Field Hockey Scholarships
While there are no Field Hockey scholarships available for men, talented female players can obtain scholarships in both NCAA Division 1 and Division 2. Field Hockey in the US has seen its popularity rise over the last few years, and university teams have followed this trend by increasing the quality of the coaching, the facilities, and the competition. More and more national team players from around the world are deciding to enrol at an American university to combine Field Hockey and education, rather than staying in their respective countries and focusing on either their education or on hockey. Field Hockey powerhouses such as Duke, North Carolina, Stanford and others have been able to attract growing numbers of foreign players and have actually started focusing their recruiting on all parts of the world. This has led to the fact that in 2015, for the first time, over 10% of all college Field Hockey players came from outside the US. This number is likely to increase rapidly over the next few years, as we have experienced a high interest level in international players among college coaches.
Am I eligible?
Having a high enough GPA or SAT/ACT score is the passport to obtaining a Field Hockey scholarship. Achievements on the hockey field will count for nothing if you do not have the right academic grades. The College Sports America team has the ability and the experience to steer you through the qualification process. It is an integral element of our approach to carefully evaluate and help fulfil your personal potential by working with you to select a college program to improve your grades if necessary.
Scholarships, whether full or partial, are available for high quality female players. The female game is one of the most popular college sports, with increasing attendances and more and more new programs being created. Women’s Field Hockey is an equivalency sport, meaning that coaches are given the freedom to draw from a total pool of funds, not exceeding the value of 12 full scholarships, and allocate scholarship types in any combination. This means that in NCAA Division 1 for instance, coaches have the flexibility to award, say, twice as many scholarships at 50% than they would at 100%.
So there are plenty of scholarship opportunities available for female Field Hockey players among the 109 division 1 and 2 teams. So if you are interested in combining your education and your Field Hockey career, the US college system might just be the perfect fit for you.
Here are some more important facts about college Field Hockey and Field Hockey scholarships:
- Number of NCAA Div 1 Field Hockey teams: 78
- Number of NCAA Div 2 Field Hockey teams: 31
- Total Number of Field Hockey teams (all divisions): 275
- Total number of college Field Hockey players: c. 6000
- Scholarship limit per team: D1: 12, D2: 6.3