18 Signs That You're A Fhocker

18 Signs That You're A Fhocker

Field Hockey is not only a sport, it is a way of life.
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Fhockers:(noun) Athletic and enthusiastic girls who put their heart and soul into the amazing sport of field hockey.


I have been playing field hockey for nine years now, both the field and as goalie. To say I have been identified as a Fhocker is an understatement, but it's one of my favorite things to be called. Below are 18 phrases that describe and define not only my experience and struggles as a field hockey player, but every other Fhocker out there too.


1. Hearing the words, "Get on the line", and knowing that you are about to die.


2. The awkward tan lines that come from shin guards and your jersey's and knowing that they will always be there.


3. The fear of the pre-season running and conditioning tends to haunt you in your dreams.


4. But then again, you know your body is going to look super great.


5. The overbearing excitement you get when you finally get to wear your jersey to classes.


6. We all know that the referees are never going to side with you– or your team.


7. The words, "It doesn't hurt that bad" always gets mumbled under your windless breathe as you are gushing blood, or as your hand is becoming two times the normal size.


8. However, no matter how ugly it looks, you're a field hockey player; so "Coach, I swear I'm fine, put me back in" is something you say often.


9. You are used to a very small, but rowdy crowd (mostly just parents) watching you play. Sometimes, if you're as lucky as me, your roommates will come and cheer you too.


10. At the end of the game, you have to go and say "good game" to everyone on the other team and there is always that one girl who punches your hand instead of high fiving you.


11. The goalie equipment is hands down, one of the most foul smelling odors you have ever smelled in your life. Just think about how bad it is for us goalies, it's forever burned into our noses.


12. The long or short bus rides home after a victory, never fail to make the bus driver go nuts when because the whole team is singing as loud as they can.


13. When you are walking around with your field hockey stick and people look at you like you are holding an alien.


14. Goalies, we've all been asked this question almost every day, "How do you walk/run in that?" we just laugh and tell them that it's because you are a beast.


15. You spend countless hours trying to perfect tricks, some that can't even be used in a game, but it is just to show off and impress your friends.


16. The feeling you get when you score the game-winning goal... is like nothing you have ever felt before.


17. All the blood, sweat, and tears that you have put into this sport over the years have led you to where you are today. Yet you know that you could never play another sport and feel the same as you do about field hockey.


18. All of the time put into field hockey is worth it because you have met some of your best friends throughout the whole experience, and they just so happen to know exactly what you are going through.

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The Coach That Killed My Passion

An open letter to the coach that made me hate a sport I once loved.
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I fell in love with the game in second grade. I lived for every practice and every game. I lived for the countless hours in the gym or my driveway perfecting every shot, every pass and every move I could think of. Every night after dinner, I would go shoot and would not allow myself to go inside until I hit a hundred shots. I had a desire to play, to get better and to be the best basketball player I could possibly be.

I had many coaches between church leagues, rec leagues, personal coaches, basketball camps, middle school and high school. Most of the coaches I had the opportunity to play for had a passion for the game like I did. They inspired me to never stop working. They would tell me I had a natural ability. I took pride in knowing that I worked hard and I took pride in the compliments that I got from my coaches and other parents. I always looked forward to the drills and, believe it or not, I even looked forward to the running. These coaches had a desire to teach, and I had a desire to learn through every good and bad thing that happened during many seasons. Thank you to the coaches that coached and supported me through the years.

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Along with the good coaches, are a few bad coaches. These are the coaches that focused on favorites instead of the good of the entire team. I had coaches that no matter how hard I worked, it would never be good enough for them. I had coaches that would take insults too far on the court and in the classroom.

I had coaches that killed my passion and love for the game of basketball.

When a passion dies, it is quite possibly the most heartbreaking thing ever. A desire you once had to play every second of the day is gone; it turns into dreading every practice and game. It turns into leaving every game with earphones in so other parents don't talk to you about it. It meant dreading school the next day due to everyone talking about the previous game. My passion was destroyed when a coach looked at me in the eyes and said, "You could go to any other school and start varsity, but you just can't play for me."

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Looking back now at the amount of tears shed after practices and games, I just want to say to this coach: Making me feel bad about myself doesn't make me want to play and work hard for you, whether in the classroom or on the court. Telling me that, "Hard work always pays off" and not keeping that word doesn't make me want to work hard either. I spent every minute of the day focusing on making sure you didn't see the pain that I felt, and all of my energy was put towards that fake smile when I said I was OK with how you treated me. There are not words for the feeling I got when parents of teammates asked why I didn't play more or why I got pulled after one mistake; I simply didn't have an answer. The way you made me feel about myself and my ability to play ball made me hate myself; not only did you make me doubt my ability to play, you turned my teammates against me to where they didn't trust my abilities. I would not wish the pain you caused me on my greatest enemy. I pray that one day, eventually, when all of your players quit coming back that you realize that it isn't all about winning records. It’s about the players. You can have winning records without a good coach if you have a good team, but you won’t have a team if you can't treat players with the respect they deserve.

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Dear Oklahoma, Please Take Care Of Jalen Hurts

He's one of the good ones, we promise.

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Dear Oklahoma fans, coaches, and players, please take care of Jalen Hurts.

When Hurts graduated in December of 2018, everyone in the Alabama fanbase knew that a transfer was coming soon. After showing his distinct character and loyalty to the Alabama Crimson Tide by choosing to play the 2018 season, even though he would be second in line to Tua Tagavailoa, Hurts deserves this chance to make the best decision for himself. The selection process regarding where Hurts would end up this upcoming season was kept relatively private, which of course open the doors to countless predictions from fans and analysts.

However, I can confidently say that I was not the only one shocked at his choice, but I whole-heartedly support it.

Home to two Heisman-winning quarterbacks, Oklahoma is a more than a smart choice on Hurts' behalf. Within that program, he will be given ample opportunity to improve his craft in order to put himself in the best position for a successful career post-college. The Sooners obviously have an incredible program that leads players down the best paths to be as successful as possible, and that is all Alabama fans want for our beloved quarterback.

With all this being said, I, as an Alabama fan, just ask the Oklahoma Sooners to take care of Jalen and realize how special of a player he is.

With Hurts at quarterback, you will never have to question his effort or loyalty to his teammates. He will always carry himself with grace, no matter the situation. If you give him an opportunity to succeed, he will put forth all of his effort in order to take advantage of it.

Jalen Hurts is one of the most special players, and young men, to ever wear an Alabama Crimson Tide uniform. All that we ask is that you support him as we have these past three years.

Roll Tide.

Sincerely,

Every Alabama Fan

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