Nike Field Hockey Camp at Williams College
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The 2019 field hockey camp in Williamstown provides athletes with the opportunity to better their own skills and have fun this summer. Through a mix of drills, competitive play, and position specialty instruction, players will hone in their skills and take their game to the next level.
Head Coach Alix Barrale and former Head Coach Chris Mason team up for two sessions of field hockey camp at Williams College this summer. Players of all skill levels benefit from their combined 40+ years collegiate coaching experience.
- Partner Camp of USA Field Hockey; sanctioned to make referrals to USAFH Futures program
- 10:1 Camper to Staff ratio
- Excellent facilities
- All campers receive a STX package (reversible jersey, ball, water bottle, lanyard) and other fun prizes.
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Co-Director Alix Barrale
Alix Barrale is the Co-Director of camp and the Head Field Hockey Coach at Williams College. A former All-American at Williams, Coach Barrale holds an impressive 191-120 mark (.628) and appeared in the championship game of the NESCAC six times, winning three NESCAC titles (2001, 2002, 2004) 2018 will mark her 19th season after having successfully led the Ephs to the NCAA Tournament seven times.View Alix Barrale's Bio ⟩
Barrale’s Eph teams have a 17-8 (.654) record in NESCAC Tournament play and a 5-7 mark in the NCAA Tournament, advancing to the Elite 8 round twice.
Barrale was named the NESCAC Coach of the Year in 2001 and 2004 and the NFHCA New England Region’s Coach of the Year in 2002. In addition, the Ephs have won four Little 3 titles in that span and shared another.
Barrale has coached 18 All-Americans at Williams.
Prior to returning to Williams, Barrale served as the head field hockey coach and head women's lacrosse coach at Denison University. In her last two years Barrale guided Denison to a 30-10 mark with a record of 16-4 in her final season, (12-0 in North Coast Athletic Conference play). Barrale's Denison teams were 20-2 in NCAC play her final two years
Barrale played field hockey and lacrosse at Williams under her current assistant coach, Chris Mason. Barrale was the all-time leader in points for the Ephs at the time of her graduation, earned All-American honors and was invited to the U.S. Olympic "A" Training Camp.
Barrale also serves as the assistant coach to Mason in women’s lacrosse after serving as the interim head women’s lacrosse coach for one season (2000).
Co-Director Chris Mason
Former Head Coach, Chris Mason, will be directing camp this summer. In Mason's 33 seasons she led the Purple Cows to 300+ wins, 4 ECAC-New England titles, the 2010 NESCAC title, 2 undefeated seasons and 2 NCAA DIII Lacrosse championship games.View Chris Mason's Bio ⟩
She has produced 34 All-Americans, a National Offensive Player of the Year and a National Defensive Player of the Year.
Mason graduated from Penn State in 1978 with a bachelor's of science in physical education and in 1986 she received a Master's in education from Boston University. From 1977-1984 she was a member of the U.S. Field Hockey Team and she was named to the 1980 and 1984 U.S. Olympic teams.
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.
2019 CAMP DATES
- July 7-11
- July 14-18
Please be prepared to provide your camper's health insurance carrier name and policy number upon registering for camp as required by Williams College.Show Less See More Camp Details
All sessions are 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.
2019 SESSION SCHEDULES
SESSION I: JULY 7-11 | Session II: 14-18
- Check-in: 2:00-3:00pm on Sunday at Williams Hall
- Check-out: Graduation takes place at 11:00am on Thursday. Parents are invited to attend. Check out will take place immediately after.
- Extended Day Camper Schedule: Sunday: 2:00pm-9:00pm, Monday-Wednesday: 9:00am-9:00pm, Thursday: 9:00am-11:00am
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.
- 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: 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.
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: 1 or 2 per room. Campers assigned to singles will be placed in room next door to roommate requests.
- 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 airport to campus is Bradley 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. *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. Williams College is not a sponsor or co-sponsor of the Nike Field Hockey Camp.
Sample Daily Schedule
- 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
Williams College is located in the scenic Berkshire Mountains of western Massachusetts and is a prestigious private school with a long history of coaching young student-athletes. Campers train on turf that was renovated in 2014.
Camp ReviewsSubmit a review
July 20, 2018: My child enjoyed the encouraging support from peers and staff members alike. she especially enjoyed the honing of her skills that she had prior to camp felt weak in.
— Noreen C. Parent
Loved the games
July 20, 2018: I enjoyed playing the games at night, I also enjoyed the Olympic activities.
— Sophie P. Camper
Made new friends
July 15, 2018: She developed her skills substantially during the week. She gained confidence on the field which was important to her in order to succeed in high school. Not only did she play field hockey, she made lasting relationships and learned responsibility.
— Whitney B. Parent
July 14, 2017: Our daughter loved learning new skills, meeting new people and having independence.
— Claire H. Parent
July 13, 2017: Very enjoyable activities such as the color Olympics. Overall great!!!!
— Julia D. Camper
We will be back next year!
July 13, 2017: The staff was amazing, she told us all the new skills she learned, it was very organized and the days were broken up perfectly. She made so many new friends and she learned to push herself even harder! We will definitely be going back next year!!! We loved it.
— Kara W. Parent
Made her a more confident player!
July 13, 2017: This camp and staff challenged her which in turn made her a stronger and more confident player. Another highlight was as an overnight camper she learned independence and time management. She loved it, being she's only 12. The program allowed me to trust she was in good hands. Last but not least what she also mentioned was how she loved the staff and how reliable and knowledgeable they were and how they believed in her.
— Gene H. Parent
July 13, 2017: The Williams College camp had excellent coaches who were encouraging and friendly.
— Tracy B. Parent
July 13, 2017: The coaches were very positive and helpful which made my daughter's experience a great one.
