Mystix Players to Goucher & Endicott

Recently, two of our players were featured in our county newspaper outlining their post high school field hockey endeavors. Both Ariana (Ari) Hooper and Lauren Whitney of Poway CA, have been extended scholarship opportunities and will be playing on the NCAA Field Hockey teams for their respective East Coast Colleges.

Both players have been with the Mystix Field Hockey club for their entire field hockey careers, and the Mystix team and family couldn't be prouder of them!

Good luck to Ari and Lauren, we will remember you!

Here is a link to the Athlete of the Week story featured in the San Diego Union Tribune. 

Mystix Annual Summer Camp

2017 Mystix Summer Camp was another success!  Mystix had about 20 campers in each group.  About 56 campers.
The Elite and Goalies were coached by Manny Martinez-USA Olympian and Garrett Best-USA 30 Medal Winner.  Manny and Garrett pushed these girls to the next level of intensity speed, playing with purpose and intent.  All improved and stepped up to their next level.  This group included college bound athletes and varsity high school level athletes.
The Intermediate were coached by Jill VanBodegom-Smith- National Champion DI with Penn State, All American and Top 10 Leading Scorer, Cat Villa - Washington and Jefferson College and Gabby Pacula - Colgate University.  Strategic games skills and movement on and off the ball.  Additional stick work skills were also taught. 
The Beginners learned basic skills and the rules of the game from Ashley Johnson - Frostburg University, Alex Godina - Hartwick College, Katy Graham - SDSU & Mystix Graduate and Nikki Olguin - Ohio-Weselyn College.  
Coach Lou - PSW National Champion coached in various capacities in each division to help as needed.  
Campers received a great draw string bag bag, a reversible jersey, ball and various other gift items.  The gift bags and jerseys were a big hit!
Some of the comments from parents were

"This is the most organized camp I have ever seen."  

"We like the 8 payer to 1 coach ratio."  

"Thank you for taking my player aside and helping her individually with her drives.  She was struggling but the one on one for 15 minutes helped."  

"I love the emphasis you place on positive behavior and encouragement between the girls. So important in female sports."

We know that all players learned and improved at all levels.  It was great to see them all advance in their knowledge of the game.

Play for Pink 2017

Congratulations to all of our teams at the Play for Pink tournament.  All of you played great and placing first or second in every pool is quite amazing in all of the coaches eyes.  We definitely made a statement this weekend!  Go MYSTIX!
Thank you to Coach Mike for helping on day one.  To Ari and Gabbi on day two with the U14's.  We could not have been successful without all of your help.  
Thank you to my team parents, Jodi (Bella and Gigi's mom) for the U19 and U16's, Michelle (Kailey's mom) U14 Silver, Jenny (Mia's mom) U14 Purple.  And thank you for sending pictures to the other parents on our teams.
And thank you to all the parents for your support of our team, providing snacks, waters and drinks, blankets to sit on and the pop up tents.  All of these items are appreciated.

Play For Mila 2017

U14    1st Place
U19    Purple  2nd Place
U19    Silver 8th Place
All of our teams played amazing!!!
Thank you to all of our coaches that have helped make our teams amazing.
Coach Alex Gr, Coach Mike, Coach Manny, Coach Jill, Coach Ashley, Coach Alex Go.  

2020 Freshman Players

Mystix has another successful Freshman High School class for the 2016 season. After participating in our clinics and leagues, playing in Play for Pink, Play for Mila, CA State Games and Cal Cup we had a large number of players successfully make their high school teams. This year we had four young ladies make their Varsity teams as Freshman. Jade Lollis - Mira Mesa HS, Megan Knee - Mt Carmel HS, Sydney Kallman - Poway HS and Char Walker Poway HS.

These young ladies worked very hard and set goals to make their varsity teams and successfully achieved them. They are also contributing a great deal to their varsity teams every game.

Congratulations to these four young ladies!

Poway Mystix hosts games for UK Teams

This past summer, Poway Mystix was asked to participate in friendly field hockey games against a team from Leeds, England. The Grammar School of Leeds was visiting Southern California and on their tour of our region they wanted to have fun AND play field hockey against their American peers. Both teams brought about 2 teams for some 7 v 7 on the indoor turf rink and all the teams participated in some competitive yet fun games, where the teams seemed evenly matched and no scores were logged. Each of the teams got to learn a little bit about each other and some of our cultural differences over pizza after the games. One of the differences quoted by a Mystix Player was "They don't say 'good game' at the end where we're all lined up for a high five, they say 'well played' instead." Who would have known?? Mystix has recently learned of another opportunity coming up with a team from Wales, United Kingdom. We are looking forward to another fun and cultural enlightening experience with our Welsh peers, and we'll post more pics in the coming days! Perhaps "Chwarae teg", or "Well played" might be said at the end of our upcoming tournament against Wales.

Spreading our love for field hockey

February is most notable for the Valentine’s Day and President’s Day. While most of us are eager for days off and honoring those we love, our club is currently igniting passion for the game of field hockey in the new girls who attend our middle school clinics.
Here in sunny San Diego 5/6 th grade is when most girls first try picking up a stick and exploring the game of field hockey. Our middle school clinics attract many different girls who want to give field hockey a try. Whether this is their first attempt at playing a team sport or a seasoned player from another sport looking to explore new options, we strive to instill in the girls attending not just the basics of how to play but the passion for the game we love. We want them to learn not just the skills to play field hockey but make a supportive environment that builds their confidence so they believe they can master anything they set their mind and heart to.
Our older high school girls are not left out of the chance to master new skills this February. Many of our top tier national travel team players volunteer to be assistant coaches at our middle school clinic. It allows them to be peer mentors to the younger players of our club. It also gives them the invaluable experience to learn the game from the view of a coach so when they play at the college level they are a more rounded player then some of their teammates who have never had the experience of coaching. It is well known you are never fully a master of a skill till you can turn around and effectively teach the skill to another person. Every assistant coach will tell you that it is not as easy as it looks and helps them develop not only as a player but as a person since they have to work on communication, patience and positivity to be good with the younger girls.
Maybe our girls can inspire you to look around this February and share your love and passion for something with your community. You will find you get as much out of the experience as the community you are inspiring.