JUNIOR PROGRAMS

WELCOME TO THE HAWKS JUNIOR PROGRAMS INFO

Vancouver Hawks Field Hockey Club operates a variety of programs for junior players (U5-U18) throughout the year. Our Club seeks to develop and support programs which align with our mission to develop lifelong involvement in field hockey and with the principles of Canadian Sport for Life. The fundamental objectives are to maintain high quality coaching, a variety of programming, personal development experiences and fun though hockey and social connections. The Club also adheres to the True Sport Principles.

Field hockey is a late specialization sport and skills are advanced in line with cognitive and physical development. Athletes 14 and under are encouraged to maintain participation in multiple sports.

Competitive and advanced skill opportunities are provided through the Hawks junior programs, FHBC programs and integration of junior-age players into the senior teams at approximately age 14. In this context, the Junior Spring Season remains primarily focused on social connections, skill development and fun. The Junior Spring Season also provides an opportunity for the older junior athletes to participate in coaching, umpiring and other volunteer roles, encouraging athletes to give back to the community and sport.

Vancouver Hawks is committed to making the sport accessible to all. We have a no-questions-asked policy around assistance with player registration fees. Please contact us at info@vancouverhawks.com for more information.

Vancouver Hawks FHC – Junior Program Annual Calendar

Hawks Program Calendar_rev Jan 2022

2024 Summer Camps

The Hawks summer camps consist of morning and afternoon sessions and focus on developing game skills through fun, small-group activities.

All age groups (U8-U18) and levels can sign up, and we welcome friends joining together.

This year, we are excited to announce that there are three camp options!

Camps one and three will be field hockey only, and camp two will be a split between field hockey and soccer, thanks to a continued partnership with our friends at Vancouver Athletic Football Club.

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CAMP ONE – FIELD HOCKEY

HAMBER FIELD (37th & Oak)

July 2-5, Tuesday to Friday

Full-Day (9am-4pm), Half-Day (Mornings 9am-12pm), or Afternoons (1pm-4pm)
Open to Boys & Girls
Age groups U8 (born 2016) through to U18 (born 2006)

Fees:
Camp One Full-Day Camp $315
Camp One Half-Day Camp $155

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CAMP TWO – FIELD HOCKEY & SOCCER

HAMBER FIELD (37th & Oak)

July 8-12, Monday to Friday

Full-Day (9am-4pm)
Open to Boys & Girls
Age groups U8 (born 2016) through to U13 (born 2011)

Fee:
Camp Two $395

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CAMP THREE – FIELD HOCKEY

HAMBER FIELD (37th & Oak)

July 15-19, Monday to Friday

Full-Day (9am-4pm), Half-Day (Mornings 9am-12pm), or Afternoons (1pm-4pm)
Open to Boys & Girls
Age groups U8(born 2016) through to U18 (born 2006)

Fees:
Camp Two Full-Day Camp $395
Camp Two Half-Day Camp $195

2024 Junior Fall Season

The Junior Fall Season, open to U8 – U14 boys and girls, is aimed at junior players keen to continue their hockey development throughout the year.
(NOTE - PLAYERS MUST BE 7 YEARS OLD AS OF JANUARY 1, 2024)

Details
10 sessions running from Friday September 6 to Saturday November 16
(no practice or games over Thanksgiving long weekend)

Age Groups
U8 – U10; player age on January 1, 2024 = 7, 8, 9
U11 – U12; player age on January 1, 2024 = 10, 11
U13 – U14; player age on January 1, 2024 = 12, 13

Training
Hamber AT Field
U8 – U10 Fridays, 5:00-6:00pm
U11 – U12 Fridays, 6:00-7:15pm
U13 – U14 Fridays, 7:15-8:30pm

Games
Teams will be entered into a Fall Junior League. Other teams in the league include West Van, Tri-Cities, Polar Bears and Sea to Sky.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Games played at Mulgrave (West Van), UBC Wright Field and Crofton (Crofton only scheduled for U8 age division).

Due to limited fields in Vancouver, we do not have weekend access to Hamber in the fall. Games will not be scheduled at Hamber.

Games will be scheduled on Saturdays, one game per weekend.
(Game schedule to be finalized by Junior Fall League in Sept.)

U8–U10 = quarter-field 60 minute games
U11–U12 = half-field 60 minute games
U13–U14 = full-field 60 minute games

Coaching
Hawks coaches will run each session with a maximum ratio of 1 coach per 15 players, and a qualified head coach leading practices. Coaches will also be present for every game.

