Hello, my name is Anna Krebs. I have been a member of IFHCK for 5 years, and I play on the varsity team for Assumption High School. I played both club soccer and field hockey from third grade to sixth grade, but I knew my true passion was field hockey, so I turned my full attention on playing the best field hockey I can play. For the past 2 years I have worked daily to excel at the highest level of field hockey by using all the practice time I can get. I am going into my Freshman year at Assumption, and I fully expect to be a key contributor on the Varsity team.
I started playing field hockey around 8 years ago, but it wasn't until sixth grade when I became serious and decided to play IFHCK. Ever since the first time I picked up a stick, I looked forward to every single time I was on the field. I still feel the same way, anxious for the next practice, games and especially tournaments. I want to keep playing for a very long time because the sport encourages me to be a better athlete and person than I was the day before. One reason I like to play field hockey is that it teaches me so many important things. For example, it has taught me how to be a better teammate and person by being a good friend, supporter, leader, and listener. A step I took to progress my skill in field hockey is playing basketball. I played basketball for my grade school in seventh and eighth grade in order to improve my footwork and agility so I could become a better field hockey player. As a result of my progress on the basketball team, I was rewarded with the Defensive Player of the year award my eighth grade year. Between playing basketball, working out, and using all the practice time I can get, I believe I will play for a team that has the structure and ability to win the Division 1 National Championship.
Being an athlete since I was young has taught me that it takes hard work to be a skilled and knowledgeable player. A reason I excel in the game of field hockey is the way I see the game and the strategy of it. From a young age, I watched my older sister, Caroline Krebs, play, which allowed me to see different aspects of the game that other girls can’t. Along with seeing the vision of the game, I push myself very hard by setting challenging goals that I can strive to accomplish. From putting sticky notes on my mirror that remind me to do 200 push ups a day, to deciding that I want to make the Stars and Stripes team, the goals I make for myself have a huge impact on my play. As a player, I love to put in the time and dedication to field hockey because it helps me develop as a player and improve my skill set and knowledge of the sport. Last October, I realized that just my skill wasn’t going to cut it if I wanted to complete my goal of making the Stars and Stripes team, so I started to work out 3 times a week at Corey Taylor Sports Performance in order to get my body stronger and faster. By doing this, I made huge improvements in my body; I started working out at 69lbs, and I currently am 92lbs. Personally, I am a very goal-driven person. To me, this means that if I set my mind to something, I will do everything possible to make it happen. I am eager every day to learn something new, excel at the sport, and improve not only in field hockey, but as a person and in academics as well. Since I couldn’t have club or school practice everyday, my sister and I convinced my dad to let me turf our whole garage. Now, I can practice skills anytime I want, so that I can polish my skill set for game-type situations. My overall goal is to end up playing collegiate field hockey at an extremely high level, while also receiving a top-notch education that will prepare me for a future in business. I believe the hard work I am putting in now will set me up for success going forward in my field hockey career.