It’s a good idea for recruits to attend field hockey camps. The experience can be beneficial in several ways.
- High school field hockey players can greatly improve their skills after learning from experienced college field hockey coaches and players. High-level instruction can be particularly helpful for underclassmen developing their game and learning new techniques.
- Field hockey camps and field hockey clinics offer some exposure to college programs. But recruits need to be know that there’s not really much chance of being “discovered” at field hockey camp. Coaches already familiar with you may evaluate your skills further at field hockey camp. But if they don’t know who you are when camp starts, they probably won’t know you when you leave.
- Field hockey camp can show you exactly how you measure up to other players. Taking the field against other high school field hockey players can help you find out which skills you need to work on the most.
- A college field hockey camp gives you a taste of campus life. You get to stay in the dorms, use the athletic facilities and experience other aspects of a college that may help the process of choosing a school easier.
Choosing a Field Hockey Camp
Do your research before signing up for a camp. It’s also important to decide if you’re going to field hockey camp for exposure or to work on your game.
Go to field hockey camp at a school that’s recruiting you if you’re hoping to gain exposure. Remember, field hockey coaches don’t scout much at camps, so go to a camp where they already know you. Find out what coaches are on the camp staff and get in touch with them before you go to let them know you’re coming.
If your main reason for field hockey camp is to improve your skills, find out more about the coaching staff. Are they experienced with winning? Do they have a history of producing high-level players? Ask someone who’s been to the camp before about the level of field hockey talent there.
What’s the difference between college field hockey camps and “elite” invitation only camps and field hockey showcases?
College field hockey camps are run by college field hockey coaches, and can offer a very high level of skills instruction. These camps also let a recruit get a feel for a college field hockey program. Attending camp at a school that you’re interested in lets you check out the school’s campus and athletic facilities, and it provides a level of familiarity with the coaching staff.
Elite camps and showcases are generally invitation only, which results in an extremely high level of talent. These camps can offer a high quality of skills instruction plus a few days playing against top-level high school field hockey players.
At a field hockey showcase, college coaches are invited to see participants play. But it’s important to know that coaches generally use a showcase to evaluate players that they already know about. So if you plan to attend a showcase, make sure that field hockey coaches that you’ve been in contact with will be there.
If you want to attend an elite field hockey camp or field hockey showcase, have your coach contact the camp and nominate you.
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