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 2021 Junior Spring Season Fees

U5-U6                $145

U7                       $145

U8 - U10            $145

U11 - U12            $190

U13 - U18           $190

 

 

 

Vancouver Hawks 2021 Junior Spring Age Group

Birth Year          2021 Junior Age Group

2014-2016                U5-U7
2013                          U8
2012                          U9
2011                           U10
2010                          U11
2009                         U12
2008                         U13
2007                         U14
2006                         U15
2005                         U16
2004                         U17
2003                         U18

2021 Junior Spring Season

The 2021 Vancouver Hawks Junior Spring Season will run from the week of April 5 to the weekend of June 19/20.

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.

Note regarding program numbers:
Hawks are following all Provincial Health Orders and advisories from viaSport and FHBC. This may limit the number of participants in each program and how many athletes may be on the field at one time. Participation will be strictly first-come first-served with no exceptions.

 

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–U9 Girls: practice and inter-squad games on Monday, 5pm-6:30pm 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 Monday, 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, and U17/U18). Boys play in two-year age groups (U12, U14, U16, U18) in the GVJFHL. For more information 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.
  • 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.
  • U12 Boys: practice Mondays, 6:30pm-8:00pm at Eric Hamber turf and a modified, half field weekend game against other clubs.
  • U14 – 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, 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 Victoria Day long weekend.

 

FHBC Fees
Vancouver Hawks have decided to implement a significant change in the way we will be collecting FHBC/FHC fees from our members. 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

 

2021 Junior Spring Season Registration

Register now!
Hawks are following all Provincial Health Orders and advisories from viaSport and FHBC. This may limit the number of participants in each program. Participation will be first-come, first-served.
Late fees begin February 1, 2021. We cannot guarantee placement on a team for late registrations.

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


Registrations will open in January for the 2021 Spring Season.

Junior Drop In

Summer Sessions 2021

Mondays, 6:30pm – 8:00pm @ Hamber

Early July – End of August

 

Thursdays, 6:30pm – 8:00pm @ Hamber

Early July – End of August

 

 

Registrations will open in March 2021 for the 2021 Summer Sessions

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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
10 sessions running from September 11 to November 20
(no practice or games over Thanksgiving weekend)

Age Groups
U8 – U10; player age on January 1, 2020 = 7, 8, 9
U11 – U12; player age on January 1, 2020 = 10, 11
U13 – U14; player age on January 1, 2020 = 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

Coaching
Hawks coaches will run each session with a maximum ratio of 1 coach per15 players, and a qualified head coach leading practices. Coaches will also be present for every game.

Junior Fall Season Fees
U8 – U10 $139 plus Volunteer Bond $50
U11 – U12 $159 plus Volunteer Bond $50
U13 – U14 $159 plus Volunteer Bond $50

Uniforms & Equipment
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, jerseys and other uniform pieces will be available for sale at the first sessions.

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

FHBC Fees
For all programs starting from September 1, 2020, 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 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 (if you are renewing your existing membership (you've played before), start the process by searching for your existing #):
Please complete your FHBC registration BEFORE registering for a Hawks program.

FHBC Online Registration

Games
(Game schedule is subject to finalization by Junior Fall League under guidance of health authorities and FHBC)
Teams will be entered into a Fall Junior League. Other teams in the league include Polar Bears and Sea to Sky.

Games @ UBC (Map) (Field Access Map)
and Mulgrave (West Van) (Map) (Field Access Map)
Games will be scheduled on Saturdays and will be played home or away, one game per weekend.
U8 – U10 = quarter-field 60 minute games
U11 – U12 = half-field 60 minute games
U13 – U14 = half-field 60 minute games

Safety Protocols
We will continue to follow guidelines and protocols provided by viaSport, FHBC and provincial health authorities. These will include personal hygiene (hand-washing and sanitizing), maintaining physical distancing as appropriate and limiting group size.

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Junior Boys Friday Night Academy

PLEASE NOTE:
SPACES ARE FILLED for the Boys Junior Academy. Check back in January for more programs in the spring.

Our fall Junior Boys Friday Night Academy provides an opportunity for our boys athletes to train together with our most experienced, high performance coaches. Whether you're relatively new to the game or are looking to take your game to the next level, this is an exciting opportunity to develop your game in a fast paced, fun, once-per-week training environment. This is an alternative for boys to the recreational fall league that is primarily girls.

All training will be overseen by current and former national team players or elite club coaches. Boys will be placed in skill groups (which are fluid, depending on training focus) to maximize the attention on their individual skill development. Opportunities for occasional games (Hockey 5's or traditional) will be explored through the autumn, depending on COVID-19 Return to Sport protocols. If a couple of games, or a variation of games, are possible, they will be included in the cost.
  • 12 week program of 75 minutes weekly training led by professional coaches
    • September 11, 18, 25; October 2, 16, 23, 30;
      Nov. 6, 13, 20, 27, Dec. 4
  • Fridays, 7:15 to 8:30pm
  • Up to 22 athletes (U14, but must be 10 years-old: born 2011 to 2007)
  • Coach to player ratio 1:11
  • Coaches either Canadian National Team Players (Men & Women) or elite Club Coaches (with international and/or Provincial team coaching experience)
  • Athletes are expected to demonstrate commitment to the program, a strong work ethic and be open to constructive feedback.
  • Cost: $220 (includes Hawks Boy's Academy training top)
  • All training at Eric Hamber AT Field
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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.

Developing lifelong involvement in field hockey

Vancouver Hawks
Field Hockey Club

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