Cape Gazette

Mid-Atlantic Field Hockey Camp still going strong after 37 years

Jul 25, 2014
Photo by: Dan Cook This session of the Mid-Atlantic Hockey Camp had 105 campers enrolled; they were taught by 26 counselors with high school, college and coaching experience.

Since 1978, hockey players from around the United States have learned to pass, stroke, shoot, assist, attack, dribble and bully at the Mid-Atlantic Field Hockey Camp at Cape Henlopen State Park.

This year is no different as 105 campers have been taught by 22 counselors, who are made up of high school and college players and coaches.

MAFHC is sanctioned by the United States Field Hockey Association and welcomes players from sixth grade to 12th grade, from beginners to advanced. 

Frannie Slabonik has been involved at Mid-Atlantic for 35 years, coming first as a camper and working her way to the top as the director.

"We have a great group of campers this year," said Slabonik. "Our campers are from 39 different schools from six states. The weather most certainly spoiled us this week. It was a great opportunity to improve our skills and love of the game at this hidden treasure of Cape Henlopen State Park."

For more information about Mid-Atlantic Field Hockey Camp, go to


Mid-Atlantic junior counselor, goalie coach and Shippensburg University grad Carenna Neely blocks a penalty stroke during goalkeeper instruction. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Madison Varney,16, of Wilmington takes a penalty stroke during the Mid-Atlantic Field Hockey Camp. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Central Penn Hockey Club coach Belinda Heltzel of Dillsburg, Pa., instructs how to take a backhand penalty stroke. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Beacon Middle School's Olivia Morton,13, right, battles with Natalie Mellen,12, of Pennsylvania. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
MAFHC camper Maggie Lawrence,12, of Pennsylvania, moves the ball into the offensive zone. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
The past and present of Cape-area hockey are locals (l-r) Bella Kwan,12; former Cape Henlopen All-American and Tower Hill coach Robin Adair; Olivia Morton,13; and Sylvie Elliott,12. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Kelsey Heltzel, 11, right, keeps control of the ball despite the defense of Claudia Cartanza, 12, of Dover. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Victoria Lilley,15, right, of Gettysburg, Pa., controls the ball from the reach of Alana Boyd, 17, of Alexandria, Va. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Alena Krantz, 12, right, battles for possession of the ball with Erin Mayk, 12. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
MAFHC coach Pam Sherry checks out the goalie technique during a drill session. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
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