Your scholarship in the USA
Field hockey has a very high priority in college sports in the USA, especially among women. There are teams in many regions of the United States that award athletic scholarships to study in the United States.
It is therefore the ideal option to be able to play and train at a high level after graduating from high school and, on the other hand, to pursue a highly recognized international degree. The field hockey teams are often very international.
Million € value of all brokered scholarships
How many scholarships are there?
Obtaining a sports scholarship is the ultimate goal for all of our players. But how many teams are there and how many full scholarships can they award? In principle, there are only sports scholarships for women at universities. Especially in the NCAA D1 there are plenty of scholarships available. Most of the universities that have funding are located on the east coast of the United States. There are also a few teams in California and the Midwest.
o Universities with field hockey teams:
NCAA D1: 77
NCAA D2: 36
o Full scholarships per team:
Women: up to 12
How is the training and the season structured in the USA?
Typically, college teams train at least five two-hour sessions per week. Training takes place on modern hockey fields on campus. In addition to the technique training, there are also between two and four units to improve your strength, coordination and endurance. Many female players can thus develop further in college, especially in the area of fitness, so that they make the leap to world championships and the Olympic Games.
You should also know that the team spirit in the United States is even greater than in Germany, as you not only train with your teammates, but also eat, study and live with them. This makes the team feeling even more intense!
The season always begins with the start of studies at the end of August and ends – depending on how well your team does – by mid-November at the latest. Due to the short season there are often two to three games per week. In tournaments with several universities, the number can even increase to four games. The level is generally considered to be very high. Above all, because the universities employ full-time trainers and students receive such excellent financial support, the best teams in Division I can certainly keep up with the 1st Bundesliga.
Requirements for your hockey scholarship
Above all, because many other international players are also trying to get a scholarship in field hockey, the requirements are a little higher than usual. For good chances of getting a field hockey scholarship, you should have already played in the first or second Bundesliga or in the regional league. Especially then, players have excellent chances to study at one of the country’s top universities.
If you do not meet these criteria, that is not a problem. Based on the free and non-binding chances assessment, we can give you an individually fair assessment of whether you have a chance of a field hockey scholarship.