CLUB FIELD HOCKEY in Michigan
Ready to take your game to the next level?
Club field hockey teams assemble great groups of focused, driven, like-minded and hard-working high school players who want to take their game to the next level. Club field hockey offers the same fun and exciting playing experience as our high school league, but at a more competitive level and often year round (indoor field hockey is a very popular growing sport) or over the course of multiple seasons. Club Field Hockey is the best way to kick start those with a longer term passion and commitment to the sport while maintaining a central mission — having fun!
Presently there are 2 nationally-known clubs located in Michigan although on the East side of the state; both in the Ann Arbor areas and a brand new club that started in 2018, Live Oak based in Novi Michigan. All three clubs offer top competition and professional training opportunities to play outdoor and indoor field hockey year-round. Both clubs hold tryouts for various local, regional and national travel teams. Girls may play on regular weekly leagues and may also tryout to earn a spot on a traveling club team and will be placed on U-14, U-16 or U-19 based on ages. They generally practice 2-3 hours a day during the week, or on weekends, e.g., Sunday afternoons, or may opt for both. There are several families from EGR and Forest Hills that car pool together to attend practices in Ann Arbor weekly to take advantage of the high level of training available not he East side of the State at:
Pinnacle Field Hockey Club
runs year round out of the Ann Arbor area. They travel to Pennsylvania, Florida (Disney Showcase), and California. EGR Field Hockey highly recommends joining Pinnacle for the off-season months. Their aim is to grow and develop every Pinnacle member in regard to speed of thought (hockey IQ), speed of execution (technical and tactical skills) and speed of foot (improving overall athleticism). Our staff is comprised of previous collegiate coaches and Division I athletes who are invested in the growth and development of youth becoming better teammates, athletes and field hockey players. Pinnacle Director, Nancy Cox, has been committed to growing field hockey in southeastern Michigan and northwestern Ohio for over 30 years. She invites you to find out why athletes under her guidance have won multiple state championships, Big Ten Championships, NCAA National Championships and gone on to pursue and meet their field hockey goals.
Fer De Lance Field Hockey Club
FeDeLance Field Hockey Club (“FDL”) was established by two USA Olympic field hockey players who both became U of M Field Hockey players and then U of M Assistant Coaches: Maren and Ryan Langford . 2009 the Langfords formed Fer De Lance to provide high school girls with more opportunities to play competitively on a regional and national level. For 10 years, they have committed to growing the game of field hockey in Southeast Michigan, developed relationships with players in order to improve their game, facilitated the collegiate transition for players with desires to play D1, D2 or D3 programs and created a culture of community, hard work and intensity where there is an appreciation and understanding for the developmental process. There are several W. Michigan girls who carpool to FDL for training and see Coach Ingrid for more information. FDL trains at Liberty School in Ann Arbor.
Coach Ryan Langford, in addition to coaching at FLD, is in his 10th season as Assistant Coach for the University of Michigan Women’s field hockey program. He is also a defender on the USA Field Hockey men’s national team and has more than 20 years of experience as an assistant coach at the NCAA Division I level.
Besides leading Fer De Lanc, Coach Maren Langford is in her 5th season coaching at the University of Michigan, but is also currently enjoying a stellar career with the U.S. National Field Hockey team, where she is in her fourth year with the U.S. Womens National Outdoor team. She holds 69 international caps with the American squad. Coach Maren spent three years competing on the U.S. Women Olympic Indoor National team as well as being a part of the 2007 U.S. Outdoor Development team. Langford helped the U.S. Indoor Pan Am Cup team to a silver medal in 2008. She graduated from Princeton University and had stops coaching there and at Bucknell University.
Coach Maren on playing at the Olympic Level: “I think the thing I’m most looking forward to this year is the competition. It’s the best scene in the world – the Olympics.” Langford told genConnect.
Watch Langford talk about the importance of fitness and team workouts:
Live Oak Field Hockey Club
Live Oak is new field hockey club in 2017 and we are very excited about them bringing even more opportunities to field hockey players around the state!
http://www.liveoakfieldhockeyclub.com/. Live Oak Field Hockey Club exists to develop strong field hockey players and strong young women in Livingston and Oakland Counties, Michigan. They welcome players from Grand Rapids and several EGR varsity field hockey players joined the club this year and have gained excellent training and experience. They endeavor to create opportunities for young athletes to participate in regional and national field hockey events. In doing so, they also hope to open doors for talented field hockey players from Michigan to pursue post-secondary playing opportunities. For more information contact Head Coach Amy Kilgore at 734-646-0259 firstname.lastname@example.org or www.liveoakfieldhockeyclub.com