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.
I am Sarah Bonthuis and I am currently studying
at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania where I combine my studies with hockey in
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Stonehill College, 2018
St. Michael's College, 2018
Manhattanville College, 2018
Eva van Wakeren
Long Island University in Brooklyn, 2018
Michigan State University, 2018
Hendrix College, 2018
Hanna Cohen Jehoram
Drew University, 2018
Lindenwood University, 2018
Cheshire Academy, 2018
Bryant University, 2018
Bryant University, 2018
Colgate University, 2018
Emily van Hijfte
Virginia Commonwealth University, 2017
Syracuse University, 2017
State University of New York in Albany, 2017
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University of Richmond, 2017
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