Ann Foresman (Morse), Massachusetts – 1999
Ann Foresman (Morse) has been participating in sports since she was a seventh grader in a small high school in Ashby, MA. She played on the only two varsity sports available to women – softball and basketball. Her participation continued throughout high school and college. While a sophomore at Framingham State College, she assumed the role of coordinator or the Women’s Recreation Association. This affiliation, combined with her participation on three intercollegiate teams each year, launched her on a career of paid and volunteer service for the benefit of women’s athletics at all levels.
“I began umpiring field hockey while a junior at Framingham State, and learned early that women were needed as role models in all aspects of sports. Upon becoming a full time teacher, I continued my involvement beyond umpiring by coaching girls’ basketball and tennis.
Currently, I am in my 25th year as a field hockey official. During my tenure, I have been involved with the recruiting and training of new umpires, and I have worked in this capacity at evening education classes, summer leagues, summer camps, and numerous training sessions. I am actively involved in umpiring and field hockey organizations at the local, state, and regional level and continue to work in both paid and volunteer positions. I continue to be active as an athlete in the sports of golf and tennis and remain a strong supporter of all women’s athletic programs from youth to college.”
Ann is affiliated with the United States Field Hockey Association (1975- present) and the Boston Field Hockey Umpires Association (1975 – present) where she served as the South Shore Local Coordinator (1984 – present) and president (1990-1993). From 1993 to the present, she has served as the umpire representative to the MIAA Field Hockey Committee.
Her work as an official has included: USFHA sectional rating, testing and training new umpires, rules interpreter for the Boston Field Hockey Umpires Association and the Massachusetts South Sectional Field Hockey Association. She has also addressed preseason coaches interpretations and written communications statewide. She has provided volunteer umpires for numerous field hockey summer leagues while incorporating training sessions and mentoring programs. Her league affiliations include: Massachusetts South Sectional Field Hockey Association (1990- present), Massachusetts Amateur Sports Foundation, volunteer (1983- present), Bay State Games Field Hockey Co-coordinator (1993 – present), MIAA tournament assigner south (1993 – present), Bay State League Commissioner for field hockey (1992), Umpire Representative for Massachusetts public school team to the National Field Hockey Festival (1993), and the United States Tennis Association (1989 – present).
As an official, Ann’s participation includes: the MIAA state tournament (1984 – present), National Futures Tournament (1993-1994), the National Field Hockey Festival (1991), the NCAA Division III Regional Championships (1996, 1997), the ECAC Division III regional finals (1991, 1992, 1994, 1996, 1998), the ECAC Division II regional selection (1999), and the MAIAW Division III Tournament (1995).
She has received the Massachusetts South Sectional Field Hockey Association Service Award from 1994 – present.