growth with a new board...
new millennium has seen our club grow rapidly in a short period of
time, and a lot of "firsts" for the club. Our first captains elections
in March 2005 had two postions on the ballot - the captaincy was split
between Mens and Ladies squads to keep the work load managable and to
give CFHC the option to participate in tournaments outside of our usual
coed format. Simon Allen and Theresa Sukal were elected to lead the
club, and took players to MSU, Boston, Atlanta, and National Festival in
addition to continuing the tradition of an End of Season match between
two teams chosen from within the club. Chicago Field Hockey Club was
incorporated as a “Not for Profit” Organization registered in the state
of Illinois, opened our own checking account, and Alarico Fernandes
unveiled the renovated website. In November 2005, we elected a Board of
Club Directors who work closely with the Captains to help operate and
further develop the club.
hockey throughout the year...
the warmer months (March until November, as long as there's no snow!)
we practice outdoors twice a week. In general, this involves a weeknight
training at Northwestern University, and a weekend scrimmage either
held at Northwestern University or Concordia University. In 2006, Kamal
ElKhadiri very successfully organized our first Indoor League (complete
with sideboards!) for the beginning of the year when it's too cold to be
outside. Club members were split into teams and played each other to
determine the champion over the course of the season, which ran from
January until March. This league has been a refuge from the Chicago
winters ever since, and good preparation for the indoor tournaments we
traveling for competition...
has participated in several field hockey tournaments in the midwest and
other cities nationally. We were supporters of the Spartan Summer
Classic, and have been steadily present figures at the Centurions Indoor
Challenge Cup each year as a coed group. Individually, the mens and
ladies squads have made several trips to the National Training Center in
Virginia Beach for Club Cup and the JFK Tournament, as well as winning
the Atlanta Cup tournament in 2006. Recently Boston has appeared on our
schedule as we are continually looking for good opportunities for
competition. As a team we have built a reputation of being a dedicated
and competitive club while still being able to appreciate the great
camaraderie that field hockey can develop. That means we may just be the
last team dancing at nearly every tournament we travel to - it's a
party whenever CFHC is in town!
our very own tournament...
spending many hours on the road traveling to other locations for
tournaments, CFHC finally hosted a tournament on our home turf. A
blistering summer weekend in July of 2006 saw the first Chicago Cup
tournament come to fruition. Entering 2 squads and hosting 7 more,
Chicago came out as champions, but more importantly had set the stage
for furture tournaments in the Windy City. After a one year hiatus in
2007 due to field construction, 2008 saw the return of the Cup and the
anticipation of a summer tradition on the lake.
always room for one more...
you are looking for competitive hockey, CFHC has a bunch of very
spirited and dedicated players. If you are looking to experience the
great camaraderie and the social aspect that those of us that love this
sport appreciate so much, you will find it in abundance at our club.
Either way we look forward to you coming out and joining us. Welcome to
the Chicago Field Hockey Club!