Junior Fall Season Fees
U8 – U10 $159*
U11 – U12 $189*
U13 – U14 $189*
* plus Volunteer Bond $50

Uniforms & Equipment
Participants are required to wear a Hawks reversible jersey (U8 – U12) or Hawks senior jersey (U13 – U14).
More information will be distributed before the beginning of the season for participants who do not have a uniform from a previous program, or if players would like to purchase a new jersey or other uniform pieces.

Please ensure each player brings a hockey stick, mouthguard, shinguards and a water bottle.

Field Hockey BC (FHBC) Fees
Hawks members will now be required to register and pay fees directly with FHBC. The FHBC Membership provides your insurance coverage for any sanctioned field hockey activity in BC.
FHBC fees are valid from September 1 to August 31 of each year, and they will be due before you begin any programs.

Proof of FHBC registration will be required in the form of an uploaded copy of the receipt in order to register for all Hawks programs.

FHBC registration is available here: FHBC Online Registration

 

2024 SUMMER Junior Drop-In

2024 Summer Junior Drop-In (U11-U16)

Junior drop in starts Tuesday June 24th and runs through Thursday August 15, open to players U11 to U16, with the field split by age to ensure safety.

Registration is $40 for the entire summer and there are two sessions per week. Players can attend one or BOTH sessions. These sessions are open to all, and we encourage you to bring friends.

Hamber Mondays 6:30-8pm Junior Drop In
Hamber Thursdays 6:30-8pm Junior Drop In
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Vancouver Hawks 2024 Junior Spring Season Fees

U5-U6                $159

U7                       $159

U8 - U10            $159

U11 - U12            $209

U13 - U14           $209

                      U15 - U18           $259

 

 

 

Vancouver Hawks 2024 Junior Spring Age Group

Birth Year          2024 Junior Spring – Age Group

2017-2019                U5-U7
2016                          U8
2015                          U9
2014                          U10
2013                          U11
2012                          U12
2011                          U13
2010                         U14
2009                         U15
2008                         U16
2007                         U17
2006                         U18

NOTE - RENEW/PURCHASE YOUR FHBC MEMBERSHIP FIRST!

FHBC Fees
Vancouver Hawks members will now be required to register and pay fees directly with FHBC rather than within the Hawks registration system. The FHBC # is important as it provides your insurance coverage for any sanctioned field hockey activity in BC.

FHBC fees are valid from September 1 to August 31 of each year, and are required  before you begin any Hawks programs. Proof of FHBC registration will be required in the form of an uploaded copy of the receipt in order to register for all Hawks programs.

FHBC registration is available here:

FHBC Online Registration

 

2024 Junior Spring Season

The 2024 Vancouver Hawks Junior Spring Season will run from April to June.

The goal of Hawks Junior Spring Season is to bring hockey to a wide and inclusive group, while having as much fun as possible!

The Spring Season is:

  • Fun and engaging – practices are aimed at developing athlete's skills in both individual and team contexts while promoting a lifelong engagement with the sport.
  • Non-streamed – players of all abilities learn to cooperate as a group. New players are welcomed and stronger players are encouraged to take on mentoring roles in a team environment.
  • Volunteer powered – Hawks has a great history of community support and our volunteers are crucial to the running of the Club. Each spring season we count on dozens of parents, players, coaches and umpires to volunteer their time to help provide the best experience possible for our junior players.

Younger Players: U5 – U10

Junior Spring Season is a once-a-week commitment, with all training sessions on proper field hockey turf to make the perfect introduction to the sport.

  • U5–U7 Co-ed: practice and small games on Saturday mornings, 9:30am-10:30am, at Eric Hamber turf.
  • U8 Girls: practice and inter-squad games on Monday, 5pm-6:15pm at Eric Hamber turf.
  • U9 Girls: practice and inter-squad games on Monday, 6:15pm-7:30pm at Eric Hamber turf.
  • U10 Girls: practice and inter-squad games on Tuesday, 5pm-6:30pm at Eric Hamber turf.
  • U8–U10 Boys: practice and inter-squad games on Tuesday, 5pm-6:30pm at Eric Hamber turf.

