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.
#Congrats to our student-athlete Sacha de Gier from the Netherlands who will be studying and playing field hockey at Old Dominion University in the USA as of Fall 2022.
#Congrats to our student-athlete Annick van Blerkom from the Netherlands who will be studying and playing field hockey at Bryn Mawr College in the USA as of Fall 2022.
#Congrats to our student-athlete Meike van Nieuwland from the Netherlands who will be studying and playing field hockey at Saint Joseph’s University in the USA as of Fall 2022.
Field hockey and academics go hand and hand when it comes to what is important to the players on the Penn State field hockey team. Anouk Knuvers, a freshman from the Netherlands, is a new face to the team this year.
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Placements – Field Hockey
Lise van Dam
James Madison University, 2011
University of Maine, 2011
Central Michigan University, 2012
Indiana University of Pennsylvania, 2009
Fairfield University, 2008
University of California in Davis, 2010
Dieke ter Weel
Hofstra University, 2010
University of Virginia, 2008
Brown University, 2009
Kathelijn van der Ven
Davidson College, 2008
Davidson College, 2010
Wheaton College, 2011
Meike van Nieuwland
Saint Joseph's University, 2022
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