***REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN FOR THE 2024 NATIONAL PLAYER COMBINE***

 

Whether you are a rising 9th grader or committed senior, the National Player Combine (NPC) has incredible value to offer you.  Don’t just showcase your skills all year round.  Focus on your development as an athlete and field hockey player in a high level showcase environment.  Gain objective and subjective feedback that will help you find a place to play at the next level AND perform and compete when you get there.

 

2 NPC Sessions in 2024 (athletes attend 1 session)
July 18-20: Classes of 2025, 2026, 2027, 2028
July 20-22: Classes of 2025, 2026, 2027, 2028

Open to any and all females in the Classes of 2025, 2026, 2027 & 2028
Limited only by session capacity and position (field players/GKs)

All NCAA Division 1, 2 and 3 college Head and Assistant Coaches will be invited to recruit.

Cost: $595
Includes: Reversible numbered jersey, NPC Athlete Profile, access to full game video footage

If you have any questions about the National Player Combine, please email us: [email protected]

 

WHY THE NATIONAL PLAYER COMBINE?

 

In a time with major event overload and new events popping up all over the place, it may be hard to determine what events to attend and what sets each apart.  Here is what sets apart the National Player Combine and why we highly encourage all athletes, from rising freshmen to committed seniors, to attend and return each year.

The National Player Combine (NPC) is an event like no other.  The focus is on athlete development coupled with objective and standardized assessments that measure for speed, strength, agility and skill execution in a high-level showcase camp environment on a world-class water-based surface.  At the NPC, there are no “Club Politics” and no “Coaches Favorites”.  Each athlete is objectively assessed utilizing electronic speed gates, jump mats, radar guns, the beep-test and numerous standardized skill stations.

 

The NPC is a 3-day event, starting at night time of Day #1 with Physiology Assessments.  Speed, strength, and fitness are such an important part of the game of field hockey, especially at the next level.  The NPC assessments are modeled around Division 1 college and USA National Team programs to provide athletes with a benchmark (a “snap-shot”) of their physiology in comparison to their peers.  Where do they currently stand, what areas do they excel in and what areas do they need to work on.  At the NPC, athletes are able to practice these assessments in a safe learning environment and gain confidence.  Our goal is to change the mindset of physiology assessments and training from being anxiety driving and stomach-wrenching, into a motivating challenge and something athletes work hard to improve upon to become better athletes and field hockey players.  One of the highlights of year 2 of the NPC was the athletes who returned from year 1 driven to beat their IFT score (aka the beep test).  That next level mentality is what we are trying to foster.


NPC Physiology Assessments
(Learn More)
Maximum Velocity
Agility/Change of Direction
Vertical Power Production
Linear Power Production
Aerobic Endurance/VO2 Max

 

Day #2 consists of 3 sessions.  The morning session is the Skills Combine.  Athletes rotate through stations that evaluate essential stick and ball skills- dribbling, passing, hitting, aerials, the drag flick, etc.  Objective performance scores are recorded and many stations are timed to simulate game pressure.  After the event, we provide class analytics that allow athletes to see where they excel and where they need to improve.  Coaches also take notes on form and technique to provide feedback in these critical skill areas.

 

 

The afternoon session is Small Game Play.  In this session, athletes rotate through 3 stations led by high level college coaches.  Each station has a different theme- it could be midfield transition, attacking or defending in the circle, etc.  Athletes are presented with a drill in a new environment, with new teammates, much like they will when they arrive to college or join a new high-level team.  They are challenged with interpreting instructions, adjusting to feedback, and performing in a new situation.  Coaches take notes and individual feedback is provided on these sessions after the event.

 

 

The night session and Day #3 are all 11v11 Games on the Villanova University water-based turf.  Athletes are broken into teams and compete in a total of 3 games- 1 on night 2 and 2 on Day #3.  They have the opportunity to be coached by and learn from 2 different sets of coaches- 1 set on night 2 and another set on Day #3.  They are exposed to different coaching styles and techniques and are given feedback from 4 different coaches throughout the games.  There are also NPC coaches on the sideline watching the games and taking notes to provide valuable feedback for athletes.  This feedback is similar to what college coaches recruiting would see when observing their play.

Following the event, each athlete receives an online NPC Athlete Profile that they can choose to share or keep for their own personal use.  Profiles include all measurable physio and skills combine data, as well as subjective feedback from coaches throughout the sessions.  Additionally, athletes are provided with some key takeaway numbers within the rating scale below in the following areas: Overall, Attack, Defense, Technical, and Tactical.  These numbers provide a current projected trajectory at the next level of the sport based upon the snapshot captured at the NPC.  It is meant to provide the athlete with meaningful information about how they are perceived in each area evaluated and to direct next steps in their development.

At the NPC, we compile a coaching staff of elite college coaches, former national team and world class players who know what it takes to perform at the highest level.  They are world-record holders, Olympians, National Team captains.  They are not only elite coaches looking to inspire the next generation of field hockey players and find the next members of their collegiate teams, they have been in your shoes and want to help you develop and achieve your goals.  They are teachers at their core and incredible role models.  Throughout the 3-day event, athletes will have the opportunity to work with a majority of the coaching staff.

