Established in 1990, the Futures program is an effort to continually raise the level of field hockey in the United States by developing athletes for future consideration to the U.S. National Teams. Athletes train at their Futures site for 27 hours from January through May. Futures athletes undergo elite-level training to improve their skills and develop a tactical understanding of the game.
At the conclusion of the program, each of the 9 Futures regions conducts a Regional Tournament were the top 680 athletes are selected to the National Futures Championship. From the National Futures Championship, athletes will have the opportunity to be selected to various other elite programs, including the U.S. Junior National Team.
Futures Elite represents the best high school field hockey athletes in the country. Futures Elite exists to provide additional training opportunities for athletes identified with the potential to someday represent Team USA.
The top 72 athletes from the Futures Elite program will have the opportunity to participate in the Futures Elite Championship - a premier event that is highly attended by college coaches.
NATIONAL FUTURES CHAMPIONSHIP
The 680 best athletes from the Futures Program are selected to participate in the National Futures Championship each June from their Regional Futures Tournament. Through athletes participation at the National Futures Championship they have an opportunity for selection to advanced USA Field Hockey Olympic Development Programs. The following selection opportunities are available directly from the National Futures Championship.
FUTURES ELITE CHAMPIONSHIP
The Futures Elite Championship consists of the top 72 athletes from the Futures Elite Program. Athletes from 4 teams go head to head each June in this tournament for the opportunity to be selected to the AAU Junior Olympics, Junior National Camp, and the following year’s Futures Elite Program.
JUNIOR NATIONAL CAMP
The Junior National Camp is the premier camp for Under-21 athletes, comprised of the top 110 athletes selected from the National Futures and Futures Elite Championship. Based on their performances from the camp, athletes may earn selection to additional USA Field Hockey programs including the Under 17, Under 19, and Under 21 Junior National Teams.
AAU JUNIOR OLYMPIC GAMES
The Amateur Athletic Union’s premier multi-sport event, The AAU Junior Olympic Games bring together more than 12,000 athletes to compete in 24 sports. In the sport of field hockey, USA Field Hockey selects eight U16 teams to participate in the annual event. The event provides U16 athletes the opportunity to experience an Olympic-like multi-sport competition while enjoying the camaraderie and inspiration from other top athletes in other featured sports. From the AAU Junior Olympics athletes can also be selected to the following year’s Futures Elite program.
U.S. JUNIOR NATIONAL SQUAD
Following Junior National Camp, where athletes showcase their skills in front of National Team selectors, the U21, U19 and U17 National Team head coaches name athletes to the U.S. Women's Junior National Squads. These athletes will have the opportunity to represent Team USA internationally and junior international competitions as well as at an annual friendly test series abroad.