|WHAT ARE YOUR COVID 19 GUIDELINES?|
|Our MAFH directors have been in close consultation and taking guidance from the CDC and local, state and federal health officials to determine the most effective safety guidelines for our upcoming camp season. Guidelines will be followed and established to maintain a safe camp environment. We will follow CDC and Delaware Public Health current guidelines for recreational camps.
*Will update this spring '22, as we monitor state and local guidelines.
|How old do the campers need to be to attend camp, and do you take beginners?|
|Most of the campers are in middle school or High School, 6th through 12th grade. They are at all levels of ability. We have an experienced coaching staff, so camp is great for all levels, including beginners.|
|How do you group the campers for instructional sessions, and camp teams?|
|Usually by ability and experience, when the campers attend with a team we communicate with their coach and ask them to rate on ability and experience. Also, if a school sends a large number of participants, we ask the school coach to place campers on teams. Normally we only put a couple of players from each school in an instructional group. The instructional groups are about 12 or 15 players to 1 coach. We try to limit the teams to 14 players, so each girl receives a lot of playing time.|
|How is your goalie camp run?|
|Our goalie camp is on the same fields as the regular camp. They have their own goalie instructional area. We have 8 goalies to one instructor ratio, depending on GK enrollment. Morning and afternoon sessions concentrate on capturing the pure technical side of goalkeeping. Evening sessions are designed to put learned skills to the test in a variety of competitions where participants learn to read the game and test their skill against others. Our goalie camp teaches our students that a good goalkeeper must not only be technically sound on her goalline, but she must eliminate opportunities on goal before they arise through: Anticipation, Decision-Making and Proper Positioning.|
|What if I missed the June 15th balance due date?|
|Please call or email Frannie ASAP. As long as you confirm your child will be attending camp, your child's enrollment will not be in jeopardy. An extension can be made available.|
|Can I register my child after June 15th?|
|YES! As long as space remains available, registrations will be accepted.|
|What will help us prepare for camp?|
|Start your fluid intake before arriving to camp! It can be extremely hot and humid, coming to camp hydrated and continuing your fluid intake each day while at camp will make your week a more enjoyable experience. We do have Sport Drink available at each meal.|
|What is the best fan to bring to camp?|
|As of 2019 dorms do have AC, so a fan is optional! We suggest a fan with a stand. Remember your long extension cord and power strip.|
|Can we bring coolers to camp?|
|Yes, we have ice for sale in the camp store to keep drinks you may bring to camp cold. *Small refrigerators are not allowed.|
|Are we allowed to bring snacks and beverages to camp?|
|Yes, but we suggest you have a container or zip lock bag to keep items. *Please no peanut butter/nuts and check with others in dorm for allergies.|
|Where do the participants stay at camp?|
|The dorms are large rooms with plenty of space. Normally up to 14 campers and a dorm counselor stay in one dorm room. Each dorm has AC, electrical outlets and ceiling fans. Beds are twin size beds. The dorms are across from the fields and only 10 walking minutes from the beach.|
|What are the restroom and shower accommodations?|
|The bathhouse is 150 feet or less from each dorm. In each Youth Camp there are at least 12 individual showers, sinks, and toilets.|
|When is the beach break?|
|We have a beach break built into the schedule right after the afternoon session. Campers may watch a movie, stay on the fields for instructional help from the coaches or just relax in their dorms. The beach is a DE State Park life guarded public beach just minutes away from their dorms. Each beach break a Mid Atlantic Staff member is stationed directly behind the head life gaurd stand. Campers meet with MAFH staff to walk as a group to beach.|
|What security is there at your camp?|
|The camp is located in Cape Henlopen State Park. At night the main park gate is locked and the Youth Camp gate is locked. Park rangers are on patrol 24 hours a day. Field Hockey Director and staff stay on campus. The campers are restricted to our Youth camp area, except for the afternoon beach break.|
|What is planned for the evenings?|
|We have something every night after their games. Monday they have a camp movie available. Tuesday evening, they go to the dining hall for ice cream sundaes. Wednesday evening there is a voluntary talent show. Campers will be able to sign up with their JC during the week if interested in preforming. All campers attend!|
|My child (is allergic to certain foods), (is a vegetarian), how does the kitchen staff handle this?|
|Please contact director with this concern ASAP.
