Nike Field Hockey Camp at Gwynedd Mercy University
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Our Gwynedd Valley field hockey camp combines fun and spirited competition to bring you the best camp experience. This summer camp in Pennsylvania offers a day camp and evening camp for girls to hone their skills before the start of their next field hockey season.
Join Gwynedd Mercy University's Head Field Hockey Coach this summer to develop a better understanding of the game, increase self confidence, and make new friends at our kids camp near Philadelphia.
- Five hours of instruction daily
- Excellent training facilities and coaching staff
- 10:1 Camper to Staff ratio
- All campers receive a STX package (reversible jersey, ball, water bottle, lanyard) and other fun prizes!
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Camp Director Laura Ann Lane
The 2019 Field Hockey Season will mark Laura-Ann Lane’s thirteenth season has the Head Coach of the Griffins. She has led the Griffins to four-straight NCAA Division III Field Hockey Championship Tournament appearances winning the Colonial States Athletic Conference Championship in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2017.View Laura Ann Lane's Bio ⟩
With 23 years of field hockey coaching under her belt, coach Laura-Ann Lane is preparing for yet another successful season with the Griffins, who look to defend their CSAC championship crown.
She was named the Colonial States Athletic Conference Field Hockey Coach of the Year in 2007, in her first season at Gwynedd-Mercy. She has brought the field hockey team to the CSAC Playoffs in each of the past eight years which included a trip to the championship game in 2010 and a conference titles in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014. The Griffins also received two consecutive bids to the ECAC Mid-Atlantic Championships in 2009 and 2010. Under Coach Lane, the Griffins were part of the national All-Academic Team in each of her eight seasons.
Coach Lane is originally from New Hampshire, coming to the Philadelphia are to attend Arcadia University (formerly Beaver College). While there, she played goalkeeper for the field hockey team and was named the 1988 Beaver College Softball Rookie of the Year. She also received the 1991 PIAWA Philadelphia Player of the Year in field hockey, among other highly-regarded recognitions.
After receiving her bachelor’s degree in biology, Lane became the assistant and subsequently head coach for Arcadia’s field hockey and lacrosse teams. While the field hockey head coach, they had four post-season appearances in her six seasons. She was named the 2002 PAC Coach of the Year and organized numerous community service and outreach activities with the team. She received her master’s degree in elementary education from Arcadia University in 2002.
In 2004, Lane was the head coach at Roanoke College in Salem, Virginia, where she helped led the team to the postseason on three occasions including a semifinal appearance. She then came back to the Philadelphia area to coach at Gwynedd-Mercy.
She is a summer camp coach for Merestead Sports Camp, an active member of the NFHCA, a summer 2008 Women’s Coaches Academy graduate, and is currently on the NCAA Regional Ranking Committee as well as the NFHCA South Atlantic Region All America Committee.
Overall Coach Lane has mentored over 30 PAC/CSAC All Conference Players, three STX/NFHCA All American players, over 26 Academic All-Americans, and nine ODAC all-league performers.
This year, we are offering an Day Camp (9:00am-3:00pm) for ages 9-13 and an Evening Camp (6:00pm-8:30pm) for ages 14-18. All camps are geared towards girls of all ability levels. See "More Camp Details" for further information.
2018 CAMP DATES
- June 17-19 (Day Camp)
- June 17-19 (Evening Camp)
All sessions are open to girls of all abilities. Upon arrival, all participants are evaluated by the staff and placed into groups based on age and ability level. Campers will master the fundamentals and develop proper mechanics through a mix of drills, games and competitive play.
*Please note, the following information may be subject to change.
2019 SESSION SCHEDULES & INFORMATION
Day Camp: June 17-19 (ages 9-13)
- Daily Hours: 9:00am-3:00pm
- Check-in: 8:30am on the first day of camp at the stadium
- Check-out: Graduation is on the last day of camp at 2:30pm. Parents are invited to attend! Check out will follow immediately after.
- Lunch: Lunch is not provided, please bring a sack lunch each day.
Evening Camp: June 17-19 (ages 14-18)
- Daily Hours: 6:00-8:30pm
- Check-in: 5:30pm on the first night at the stadium
- Check-out: Camp ends at 8:30pm on the last night of camp.
- Dinner: Dinner is not provided, please eat before arriving to camp each evening.
What's included in the fee?
- Daily field hockey instruction
- Campers are supervised by staff during camp hours.
- Camp Gear: All campers receive a STX package (reversible jersey, ball, water bottle, lanyard) and other fun prizes.
