Skills Field Hockey College Recruiters are Looking for in 2023
Stand Out From the Competition With These Tips from the Pros
Summer sports camp is a great place to have fun and prepare for the field hockey season. Every year Revolution Field Hockey campers learn how to improve their skills on the field, while gaining valuable experience that will prepare them should they decide to enter into college sports.
Across the board, recruiters are looking for well-rounded field hockey players who are masters at ball control and passing. College programs want players with “Field Hockey IQ.” If you are looking to play in college sports, your IQ will be measured by your ability to think on your feet in a heated game. Sports camp helps you gain more experience playing competitive field hockey, and gives you tools for making quick decisions under high-pressure play. You also get a deeper understanding of the game when you have a chance to play all positions.
Coaches at top tiered field hockey schools look for the following skill sets when recruiting the next student-athlete superstars.
There may be players better than you, but there is no excuse for anyone working harder than you!
Field Hockey Goalie
Unlike other team sports, field hockey doesn’t discriminate based on your size. Goals are protected in NCAA field hockey programs by those who are steely under pressure, with quick decision making skills. To stand out amongst the competition, you need to improve your agility, athleticism, and hand-eye coordination, and learn how to clear the ball with a good, strong kick. College recruiters are looking for field hockey goalies who are natural leaders, in the cage and on the field.
If you think you need to improve your communication skills with your defensive teammates, consider summer sports camp. We give you the feedback and support you need to become a strong competitor — on and off the field.
Field Hockey Defender
Most people associate the best defenders with toughness on the field and formidable upper body strength. When preparing for college, you won’t necessarily need a showy performance, but one-on-one defense skills, shot prevention, and outletting skills are going to be the keys to attracting the attention of a recruiter. If you show room for improvement, camp experience, and an All-State, All-American or All-Region win under your belt, you’ll improve your chances to find a place at a college-level team.
Field Hockey Midfielder
Are you an expert at attacking and defending? If so, you won’t have to wait long for tier 1 field hockey recruiters to come looking for you to fill their midfielder positions. If you want to be a college-level midfield player, you need to have excellent stamina, good elimination skills, and a talent for creating scoring opportunities on the field.
Tier 3 recruiters may not necessarily look for you to be the best in all these skills, but if you attend field hockey camp, participate in travel teams, and play for an All-Region or All-Conference high school team, you have a chance at playing for a college team.
Winning means you’re willing to go longer, work harder, and give more than anyone else.
Field Hockey Sweeper
Defense! If this is your shout-out, you are most likely the backbone of your field hockey team. In addition to an imposing presence, competing for a spot at a tier 1 school will require that you have excellent technical skills, along with intercepting deftness and versatility. You will need to learn how to be a reliable ball clearing player with good defensive coverage and effective 1-on-1 moves to fend off attackers. To be considered for any tier, you’ll also need to learn how to cover the goalkeeper well and actively communicate with your defensive teammates during play.
If you are having trouble with effective coverage or communication, our summer sports camps can help you improve with practice, drills, and a diverse community of coaches and teammates to help you get comfortable with competitive field hockey in a fun, inspiring environment.
The Revolution Field Hockey curriculum does a really great job of mimicking a standard collegiate practice. Our campers get a great introduction to what a typical pre-season would look like at the college level, preparing them for the road ahead.
— Britt Walker, Director of Operations, Revolution Field Hockey
High school athletes interested in taking their game to the college level should consider a club field hockey team or summer sports camp on a university campus for visibility and recruitment. In addition to giving you an opportunity to perform and compete in front of potential recruiters, camp and club field hockey coaches often network with their college-level counterparts, allowing them to advocate for interested players.
When preparing for college recruitment you want to make sure your playing style is well-rounded and versatile. You may have superb technique, but if you can’t execute a play or maintain your stamina in a match, this may result in you being passed over for consideration. With tough competition for sports scholarships, it’s crucial that you stay engaged with the process and get as much competitive field hockey experience as possible.
Have you or your children expressed an interest in college-level sports? Register now for Summer 2023, and foster a love for field hockey.
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