Wild Hawk Field Hockey Academy
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This 2019 field hockey camp in Massachusetts is led by UMass Lowell head field hockey coach Shannon Hlebichuk. Jump start your preseason, elevate your technique, and have fun this summer!
Players gain valuable training in all aspects of field hockey. Sessions focus on the fundamental techniques, game strategy, and position specific drills.
- Instruction from prominent college coaches
- Special goalkeeping training
- Partner Camp of USA Field Hockey; sanctioned to make referrals to USAFH Futures program
- All campers receive a STX package (reversible jersey, ball, water bottle, lanyard) and other fun prizes.
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Co-Director Shannon LeBlanc Hlebichuk
Shannon Hlebichuk has created quite the legacy in her 12 years at the helm of the UMass Lowell field hockey program. She is the longest tenured and winningest multi-year coach in program history.View Shannon LeBlanc Hlebichuk's Bio ⟩
Backed by a resume that includes a pair of NCAA Division II Championships (2005, 2010) and eight Northeast-10 Conference Tournament titles (2003-07; 2010-12), Hlebichuk guided the River Hawks through their first year of NCAA Division I competition as members of the America East Conference in 2013 (2-16, 1-4). She has amassed a career record of 202-66 (.754) with a final Division II record of 200-50 (.800).
Hlebichuk has led her players to All-Conference honors 65 times and All-American recognition 41 times. With 10 consecutive NCAA Division II Tournament bids, eight of which culminated in a championship game appearance, she was a four-time National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Division II Coach of the Year (2003, 2005, 2007, 2010), seven-time Northeast-10 Conference (NE-10) Coach of the Year and six-time NFHCA Division II North Coach of the Year.
In 2013, the school’s inaugural year in the America East, two of Hlebichuk’s student-athletes were named to the conference’s All-Rookie Team, while two more received All-Academic Team accolades. In addition, 12 UMass Lowell field hockey team members garnered 2013 Gladiator SGI/NFHCA National Academic Squad recognition for excellence in the classroom.
UMass Lowell concluded its Division II membership with a 19-4 campaign in 2012, including its third consecutive NE-10 Tournament title and sixth consecutive NCAA Championship appearance. Two members of Hlebichuk's 2012 squad were honored as All-Americans.
Named head coach in December of 2001, Hlebichuk led the River Hawks to a 9-9 clip in 2002 and into the NE-10 Tournament – the team’s first-ever postseason bid. Just one year later, UMass Lowell went 15-8, captured the NE-10 Tournament title and advanced to the NCAA Championship game where it fell to Bloomsburg University (4-1).
The 2003 NCAA Championship game was the first of eight title game appearances in 10 years, coupled with semifinal showings in 2004 and 2006. On the eve of the 2003 NE-10 Tournament Championship, Hlebichuk became the third field hockey player inducted into the UMass Lowell Athletic Hall of Fame.
Outside of coaching, Hlebichuk served on the NFHCA Hall of Fame Committee from 2008-10 and was formerly Northeast Region chair of the NCAA Division II Field Hockey Committee and the NFHCA Division II All-American Committee. She also served two years on the NFHCA North-South All-Star Game Committee and was named head coach of the North Region squad in 2004 and 2005.
Every summer, Hlebichuk acts as the director of the Northeast Field Hockey Camp at The Governor's Academy in Newbury, Mass., which trains more than 150 players.
Over the span of her collegiate playing career (1994-98), Hlebichuk amassed 33 goals and 29 assists (formerly a school record), pitting her eighth on the River Hawks’ all-time scoring list. She played an integral role in helping her squad improve to a 15-4 record in 1997, up from a 5-15 clip the previous year. That year, she totaled 19 assists in 19 matches (1.00), which still stands as a Division II record for assists per game.
A two-year captain, Hlebichuk was twice named to the NFHCA All-America Team and was named the 1997-98 NCAA Woman of the Year for the state of Massachusetts.
Hlebichuk's prowess carried over to the classroom as she earned a spot on the NFHCA National Academic Squad three times. She was also named a GTE Academic All-American and was co-chair of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.
Hlebichuk moved on to earn her master's degree in higher education at Arizona State in 2000 where she served as a graduate assistant for student-athlete development.
She was appointed to an assistant athletic director role at UMass Lowell from 2011-13 until the institution began its Division I transition period.
Hlebichuk and her husband Korey reside in Nashua, NH, with their daughter Liv (11).
Co-Director Katie White
Katie White enters her sixth year at UMass Lowell heading into the 2017 season. She was promoted to associate head coach on May 3, 2015 after serving as the squad's first assistant for the previous three seasons. In addition to working with the River Hawks' forwards and midfielders, she serves as the director of the program's camps/clinics, and manages all facets of game preparation and player development.View Katie White's Bio ⟩
Prior to joining the UMass Lowell staff, White served as the assistant field hockey coach at Holy Cross, spearheading the Crusaders’ recruiting efforts. She also oversaw the Holy Cross compliance and equipment duties, while assisting with the planning of daily practices and scouting.
White has also made coaching stops at the University of Albany (2007-2010) and Colgate University (2006-07), helping to bolster each program’s recruiting, while assisting in all aspects of coaching.
Outside of her collegiate coaching experience, White has also worked as the Director of the Seacoast United Field Hockey Club. She developed the training sessions, handled all of the administrative duties and organized all of the club’s tournaments, camps and clinics.
She has also spent several years coaching with the United States Field Hockey Association (USFHA) Futures Program. She is currently a site director for the USFHA Northeast Region.
During her outstanding playing career at the University of New Hampshire, White received numerous honors over four seasons. She finished her career ranked third in program history in total goals and fourth in career points. As a senior, White served as team captain, while leading the America East in goals and points to earn First Team All-Conference and First Team Regional All-American honors for the second consecutive season. She was also named the America East Rookie of the Year in 2002.
