JUNIOR PROGRAMS

WELCOME TO THE VANCOUVER HAWKS JUNIOR PROGRAMS

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.

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Vancouver Hawks 2020 Junior Spring Season Fees

Hawks Fees    FHBC+FHC Fees       Total

U5-U6                $145                        $0                     $145

U7                       $145                       $12                     $157

U8 - U10            $145                       $12                     $157

U11 - U12            $190                       $21                     $211

U13 - U18           $190                       $55                    $245

 

 

 

Junior Spring Season

For 2020, the Junior Spring Season runs from the weekend of April 4/5 to the weekend of June 13/14.

The goal of Hawks Spring Season is to bring hockey to as wide and inclusive a group as possible, 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. Many of our athletes go on to volunteer their time back to the program.
  • 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.
  • Run by volunteers - 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 hundreds of parents, players, coaches and umpires to volunteer their time to help provide the best experience possible to 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 to 10:30am, at Eric Hamber turf.
  • U8–U9 Girls : practice and inter-squad games on Monday, 5pm at Eric Hamber turf.
  • U10 Girls : practice and inter-squad games on Tuesday, 5pm at Eric Hamber turf.
  • U8–U10 Boys : practice and inter-squad games on Monday, 5pm 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. New players are always welcome at every age level.

Girls play in a Greater Vancouver Junior Field Hockey League (GVJFHL) structured in one-year age groups (U11, U12, U13, U14, U15, U16, and U17/U18). Boys play in two-year age groups (U12, U14, U16, U18) in the GVJFHL. For more on the GVJFHL, visit their website: 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.
  • U12 Boys : practice Mondays, 6:30pm at Eric Hamber turf and a modified, 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.
  • U14 – U18 Boys : one weeknight practice (posted as scheduling finalized) on either Eric Hamber or UBC turf and a full-field, weekend game.

Game Days

Girls
Saturday – U11, U12, U14, U15
Sunday – U13, U16, U17/18
(note: U15 Girls have moved to Sat.; U16 Girls have moved to Sun.)

Boys
Saturday – U12, U16
Sunday – U14, U18

Holiday Weekends: Games will not be scheduled on the Easter or Victoria Day long weekends.

Registrations will open in November 2020 for the 2021 Spring Season.

Tournament Teams

Vancouver Hawks Tournament Teams target enthusiastic and committed hockey players who are looking for coaching, training, and game play in addition to the Hawks Spring Season (GVJFHL) practices and games. All participants must be Vancouver Hawks members playing in the Junior Spring Season.

The Tournament Team program includes 8-10 training sessions and the possibility of participating in up to three tournaments in May and June, including the BC Club Championships, the Cowichan and India Club Tournaments.

Registration will open in January for these programs.

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Pre-Season Tuneup

Thursday Night Skills Academy (Juniors)

Vancouver Hawks are offering weekly skills training for junior players (10-18 yrs old). With a focus on elevating basic skills with fast-paced drills, the sessions are targeted at those seeking to improve the fundamentals of their game. Suitable for club, high school, and provincial players. Not suitable for beginners.

Training Highlights

  • The focus will be on field hockey fundamentals: specific skills for possession, passing, elimination, goal scoring, and tackling will be highlighted, with an aim to improving speed and consistency.

Coaching

  • Some of Vancouver Hawks most experienced and highly qualified coaches will be involved in this program.

Time and Location

  • Thursdays, 7-8:30pm, at UBC Wright Field.
  • February 6, 13, 20, 27, March 5, 12

Cost

  • $90


Registrations will open in January for the 2021 Spring Season.

Junior Drop In

Summer Sessions 2020

Mondays, 6:30pm – 8:00pm @ Hamber

Early July – End of August

 

Thursdays, 6:30pm – 8:00pm @ Hamber

Early July – End of August

 

Cost: $40

 

NOTE: On hold, pending guidance from health authorities and FHBC.

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Friday Night Skills

Vancouver Hawks will be running a series of Friday Night Skill sessions focused on individual skills. Each session is drop in, will feature input from experienced coaches and has a maximum of 40 participants, first-come first served.

Registration will open in March for these sessions.

NOTE: Spring 2020 sessions cancelled upon recommendations of health authorities and FHBC.

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.

Details
11 sessions running from September 13 to end of November
(no practice or games over Thanksgiving weekend)

Training
Hamber Field
U8 – U10 Fridays (5:00-6:30pm)
U11 – U12 Fridays (5:00-6:30pm)
U13 – U14 Fridays (6:30-8:00pm)

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

Uniforms
Participants are required to wear a Hawks reversible jersey (U8 – U12) or Hawks senior jersey (U13 – U14). If participants do not have a uniform from a previous program, or would like to purchase a new set, this can be ordered during online registration. You can access the Hawks/Kukri store here.

Junior Fall Season Fees
U8 – U10 $139 plus FHBC Fee $12 & Volunteer Bond $50
U11 – U14 $159 plus FHBC Fee $21 & Volunteer Bond $50

Late Fees
There will be a late fee of $50 if you register after August 17.

FHBC Fees
FHBC membership will be added during registration and is mandatory. This fee can be waived during registration in the following Junior Spring Season as it is valid for one year (September 1 – August 31).

Games
Teams will be entered into a Fall Junior League. Other teams in the league include West Van, Polar Bears, Sea to Sky, and Burnaby Bears.
Games @ UBC/Crofton/Mulgrave/Burnaby Lakes
Games will be scheduled on Saturdays and will be played home or away, one game per weekend.

U8 – U10 combined - quarter field 60 minute games
U12 & U14 - half field 60 minute games

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

Note: We are awaiting guidance from FHBC and health authorities before confirming plans for the fall season.

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Goalie Training

Vancouver Hawks will be running a series of junior goalie training sessions as follows:

Wednesdays 4:30 – 5:15pm, UBC Mini Field

April 1 to June 10

Wednesdays 5:15 – 6:00pm, UBC Mini Field

April 1 to June 10

Cost is only $40 for the entire season. Please note there are only 5 spots available for each session so please register quickly!

NOTE: Spring 2020 sessions cancelled upon recommendations of health authorities and FHBC.