Week 1: June 19-23, 2017
This session, which is for players of all skill levels, will emphasize field hockey fundamentals through skill and drill sessions, competitive play, and, of course, fun games. On KO's beautiful artificial turf, players will be challenged as they learn new skills and perfect old ones related to stick work and passing. Each stroke will be broken down for optimal development: the hit, push, flick, and lifts. We will also focus on optimal offensive and defensive positioning (the importance of the drop step, engaging distance, and the variety of tackles). Players will also practice timing of dodges and ideal pulls for various scenarios.
Each day will feature two instructional sessions so players can review different skills in a smaller game setting. In the afternoon, these tactics will be transferred into larger competitive play. Afternoon strategy will focus on circle play, the transition game, and communication on the field. We will also emphasize whole body fitness -- flexibility, footwork, and core strengthening -- which makes better players. Campers will leave with new techniques and skills, a fresher understanding of the game, and a strategy for how to bring their game to the next level.
Open to students entering grades 5-9. Minimum enrollment 12; maximum enrollment 30.
Program runs from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.
Cost: $475. Early Bird Discount: $425 until March 15
Coach: KO Middle School Field Hockey Coach, Meredith Crowther, was a four-year starter and two-year captain on the field hockey team at the D1 College of the Holy Cross. She won many athletic and academic awards during her career, including the Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year and All-League First Team honors (twice). She has also coached at the International Field Hockey camp at Loomis Chaffee School and the All-Star Field Hockey Camp at Springfield College. She has coached field hockey and tennis at KO for six years.
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