WALTHAM – Field hockey teams are still a month away from preseason practice, but some of the MIAA’s best squads from last fall are already shifting gears between each other this summer.
As part of another major showing at Bentley University’s elite field hockey camp, six full varsity teams and numerous players from across the state are participating this week. and competitive sports in a college environment. Watertown, Acton-Boxboro, Danvers, Natick, Dover-Sherborn, Stoneham, Melrose, Hopkinton, Durfee and Belmont are among the many programs this week with high participation, with some of the approximately 250 student-athletes receiving additional Proud to use the opportunity to get. Spend time together on the field before the season starts.
“What’s especially interesting this session, we have recent MIAA playoff (competitors),” camp director Meg Bozek said. “They have the majority of their varsity squads and JV squads, so pre Being able to play a month before the season and soak up all the competition in an environment where it’s both fun and competitive is really beneficial for these teams. … The right combination of top-notch coaches who provide not only hockey but also the fun side of team bonding.
Tuesday was the third day of the four-day camp week, where individual players or teams get a chance to work together on university fields, receive instruction from a variety of veteran coaches and current college athletes, and then all of that. Some are made for each other. Test at night in a round-robin tournament. Most of the nearly 800 student-athletes who participate in the camp’s three weeks choose to spend the night in the dorms, giving them more opportunity to bond.
This week’s turnout includes some of the best programs from last year, and some squads like Danvers even send junior varsity players. Reigning Div. 1 champion Andover is expected to send some players next week as well.
Camp’s influence, which spans more than 30 years, not only extends into the coming season, but leaves a lasting impression. Perennial playoff contender Natick always sends a team, and this year some alumni from their 2019 senior season are back to help coach.
They are trying to spread the benefits of the camp throughout their high school days.
“Every year (we did it),” said Carolyn Greenland, along with former teammates Brooklyn Lamb and Erin Quirk, who all play together. “It was great, I honestly learned a lot. … I think learning skills and stuff, and being with the team was really good. It was great for team bonding.
Quirk added: “A lot of other camps are on an individual basis, so you go by yourself or with a couple of friends. This, when you go with your whole team and you can play with your whole team, a It’s really good to get used to playing with others. The team bonding is really great.”
If a program sends a full team, that team does not train among others during two sessions on three of the four days. They only play against each other in games at night.
But the more intense the training before the season starts, the more emphasis is placed on the camp experience. Some awards are given everywhere, including a spirit award in which teams can get creative with their outfits to show their unity. Some were dressed in Hawaiian shirts, others had bathing suits over their clothes.
“The goal of this camp is to combine field hockey skills with a fun team experience,” Bozek said. “They do team bonding in the evening, but also coaching from the Div. 1, 2 and 3 coaches are really great.