Scouting Report: Boarding Schools with Field Hockey
Field hockey may be one of the oldest sports, dating back to 200 BC in Ancient Greece. In the modern era, field hockey was played in British public schools and universities and in the early nineteenth century.
In the United States, field hockey is played predominantly during the fall in New England and Mid-Atlantic regions and is often a staple of the girls' athletics programs.
Games at the junior high level consist of two 25-minute halves, while the high school level consists of two 30-minute halves. Many private schools play 25-minute halves, with some having adopted International Hockey Federation (FIH) rules rather than National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) rules.
The following boarding schools offer field hockey at the competitive levels in single-sex and coeducational environments.
Surveying Boarding School Field Hockey Programs
At The Ethel Walker School (view profile) in Simsbury, Connecticut, the all-girls' field hockey program competes in the Western New England Prep School Field Hockey Association (WNEPSFHA), a division of The New England Prep School Athletic Council (NEPSAC).
The school is a Class C division competitor, and also competes in the prestigious Founders League, which includes Choate, Taft, Hotchkiss, Loomis, Westminster, Kent, Kingswood Oxford and Miss Porter's. The school just completed an overhaul all of its existing athletic fields, which included the construction of two new synthetic turf fields for lacrosse and field hockey.
Oldfields School (view profile) is the oldest girls' boarding school in Maryland. Located in Glencoe, near Sparks, Maryland, the school offers field hockey at the varsity level and the team competes in the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland.
While, all Oldfields sports teams are highly competitive, all students are welcome to participate in any team sport, regardless of previous experience or ability. At Oldfields, the opportunity to try new experiences in a supportive environment is paramount, and this also translates to the athletic program and team sports. On a 130-acre campus, athletes practice and play on five regulation-size, natural grass fields for field hockey, lacrosse, and soccer.
St. Margaret's School (view profile) is an all-girls high school located in Tappahannock, Virginia, on the Rappahannock River. The school offers a varsity field hockey program and is a member of the League of Independent Schools which consists of ten other independent schools, including Covenant, St. Catherine's, Trinity Episcopal and St. Anne's-Belfield. Field hockey players practice and compete on the school's two multi-purpose regulation fields, which are used for field hockey and soccer.
Westover School (view profile) is an independent college-preparatory day and boarding school for girls located in Middlebury, Connecticut. The school is a member of the New England Prep School League and the Western New England Prep School Athletic Association (WNEPSAA). Additionally, the varsity field hockey team participates in the Connecticut Independent School Athletic Conference (CISAC). At Westover, athletes have access to a designated field hockey field, as well as the Fuller Athletic Center, which features a state-of-the-art fitness center. In 2010, two Westover field hockey players were selected to play in the all-star game and at the National Field Hockey Festival in Arizona.
Competing with public and independent schools from Maine and New England, Hebron Academy's girls' varsity field hockey team plays at a high level and includes more experienced and dedicated athletes. Athletes use the School's Dwyer Fields complex, which includes soccer, football, field hockey and lacrosse fields.
Whether you are curious about learning how to play field hockey or are an experienced field hockey player, each of the schools offer a program that is designed to promote specific skills as well as a lifelong love of physical activity and an appreciation for teamwork and fair play.