Exchange Students

Lone Star Welcomes Exchange Students

We are thrilled to welcome Exchange Students to be part of our club during your time in Texas. Below you will find the experiences of two recents exchange students who played with us, Isa from The Netherlands and Leone from Germany.  We have coaches from Ireland, England, The Netherlands, Germany, South Africa, Argentina, India, Pakistan and the US and we welcome players of all nationalities.  Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us if you have any questions.  We look forward to hearing from you.  Contact us at lonestarfieldhockey@gmail.com

Isa Van Maren

I’m Isa and I was an exchange student from the Netherlands from August 2018 until June 2019. I spent my exchange year in the Dallas area, where I got to play with Lone Star Field Hockey Club. Before I came to the US, I wasn’t sure if I could play field hockey anyway, so when I found out I could play with Lone star, I was really happy. We had practice almost every Saturday and I really enjoyed it.

Yes, there are kids in your age group that are just starting to play field hockey, but most of my teammates were experienced players. I got lucky that I could play with some kids that were really good and I could learn from them. I think that Lone Star has good trainers and coaches that have taught me a lot.

In this year I got to participate in two tournaments, which I really enjoyed. The first one was in Florida, West Palm Beach. Few weeks before the tournament we had a bootcamp training in Austin. I really enjoyed the practices. At the tournament I had so much fun with our team, and also because we got to play against some good teams.

The second tournament was in St. Louis, and with this tournament I got the chance to play against some teams on the highest level in the US. Before I decided to go to the US, I wasn’t sure if I wanted to go. I had a couple reasons why I would not go and one of them was field hockey. I would miss a year of field hockey in the Netherlands, so I though my field hockey skills would get worse. But because I played with Lone Star, this was certainly not the case, I even think that in some aspects I became better. If you have the chance to play at Lone Star, I would definitely advise you to do that. For me it was an amazing experience that I will never forget.

 

 

Ik ben Isa, ik was een exchange student uit Nederland. Ik woonde dicht bij Dallas waardoor ik bij Lone Star kon hockeyen. Voordat ik naar Amerika ging wist ik niet zeker of ik wel kon hockeyen, dus toen ik erachter kwam dat ik bij Lone Star kon hockeyen was ik heel blij. Wij hadden bijna elke zaterdag training die ik heel leuk vond. Er waren kinderen die net begonnen met hockeyen, maar er waren ook kinderen die al langer hockeyden, en waarvan ik zeker wat geleerd heb. Ook vind ik dat Lone Star goede trainers en coaches heeft. Ik heb zeker veel van hen kunnen bijleren.

In dit jaar heb ik aan twee toernooien mogen mee doen, die echt superleuk waren. Het eerste toernooi was in West Palm Beach, Florida. Vooraf hebben we een trainingsweekend gehad in Austin, ik heb hier erg van genoten. De deelname aan het toernooi was ook heel leuk. Ik heb het echt superleuk gevonden met het team, en ook omdat je tegen goeie teams speelt. Het tweede toernooi was in St. Louis, en met dit toernooi kreeg ik de kans om tegen een van de beste team uit Amerika te spelen. Voor dat ik besloot om naar Amerika te gaan had ik een aantal redenen waar door ik niet wilde gaan. Een reden daarvan was dat ik een jaar hockey zou missen in Nederland. En ik dacht dat als ik in Amerika was, mijn techniek slechter zou worden. Maar omdat ik bij Lone Star kon spelen is dit niet gebeurd en ben ik met sommige dingen zelfs beter geworden. Als je de kans hebt om bij Lone Star te hockeyen dan zou ik datzeker doen, want voor mij was dit een hele mooie ervaring die ik nooit zal vergeten.

Leonie Weber

Hello everybody!
My name is Leonie Weber and I‘m 18 years old.
I was recently spending 3 months of my gap year in Round Rock, Texas, as an Au- Pair.
Normally I live in Germany and my hometown is called Krefeld which is nearby Düsseldorf, for everyone who is interessed.
In Germany I play fieldhockey since I‘m four years old so I didn‘t wanted to give up on my passion during my stay in Texas and that was the reason why I joined the Lone Star Field Hockey Club in Austin.
When I started my First practice I was a bit unsure about how the girls will include me but after one second of being there my whole insecurity was gone.
Everyone, coaches and players, was treating me like they literally know me forever and everyone was so kind and willing to help and include me in the team!
Furthermore, I had the chance to play two real tournaments with the team. The First tournament we participated was in Pennsylvania. It was an indoor tournament because it was still freezing in Pennsylvania and we were staying over the weekend in spooky noon, which is like the home of Field Hockey in America. That was impressive!
We wone this tournament with our U19 team which was a great success for all of us.
The second tournament is just a few weeks ago and was in St.Louis. I was already back in Germany but flew back to play there cause they participated in the regional club championships for the first time. It was so much fun playing there because the level of playing was even higher which was pretty fun to get to know in a foreign country.
So if you are in Texas right now and you are interested in playing Field Hockey during your time there ( and it doesn‘t care how long you are staying ) go and join them!!
You can easily contact them thru this homepage and you will get all the information you need.

Have a good time!!

Best wishes,

Leonie

Hallo!
Mein Name ist Leonie Weber und ich bin 18 Jahre alt. Ich lebe in Deutschland in Krefeld in der Nähe von Düsseldorf. Ich habe letztes Jahr die Schule beendet und habe während meines gap years 3 Monate genutzt und in Texas als Au-Pair verbracht.
In Deutschland spiele ich Hockey, seitdem ich 4 Jahre alt bin. Diese Leidenschaft wollte ich auf keine Fall aufgeben müssen, während ich im Ausland bin. Deswegen entschied ich mich ein Team zu suchen, in dem ich spielen könnte und dabei stieß ich auf den Lone Star Field Hockey Club in Austin.
Vor meinem ersten Training war ich noch etwas nervös, denn ich wusste nicht, wie alle Mädchen auf mich reagieren würden, doch nach einer Sekunde dort stellte sich heraus, dass all diese Bedenken umsonst waren. Jeder, egal ob Trainer oder Spielerinnen, nahm mich so auf, als würden sie mich schon ihr Leben lang kennen. Alle waren bereit mir zu helfen und mich ins Team einzubinden.
Sie haben mir außerdem die Chance gegeben an zwei Turnieren teilzunehmen. Das erste war Anfang Februar in Pennsylvania. Wir blieben ein ganzes Wochenende und haben in spooky noon geschlafen, was quasi die Heimat des feldhockeys in Amerika ist und somit sehr interessant zu erleben. Dieses tunier gewannen wir mit unserer U19 Mannschaft, was ein schöner Erfolg für alle war.
Bei dem zweiten tunier, welches erst ein paar Wochen her ist, war ich bereits zurück in Deutschland, doch ich flog zurück, denn dies war das erste mal, dass Lone Star an den regional Club Championships teilnehmen konnte und dies hieß gleichzeitig an einem höheren level.
Das tunier fand in St. Louis statt und es war wunderschön alle noch einmal wiederzusehen und ein hockeyreiches Wochenende zu erleben.

Also wenn ihr grade in Texas seit und unbedingt Hockey spielen wollt, habt keine Angst und kontaktiert Lone Star! Ihr müsst keine Angst vor Ablehnung haben, denn dort werdet ihr nur mit offenen Armen empfangen!

Ich wünsche euch viel Erfolg und Spaß!!

Liebe grüße,
Leonie