Cardinals to Host NFHCA Open Collegiate Practice Day

Cardinals to Host NFHCA Open Collegiate Practice Day

WASHINGTON, D.C. - On Friday, August 23, the Catholic University field hockey team will be holding an open practice for local high school and club coaches as part of the Open Collegiate Practice Day (OCPD) sponsored by the National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA).

Collegiate field hockey programs from across the country will open their preseason practices to observation by fellow NFHCA members. This event is designed for NFHCA members at all levels to connect and learn from one another. The event is primarily intended for high school and club coach members, but any NFHCA member is welcome to join.

"I am excited to participate in Open Collegiate Practice Day this year," said head coach Heidi Lewis. "We want to be a resource for coaches in the metro DC area, and we're looking forward to open up a training session this August."

The Cardinals will be hosting one session inside Cardinal Stadium from 11 a.m., to 1 p.m., rain or shine. Copies of the practice plan will be provided and coaches will be invited to be on the field. Any coach wishing to come observe the session must be an NFHCA member and needs to pre-register here. Please use the following address for directions:

4025 John McCormack Drive, NE
Washington, DC 20064

Catholic was ranked as high as No. 17 in the NFHCA Division III Coaches Poll a year ago and finished the 2018 season with an 8-9 record. Five of those losses came against nationally-ranked opponents. The Cardinals went 7-0 in the Landmark Conference for the second-straight season and extended their league winning streak to 18 games dating back to 2016.

The Cards' 2019 schedule features seven nationally-ranked opponents from last season, seven NCAA Tournament participants and five defending conference champions as well as the team's 50th anniversary celebration on September 21 against Messiah.

The NFHCA is a non-profit organization made up of over 1,600 field hockey coaches from across the United States. The NFHCA recognizes the accomplishments of student-athletes and coaches, connects the field hockey community and cultivates the growth of the sport through education and conversation. Visit to become a member and learn more about the NFHCA.