Tampa Bay fieldhockey - the grasshoppers  

10-30-11 Gold medal at Pan Games
CONGRATULATIONS to our US Ladies Pan Am Team for winning the gold medal for the very first time in Mexico at the Pan Games. Beating favourites Argentina is not easy. But they did it this time around. It is now on to London next year for the Olympics as the winning team at Pan am automatically qualifies you for the Olympic games. Congrats and best of luck in 2012. .
08-01-11 What a way to say "Good Bye" The Grasshoppers send off!
What an encouraging way to say good bye to July 2011, by coming out in numbers to wish Thalia and Cedric the Best of Luck in their new chapter in their lives as they prepare to go to college. Many thanks to all Grasshoppers who made it a tremendous, positive event. We had twenty four members in attendance. This we have not accomplished since October 2009. We would like to thank the members of Orlando, Scott, Julie, Sammy and Sammy junior for coming out to support such a venture. As we all said it was for a good cause. The amount of food and drinks we assembled was amazing, so much so that the left overs were handed over to the homeless of the area.
07-08-11 TB fieldhockey mentioned on the Pan American Hockey Federation (PAHF) web site
Check out this article http://www.panamhockey.org/en/news-86-sticks-on-the-rise-in-cayman-islands
01-10-11 New field: Joe DiMaggio field
It was our first practice day on the Joe DiMaggio field. A nice field to play on in perfect hockey weather. The only draw back is the lack of bathroom facility which we had at the other fields. There are a couple out houses (Port O San) around in case of emergency. We will be at this location through the end of February.
11-14-10 Atlanta 2010 and Veterans Weekend tournament Result and Report is online
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08-30-10 The grasshoppers welcome Ann Petracco
On last Saturday we welcomed to Tampa area long time College coach Ann Petracco. Ann who retired from coaching last year ending a successful career at first Rutgers and Farleigh Dickenson Universitys. We hope Ann will be able to help get our development programme off the ground.
08-16-10 Trials for the FFHA men's team
Rob, Phillip, Mike, Chris and Ravi traveled to Miami to participate in the FHAA first ever trials for the FFHA men's team. The second part of the trails will be held on September 11th and 12th 2010 in Miami at FIU.
07-14-10 Keep fit class
Keep fit class every Tuesday and Thursday evening during the month of August in New Tampa. Keep fit classes better known as "BOOT CAMP" begins tomorrow evening at 7.00.pm. at 17409 BRIDGE HILL CT, TAMPA FL 33647 - 813-972-2200 OR for more information call Chris at his CELL or visit www.1martialarts.com
06-07-10 Fund Raiser Volunteers are needed
Volunteers are needed for our next Fund Raiser which is this coming weekend. Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th June in St. Petersburg at Vinoh Park, is the annual West Indian Carnival. We have an agreement with that committee for a donation to the club in exchange for our members being volunteers to operate some of their booths.
06-03-10 Fund Raiser at Sweet Tomato
Tomorrow we will be at Sweet Tomato on Dale Mabry near I275. Please come on out and support our club.
02-13-10 AGM
Saturday is our AGM which will be held at Tammi's home after practice beginning at 2.00.pm. All positions are open for this election.
12-24-09 M E R R Y C H R I S T M A S and A H A P P Y N E W Y E A R
Hello Grasshoppers,
