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.