Collegiate Field Hockey Information

 

PROSPECTIVE COLLEGIATE PLAYER TIMELINE

 

* This timeline has accelerated greatly in the past few years.  Tier one colleges (Division I top schools) are now looking at sophomores and freshmen because they have already chosen their juniors!  If you wait until senior year, you will have a much narrower choice of schools.  Division II and Division III schools do not start this process as early.

 

Any time from early middle school through junior year of high school 1. Try out for and participate in the Futures Olympic Developmental program.  Many college coaches scout the regional and national tournaments and the Junior Olympics that are run through this USA Field Hockey organization.  For more information go to the following site. http://www.usfieldhockey.com/futures/

2. Join a club team.  Collegiate coaches also scout the National Festival and the Indoor Nationals.

3. Participate in State Games.  These are usually run in the spring or early summer.  NJ has the Garden State Games

Freshman/Sophomore/Junior year Inform your guidance counselor that you are a potential college athlete.

Beginning of SOPHOMORE year through beginning of JUNIOR year.

Send a letter to the head coaches of the colleges that interest you to introduce yourself along with an athletic and academic resume.

Personal information you should include:

  • Soc. Sec #
  • Date of birth
  • Address
  • Telephone numbers
  • E-mail address
  • High school information, address, phone
  • H. S. Coach's information, name, address, phone, email

End of SOPHOMORE and/or JUNIOR seasons.

Send a follow up letter in late fall updating coaches on your junior season and upcoming playing opportunities (National Festival, Club or Team tournaments)

End of SOPHOMORE year ; summer prior to JUNIOR year

Send coaches a copy of your skills/game videotape, OR put the video on YOUTUBE and put a link to it in your emails..  No longer than 15 minutes.  It does not have to be professionally done)

For a field player it should include:

  • Stick skills with change of speed and direction
  • Passing
  • Hitting
  • Receiving
  • Defensive footwork
  • Sprinting with and without the ball
  • Game footage

For a goalkeeper it should include:

  • Footwork
  • Double leg stops
  • Clears
  • Splits
  • Slide tackles
  • Aerials
  • 1 v 1, small games
  • strokes
  • game footage

Beginning of JUNIOR year

Register at www.eligibilitycenter.org for NCAA eligibility

Register to take the ACT/SAT's and use the Eligibility Center Code (9999) as a score recipient. 

 

Summer prior to JUNIOR year and through JUNIOR year.

Visit, unofficially, those college of interest to you.  If possible, call ahead to set up appointments to meet with coaches.

Spring of JUNIOR and Fall of SENIOR Year

Complete applications for those colleges of interest.  Include updated resume, transcript, and video.

SENIOR Year

Make official visits.  Be prepared to make your selections prior to the National Letter Of Intent signing date (February).  A letter of intent is a contract that states that you will play for at least one year and the college will give you scholarship money for at least one year.

 

*** This is a sample.  Some colleges may have a different timeline, but this is generally accepted.

*** Remember, college visits do not count as absences from practice.

 

 

ATHLETICALLY RELATED FINANCIAL AID

 

Recruiting terms:

Contact - Coach meets face to face with you or your parents off campus.

Contact period - Coach may have contact (above) with you, may watch you play, or visit your HS.  You and your parents may visit a college campus and the coach may write or telephone you.

Dead period - Coach may not have any contact with you or your parents off campus.  Coach may write or telephone.

Official visit - Any visit by you (and parents) paid for by the college.  Before this can happen you must provide the college with a copy of your high school transcript (DI only) and SAT, ACT or PLAN score and register with the NCAA eligibility center.

Quiet period - No contact; coach may not visit you or watch you play; Coach may write or telephone you.

Unofficial visit - paid for by your parents.  Coach can talk to you except for during the dead period.

Verbal commitment - Commitment to a school before signing a National Letter of Intent

National Letter of Intent - you agree to attend the institution for one academic year.  In exchange, that institution must provide athletics financial aid for one academic year.  For questions visit www.national-letter.org or call 877-262-1492

 

 

 

