Fitness, Unity and Competitiveness
Field hockey is a sport on the rise at The Summit Country Day School.
The program has had individual standouts like the Class of 2017’s Claire Hellmann, a three-time Cincinnati Enquirer First-Team, All-City selection who committed to play college field hockey at Saint Louis University. Team success is a goal for program growth.
The Lady Knights are shoring up fitness, unity and competitiveness while aiming for a higher volume of participants. While The Summit has varsity and junior varsity teams, the group generally plays together due to the turnout.
The Summit has a middle school program designed to prepare student-athletes for the high school ranks. Instruction centers on fundamentals like passing, shooting and stick skills.
Field hockey field positioning and strategy mimic that of soccer but stick skills add a different element. Because the game is played on turf, the ball moves quickly. To be best poised for the fast pace, the Lady Knights have a summer training schedule – and it’s a program tradition for seniors to lead the team on running excursions.
The Summit competes in the Southwest Ohio Field Hockey League with Indian Hill, Mount Notre Dame, Saint Ursula Academy, Ursuline Academy, Talawanda, Kettering Fairmont and Oakwood.
Emily Betz was named head coach of The Summit’s field hockey program in 2017 after spending one year as a Lady Knights assistant coach. She grew up in Pennsylvania and graduated from The Agnes Irwin School in 2002. She played Division I field hockey at Davidson College in North Carolina through 2006 and was a team captain her senior year. Coach Betz oversaw a middle school field hockey program in Columbus before joining the Lady Knights’ program.