On behalf of the Management committee we take this opportunity to thank you and your family for all of your contribution to this club and to the development of the sport of field hockey. We do look forward to your continued support in 2010 to ensure we have a very successful and enjoyable year. We wish each and everyone and their loved ones a very Healthy and Merry Christmas and a Blessed and Happy New Year.
Best regards
Officers of Tampa Bay Grasshoppers Field Hockey Club
10-20-09 Lance Woods and Jeffrey Grosvenor jointly co chair FFHA league
In a FFHA league meeting it was decided that Lance Woods president of Miami Surf and Jeffrey Grosvenor will jointly co chair the league for the duration of the resigned president's term. There is a lot of work to be done.
09-16-09 Practice on astro turf surface
This week we will be changing location for both Wednesday and Saturday practice sessions.On Wednesday we return to New Tampa Community Club on Commerce Park Blvd in New Tampa beginning at 6.30.p.m. and on Saturday, we are at the astro turf surface at Pinellas Indoor Soccer Academy in Clearwater beginning at 1.30.p.
08-23-09 TB Grasshoppers invites to Veterans Weekend Hockey Festival 2009
For more information navigate to tournaments
02-28-09 Midweek practice is back to Wednesday nights
So far our change to Thursday night mid week practice has not been positive. So we are changing back to Wednesday nights since that had worked for us in the past.
02-17-09 New Management Committee
Last Saturday the Grasshoppers held their AGM and the following are the slate of new officers that were elected:
  • President: Jeffrey Grosvenor
  • Vice-President: Susan Mulvey
  • Secretary: Yvonne Zilvetti-Woods
  • Treasurer: Roxanne Chance-Chin
  • Assistant Sec/Trear: Michelle Legasse
  • First Team Captain: Michael Mahesh Vijayan
  • Second Team Captains: Nigel Lobo / Charles Joseph
  • Ladies Team Captains: Nicole Blessie / Stacey Palazzolo
  • Coaching Staff: Jeffrey Grosvenor, Ravinder Kullar, Nigel Lobo
Congratulations to all. Let's wish them great success in their first term.
From the west coast of Florida The Tampa Bay Grasshoppers welcome Miacuba to field hockey in the sunshine state. We look forward to meeting and greeting you. The best of luck to you and your team.
01-22-09 Field Hockey Association 7X7 League
Florida Field Hockey Association 7X7 League begins here in Clearwater on the weekend of March 7th and 8th 2009.
01-13-09 Midweek practice has now moved to Thursday nights
Beginning on Thursday we will resume our midweek practice at New Tampa Community Park on Commerce Park Blvd beginning at 6.30.p.m.. While on Saturday we will be at Belmont Park in Clearwater beginning at 10.00.a.m.
08-06-08 Miami Surf Five-a-side tournament Result and Report is online
For more information please go to tournaments
12-22-07 TB Grasshoppers are officially on facebook
Please poet your photos and comments here as you like!! Facebook is a free web service and community board offered to anyone. www.facebook.com. Register is less than a minute and we are at the “TAMPA BAY GRASSHOPPERS FIELD HOCKEY TEAM” group.
12-04-07 Veterans Weekend Hockey Festival Result and Report is online
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09-17-07 TB Grasshoppers invites to Veterans Weekend Hockey Festival
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AMAZING - Look at this I hope to see some of the grasshoppers do this tricks next time I visit Florida. Yours Antje
06-29-07 Florida Field Hockey Association
Established in the Spring of 2007 by Derek Aspinall who was about to form The South Florida Field Hockey Association, but with some friendly persuasion formed the Florida Field Hockey Association (FFHA). FFHA was introduced in order to both secure the development of the game and to help promote the sport of field hockey in the Sunshine State.

