Our fall Development Academy has two session options from early September to mid November. This outdoor field hockey program has play on Saturdays at the Potomac School in McLean, VA or on Sundays at the St. Stephen’s and St. Agnes School in Alexandria, VA. For players from 3rd to 10th grade. Players are grouped by age and skill level.
Our winter Development Academy runs from early December to early March. This is an indoor field hockey program with sessions on Saturdays and Sundays at the National Cathedral School in Washington, DC. For players from 3rd to 10th grade. Players are grouped by age and skill level. We also run Friday & Saturday winter clinics in Ashburn, VA at the Dulles Sportsplex. Friday clinics open to JV and Varsity athletes and Saturday clinics open to 4th-8th graders.
Our spring Development Academy has two session options from mid March to late May. This outdoor field hockey program has play on Saturdays at the Potomac School in McLean, VA or on Sundays at the St. Stephen’s and St. Agnes School in Alexandria, VA. For players from 3rd to 10th grade. Players are grouped by age and skill level.
The Academy program is a non-competitive, first-come first-serve program focused on growing the game and players joy for the sport. Groups are placed in loose teams each season, but the intention is not competition, rather to increase players’ joy in the game and give athletes the opportunity to grow their skills.
Girls will play scrimmages in-house against each other but the focus is on technical improvement. Tryouts are not required. This program is for girls looking to learn the sport or to improve their field hockey skills without the commitment of weekly traveling to tournaments. Players will receive the same high-level coaching as our other teams, but do not travel to competitions. Academy and clinics are a great way to stay involved in the off-season, learn the sport for the first time, or get to know our programs before jumping into our partner club, Southeast Storm.
As our academy is non-competitive, our development players can “graduate” to club as they gain skill and are able to commit to a higher, more intense level of play. We encourage those new to non-school based sports to try at least a season of Academy before attempting to play club, as it will give these players a strong foothold into our culture and style of play. We also encourage those who simply do not have the time or want a lower level of commitment to play development with us during any season.
For both programs, we strive to teach a strong technical and tactical base of the game. We only employ USA Field Hockey certified and background checked coaches. We work to give all athletes the joy, confidence and camaraderie that comes from playing field hockey and team sports.
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