Nike Field Hockey Camp at McDaniel College
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This summer 2023 field hockey camp in Westminster delivers top-notch instruction for campers of all skill levels to participate in. Campers will have the chance to play at McDaniel College under Head Field Hockey Coach, Kati Nearhouse and her elite staff.
Our overnight field hockey camp in Maryland is designed to prepare players for the upcoming field hockey season. We provide the opportunity for athletes to improve their skills and techniques with the stick. Join us this summer and take your game to the next level!
- Training from McDaniel College coaches and players
- Partner Camp of USA Field Hockey; sanctioned to make referrals to USAFH Nexus program
- Morning, afternoon, and evening training sessions
- 1:10 staff to camper ratio
- All attendee receive a Nike Field Hockey Camps package (reversible jersey, ball, lanyard) and other fun prizes.
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Camp Director Kati Nearhouse
Kati Nearhouse is the Head Field Hockey Coach at McDaniel College.View Kati's Bio ⟩
As a player at Old Dominion, Nearhouse was named the NFHCA Division I Second Team All-American after her Sophomore season. She finished with 21 points off eight goals and five assists, leading the Lady Monarchs to the Final Four. As a Senior at Syracuse University she led the Orange to a spot in the 2014 NCAA Championship game. She was named to the ACC All-Tournament team and the NCAA All-Tournament team.
After her playing career, she took over the Director of Operations role for the Orange during their National Championship run in 2015. After two years at her alma mater, Nearhouse continued her coaching career with stops at Bryant and most recently the University of Maryland where she was the director of field hockey operations. Outside of Field Hockey, Kati has spent the last few years working as a School Counselor for Baltimore County Public Schools.
Camp Coach Jason Mulder
Jason Mulder is the Head Coach of the Senior U.S. Men's National Indoor Field Hockey Team.View Jason's Bio ⟩
At the start of April 2021, Mulder was named the head coach of the Senior U.S. Men's National Indoor Team field hockey team. Most recently he led the USA Men’s team in the Indoor World Cup in South Africa where they placed 4th overall. This is the highest ever the indoor team has finished at the World Cup. The USA indoor men’s team is now ranked 8th in the World as a result of their historic performance.
Mulder hails from Cape Town, South Africa and began his coaching career in 2009 at Central Hockey Club. Most recently he was a volunteer assistant at Syracuse, Bryant and Maryland before joining the Tigers in 2019.
From 2019-2022 Mulder was a full-time Assistant Coach at Towson University. During Mulders time at Towson, he helped lead the Tigers to the most wins since 2011, going 5-13, including winning their second conference game since 2011
Camp Coach Jessica Cavolt
Jessica Cavolt is the Assistant Field Hockey Coach for University of Rochester.View Jessica's Bio ⟩
After a four-year playing career and three more seasons coaching the sport, Jessie Cavolt has joined the University of Rochester as an assistant coach in field hockey. She had a highly successful career as a goalkeeper at the University of Mary Washington in Virginia before moving to Salisbury University in Maryland as an assistant coach.
She joined the Salisbury staff in August, 2019. She created and implemented practice plans for goalkeepers in their training sessions. She assisted with recruiting and video analysis. Under her tutelage, goalkeeper Dom Farrace was named the Coast-to-Coast Conference Player of the Year in 2021 and a First Team All-American in 2019. Salisbury reached the Final Four in 2019.
Camp Coach Jenna FlorenzoView Jenna's Bio ⟩
Currently coaching at Freedom Hky club, works with the U19 team. 4 year started at Towson University. 3-year co-captain. Senior Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
Additional Coaches Camp Staff
Our Camp Director will be assisted by a talented staff which may include their assistant coach(es), current and former collegiate players, and other college and club coaches.
SECURE YOUR SPOT!
You can expect high demand on these first-come-first-serve camper spots, so please be sure to register early.
- Dates: June 23-25
- Age Group: 11-18
- Gender: Girls
- Camp Types: Overnight & Extended Day (Commuter)
- Check-in: 1:00pm-2:00pm on Friday at Garden Apartments
- Check-out: Graduation takes place at 1:30pm on Sunday. Parents are invited to attend. Check out will take place immediately after.
