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
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.