Nike Field Hockey Camp at the University of Mary Washington
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This popular field hockey camp in Fredericksburg is designed to help players get better while having fun. If you're looking for your chance to train with the best, this kids summer camp in Virginia is led by Head Coach and two time All- American Lindsey Barbacow and her talented staff.
Field hockey players of all skill levels and positions are invited to join us this summer for an amazing camp experience at UMW!
- Partner Camp and sanctioned to make referrals to the US Field Hockey Futures program
- Spirit days, yoga, swimming
- 10:1 Camper to Staff ratio
- Reversible jersey, STX water bottle and STX ball
- STX sticks are awarded as prizes
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Camp Director Lindsey Barbacow
One of the top field coaches in the nation, Lindsey Barbacow begins her eighth season as head field hockey coach at the University of Mary Washington. In her first six years, the former Salisbury University All-American has kept the Eagles in prime position to remain one of the nation’s elite programs.View Lindsey Barbacow 's Bio ⟩
The 2012 National Field Hockey Coaches’ Association Region Coach of the Year, Barbacow led UMW to a season for the ages in 2012, posting a 20-2 record and advancing to the NCAA Division III national championship semifinals in Geneva, N.Y. She also gained Capital Athletic Conference Coach of the Year honors after finishing with an undefeated league record en route to the league regular season and tournament titles.
The Eagles remained one of the top teams in the nation in 2013, finishing 15-3 overall and ranking as high as sixth in the nation. All three of UMW’s losses came to top-five ranked opponents. The 2014 campaign saw the Eagles finish 14-5 and receive national rankings and awards once again.
Barbacow gained CAC Coach of the Year honors in 2015, as the Eagles were ranked as high as 12th in the nation, and hosted the CAC Championship contest. Last fall, the Eagles returned to the CAC Championship in a 12-5 campaign.
Barbacow led the Eagles to a 15-5 overall record in 2011, her first at the helm at UMW. She started her career by knocking off nationally-ranked Lynchburg College and Lebanon Valley College en route to a 15-win season which saw the team ranked as high as tenth in the nation. The Eagles raced to a 10-1 home record, with wins over state foes such as Washington & Lee University, Randolph-Macon College, and nationally-ranked Christopher Newport University.
She was a two-time first team All-American forward at Salisbury University, where she won an NCAA Division III national championship and played in four NCAA Tournaments from 2000-2003. A two-time Capital Athletic Conference Player of the Year, she was twice named to the all-NCAA tournament team at the final four.
As an assistant coach for four years at Salisbury from 2004-2007, she was part of two more national championship squads, as the Sea Gulls finished with an 80-7 record during that time, winning four CAC Championships. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Salisbury in 2004 in physical education, and gained her Master of Education degree from Salisbury in 2006.
This year we are offering Overnight and Extended Day (9:00am-9:00pm) camps for girls, ages 10-18, of all ability levels. See "More Camp Details" for further information.
2018 CAMP DATES
- July 22-25
This camp is open to girls, ages 10-18, 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.
2018 SESSION SCHEDULE
CAMP DATES: JULY 22-25
- Check-in: 12:00pm-1:30pm on Sunday
- Check-out: Graduation takes place at 11:30am on Wednesday. Parents are invited to attend. Check out will take place immediately after.
- Extended Day Camper Schedule: Sunday: 12:00pm-9:00pm, Monday-Tuesday: 9:00am-9:00pm, Wednesday: 9:00am-12:00pm
What's included in the fee?
- Daily field hockey instruction
- Overnight campers: Dormitory housing on campus and all meals are provided.
- Extended Day campers: Lunch and dinner are provided.
- Evening Activities: Spirit days, yoga, and swimming
- Supervision: Staff members reside in campers’ quarters and participate in all activities.
- 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, court and turf shoes (goalies must bring full goalie protective equipment)
- Inclement Weather Plan: We will use an indoor facility or will be learning strategy and technique in a classroom on campus.
- 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.
The information below is based on previous years and is subject to change each year. Final housing information for this camp will be provided in the Camper Registration Packets, emailed to all campers closer to the camp’s start date.
- Campers Per Room: 2 per room
- Roommates: Rooms are assigned by age & roommate requests. Roommate requests must be 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: Shared
- Linens: Not provided. Bring linens or sleeping bag, pillow, pillowcase and a towel
- Air Conditioning: Please refer to the Camper Registration Packet. A/C availability depends on our specific dorm assignment.
Nike Field Hockey Camps does not provide transportation from airports, train stations or bus depots. If you have a child flying to camp, please arrange a shuttle or taxi service. The closest airports to campus are Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport and Richmond International Airport.
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.
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.
