My goal as a father of two field hockey daughters was to have as many college choices for them as possible. I’ve seen a lot of families stumble in this effort.
One of our field hockey team members just found out that Futures conflicts with their SAT course. What to do?
My view; academics edges out field hockey – just by a little. But the two really must work hand-in-hand.
My solution for both of my daughters was to get a private SAT tutor that worked on our schedule and didn’t conflict with hockey or school. Did this cost more than an SAT course? – maybe – but not by much. Was this a good return on investment? I believe so. Yale and the University of Richmond was where they landed.
If you limit your exposure to top field hockey training or ignore academics – in the end you will have fewer choices when it comes time for college placement. You need both, and you need to be strong in both.
With many choices you have a better chance of getting into the college of your dreams. At the very least, a college that is a good fit with the team, the student population and caters to your interests.
Limit your choice and you limit your possibilities.
Just the simple fact that you want to play field hockey in college limits your choices down to only 78 DI, 31 DII and 166 DIII institutions of higher learning. Do you realize how many girls you are competing with for a roster spot? Did you know approximately 1900 high schools field a hockey team in the USA? If every high school team graduates 4 seniors, that’s 7600 hockey players graduating. Let’s say only half are interested in playing in college – that’s still 3600 kids seeking entry into 275 available field hockey colleges. Or better stated, 13 kids per college team who want to take your spot. That’s competition!
If your daughter is athletic or shows a talent for hockey – if she is serious – at some point she is going to have to make a decision to concentrate on, and become better, at this one sport. It is now a fact in our sports culture… we make our kids “professionals” so they can achieve their goal of being recruited and play on a college team. That’s a lot of stress we put on young kids, and that’s a story for another blog. But we have to deal with the realities of the current situation.
The Holy Trinity of hockey recruitment:
Develop your skills (top training)
Academic achievement (school)
Sell yourself – (outreach and showcase your talent)
Without these three pieces, you have little chance of playing on a College team.