13 Jul

FIH Certified, ASBA Awarded

  • Posted by Brittany Bradford

To become certified by the International Hockey Federation (FIH), a field has to tested by an 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.

Of the 15 current FIH Certified field hockey pitches in the United States, we have installed five. 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 three fields we installed are the only certified fields in the ‘Global’ category in the United States, meaning that it is a non-infilled water-based surface used for lower level international and top-level national competitions, according to the FIH. All other certified fields in the U.S. are ‘National’ or ‘Multi-Sport’ certified, meaning they can be used for lower level and community play, but no international competitions.

Northwestern University’s Lakeside Field Hockey pitch is located in Evanston, Illinois, and is the 3rd hockey field to be FIH certified in the United States. In 2017, this field was also recognized by the American Sports Builders Association (ASBA) as Outstanding Single Field Facility during their annual 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 Murphy-Mellis 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. This field was awarded the 2018 Distinguished Single Field Facility of the Year by the ASBA.

All three fields are currently using AstroTurf systems, a FIH Certified Manufacturer.