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. For the 2014 Spring Season registration online registration opens November 1st 2013

Please note there is a late registration fee of $15 (U7-10) and $20 (U11-18) that will be in effect for people registering after December 31st, 2012 and if you register late (February 5th 2013) spots on a team will not be guaranteed. 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.'

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What are the age divisions?

Age divisions are divided by Calendar Year. For the 2013 Spring League season:

U7 Girls & Boys

Girls & Boys born in 2006

GIRLS

Girls born in 2005 are in the U8 division

Girls born in 2004 are in the U9 division

Girls born in 2003 are in the U10 division

Girls born in 2002 are in the U11 division

Girls born in 2001 are in the U12 division

Girls born in 2000 are in the U13 division

Girls born in 1999 are in the U14 division

Girls born in 1998 are in the U15 division

Girls born in 1997 are in the U16 division

Girls born in 1996 are in the U17 division

Girls born in 1995 are in the U18 division

BOYS

Boys born in 2005 are in the U8 division

Boys born in 2004 are in the U9 division

Boys born in 2003 are in the U10 division

Boys born in 2002 and 2001 are in the U12 division

Boys born in 2000 and 1999  are in the U14 division

Boys born in 1998 and 1997 are in the U16 division

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...".

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

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 field hockey 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


What are the season start and stop dates for Junior Field Hockey?

The 2013 season runs from the week of April 1st (first week of practices), with the first games in the second weekend in April 6th and 7th 2013.  There are  no games on the Easter weekend or the Victoria Day weekend.

There is usually an age group Festival or Tournament on one weekend in May or June (Dates TBC). League games end June 22nd/23rd 2013.

The under U8,U 9 and U10's girls start Monday, April 15th 2013 and end June 24th.  The U8/U9 and U10 boys start Wednesday April 10th and end June 19th 2013

 This will be updated with the 2013 information as soon as dates are set by the league. Check back for more information.

When are games?

Saturdays:

Girls Under 11/12, Girls U14, Girls U16, Boys U12, Boys U16

Sundays:

Girls U13, Girls U15, Girls U17/18, Boys U14, Boys U18

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.

Boys:                                                                                                                                                        

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

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.

The U10's practice on Wednesday evenings, 6:45-8:00 PM  at Eric Hamber.  They have games Saturday 9:30-10:30 at Eric Hamber. 

Where are the games played?

Girls: All U8-12 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 U8-12 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?

Players aged U8-U12 do not wear skirts. Players at this age level should have a pair of black or dark shorts for games.

U13 and U14 girls do not need to purchase skirts.  Skirts will be loaned to the U13 and U14 girls.  A $50 postdated cheque will be collected by your manager and will be held until you return the skirt.

Skirts are only required for U15/16/17 and 18 age groups. You must purchase your skirt and it will belong to you for the duration of your playing time with the Hawks Club, both in the junior and senior leagues
Skirts cost $40 each and will be available for purchase from the team manager or online during your regsitration. Online

 

 

What are the uniform requirements?

FOR GIRLS:    Players in the U8/9/10/11 and 12 (born in 2005-2001) divisions wear t-shirts, socks and shorts. T-shirts and socks are included in their fees and will be handed out at the first practice.  All players require dark or black shorts of their own.

Girls in the U13 and U14 ( born in 2000-1999) divsions wear a club owned shirt, socks and skirt. T-shirt and socks are included with the fees and will be handed out at the first practice.  Skirts are loaned for the season. A post dated cheque  for $50 (made out the Hawks FHC fpr July 1st 2013 must be given to the manager on the first practice for the skirt.

Girls in the U15/16/17 and 18 (born in 1995-1992) divisions wear shirts, black skirt and socks. Socks are included with the fees. Skirts  need to be purchased through the team manager or online during our registration, the cost is $40. A shirt will be given to the player for the duration of the season.  A post dated cheque for $50 (made out to Hawks FHC for July 1st 2010) must be given to the manager on the first practice for the shirt.

For skirt requirements please see the FAQ "Does my daughter need a skirt?"

FOR BOYS:    Players in the U8/9/10/11/12 and 14 divisions (born in 2002-1996) have their uniforms included in their fees.  Uniforms are t-shirts and socks and will be handed out at the first practice.  All players require black shorts of their own.  

Boys playing in the U16 and U18 (born 1995-1992) divisions wear a white Adidas shirt  from the previous season. All players require black shorts of their own. Socks are included in the fees.  Shorts are also available for $25 but not required if you already own a pair.

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