Top American universities scout for European talent at the GO USA- International Field Hockey Showcase in the Netherlands on Sunday May 19.
(May 2, 2013, The Hague) This spring, amateur female field hockey players in Europe will get a chance to showcase their talent for coaches from top American universities. Big league universities such as Boston College, Princeton University, University of Louisville and the University of Connecticut are participating in the event. The coaches and players are hosted by UStudy, a college placement consultancy for student athletes applying to schools in the USA. Players from Belgium, the United Kingdom and the Netherlands have already signed up. The American coaches will be offered a seminar by the Netherlands Field Hockey Federation on the latest trends in coaching in the Netherlands. They will also attend a Drag flick clinic offered by Sleeppush.
Dutch players are in big demand with US university teams. Especially, given the record of the national women’s team that came 1st in the Olympics. “American colleges and universities want to tap into the pool of talent in European clubs and schools and this showcase is a great platform for them. For talented players it’s a chance to learn about the opportunities they have to earn a high quality Bachelor’s degree in the US, often on a full scholarship,” says Marina Meijer, UStudy director.
During the showcase, Netherlands born Coach Daan Polders, former coach at Wake Forest University and Michigan State University, will hold clinics and supervise the games. He will also give players written feedback on the level of their game and suitability for playing field hockey in the US. That’s not all; UStudy will provide participants with information about college field hockey in the US, the American education system, tests required for application and also, a hockey DVD of the clinics and games. “This is a great platform to bring the best of both worlds together—the ambitious field hockey players looking for information about college (life) in the USA and college coaches searching for a good addition to their programs. Dutch players have always been popular with American coaches because of their hockey and academic level. Bringing the two parties together makes the process easier and more transparent,” says Polders.
Almost every participant of UStudy’s 2012 Hockey Showcase landed a spot at well known American universities such as Michigan State University, University of Louisville, St. Joseph’s University and top liberal arts colleges such as Swarthmore College. 16-year-old Jessica Albers, who was scouted at last year’s hockey showcase, says, “Thanks to the event, I got an opportunity to showcase my hockey level for coaches and got selected for Michigan State University. I start this August and am really excited about it.” Dutch player Nicole van Batenburg, who just returned from a year in the US, says, “UStudy helped me get into Ohio University, where I was part of the field hockey team, Bobcats. Not only did I get world class training during that time, I got to study topics of my interest and am now quite fluent in English too.”
This event was held on May 19, 2013 at HC Cartouche, Leidschendam (near The Hague).