SPark Field Hockey Club   
 
                                            Developing World Class Field Hockey in Maryland


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Mission
SPark Field Hockey Club is a premier field hockey club in Maryland whose mission is to promote the development of high quality field hockey players who are competitive at any level.  Throught its developmental leagues and travel teams, SPark Field Hockey Club provides young women between the ages of eight and eighteen with world-class technical training in a positive, competitive atmosphere so that all athletes can reach their full potential.  SPark Field Hockey Club players are recognized for their sportsmanship, teamwork, and community service.  As select athletes, SPark travel team members participate in tournaments at the regional and national levels and many go on to play in college.  SPark Field Hockey is well represented at Futures, on the Olympic Development Team and on the US Women's Indoor Team.  SPark coaches and trainers have experience playing at the Division I and International levels and leading championship teams at the National Indoor Tournament, National Festival, National Indoor Club Championship, and the Disney Showcase.
History
In 2000, a small group of parents whose daughters played field hockey in Severna Park, Maryland started SPark Field Hockey Club.  Each year, the club has grown, adding international trainers in 2006.  SPark sent their first team to the National Indoor Tournament in 2001.  Today, SPark Field Hockey Club serves approximately 850 young people on travel and league teams.  SPark has expanded well beyond its original group of young women from Severna Park and now has players representing all of Anne Arundel County and the surrounding area.  Travel team members attend a wide variety of area high schools including:  Archbishop Spalding, Annapolis High School, Annapolis Area Christian School, Arundel High School, Broadneck High School, Chesapeake High School, Indian Creek High School, Meade High School, North County High School, River Hill High School, Saint Mary's High School, Severn School, Severna Park High School, Southern High School and South River High School.

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College Recruits & Alumni
Many SPark field hockey players go on to play field hockey in college at the D1, D2, and D3 levels.  SPark alumni are represented at the following colleges:

American University - Katie Turner, Jaclyn Anspach, Ashley Dalisera
Brown University - Avery Burns
College of William and Mary - Samantha Slattery
Columbia University - Maeve Doherty
Cornell University - Abbi Horn, Hannah Balleza, Kat Varga
Georgetown University - Hope Battista
Harvard University - Marissa Balleza
Iowa - Anna Haley
Johns Hopkins University - Elliana Openshaw
Lehigh University - Claire Horn
University of Delaware - Kayla Devlin
University of Maryland - Amanda Himmelheber
University of New Hampshire - Hayley Rausch, Casey Pohlmeyer, Melissa Rize
Northwestern University - Kaylee Pohlmeyer
Ohio University - Brittany Zorn
Ohio State University - Kerri Hauser
Princeton University - Allison Behringer
Radford University - Becca Devlin
Salisbury University - Shannon Hanratty, Katie Mateo, Anna Wagner
Syracuse University - Sophia Openshaw
Towson University - Kelli and Krista Bowerman, Kelsey Fielder, Patrice Groody, Danielle Maines, Sabrina Davis
University of Pennsylvania - Liz Mata
Wake Forest University - Liz Fries, Hannah Suttle
Philadelphia Biblical University - Stacey Messick

After playing on their college teams, a number of SPark alumni have moved on to college coaching careers including Liz Fries, University of the Pacific and Hayley Rausch at Saint Louis University.

Board of Directors
Carol Pohlmeyer, Sheri Slattery, Jesse Larson, and Lee Swinscoe
Tryouts
Each year, SPark conducts tryouts for their indoor season.  Potential players are evaluated by SPark coaches and area college players.  Players are evaluated on their current skill set and their potential for developing as a competitive indoor field hockey player.
Commitment
SPark athletes must commit to attend all practices, tournaments, and league games.  Attendance is mandatory. You may not play for another club team in winter, spring, or summer games.  Any violation of club policy will result in termination from the SPark club with no refund.
Refund Policy
It is the clubs policy that registration and team fees are final and non-refundable.  SPark will not refund any portion of your tryout or registration fee for any reason once you accept placement in the club.  SPark registers each player to fill a specific spot on the clubs roster and since these spots are limited, it is up to the player/parent to make the commitment to participate.  In addition, the information that is posted regarding which tournaments/practices we will participate in and the associated dates are not finalized at the time of registration.  Therefore changes or elimination of any tournament/practice dates may be necessary and will not be a cause for a credit or refund.

Directions
DIRECTIONS TO the  SPark Indoor Training Center:

API Building

From Annapolis and points East: Take Route 50 West toward Washington/Baltimore. Take Exit 21 for I-97 North toward Baltimore. Follow approximately 7 miles and take Exit 7 for MD-32 West towards MD-3 South/Columbia. Merge onto MD-3 South/Crain Highway towards Bowie. Follow approximately 2 miles. You will continue through one light (Route 175). Center will be on the right. Entrance is immediately following Center.

From Baltimore and Points North: Take 695/Baltimore Beltwy to Exit 4, I-97 South towards Annapolis. Follow for 9 miles and take Exit 7 for MD-3 South towards Bowie/Odenton. Follow approximately 2 miles. You will pass through one light (Route 175). Center will be on the right. Entrance is immediately following Center.

From Washington and Points South: Take US Route 50 to Exit 13A/B/C North towards Crofton. Merge onto North Crain Highway (MD-3). Continue through Crofton for approximately 8 miles and turn left onto McKnew Road. Make a left hand turn onto Route 3 South. Center will be on the right in approximately, 300 feet, make a right turn into the entrance immediately following the Center.

From Columbia and Points West: Take MD-32 East towards Annapolis. Take the MD-3 South/Bowie exit and continue onto South Crain Highway. Follow approximately 1.5 miles. You will pass through one light (Route 175). Center will be on the right. Entrance is immediately following Center.

For your GPS: 740 Route 3 South, Gambrills MD 21054


Contact Us
To reach SPark Field Hockey, you can email the club at:
sparkfieldhockey@verizon.net


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