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RIDGEFIELD YOUTH FIELD HOCKEY

Getting Ready for Fall 2019

Fall Field Hockey 2020 registration for travel teams is now closed. The teams are full and due to Covid limitations we cannot accept late registrations. 

The Travel teams will start practicing on Monday August 31st. See the schedule below. No uniforms needed for 2020. We will use reversible pinnies or uniforms from prior years. 

House registration is still open. The program will begin after labor day. 


It is a unique time and it will be a unique fall season. We know how important sports programs are for kids mental and social health and will strive to make this fall season as safe, productive and amazing as possible. 

We plan to proceed with our normal team structure. This includes a house clinic and travel field hockey program. The house clinic is weekly and teaches basic skills while the  travel program teaches game skills and players will play against teams from the local Fairfield area. Both programs welcome new players at all age levels. 

The status of league games is questionable at the moment. We will play intramural games for the first few weekends and play to play against other towns starting in late September or early October. This is subject to change. 

Thank you for your continued flexibility and support. We are doing our best to push forward with a season while also balancing the safety of the people in our town. 


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HOUSE FIELD HOCKEY PROGRAM: GRADES 2-6 (Confirmed for 2020! Registration is open!)

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.

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. 


Logistics 

Dates: Sundays
Time: 1:00- 2:30pm (Starting after labor day; September 13th- November 1st)  
Location: Ridgefield Academy Turf   
Cost: $250

Weather: Check e-mails before heading to the field on rainy days as fields are subject to change when rain schedules are in effect. 
Covid Protocol: Players must wear masks on and off the field. Players will need to have masks with them at all times but can remove them while practicing skills and playing games. Ill players should stay home. Please do your part to keep our athletes and coaches safe. 


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TRAVEL TEAM INFORMATION: GRADES 5-8 (Field scheduling still in progress)

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. 

Note: Due to Covid, practice times and locations and the status of the games are expected to fluctuate. We will play Ridgefield only, intramural games for the first few weeks. We expect to begin playing against other close towns starting in late September or early October. As the days get shorter in October, practice times and games will be adjusted. 


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  
For the weekly schedule, see the Practice and Game Schedule 


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  
For the weekly schedule, see the Practice and Game Schedule 


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: September 12th: 9-11am Ridgefield Academy; Teams will be split into 2 teams. 
For the weekly schedule, see the Practice and Game Schedule 

 

Covid Protocol:
 Players must wear masks on and off the field. Players will need to have masks with them at all times but can remove them while practicing skills and playing games. Ill players should stay home. Please do your part to keep our athletes and coaches safe. 
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: (Not confirmed for 2020) 
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. Jamborees are not guaranteed to happen in 2020 due to Covid. 

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 (Not needed for 2020) 

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 usually available at Tiger Sports. Due to the dynamic situation of the season this year, we will not order uniforms. Instead we will use reversible pinnies that will be distributed to those who need them.

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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. 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]