The Houston Velocity Field Hockey Club’s purpose is to help young athletes pursue excellence in field hockey and in life. The club was created in March 2021 to expand field hockey playing and development opportunities among youth players in Houston. Houston Velocity is a 501 (c)(3) not-for-profit organization.
Our staff’s approach is to coach and address the whole child, not just the athlete. We are here to provide the Houston area with field hockey services grounded in player development, positive competition, sportsmanship, team camaraderie, and selfless service, which will create both collegiate opportunities and life perspective.
Houston Velocity is built on five pillars:
Humility – “Not thinking less of ourselves but thinking of ourselves less.” Recognizing we are a part of something bigger than ourselves. Having sober judgement of ourselves as a player and as a team. Knowing our strengths and weaknesses. There is power in true humility.
Passion – “Do not be lukewarm.” If you want to touch greatness you have to be so driven and have a passion and desire to be great as well as a joy and love for the sport. It’s easy to be passionate on game night but can you have that type of commitment and discipline day in and day out? Do you love what you do? Give 100% to whatever activity you’re in because otherwise you’re cheating yourself and all that you have to offer life.
Unity – “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” Unity is understanding that the whole is greater than the sum of the parts. We can touch greatness in concert with one another. In fact, we need each other in order to touch something truly special. When you go through adversity, if you are truly unified, you will stick together and learn from it. Adversity does not crush a unified team. This pillar is powerful in a team sport like field hockey.
Servanthood – “The way to greatness is through being a servant.” Are you willing to sacrifice for your teammates and for the good of the team? When you get a team that’s really bought in to serving one another, and playing for each other, it’s a really powerful thing and one of the ways we can touch greatness. At Houston Velocity, we understand that to whom much is given much is required and we try to make community service outings built into the fabric of our club.
Thankfulness – When you pause and think about your life, it can be overwhelming to focus on all the blessings that we have. At the same time, being thankful for what we learn in adversity is so vital. Failure is a part of sports and life. Therefore, can we truly be thankful for the failure? If you’re thankful for the hard things in your life, though they’re uncomfortable, though they’re unpleasant at the time, if you’re thankful for what they’ll teach you that’s where real wisdom comes from. We just have to be patient enough to glean wisdom from our adversity as we try to pursue our dreams and build this club day in and day out.
Our staff’s approach to coaching is to address the whole child, not just the athlete. We are a non-profit organization that hopes to grow the game by giving access to marginalized communities and those youth within the city of Houston who currently do not have access to the sport. We hope to see field hockey spread and grow among the public-school population. We desire to give scholarships for youth who cannot afford to travel and compete in tournaments across the country. Therefore, if any of the above resonates with you, feel free to donate to Houston Velocity or become a member of our team. Our services are grounded in player development, positive competition, good sportsmanship, team camaraderie, and selfless service, which will create both collegiate opportunities and life perspective.