Field hockey has long since existed in Florida - we are sure that you are all aware of the fact that Florida has played host to the largest nonprofessional field hockey tournament in the World, namely the National Festival, held at West Palm Beach for a number of years now.&xnbsp; The biggest problem encountered by many teams in this state has been player retention - this was mainly due to the fact that no regular/organized competition could be sort.

The FFHA is made up of eight club teams located in the state of Florida, all of which have a team representative that makes up the FFHA committee.

The FFHA is working diligently in order to support its associated teams by establishing more playing opportunities through the introduction of both the Miami and Florida Cups (that are competed for on a monthly/bimonthly basis) and are currently looking into the long term benefits of an in-state league (more information shall be available in the Fall of '07).

If you are involved in a Florida-based team that is not associated with the FFHA and are interested in joining us, please contact us at floridafha@yahoo.com.&xnbsp; If you are a player currently living in the state or are someone interested in playing the sport, go to the FFHA MEMBERS page to see if there is a team near you!
06-16-07 Things to be aware of:
June 16-17 and June 17-24: Women's National Championship, Virginia Beach, Va.
June 26 - July 1: Men's Junior National Championship, Chula Vista, Calif.
June 30 - July 8: USA Field Hockey Open Camp, Babson College,Babson Park, Mass.
... read more at www.usfieldhockey.com
04-11-07 Midweek practice session at West Meadows Community Club
This week we begin our midweek practice session on Wednesday evenings from 6.30.p.m. at West Meadows Community Club, &xnbsp;8401 New Tampa Boulevard, Tampa, FL 33647
02-07-07 Mark these dates on your calendar.
1. February 10th after practice we are going to Orlando to see some hockey at the AAU tournament at Disney
2. Saturday 24th March 2007 we are going to Miami for the Florida Cup 7 a-side tournament.
At this time of the year and on behalf of all Tampa Bay Grasshoppers, we wish our dear members who are mothers and those who are expectant mothers to be a VERY HEALTHY, HAPPY AND ENJOYABLE MOTHERS DAY. Also for the wives of our male Grasshoppers a VERY PLEASANT AND ENJOYABLE MOTHERS DAY. For those of us who are fortunate to have our mothers alive today we wish those mothers A HEALTHY and ENJOYABLE MOTHERS DAY filled with Gods Blessings.
Just to mention a few mothers who we have not seen awhile but have not forgotten their contributions over the years, Muie Sewell, Leslie, Pam, Lisa, Jennifer, Rebecca Allena congratulations and good luck mommy to be, and Cherryl. Yes we miss you all and hope you will be able to join us in the near future.
04-26-06 What a way to spend a Sunday!
A pleasant good evening to all grasshoppers. What a way to spend a Sunday! On behalf of Tampa Bay Grasshoppers, I want to thank the Brancas Club for making it to Tampa on Sunday last. Everyone had an enjoyable day and it was all made possible by Nick, Robbie, Frederico, and Juan.
A note of thanks for fellow Grasshoppers who ventured out and demonstrated great rivalry, team spirit. and a wonderful display of great hospitality. Special thanks to Susan and Kathleen for the food and transporting of the goal post, the competitive spirit of the Whittaker sisters Tara and Tammi, and the support crew of Ravi, Roland. Charles Nigel and our loan martial arts hockey player Chris. Our own personal photographer Mike thanks for all of your efforts in making it an enjoyable Sunday after Easter. The two youths Derryck and Cameron your contribution is duly noted. Now we have to plan bigger and better events.
12-18-05 End of Season, Christmas party
Everyone is welcome even if you have not been coming to practice. We would love to see you. We will meet at Kathy's Condo after practice.
10-14-05 More pictures of the grasshoppers
Here are more pictures of the grasshoppers. Click picture for higher resolution.

Close to the goal

The team

Ravi in action
Thanks from the coach: "I want to thank Robbie and the members of Brancas, along with Claudia, Anna and the wonderful ladies of Aventura for hosting us this past weekend. I would also like to thank all the New Yorkers, Vickie who got to the field earlier than she gets to a Malvern game, Christine, Nigel, Andy and Carina for coming down and contributing to the efforts of promoting field hockey in Florida. I do hope Thomas was able to get his luggage from JetBlue, as that is what kept him from not attending. Peter and Tony of Manatees thanks for joining us to make it an enjoyable day. Finally I want to thank those Grasshoppers who made the commitment and attended, showing good team spirit. I do look forward to your continued support and effort in this venture."

Sunday 13th November 2005, we will be hosting both Brancas and Manatees. Kathy has received the approval from Clearwater Authorities to use the field on the Sunday. Therefore we would like all those who did not make it last week to be present on Sunday the 13th to support your teammates who represented you last week in Miami and to show our southern compadres our northwestern hospitality.
09-30-05 Invitation Hockey Festival 2005
The Tampa Bay Grasshoppers welcome all new and returning players to Hockey Festival 2005. We again emphasize the key words of “Having fun” for the entire tournament. This year’s tournament fee is $90.00 per player. The uniform shirts will be provided, and you have to walk with your black shorts and white socks. Mouth guards and shin pads are highly recommended. All players/participants must sign the “WAIVER” form, so kindly down load it from the USFHA web site, print it and fill it out, and fax it to Jeff.

