Colorado State University’s Field Hockey team is a sport club. Sport clubs are organizations that give students the opportunity to play their favorite sport at a competitive level. The main differences between a Division I (NCAA) program and a sport club team is there is no formal recruiting and they do not have full time coaches. As a sport club, the team receives a limited annual budget from student fee allocations and generates most of their operating budget from dues and fund raising activities. Participating on a sport club team is a good way to keep that competitive edge and have fun at the same time. If you would like to know more about our sport clubs here at Colorado State University, please contact Aaron Harris, at (970) 491-2116.
Field Hockey at CSU is a co-ed program and has been in existence since 1997. In 1999 the Field Hockey team took second place at the Rocky Mountain Invitational Tournament. And from 2000-2003, they have placed in the top six during the Tucson Tournament, finishing thrid in 2003 and consistently beating CU. Each year, about 20-25 students tryout in the fall semester. Although the club is competitive, they welcome new comers to the game and do not cut anyone. Fall is their main season, and the team has three, two hour practices in the evenings each week and games on the weekend. During the off-season, the team continues to play on Saturday mornings with the community and holds scrimmages twice during the week.
Although the team does not belong to a specific league, they do play other clubs including those from Denver, Boulder, and Colorado Springs, as well as teams from Arizona, New Mexico and California. A majority of the games will be played at Denver University’s turf field, only an hour away. Each year the team goes to two tournaments, one in New Mexico and one in Arizona. During the summer, in the last week of May, the team also sends a group to the California Cup. The dues to participate are $65, which is paid in the fall semester. A deposit of $35 will be needed for the uniform. The club can provide beginner players with equipment if needed.