 

Older Players: U11 – U18

Junior Spring Season offers one weeknight practice and a weekend game. Games are played against other clubs from around the Lower Mainland. Depending on the age group, games may be Saturday or Sunday and approximately half the games are home games, played in Vancouver while others will involve travel. New players are always welcome at every age level.

Juniors play in the Greater Vancouver Junior Field Hockey League (GVJFHL). Girls league is structured in one-year age groups (U11, U12, U13, U14, U15, U16, U17, U18). Boys play in two-year age groups (U12, U14, U16, U18) in the GVJFHL.

  • U11–U12 Girls: one weeknight practice (usually a couple of options at each age group) on either Eric Hamber or UBC turf and a modified (8v8), half field weekend game against other clubs.
  • U13–U18 Girls: one weeknight practice (usually a couple of options at each age group) on either Eric Hamber or UBC turf and a full-field, weekend game.
  • U11/U12 Boys: practice Tuesdays, Eric Hamber turf and a modified, half field weekend game against other clubs.
  • U13/U14; U15/U16; U17/U18 Boys: one weeknight practice (posted as soon as scheduling finalized) on either Eric Hamber or UBC turf and a full-field, weekend game.

 

Game Days

Girls

Saturday – U11, U12, U14, U16

Sunday – U13, U15, U17, U18

 

Boys

Saturday – U11/12, U15/16

Sunday – U13/14, U17/18

 

Holiday Weekends: Practices and training sessions will NOT be held on long weekends.

 

Uniforms & Equipment
For information about Hawks uniforms and equipment needed to play, please click here


FHBC Fees
Vancouver Hawks members will now be required to register and pay fees directly with FHBC rather than within the Hawks registration system. The FHBC # is important as it provides your insurance coverage for any sanctioned field hockey activity in BC.

FHBC fees are valid from September 1 to August 31 of each year, and are required  before you begin any Hawks programs. Proof of FHBC registration will be required in the form of an uploaded copy of the receipt in order to register for all Hawks programs.
(did you play in the Hawks Junior Fall program? If so, you already have a valid FHBC #)

FHBC registration is available here (start the process by searching for your existing #, which stays with you each year):

FHBC Online Registration

2024 SPRING SPRING SKILLS TRAINING – U15/U16 & U17/U18 GIRLS

SPRING SKILLS TRAINING – U16, U18

After much consideration and based on extensive conversations with coaches, managers and players we have decided not to enter the Youth League this year. The result of this decision is that we will not have SET teams in the U16 or U18 category. The reasons for this include:
- unbalanced league leading to one team that is much better than the others - this would lead to a poor experience through the season
- low registrations within Hawks due to lack of availability and busy schedules

We will revisit whether to put teams in the Youth league on a year by year basis. We recognise, however, that there is still an appetite for extra training and skill development with high quality coaches.
As such we plan to modify the program to the following nine (9) training sessions focused on individual technical skills development:

MONDAYS, UBC Wright Field, 7:00-8:30pm

April 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th
May 6th, 13th, 27th
June 3rd, 10th

This Spring Skills Training program will be priced at $135 for the entire program.

If you registered for SET, we will automatically process a refund for the difference in program cost ($80). If anyone would like to withdraw completely please let us know and we will process a full refund.

Hawks will still enter age group teams in tournaments and will base this on spring teams plus interest and availability. We will follow up later about tournament teams.

See you on the field,

Matthew Sarmento | OLY
Club Head Coach | Vancouver Hawks FHC

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2024 SPRING ELITE TEAMS – U13/U14 GIRLS

We are pleased to be offering our Spring U13/U14 Elite Team (SET Team) this spring and want to highlight the purpose and goal of this program.

This is the Hawks’ spring high-performance option. Regular spring league is focused on having fun with your friends, being social with hockey, and competing for the love of the game. However, our SET teams are for the athletes who want the extra high-performance hockey and an elite training environment. These teams, one per two-year age group, will compete in the Youth League with other clubs. Our teams can only name 18 athletes for each Youth League game, so selections done by the coaching staff will need to take place on a weekly basis.

