Junior Field Hockey FAQ


Registration


Is there a discount for two children playing?

There is no provision for a discount at this time.

Although, there are certain volunteer jobs that will pay a small honourium. We also offer bursaries and we can direct you on how to apply for a Kidsport Grant.

When and where to register?

Our Registration is online only and is now open

Please note there is a late payment fee of $30 for U5 and U7 Coed and $40 for U8 - U18 boys and girls)

Cheques and credit card payment will be accepted.  Players are not completely registered until payment is received. 

I may want a Refund, what is the policy?

If a request for refund is made before April 1, $25 will be withheld from the refund to cover admin costs. For requests from Apr 1 to Apr 30, $50 will be withheld. No refunds will be given after April 30th.

What if I cannot afford the fees?

If you are in financial need please consider applying for a grant from the Kidsport Fund. It is the charitable arm of Sport BC that is designed to remove the financial obstacles that prevent some children from playing sport. Visit the web site for more information.

Age Divisions


My child wants to play with friends who are in a younger age group?

For under 11 and over divisions the short answer is no. There must be a very good reason for a player to play "down". Please submit your request to the Hawks Club office for consideration.

For under 8/9 and under 10 the answer is ‘maybe.'

It will depend on the number of players in the younger age group and if the the older player can be accommodated

What are the age divisions?

Age divisions are divided by Calendar Year. For the 2015 Spring League season:

U5 Girls & Boys

Born 2010 - 2011

U7 Girls & Boys

Born in 2008-2009

GIRLS

U8 Division - born 2007

U9 Division - born 2006

U10 Division - born 2005

U11 Division - born 2004

U12 division - born 2003

U13 division - born 2002

U14 division - born 2001

U15 division - born 2000

U16 division - born 1999

U17 division - born 1998

U18 division - born 19978

BOYS

U8 division - born 2007

U9 division - born 2006

U11 division - born 2005 and 2004

U13 division - born 2002 and 2003

U15 division - born 2000 and 2001

U18 division - born 1997 and 1999

Boys born in 1996 and 1995 are in the U18 division

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My child wants to play with his/her friends who are in an older age group?

Probably not; but it will depend on the number of players in the older age group, the skill level of the player and the agreement of the coach. 

Phone the Hawks office at 604-261-1243 or contact the office.

Equipment


Where can I get equipment?

Sticks, mouth guards and shin guards will be available for purchase online during the registration process.  They will be delivered at the field during the first week of practice. 

You will be able to purchase equipment at the field during the first week of practice at a mobile Total Field Hockey Tent.

You can also purchase sticks, shin guards and mouth guards from, Rackets and Runners (23rd and Oak- there is a 10% discount for Hawks members) and AKPro at 7220 Main Street or (gives a 15% discount for Hawks members). You can also order equipment online from The�Field Hockey Shack, they offer 10%-off to all Hawks members. The Shack has a�field hockey store�in West Vancouver, and will also be at Eric Hamber throughout the year. Please call owner Steve Davis @�604.800.5279�if you need anything.

Mouth guards, shoes and shin guards can be purchased at most quality sporting goods stores before the season.  Rackets and Runners, AKPro, Sports Exchange or Gmax Sports (Waterloo and Broadway) bring in stock for the field hockey season. It is highly recommended that  players purchase mouth guards before the season, so that the guards can be molded in time for the first practice.

If you need help deciding what equipment you need for your player please look at FAQ's under "What equipment do I need to play...".

How do I measure a stick to fit my player?

A stick should be on the short side rather than on the long size. It is better for skills development if the player has to squat using their legs with a short stick, than cheat by leaning out with their back with a too long stick. The stick should go up to about the player's hip bone. There is about a 2 inch leeway on either side. It is a matter of preference.

It is not neccessary to purchase a composite stick for your U10 or younger player. They are expensive and not neccessary at the develpment stage

What equipment do I need to play U10 and younger?

Your player will need 4 important pieces of equipment to play Spring League Field Hockey.

1.  Good quality running shoes/turf boots NO CLEATS

2.  Shinpads - soccer shinpads are fine. 

3.  Mouthguard - standard plastic sports mouthguards can be purchased at many sports stores (Look under FAQ's under "Where can I get equipment").They can also be purchased online through our registration.  To mold the mouthguard to the shape of your mouth so it is more comfortable, place it in boiling water for about a minute, then take it out and hold it in your mouth for a minute.

4.  Field Hockey stick. See FAQ "How do I measure a stick?" if you are unsure what size your player needs. To find our where to buy a new stick look under "Where can I get equipment" to find out where you can purchase a stick. They can also be purchased online through our registration.

We also have a "for sale" and a "for swap" section for used sticks and equipment on our web site.