— Claudia D. Parent
Overall a great camp
July 26, 2016: Friendly coaches and staff who are very knowledgeable and helpful. The environment is safe, positive and well structured. Be prepared to work hard...overall a great camp
— Dakota G. Camper
Came back feeling successful
July 24, 2016: My daughter came back from camp feeling successful and confident. The friends she met helped her to reach her goals and challenge herself.
— Tracy P. Parent
Coaches and staff are phenomenal
July 15, 2016: I would absolutely recommend the Nike field hockey camp to any student who is an avid player or new to the sport. The coaches and support staff are phenomenal! Giving each student the attention to Prefect the newly acquired skills and techniques previously learned and how to apply them to the game. We can't wait for the sport to begin in the fall to show off our newly-acquired skills. We will definitely be returning next year!
— Stephanie S. Camper
Can't wait to return
July 15, 2015: This was my daughter's second year at Nike Field Hockey Camp. She learned so much and has developed a passion for field hockey. She can't wait to return next year.
— Michael R. Parent
Great learning experience
July 11, 2015: I would recommend this camp because you can go in with no playing experience and come out feeling confident with the sport. You make lifelong friends with people you meet there and you make terrific memories!!
— Laura H. Camper
Improve your game
July 5, 2015: This camp is great for learning new skills and improving your field hockey game, while still having fun! The coaches make the perfect balance between pushing players to do their best and also not taking it too seriously. At Nike field hockey camps I am not afraid to try new things, which definitely improves my game. I will certainly be returning.
— Alison S. Camper
Recommend this camp
I recommend this camp because it is a good mix of learning new skills, simulating game play, and making friends. I met a really good group of girls and we had lots of fun on the off time. I also really enjoyed having the opportunity to refresh my skills before preseason.
— Camper '14
Highlight of my summer
The Nike Field Hockey Camp was the highlight of my summer. The coaches were excellent, teaching all of the campers every skill you need to be a good field hockey player. I will definitely go on to use those skills during my field hockey season and throughout my life. The camp was perfectly scheduled, with just enough relaxing time and just enough hockey time. I came back a different field hockey player and had made several new friends.
— Camper '14
This is an excellent camp to sharpen your field hockey skills in a low-key but fun setting. Ratio of campers to instructors is nice and low, ensuring lots of attention and improvement. My daughter loved this camp and she's been to many!
— Parent '14
I would definitely recommend the Nike Field Hockey Camp at Williams College. The instruction was done well and my camper learned a lot while attending. The coaches and staff are friendly and welcoming. Also, my camper met new friends and created a special bond with other campers. If you are looking for a great camp to go to for fun and to learn more about field hockey, I highly recommend this camp.
— Parent '13
Experience has given her confidence
This has been my daughter's second consecutive year at the Nike Field Hockey Camp at Williams and she's loved every minute. Her skills have improved measurably, and the experience has given her so much confidence. As a matter of fact, she has just decided to enroll in another (local) Nike Field Hockey Camp before the end of this summer to head into the fall hockey season with the sharpest skills possible. THANK YOU!
— Parent '13
Nike Field Hockey Camp at Williams College was a wonderful experience for my High School daughter. The staff was great and holding it at Williams College was a fantastic environment.
— Parent '13
I loved this camp! It was my first sports camp, and was as fun as I hoped for and more. I was introduced to all different types of people and their own field hockey experiences, and made a ton of new friends. The support for everyone was really nice, because no one was favored because of skill, but how much they worked to improve. I can't wait to go next year!
Learned new skills and drills
Excellent instruction in skills and drills. I got some good ideas to bring back to my high school team for the fall. Although I've been playing for 5 years in school, and travel teams and futures as well, I learned some new skills and drills.
Learn skills for the upcoming season
Camp is a lot of fun and you learn many good skills for the upcoming season. The counselors are nice and there is a good balance of work and free time.
I would definitely recommend this camp because it helps you to hone in the skills you already have, learn from others who may have been playing longer than you, and it is also a great way to meet people who are passionate about the same sport as you.
The camp provided my daughter with excellent training with a strong focus on skill building for actual game situations.
Staff is great
I would recommend the Nike Field Hockey camp to others because it definitely helps you learn and improve your skills. The staff is great and is always willing to help you with something if you do not understand. You also get to meet a lot of new girls and before you know it you have already made a ton of friends. The way the camp is ran makes the way of learning fun. They incorporate a lot of games and different stations.
Organizationally - excellent! Things like grouping new single attendees together was greatly appreciated. Diligent Safety and security. Far more time was spent scrimmaging than other Field Hockey camps providing an excellent opportunity for skill building in game situations. Drills were very effective - much better than other FH camps my daughter has attended. More tactics that can actually be used in a game situation rather than just extra ball time. Top notch camp!
Registration and check-in was easy. Accommodations were nice. Info regarding what to pack was pretty complete. Specific skills taught were good for my daughter. My daughter had time to socialize; that was important to her as well as the instruction.
Learn the Fundamentals
“The camp focuses on fundamentals of field hockey and the progression of individual skills in a short time period.”
“Nike Field Hockey Camps maintain a high level of intensity to enable successful growth of the players' field hockey skills”
“My daughter was glowing when I picked her up after the 4 day field hockey program. She loved everything about the experience and really feels it may have afforded her a chance to make JV as a freshman. Thank you!!”
Easily a Favorite
“I have been to many sleepover field hockey camps before and this one has easily been my favorite! The staff and instruction is great and the drills make it fun while challenge yourself! I would highly recommend this camp to any player looking for a great tune up before the season starts!”
“Highly recommended for anyone serious about field hockey--a totally positive and productive experience.”