Those Places is a daily prompt at Geneabloggers that invites family historians to post photos and stories about places their ancestors lived.
This is the sixth in a series based on my great-aunt Velma Davis Woodring’s scrapbook that she kept during her freshman year at Harrisonburg Teachers College (now James Madison University).
When I was in college, women’s field hockey reigned supreme as the main sport on campus. So I’m surprised to learn from Velma’s scrapbook and yearbook that the sport had such shaky beginnings.
Prior to 1924, field hockey struggled to find a place in the hearts of the HTC students. From 1912-1915, teams were formed and competed during Field Day which was always part of the commencement activities at that time. But then field hockey was dropped as an organized sport until 1919 when the sport was revived with Junior and Senior teams.
The sport became especially popular in 1923. Harrison Hall was the setting of a pre-breakfast song and yell contest followed by a snake dance out to the hockey field located next to Rockingham Memorial Hospital.
|1924 - Hockey field was located where Burruss Hall|
and the library are today.
Finally in 1924 the first varsity field hockey team was organized. The girls played only one game and lost miserably to Westhampton 4-1. In the years following they played 3 games a year. The second year produced a winning season defeating Shepherd’s College 13-0 and Fredericksburg (now Mary Washington University) 15-1, losing only to Westhampton once again 1-4. In 1928 HTC added an alumnae game to end the season.
The team of Velma’s day wouldn’t know what to make of today’s new field hockey complex.
|from JMU Sports|