Sept. 14, 2010
EAST LANSING, Mich.-The No. 5 Michigan State field hockey team will host their 2010 Fall Play Day on Saturday, October 23 after their Big Ten televised match against Indiana. The event will give young female athletes the chance to participate in drills and to play with the nationally ranked Spartan Field Hockey program.
Fall Play Day is designed to provide the opportunity for field hockey players from the ages of 10-18 to come out and learn new skills while interacting with the MSU coaching staff and players. The event will last two hours and will include shooting drills, game play and goalkeeping training sessions.
Participants are encouraged to come out and watch MSU take on Big Ten opponent Indiana at 1 p.m. at Ralph Young Field. Following the conclusion of the game, there will be a Play Day introduction from head coach Rolf van de Kerkhof and the Spartan Field Hockey team. Goal keeping technical sessions, shooting drills and small game drills will begin at 3:15 p.m. followed by small games and scrimmages. The event will conclude at 4:45 p.m. with a cool down and a Play Day wrap up.
Interested participants must register by October 15, 2010 by sending in the registration form which can be found attached to this page. Forms and the $5 registration fee should be sent to the Spartan Field Hockey office. Participants will receive a confirmation email once they are registered. Each player must bring with them their own field hockey stick, shin guards, a mouth guard and goalies must provide their own equipment. Sports clothing and either sneakers or turf shoes should be worn.
"This is a great opportunity for field hockey athletes both in Michigan and in surrounding states to have a great opportunity to watch Big Ten Field Hockey, enjoy a fun atmosphere to grow in their skills and learn more about the Michigan State Field Hockey Program," said assistant coach Molly Maloney. "Each fall we look forward to this opportunity and we hope to continue drawing more field hockey athletes from around the state to learn more about our sport."