From the NFHCA
“In these unprecedented times, there has never been a more important moment for the field hockey community to come together as one. I am encouraged and excited by the creativity and adaptability that coaches are showing during this pandemic — showing that even in difficult circumstances, they continue to put student-athletes first and keep our sport front-of-mind.
The NFHCA is committed to supporting all of our coaches through this uncertain moment and is working hard to ensure that we will be putting our best foot forward when we take the field again.”
— Anne Parmenter, NFHCA President
NFHCA COVID-19 Updates
- Club Player of the Month nominations have been suspended until further notice.
- All Open Collegiate Practice Day planning has been put on hold.
Frequently Asked Questions
When will I be able to renew my NFHCA membership?
The opening of the NFHCA member drive has been delayed until June 1, 2020. Any and all updates regarding memberships will be communicated directly as soon as any decisions regarding timeline and structure have been made.
Will we be playing in the fall?
Coaches at all playing levels should be having dialogue with their peers and administrators about their institution’s and conference’s thought processes regarding the impact of COVID-19.
Decisions about a return to competition will be made by the NCAA and state high school athletic associations, these decisions will be influenced by federal, state, and local guidelines as well as guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
What is the current status on recruiting?
This is a fluid topic. Answers will vary by NCAA Division and by institution — there is no one-size-fits-all model. Prospective student-athletes and coaches should continue to monitor rulings from the NCAA (resources which are linked on this page) and act with the health and well-being of PSAs and coaches in mind.
For PSAs: The NFHCA encourages the use of video as a recruiting tool and will work on providing additional educational resources in the near future.
For college coaches: The NCAA will set this path — keep an open line of communication between you and your administration and conference offices.
How can we hold trainings and competition safely?
Federal, state, and local governments as well as the NCAA and high school state athletic associations will guide these decisions, and when return-to-play is allowed, will offer guidance.
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Return to Play
- Webinar Recording from NACDA — COVID-19 & College Athletics: Cost Containment and Legal Landmines
- Webinar Recording from Athlete Assessments — Change, Keeping Together and What Now for Coaches?, presented by Bo Hanson
Check out what other coaches are doing during the isolation to stay on top of their game, be creative, or unwind.
More COVID-19 Updates
- May 29 — DIII reduces number of required contests (NCAA)
- May 27 — Division I recruiting dead period extended through July 31 (NCAA)
- May 22 — Voluntary athletics activities allowed in all DI sports starting June 1 (NCAA)
- May 21 — USA Field Hockey’s Return to Play Guidelines (USAFH)
- May 20 — DII Presidents Council lowers maximum, minimum number of contests (NCAA)
- May 20 — Guidance for State Associations to Consider in Re-opening High School Athletics and Other Activities (NFHS)
- May 19 — Safety first as FIH helps hockey across the world make a cautious return to action (FIH)
- May 14 — DII provides blanket waiver for progress-toward-degree requirements (NCAA)
- May 14 — DI Council Coordination Committee extends dead period (NCAA)
- May 14 — Statement from Competition Oversight Committee on fall championships (NCAA)
- May 7 — USOPC Guidance: Return to Event Considerations (USOPC)
- May 6 — DIII Administrative Committee makes additional COVID-19 decisions (NCAA)
- May 6 — DII Administrative Committee addresses recruiting, voluntary workouts (NCAA)
- May 6 — DI Council Coordination Committee approves blanket waiver requests (NCAA)
- May 5 — Return to Play: COVID-19 Risk Assessment Tool (The Aspen Institute)
- May 1 — Core Principles of Resocialization of Collegiate Sport (NCAA Sport Science Institute)
- April 30 — Intercollegiate Coach Association Coalition issues statement applauding NCAA’s commitment to student-athletes (ICAC)
- April 30 — DIII Presidents Council considers student-athlete compensation for promotions and endorsements (NCAA)
- April 30 — DII Presidents Council approves changes to long-range budget to address revenue reduction (NCAA)
- April 30 — DI Board of Directors and Presidential Forum discuss future of division (NCAA)
- April 30 — USOPC Guidance: Return to Training Considerations (USOPC)
- April 24 — DI Council continues COVID-19 impact discussions (NCAA)