HEAR THE CHEERS Volume 2 Issue 1
Cheers from Deb and Darren
Hi Everyone!


We are having a great winter season so far! We are halfway through our Club, Clinic, and Academy programs. Our coaching staff is thrilled with our players' progress and all the positive energy at our events. Thank you to all the players, parents, and coaches that make our club AWESOME!

Be on the look out for our Spring programs, which will include Club, Clinics, Tournaments, the Academy Program, and our Regional Club Championship Teams.

As always, we appreciate all your support and are so proud of our HTC Family!

Deb and Darren
Looking Back
Winter Programs -
Club, Clinics and Academy
We are off to a great start with our Winter Club, Clinics, and Academy Programs! Well done to all our players for working hard and learning some new skills! Thank you to our incredible coaching staff for leading our players! Cheers to more successes in the second half!
Who loves Indoor? Academy Players, that's who!
Wrapping up an Awesome practice
Hard Court Tournament I

We kicked off our tournament season with our Hard Court Tournament I on December 21st! What a great day! Cheers to our U14 and U19 Champions! All of our HTC Teams had a great time and competed hard! Well done!
HTC U14 Champions
HTC Stellar D
HTC U19 Champions
NIQ Indoor Tournaments
What a great couple of weeks of competition! Our U16 and U19 Indoor teams all competed in the NIQ Tournaments at Smith College! Congratulations to the U19 Bearcats, U19 Bulldogs, U19 Falcons, and U16 Shock on qualifying for the National Indoor Tournament! Best of luck at the NIT tourney next month!
NIQ U19 Bulldogs
NIQ U19 Falcons
NIQ U19 Bearcats
NIQ U16 Shock
NIQ U16 Chargers
Winter Escape Showcase
We had two teams travel down to SUNNY Florida to compete in the Winter Escape Showcase. Our HTC East Coast Team and our HTC West Coast Team showcased their skills in front of hundreds of college coaches! Both teams were very successful on the field! Thank you to Coach Chris, Coach Mika, and Coach Bianca for leading the way! Thank you to all of our families who made the trip and supported our awesome players.
HTC and HTC CA Teams
having fun in Sunny Florida!
HTC CA is ready to play.
Check out those palm trees!
MLK Turf Tournament
Our annual MLK Turf Tournament was a huge success! We had 14 HTC teams competing against other club teams from all over the Northeast! Congratulations to our U10 and our Adult HTC teams for winning the championship t-shirts! Thank you to all our players, parents, coaches, umpires, and HTC staff for a great day! This turf tourney makes us excited to get back outside soon!
Our U10's taking home the championship hardware!
Thanks Coach Shaef for a great day!
Looking Forward
HTC Hard Court Tournament II
We are offering our second indoor hockey tournament on February 1, 2020. We will offer the following divisions; U19, U16, U14, U12, & U10. Click here for more information.
Stanford University Hockey 6's
This tournament will be held at Stanford University in Palo Alto CA. We will be taking a U16 team to this tournament. Registration for our HTC players is open. Click Here to sign up.
4Goals Challenge
This tournament will be held in Chula Vista, CA. We will be entering U19, U16, and U14 teams. Registration for our HTC players is open. Click Here to compete and have fun!
Shooting Star Indoor Invitational
We will be taking the following teams to the Shooting Star Indoor Invitational, U14, U16, and U19. The tournament will take place on March 13-15, 2020. This tournament will be in Milford, NH. All players can sign up on the HTC website to compete!
HTC Spring Club/Clinic/Tournaments
Our Spring Season will begin in March and run through May. Stay tuned for all the details coming out shortly. We will have an evaluation session for any NEW player that wishes to join our club. These evaluation dates will take place in February. We have tons of exciting events to share with you, so stay tuned!
Regional Club Championships
The RCC tournaments are right around the corner. The RCC tournament is the pinnacle of our club season and will take place in late May and early June. We will be sending out information about this tournament, how HTC players will be chosen for one of our teams, and the dates and locations of these tournaments shortly. We will be entering a U14, U16, and U19 Team. Stay tuned for more information.
HTC San Diego
We are almost halfway through our winter season training and proud of all the hard work and growth from every player. 

We have two upcoming tournaments that we will be participating in: 

  • Stanford Hockey 6's Winter Tournament - February 1. We are excited to be bringing two U16 teams to compete on Stanford's astroturf field with boards.

  • 4Goals Challenge 7v7 Tournament at the Chula Vista Elite Athlete Training Center on February 9. All age groups will be participating and we are looking forward to a great competitive day of hockey.
Recent College Commitments
Kaylee Newbanks , 2020, Midfield/Back, Rancho Bernardo High School accepted and committed to play for DIII Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts. 
Emera Price , 2020, GK, San Pasqual High School commits to DII Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Missouri.
Char Walker , 2020, Midfield, Poway High School commits to DII Limestone College in Gaffney, South Carolina.
HTC Hingham

Our HTC Hingham site is looking to get started this Spring! Spread the word to your Friends and Teammates!

