How do I register?
You can register directly online with a credit card by clicking on the "Register Now" link. Another way to register is to fill out the forms and mail them in along with your check to:
Absolutely the Best Field Hockey Camp
PO Box 400828
Charlottesville, VA 22904
*Please make your checks out to Absolutely the Best Field Hockey Camp if applying this way.
Can I fax in my daughter’s registration?
Yes, you may fax in your daughter’s registration to (434) 982-5212. Please put ATTN Field Hockey. Your daughter will not have a guaranteed spot until we receive the check in the mail. Make sure that you include the registration form, front and back copies of your insurance card and the completed medical form. All of these elements are required to complete the registration process and reserve a spot at camp.
What do I need to bring?
You should bring an alarm clock, toiletries, bed linens, pillow, towels, water bottle (water and Gatorade provided at the fields), 10 t-shirts or pinnies, 10 shorts, 10-12 pairs of socks, sneakers (cross trainers or indoor soccer shoes, turf shoes (if available), sweatshirt, sweatpants, hockey stick, shin guards, eye mask (optional), mouth guard and goalie equipment if you are a goalie. Each camper will be given a camp pinnie.
How do I get to camp?
There are directions on the website directly to registration. If you are going to fly or take a train you can contact Jill Stevens at Anthony Travel for assistance at firstname.lastname@example.org. There are also taxis available for travel back and froth from the airport.
My daughter is a goalkeeper, does she need to bring her own equipment?
Yes, your daughter needs to bring all of her own goalie equipment.
What forms do I need to send in when I register?
Copy of the back and front of insurance card
Completed registration online
Completed consent and release form
Completed medical history form
Payment has been received
Please take a picture or scan the FRONT and BACK of your insurance card and email it to:
*This is required for participation in all camps.
When is check-in for overnight camp?
Check-in time will be from 2:30-4:30 pm. and will be at Gooch-Dillard Dorm. Our first camp meeting will be at 5 pm.
GPS address 478 Floyd Dr Charlottesville, VA
When is check-in for 7v7 Tournament and clinic?
One hour before your first game.
When is check-in for mini camp sessions?
One hour before your first session - further details will be provided in your confirmation letter.
When is check-out?
Check out will be between 11am-1pm at the dorm (GOOCH DILLARD).
How do I reach my daughter during camp?
If you daughter does not have cell phone, you can call (434) 249-0520 at anytime during the camp.
What if my child is sick or injured and cannot attend camp, do I get a refund?
Before May 15th: Full refund minus $100 admin fee.
After May 15th: Sorry, no refunds possible.
Mini Clinic and Tournaments
Refund Policy: Before March 1, 2019: 50% refund. After March 1, 2019: Sorry, no refunds possible.
What is the best airport to fly into?
The best airport to fly into is the Charlottesville (CHO) Airport. The next closest airport is the Richmond (RIC) Airport which is about 1 hr 15 min away.
How do campers get to and from the airport or train station?
You can make a reservation with any of these three companies for transportation back and forth:
Yellow Cab of Charlottesville
Can a camper arrive early? or leave early?
Yes, a camper can arrive up to a day early if need be because of travel purposes. Per NCAA rules there is a $35 fee for each night plus money for meals. Yes, a camper can leave early only if they are picked up by their parent or legal guardian and you must call 434-249-0520 when you are picking up your camper.
Are parents allowed to watch?
Absolutely parents are able to watch each hockey session. There are directions the hockey fields on the website.
Can I room with my friend?
Yes, you can put in a roommate request when you register for camp. Roommates are only guaranteed if both campers request each other when registering.
How do I send mail to my daughter while she is at camp?
You can send mail to:
Field Hockey Office
P.O. Box 400828
Charlottesville, VA 22904
Please be sure to account for mail travel time so you do not miss your daughter at camp.
What is the daily schedule for the campers?
The tentative daily schedule is:
7 - 8:15am: Breakfast
9 - 11am: Morning session consisting of individual skill, team skills and organized drills
12 - 1pm: Lunch
1 - 2pm: Free Time
2:30 - 4pm: Afternoon session consisting of small games, for example 7 v 7
5 - 6:30pm: Dinner
7 - 9pm: Night session, 11 v 11
9 - 10pm: Open hockey
10 - 11pm: Free time to hang out with friends and meet with counselors
11pm: Lights out and everyone in their own room
What safety precautions are taken during camp and while my daughter is not playing field hockey?
Absolutely the Best Field Hockey camp staff stays in the dorms with the campers. There will be at least 5-7 staff members sleeping in dorms.
Who are the coaches?
Absolutely the Best coaches come from around the world. We have coaches from America, Holland, England, Spain and Australia, as well as current UVA players.
What happens if my child happens to get injured or sick during camp?
There are medical trainers at camp 24/7 and they aid in any sickness or injury. Medical trainers are available at the dorms after the night session. You will be contacted immediately if it is a serious situation.
My daughter has a car, will she be able to use it during camp?
It is fine if your daughter drives herself to camp, but she will not be able to use her car at all during camp. We will provide a parking pass for her car for a nearby lot.
How are the groups split up each session?
Groups are divided up by age and skill level for the morning and afternoon sessions. For the evening sessions we will keep the high school teams together the best we can. We can also keep high school/club teams together or separate them out by their coach's request.
Can I talk to the coaches of UVA about getting recruited while I am at camp?
No, the rules have changed again and recruiting is not permitted during the camp. After the camp 2019 and 2020 may discuss UVA with prospects.
If I come to play with my team will I get to play with them the entire camp?
There are 3 sessions each day at camp. The morning session is divided by age, the afternoon session will kept to 8 players per team and the night session we try to keep around 15 players per team. We can also keep high school/club teams together or separate them out by their coach's request.
Who can attend camp?
Absolutely the Best Field Hockey Camp is open to boys and girls who have completed 5th-12th grades and are of any skill level. Camps and clinics are open to any and all entrants, limited only by age and grade.