Field hockey scholarships are only available to female athletes and a limited number of schools even offer them. It is essential that you start looking into your scholarship options and requirements early in high school, so you have time to build relationships and develop an impressive marketing portfolio.
Field Hockey is considered an equivalency sport which means that all scholarships are not full scholarships. Coaches can divide the value of the scholarships that are available to them between any number of players that they feel are deserving of some financial aid. This may give you the opportunity for partial funding in case you are not able to attract a full scholarship.
Getting a Field Hockey Scholarship
For top field hockey players in Division I the chances to receive a full scholarship are higher than most if you have the right contacts. The right connections and impressive stats are essential if you need funding for college or university. You can build lasting relationships with college coaches by having the right attitude and introducing yourself early on.
In order to ensure that you will qualify for a scholarship if you end up being considered, you need to make sure you are taking all the right academic classes to meet the college scholarship requirements. Find out what are most school’s eligibility requirements when you are still a freshman, so you can plan your school schedule accordingly.
Being noticed by field hockey coaches
The first step in getting noticed is making sure the right coaches know that you even exist. Send out professional introduction letters to schools that you are interested in attending and invite the coaches to come out to watch you play. It helps to include a well written sports resume and a professional video demonstrating your skills in action.
Coaches are looking for well-rounded players who have diverse skills that can be built upon. They need to see you demonstrate a strong work ethic on the field and in the classroom and it will help if you attend as many showcases and training camps as possible. The better you can represent yourself in front of a college coach, the better your chances will be of being offered a scholarship.
Improve your odds of earning a field hockey scholarship
To give yourself an advantage in the chase for one of the few scholarships available, it is crucial that you create an effective marketing package that highlights all of your skills and accomplishments. Make sure your sports resume and your skills video showcases the fact that you can play multiple positions and lead your team to victory.
It will also improve your odds if you are able to prove that you are a strong player offensively and defensively. The more flexibility and athletic range that you have to offer a college team, then the more likely a coach will want you to become a part of theirs.
College Field Hockey Scholarship Availability
How many high school field hockey players am I competing against?
In 2010-2011 year there were 61,966 high school field hockey players.
How many field hockey players were in Division 1 in 2010-2011?
Field Hockey has not had a very significant growth in the past 20 years. In 1990-1991 there were 1719 players in Division 1 compared with the 1,769 players in 2010-2011 year.
How many Division 1 Field Hockey Scholarships are available?
The 76 teams in Division 1 each have 12 scholarships that they can give to any of the 398,351 high school players that they feel have earned one.
What are you odds of receiving a scholarship in Division 1 if you make the team?
If you are lucky enough to be one of the 398,351 high school field hockey players to land one of the 1,769 spots on a Division 1 team, then your odds of receiving a scholarship significantly increases. There are 912 scholarships given out to the 1,769 field hockey players. That is over a 50% chance of receiving one…if you are good enough to make the team.
How many field hockey players were in Division 2 in 2010-2011?
There are still limited Field Hockey opportunities in NCAA Division 2, although the number of teams has doubled. In 1990-1991 there were only 13 teams and 256 players in all of Division 2. In 2010-2011 there are now 26 teams and 589 athletes.
How many Division 2 Field Hockey Scholarships are available?
There are only 26 teams in Division 2 who each have 6.3 scholarships available for deserving field hockey players. That is less than 164 scholarships in total for the 398,351 high school field hockey players.
What are you odds of receiving a scholarship in Division 2 if you make the team?
Since there are only 26 teams and 164 scholarships, your odds are pretty good if you make the team. You have less than a 1% chance of making the team, but if you are one of the 398,351 field hockey players to fill one of the 589 spots, your odds of receiving a scholarship increases to 28%.
How many field hockey players were in Division 3 in 2010-2011?
The majority of field hockey players are found in Division 3. In 1990-1991 there were 128 teams and 2,739 field hockey players. Now in 2010-2011 it has increased by almost 25% to 159 teams and 3,371 players.
How many Division 3 Field Hockey Scholarships are available?
There are no scholarships available in Division 3, despite having the highest number of players.
What are you odds of receiving a scholarship in Division 3 if you make the team?
Unfortunately, despite the significant number of field hockey teams in Division 3, there are no set scholarships available. Some colleges do offer financial funding in the form of grants and merit awards.