MAX Field Hockey Fills A Void In Online Coverage
College coaches go out and do their own homework.
They talk to club and high school coaches, asking for honest feedback about players. They watch for a player’s technical skill, as well as how they handle adversity and interact with others.
“They sit close enough to hear the coaches, too, so they know what the kids are being taught,” said Electric Surge Field Hockey Club co-director Chris Comiskey.
But now more than ever, there’s information available online, as well.
While Rivals, 247Sports and ESPN extensively cover football and basketball recruiting, Stephanie Maychack carved out her own lane with MAXFieldHockey.com.
“When I had the concept, it was a no-brainer,” Maychack said. “The concept ... took a while to teach people that this could be available. And, now, people kind of rely on it.”
Knowing there was a thirst and frustration for lack of national field hockey news, Maychack created MAX Field Hockey in 2012 when she was in business school at Maryland.
“We’ve worked really hard to build this brand,” Maychack said.
As it continues growing, more than 127,000 users visited the site last year for a combined 1.13 million views.
About 20 percent of its traffic comes from player rankings. College commitment articles and high school team rankings are also popular.
MAX Field Hockey is not just popular because it’s one-of-a-kind, but also because it commits itself to accuracy and gaining the trust of the sport’s community.
The rankings and lists are compiled with feedback from many people and sources, including constantly updating spreadsheets Maychack uses to track everything going on in the National Futures Championships, Stars and Stripes, Junior National Camp, Junior Olympics, USA Field Hockey, scholastic all-state and wherever else talented players may turn up.
“We’re able to see the big picture of these kids,” Maychack said. “We’re to the point now where they’re getting on our lists in seventh and eighth grade and we’re able to fill in as we go.”
Maychack is plenty familiar with Northeastern Pennsylvania, where, on Tuesday, Wyoming Seminary (No. 9) and Valley West (No. 11) landed in MAX Field Hockey’s first batch of high school rankings for in-state teams in 2018.
“A lot of those players (in NEPA) will do well in the national stage,” Maychack said. “You can see how those players will do when they go to the Futures events and move up through the pipeline.”
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