Sample Daily Schedule
- 7:30am Wake-up call
- 8:00am Breakfast at The University Center
- 9:00am Roll Call and proceed to fields
- 9:15am Stretch and Warm-up game
- 9:30am Fundamental skills work session
- 11:30am Cool down, stretch, pick up equipment
- 11:45am Proceed to The University Center for lunch
- 2:15pm Roll Call and proceed to the fields
- 2:30pm Stretch and Warm-up game
- 3:00pm Small Games
- 4:30pm Cool down, stretch, pick up equipment
- 5:00pm Proceed to The University Center for dinner
- 6:15pm Roll Call and proceed to fields
- 6:30pm Games with coaching and officiating
- 8:15pm Cool down, stretch, pick up equipment
- 8:20pm Proceed to dorms
- 9:00pm Extended Day Campers depart. Evening activity for Overnight Campers.
- 10:30pm Room Check - all campers in room at this time
- 11:00pm Lights Out
The turf stadium at UMW hosts the Eagle field hockey and lacrosse teams. The two-year old artificial turf surface has already served as host to the 2012 NCAA field hockey tournament. The facility was also the host site for the 1993 NCAA field hockey national championship.
Camp ReviewsSubmit a review
July 30, 2018: My child learned a lot of new skills to use for the upcoming field hockey season. Her coaches for both the color team (teal) and country team (Germany) were very supportive, upbeat and gave her good feedback on what she needed to work on.
— Michele P. Parent
She wants to come back next year
July 26, 2018: My daughter's highlights included meeting new friends, increasing her passion for the sport, learning new skills and techniques, and nice staff who were good teachers. She wants to com back next year!
— Melissa H. Parent
Loved the dorms
July 26, 2018: The encouragement she got from the coaches was outstanding. She also loved the dorm experience.
— Michael R. Parent
July 26, 2018: The facility was outstanding and room accommodations were great. Food at cafeteria was very good in general. She felt she received excellent instruction and learned many new skills. She described it in brief to me as “super fun.” A very positive first sleepaway camp experience. She looks forward to returning next year.
— Todd F. Parent
July 26, 2018: We love everything about the camp. A huge Thank you to Lexi Dixson who supported us with a problem at the beginning of the camp. Another thank you to the head coach for making sure my girls were in the same room. This made a huge difference to my girls. Thank you! Have a wonderful season!!
— Nia M. Parent
Always excited to be there!
July 30, 2017: Melissa was so happy and excited about this camp! She loved playing games against another team as they had not done this in school. Enjoyed the other campers, was always excited about being there, wished the camp had been longer and has already asked to return next year. Really improved her skills! Thank you so much!
— Cara C. Parent
July 29, 2017: The highlight of my experience was playing in the night sessions. I highly enjoyed playing in team USA and our coach (Cori) was amazing.
— Laurie N. Parent
Loved the tournament style games!
July 27, 2017: The biggest highlight was learning different drills and incorporating other fun activities that also helped build on skills. Additionally, she really enjoyed the tournament style games.
— Heather W. Parent
July 27, 2017: She loved the whole experience for her second year. The coaches were a lot of fun and helpful.
— Charlie S. Parent
July 27, 2017: When I picked her up and we made our way back to Richmond, Paige talked the whole way about her time at UMW. She loved the coaches and felt very encouraged by Jesse in particular. As a GK it is sometimes difficult to find a camp that really serves their needs, but I feel like you all did a great job in working specifically with them and their particular needs. Among other highlights, we heard all about the skits, freeze pops and the exciting championship shoot out, and I know she has a positive experience. Lastly, I thought it was a great idea to have the GK room together, as it gave them some bonding time with someone else that understands their position. I also think the camp was a good length - not too long, and not too short! Really and truly, thank you all for your organization, your hard work, and your support of the girls!
— Liz B. Parent
Ecstatic we found this camp!
July 26, 2017: My daughter absolutely loved this camp! The coaches are so extremely generous and supportive of the campers. They managed to pick up my daughters name so quickly. Also, my daughter had been playing for less than a year, but with the feedback and training she received from the coaches she is so much more stronger and passionate about field hockey. I am beyond ecstatic that we found this camp, and we will definitely be coming back next year!
— Roza H. Parent
July 26, 2017: Bryce had a great time and has already asked to go back next year.
— Lorrie M. Parent
Coming back next year!
July 26, 2017: The camp was extremely fun and I learned a lot of skills. I really improved my defensive skills and am extremely glad that I came to this camp! I'm definitely coming back next year!
— Seirra M. Camper
Improved so much!
July 26, 2017: It was definitely worth the money. My daughter's skills have improved so much and she will be coming back to this camp next summer for sure.
— Edward M. Parent
Hard work paid off
July 30, 2016: It was so much fun! We were given lots of water breaks throughout each session. The food was great. The camp was very intense and you definitely had to work hard but it payed off because I could see improvement after just a few days!
— Isabel S. Camper
July 25, 2016: Really fun camp , the drills were very fun and helped me develop new skills this was my second time at this camp and I will be going next year too
— Naja M. Camper
July 19, 2015: Coach Lindsey Elliott and her staff were awesome. I've been to three team camps and I believe this one helped me the most to improve my field hockey skills. The combination of fundamentals, individual evaluations, strategies and team play helped me learn the most. This was the best value of cost to benefit of the camps I've attended.
