FIELD HOCKEY GEEK
We are specialists and experienced coaches in:
- Field Hockey
- Leadership, Teambuilding & Development
- Assistance with the recruiting process: Getting coaches to notice you
As a former international coach and coach of two
very successful Division I programs, Daan Polders has now shifted his attention to developing talent in non-college
players through his FIELD HOCKEY ACADEMY. Daan organizes clinics and individual or small group lessons for every
level and every age group.
Daan's experience has taught
him that a great athlete needs to be both physically and mentally tough. As such, his business also offers Sport Psychology
(i.e. mental training) services.
As a whole, the focus
of all clinics and sessions is on personal attention and quality in order to improve your performance and help you better enjoy
In addition to physical, skill, and mental training, this program also offers assistance
with regard to the college recruiting process. If you (or your parents) need help understanding or navigating the recruiting
process, Daan can assist with the following: (a) what can you expect during your college search, (b) the "do's"
and "don't do's", and any addition questions you have.
Where can you find us?
Our DAAN POLDERS FIELD HOCKEY ACADEMY
is headquartered in West Chester, PA but we travel throughout the country. Please contact us for more information:
In November 2013, Polders returned from Denver, CO. For the past three months, Polders has worked as the
Director of Field Hockey at Colorado Academy, a private school. Besides coaching the Varsity team, Polders managed the program,
the other teams and coaches, organized clinics and developed field hockey programs for 6th graders.
Besides being the co-Director for Horizon Field Hockey Club, Polders is also the Director of Field Hockey and Varsity
Head Coach at Villa Maria Academy in Malvern, Pa.
Villa Maria Academy recently won in Polders'
first year the 2014 Pennsylvania State Championship after earlier in the season to be crowned as the District
1 Champions and the Catholic League Champions.
In addition to that, Coach
Polders has been named 'Coach of the Year' (Main Line News).
'On board: New coach returns Villa to PIAA final'
Click here for the article in The Inquirer.
Colorado Academy's Daan Polders sweep 2013 Coach of the Year award.
to PA after managing all the aspects of the field hockey program at Colorado Academy and coaching the Varsity team for
their 2nd year. Under Polders' guidance, the Varsity team won their 2nd consecutive State Championship, 2nd consecutive Conference
Championship and have been undefeated (35-0) in the last two seasons.
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Field Hockey Academy Schedule:
WINTER 2015/ 2016: more
clinics/ programs will also be available through Horizon FHC. For more information visit www.horizonfhc.com.
We offer an indoor turf program in December 2015
for Elite U16 and U19 players. This is not for beginners and will prepare players for upcoming outdoor tournaments
or the next level. High level skills sessions, attention to details and more to impove your game.
We offer 2 programs, each 6 sessions (plus a 'rain' date):
Session 1: U19 Elite on Dec. 2-9-16 & Jan. 13-20-27 (and Febr. 3 as a make up date) from 5 PM- 6:30 PM
1: U16 Elite on DEc. 2-9-16 & Jan. 13-20-27 (and Febr. 3 as a make up fate) from 6:30 PM- 8 PM.
- Session 2:
U19 Elite on Febr. 10-17-24 & March 2-9-16 (and March 23 as a make up date) from 5 PM- 6:30 PM
- Session 2:
U16 Elite on Febr. 10-17-24 & March 2-9-16 (and March 23 as a make up date) from 6:30 PM- 8 PM.
more information go to 'Daan Polders Field Hockey Academy'. Last year the program filled up fast so do not wait too long.
March, 2016 Middle School Clinics in West Chester, PA: 3 skills sessions of one hour each in a small group (maximum of 6 players to maintain quality) to get you ready
for the outdoor season. Inside and on turf at Her Game (West Chester Pike). Limited availability and full = full! More information
May 15 & 16, 2016 International
Field Hockey Showcase in The Netherlands. For European players who would love
to play and study in the USA. During this day, participants can showcase their talents, will receive all the necessary
information while former "USA" students will share their experiences. For college coaches who are looking for international talent it is a great venue for
recruiting. For more information contact us or visit http://www.ustudy.eu/
June 20- 23, 2016 Villa Maria Academy Field
Hockey Camp in Malvern, PA. Four days with individualized and professional instruction
by International Coach and 'Coach of the Year' Daan Polders while also training the mental side with a professional Sport
Psychologist. Players and goal keepers of all levels from (future) 3rd to 8 grade are welcome. Never played before?
No problem, join us and try it out with us. Location: Villa Maria Academy High School. Mark the dates and registration information
will follow. It fills quickly!
June 27- June 30, 2016 Villa Maria Academy Field Hockey Camp in Malvern, PA. Four days
with individualized and professional instruction by International Coach and 'Coach of the Year' Daan Polders while also training
the mental side with a professional Sport Psychologist. Players and goal keepers of all levels from (future) 9 to 12 grade
are welcome. Never played before? No problem, join us and try it out with us. Location: Villa Maria Academy High School. Mark
the dates and registration information will follow. It fills quickly!
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NEWS & UPDATES:
November: registration for our Winter Academy programs has
started. It fills up quickly so do not wait too long. See 'Daan Polders Field Hockey Academy'.
April: Coach Polders wins 'gold' with his team PA Prospects at SpringFling
March: enroll now in our (ambitious) Horizon FHC Spring
programs for U12, U14, U16 and U19. There is a place for anybody who loves to play. See out main menu or visit www.horizonfhc.com
January: we are available for private lessons and group sessions.
Please reserve early due to the overwhelming demand for instruction.
December: Coach Polders named 'Coach of the Year'.
November: Coach Polders won the 2014 Pennsylvania State Championship with
Villa Maria Academy. Earlier they won already the District 1 Championship and the Catholic League Championship.
|Coach Polders running the international Showcase.
Click here to read the full story on the Horizon FHC web site
2014: Coach Daan Polders has been nominated for Positive Coaching Alliance's Double-Goal
Coach Award® 2014 sponsored by MaxPreps!
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