NEWPORTâ€“It may still be July, but the fall sports season is inching its' way closer to being upon us.
A sure sign that the high school athletic season is just around the corner is the North Country field hockey players starting to get into game mode at the high school.
Every Wednesday varsity coach Chantelle Bouchard and junior varsity coach Nicole Ludwig are putting the girls through their paces in order to get ready for the 2012 season.
"These practices are very important as they help us get the skills that we will need in order to win games this season," said North Country senior Bailey Carter.
It is not just about the skills for the upcoming season, with no youth feeder program, these sessions can be the first time that many of the players have picked up a field hockey stick.
"Development-wise, this is very important for them to practice and learn the game of field hockey," said Ludwig.
Every year the j/v coach has to deal with people who are new to the game, and with last year's varsity team losing most of their roster, there will be another huge turnover at the junior level.
"It's good for the new kids to come in and hang with the upper classmen, who can teach them some skills before the actual season starts so they can know what to expect when they get there."
All aspects of the game are covered from stick handling, to goaltending, to shooting.
The camp runs every Wednesday from 4-6 at the North Country Union High School in front of the baseball field.
There is no fee and it is open to current players and incoming freshman that are of high-school age.
For more information about the camp, or if you are interested in playing field hockey, call coach Bouchard at