Coaches from top American universities will be in Europe to scout talented female hockey players at the Go USA Hockey Showcases 2014. By popular demand, two editions will be held this year – on May 29 in the Netherlands and on May 30 in Belgium. Participating schools include prestigious names such as Yale, Penn State, Duke, Syracuse, and the University of Virginia.
Organized by UStudy Sports since 2011, the showcases give players a chance to be handpicked for US varsity teams often for full athletic scholarships. Most participants of the 2012 showcase have been placed at US schools with scholarships and many players from the 2013 edition have been offered spots as well. “Field hockey is a growing part of US college sports and coaches are increasingly looking for players outside the US. In the Netherlands and Belgium, players start training early in the game, which gives them the high standards that US coaches look for,” explains UStudy Sports Director Marina Meijer.
In March 2014 UStudy Sports was recognized as an official partner of the Olympisch Netwerk Zuid-Holland for helping talented young athletes go to the US.
During the showcases, Coach Daan Polders, former coach at Wake Forest University and Michigan State University, will hold clinics and supervise the games. Players will be given written feedback on the level of their game and suitability for playing field hockey in the US and a DVD of the clinics and games.
“This is a great platform to bring the best of both worlds together. Dutch and Belgian players have always been popular with US coaches because of their hockey and academic level. Bringing the two parties together makes the process easier and more transparent,” says Polders.
May 29: SV Kampong, the Netherlands
May 30: Braxgata HC, Belgium