The Mid-Atlantic Field Hockey Camp has been a regular event at Cape Henlopen State Park for 38 years, teaching the skills and strategy that make future hockey stars out of players ranging from sixth to 12th grade. Younger players may attend as day campers.
Nearly 165 campers took part in the first session of the camp July 19 to 23, with 14 coaches and six junior counselors. Skills like dribbling, passing, shooting, dodging, strategy and goalie play are taught by experienced counselors. Players can register individually or with a team.
Camp Director Frannie Slabonik has been affiliated with the camp since she was a camper in 1980. She started as an owner for the camp 11 seasons ago in 2005 after former owner Rich Miller retired in 2004.
Along with Slabonik, Mid-Atlantic has veteran coaches who have taught for may years.
"Denise Gobrecht (Gobie) has been at the camp for 38 years," said Slabonik.
Many other coaches have over 20 years of experience at the camp.
Not only do field players enjoy the camp, there is also a special goalie camp each session.
"Lori Miller has been our goalie coach for over 20 years," said Slabonik.
The session finishes with championship games from teams picked during the camp.
The second camp session runs July 26 to 30, and some slots are still available. To register, call 484-332-3670 or go to midatlanticfieldhockey.com.