Beginning on Thursday, July 25th and lasting through the weekend, Foxcroft Academy recently hosted an All-American Field Hockey Camp for both middle school and high school athletes looking to improve their skills before the next fall sports season. These young field hockey athletes were lucky to have beautiful weather for the camp, while also having the opportunity to work with new coaches.
The All-American Field Hockey Camps is a program that sends field hockey coaches that have played on the collegiate level to school districts across the country to work on specific skills. FA and Sedomocha field hockey players welcomed two coaches to the area for the program–coach Jill Dixon from The College of Wooster, and coach Jenn Koller from SUNY Morrisville.
Dixon began working with All-American Field Hockey Camps when the program first launched in 2011, all because her high school coach started the program. Though she and Koller have worked with the program for a while, they had never met before; All-American Field Hockey coaches are sent to different locations at random for each camp. However, that didn’t slow them down–the coaches and campers bonded quickly, and soon they knew everyone’s names.
Dixon said the camp gives herself and other coaches “the chance to come out and see other players we wouldn’t otherwise see.” She enjoys meeting new student-athletes, as well as being able to introduce them to new skills and give them more knowledge about the sport. Meeting new players and coaches, said Dixon, is one of the best parts of the job.
For the morning sessions with the middle schoolers, the two coaches worked together with the group, while in the afternoon session with the high schoolers, the two broke off. Coach Dixon went to one end of the field and practiced many skills with the FA goalies, sophomore Makenzie Sands, and freshman Destiny Weymouth. The rest of the players worked on techniques with Coach Koller on the other end of the field. On the second day of the camp, goalie Makenzie Sands said she had enjoyed it so far, and thought she would “learn a lot.”
FA field hockey coach Morgan Rublee also attended the sessions to listen and help the players. Rublee was very grateful for the All-American Field Hockey Camp coaches to come to Dover-Foxcroft. “Coach Jill and Coach Jen—both D3 college coaches—worked closely with the team throughout the week, demonstrating new skills and revisiting old skills in innovative ways,” said coach Rublee. “Our players took away a lot, and I’m excited to see how they incorporate what they learned into their play this season.”
For more pictures of the event, visit our Flickr page.