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.
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Get acquainted with the American way of playing hockey. It is really different from what you are used to!
Novy (19) had no idea which education she wanted, now she studies and plays hockey in America: ‘Perfect for me’ (article in Dutch)
Micha van der Lee majored in Biochemistry at Bates College in Maine. During her gap year, the Dutch native played on both the school’s field hockey and ice hockey team.
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Placements – Field Hockey
Wilbraham & Monson Academy, 2020
James Madison University, 2019
Lehigh University, 2019
American University, 2012
Eline de Wit
Manhattanville College, 2020
Dickinson College, 2021
Harvard University, 2019
University of Maryland, 2018
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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