DD'15 & I just returned from the ESPN Disney Field Hockey Showcase in Orlando. 3,000 field hockey players and approximately 200 coaches participating in 4 days of non-stop field hockey in sunny Orlando. Wow. If there are any field hockey parents on the board, this is a great event for your player and her team to attend next year to been seen, if she wants to play at the next level.
As you can tell, it was DD's first trip to this dance. D emailed the schools she has initial interest in that she would be attending. Several came to see her team play.
What an outstanding experience for D and her team mates to be exposed to! There were college coaches at almost every game, with gaggles attending some of the higher profile contests. The girls all knew when the Ivy League, NESCAC and other higher profile coaches were in the bleachers watching their game. The girls would whisper " Did you see the _______ coach watching, I think she was here to watch _________ play." Very cute.
Another parent & I had the opportunity to chat with a D III coach for 15-20 minutes as she was taking a break from watching a particular club team her school often receives recruits from. We weren't bothering her since she needed a break as she'd seen more than enough of that team play that particular day.
Her school runs a summer field hockey clinic in concert with summer visit days. They try to put the schools best foot forward when the prospective student-athlete is on campus, mixing the camp with campus tours & admissions presentations. The school attracts about 15-20 players for each of their two summer camps. Of the 30-40 campers annually the camp generates a total of 4-5 rostered players. This coach's biggest challange is getting the recruits through admissions due to admittance standards.
Our take-aways from this:
1. The event is well run, well organized & well attended by coaches.
2. Grades, grades & test scores are key.
3. There is a spot for your D to play, if she wants to play at the next level. There are many schools looking for players who want to play and can stay eligible.