INSTRUCTION, EQUIPMENT & FACILITY
- Ratio: 1:10 staff to camper ratio
- Players Grouped by: ability, age, years of experience
- Equipment Needed: Hockey stick, water bottle, mouth guard, shin guards, turf shoes (goalies must bring full goalie protective equipment)
- Inclement Weather Plan: TBA for 2018
- 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.
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.
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.
A detailed camper registration packet containing check in location, health/release forms, emergency contact info, and a list of things to bring will be emailed to all registered campers in the Spring. Our health and release forms may require a doctor's signature (please reference your camp packet). All required forms will be collected on the first day of camp.
Camps are open to any and all entrants, limited only by number, age, grade level and/or gender.
- 9:00-9:15am Campers arrive. Warm up/stretching.
- 9:15-11:30am Skills and small game tactics
- 11:30am-12:15pm Lunch
- 12:15-12:45pm Lecture/demo
- 1:00-3:00pm Drills, games, and scrimmaging
- 3:00pm Campers depart
- 6:00pm Campers arrive. Warm up/stretching.
- 6:15-7:00pm Skills and small game tactics
- 7:00-7:30pm Lecture and demonstration
- 7:30-8:30pm Drills, games, and scrimmaging
- 8:30pm Campers depart
Gwynedd Mercy University is located in Gwynedd Valley of Lower Gwynedd Township, Pennsylvania, 25 miles northwest of downtown Philadelphia.
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Renewed love for the game
June 23, 2018: My daughter came back saying she forgot how much she loved field hockey and how fun it is!
— Melissa W. Parent
Everything was great!
June 23, 2018: The staff gave great feedback to my daughter! They made the drills fun and taught her some new things. The campus was also very nice. Everything was great! I just wish there were more sessions at this location. I would have definitely signed my daughter up for more.
— Jennifer K. Parent
June 27, 2017: Casey is a goalie and had one on one training time for a portion of the camp which is invaluable! Most importantly, Casey enjoyed it and the positive experience only helped to solidify her wanting to continue playing in college. The head coach and staff were perfect, knowledgeable, skilled, effective, and kind to boot, not to mention how affordable the camp was. It was a winner all the way around.
— Kara F. Parent
Lots of takeaways!
June 22, 2017: Skills definitely improved. Lots of takeaways on how to continue to improve.
— Nicole R. Parent
Improved my skills!
June 22, 2017: The coaches were great and helped me improve my skills! Loved everything!
— Kathryn S. Camper
Loved the coaches!
June 22, 2017: Coach Laura Ann was awesome and her staff was very enthusiastic and encouraging with the girls
— Stephanie D. Parent
June 22, 2017: This camp was awesome because they did small groups for stations which really helped individuals learners.
— Courtney R. Parent
June 22, 2017: I don't t know how they do it, but the coach and counselors send my daughter home every day feeling more confident in her field hockey abilities! That is something you cannot put a price on. Thank you so much!
— Jill C. Parent
June 22, 2017: Dakota had a great time working with Coach Lane and the Gwynedd field hockey team. Thank you again!
— Rob H. Parent
June 30, 2016: We traveled and stayed in the area just for this camp, which catered to young players as well as experienced players. It was so good to find instruction for those younger girls!
— Lois S. Parent
July 1, 2015: Gwynedd Mercy did an outstanding job of instructing and encouraging campers while promoting the love of the game. I cannot say one even slightly negative thing about the way the camp was run.
— Sarah C. Parent
June 29, 2015: The Gwynedd Mercy University coaching staff was attentive, upbeat and made the camp fun for the girls. My daughter came home every day saying she learned something and had a great time doing it! Thank you very much to the Gwynedd coaches and players for a great week!
— Gabrielle A. Parent
Great first camp
My daughter, age 11, participated in the Nike Field Hockey Sports Camp at Gwynedd-Mercy University in June 2014. As a first time attendee to any sports camp, she was very apprehensive the first morning. The staff was extremely sensitive to her needs when she complained of a headache within the first half-hour of camp, the coach had her sit on the side and called me. I spoke to my daughter and the coach, mutually agreeing that she would stay until lunch and then see how she felt. When I picked her up at the end of the day, she was smiling, and the head coach gave me the "thumbs up" for a good day. By the end of the second day, my daughter said she had learned more in the two days of camp then she had playing all season at her school. It was a great experience, and I would highly recommend the camp to others! She will be back next summer.
— Parent '14
The instruction was geared to individual levels, strengths and weaknesses. Staff was excellent! Will definitely attend next summer!! Thank you!
— Parent '14
The week of instruction was exactly what I expected from the coaching staff! High caliber all the way around!
— Camper '14