Hotchkiss School Field Hockey & Leadership Academy


Hotchkiss School
Lakeville, CT

July 14 – 18

EXT DAY (9AM-8:30PM): $799

AGES: 12-18


Who We Are
Field Hockey & Leadership Academy is a camp where players will develop field hockey skills while learning how to become more effective leaders and what it means to be a great teammate.

At camp, we will help campers learn about being part of something – a team or cause – bigger than themselves. The camp will combine outstanding field hockey instruction with off-field activities and workshops designed to promote teamwork and teach leadership skills. At the end of camp, we want all campers to not only be better field hockey players, but also recognize how as leaders they can be more valuable to their team, their school, and their community.

Learning the critical life lessons to guide you as a responsible member of your school, community, family & team will serve you for years to come. The FHLA role models, the field hockey game & the women’s leadership workshops balanced with some summer fun all takes place among the beautiful natural setting of The Hotchkiss School in Lakeville, CT. Interested in a summer experience to remember – This academy will help you hone field hockey skills that will serve you on and off the field in life!

Patti Klecha-Porter, Head Coach of the Wesleyan University DI Field Hockey Team will lead the players on the Field Hockey & Leadership Academy journey. Joining Patti will be a collection of NCAA & High School coaches and players.

The Leadership Curriculum will be led by Heidi Kasevich, Ph.D., a specialist in educating female leaders. Heidi will run daily sessions with our athletes cultivating the traits of ambition, resilience, and courage. She is passionate about the idea that with intentional leadership education, women will be able to lean in and stay in. The girls at camp will be given tools to express themselves better, trust teammates and work together to become confident and strong leaders. We look forward to our seeing our camp graduates become empowered and have a lasting positive impact on their teams and communities.

The Facility:

The Hotchkiss School in Lakeville, CT with vista views of the Berkshire mountains is the perfect site for this camp. Overlooking Lake Wononscopomuc, the school offers numerous turf fields as well as a state-of-the-art athletic center. Lakefront activities will include endless summer fun – recreational swimming, fishing, kayaking and bonfires. Wellness hikes to Beeslick Brook Woods & Waterfalls will give players a chance to clear their heads and enjoy nature. Campers will share nutritious farm-to-table meals in the dinning-halls, attend leadership workshops in the fully-equipped media classrooms & sleep in the comfortable dormitories.

Leadership Curriculum:

  • Defining Leadership
  • Listening & Trust Exercises
  • Leadership Focus & Role Models
  • Importance of Authentic Presence
  • Cultivating Resilience & Courage
  • Importance of Sisterhood
  • Paying it Forward

Outdoor Adventure:

Wellness Swimming, Hiking, Yoga // Group Challenges Talent Shows, Charades, Scavenger Hunts // Social Sports Kickball, Capture the Flag, Frisbee Golf

Field Hockey

With 2 – 3 daily field hockey sessions, players can expect to improve their individual skills at our skill clinics. Players will also enjoy competing against other camp teams at evening scrimmages.

  • Shooting & Scoring
  • Defense (Team and Individual)
  • Ball Control & Vision
  • Elimination Skills
  • Defensive skill development
  • Offensive presses
  • Special Situations (Corners, Strokes, 1 v 1, Shoot Outs)
  • Man Up, Man Down


Dual Sport Athletes can choose to train in both field hockey & lacrosse during the camp. These campers run on the same schedule, but each day is a different sport. Ex: Monday is Lacrosse, Tuesday is Field Hockey and so on. The Lacrosse Curriculum is led by Wesleyan University Head Coach Kim Williams.


Campers are groups according to age for leadership workshops, adventure activities as well as in the dorms.

Adventure Activities

    • Paddle boarding
    • Beach Volleyball
    • Lake Swimming
    • Bon Fires
    • Climbing Wall
    • Spike Ball
    • Basketball
    • Yoga


The leadership curriculum is taught by Heidi Kasevich, PhD. She is a well-known speaker, consultant, and author in the field of female leadership. Her workshops cultivate the traits of ambition, resilience, and courage, and teaches girls the skills needed to be self-aware, confident individuals who know their value and are prepared to lead through authenticity.

