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RIDGEFIELD YOUTH FIELD HOCKEY

Fall Field Hockey

Pre-registration for Fall Field Hockey 2021 season is open. Complete this short form to let us know your player is interested in playing and to be added to our fall 2021 email list. No commitment or payment is due at this time. Link to Pre-registration 

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SUMMER PROGRAMS:
We are partnering with the Ridgefield Rec Center to offer a summer camp for players in grades 2-5 during the week of July 12. Register on the Ridgefield Recreation Website.

We will offer a pre-season camp for travel players in grades 5-8 during the week of August 16th. Registration will open this summer.


FALL PROGRAMS:

Our program offers a House and Travel program for youth players in grades 2-8. Both programs are open to new players and no field hockey experience is needed.



HOUSE
FIELD HOCKEY PROGRAM: GRADES 2-5

Girls in grades 2 through 5 are invited to join a house clinic. The clinic will introduce the girls to the game of field hockey and focus on developing the basic skills. The clinic will start in September (after labor day) and finish by the first week of November. Pinnies will be provided early in the season. No uniforms are needed. We will attempt to plan a friendly game/tournament at the end of the season with neighboring towns. 

Girls should be equipped with a field hockey stick, mouth-guard and shin guards. Special mouth guards are available for players who have braces. Goggles have become optional for field hockey at the national level and we will ask parents to make the choice for your child to wear them or not. 


The logistics for 2020 was as follows. A similar schedule is expected but this will be confirmed during the summer of 2021.

Dates: Sundays
Time: 1:00- 2:30pm (Starting after labor day; September 13th- November 1st)  
Location: Ridgefield Academy Turf   

Weather: 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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TRAVEL TEAM INFORMATION: GRADES 5-8

Travel team is a serious commitment and all players are expected to attend all practices and games. The youth travel team is open to girls in grades 5 through 8. The travel season starts in August and finishes in November. Practices are generally two days a week. Games will be played at Ridgefield High School 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. Tryouts are optional  for the 7th/8th grade premier team. We do not host tryouts for the younger grades and no players at any grade level will be cut from the program.

Below are the logistics for 2020. A similar schedule is expected but this will be confirmed during the summer of 2021. 

5th and 6th Grade Travel: Teams will follow the following general schedule
Mondays: 6:15-7:15 pm
Wednesdays: 5:30 - 7:00pm
Fridays Starting September 11th: 5:30 -6:30 Scrimmage/ Game Instruction; Ridgefield Academy  
No Tryouts, Evaluation for team placement after school begins 


7th Grade Travel : Teams will follow the following general schedule
Mondays: 6:15-7:15 pm
Wednesdays: 5:30 - 7:00pm
Fridays Starting September 11th: 5:30 -6:30 Scrimmage/ Game Instruction; Ridgefield Academy 
Tryouts: Weekend before school opens. 


8th Grade Travel : Teams will follow the following general schedule
Monday: 7:30-8:45
Wednesday: 6:30 - 7:30
Fridays Starting September 11th: 6:30 -7:30 Scrimmage/ Game Instruction; Ridgefield Academy  
Tryouts: Weekend before school opens. 
 
 
Weather: 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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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


UNIFORMS FOR TRAVEL TEAMS 

Travel team players typically purchase uniform kits. The uniforms include a black shirt, white shirt, orange socks and kilt. Uniforms are available at Tiger Sports in Ridgefield.

Long orange socks to cover shin guards and black athletic shorts (for under the kilt) are needed to complete the uniform. Both can be purchased at Tiger Sports or any other athletic store. 

Uniform kits are available at Tiger Sports and can be order starting in July. 
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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 mouthguard 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. They were found to be ineffective at preventing eye injuries and made optional in 2020 by an changed NFHS rule. It is a parent's choice to mandate goggles for a player as you see fit.


Equipment can be purchased at Longstreth.com or DICK'S or other athletic stores.


REFEREES & 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]