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In order to become FIH Certified, a field has to tested by an FIH Accredited Test Institute. This test includes “measurements of how the ball interacts with the playing surface, verifies adequate comfort and performance is being provided to ensure the well-being and protection of players and includes checks to confirm the field has been built to the dimensions, line marking, slope and surface drainage requirements of the FIH”, according to the FIH Certification webpage.
SCG Fields has installed 5 of the 15 current FIH Certified field hockey pitches in the United States.
Two of our fields are FIH ‘National’ Certified, meaning these fields are normally sand dressed or sand filled surfaces designed primarily for hockey. They can be used for lower level national, regional, and club play. Our two fields with this certification are the USA Outdoor Field Hockey Field at Spooky Nooks Sports in Manheim and the US Training Facility Field in Virginia Beach.
The following 3 fields we installed are the only ‘Global’ categorized hockey fields in the United States, meaning that it is a non-filled water based surface used for lower level international and top level national competitions, according to the FIH themselves. All other FIH certified fields in the U.S. are only ‘National’ or ‘Multi-Sport’ certified, meaning they can be used for lower level and community play, but no international competitions.
Northwestern University’s field is located in Evanston, Illinois, and is the 3rd hockey field to be FIH certified in the United States. In 2017, this field won Outstanding Single Field Facility in the American Sports Builders Association (ASBA) awards program.
University of Michigan’s Ocker Field is located in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and is the 13th hockey field to be FIH certified in the United States. SCG Fields completed the drainage base of this field and the turf was installed by others.
Kent State University’s field is located in Kent, Ohio, and is the 14th of 15 current fields FIH certified in the United States. This field, our most recent FIH certified field, was completed in September of 2017.
All three of these fields were installed with AstroTurf, a FIH Certified Manufacturer.
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