    DIVISION I DIVISION II DIVISION III
    Can give up to twelve (12) full athletic scholarships per years.  These may be divided among players.  The Ivy League schools  are an exception to this rule.  They can not give athletic scholarships. Can give up to six (6) full athletic scholarships per year.  These may be divided among players Can not give any athletic scholarships.  Will find other types of aid if extremely interested in a player.
Soph Recruiting materials You may receive brochures for camps and questionnaires; no recruiting materials. You may receive brochures for camps and questionnaires; no recruiting materials. You may receive printed materials of any kind.
Telephone calls You may make calls to the coach at your expense.  Coach can not call you. You may make unlimited calls to the coach at your expense.  Coach can not call you No limit on calls from the coach.  You may make unlimited calls to the coach at your expense.
Off-campus contact none allowed none allowed none allowed
Official visit none allowed none allowed none allowed
Unofficial visit You may make unlimited number of unofficial visits You may make unlimited number of unofficial visits You may make unlimited number of unofficial visits
Junior Recruiting materials You may begin receiving recruiting materials September 1 of Junior year Coaches may send recruiting information after September 1 of your Junior year You may receive printed materials any time
Telephone calls You may make calls to coach at your expense. You may make unlimited calls to the coach at your expense. You may make unlimited calls to the coach at your expense.
Coaches may call you Once per week starting July 1 after your Junior year Coach may not call you until June 15th after Junior year No limit on calls from the coach.
Off-campus contact Allowed starting July 1 after your junior year. Allowed starting June 15th after your junior year. Allowed after Junior year
Official visit None allowed none allowed none allowed
Unofficial visit You may make an unlimited number of unofficial visits. You may make unlimited number of unofficial visits You may make unlimited number of unofficial visits
Senior Recruiting materials Allowed No limit You may receive printed materials any time
Telephone calls You may make calls to coach at your expense. No limit on calls from the coach.  You may make unlimited calls to the coach at your expense. No limit on calls from the coach.  You may make unlimited calls to the coach at your expense.
Coaches may call you Once per week starting July 1 after your Junior year Once per week starting starting June 15th after your Junior year No limit on calls from the coach.
Off-campus contact Allowed up to 3X per coach during your Senior year. Coach may contact you/your parents off-campus after the end of your Junior year. Coach may contact you/your parents off-campus after the end of your Junior year.
Official visit Allowed beginning opening day of classes your Senior year.

Limited to one official visit per college up to 5 official visits to Divisions I and II colleges

Allowed beginning opening day of classes your Senior year.

Limited to one official visit per college up to 5 official visits to Divisions I and II colleges

Allowed beginning opening day of classes your Senior year.

Limited to one official visit per college; no limit on the number of colleges

Unofficial visit You may make an unlimited number of unofficial visits at any time. You may make unlimited number of unofficial visits at any time. You may make unlimited number of unofficial visits at any time
Evaluations and contacts Up to seven times during your Senior year. Unlimited Unlimited
         

 

IF INTERESTED IN PLAYING HOCKEY AT THE COLLEGIATE LEVEL, DO...

1.      Attend hockey camps at colleges of interest to you.  Make decisions based on everything, not just hockey

2.      Participate in field hockey outside of your high school team's season (FUTURES, the US OLYMPIC DEVELOPMENTAL PROGRAM; CLUB TEAMS)

3.      Keep coaches updated with information about where and when you are playing.

4.      When a coach communicates with you, respond immediately.

5.      Register with the NCAA Initial Eligibility Clearinghouse (Div. I & II) and familiarize yourself with NCAA rules.

6.      Be honest with the coaches that are recruiting you

7.      When visiting a college, bring a list of questions with you that you want to ask.

8.      Pay attention to you feelings about a school when you visit.  You will know when the school is right for you.

 

IF INTERESTED IN PLAYING HOCKEY AT THE COLLEGIATE LEVEL, DON'T...

  1. Don't underestimate your abilities.  If you are truly interested, there is a program out there for you.  Being a collegiate field hockey player may also help you get into a school where you might otherwise not be accepted.
  2. Don't wait for the coaches to contact you.  If you are interested, the coach wants to know that.  Contact them first.
  3. Don't make a decision based solely on scholarship money.
  4. Don't make a decision based on what someone (parents, H. S. coach, boyfriend!) else wants you to do.  It is your life.
  5. Do not have your parents overly involved in this process.  The coaches want to know that you are independent.  They should be hearing from you.

 

COLLEGE COACHES ARE LOOKING FOR ATHLETE WITH THE FOLLOWING EMOTIONAL CHARACTERISTICS:

    • Decision maker
    • Leader
    • Ability to focus
    • Confidence
    • Maturity
    • Poise with adults; coaches
    • Ability to articulate thoughts
    • Ability to look adults in the eyes
    • Positive energy and attitude

   

Expectations for Collegiate Field Hockey

·        Don't count on money

·        Don't count on being the best player or getting the same playing time as in High School

·        Don't count on playing the same position

·        If D1, you will be training all year long

·        Count on a "dry" season; no drinking no matter what.

 

 

N.C.A.A. Initial Eligibility Clearinghouse

P.O. Box 4044

Iowa City, IA 52243-4044

319-337-1556

 

Purpose - to certify eligibility of student athletes and Division I and II schools.  You must maintain your amateur status in order to be eligible to play collegiate sports.

Register through the guidance office after your Junior year.

SAT scores can be official if they appear on your transcript or if they are sent directly from the testing center.

Unofficial visit - you or your parents pay for the visit.

Official visit - College pays for such things as transportation to and from the campus, room and meals, entertainment etc.

 

Protect your (amateur status) eligibility -

  • Accept only awards of trophies, pins, jackets, i.e., approved by the Board of Education - do not accept any merchandise or cash.

  • You may not give instruction for compensation on a per lesson basis.

  • You may not accept, gratis, on loan or on a discount basis, any equipment or merchandise for personal use under any circumstances whatsoever.

 

 

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