- Extended Day (Commuter) Schedule: Friday: 2:00pm-9:00pm, Saturday: 9:00am-9:00pm, Sunday: 9:00am-2:00pm
- Meals: All meals are provided for Overnight campers. Lunch and dinner are provided for all Extended Day (commuter) campers.
- Program: This All Skills program is geared towards players of all abilities. The camp program includes stick work instruction & skills, technical & tactical training, offensive & defensive skills, and positioning work. Goalie-specific training is offered as well. Upon arrival, all participants are evaluated by the staff and placed into groups based on age and ability level.
Please note: Camp schedules and details may be subject to change.
The information below is subject to change each year.
- Dorms: Garden Apartments
- Number of Campers Per Room: 1-2 per room, apartment style
- Roommates: Rooms are assigned by age & roommate requests. Roommate requests must be mutual and received no later than 14 days before the start of camp. If you don't have a roommate request, you will be placed in a room with someone near your age. It will be a great opportunity to meet someone new!
- Bathrooms: Attached to each apartment
- Linens: Not provided. Bring linens (twin XL) or sleeping bag, pillow, pillowcase, and a towel.
- Air Conditioning: Yes!
WHAT'S INCLUDED IN THE FEE?
- Instruction: Morning, afternoon, and evening training sessions
- Overnight campers: Dormitory housing on campus and all meals are provided.
- Extended Day campers: Lunch and dinner are provided.
- Supervision: Staff members reside in campers’ quarters and participate in all activities.
- Camp Gear: All campers receive a Nike Field Hockey Camps package (reversible jersey, ball, lanyard) and other fun prizes.
INSTRUCTION, EQUIPMENT & FACILITY
- Ratio: 1:10 staff-to-camper ratio
- Groupings: Campers are grouped by ability, age, and experience.
- Equipment Needed: Hockey stick, water bottle, mouth guard, shin guards, court and turf shoes (goalies must bring full goalie protective equipment)
- Inclement Weather Plan: In the case of rain or extreme heat, there are indoor courts available for training.
- Medical Protocol: Most camps have an athletic trainer on-site to help with illness or injury. In case of an emergency, campers will be transported to the nearest hospital.
PREPARE FOR CAMP: COMPLETE YOUR PRE-CAMP CHECKLIST
To view your customer account, complete your mandatory forms, pay balance dues, and review
important camp information, visit Pre-Camp Checklist.
All necessary camp information is on this page. If there are any imperative changes prior to
camp start, registered campers will be notified via email and this webpage will be updated!
CHECKLIST OF THINGS TO BRING
Below is a suggested list of clothes, equipment, and personal items. US Sports Camps is NOT responsible for lost or stolen articles or money.
ALL CAMPERS (OVERNIGHT & COMMUTERS):
- Athletic, on-field clothing (t-shirts, shorts)
- Turf shoes or sneakers
- Reversible jersey
- Hockey Stick(s)
- Mouth guard
- Shin guards
- Goggles (not required, but recommended)
- Court shoes for indoor play in case of rain
- Goalies must bring their own full protective equipment
- Water bottle*
- Small gym bag/backpack
- Packed lunch (if required for commuters)
- Spending money
- COVID PPE (as required by state/local guidelines)
- Signed Health & Release forms and waivers (forms completed online do not need to be printed and turned in at camp)
OVERNIGHT CAMPERS ONLY:
- Athletic clothing mentioned above (1-2 pairs/day)
- Comfortable off-court clothing (pants/shorts, shirts, sweatshirts, 1 pair/day)
- Undergarments (1-2 pair/day)
- Flip flops
- Laundry bag
- Toiletries (shampoo, conditioner, bodywash, facewash, hairbrush, toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, etc.)
- Personal items & medications
- Eye mask, ear plugs (optional)
- Washcloth and bath towel
- Alarm clock
- Fan (optional)
- Bed sheets (if linens not provided)
- Comforter or sleeping bag (if linens not provided)
- Pillow and pillowcase (if linens not provided)
Transportation is not provided. Campers are responsible for getting to and from camp on their own. There is no supervision before or after camp hours so please make arrangements to pick up your child on time.
For information regarding our cancellation policy and all other company policies, please visit USSC Policies.
