Girls Field Hockey Camp encourages player development. The teaching sessions are structured to allow players ages 10–17 to progress at their own pace with players of similar age and ability.
In addition to fundamental stick work skills, players receive instruction and the opportunity to practice in competitive games and drills. Special emphasis is placed on increasing each camper’s overall understanding of the rules, concepts, and team strategies of the sport. The camp strives to develop in each camper the qualities needed to become an all-around, excellent field hockey player with solid offensive and defensive skills. Goalkeepers receive individualized instruction from an outstanding staff of college-level goalkeepers and coaches.
- Improve basic game skills: ball control, jabs, blocks, shooting, scoring, and stick work
- Improve defensive positioning, marking, interceptions, circle play, and transitional game
- Emphasize teamwork and fair play
- Learn more about field hockey while enjoying the game
Individual goalkeeping training sessions cover all aspects of the technical and tactical skills necessary for developing goalkeepers. The program is customized for each goalie’s needs. If you are attending camp as a goalie, please check the appropriate space on the application.
Campers must bring their own field hockey stick, mouth guard, shin guards, cleats, and sneakers for potential indoor and turf play. Goalies must bring a complete set of goalie equipment.
Julie Ryan, Camp Director
Head Field Hockey Coach, Babson College
The winningest coach in program history, Julie Ryan enters her 13th season as the head field hockey coach and director of Babson’s Field Hockey Camp.
Under her tutelage, the Beavers have won 11 or more games in 11 of her first 12 seasons, which includes four consecutive years of at least 15 wins since 2015. Ryan has earned four conference and two regional coach of the year honors, and has led Babson to a pair of NCAA Tournament berths. The Green and White reached the second round in 2010 and made history in 2016 by becoming the first women’s program in school history to reach the Division III Final Four. The Beavers won a school-record 21 games and ranked in the top five nationally in scoring defense for the second year in a row.
Ryan, who currently serves as vice president of the NFHCA Executive Board, started the Milton Youth Field Hockey program in 2012, and spent time as an assistant coach at Boston College, Springfield College and Yale University prior to her arrival at Babson.