In North America, when you talk about hockey, people assume you mean ice hockey. While a global sport, field hockey is played primarily in certain regions in the US – mainly New England and the Mid-Atlantic states. There is limited competition on the West Coast and Midwest but the sport is growing in popularity throughout the country.
Field hockey can be played at more than 300 colleges and universities, but is open to female players only. There are many opportunities to find a team to suit your skills and level, from top level high schools to Division 1, 2, or 3 collegiate teams.
Field hockey at high school level is played mainly via school teams, offering both Junior Varsity and Varsity opportunities. However, there are a growing number of external clubs, offering everything from recreational play to targeted college-level practice, especially on the East Coast.
Field hockey is a fall sport and the high school/college competition season is short and intense, beginning at the end of August and lasting until the middle of November.
College-level field hockey is only played at 4-year colleges and universities and is governed by the NCAA. In the US there are 280 college varsity women’s field hockey teams.
Nadine played on the varsity team of the University of Virginia, a division I school. She graduated in 2018 and continued her studies in the Netherlands.
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Feize was only seventeen years old when she went to the States. Now, more than three years later, it is hard for her to imagine what life would have been like without this experience.
Nadine de Koning started playing field hockey at a young age in the Netherlands. After graduating from high school, she decided to pursue her dream: to combine top-level hockey with a study in America!
When Eva moved to New York to pursue her dream of attending a university in the United States, she could never have imagined this place would mean so much more to her than just a university.
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Placements – Field Hockey
Lincoln Academy, 2017
Manhattanville College, 2014
Carline van Schijndel
Ohio State University, 2014
Swarthmore College, 2013
Monmouth University, 2014
Fleur van Zuylen
St. Michael's College, 2012
University of Louisville, 2013
Emilie Van Zinnicq Bergmann
University of Virginia, 2014
Isabelle van der Kaaij
University of Delaware, 2014
St. Michael's College, 2014
Willemijn van Schie
Old Dominion University, 2014
Earlham College, 2013
Roanoke College, 2013
Missouri State University, 2013
Nadia de Vries
St. Joseph's University, 2013
St. Michael's College, 2012
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- Setting up your personal sport development program
- Deciding on the final choice of an athletic program based on your goals