There are less than 275 colleges that have a field hockey program, but the sport is growing. The limited number of scholarships for field hockey means that teaming up with a trusted resource like NCSA to find out exactly how the field hockey recruiting process works is essential.
When does the field hockey recruiting process start?
1. Recruiting for field hockey begins as early as freshman year. Field hockey scholarships are limited, so it doesn’t hurt to start the recruiting process early. Start considering potential schools early in high school.
How do I get discovered?
2. A third-party evaluation from a trusted neutral source like NCSA is essential. It’s also important to make sure you’re playing at the club level. If college field hockey coaches can identify you as a prospect using online tools from a trusted resource like NCSA, you gain instant exposure and credibility. You can get added exposure by playing club field hockey against top-level competition.
How do coaches evaluate field hockey prospects?
3. The Internet is your best tool for field hockey recruits. The best way that a coach can evaluate you for a potential field hockey scholarship, without spending money on travel, is the Internet. A third-party evaluator like NCSA offers access to your stats and video highlights and helps field hockey coaches find players that fit their system.
Where am I qualified to play college field hockey?
4. Just 30% of colleges that offer field hockey are in Division I. The majority of college field hockey players don’t compete at the DI level, so set your expectations accordingly. Roughly 70% of field hockey teams compete at the Division II or Division III level. NCSA is an experienced neutral talent evaluator, and can tell you where you’re likely to find success and most likely to land a field hockey scholarship.
What is my field hockey coach’s role?
5. Your coach can help with your development on the field, but getting a scholarship for field hockey is your responsibility. Your high school or club field hockey coach is likely too busy to be able to dedicate the time that the recruiting process requires. It’s your responsibility as a field hockey recruit to do the work.
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