While we have an 18-athlete maximum per game, each SET team will operate with a training squad that is slightly larger. Selections from the larger squad will be made on a week by week basis, looking at availability, attendance, performance and position requirements. This SET teams will also be the Hawks representative at the Tier 1 division of the Club Championships (later in May/June) and the India Club Tournament in June. Participation in these tournaments is an expectation of participation in the SET program, with selections from the larger squad made weeks in advance of the tournaments. For tournaments, those players not selected will likely have the opportunity to join other Hawks players on Tier 2 teams within those tournaments.
For those interested in the 2024 SET teams, you are invited to attend the assessment session on Wednesday, March 13th. The assessment session is free of charge and an expectation of participation in the SET program. If numbers exceed our squad limit, selections for participation will be made after the assessment. The squads for each age group will be selected by the coaches of these teams, plus club head coach Matthew Sarmento as an independent evaluator.

Once selected, a registration link will follow. (NOTE - once players are selected, any players already registered & paid will have appropriate adjustments made)

Assessment info:

U14 - 630-8 pm - March 13 @ UBC

Matthew Sarmento | OLY
Club Head Coach | Vancouver Hawks FHC

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Vancouver Hawks 2024 Junior Winter Academy Fees

U15 Girls            $275

U18 Girls            $275

U15/U18 Boys   $275

 

Vancouver Hawks 2024 Winter Academy Age Groups

Birth Year                  Academy Program

2006-2011 Boys       U15/U18 Boys Academy
2009-2011 Girls       U15 Girls Academy
2006-2008 Girls        U18 Girls Academy

2024 Junior Winter Academy

Boys & Girls
U13 to U18

The Vancouver Hawks Club is excited to announce our Winter Academy will be returning in January of 2024. This weekly, intensive program for U13-U18 boys and girls (athletes born between 2006 and 2011) will challenge the athletes both tactically and technically, and will group the athletes based on a tiering system. The Academy will run for 9 sessions starting January 19 and is aimed at those looking to challenge and improve the fundamentals of their game. It is an addition to regular Hawks programming, and is designed for those interested in developing towards, or as a complement to, elite and high performance programs.

Girls U15 Academy

  • Players U13, U14, U15, Grades 7-9
  • Fridays
  • January 19 to March 15 (including Family Day weekend)
  • 5:00–6:30pm
  • Hamber AT Field

Girls U18 Academy

  • Players U16, U17, U18, Grades 10-12
  • Fridays
  • January 19 to March 15 (including Family Day weekend)
  • 6:30-8:00pm
  • Hamber AT Field

Boys U15/U18 Academy

  • Players U13 to U18, Grades 7-12
  • Fridays
  • January 19 to March 15 (including Family Day weekend)
  • 6:30-8:00pm
  • Hamber AT Field

Program Cost: $275

The cost of the program includes:

  • All certified coaches and head coaching from Men’s National Team (MNT) and Women’s National Team (WNT) athletes
  • 9 x 90 minutes of instruction and skill development from experienced coaches, with a ratio of not more than 10 athletes to one coach

Academy Curriculum & Information

  • Will generally follow the Field Hockey BC (Long Term Athlete Development) framework for the athletes for skill based streaming and training
  • Nine weeks progressive skills development for field players and goalies
  • Focus on technical development and refinement of field hockey skills
  • Focus on game-scenario tactical awareness and understanding
  • Individual athlete feedback and assessment – on-field throughout the training Program
  • This will be a tiered program. Athletes will be grouped each week according to skill level and abilities
    • Groups are determined through ongoing coach assessment
    • There will be opportunity to be invited to move between groups
    • Skill-based grouping is fluid and solely at the discretion of the coaching staff
  • Drills at appropriate level to develop the athletes and maximize the learning

 

Commitment to the full program is requested

FHBC Fees
Vancouver Hawks members will now be required to register and pay fees directly with FHBC rather than within the Hawks registration system. The FHBC # is important as it provides your insurance coverage for any sanctioned field hockey activity in BC.

FHBC fees are valid from September 1 to August 31 of each year, and are required  before you begin any Hawks programs. Proof of FHBC registration will be required in the form of an uploaded copy of the receipt in order to register for all Hawks programs.
(did you play in the Hawks Junior Fall program? If so, you already have a valid FHBC #)

FHBC registration is available here (start the process by searching for your existing #, which stays with you each year):

FHBC Online Registration

 

2024 Pre-Season Tune Up

U10 - U12 Co-Ed

The Vancouver Hawks Club is excited to offer a new, weekly, skills development program for U10-U12 boys and girls (athletes born between 2012 and 2014)​. This is a 9 week, fun-based training program for field hockey players who are interested in playing field hockey year round and who want to improve their technical skills.

Registration is limited and is on a first-come-first-served basis.