We are looking forward to another great season in Hingham!

Contact  Emily Matthew s,  our HTC MA South Shore Regional Director for more information.
HTC Westfield

Anika Goodhue, Western MA Regional Director, gives us an update on the MA site as the winter club practices and clinics are underway:

"We are almost halfway through our season with Session 7 coming up this Sunday. We just shifted from offensive focus to a defensive focus and have been seeing growth from everyone while forming a great Western Massachusetts hockey community.

We competed in our HTC Tournament on January 20th and had a great time. Our players were awesome and showed a ton of skill on the field!" 

We are proud of all the hard work from all the athletes at the HTC Westfield site. Keep up the good work!!
HTC Youth! Inc. was founded by Darren and Deb in 2017. The idea behind the organization is to provide high-quality coaching for beginning players in areas throughout Connecticut and surrounding states. The program seeks to establish youth programs in various towns for players in grades kindergarten through eighth grade, in order to prepare them for high school and college level playing. 

Upcoming Youth Events

Calling all U14 & U12 players for our Winter HTC tournaments! Sign up to play in our February 1, 2020 Hard Court Tournament! It will be a blast! You can register on the HTC website.

If you are interested in learning more about the program, please click on the link below which takes you straight to our HTC Youth website.
Player Spotlight
 Karen "KK" Newton

  • Westminster School
  • Daniel Hand High School
  • HTC Member since 2016
What is your favorite HTC moment so far?

I couldn't just pick one, so .... my 2 favorite on-field HTC moments were both at 4Goals (2017 & 2018). The first was when our team was up by two goals, so I got to be the flyer on the defensive corner and the second was when Claire Taylor went into goal so I could play defense. My favorite off-field HTC moment was playing with the blue popper with my whole team between games at NIT @ Spooky Nook.
What has been your favorite high school FH moment so far?

My favorite high school memory was getting Mr. Beesley (Player of the Game) after going into the Guilford game my sophomore year at Daniel Hand.
What are you looking for in a collegiate FH program?

I am very lucky to be joining the Middlebury College Field Hockey Team next year! I knew that Middlebury was where I wanted to be from the first time I visited during my Freshman year! Not only is Middlebury College an amazing school academically, but the Field Hockey program is one of the most competitive and successful. The coaches and team culture were exactly what I was looking for. 
What do you plan to major in at college and what do you see as a future career?

I am thinking about majoring in Neuroscience or Psychology so that I could become a psychologist.
Who is one of your heroes and why?

My brother, Remy, is one of my heroes. I admire his dedication. He is a DI athlete who rows for Northeastern University. I am amazed at how he handles stress (mental and physical) and is able to succeed academically and athletically.
What advice do you have for our younger HTC players?

Don't be afraid to try! There is no harm in trying out. I made the choice to try out for the RCC Team in 2016 and it has opened so many doors for me and really changed my life.
What has HTC meant to you?

I have made a lot of friends and had a lot of fun playing with HTC over the past 3 years! HTC has made me a better player and that has given me the opportunity to play field hockey at a very high level and attend the college that I have always wanted to attend.
Coaches Spotlight

Stephanie Guglielmo

  • HTC Head Coach
  • HTC Member since 2010
  • Alumna of Saint Mary's Academy, Englewood, CO.
  • Alumna of Providence College
What is your HTC moment? 

My favorite HTC moments always occur during the summer when I coach at Trinity and get to play pick-up afterwards with the other coaches. 
What do you do now in addition to your role at HTC? 

I am a management liability insurance underwriter for Tokio Marine HCC. I insure companies all over the country.  
Fun fact about yourself?

I have two different colored eyes. 
What advice would you give to our current HTC players?

Work hard and remember to have fun with all your teammates. 
How did club field hockey help you realize your dream of playing at the next level? 

Colorado did not really have a true club team, but we were able to get teams together to send to tournaments. So by going to tournaments it helped me get more exposure. My dad also met Darren at a tournament and I was able to play with HTC during my summers in CT
What was your major in college?

I majored in Finance. 
What is your favorite memory from your college playing days? 

I have so many great memories from my playing days. One of my favorites is from my sophomore year when we beat Rutgers with only minutes left in the game. We had a picture perfect passing sequence from the defensive end, followed by a dive to tip it in at the far post. At the time Rutgers was in the Big East and we needed to win to make it to the Big East tournament. AND our team trip to Europe my senior year is up there with my favorite memories! 
Alumni Spotlight
Allie Morgan

  • Stafford High School
  • Southern Connecticut State College
  • HTC Member since 2010
What is your HTC Moment?

