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The Short Corner Issue 4

By MLFHA, 08/29/20, 11:15AM EDT


The Short Corner Newsletter Issue 4 - July 2020

The Short Corner
The monthly field hockey newsletter of the Mt. Lebanon Field Hockey Association
Field Hockey terms and info (that you need to know)
The exact origins of field hockey are unclear, but there is evidence that ancient Egyptian cultures played a variation of this ball-and-stick game 4,000 years ago. Modern field hockey was shaped in England during the 18th and 19th centuries and was introduced to the United States in 1901 when Constance Applebee, an English physical education teacher, attended a conference at Harvard and taught the game at many local women’s schools. Internationally, field hockey is primarily a men’s sport; however, in the United States, it is almost exclusively a women’s sport.
Game length:
Field hockey games are divided into two halves, each lasting between 25 and 35 minutes, depending on the level (high school varsity is 30 minutes). If the score is tied at the end of the game, some leagues allow the game to end in a draw; other leagues use one of several overtime methods. Most commonly, teams play a 10-minute sudden-death overtime period: the players are reduced from 11 to 7 players per team to create scoring opportunities, and the first team to score, wins. If neither team scores during overtime, penalty strokes determine a winner. Each team selects five players to each take one penalty stroke; the team that scores more goals, wins.
Board News
We have two new board members - Cara Wetzel and Melissa Carlstrom. Cara will help with fundraising and Melissa will help with our High School booster program. Welcome!
We are now back to seven strong -
Shelley Pieklik - President
Melissa Bartlett - VP High School
Kris Wroblewski - VP Youth
David Eson - Secretary/Treasurer
Stacie Hill - Fundraising
Cara Wetzel - Fundraising
Melissa Carlstrom - High School
We would like to thank Nicole Gilberg for her service on the board.
Board members can be reached at Our President, Shelley Pieklik, can be reached directly at
From The President's Desk
Dear Mt. Lebanon Field Hockey Parents and Players -
After months of uncertainty and changing plans for all of us, it was a special pleasure to see girls back out on the field with sticks in their hands as our Youth and Middle School Summer Camp and turf time for the HS girls kicked off last week. To be sure, there were sights we have never seen on the field before – girls and coaches in masks, coaches showing girls just what “six feet apart” means, and lots and lots of hand sanitizer.
As we look towards the start of our season this fall, we are pleased to see how well everyone is adjusting to the changes, and how much laughter and learning is still taking place out on the field. My thanks to all of you for your continued flexibility and understanding as we navigate these uncharted waters together. We will do our best to continue to keep the lines of communication open, and ask that you do the same as concerns, questions, and ideas arise.
Wishing you and your families continued good health, and let’s go Lebo!
Shelley Pieklik
President, Mt. Lebanon Field Hockey Association
Registration and Physicals for the Upcoming Season
Youth and Middle School registration is coming soon! Please note: Middle School players (Grades 7-8) will need to have a physical dated after 6/1/20. Youth players (Grades 3-5) may submit a physical dated any time within the last calendar year.
Below is the link to the Athletic Physical Form from the district website. This will need to be filled out and then scanned into Family ID for Middle and HS players. If a Youth player needs a physical, this form may also be used.
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