CITY HOCKEY 3's is Back This March!

In March 2016, Windy City will be hosting a 3v3 league for 3rd through 12th graders. On Tuesday and Thursday evenings at The Accelerated Center in Northbrook, self- formed teams will have the opportunity to compete in three 25 minute games per night (*subject to change depending on number of registered teams). Teams can register for multiple days (based on age group availability) during the two weeks of play. Six is the maximum number of players on a team; three players on the field at one time. There are no GK's in Hockey 3's league play. Official Hockey 3's rules to be posted soon.

Why Play Hockey 3's? Opportunity to get extra touches on the ball in a fun and highly competitive atmosphere.

  • All age groups can greatly benefit at 3v3
  • 3's hockey develops strong fundamental skills such as passing, receiving, ball control and tackling
  • Players are challenged to make quick decisions and execute under pressure
  • Strengthen ability to execute advanced skills such as first touch, deception, vision, 3D skills, positioning and communication
  • Fun to play, fun to watch and lots of individual participation with the small rosters

Weekly schedule (first week of March):

Tuesdays: March 1st, March 8th
Thursday's: March 3rd and March 10th

Tuesdays 6:00-7:30pm- combined 6th, 7th & 8th grade teams
Tuesdays 7:30-9:00pm- combined 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th grade teams
Thursdays 5:00-6:30pm- combined 3rd, 4th & 5th grade teams
Thursdays 6:30-8:00pm- combined 6th, 7th & 8th grade teams

Cost: $150 / team / night

Uniform Requirements: teams must wear similar colored jerseys and sock colors. Numbers are not required and shirts / jerseys do not need to be identical, just close enough so that it is clear that the players are on the same team.

Who can coach Hockey 3's?
A coach may be a parent, volunteer or Windy City coach. Contact Windy City if you are interested in hiring a coach for your team.

Windy City will provide referee / field coordinator for each field.

Registration: First come, first served until the age group fills; limited to four teams / session / week

Deadline to Register: Feb 19th

**Non-refundable registration** names on roster can be changed after teams are registered
 



Windy City Hosting 2016 National Indoor Tournament Qualifier

Windy City FH has been chosen to host a NIT Qualifying event at Libertyville Sports Complex on Saturday, January 23rd (Under 19's) and Sunday, January 24th (Under 16's). The National Indoor Qualifiers, held annually during December through January, are the official qualifying tournaments for the National Indoor Tournament. The National Indoor Tournament, held annually in late February and early March, pulls together standout indoor club teams and competitors from across the nation for the opportunity to compete on the national stage and be crowned an indoor national champion. Mark your calendar to come out and cheer on your WC teams!

Attention U16 & U19 Travel Team Players!!

Katie Beach will be offering small group lessons (3 players maximum) two weeks leading up to the and the week following the Hockey Festival. The lessons are 45 minutes in length and will be on a first-come, first-serve basis.  The fee for each athlete is $70, cash or check will be due on the day of the lesson.

Athletes will be receiving high intensity, high skill level training with numerous repetitions to improve skill execution. Athletes are expected to arrive 10 minutes prior to the start of their sessions for self-warmup at game speed.

Dates:      Mondays 11/09, 11/16 and 11/30
                Tuesdays 11/10, 11/17 and 12/01
                Thursdays 11/12, 11/19 and 12/03

Times:   U16 travel team athletes can register for the 5:00-5:45pm time slot
              U19’s travel team athletes can register for the 5:45-6:30pm time slot

Location: Glenbrook Sports Academy Fieldhouse, 2710 Old Willow Rd, Northbrook, IL 60062

What to bring: outdoor stick, shinguards, mouthguard, water, indoor shoes (NO CLEATS), and a ready to work hard attidude!

Please click on the link below to get registered:

https://windycityfieldhockey-katie.youcanbook.me/

Contact Katie Beach at katie@windycityfieldhockey.com if you have any questions.

2015-2016 UPCOMING WCFH TOURNAMENTS

Windy City Field Hockey will be traveling with six teams to the upcoming Hockey Festival in Palm Springs, CA November 26th-28th. As one of the largest field hockey events in the world, Windy City athletes will have the opportunity to compete at the Empire Polo Grounds while showcasing their talents to college coaches from around the country.

As we approach November, travel team athletes have the opportunity to train and compete in the indoor league which requires a thinner stick and the use of boards as sidelines. Our Indoor Travel Teams will be traveling the first two weekends of December to the Training Center in PA, home of the WC Eagles club team. In PA, we will get to practice and prepare for the National Indoor Tournament Qualifier, which we host the weekend of January 23rd-24th.

In 2016, Windy City FH will be traveling to Sarasota, FL for the first annual President's Day Showcase. Our U19 and U16 travel teams will be competing at the Premier Sports Campus in Lakewood Ranch, FL.

Check back for more information!