2017 Workshops Include:

  • GET TO KNOW YOURSELF—IceBreakers & Group Norms
  • RESECT– Self and Other, Strengths and Stretches.
  • RESILIENCE– Motivating Self – A Failing Forward Mindset.
  • HUMILITY –Motiving Others—Beyond the Cheer.
  • GRATITUDE–  Paying it Forward.

Daily Schedule

7:00 Wake-up
7:30 Breakfast
8:20 Camp Meeting – Daily Goals
9:00 Skills Sessions – Individual Skills
10:30 Tactical Training – Team Drills
12:00 Lunch
1:00 – 4:45 Leadership & Adventure Rotations (+ 50 Minutes of Mandatory Dorm Time)
5:00 Dinner
6:00 Scrimmages
9:00 Nightly Affirmations
9:30 Camp Store Open
10:00- 10:30 Lights Out

Check-In: Campers will check in at 2pm. Dinner will be the first meal served. Drop off will occur at the Main Circle (11 Interlaken Road, Lakeville CT, 06039) Inside the big brick building w/the white columns on the campus map. (CAMPUS MAP)  We will then proceed to our dorm.
Check-Out: Campers will check out at 1:00pm at the check-in location.Parents are encouraged to attend the morning session of games on the last day starting at 9am! Check-out will occur immediately after the closing ceremony.

Below is a suggested list of items to bring to camp. We suggest that campers do not bring expensive personal items such as cameras, iPods/iPads, etc. Cell phones are allowed in the dorms and dining areas, but not on the field during training sessions. Please label every article you bring to camp. All items will be the responsibility of the camper. Revolution Field Hockey and its camp staff are not responsible for lost, stolen or forgotten items.

  • Health Form
  • Equipment (Stick, Shin Guards, Cleats or Athletic Sneakers, Mouthguards & Goggles)
  • Goalies (Pads, Gloves, Helmet)
  • Off-Field Clothes (Athletic Socks, T-Shirts, Shorts, Sweatshirts, etc)
  • Athletic Sneakers
  • Yoga Pants
  • Swimsuit
  • Sunscreen
  • Linens (Twin XL)
  • Blanket/Sleeping Bag
  • Pillow
  • Toiletries
  • Shower Towel
  • Alarm Clock
  • Portable Fan

Players are grouped first by age and then by ability. The first session is an assessment session – we will update groups after the first day
Trainers are on site to aid in illness, injury prevention and first aid.
All campers are required to have a completed health form in order to participate at camp. You can either fill out our health form or use the doctors form and use our form as a cover page. Please fill out contact information and parent signature. HEALTH FORM
We utilize inclement weather opportunities to focus on team building, video analysis, individual meetings.
The nearest airport is Bradley International Airport in Hartford, CT. You are responsible for getting yourself to and from campus, Revolution Field Hockey does not provide transportation.
Any camper who must cancel prior to camp will receive a camp credit equal to the amount of camp tuition already paid.  The credit is transferable to another family member and is good for any Revolution Field Hockey Camp or eCamps Partner program through next summer (agreement begins at time of purchase).  Any cancellation within 5 days of the start of camp will result in a camp credit minus $100 cancellation fee.  Camp credits are not extended to campers who leave camp after the start of a session.  CASH/CREDIT CARD REFUNDS ARE NOT OFFERED UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCE.


Patti Klecha-Porter will be entering her 33rd year as head coach of the field hockey program in 2017, having joined Wesleyan in 1985. Additionally, she serves an adjunct professor of physical education at the University, and became the coordinator of physical education in 2015-16. She also served as head women’s squash coach for 15 seasons (1986-2001) and was the assistant coach for 14 years (2001-15). On Oct. 10, 2015, Klecha-Porter earned her 200th career victory as head coach of the field hockey team as the Cardinals defeated Colby, 1-0. She was also named the NESCAC Coach of the Year in 1999.

