The URU Sports Blog

THE CAL CUP – Playing field hockey in LA

  This coming weekend is Memorial Day in the USA which is celebrated in LA by hosting one of the most popular social field hockey tournaments in the world, The Cal Cup. This tournament is hosted at and around Team USA Men’s home ground in Moorpark, California. There are over 140 teams who compete in […]

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Dinunzio Makes Team USA after a Great Experience “Getting Uncomfortable” at Rotterdam HC

In the fall of 2014, Division I standout Amanda Dinunzio approached her last field hockey season at Penn State with high expectations—some disbelief, dread.  “I knew I hadn’t reached my potential, and couldn’t be finished just like that,” said Dinunzio.  “Field Hockey was my life.” Elite opportunities are plentiful overseas – you don’t have to […]

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The Uniting Power of Sport – What I Learned Playing Field Hockey Overseas

Uru Founder Ainsley McCallister’s story Hi, my name is Ainsley McCallister from Ann Arbor, MI. A lifelong athlete, I graduated from the University of Michigan in 2014 with a Movement Science degree and thousands of hours on the field under my belt. I spent the following two years using field hockey, joining teams from England […]

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Global Hockey Insights and Playing Abroad Tips

  More than 117 countries participate in hockey around the world. Nationally the power countries being Holland, Australia, Germany, England, Argentina, New Zealand, India (for men only) and the USA (for women only). There are amazing club competitions throughout the year that bring in international players.  Keep in mind, the competition often fluctuates year to year […]

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LEAP Worldwide is officially relaunching as Urū Sports!

Uru as in Maori  1.    (verb)  join, access, community. “With connections it’s truly amazing that your sport can take you” -Urū Team Urū,  as in our business,   1.  (noun)  The new and improved, online platform connecting athletes and teams across the world. The platform to give athletes and coaches access and ability to join the international sports community. Urū, […]

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The Best Men’s Hockey Player in Uganda is Ready to Play Abroad!

A few months ago, we connected with Innocent Mbabali from Uganda. He messaged us with such amazing enthusiasm that we knew we had to hear his hockey story. Innocent is ready to compete abroad, and we are happy to help him open the doors to a club of great fit and other opportunities within the global […]

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A Look Into The Unprecedented HPL

The creation of this home and away series is ultimately creating a seasonal league which is a huge step forward for hockey. The excitement of the games and fans that will follow the league will be great for both the countries competing and hockey as a global sport! I’m very excited to be a part […]

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Freshly-Capped South African Looking Towards a LEAP

Recently, the LEAP Worldwide team had the chance to chat with South African goalie Marlise van Tonder. Marlise has been playing for Tuks Hockey since 2013 and has traveled to different countries, like Chile and Namibia, to compete with South Africa’s women’s U21 team. Just this February, she made her debut as a member of […]

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A Look into the EHL with Wimbledon HC Player Henry Weir

In Europe, club hockey is where it’s at, with players spending the majority of their year (30+ weeks) training and competing with their club teams. So for the 2007/08 season, after realizing the potential for cross-country, international club competition, the European Hockey League was introduced, replacing the men’s European Cup competition, which includes 8 teams […]

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Hockey Legend Ties Kruize Defied All Odds After Nearly Fatal Auto Accident

For Dutch hockey superstar Ties Kruize, it looked as though there was nowhere to go but up. By the age of 21, he had not only competed in the 1972 Olympics Games but had become a World Champion, helping the Netherlands secure the Gold Medal against India in a nail-biting final that was decided with […]

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