The world's largest amateur field hockey event, USA Field Hockey's National Hockey Festival traditionally attracts more than 3,500 athletes from across the United States, Canada, Europe and the Caribbean competing for titles in men's and women's divisions including women’s age group (Under 16 and Under 19), boy's age group (U16, U19), women’s open, men's open, sectional, masters (women 35+), veterans (men 30+) and mixed.
08-19-05 2005 Fall Field Hockey - September 10th meeting with the parents
2005 Fall Field Hockey is an instructional intramural program that focuses on Field Hockey fundamentals, rules, and techniques of the game. We the Grasshoppers will provide instructional assistance to pass our love of fieldhockey on to beginning players.

Season Dates : September 17, 2005 to November 19, 2005
Age Groups : Boys and Girls 10-18 years
Field Location : Practices will be held at Belmont Park, 1535 S. Martin Luther King, Jr. Ave., Clearwater, FL
Times : Practices will be held Saturdays 9 – 11 AM.

There will be a mandatory parents meeting on Saturday, September 10 at 10 AM at the Long Center, 1501 North Belcher Road, Clearwater. The meeting will be in the Athletics Office Board Room located on the second floor.

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08-18-05 Grant from Penn Monto
We have received the grant from Penn Monto and we have ordered the following package from Penn Monto: Youth Team Super Saver $1099 24 Patriots (Sizes 26, 28, 30, 32, 34, 36") 2 Dozen Practice Balls 2 Penn Monto Trainer Balls 24 Pair Shinguards 24 Mouthguards 2 Pair Goal Legguards 2 Pair Goal Kickers 2 Helmets 2 Pair Guantlet Gloves 2 BP4 Chest Procters 2 Practice Folding Cages w/ Nets
04-30-05 Practice tournament at Ft. Lauderdale
Ft. Lauderdale is hosting a 7 a-side mini practice tournament this weekend. The Grasshoppers are traveling down for another weekend full of hockey and fun. 
04-13-05 Elections
The middle of April is upon us as we forge ahead to develop field hockey on the West coast of Florida. Practice will be at Philip Jones Park in Clearwater beginning at 10.00.a.m. sharp. Depending on the numbers in attendance we will have our first annual general elections. So far I have received two notices of members who are unable to attend. I have attempted on different occasions to find out who will be attending practice or who isn't attending practice, but to no avail. If there aren't enough members at practice for our AGM, I will have to postpone it to another day. &xnbsp;I always think positive so here is to seeing the rest of you on Saturday with all of your enthusiasm.
03-31-05 Goal Cages have arrived
The Goal Cages have finally arrived. Now it's the real game!!!
03-31-05 Tournament Pictures
Here are some of the pictures of the first tournament of the Tampa Bay fieldhockey club.

Miami ladies team

SV Armien Austria men team

New York men team

The grasshoppers

New York ladies team

03-20-05 Thanks
The members of Tampa Bay Grasshoppers would like to express their deepest gratitude for your participation, camaraderie, sportsmanship and encouragement during this past weekend of our first annual field hockey tournament. We hope you all had an enjoyable weekend and are looking forward to next years tournament at a new venue. We also wish we can come up with a proper plan to play each other every month thus forming a Florida Hockey Association where we can grow as a unit in promoting and developing the sport we love. We would like you to visit our guestbook and tell us what you thought about the tournament both positive and negative as a way of improving our standards. Looking forward to hearing from you and wishing you an enjoyable and healthy 2005.
01-12-05 Tampa Bay fieldhockey will host their first tournament
Dear Member of the Field Hockey Community, we at Tampa Bay Grasshoppers wish you a happy and prosperous New Year. We are planning a mid March tournament to coincide with the visit of SV Armien Hockey Club from Austria. They will be arriving on Friday 11th March and we are hosting the tournament on Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th March 2005. The purpose of the tournament is to unite all Florida Hockey organizations with the idea of getting a Florida league started. The idea is to have a weekend every month for one of the teams to host the others. So far with Grey Dogs/Florida International in the Miami area, Aventura and Branca are in the Ft. Lauderdale area and us in Tampa. We can play each other thus encouraging many to come out and play both social and competitive hockey. It will be a lot of fun for everyone. The experience players could teach the young and up coming players, and the youngsters will learn a lot about the rules of the game and other fundamentals from seeing other experienced players from other countries. The tournament will consist of two divisions one for the ladies and one for the men. It is our wish that each area will be able to bring both a ladies team and men’s’ team. The cost per team is $250.00

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