NIKE FIELD HOCKEY CAMP FAQ
For general questions about our field hockey camps please see our FAQ page.
If you have a group of eight or more campers registering for the same camp, each camper is eligible for a discount. Please have someone contact the US Sports Camps office at 1-800-645-3226 with the names of each camper in the group and we will create a unique discount code for your group. Campers may then register individually through the website at their convenience and apply the offer code during check out. *Discount amount varies by program. Please call for details.
We cannot offer scholarships due to NCAA regulations. Our affiliation with NCAA coaches and schools puts us in a position where any scholarship money can be seen as an inducement to a future collegiate athlete. This puts our coaches and our host universities in jeopardy of damaging their status with the NCAA and incurring penalties at the hands of their organizing body.
Camps are open to any and all entrants, limited only by number, age, grade level and/or gender.Show Less See More Camp Details
SAMPLE SCHEDULE (Saturday)
- 7:00am Wake-up, shower, breakfast
- 9:00am Extended Day & Day Campers arrive. Stretching & Warm-up
- 9:15am Training Session I
- 12:00pm Lunch, rest
- 1:30pm Training Session II
- 4:00pm Free time, rest
- 5:30pm Dinner
- 6:30pm Training Session III
- 9:00pm Extended Day Camper depart, Overnight Campers to rooms, free time
- 10:00pm Lights out
McDaniel College is located 30 miles northwest of Baltimore, MD and 65 miles north of Washington DC.
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Loved it and coming back!
July 4, 2019: Jillian enjoyed everything about the camp, from the coaches, scrimmages, skill practice and the other players. This was her first time attending and will be returning if this camp is offered again.
— Kathryn A. Parent
This camp challenged her
July 3, 2019: Meeting other field hockey players at varying levels of skill whom she described as friendly. Getting a lot of physical exercise in a safe and fun environment. Good food with lots of selection. Feeling really challenged and successful at meeting that challenge.
— Ashley M. Parent
So much fun!
July 1, 2019: All of the participants were friendly and were helpful. She also learned a lot about the sport and is very excited to start her first year of field hockey.
— Kirsten E. Parent
Staff was awesome!
July 1, 2019: She enjoyed her interaction with the coaches. She stated that the skills taught were relevant. She is looking at McDaniel as a college and loved being able to interact with the counselors that play there and experience the campus.
— Tres P. Parent
She is going back
July 1, 2019: Caroline had a blast! She lived the McDaniel field hockey players that were her coaches and said she can’t wait for next year!
— Heather B. Parent
Our daughter loved camp!
July 1, 2019: She got to meet new people, learn new skills, and play competitively in a fun and encouraging environment. Coach Yarrish and her team created an excellent experience – and she is already talking about going back next year!
— Dana R. Parent
July 1, 2019: Jordan said the staff was excellent and very friendly. She enjoyed the experience overall. She also enjoyed the food from the mess hall. As a parent, I would say the camp was well organized and for my daughter’s first “away from home” experience, it kept her motivated and distracted from the feelings of being away. She had a great time and has asked to return in the future.
— Darryl Z. Parent
July 9, 2018: Positive reinforcement, enthusiasm and excitement from coaching staff through entire experience. My daughter gained more confidence and improved her skills.
— Diane M. Parent
July 9, 2018: Anna loved the scrimmage opportunities as well as the leadership discussions. She enjoyed connecting with the other young women at the camp and felt the staff were encouraging, motivating and super cool!
— Lola N. Parent
Enjoyed the camp!
July 10, 2017: She learned new skills daily, focus was on skill more that just game play. My girls really enjoyed the "olympics"
— Jen S. Parent
Learned a lot!
July 10, 2017: My child plays goalie and really enjoyed the specialized instruction she got. She learned a lot during camp. Thank you!
— Lauri H. Parent
Solid instruction time!
July 12, 2017: My daughter went to a different camp last year and this experience was 100x better for her. There was solid instruction time - learning and practicing skills (some new, some refreshing) and then ample game time to apply. She had a great time and looks forward to returning next year! She'll definitely tell more friends about it as well.
— Wendy P. Parent
July 12, 2017: We felt that camp was conducted in a safe environment with a knowledgeable camp staff. Our daughter really enjoyed the overall camp experience!