U10-U12 (Grades 3-6)

  • Fridays
  • January 19 to March 15 (including Family Day weekend)
  • 5:00-6:30pm
  • Hamber AT Field

Program Cost: $165
The program includes:

  • All certified coaches and head coaching from MNT (Men’s National Team) and WNT (Women’s National Team) athletes;
  • 9 x 90 minutes session with instruction and skill development from experienced coaches, with a ratio of not more than 10 athletes to one coach;
  • Individual athlete feedback and assessment – on-field throughout the training Program.


Curriculum & Information
This Program will follow the basic principles of Field Hockey BC’s Long-Term Athlete Development (LTAD) framework for “Learn to Train”:

  • A combination of drills and mini-games to maximize learning;
  • A focus on age appropriate skill development;
  • Lots of touches on the ball with the stick;
  • Movement with and off the ball;
  • Learning about teamwork with passing and positional play;
  • An emphasis on fun and safety!

 

FHBC Fees
Vancouver Hawks members will now be required to register and pay fees directly with FHBC rather than within the Hawks registration system. The FHBC # is important as it provides your insurance coverage for any sanctioned field hockey activity in BC.

FHBC fees are valid from September 1 to August 31 of each year, and are required  before you begin any Hawks programs. Proof of FHBC registration will be required in the form of an uploaded copy of the receipt in order to register for all Hawks programs.
(did you play in the Hawks Junior Fall program? If so, you already have a valid FHBC #)

FHBC registration is available here (start the process by searching for your existing #, which stays with you each year):

FHBC Online Registration

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2024 JUNIOR INDOOR PROGRAM

For winter 2023/2024, we are excited to provide the details of our Junior Indoor Program. We are fortunate to have secured access to both Britannia Gym and the Richmond Oval for this winter, and are offering two junior programs: U15 Girls and U18 Girls. We also plan to send a U16 and U18 team to the Cowichan Indoor Tournament in January. Tournament participation will be an additional cost.

Sessions will be coached by paid Hawks coaches, led by our Head Coach Matt Sarmento. Players are expected to arrive early and warm up off the court, as time in the gym is limited.

We understand that this program is last-minute (indoor space is very hard to find!) - we have priced the program accordingly!

Equipment
Hawks have limited indoor sticks available to borrow. If you would like to purchase your own we have a discount available with Just Field Hockey – please email Andrew for more information. We require that all junior players wear indoor gloves – these are available to purchase from the club at the gym for $35 each.


PROGRAM DETAILS

U15 Girls (U14, U15 eligible)

Britannia Gym D, Tues Dec 12, 4-5:30pm
Britannia Gym D, Tues Dec 19, 4-5:30pm
Richmond Oval, Wed Jan 17, 7-8pm
Richmond Oval, Wed Jan 24, 7-8pm
COWICHAN TOURNAMENT JAN 26-28
Richmond Oval, Wed Jan 31, 7-8pm
Richmond Oval, Wed Feb 7, 7-8pm
Richmond Oval, Wed Feb 14, 7-8pm
Richmond Oval, Wed Feb 21, 7-8pm
Richmond Oval, Wed Feb 28, 7-8pm

 

U18 Girls (U16, U17, U18 eligible)

Britannia Gym D, Thur Dec 14, 4-5:30pm
Britannia Gym D, Thur Dec 21, 4-5:30pm
Richmond Oval, Wed Jan 17, 8-9pm
Richmond Oval, Wed Jan 24, 8-9pm
COWICHAN TOURNAMENT JAN 26-28
Richmond Oval, Wed Jan 31, 8-9pm
Richmond Oval, Wed Feb 7, 8-9pm
Richmond Oval, Wed Feb 14, 8-9pm
Richmond Oval, Wed Feb 21, 8-9pm
Richmond Oval, Wed Feb 28, 8-9pm

 

NOTE - Cowichan tournament will be organised and paid for separately – this registration does NOT include tournament entry.

For those athletes who are participating in the Next Gen program, we have been given assurances that there is no clash with any FHC programming. NG athletes, Hawks or non-Hawks, can participate in the Indoor Program and are welcome to join the roster for the Cowichan Tournament from January 26-28.

Hamish
Developing lifelong involvement in field hockey

Vancouver Hawks
Field Hockey Club

Box 18118
2303 West 41st Avenue
Vancouver, BC V6M 2A3