COLLEGES ATTENDED AND/OR REPRESENTED BY PAST/CURRENT NPC COACHING STAFF

Alvernia University (D3)
American University (D1)
Appalachian State University (D1)
Ball State University (D1)
Belmont Abbey College (D2)
Boston College (D1)
Brown University (D1)
Clark University (D3)
Colgate University (D1)
College of William & Mary (D1)
Columbia University (D1)
Converse University (D2)
Dartmouth College (D1)
Drexel University (D1)
Duke University (D1)
Eastern University (D3)
Gwynedd Mercy University (D3)
Harvard University (D1)
Haverford College (D3)
Hofstra University (D1)
Hood College (D3)
Indiana University (D1)
Indiana University of Pennsylvania (D2)
Kent State University (D1)
Lafayette College (D1)
La Salle University (D1)
Lehigh University (D1)
Liberty University (D1)
Lycoming College (D3)
Mercy College (D2)
Mercyhurst University (D2)
Michigan State University (D1)
Neumann University (D3)

Ohio State University (D1)
Ohio University (D1)
Ohio Wesleyan University (D3)
Pace University (D2)
Princeton University (D1)
Providence College (D1)
Queens University (D2)
Russel Sage College (D3)
Rutgers University (D1)
Saint Francis University (D1)
Saint Joseph’s University (D1)
Southern Virginia University (D3)
Stanford University (D1)
Stonehill College (D1)
University of Delaware (D1)
University of Iowa (D1)
University of Louisville (D1)
University of Maryland (D1)
University of Massachusetts (D1)
University of New Hampshire (D1)
University of New Haven (D2)
University of North Carolina (D1)
University of Pennsylvania (D1)
University of Rochester (D3)
University of Vermont (D1)
Ursinus College (D3)
Villanova University (D1)
Virginia Commonwealth University (D1)
Washington College (D3)
Widener University (D3)
Williams College (D3)
Wittenberg University (D3)
York College (D3)

In the first 3 years of the NPC, we have seen an incredible amount of talent.  350+ athletes ranked in MAX Field Hockey’s Top 150 Rankings have attended.  We released a post on our Player Ranking Process (Read Post Here) where we shared some of the ways athletes can set themselves apart for Player Rankings.  The NPC is a great opportunity for athletes to Prove it on the Field and show their ability to perform at the highest level and compete with top players from across the country.

 

Where are they headed- College Commitments for NPC alumni for the past 3 Years

American University (x4)
Amherst College
Appalachian State University (x4)
Ball State University
Bentley University
Bloomsburg University (x2)
Boston College (x3)
Boston University (x5)
Brown University (x6)
Bryant University
Bucknell University (x4)
Catholic University
Central Michigan University (x4)
Coker University
Colgate University (x4)
College of the Holy Cross (x4)
College of William & Mary (x2)
Columbia University (x2)
Converse University
Cornell University (x2)
Dartmouth College (x2)
Davidson College (x4)
Duke University (x3)
East Stroudsburg University
Fairfield University (x5)
Georgetown University (x7)
Gettysburg College
Hamilton College
Harvard University (x3)
Haverford College (x2)
Hofstra University (x3)
Indiana University (x2)
James Madison University (x4)
Kean University

Kent State University (x2)
Kutztown University (x2)
La Salle University (x2)
Lafayette College (x4)
Lehigh University (x9)
Liberty University (x6)
Lock Haven University (x3)
Long Island University
Longwood University
Lycoming College
Mansfield University
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Mercyhurst University (x2)
Merrimack College
Miami University (x4)
Michigan State University (x3)
Middlebury College (x4)
Monmouth University (x3)
Montclair State University
Northeastern University (x7)
Northwestern University (x4)
Ohio State University (x7)
Ohio University (x3)
Old Dominion University (x2)
Pennsylvania State University (x3)
Providence College (x2)
Queens University
Quinnipiac University (x4)
Ramapo College
Randolph-Macon College
Rider University
Rutgers University (x4)
Sacred Heart University

Saint Anselm College
Saint Francis University (x2)
Saint Joseph’s University (x3)
Saint Louis University (x2)
Shippensburg University (x5)
Stanford University (x5)
Stonehill College
SUNY New Paltz
Syracuse University
Temple University (x5)
The College of New Jersey
Tufts University
University of California- Davis (x2)
University of Connecticut (x3)
University of Delaware (x5)
University of Iowa (x2)
University of Louisville (x4)
University of Maryland (x4)
University of Massachusetts (x6)
UMass-Lowell 
University of Michigan (x7)
University of New Hampshire
University of North Carolina (x4)
University of Pennsylvania (x2)
University of Richmond
University of Vermont (x5)
University of Virginia (x2)
Ursinus College (x2)
Villanova University (x6)
Virginia Commonwealth University
Wagner College (x2)
Wake Forest University (x6)
West Chester University (x2)
Yale University (x2)