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 FHC – Junior Program Annual Calendar

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Vancouver Hawks 2023 Junior Spring Season Fees

U5-U6                $145

U7                       $145

U8 - U10            $145

U11 - U12            $190

U13 - U14           $190

                      U15 - U18           $225

 

 

 

Vancouver Hawks 2023 Junior Spring Age Group

Birth Year          2023 Junior Age Group

2016-2018                U5-U7
2015                          U8
2015                          U9
2013                          U10
2012                           U11
2011                          U12
2010                         U13
2009                         U14
2008                         U15
2007                         U16
2006                         U17
2005                         U18

2023 Junior Spring Season

The 2023 Vancouver Hawks Junior Spring Season will run from April 1/2 weekend to June 17/18 weekend.

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

2022/2023 JUNIOR INDOOR PROGRAM

For winter 2022/2023, we are excited to provide the details of our Junior Indoor Programs. With a new access agreement with York House School (thanks YHS!), we will be offering three junior programs: U14 Mixed/Co-ed, U16 Girls and U18 Girls. We also plan to send a U16 and U18 team to the Cowichan Indoor Tournament in January.

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.

Equipment
Hawks have 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
U14 Mixed/Co-Ed – Intro to Indoor

$79
York House School Gym (4176 Alexandra St)
25 spaces

U14 Mixed
Thu Dec 15, 5:30-7pm
Tue Dec 20, 5:30-7pm
Thu Dec 22, 5:30-7pm
Thu Jan 12, 5:30-7pm
Thu Jan 26, 5:30-7pm

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER - U14 Mixed

 

U16 Girls Indoor
$89
York House School Gym (4176 Alexandra St)
25 spaces

U16 Girls
Thu Dec 1, 7-8:15pm
Thu Dec 8, 7-8:15pm
Thu Dec 15, 7-8:15pm
Thu Dec 22, 7-8:15pm
Thu Jan 12, 7-8:15pm
Jan 14, 15 – Cowichan Tournament
Thu Jan 19, 7-8:15pm
Thu Jan 26, 7-8:15pm

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER - U16G

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


U18 Girls Indoor
$89
York House School Gym (4176 Alexandra St)
25 spaces

U18 Girls Indoor
Thu Dec 1, 8:15-9:30pm
Thu Dec 8, 8:15-9:30pm
Thu Dec 15, 8:15-9:30pm
Thu Dec 22, 8:15-9:30pm
Thu Jan 12, 8:15-9:30pm
Thu Jan 19, 8:15-9:30pm
Thu Jan 26, 8:15-9:30pm
Jan 28, 29 – Cowichan Tournament

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER – U18G

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

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Vancouver Hawks 2022 Junior Spring Academy Fees

U15 Girls            $250 + $75*

U18 Girls            $250 + $75*

U15/U18 Boys   $250 + $75*


*Hawks Academy training kit includes shirt, shorts, socks. Optional to purchase.

 

 

Vancouver Hawks 2022 Spring Academy Age Groups

Birth Year                  Academy Program

2004-2009 Boys       U15/U18 Boys Academy
2007-2009 Girls       U15 Girls Academy
2004-2006 Girls        U18 Girls Academy

2022 Junior Winter Academy

Registration is now closed for 2022.
We hope to see you in January 2023.

Boys & Girls
U13 to U18

The Vancouver Hawks Club is excited to announce that last year’s successful Winter Academy will be returning in January of 2022. This weekly, intensive program for U13-U18 boys and girls (athletes born between 2004 and 2009) will challenge the athletes both tactically and technically, and will group the athletes based on a tiering system. The Academy will run for 8 sessions starting January 21 or 22 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
  • Saturdays
  • January 22 to March 12 (including Family Day weekend)
  • 4:30-6pm
  • Hamber AT Field

Make-up days March 19, 26 (for any sessions cancelled for weather; times may vary)

 

Girls U18 Academy

  • Players U16, U17, U18, Grades 10-12
  • Fridays
  • January 21 to March 11 (including Family Day weekend)
  • 6:30-8pm
  • Hamber AT Field

