It’s Never Too Early to Start Field Hockey (Part II)

When Is the Prime Time for Playing Field Hockey?

In an article about girl’s field hockey in the state of Pennsylvania, it stated that a big problem with drumming up interest in the sport is that the girls begin playing later in life at age 12 or 13.

In other sports, they start at a much earlier age. For example, girls kick a soccer ball around in the back yard at age 3 or 4.

Because of this, they have an interest in other sports and want to focus on those as they get older. If they begin picking up field hockey at a younger age, then they are more likely to want to continue playing as they get older.

Even before a child is old enough to play field hockey, they can start learning. Even a baby can gain an appreciation for the sport by watching a game with their parents.

While it is more common to begin playing field hockey in the pre-teen to early teen ages, it could be valuable to begin learning much earlier than that. The Field Hockey Forum has an article on how old players were when they started. While there were several older responses, you will see many folks in the 4-7 age range.

In fact, Sports NGIN has a training manual for coaches with practice and drill methods. In it, there are complete sections of drills that are geared towards beginning, young level players.

The point here is that while there is no formal peak age for starting field hockey, the earlier you begin, the more likely you are to stick with it and the better you are going to be, which also means your chances of getting on a college team (and a scholarship) are also increased.

To put it another way, begin as early as you can.

It’s Never Too Early to Start Field Hockey (Part I)

When should you start playing field hockey? That’s a simple question. You should start playing whenever you want to start learning. If you are young when that happens, good. If you are just about to graduate, then that is good too. Even if you want to learn as an adult, you can. It is never too late to begin playing.

Though, this is not a post on it never being too late to start playing. It is about how it is never too early to begin learning. So, while this is going to be about young players, do not be disheartened. You can just as easily play, and be good at it, if you begin learning later.

Field Hockey Players Begin Early

Kids playing hard

You learned that if you want to play in college, you should start playing early. By the time you are in high school, you are already at the place where you want to be making contact with recruiters. But in order to be ready to begin connecting with colleges, you have to be good enough to stand out to the recruiters, meaning you have to begin playing way before that.

By the time the child is old enough to begin taking lessons, she or he will with any luck have a love of the game and some basic understanding of the necessary skills and rule.

Even before your child is old enough to be playing on teams, they can start taking lessons. If you (the parent/guardian) know enough about the sport, there can be simple lessons in the back yard with a few drills.

Afterwards, the child can go to a camp or get a trainer in order to deepen the lessons and really focus on developing and learning as a player. Field hockey camps let players as early as 8 years-old to join and play.

Don’t forget, the main thing is to make it fun. If it’s not fun, then your child won’t want to play.