Field Hockey & Leadership Academy

Hotchkiss School

Lakeville, CT 06039


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!

Patti Klecha-Porter, Head Coach of the Wesleyan University DI Field Hockey Team will lead the players on the Field Hockey & Leadership Academy journey. Joining Patti 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

Patti Klecha-Porter

Patti Klecha-Porter will be entering her 33rd year as head coach of the field hockey program in 2017, having joined Wesleyan in 1985. Additionally, she serves an adjunct professor of physical education at the University, and became the coordinator of physical education in 2015-16. She also served as head women's squash coach for 15 seasons (1986-2001) and was the assistant coach for 14 years (2001-15). On Oct. 10, 2015, Klecha-Porter earned her 200th career victory as head coach of the field hockey team as the Cardinals defeated Colby, 1-0. She was also named the NESCAC Coach of the Year in 1999.

Leading the Cardinals to back-to-back ECAC New England Division III titles in 1999 and 2000, she guided the team to its most victories in team history with 13 in both those seasons. Her first victory of the 2002 season, a 3-1 win over Mount Holyoke to inaugurate a 10-6 campaign, was the 100th of her Wesleyan career.

Klecha-Porter has guided the program to 13 appearances in the NESCAC Tournament, dating back to the 2000 season. The 2002 group defeated Colby, 2-1, in overtime during the quarterfinals of the conference tournament, en route to advancing to the semifinals for the first time in program history. Three years later – in 2005 – the squad outlasted Tufts, 1-0, in the quarterfinals.

The Cardinals have made some noise in the last couple decades, posting five winning seasons in conference action and six years of 10 or more overall wins.

Under her guidance, the team has taken six international trips, twice to Bermuda, once to Barbados and twice to Holland, including the summer of 2013 when the Cardinals also visited Germany and France, and once to Argentina.

In 2005, she was honored by the Connecticut Field Hockey Coaches Association with its Chickie Poisson Award for distinguished service to the sport, and in September 2007, she was inducted into the Connecticut Field Hockey Hall of Fame.

She graduated from Ithaca in 1981, as she was a team captain and MVP in both field hockey and lacrosse. Klecha-Porter was inducted into her alma mater's Sports Hall of Fame in 1986. In 1989, she was also named to a New York State sectional sports hall of fame. She earned her master’s from Springfield, while serving as head coach of lacrosse and a field hockey assistant. Before enrolling at Springfield, she spent two years teaching and coaching in the Phelps-Clifton Springs, N.Y. school system.

A veteran of the Olympic Sports Festival, competing in field hockey, Klecha-Porter also played internationally. She formerly played in the Hampshire Field Hockey Association and helped her club team, Stars & Stripes, attain renown as a perennial power.

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


Reviews (4)

Field Hockey Camps - Field Hockey Review Crystal R. - Camper

I really learned a lot and I feel more confident in my shot, I feel so much better prepared for my upcoming season.

Field Hockey Camps - Field Hockey Review Kathy F. - Mom

I think this was a great experience from start to finish, it seemed very well run and organized. My daughter and her friend had a great experience

Field Hockey Camps - Field Hockey Review Robert H. - Dad

All of the coaches were excellent teachers. My daughter really enjoyed the leadership components introduced at camp. Adding in the Lake and nighttime bonfire, this is a great location to send your daughter to camp.

Field Hockey Camps - Field Hockey Review Margaret D. - Parent

Beautiful area to hold a camp. My daughter had a great time at camp and will definitely be coming back next year.

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