What equipment do I need to play U10 and older?

Your player will need 4 pieces of equipment to play Field Hockey.

1.  Good quality running shoes/turf boots NO CLEATS

2.  Shinpads - soccer shinpads are fine but after U12 it is recommended to purchase Field Hockey only shin guards.

3.  Mouthguard - standard plastic sports mouthguards can be purchased at many sports stores (Look under "Where can I get equipment" for stores).They can also be purchased online through our registration.  To mold the mouthguard to the shape of your mouth so it is more comfortable, place it in boiling water for about a minute. Then take it out and hold it in your mouth for a minute. Mouth guards suitable for players with braces can be purchased at Rackets and Runners. Lastly, for the best fit, your dentist can fit custom made mouth guards. They usually cost $100-$150.

4.  Field Hockey stick. See FAQ "How do I measure a stick?" and "Where can I get equipment" for best fit and store locations.

You can also look at our "for sale" or "for swap" section of our web site to purchase used equipment.

Game times and locations


When are games?

Saturdays:

TBC

Sundays:

TBC

Away games days vary, depending on the turf availability of the away team.  Your manager will give you the schedule.                                                       

Girls:

Under 8 & U9 Girls play Monday evenings for one hour, starting with the U8's at 5-6:15pm, then U9's 6:15-7:30pm.  The sessions include a practice and a mini-game at Eric Hamber.

The U10's practice at 7:30-8:30 PM, Mondays at Eric Hamber.  The games are Saturdays 8:30-9:30am at, Eric Hamber.

U11 - U18 TBC

Boys:                                                                                                                                                        

Under 8 & U9 Boys play Wednesday evenings for one hour,  5:30-6:45 pm.  The sessions include a practice and a mini-game at Eric Hamber.

U10 - U18 TBC

Where are the games played?

Girls: All U8-U12 games are at Eric Hamber (35th and Oak).

For all other age groups, The Hawks Club home fields are Wright Field, (UBC campus), Eric Hamber, Crofton and Point Grey High School.

Away games can be in Burnaby, Richmond, Coquitlam, West Vancouver, Delta or Surrey.

Boys: All U5-U9 games are at Eric Hamber (35th and Oak).

For all other age groups, The Hawks Club home fields are Wright Field, (UBC campus), Eric Hamber and Point Grey High School.

Away games can be in Burnaby, Richmond, Coquitlam, West Vancouver, Delta or Surrey.

Please check our link "Field locations" for details.

Practice times and locations


Where and when are the practices?

Girls: All U8-12 practices are at Eric Hamber (35th and Oak), Mondays.

U8 practice 5:00 - 6:15pm , U9 practice 6:15-7:30 pm, U10 7:30-8:30 pm

U11-U12 Girls. The day of practice will depend on the coach. If your child has a conflict on one of the practice days please make a note of it during registration under team mate preferences.

U13-U18 practice location and time will depend on the coach. We have 3 possible locations. Wright Field, (UBC campus), Eric Hamber, or Andy Livingstone Field (next to GM Place).

Boys: All U8-10 practices are at Eric Hamber (35th and Oak), Wednesdays

U8-U9 Boys practice 5:30-6:45pm, U10 practice 6:45-8:00pm

U12-U18 Boys practice location and time will depend on the coach. We have 3 possible locations. Wright Field, (UBC campus), Eric Hamber, or Andy Livingstone Field (next to GM Place).

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Uniform


Does my daughter need to buy a skirt?

Does my son need to buy shorts?

Girls in the  U5-U12 Divisions do not wear skirts. Players at this age level should have a pair of black or dark shorts for games.

Boys in the U5-U11 Divisions can wear their own black shorts.

Girls in the U13-U14 Division can wear their own shorts.

Girls in the U15 - U18 Divisions  must purchase Kukri skorts for $25 during registration

Boys in the U13 - U18 Boys Divisions must purchase Kukri shorts for $25 online at registration.

 

 

What are the uniform requirements?

GIRLS AND BOYS: In the U5 - U12 Divisions (born in 2010-2003) athletes wear t-shirts, socks and shorts. T-shirts and socks are included in the fees and are handed out at the first practice.  All players must wear their own dark or black shorts.

Boys in the U10 - U18 Divisions (born 2005-1997) and girls in the U13 - U18 Divsions (born 2004 - 1997) wear a club owned jersey, socks and shorts /skorts.  Jerseys are loaned for the season. A post dated cheque  for $50 (made out the VHFHC for July 1st 2015) must be given to the manager at the first practice. Kukri skorts for the girls and Kukri shorts for the boys are mandatory and must be purchased online from the Club for $25 during registration. Socks are included in the fees. Uniforms are handed out at the first practice.

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