Prove it on the Field at The Proving Grounds

3 Sessions: July 21-23, July 23-25, July 25-27

Classes of 2023, 2024, 2025, 2026

Interested in attending the 2022 National Player Combine?
We do still have spots available (limited in some sessions and for GKs).
Submit an application to see if a spot is available in the class and session of your choice (APPLY HERE)

​-Receive a comprehensive NPC Athlete Profile-
-Learn from some of the top coaches in the nation-
-Play with and against some of the top field hockey players in your class-
-Demonstrate your athleticism and skills to play at the next level-

3 Sessions (athletes attend 1 3-day session)
July 21-23, 2022 (Classes of 2023 & 2024)
July 23-25, 2022 (Classes of 2024 & 2025)
July 25-27, 2022 (Classes of 2025 & 2026)

Open to any and all females in the Classes of 2023, 2024, 2025 & 2026
Limited only by session capacity and position (field players/GKs)

The National Player Combine (NPC) is an elite event designed to allow top field hockey players in the classes of 2023, 2024, 2025, and 2026 to demonstrate all aspects of their athleticism, skills, and talent on the field.  Individuals will be evaluated by class through 5 sessions that include physiology, field hockey skills, small group play, and full field 11v11 play. The NPC standardized testing and evaluation curriculum is developed and implemented by the highest level individuals in the sport. The Physiology curriculum was developed by Kyle McMinn, Director of Strength & Conditioning for the USA Field Hockey Women’s National Team, and utilizes electronic timing gates and various technologies and tests used by the USWNT.

World Class Facility: The majority of combine activities will take place at The Proving Grounds on the Villanova University water-based turf.  The world-class surface is FIH Global Certified. We may incorporate Field #1 for limited stations.  The turf fiber height on Field #1 is ¼ inch shorter than standard fields and was specifically chosen to provide superior play for field hockey.

Each National Player Combine is a total of 5 sessions.  All athletes will compete in 3 full-field 11v11 50-minute games (1 Day #2, 2 Day #3). Day #3 games will run from approximately 7:30am-3:30pm and each athlete will play 2 games within either the first half or second half of that time range (7:30-11:30am or 11:30am-3:30pm).

Day #1 Day #2 Day #3
Session #1: Physiology (PM)

Session #2: Field Hockey Skills
Session #3: Small Group Play
Session #4: Full Field Games

Session #5: Full Field Games

Cost: $575
Includes: Reversible numbered jersey, NPC Athlete Profile, access to full game video footage
Full payment is due with registration

Refund Policy: The National Player Combine does not offer refunds for any reason, with the exception of a player’s injury or illness.  A refund (minus a $50 administrative fee) will only be considered with a certified doctor’s letter submitted up to 4 weeks prior to the event.  Up to 2 weeks prior to the event a 50% refund will be issued.  No refunds will be issued within 2 weeks of the event.

Hotel: This is a STAY TO PLAY Event.  All non-commuting individuals participating in the combine MUST (as a condition of acceptance) make all hotel accommodations using our tournament housing services.  Please do not call the hotels directly. Please book through the hotel reservation links below. We appreciate your support as these partnered hotels assist in sponsoring our event.  Reserve a Hotel

All NCAA Division 1, 2 and 3 college Head and Assistant Coaches will be invited and we anticipate a high level of college coach attendance.


The Early Application & Registration Period has passed (March 18th)

We do still have spots available (limited in some sessions and for GKs).
Submit an application to see if a spot is available in the class and session of your choice (APPLY HERE)

-Learn More About Application Process & Registration-


Head Coach, Ohio State University
Former U21 Women’s National Team Coach
USA Field Hockey Men’s National Team Member (2000-2012)


Head Coach, University of Massachusetts
Junior National Team Goalkeeper Coach
USA Field Hockey Women’s National Team Goalkeeper (2005-2010)


USA Development Team Coach
USA Women’s National Team (2005-16)
2008, 2012 & 2016 Olympian
2007 Honda Award Winner



Former Director of Strength & Conditioning, USA Field Hockey Women’s National Team




The mission of The NPC Athlete Profile is to gather information about an individual’s current performance in order to provide meaningful and customized feedback to the athlete for continued growth, development, and investment during the athlete’s career.

The assessment is relative to peers and spans a complete spectrum of athletic qualities necessary for success in the game of field hockey.

The assessment provides a current projected trajectory at the next level of the sport based upon the snapshot captured at the NPC. (Important note: This trajectory is contingent upon observed performance within a 3-day window of time.  It is meant to provide the athlete with meaningful information about how they are perceived in each area evaluated and to direct next steps in their development.  The assessment is based only upon the 3-day National Player Combine).



The assessment tool to optimize your
field hockey development


THE NPC Athlete Profile will provide insight to participating athletes and parents on the following questions:

  • What areas of the game am I strongest in?
  • What specific areas of the game do I need to improve?
  • What is the standard necessary to play at the next level?  What level am I currently at?
  • How do I compare with my peers nationally?
  • Where is my time and money best invested to develop my game?  In general, what types of camps, clinics, and tournaments should I do based upon my goals and development needs?
  • How am I perceived as an athlete, teammate, and competitor during the 3-day NPC snapshot?

The assessment is divided into five areas critical to success in the game of field hockey:

Physical Attributes
Technical Skills Under Pressure
Tactical Awareness (Hockey IQ, Game Sense)
Development Potential

Each area is divided into specific attributes and skills.
These will be detailed later in the NPC Athlete Profile Handbook.

Athletes are assessed on each of the specific attributes/skills during the NPC. The table below provides specific descriptions and classifications for each rating.

Scale 1 2 3 4
Description Significantly Limits Performance Needs Improvement Strength Super Strength
Next Level Classification Possible D2/D3/D1 Club Probable D2/D3
(Possible D1)
Probable D1
(Possible Top D1)
Probable Top 10-20 DI
(Possible International)

Pre and Post Combine Assessment
Athletes will be given an opportunity to assess themselves prior to the NPC.  The self-assessment is used to help the athlete see how their assessment of their own abilities matches with that of potential recruiters.  The post-NPC reflection will be used to help the athlete see areas where their view of themselves and that of potential recruiters are aligned.

Class Analytics
Class analytics will be provided for each of the classes based upon the assessment.  Class analytics provide insight on how an individual athlete compares to the rest of their age group in the specific areas.