With only 278 field hockey varsity programs across the country, you need to start your recruiting process early to put yourself in position to play at the college level. Recruiting is a continuous process and you must be proactive. Field hockey coaches and schools should not have to continually reach out to you. Send a highlight reel with game footage and keep coaches updated about your upcoming competitions and athletic achievements so they can evaluate your skill level.
Be sure to also reach out to coaches before you schedule campus visits so they can arrange to meet you. Post your athletic and academic resume online. NCSA has the largest digital platform available for use by high school athletes. When a field hockey recruit posts a highlight video and resume online, it becomes instantly visible to hundreds of college field hockey coaches. Create an exceptional field hockey highlight video. Coaches are very busy and may not be able to travel and see field hockey recruits in person. That’s why a highlight video is key.
Use your video to show field hockey scouts that you’re a well-rounded player. Use in-game footage to prove that you’ve got speed, stamina and strong instincts. Field players should highlight stationary and driven shots to all parts of the goal. Show your ability to handle the ball under pressure. Feature clips of lateral and forward passing and display footage of yourself receiving passes to show off your ball control skills. Prove that you can use your off-hand. Goalies should highlight skill footage to demonstrate their shot-blocking and distribution abilities. Show that you can cover shots on the ground, at the crossbar and in the corners. Highlight your ability to clear the ball from the goal and in the crease. Keep in mind that your college decision will impact the rest of your life. Do your research so that you can make an educated decision, not only as a field hockey recruit, but also as a student. Input from NCSA’s recruiting platform can help you find a school that’s an ideal fit.
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