The head of the kitchen staff is Bobbie, she has been with us for 8 plus years. The campers need to go to her and discuss their dietary situations. We usually have plenty of fruit with all meals, with a couple of different entrees. We have a great salad bar with our lunch and dinner meals, plus several different types of drinks. If your daughter has a special dietary need, the parents should stay and see Bobbie before they leave camp. *It is suggested to bring special dietary foods, we will give you storage space in kitchen.
|What medical care do you have at camp?|
|We have medical staff at camp full time. When the campers are out on the fields, the medical staff are there. If a camper needs any attention before they go out on the field, they need to be at the camp store, 30 minutes before the session starts. We also have the Bebee Hospital in Lewes, 3 miles away, where we take the campers for any emergencies.|
|Who directs your field hockey camp?|
|In 1978 the camp was founded by Rich Miller an educator and coach at Mansfield HS and Lower Dauphin HS in PA. He ran Capital Area Basketball camps locally and coached at several sports camps before becoming owner of Eastern Shore Basketball camp and then asking his head field hockey coach at LD about starting a field hockey camp at the beach! Rich was owner and camp director from 1978-2004.
Linda Kreiser had been with MAFH for the first 27 years, she was recently inducted into the National Field Hockey Hall of Fame. She was a former All American player and former USA player. She is an outstanding player on the Red Rose club team. Linda has been an important member of the USFHA. She is one of the most outstanding field hockey coaches in the country. After 27 years as director, in 2004 Linda passed the torch onto Denise "Gobie" Gobrecht, Lock Haven graduate, assistant coach at the home of the PA State Champions Penn Manor HS and coach and director from MAFH since 1978-2017. Cathy Jackson Horgan, who has been a coach at MAFH since 1991 has been our Field Hockey Director from 2018 - 2021 season.
Please see "Meet the Directors Link" for more details on our Directors.
|Can equipment be purchased at your camp?|
|Yes, we sell field hockey sticks, shin guards, eye protection, mouth gaurds, and a lot of shorts & shirts. We also give each camper a shirt when they arrive at camp. We have a camp store that snacks and various field hockey equipment can be purchased. *Check or cash only.|
|How much spending money should we bring to camp?|
|This is a hard question! Actually the camp fee includes all meals and medical supplies for injuries and preventive taping/icing. At the beach there is a snack bar and we have a camp store. Shirts/tank tops normally go for $ 10-$20. Most of our shorts sell for $10-$20. Sweat shirts/pants go for $15-$35. If a stick is needed, we sell the finest quality at discounted prices, please compare our prices with your sporting goods stores. Please contact Frannie for order form after June 15th. *Check or cash only.|
|When do we arrive on Sunday, and when do we need to pick them up on Thursday?|
|Check in time on Sunday is 3:00 – 5:00 PM. By camper last name: A-L arrive 3:00 - 3:45 PM and M-Z arrive 4:00 - 4:45 PM.
Pick up time on Thursday is Noon. If you want to watch the games on Thursday, they follow the All Star vs the staff game which begins at 9am. All campers play at least two games Thursday am.
|Are there telephones in camp?|
|There is a hard phone line in each camp. Campers may request to use this phone by asking a staff member. Many of the campers bring cell phones. Reception is limited on campus. We have a hard line available for emergencies and the staff have cell phones the campers may use if in need.|
|What is the camp bank and how does it work? (*Check or cash accepted only)|
|When the campers arrive at camp, they check in at the camp store/camp bank, to get their dorm assignments. The campers then deposit their spending money in the camp bank. The staff writes out how much money is deposited on printed cards. The money cards are put in a file box under each campers name. They may withdraw the money as they need it at any time. If they buy anything in the camp store, the staff crosses off the amount on the money card. The bank is open from 8-10, unless campers are in session. At the end of the week, the campers are refunded any money they have remaining. This eliminates the chance of misplaced or lost money and valuables.|
|What if there is inclement weather?|
|If the rain is not too heavy , they go for it. If there is any lightning in the area, the campers are sent to their dorms immediately. Its a good idea to bring rain gear. If the down pour lasts for several hours, we have indoor education sessions. We divide the girls into groups and go over rules, game situations, and college scholarships & recruiting.
*Newspaper is a great way to dry out sneakers and cleats.
|Do we need sunscreen?|
|Yes, it is mandatory that you apply sunscreen for each session and beach break! The sessions are the most important part of the day to be protected from the sun. Aloe lotion is also a great product to bring with you! Remember to use UVB blockers.
*I would include a good lip balm with a high SPF.
|Are there bugs at camp?|
|Yes! We are staying at a 7,000 plus acre state park, they are here, bring you bug repellent.|
|Are there any motels/hotels in the area, and can parents come and watch play in the evening games?|
|Lewes is a quaint small resort town only 2 miles from the camp. There are several nice motels there. Rehoboth Beach is only 7 miles away from the camp.