Hi all FH Families,
Welcome all to GRAA Field Hockey 2019! This year our preseason will kick off the week of August 18th with the beginning of our pre-season practices. For the two weeks between August 19th and Labor Day we will hold practices for the JV (5/6th) and Varsity (7th/8th) players. These practices will be from 4:00pm-6:00pm on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday at George Washington Field Turf. These practices allow the coaches to introduce and review the basic skills of FH.
All 5th-8th grade players are welcome and should try to attend if they are in town. If there are 3rd/4th grade players who would like to attend please just shoot me an email so I know you are coming and can assign a GRHS student to give extra assistance.
Our regular season begins after Labor Day; the Varsity program (7th/8th) will practice on Wednesday from 5:30-7:30 and Saturday 8am-9am at GW turf. The JV program (5th/6th) will practice on Monday 5:30-7:30 pm and Saturday 4:30-6:00 at GW turf. The 3rd/4th grade clinic will meet on Saturdays at the George Washington Field Turf 3:00-4:30.
The Varsity and JV programs will kick off their competition with a Round Robin tournament at The Madison Recreational Center in Madison, NJ on Sunday September 8th time TBD. Each team will get 4-5 mini games vs the other teams in our league. This is a fun event where the girls get their feet wet in game situations. After that our season consists of 8 Sunday games scheduled between noon and 4:00 pm starting Sunday September 15th and ending Sunday November 3rd. The varsity teams can qualify for a playoff and championship tournament that will take place on Sunday November 17th.
This year we will be expanding the 3rd/4th grade clinic to include some travel games. In September the program will consist of weekly 90 minute clinics on Saturdays to teach the basic skills and positioning for games. In October the players will be assigned teams and get an opportunity to travel to play games against other towns in our league. Each team will get 4 games to be scheduled on the 4 weekends in October. The emphasis of these games will be learning the sport and having fun.
Uniforms and equipment... All players must provide their own FH stick, goggles, shin guards, cleats and mouth guards. If you have equipment questions please shoot me an email. Uniforms will be handed out the week of Labor Day and consists of a skirt, jersey, white and red socks. Players must provide shorts to give coverage under skirts.
I look forward to seeing you all as our season begins. I am always available via email if you have questions.
GRAA Field Hockey is open to girls in the 3rd-8th grade. There are three levels to this program...
1) 3rd/4th grade clinic/travel: This is an instructional clinic that teaches the basic skills of field hockey in a fun and noncompetitive environment. In September, both 3rd and 4th graders will meet on Saturday mornings for a ninety minute skills clinic. In October the players will be assigned to teams that will travel to play games against other towns in our league. Each team will get 4 games scheduled on weekends in October. The games will be played on a half field without goalies. The emphasis of these games will be for instruction and having fun.
2) Junior Varsity Travel: This program is open to 5/6th graders. It is a travel program but all players are given equal opportunity to play and there is no tryout process. This program emphasizes basic skill development through biweekly practices, a season opening tournament and 7 weekly games. Although the girls travel for games no record is kept for wins and losses. The league considers the JV level to be an instructional league only.
3) Varsity Travel: This program is open to 7/8th graders and once again there is no tryout process. All girls will make a team that will practice biweekly, attend the season opening tournament and have seven regular season games. The difference at this level is that the league is competitive and keeps track of wins an losses. There are playoff games at the end of the season and a championship game where trophies are awarded to the winners.
EQUIPMENT NEEDED FOR GRAA FIELD HOCKEY
All players will need to provide their own field hockey stick, goggles, mouth guard, shin guards and cleats. A good resource for field hockey equipment locally is All Lacrosse on Valley Road in Montclair (http://alllacrosse.com/all_lacrosse/Welcome.html). An excellent online resource for field hockey equipment and merchandise is http://www.longstreth.com/.
Please use sizing chart below to assist with choosing the correct fitting field hockey stick. If you have any questions regarding equipment please contact Dawn Dunscombe at email@example.com
For any questions regarding the field hockey program or equipment please contact:
GRAA Field Hockey Commissioner