Washington D.C. – The campus of American University continues to be flooded by elite field hockey players. Last week the campus played host to the Senior Women’s National Championship and just moments after New Jersey took the crown as champions on Friday, the pitch was right back in action for the commencing 2011 Futures Development Invitational Camp (FDIC). The elite camp features sixty-eight high school aged athletes who were invited to attend after their performances at 2010 National Futures Championship. The athletes come from across the country to further develop their game and continue dreams of one day representing the United States on the international stage.
“This camp is great because not only does it offer the opportunity for some of the nation’s best athletes to play together, but it also provides them with instruction by top coaches” says FDIC co-head coach, Pam Stuper.
Forgoing the traditional Memorial Day festivities, these talented athletes have the privilege to be coached by some of the nation’s preeminent coaches, including American University head field hockey coach, Steve Jennings, and Yale University head field hockey coach, Pam Stuper.
Participant Emy Guttman (Ann Arbor, Michigan) says, “After receiving the invitation to FDIC, I knew I wanted to participate in order to improve my game and play with great athletes. So far camp has been fun and I’ve learned a lot from the coaching staff”.
The campers complete two sessions on the field before dinner, then scrimmage in the evening, which is followed by a video session before the day’s end. The video session includes international footage often commentated by USA Field Hockey Technical Director, Terry Walsh.
“One thing I really like about the video sessions is the clips are shown a couple of times, then are slowed down and have voice over instruction. So I really know what I’m looking at and the little details that make the skill possible,” says Tori Widrick (Cazenovia, New York).
FDIC concludes on Monday, May 30th.