EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State field hockey team will host its annual Spartan Field Hockey Play Day event following the championship match of the Auto-Owners Insurance MSU Invitational tournament on Sunday, Sept. 16. The event teaches drills and skills to young field hockey athletes.
“Every season we like to run a Play Day for local players to come out and see a home game and play some field hockey,” said head coach Helen Knull. “This year we have teamed up with USFHA and the FUNdamentals program to offer free equipment to new players who may be interested in picking up the sport.”
The Play Day is for males and females of all experience levels between the ages of 10-18. The event will run for two hours and include shooting drills, game play, and goal-keeping training sessions. MSU field hockey players and coaches will head up the activities.
New players will receive a free stick and ball to practice with after the clinic. Registration for the 2012 Play Day will begin at 3:30 p.m. All participants must bring their completed registration form and the five dollar fee to the event. This is the first year the clinic is sponsored by the USA Field Hockey’s FUNdamental field hockey program.
Attire for the Play Day is sportswear and sneakers or turf shoes, (no cleats). Shin guards and mouth guards are required to participate. The team requests that if you own a field hockey stick, you bring it with you. Goalkeepers are required to bring their own gear.
All participants are invited to attend the consolation and championship rounds of the Auto-Owners Insurance Invitational earlier in the day. The consolation round will take place at 11 a.m. with the championship match following at 1 p.m. Central Michigan, Louisville, American, and Michigan State are participating in the tournament.