2015-2016 Winter Program Registration

Windy City Field Hockey is excited to announce our program dates for the upcoming winter season. Registration for Travel (invite only), Select and Academy will open on September 15, 2015. To view our program options for Select and/or Academy, click on the tab on the home page for a complete list. Each team's rosters are determined based on first come, first served registration basis in both our Academy and Select Programs. A link to our online registration will be available soon!

Winter Roots Registration will open on October 15th, 2015!!

 


Private/Small Group Lessons

Coming Soon!! Summer private and small group lessons! Click on the link under home for more details.


Look what just arrived! A Drag Flick Training Table


Drag Flick Training Table

While in Holland WCFH purchased a DFTT which is a training tool for field hockey. It's a tool master to help learn the skills to drag flick as a shot on goal in a smart, safe and fun way. The table is designed to allow for continuous repititions without developing sore muscles and to prevent injury. The DFFT is designed for players ages 11 and older. We are excited to start drag flick training with our teams/players this winter!


Want to be a part of USA Field Hockey's Futures Program?

Now is the time to go through an individual trial with a school coach or Windy City Field Hockey coach to be considered for the 2015 Futures Program. To be considered an athlete must register through USA Field Hockey, ask a coach to administer the trial test and print off the registration form for the trial.

Athletes have until October 24, 2014 to complete the trial.

Click on the link below for all the details:

http://www.teamusa.org/usa-field-hockey/futures/futures-trials


WINDY CITY HOCKEY 3's is Back This March!

In March 2016, Windy City will be hosting a 3v3 league for 3rd through 12th graders. On Tuesday and Thursday evenings at The Athletico Center in Northbrook, self- formed teams will have the opportunity to compete in three 25 minute games per night (*subject to change depending on number of registered teams). Teams can register for multiple days (based on age group availability) during the two weeks of play. Six is the maximum number of players on a team; three players on the field at one time. There are no GK's in Hockey 3's league play. Official Hockey 3's rules to be posted soon.

Why Play Hockey 3's? Opportunity to get extra touches on the ball in a fun and highly competitive atmosphere.

  • All age groups can greatly benefit at 3v3
  • 3's hockey develops strong fundamental skills such as passing, receiving, ball control and tackling
  • Players are challenged to make quick decisions and execute under pressure
  • Strengthen ability to execute advanced skills such as first touch, deception, vision, 3D skills, positioning and communication
  • Fun to play, fun to watch and lots of individual participation with the small rosters

Weekly schedule (first week of March):

Tuesdays: March 1st, March 8th
Thursday's: March 3rd and March 10th

Tuesdays 6:00-7:30pm- combined 6th, 7th & 8th grade teams
Tuesdays 7:30-9:00pm- combined 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th grade teams
Thursdays 5:00-6:30pm- combined 3rd, 4th & 5th grade teams
Thursdays 6:30-8:00pm- combined 6th, 7th & 8th grade teams

Cost: $150 / team / night

Uniform Requirements: teams must wear similar colored jerseys and sock colors. Numbers are not required and shirts / jerseys do not need to be identical, just close enough so that it is clear that the players are on the same team.

Location: The Athletico Center, 1900 Old Willow Rd, Northbrook, IL 60062

Who can coach Hockey 3's?
A coach may be a parent, volunteer or Windy City coach. Contact Windy City if you are interested in hiring a coach for your team.

Windy City will provide referee / field coordinator for each field.

Registration: First come, first served until the age group fills; limited to four teams / session / week. Link to register will be available SOON!

Deadline to Register: Feb 19th

**Non-refundable registration** names on roster can be changed after teams are registered
 

Congratulations to our WCFH Athletes Selected to the National Futures Championship!

Congratulations to our Windy City Athletes selected from the USA Field Hockey Regional Futures Tournament to compete at the USAFH National Futures Championships this summer:

U14's- Ellie Flynn, Amy Griffin, Lauren Hughes, Grace McGowan and Alexandra Morgan

U16's- Christen Conley, Paige LeClercq, Meghan Minturn, Catherine Nicholson, Libby Thompson, Nell Van Schaack and GK Emma Goldberg

U19's- Lindsay Getz, Rose Gorski, Maggie Lake and Lexi Silver

Alternates: Izzy Moody, Greta Kullby, Camille Scheyer, Maggie Stoll and Grace Payne

We are so proud of all of our athletes for their hard work and dedication-best of luck at NFC's, Go WCFH! 

Travel Teams Heading to Nationals and Club Challenge!

Over the course of the next six days, Windy City Travel Teams will be competing against the best hockey clubs in the nation as they compete for the Gold. Windy City U14 Spark will be competing at the Spooky Nook Sports Complex July 9th-11th in the National Club Championships. Windy City U16 Flame will be competing at the Spooky Nook Sports Complex July 12th-14th in the National Club Championships. Windy City U19 Fire will be competing at the Virginia Beach Sports Complex July 12th-14th in the National Club Challenge. Best of luck to all players and coaches! Go Windy City!!

Click here for U14 & U16 NCC schedule and results

Click here for U19 Club Challenge schedule and results

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