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Field Hockey Director
Kayleigh played field hockey at Stonehill College in Easton, MA where she played as a low midfielder/defender for four years. During her freshman year, she was part of a defensive unit that ranked fourth in the Northeast-10 conference. Kayleigh helped her team to four NCAA Division II appearances and two NCAA DII Final Four appearances in Louisville, Kentucky and Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania.
After college, Kayleigh advanced her love for the game on the sidelines, as a coach. She coached elite U16 and U19 club teams for the New England Strikers (based out of MA) for two years, where she facilitated intense practices to help high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors progress in their skills, game play, and knowledge of the game. Many of her players continued their careers throughout the east coast, playing DI, DII, and DIII field hockey. Kayleigh then moved back to Maine and became the assistant field hockey coach at Kennett High School where she helped coach one of New Hampshire’s top ranked defensive units. Kayleigh was directly involved in the player development and helped lead the team to a 12-3 record in her first season.
Kayleigh currently serves as our Assistant Director, recruiting female athletes all over the Northeast to join us at Kents Hill Sports Camp.
Sample Field Hockey Schedule
- 5 minutes – Introductions
- 10 minutes – Warm up drill, communication exercise, jog around field: High Knees, Open Gate, Close Gate, Groin, Butt Kicks
- 5 minutes – Stretching circle
- 15 minutes – Passing Drill: Stationary passing. Push pass, Drives, Sweeps, Aerials. Stick work: Yardstick pulls and shuttles with spins and dodges.
- Water break
- 10 minutes – Shooting drill: “Rob the nest” – quick shots from the top
- 10 minutes – 3 v 2 under the 25-yard line: Work on movement of the ball around the circle and in the circle, possession, off-ball movement (cutting and getting yourself open without the ball), Offense score goal. Defense get the ball out of the circle or gain possession of the ball. Defense work on circle defense: protecting feet and not causing fouls in the circle.
- 5 minutes – Conditioning: Sprint to the 50 yard line and then recovery jog back. Do as many as you can within the 5 minutes.
- Closing circle
- 5 minutes – Warm up
- 15 minutes – Passing drill: Working on off-ball movement in groups of three. Stick work: Obstacle course with pulls, v-pulls, spins, lifts.
- 20 minutes – 6 v 4 under the 50-yard line: Work on movement of the ball around the circle and in the circle, possession, off-ball movement (cutting and getting yourself open without the ball), Offense score goal. Defense gain possession of the ball and dribble it through gates on the outside. Defense work on footwork, channeling, jabbing, and block tackles.
- 10 minutes – “Post, post, pads” – Shot from the top with three tippers in the circle, one on the left, right and at the stroke.
- 15 minutes – Scrimmage
- 10 minutes – Conditioning/Race: “Mary’s Run”