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RIDGEFIELD YOUTH FIELD HOCKEY

RIDGEFIELD YOUTH FIELD HOCKEY

Fall Field Hockey

Registration for the fall 2022 season is Open! Dates and times of practices and games are subject to field availability. We will continue to update the website as they are confirmed. 

Dates and times for games will be confirmed once the season starts and could change weekly. 

Fall programs
Our fall program offers a house skills clinic and a travel field hockey program. Players in grades 2-5 can participate in the house clinic which is a weekly skills clinic. Players in grades 5-8 can participate in travel field hockey which includes  2 to 3 practices per week and 1 to 2 games on the weekends. 5th graders have the option to participate in the house or travel team. No field hockey experience is required for any of our programs. 

House
 Clinic: Grades 2-5 
The house clinic will introduce players to the game of field hockey and focus on developing basic ball and field skills. The clinic will start in September (after labor day) and finish by the first week of November. No uniforms are needed but players must have a reversible pinnie. Pinnies can be purchased before the season begins.  We will attempt to plan a friendly game/tournament at the end of the season with neighboring towns.

Days: Sundays
Time: 1:00- 2:30pm (Starting after labor day; September 11th- November 7th)  (Confirmed) 
Location: Ridgefield Academy Turf   
Cost: Early bird registration: $250 (Starting August 1st the cost will be $270) 
Weather: Check e-mails before heading to the field on rainy days as fields are subject to change when rain schedules are in effect. 

Travel Teams: Grades 5-8 
Travel team is a serious commitment and all players are expected to attend all practices and games. The travel season starts in late August and finishes in mid-November. Practices are generally two or three days a week. Games will be played at Ridgefield Academy or in neighboring towns on Saturdays and Sundays. Traditionally, one game will be played each weekend. Additional games may be added at the discretion of the coach and demand/availability of the teams.  Experience is not required to join the travel team and we welcome new players at all levels. Teams are generally organized by grade but may be modified based on enrollment numbers. Player evaluations will allow coaches to evaluate the skill and comfort level of players and organize teams to build confidence and foster growth. No players at any grade level will be cut from the program. 

The cost of the programs are as follows: 
Pre-season Clinic Early bird registration: $175  
5th/6th Travel Program Early bird registration: $315 (Starting July 15th the cost will be $350) 
7th/8th Travel Program Early bird registration: $375 (Starting July 15th the cost will be $395) 

Please note the following key dates to kickoff the fall season this year: 
Season Kickoff Rally Days: August 24th and 26th 5:30 - 7pm (Dates and times to be confirmed) 
Player Tryout/Evaluations: August 27th or 28th (Date and time is to be confirmed) 
School/Season Regular starting date: Monday August 29th (Time to be confirmed)

Pre-season Clinic : Coached by a guest, professional coach 
August 15th - 18th; 5:30 to 7pm at Scotts Ridge Middle School (SRMS) (Confirmed!) 


5th and 6th Grade Travel: (2 practices per week plus weekend games) 
Mondays: 6:00-7:30 (To be confirmed)  
Wednesdays: 4:30-5:30; (To be confirmed) OR
Fridays: 5:00-6:30; RA Turf (To be confirmed) 

Weekends: 1-2 games will be played on either Saturday or Sunday (home games will be on Sundays between 2:30 to 4:30) 
Player Tryout/Evaluations: August 27th or 28th (Time is TBD) 

Schedules are always subject to change based on field and coach availability. 

7th & 8th Grade Travel: (2 practices per week plus a conditioning practice plus weekend games) 
Mondays: 7-9pm (To be confirmed)  
Wednesdays: 4:30-5:30; (To be confirmed)  
Fridays: 5:00-6:30; RA Turf (To be confirmed)
Conditioning practice:  (To be confirmed)

Weekends: 1-2 games will be played on either Saturday or Sunday (home games will be Sundays 2:30 to 4:30) 
Player Tryout/Evaluations: August 27th or 28th (Time is TBD) 

Schedules are always subject to change based on field and coach availability. 


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Weather Policy
We practice and play games in the rain. Thunder, lightening and heavy rain can cause cancellations. Check e-mails before heading to the field on rainy days as fields are subject to change when rain schedules are in effect. 

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End of the Season Jamborees
Jamborees are similar to tournaments and allow the travel teams to play multiple town teams at a single event. The Jamboree is typically the final event of the season and is required for all travel players.

Typical Dates: 
Grades 5/6th: Typically during the last weekend in October
Grades 7th and 8th: Typically during the first week of November

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Uniforms - Travel Teams
Uniform kits will be available for ordering by the end of June. The uniform includes a black shirt, white shirt, orange socks, pink socks (for play for pink) and a black kilt. Additional accessories and spirit wear are also available. Uniforms are available to try on for sizing at Tiger Sports in Ridgefield. Deadline for ordering Uniforms is August 5th. 

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Equipment: All players 
Girls should be equipped with a field hockey stick, mouth-guard, and shin guards (same as soccer and lacrosse). Cleats or turf shoes are also highly recommended. Consider purchasing multiple mouthguards as they tend to get lost during the season. Molding mouth-guards is recommended. Players who have braces may want to consider special mouth guards which are designed for braces. Goggles are optional but highly recommended.  The national field hockey rules regarding equipment and goggles, can be found on the NFHS website.  

Field Hockey equipment can be purchased at Longstreth.com, DICK'S or other athletic stores.

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Referees and Coaches
If you are interested in volunteering as a parent coach for the house program please send an email to Coach Olsen at [email protected]
If you are interested in becoming a referee for our youth program, please send an email to  [email protected] 

Contact

RIDGEFIELD YOUTH FIELD HOCKEY
www.ryfh.org 
Ridgefield, Connecticut 06877

Email: [email protected]

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