Stepping onto the field for my first National Club Championships is my top HTC player moment. It was the first time we trained as a team for a high level tournament. A few years later, I was lucky enough to travel to the National Indoor Tournament as a coach. Bringing a team to the National Indoor Tournament and witnessing them experience the atmosphere and appreciate all the work they put in to get there is my top moment as a coach... so far.
What is your best college Field Hockey memory?

My best college field hockey moment was beating LIU Post in overtime my senior year. LIU Post was nationally ranked and we were having a difficult season. This was one of my best college field hockey moments because we came back in a game we were down and fought as a team the entire game for the win.
What is a Fun Fact about you?

I am in the middle of wedding planning and am getting married at The Barn at Wight Farm in Sturbridge this summer.
What are you doing now?

In addition to being a HTC Coach, I currently teach integrated pre-kindergarten at West Stafford School and am looking into masters programs to continue my education.
What does HTC mean to you?

HTC has made a great impact on my life. I remember the day I tried out for HTC as a freshman in high school. The club was just beginning and Deb & Darren were our coaches. The first time Deb explained to us the meaning behind HTC, I could feel her passion and excitement for the program. Deb and Darren have continued to instill this passion and excitement into every player and coach in the club. As an HTC player, my coaches constantly challenged and supported me. Playing for HTC prepared me for college field hockey and I learned many skills and lessons from my coaches on and off the field. HTC became a family to me and I am so honored that I am able to continue to be apart of this club as a coach.
What advice do you have for our current HTC players?

The advice I have for current HTC players is to enjoy every moment, work hard, and ask questions. Enjoy each practice, game, and tournament and consistently challenge yourself to grow and improve your skills. Don’t be afraid to ask your coaches questions, whether it be about a specific skill, drill at practice, or school! “Always work hard, never give up, and fight until the end because it’s never really over until the whistle blows.”

HTC is Giving Back

Our club will choose one cause per year and work together to create awareness and raise money to help! This year I would like to announce that we will choose the Closer to Free Ride organization.

"I am thrilled that HTC will be participating to fight cancer! The sense of community, purpose, and pride that this organization brings to us as participants is like being on a team. To come together, make memories and have fun is what HTC is all about and so is Closer to Free!
I am honored to lead HTC's commitment to our community, to people that we personally know that have been affected by this disease, and spread our caring beyond the playing field."

Sarah Rahn
HTC Community Director

We will be asking for player volunteers who will serve as Community Ambassadors at each of our sites. These Ambassadors will help communicate with their site and help lead this fight! If you are interested in becoming one of our Community Ambassadors, click on the button to the the right.

We would also love to hear about how our players, coaches, and families are helping their communities!  We want to help you communicate your cause and share your commitment to improve lives. Share your news by clicking on the button to the right! Thank you for your dedication to giving back to our communities.
General Information
We will use this section of the newsletter to share common questions that we receive from players and their families. This will be the place to update you on general club information.

Can I attend any club practice at any site or do I have to attend at my home site only?

One of the benefits of our club is that players that are signed up for a club membership or clinic, can attend make up practices at any of our sites. You do not have to notify us that you will be attending another site, we will take attendance at all of our events so we will know what practices you have attended. So make sure you utilize this option in order to get your full compliment of practices!

Can I participate in indoor rules and outdoor rules tournaments?

Yes. Players can register and sign up to play in any tournament that we offer. Players do not have to have any indoor rules experience to play in an indoor rules tournament. We will teach you the rules on site! We encourage all players to compete in as many tournaments as possible as these are fun and a great way to showcase your new skills.

With the Spring Club season approaching, as a current club member, do I have to attend the Spring evaluations?

No! You are already a member of our club, so you do not have to attend any more evaluation sessions. Only NEW players that want to join our club will have to attend one of the evaluation sessions.

What is the Academy Program?
The Academy program is designed for the player that wants a little more practice and opportunity to enhance their skills. Our Academy players will also compete in tournaments together as a team. This winter the academy program consists of turf practices and hard court practices. Our California Academy program will offer players an additional day of practice. Stay tuned for our Spring Academy Program which will be announced shortly.

Feel free to email me with any questions you might have about our club, we are here to help! My email is dbrickey@HTCfieldhockey.com .

Cheers! Thank you for the questions!
Let's Hear from you!

We would love to hear from you and have your share your "HEAR THE CHEERS" moments. We wanted to create this forum so you can share your thoughts, your HTC moments, and any special news that we can share with our club! Let's cheer for each other and celebrate our awesome club! Click below to share!

Thank you again and we will see you on the field/court soon!