This past weekend Seacoast United Field Hockey hosted their first ever true indoor field hockey event in part with USA Field Hockey. The U16 & U19 NITQ’s (National Indoor Tournament Qualifier) took place at The Rim Sports Complex in Hampton, NH.
Each tournament had 16 teams involved with the top 8 teams advancing to the 2020 National Indoor Tournament either in Lancaster, PA (U16) or Richmond, VA (U19). Seacoast United Field Hockey has made significant strides in terms of improving the overall indoor curriculum and skill set within the club. This was the fourth consecutive year that Seacoast United participated in true indoor field hockey and the focus on true indoor training is starting to pay dividends. The club saw four teams qualify for the NIT (U16 Navy, U16 Red, U19 Navy and U19 Carolina) which is a fantastic achievement.
“We really wanted to focus on this part of our program and after this past weekend’s results we know we are on the right track,” said Field Hockey Director Sarah Michaud. “We are extremely proud of the players and staff and know that this sets the stage perfectly for the next round.”
This coming weekend will see four more teams competing at Smith College, and the hope is that they too will experience the same success. The NITs take places next month and will also see two Seacoast United u12 and two u14 teams competing along with the other teams who recently qualified in the U16 and U19 age groups. Stay up to date with all of the results via the website and the Seacoast United Field Hockey social media platforms.
If you love field hockey, and aspire to play field hockey at the collegiate level, then you probably spent your Thanksgiving at the Shooting Star Tournament in Richmond, VA. Although this tournament has only been around for a few years, it has quickly become one of the most popular college recruiting showcases in the country.
This year Seacoast United was represented by four teams, two teams (U16 & U19) from its NH location and two teams (U16 & U19) from its MA location. Although the travel home was a bit rocky due to the lovely New England Weather, these teams had an amazing showing at the tournament. Both U19 teams won their pool for the first time in program history, and the U16 teams competed against some of the top clubs in the country and held their own! Seacoast United coaches were so excited to see all of their hard work and preparation pay off, as their players showcased their skills to hundreds of college coaches from all across the country.
Although this tournament is always over a Holiday weekend, SUFH feels that attending a tournament of this caliber and exposing its players to top notch competition and college coach visibility is extremely important. This tournament officially ends the outdoor season, and we can’t wait for indoor to begin. Let the hard work continue in preparation for the National Indoor Qualifiers next month. GO SEACOAST!
On October 20th, Seacoast United Field Hockey hosted the 2nd Annual Playing for a Purpose: Pink Jamboree in partnership with the United Sports Foundation. A portion of all proceeds will be donated to the American Cancer Society in support of Breast Cancer Awareness. With 38 teams in attendance ranging from Kindergarten to 12th grade, it was a fantastic day for field hockey and the numerous communities involved.
Last year’s event was created specifically in support of raising awareness about breast cancer and contributing to the continued research and development campaigns. The field hockey staff asked each of the teams to dress in as much pink as possible to in an effort to encourage the players to talk about breast cancer. The hope is that this event will help people network and meet one another to raise awareness about the amount of people in the communities who are affected by this disease. This may also inspire more people to volunteer at other events that raise funds for this cause.
“It was amazing to see so many local communities involved on Saturday,” commented Field Hockey Director Sarah Michaud. “It’s really important for the players to learn more about how this disease impacts so many people and I think we achieved that.”
The Seacoast United Field Hockey Club recently wrapped up their club tryouts and things are looking very promising for the 2019/20 season. Tryouts for all three locations (Hampton and Concord, NH and Essex, MA) were held in September and the second round of tryouts took place over Columbus Day weekend.
In total, over 500 field players and 40 goalies were in attendance over the two months which makes it the largest turnout to date. The club prides itself in offering year-round training opportunities to players with intermediate to advanced skill levels. They also offer various leagues, skills...