On Sunday, May 7th, two members of the Johnstown Field Hockey team, Emily Fleming and Kalena Eaton, participated in USA Field Hockey’s Futures Regional Tournament held at Syracuse University. 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. Fleming and Eaton trained at their Futures sites, Syracuse and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute respectively, from January through April. While at Syracuse and RPI, they received elite-level training, with some of the top coaches in the country, to improve their skills and develop a tactical understanding of the game.
At the conclusion of the training, each of nine regions across the country conduct a Regional Futures Tournament. New York, Region 4, held their tournament at Syracuse University this past Sunday. Yesterday, Fleming and Eaton were informed they have been selected to represent New York at the U14 National Futures Championships which will be held at the end of June at Spooky Nook Sports, the home of USA Field Hockey, in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
In layman’s terms, Emily and Kalena are considered to be two of the top 35 U14 field hockey players in all of New York State. This is the second year in a row that Emily Fleming has been selected. While at National Futures Championship, Fleming and Eaton will have the opportunity to be selected to various other elite programs, including the U.S. Junior National Teams.