Field Hockey

Women only

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 study abroad

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.


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Placements – Field Hockey

Roos Nass

Long Island University in Post, 2012

Annemarth van der Kaaij

St. Michael's College, 2012

Zoe Houben

Gettysburg College, 2012

Kayleigh Schmitz

Missouri State University, 2013

Fiori van Rijswijk

State University of New York in Albany, Sunny, 2012

Merel Kraaijenbrink

Clark University, 2013

Nicole van Batenburg

Ohio University, 2012

Julia Baud

Clark University, 2013

Claire Steijn

Long Island University in Post, 2012

Floor Sybrandy

University of Delaware, 2007

Bregje Smits

Manhattanville College, 2013

Marre Corver

West Chester University of Pennsylvania, 2017

Rosalie Becker

James Madison University, 2013

Lotte Kraaijenbrink

Hendrix College, 2011

Eefje Kok

Rider University, 2011

Sanne Hermans

Ball State University, 2011

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For our clients in the Tailored Program we offer the unique service of our field hockey mentoring program

The program entails:

  • Giving feedback on your footage
  • Discussing the different pathways to reach your ultimate goals
  • Informing you about what matters most to coaches
  • Building character / pitching yourself to coaches
  • Teaching you how to build up a relationship and trust with coaches
  • Preparing you for an interview with coaches
  • Setting up your personal sport development program
  • Deciding on the final choice of an athletic program based on your goals