Phoenix Scorpions Field Hockey Club

2016 Cactus Classic...what a blast!

Clear blue skies and mild temperatures greeted visiting teams from across the USA, Canada and Mexico for the 10th annual Phoenix Scorpions Cactus Classic Field Hockey tournament.  The tournament, held on January 30-31 in Phoenix, Arizona, saw 42 teams vie for the top spot in their respective divisions.

In the mixed division, Monarcas from Mexico won first place; while in the women’s division Team Philly took the title.  In the U-16 boys division, the Surry Panthers from Canada rose to the top and the men’s final saw the Scorpions Blue of Phoenix win the title in a heart racing match.

Phoenix city Mayor Mr. Greg Stanton dropped by to experience some of the hockey action on the first day of the tournament.  During his visit, Mayor Stanton was made an honorary member of the Phoenix Scorpions field hockey Club and was invited to test his skills during a friendly game.  Mr. Stanton got to see firsthand the importance of the Cactus Classic as the only tournament showcasing the sport of field hockey in Arizona, along with the level of interest from teams as far away as Canada.



The tournament also drew attention from some international star power in the world of Field Hockey.  Three decorated Olympians from India’s National Team - Deepak Thakur, Prahbjot Singh and Baljeet Singh – also participated in the two-day tournament.  Also, accompanying the team from Ottawa, Canada was Mr. Reg Plummer, former team Canada Olympian, who later became the president of the Canadian Field Hockey Association.

The two-day event saw over 700 players, friends, family and community members come out to enjoy the great sunshine, experience great field hockey, meet old friends and make new ones.

As always, we would not be able to put together such an event if it wasn’t for the generosity, passion and commitment of our hockey community, club members and volunteers.  Thank you!

In addition, we would like to thank all umpires who did a fantastic job officiating the games during the tournament.  And to all the teams, coaches and managers who made the effort to organize and make the trip down to Phoenix.  Please keep in touch as we look forward to seeing you all, either at another tournament or right back here next year.


A few action shots from the tournament...
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It is with great pleasure that we’d like to announce the selection of five of our local hockey players to the U.S. Masters Nation Team!  Shamsher Johal, Sumarjit (Shammi) Singh and Justin Elliott have been selected for the O-40 team, while Bob Khosla and Ian Wagge were selected for the O-50 men’s team.  The 2016 FIH Masters World Cup will be held in Canberra, Australia, March 29 to April 9, 2016. The organizers anticipates over 70 men and women’s national teams participating in the two-week event at Australia’s National Hockey Center.

Held every two years, the FIH Masters World Cup is organized by age group in five-year increments. Unlike junior programs, where players have to be under a certain age, Masters players have to be over a certain age. At next year’s event, men will compete at 35+, 40+, 45+, 50+ and 55+ years old. Women also play in the same age groups, but next year their competition will also include a 60+ age group. There is also a parallel competition taking place at the same time near Sydney, Australia for Grandmasters in age groups of 60+, 65+, 70+ and 75+: truly “Hockey for Life” in action.

At the last FIH Masters World Cup held in Holland in 2014, the U.S. Men’s Masters Team finished 5th in the world in the 50+ age group, and 9th in the 40+ group. These ranks are some of the best for the USA Field Hockey Masters Teams, particularly when you realize that our men have just 150 registered Masters players to select from. Other countries have thousands of Masters playing regular leagues and in Masters leagues. For the first time ever, two U.S. Women’s Master Teams were also sent to the international competition. The women’s teams were competitive in both the 40+ and 50+ age groups.

Having 5 representatives from Arizona on the U.S. Men’s Nation Team speaks volumes regarding the level of activity, commitment and caliber of our players here in Phoenix; and of the vitality of the sport of field hockey as well.  Our hope is to have players at every age group representing Arizona on the U.S. Nations Teams in the very near future.

No pressure gentlemen, but we’d like to see a 3rd place-or better standing for both teams next year!

Scorpions FHC








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Founded in the Valley of the Sun in 1998, the Phoenix Scorpions Field Hockey Club has kept the sport of Field Hockey alive and well in Phoenix, Arizona.  As a non-profit, community based organization, the primary purpose of the club is to provide various levels of instruction and coaching for its members in order to foster the growth of the sport of Field Hockey.  This is achieved by providing specific development programs for each age/gender groups and skill level.

 Our membership consists of young players, men and women who enjoy playing field hockey in an environment where they are able to improve and enhance their skills from a beginner to Olympic team qualification level.   The core of the club is made-up of members who are active in every level of the clubs operation.  We have the ability to draw on our most experienced players (ex-Olympians and several International level players) to help coach and guide our younger players.  Doing so allows our players to develop their skills necessary to excel and advance to higher and more competitive levels of field hockey.

 Membership is open to all ages and skill levels.  We encourage you to contact us or visit us during one of our practices sessions to find out for yourself the thrill and fun of playing Field Hockey.  Even if you’ve never played before, just drop by and any of our members will be glad to tell you about the sport; show you a few moves and teach you the basics of the sport.  Parents, you can rest assured Field Hockey is a very safe sport, which teaches kids all the skills of teamwork and enables personal development.

 So come on – consider this your personal invitation to join our club, have fun and play good hockey!

You can also join us at https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/PhoenixScorpions/info and sign up to receive updates and information about our club activities.

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