Field Hockey & Leadership Academy

Hotchkiss School

Lakeville, CT 06039


Overview

Who We Are
Field Hockey & Leadership Academy is a camp where players will develop field hockey skills while learning how to become more effective leaders and what it means to be a great teammate.


At camp, we will help campers learn about being part of something – a team or cause – bigger than themselves. The camp will combine outstanding field hockey instruction with off-field activities and workshops designed to promote teamwork and teach leadership skills. At the end of camp, we want all campers to not only be better field hockey players, but also recognize how as leaders they can be more valuable to their team, their school, and their community.


Learning the critical life lessons to guide you as a responsible member of your school, community, family & team will serve you for years to come. The FHLA role models, the field hockey game & the women’s leadership workshops balanced with some summer fun all takes place among the beautiful natural setting of The Hotchkiss School in Lakeville, CT. Interested in a summer experience to remember - This academy will help you hone field hockey skills that will serve you on and off the field in life!


Caroline Nichols, Former Team USA Olympian, World Cup Member & Current Head Coach of the Columbia University DI Field Hockey Team will lead the players on the Field Hockey & Leadership Academy journey. Joining Caroline will be a collection of NCAA & High School coaches and players.


The Leadership Curriculum will be led by Heidi Kasevich, Ph.D., a specialist in educating female leaders. Heidi will run daily sessions with our athletes cultivating the traits of ambition, resilience, and courage. She is passionate about the idea that with intentional leadership education, women will be able to lean in and stay in. The girls at camp will be given tools to express themselves better, trust teammates and work together to become confident and strong leaders. We look forward to our seeing our camp graduates become empowered and have a lasting positive impact on their teams and communities.


The Facility:

The Hotchkiss School in Lakeville, CT with vista views of the Berkshire mountains is the perfect site for this camp. Overlooking Lake Wononscopomuc, the school offers numerous turf fields as well as a state-of-the-art athletic center. Lakefront activities will include endless summer fun - recreational swimming, fishing, kayaking and bonfires. Wellness hikes to Beeslick Brook Woods & Waterfalls will give players a chance to clear their heads and enjoy nature. Campers will share nutritious farm-to-table meals in the dinning-halls, attend leadership workshops in the fully-equipped media classrooms & sleep in the comfortable dormitories.


Leadership Curriculum:

  • Defining Leadership

  • Listening & Trust Exercises

  • Leadership Focus & Role Models

  • Importance of Authentic Presence

  • Cultivating Resilience & Courage

  • Importance of Sisterhood

  • Paying it Forward


Outdoor Adventure:


Wellness Swimming, Hiking, Yoga // Group Challenges Talent Shows, Charades, Scavenger Hunts // Social Sports Kickball, Capture the Flag, Frisbee Golf

 


About Our Coaches

Caroline Nichols

Caroline has been playing field hockey at the international level for the past seven years, She was a member of the 2008 Beijing Olympics team, the 2008 Olympic Qualifier team and the 2010 World Cup Qualifier Team. She earned a gold medal at the 2011 Pan American Games when the U.S. defeated top-ranked Argentina in the Championship game. In 2006, she was named to the USA World Cup Training Squad and was a member of the Netherlands Tour team in 2007. She was named to the 2012 London Olympics team in June 2012. Coach Nichols had an outstanding collegiate playing career at Old Dominion as a four-year letterwinner from 2003-06. She was a national all-academic team selection and an all-conference honoree from 2004-06. As a junior, she was named a NFHCA second team All-South Region selection and was named to the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) all-tournament team. In 2006, Caroline was recognized as a NFHCA first team All-American and an NFHCA first team All-South Region honoree. Additionally, she was named the 2006 CAA Player of the Year and CAA Defender of the Year, marking the first time in CAA history someone swept both honors in the same season.

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Heidi Kasevich, Ph.D.

A specialist in educating women leaders, Heidi Kasevich, PhD, is a speaker, consultant, author, and curriculum designer in the fields of leadership and global women’s issues. Her signature program, Closing the Gap, cultivates the traits of ambition, resilience, and courage, and teaches girls the skills needed to be self-aware, confident individuals who know their value and are prepared to lead through authenticity. She is passionate about the idea that with intentional leadership education, women will be able to lean in and stay in: Closing the Gapis designed to shift mindsets, provide tools for navigating gender bias, and empower girls to have a positive impact on the world.

Kim Williams

Kim Williams, who has known nothing but success over her nine years as a college player, assistant coach and head coach in women's lacrosse, takes over the reins of Wesleyan women's lacrosse for the 2016 campaign. Williams becomes the eighth head coach for the Cardinals over their 40-year varsity history. She began her tenure on July 1, 2015 as an adjunct assistant professor of physical education and head women's lacrosse coach at Wesleyan.


Williams comes to Wesleyan after two seasons as head coach at Stockton University in New Jersey, three seasons as an assistant coach at Colby College in Waterville, Maine, and four seasons as a stellar competitor at C.W. Post University in Brookville, N.Y. Bringing the Ospreys at Stockton into their first varsity season in 2014, Williams met with immediate success behind a 16-4 victory over Notre Dame (Md.) in the team's varsity opener. Stockton posted a 10-5 record in 2014 and featured the New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) Rookie of the Year. The Ospreys followed up with a 10-6 mark in 2015 while boasting the NJAC Goaltender of the Year.  Thus Kim brings a career 20-11 record as a head coach with her to Wesleyan.


Williams began her college coaching career with the Mules of Colby from 2011-13 as Colby qualified for the NCAA Division III tournament each year and amassed a brilliant 43-13 overall record, including a 22-7 mark against New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) rivals. The NESCAC is the top Division III women's lacrosse conference in the nation and had eight teams ranked among the top-20 nationally in the final 2015 Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Association (IWLCA) poll, led by NCAA tournament runner-up Trinity College. No other conference had more than three teams in the top-20.


After a tremendous high-school playing career at West Morris (N.J.), where she earned third-team all-state recognition, Williams played four seasons at C.W. Post, helping Post reach the NCAA Division II tournament each year with one title and three other appearances in the Final Four. She was recognized as an IWLCA All-American three times along with IWLCA Division II Defender of the Year accolades as a sophomore and Womenslacrosse.com Division II Midfielder of the Year recognition as a senior. She also earned first-team all-conference accolades three times.

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Camp Details

We are excited to announce that for this Summer we will offer campers a multi-sport camp option at our Hotchkiss School Leadership Camp. Campers will have the option to do Lacrosse, Field Hockey or a combination of both.

We are hoping to share the love for the game of lacrosse and field hockey with those players who may want to play lacrosse but prefer a balanced curriculum with field hockey as well. Thus, we have introduced a new program, which will combine both sports into one multi sport camp option. We will be using on campus facilities for all sports.

Check in/out: Overnight and Extended Day Campers check in at 2pm on the first day and Check out at 1:00pm on the last day.

Age & Ability: Camp is open to ages 10-18 of all ability levels.

Meals Provided: Overnight campers- Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner; Extended Day Campers- Lunch and Dinner

Typical Daily Schedule

7:00 Wake-up


7:30 Breakfast


8:30 Camp Meeting – Daily Goals


9:00 Skills Sessions – Individual Skills


11:00 Tactical Training – Team Drills


12:00 Lunch


1:00 Leadership Workshop


3:00 Free Time, Swimming, Hiking, Yoga


5:00 Dinner


6:00 Scrimmages


7:30 Evening Activities

 


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