Make-up days March 18, 25 (for any sessions cancelled for weather; times will vary)

 

Boys U15/U18 Academy (Grades 7 - 12)

  • Fridays
  • January 21 to March 11 (including Family Day weekend)
  • 5:00-6:30pm
  • Hamber AT Field

Make-up days March 18, 25 (for any sessions cancelled for weather; times will vary)

 

Program Cost: $250 + $75 Academy Kit

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
  • 8 x 90 minutes of instruction and skill development from experienced coaches, with a ratio of not more than 10 athletes to one coach
  • Hawks Academy training kit(if ordered): Academy branded dry-fit training shirt, shorts and socks (all Osaka). New players can expect to order an Academy Kit as a part of the program and returning athletes can buy additional merchandise that will most likely be a longsleeve or crewneck sweater option.

 

Academy Curriculum & Information

  • Will generally follow the Field Hockey BC (Long Term Athlete Development) framework for the athletes for skill based streaming and training
  • Eight 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
  • Dedicated coaching for goalies
  • 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

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

 

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

 

2022 Pre-Season Tune Up

Registration is now closed for 2022.
We hope to see you next year.

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 2010 and 2012)​. This is a 7 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)

  • Saturdays
  • January 29 to March 12
  • 3:00-4:30pm
  • Hamber AT Field

Program Cost: $150
The program includes:

  • All certified coaches and head coaching from MNT (Men’s National Team) and WNT (Women’s National Team) athletes;
  • 7 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!

Note regarding program numbers:
Hawks are following all Provincial Health Orders and advisories from viaSport and FHBC. This will limit the number of participants in each program and how many athletes may be on the field at one time. Registration is limited and is on a first-come-first-served basis.

 

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

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SUMMER Junior Drop In

2022 Summer Junior Drop In (U11-U16)

Junior drop in starts Monday July 4 and is 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 cab 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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2022 Junior SUMMER CAMPS

Following our successful and popular Junior Spring Season, we are excited to again offer several choices for camp programs this summer.

Two full-day camps are now open for registration: SportWays field hockey camp and a multi-sport (hockey + soccer) camp in partnership with VAFC.

Our programs will focus on fun, small-group activities highlighting skill practice and development.

  • Camps start from the week of July 4
  • SportWays camps run Monday to Thursday; Hawks/VAFC camp runs Monday to Friday
  • Camps are held at Eric Hamber AT field (Oak Street, between 33rd & 37th)
  • Open to all boys and girls
  • NOTE - Please follow each camps assigned age group. The registration system will not allow you to register for a camp if your child is not within the assigned age range.

FOR MORE DETAILS ON OUR SUMMER CAMPS, INCLUDING A LINK TO REGISTER, PLEASE CLICK HERE

 

Hope to see you at the field this summer!

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2022 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, 2022)

Details
10 sessions running from September 9 to November 19
(no practice or games over Thanksgiving long weekend)

Age Groups
U8 – U10; player age on January 1, 2022 = 7, 8, 9
U11 – U12; player age on January 1, 2022 = 10, 11
U13 – U14; player age on January 1, 2022 = 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 $139*
U11 – U12 $159*
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).
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.

Filed 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 (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

Safety Protocols
We will continue to follow guidelines and protocols provided by viaSport, FHBC and provincial health authorities.

Tournament Teams (Girls)

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 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 is first-come first-served so hurry!

This program is not skill-based, but rather commitment-based. You must commit to being present for at least 80% of the sessions and 2 tournaments.

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Session Times/Days and Dates

U13
Fridays, 5:00-6:30pm, Hamber Field
April 8 to June 10

U14
Fridays, 5:00-6:30pm, Hamber Field
April 8 to June 10

U15
Saturdays, 8:00-9:30am, Hamber Field
April 9 to June 11

U16
Saturdays, 8:00-9:30am, Hamber Field
April 9 to June 11

NOTE: No sessions on Easter Long Weekend, April 15, 16

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2303 West 41st Avenue
Vancouver, BC V6M 2A3