Leading the Cardinals to back-to-back ECAC New England Division III titles in 1999 and 2000, she guided the team to its most victories in team history with 13 in both those seasons. Her first victory of the 2002 season, a 3-1 win over Mount Holyoke to inaugurate a 10-6 campaign, was the 100th of her Wesleyan career.

Klecha-Porter has guided the program to 13 appearances in the NESCAC Tournament, dating back to the 2000 season. The 2002 group defeated Colby, 2-1, in overtime during the quarterfinals of the conference tournament, en route to advancing to the semifinals for the first time in program history. Three years later – in 2005 – the squad outlasted Tufts, 1-0, in the quarterfinals.

The Cardinals have made some noise in the last couple decades, posting five winning seasons in conference action and six years of 10 or more overall wins.

Under her guidance, the team has taken six international trips, twice to Bermuda, once to Barbados and twice to Holland, including the summer of 2013 when the Cardinals also visited Germany and France, and once to Argentina.

In 2005, she was honored by the Connecticut Field Hockey Coaches Association with its Chickie Poisson Award for distinguished service to the sport, and in September 2007, she was inducted into the Connecticut Field Hockey Hall of Fame.

She graduated from Ithaca in 1981, as she was a team captain and MVP in both field hockey and lacrosse. Klecha-Porter was inducted into her alma mater’s Sports Hall of Fame in 1986. In 1989, she was also named to a New York State sectional sports hall of fame. She earned her master’s from Springfield, while serving as head coach of lacrosse and a field hockey assistant. Before enrolling at Springfield, she spent two years teaching and coaching in the Phelps-Clifton Springs, N.Y. school system.

A veteran of the Olympic Sports Festival, competing in field hockey, Klecha-Porter also played internationally. She formerly played in the Hampshire Field Hockey Association and helped her club team, Stars & Stripes, attain renown as a perennial power.

A specialist in educating women leaders, Heidi Kasevich, PhD, is a speaker, consultant, author, and curriculum designer in the fields of leadership and global women’s issues. Her signature program, Closing the Gap, cultivates the traits of ambition, resilience, and courage, and teaches girls the skills needed to be self-aware, confident individuals who know their value and are prepared to lead through authenticity. She is passionate about the idea that with intentional leadership education, women will be able to lean in and stay in: Closing the Gapis designed to shift mindsets, provide tools for navigating gender bias, and empower girls to have a positive impact on the world.


Field Hockey Director

Patti Klecha-Porter

Wesleyan University Head Coach


Leadership Director

Heidi Kasevich Ph.D.

The DEAK Group// Quiet Revolution Educator
Speaker, Consultant & Author


Athletic Facilities

The Academy’s athletic facilities offer the optimal training environment for field hockey players. Campers are going to look forward to each training session.

2 Field Hockey fields – Downing Field is a synthetic turf field & the Class of ’49 Field is well-manicured grass field, both with field hockey lines and goals +  One field is lit for night games!

  • Mars Athletic Center (Fitness Center, Squash Courts, Tennis Courts)
  • Training Rooms & Locker Rooms
  • Malkin Climbing Wall
  • Beach Volleyball Courts

Lake Wonoscopomuc

Lake Wononscopomuc, the deepest fresh water lake in Connecticut offering endless the waterfront activities and will summer fun including recreational swimming, fishing, kayaking and bonfires. Our staff supervises all of our campers who want to take out a canoe or go fishing. Lifeguards are on duty at the beach.


Campers will stay in dorms. A typical room houses 1 – 2 campers. We will divide up the campers into pods of 10 – 15 and assign 1 – 2 counselors for every pod. All campers will stay in the same dormitory and use building amenities including bathrooms (sinks, toilets and showers), common room equipped with a T.V. & DVD player, vending machines & microwave.  The dorms are not-air conditioned.

Counselors provide on-going supervision, promote friendship and camaraderie between campers.