— Chelsea M. Camper
We will be back
July 20, 2015: The Nike Field Hockey Camp experience at the University of Mary Washington is one your daughter will never regret attending. Fantastic coaches, excellent instruction and an inclusive atmosphere located on a beautiful campus - what's not to like? We will be back again next summer.
— Juliann M. Parent
Positive and fun
This camp had great interaction with the "campers"; friendly, inclusive atmosphere; excellent instruction; a very fun and positive experience.
— Parent '15
Perfect for all levels
This camp really taught me everything I should know. It helped me review things i already knew. The coaches and staff were really nice. I enjoyed the camp a lot! I would definitely go to the University of Mary Washington camp again next year. If your child wants to learn how to play or already knows sign them up because this camp is perfect for all levels.
— Camper '14
Learned valuable skills
You'll have a lot of fun from in your dorm, to out on the field, to the talent show at the end of camp. I learned some valuable skills that I can definitely use in the field hockey season!
— Camper '14
Helped build new skills
Nike field hockey camp was very helpful in helping me build new skills and fixing things that I was doing wrong. I found the camp very fun, as well as informational.
— Camper '14
I would go back to Mary Washington's Nike Field Hockey Camp because I noticed my skills improved and I understood the game of Field Hockey better than I did before.
— Camper '14
The organization by the staff was excellent from the minute you arrived for check-in. I was really impressed how organized the entire camp was. I intend to send my granddaughter next year. The only other thing I will do differently is to have her stay overnight for the three days. Keep up the good work and keep hiring the exceptional coaches and staff.
— Camper '14
Gives players confidence
My daughter is relatively new to the sport and the camp has given her a tremendous amount of confidence. She had a wonderful time and can't wait to go back next year.
— Parent '13
So much fun
Nike camp is so much fun! The coaches work to make field hockey fun while still improving your play! Don't miss out!
— Camper '13
This was the BEST field hockey camp I ever went to. I didn't want to leave and I can't wait to go back!
— Camper '13
All around good
The Unversity of Mary Washington Nike Field Hockey Camp is a wonderful camp for all levels. Location is good, housing and meals are good, playing field is good. They provide great coaches and instruction, and everyone appears to love the sport of field hockey. If looking for a safe, overnight camp with exellent instruction, this is a great choice. My daughter has been to this camp for 3 years in a row now, and just loves it.
The camp instruction was excellent and the schedule permited a strong balance of individual instruction with group instruction.
Loved the intensity
My daughter came home from camping looking for the next camp. She absolutely loved the intesity of the camp, Coach Woodie, and the interaction with her teammates. Nike must do everything well!
Organized, patient and thorough coaches. All the staff seemed to have a plan and executed things efficiently. I had a good time and learned alot. Thank You!
My daughter has an extremely high passion for this sport. She loves playing and learning to be a better player. This camp had wonderful coaches with much knowledge they have gained in national and international playing levels. We were very lucky to have the coaches we had this year. Very pleased with the entire program and we are looking forward to attending this same camp again next year.
Goalie program was amazing
I had a great time. The goalie program was amazing and I loved how you had each goalie play with a different team every game! It was great and helped us learn how to work differently with different teams.
Covered all Aspects
“The Nike field hockey camp does a good job of making sure that girls are instructed in all areas of game play and making sure that they play often enough to enforce new things that are taught.”
“The level of instruction is excellent. I felt like I was challenged everyday.”
“Instruction and drills are demonstrated very well, and described with the upmost clarity.”
Learned a Ton
“I loved camp! The coaches were great, and not only did we spend more time actually playing than others I have been to, I also learned a ton! I look forward to coming again.”
Looking Forward to Next Year
“We thought the overall camp was very organized and well run with the safety of the girls in mind. My daughter enjoyed the camp and is looking forward to next year where she thinks she will learn a lot more.”
The coaches were highly experienced field hockey players, who seemed very passionate about the sport. They helped with whatever questions I asked and told me the skills I needed to work on. The sessions were good lengths, not too long but gave you enough time to work on the skill. The food was wonderful and the dorms as well. Great experience, learned lots. I expect to be back next year!
For two years in a row, my daughter has come home excited about what she learned and the fun she had! Highly recommend this camp!
Great first camp experience
This was my first field hockey camp and i didn't know what to expect. It offered a lot of learning opportunities about skills and what to expect at college level (college night). I really enjoyed this camp along with my team. This camp helped build my self esteem about my playing abilities and about myself as a person. The coaches were very informative and motivational. The overall atmosphere of the camp was comfortable and not stressed. Any camper should have fun if they really like field hockey.
My daughter was fairly new to the sport with minimal experience but after attending the camp she gained more confidence and skills. I saw a great improvement. The camp motivated her to continue to work hard which resulted in her making the high school JV team.
Prepared me for high school
Nike FH Camp at UMW prepared me to compete and earn a spot on my HS JV team. I definitely feel my skills were greatly enhanced and gave me an edge over others.
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