NEWARK, Del. – Get ready for more ‘Hockey Fun’ and ‘Exciting Hockey’ as Blue Hens head coach Rolf van de Kerkhof (at right), his assistant coaches and clinic and camp staff are offering a series of events that will be hosted at the University of Delaware this upcoming spring and summer.

“Educating our student-athletes through sports is something that our coaching and support staff enjoys doing on a daily basis with the Blue Hen Field Hockey Program,” commented Van de Kerkhof.  “We also believe, as a coaching staff, that it is important to give back and assist in the promotion and further development of the sport of field hockey.  We are excited about offering a number of quality events for middle and high school field hockey players and teams.”

The Hockey Fun and Exciting Hockey events are offered by the Blue Hen Field Hockey Program at the University of Delaware or by Delaware Field Hockey Camps, owned by IMPACT Sports & Health, Inc.

The Blue Hen Field Hockey Program presents:

  • Hockey Fun Play Day – February 23, April 27
  • Friday Nights Under the Lights – April 26, May 3, May 10
  • Coaches’ Clinic – May TBA
  • Observation of 2012 preseason practices – August TBA

More information and online registration for Blue Hen events will be available atwww.bluehens.com and www.udel.edu/fhclinics.

IMPACT Sports & Health Inc presents:

  • Hockey Fun Development Series – March 17, 30, April 21, May 5, 19
  • Exciting Hockey Fun Tournament – June 1 (U14 & U16), June 2 (U19)
  • The Next Level Camp – July 16-19
  • Shoot & Save / Preseason Prep Team Camp I – July 28-31
  • Shoot & Save / Preseason Prep Team Camp II – August 1-4

More information on IMPACT’s events is available at www.delawarefieldhockey.net.

The Hockey Fun Development Series (practicing and playing five Sundays and one day competing during the Exciting Hockey Fun Tournament) is offered to motivated players (returning high school or moving on to college) interested in receiving quality coaching in a competitive setting throughout the spring.  This could serve as a replacement or addition to the US Field Hockey Futures/Futures Elite Program.

“The events we offer provide opportunities for all participants to further improve and grow as young people, field hockey players and as teams,” Van de Kerkhof stated.  “Field Hockey development will be our main focus, but we are also excited to add components such as sports nutrition, sports psychology, team building, goal setting, strength and conditioning and hockey footage video into our curriculum.  Aside from an exciting and safe event experience, each participant will also have an opportunity to experience ‘playing at the next level’ and see how a NCAA Division I program is run.”

The staff would like to invite everyone in the community to be part of a great field hockey experience as a player, coach and parent.

For questions or inquiries of the upcoming field hockey events, please contact UD assistant coach Laree Beans at 302-831-0881, beansl@udel.edu or info@delawarefieldhockey.net.

Note: The Blue Hen Field Hockey coaching staff and the University of Delaware have decided to no longer assist or be involved with the US Field Hockey Futures/Futures Elite Program in 2013.