— Rima V. Parent
July: 25, 2016: This is a great camp and was a great experience. The coaches were awesome and I learned a lot. I'm so excited to be able to use what I learned at camp to become a better Field Hockey player!
— Jaime R. Camper
Great for Goalies
July 20, 2016: Great goalie specific instruction. Very knowledgeable coaches who have played and coached the game. They push you to improve your skills but still make it fun. Instruction targets all level of play.
— Lauren J. Parent
Good size for personal instruction
July 12, 2015: The Nike Field Hockey camp was a great experience for my daughter. They focused on building great skills and had the girls work hard every day, but also gave them ample rest time as well. The size of the camp was also very good and allowed for personal instruction.
— Anita M. Parent
July 22, 2015: I loved learning new skills from the experienced coaching staff! I learned a lot and I feel like my playing skills have improved from the coaching I received at camp. The overall experience was a positive one and I would definitely recommend it to anyone hoping to better their hockey playing skills!
— Meghan S. Camper
July 19, 2015: This camp is amazing. You will leave with a great understanding of the game, new skills, and confidence in the field. The camp is great for preparing for high school tryouts. I will definitely be coming back next year.
— Laurel P. Camper
Happy with second year
July 15, 2015: This was my daughters second year of attending and stated she learned more even though it was her second year. She was very pleased with her evaluation from the coaching staff.
— Lisa F. Parent
Became a better player
This was the very first overnight camp my daughter attended. She went with a few friends, but also met many new friends. She loved being away from home, having her own room, eating in the cafeteria and being silly with all the girls at night. She also loved the coaches and became a better field hockey player!
Had a great time
My daughter had a great time .She played a lot of hockey and was exhausted when it was over. She didn't know anyone going in, but was giving hugs goodbye at the end.
Improve your game
Nike Field Hockey Camps are a great way to improve your game and increase the love of the sport with other coaches and campers who are as energetic and excited as you are.
The combination of rigorous instruction yet having downtime and fun sessions made me come away greatly improved yet having a fun time with people I had met for the first time there.
Very happy with everything!
My daughter learned A LOT that she wasn't getting from her league. She was very happy with everything about Nike camp.
“They do a very good job of teaching the campers skill and ability as well as how to have an all around good, enjoyable time on, and off, the field!”
“The coaches are great with the girls and make sure the instructions are understood. Having a schedule is definitely a plus. The evaluation is a great tool to have. We were able to compare last year to this year and see how much our daughter has improved.”
Great Environment for Learning!
“Nike Camp is a great experience. They provide and friendly fun environment for you child to learn important field hockey skills. The instructors make sure the skills are learned by all even if it means taking a little extra time. No one is left behind. They give an evaluation at the end of camp so the girls can see where they excell and what they need to work on. It a nice thing to have for comparison the following year. NIKE ROCKS!!”
Nike camp was so much fun! The coaches were very enthusiastic about the game and the athletes there. They readily aided every player to help them improve personally. The coaches helped you to learn and perfect any skill you wanted help on. The whole experience was just awesome!
This summer I feel I improved my skills immensely at the Nike camp at McDaniel college. The instructors were qualified, organized and friendly. I met a lot of nice people who enjoy field hockey as much as I do and had a great time.
This was my daughters first year attending a Nike field hockey camp and she absolutely loved everything about it! She made new friends, learned new skills and refined old ones, and she gained more responsibility by following an organized schedule and living independently in the college dorms. I would highly recommend this camp to first timers and experienced hockey players as well. She will be returning to the field this fall with a new found confidence thanks to the great coaches!
— Parent '14
Love the feedback
Nike camp is one of the best camps! I did it two years in a row! Best at giving you the skills and individual feedback!!
— Camper '14
They are a driven set of people who will make you try your hardest. The coaches' abilities to work with the campers are outstanding. I was happy with the learning provided at the camp and it was a good opportunity to meet other players
— Camper '14
SECURE YOUR SPOT – CAMPS SELL OUT!
Last year over 650 Sports Camps sold out, leaving 7,000+ campers on the waitlist. Due to high demand, early registration for our first-come-first-serve camps is strongly recommended.