White graduated from New Hampshire with a bachelor's degree in psychology in 2006 and is working towards her master’s from Colgate and Albany for educational administration and policy studies.
This year we are offering a Day Camp that runs Monday-Wednesday from 9:00am-3:00pm, and Thursday from 9:00am-12:00pm. Camp is geared towards girls, ages 9-18, of all ability levels. See "More Camp Details" for further information.
2019 CAMP DATES
- July 29-Aug 1
This camp is open to girls, ages 9-18, 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.
2019 SCHEDULE AND INFORMATION
CAMP DATES: JULY 29-August 1
- Daily Hours: Monday-Wednesday: 9:00am-3:00pm, Thursday: 9:00am-12:00pm
- Check-in: 8:45am-9:00am on Monday at the main field
- Check-out: Graduation is on Thursday at 11:30am. Parents are invited to attend! Check out will follow immediately after.
- Lunch: Lunch is not provided. Please bring a sack lunch.
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: If a whole day of camp is lost due to weather Friday, August 3rd will be used as a make up day.
- 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.
Sample Daily Schedule
- 9:00am Campers arrive, warm up
- 9:15-11:30am Skills and small game tactics
- 11:30am-12:15pm Lunch
- 12:15-12:45pm Lecture and demonstration
- 1:00-3:00pm Drills, games, and scrimmaging
- 3:00pm Campers depart
This camp takes place 30 miles north of Boston at McCarthy Middle School in Chelmsford, Massachusetts.
Camp ReviewsSubmit a review
August 11, 2018: Excellent run camp. Shannon and Kate were awesome! Sally went from not wanting to go because she didn’t play much to loving the sport and being invited to the futures program. She may give up her thriving lax career for FH!
— Peter H. Parent0
Helped build confidence!
August 7, 2018: This camp was a great introduction to field hockey for our daughter. She was a bit nervous going in on day one, but really enjoyed learning more about the sport, rules and drills throughout the week. As a result of camp, she has decided to sign up for the fall field hockey season. Thanks to all who were involved in the Chelmsford camp!
— Tammy B. Parent0
August 3, 2018: Alyssa was sad it was over! This was her 6th year! After this week, it has given her more confidence for HS Tryouts coming up! Thank You!!
— Cathy P. Parent0
August 3, 2018: She truly loved it. I feel the coaches were so positive and helpful that it made her experience great!!! She loved the scrimmages and theme days.
— Tina M. Parent
Loved the team building!
July 29, 2017: Janna's skill level and confidence in herself dramatically increased over the past week. She came home saying " you know what....I am pretty good at this. I can play well". The team building alone and making her feel valued and part of a team was way more than I could have asked for.
— Patti G. Parent
Loved the staff!
July 29, 2017: The staff was very good and my daughter really liked playing the games. The spirit that was put into each playing team was phenomenal and while it was not extremely intense the intensity was the best part.
— Sameer S. Parent
Great coaching staff!
July 28, 2017: It was great meeting kids from all over Massachusetts. My daughter enjoyed the coaching staff.
— Jennifer H. Parent
Helped build confidence
July 28, 2017: She is just a beginner-she was nervous at first, but after the first day she was in love with it! Loved the set up, the games! She cannot wait for her first season to start.
— Kerry L. Parent
July 28, 2017: Our daughter loved the scrimmages, challenging drills, fun games, and organization of camp.
— Jenn W. Parent
July 28, 2017: Our daughter loved the drills ad learning new aspects of the game.
— Heather F. Parent
August 2, 2016: This camp was an amazing experience for my daughter. Not only did she learn the game, as she was a beginner, but really enjoyed the game. The instructors were able to easily teach to the level of the students and it was age appropriate. Great camp! My daughter is already signed up for rec field hockey after this experience!
— Jennifer T. Parent
August 1, 2016: This was my daughter's first year attending and absolutely loved it. All of the staff were great and really connected with the girls. Well run camp that we highly recommend! Will be signing up for next summer!
— Jessica C. Parent
August 1, 2016: As a beginner going into high school, I could barely hit a ball before camp, but at the end of the week I had improved and could play with my team as an asset and not a burden. I was also able to identify the position I wanted to play in high school thanks to the coaches and their advice. I will definitely be attending next year.
— Sabrina O. Camper
As a parent of a camper and high school varsity field hockey coach, I highly recommend this camp as a great introduction to field hockey and for intermediate players. The coaches are engaging, knowledgeable and kept the girls' attention through effective instructing while keeping things light and fun. I was impressed and my daughter is definitely signing-up again next year.
— Susan A. Parent '15
Favorite week of summer
One of my favorite weeks of summer! The coaches do a great job teaching to every level and ability and keep things fun and interesting. I have been going to their camps for years and every year I learn new skills and perfect the fundamentals.
— Lucy O. Camper '15
Great for beginners
My daughter was a beginner who never held a stick before attending. She came away with understanding the fundamentals of field hockey and a love for the game. The camp allowed her to be placed with other girls at her same level and therefore she was not intimidated.
— Sheri M. Parent '15
Highly recommend to all players
My two children attended the River Hawk Field Hockey camp. They had an amazing time learning new drills, meeting new coaches/friends, and mastering the skills to become a better player. I highly recommend this camp to any level player. My girls had a blast and plan on going next year!
— Parent '14
Nike field hockey camps are a way to work on and play the game you love. It's a laid back camp but you accomplish a lot everyday. The staff is super nice. They give great advice on improving skills for players at all levels.
— Camper '14
Helpful for beginners
I signed up for this camp not knowing a thing about field hockey, and within the 4 days I've learned so much and now feel comfortable and confident playing in a game.
— Camper '14