Field Hockey & Leadership Academy
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 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.
- Defining Leadership
- Listening & Trust Exercises
- Leadership Focus & Role Models
- Importance of Authentic Presence
- Cultivating Resilience & Courage
- Importance of Sisterhood
- Paying it Forward
Wellness Swimming, Hiking, Yoga // Group Challenges Talent Shows, Charades, Scavenger Hunts // Social Sports Kickball, Capture the Flag, Frisbee Golf
About Our Coaches
Cheryl Canada just completed her 11th season as a member of the Quinnipiac coaching staff in 2018. An offensive specialist with a strong technical knowledge and a wealth of local and national coaching experience, Canada was promoted to associate head coach in December 2014 . In addition to practice planning, Canada plays a pivotal role as the Recruiting Coordinator and seeking and securing future student-athletes to Quinnipiac. She currently serves on the NFHCA Division I senior all-star game committee.
Canada has mentored 91 All-Conference players, 24 NFHCA Mideast Region All-Americans, three Northeast Conference Players of the Year, three NEC Goaltenders of the Year, one Rookie of the Year and a Defensive Player of the Year, as well as three NEC Tournament MVP’s and six NFHCA North-South Senior Game participants. 2014 All-MAAC First Team performer Danielle Allan, 2013 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Player of the Year and Offensive Player of the Year Jess Rusin, All-MAAC forward Danielle Allan as well as All-NEC stand-out Katie Notarianni ’12. In addition to her work with the forwards, Canada’s other responsibilities include daily practice design for Quinnipiac goalkeepers, which included 2012 Northeast Conference Goalkeeper of the Year Nicole Lewis and two-time MAAC Goalkeeper of the Year Megan Conaboy.
On the Bobcat sideline, Canada can claim Two Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Regular-Season Co-Champions (2013, 2015), 2013 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Tournament Champion, Two-time NCAA Field Hockey Tournament Participant (2003, 2013). Successfully achieved the title of regular season champions for the MAAC Conference 2013 and 2015, won one MAAC Conference Championship games in 2013, and one appearance in NCAA tournaments in 2013. Best record in program history in 2013 (14-7). Achieved a combined record of 32-7 in 2016 and 2017. A former four-year stand-out for the Bobcats as a forward, in 2003 she can claim the Northeast Conference Championship title and NCAA play-in game participation.
Canada coordinates all logistics for team travel, team-building activities and community service organizer with surrounding towns. The field hockey program has established close relationships with local daycares, schools and libraries within the towns of Hamden, North Haven, Norford and North Branford.
Canada has been the driving force behind Quinnipiac field hockeys Vs. Cancer game, “Be The Match” Bone Marrow drive for six years, as well as the Play4TheCure Breast Cancer Awareness game for over seven years. Canada has also coordinated the team’s participation in Read Across America, Library Day and many other outreach programs. During her time as an attacking Bobcat, Quinnipiac won the 2003 Northeast Conference Championship and competed in the NCAA Division I play-in game that same season.
In 2012, Canada earned her USA Field Hockey Level 2 certification. She has been involved with the USA Field Hockey for over 10 years serving as a coach for the Futures Program. For the past six years, Canada has served as Head Coach and Site Director for the Connecticut U19, U16 and U14 site. She has served as a selector for the US Women’s Master’s try-outs, National and Regional Futures Tournament.
In 2015 Canada was inducted into the North Branford High School Hall of Fame.
Prior to returning to Quinnipiac, in 2007-08 Canada served as the assistant for the University of Rochester in Rochester, N.Y. In 2005-2007 she served an assistant coach at North Branford High School (Conn.) where she also attended, for field hockey and lacrosse season. While coaching the North Branford field hockey team, they captured the 2006 Class S State Championship, their first state title in 30 years.
Canada graduated from Quinnipiac with a bachelor’s degree in 2006. Cheryl resides in North Branford, CT. with her husband and daughter.
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.
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
8:30 Camp Meeting – Daily Goals
9:00 Skills Sessions – Individual Skills
11:00 Tactical Training – Team Drills
1:00 Leadership Workshop
3:00 Free Time, Swimming, Hiking, Yoga
7:30 Evening Activities
I really learned a lot and I feel more confident in my shot, I feel so much better prepared for my upcoming season.
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
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.
Beautiful area to hold a camp. My daughter had a great time at camp and will definitely be coming back next year.