Q: How do I choose my athlete’s age division?
A: The ‘U’ that comes before the age division means ‘Under’. For example, U10 means under 10 as of USAFH Regulations. USAFH goes by your age as of Jan 1, 2018. If you are 9 as of that January date, you are genuinely a U10.
Q: How do I know if my athlete should move up to the next age division? I want them to be challenged.
A: A frequent question that we receive is can my athlete move up an age division to be challenged. The answer is not black and white. At Stick Power we have three credentials that will help you determine if your athlete is prepared to compete in a higher age division.
- Physical Size- is your athlete comparably sized to the next age group. An athlete that is significantly smaller will have a harder time with the physicality and strength of the next age division.
- Mental Understanding of the Game- does your athlete understand the concept of field hockey in a strategical manner. Are they passed knowing the skills and wanting to develop their game sense at a higher level?
- Skill- we list skill last. Skill is an obvious measurement of whether an athlete should age up, but at Stick Power we believe that they should have all three of these components before moving up.
Keeping your athlete in their appropriate age division is not always a hindrance to their development. It allows extra time to master the skills of the game as well as gain confidence in their ability. Taking that year to be the “top dog” on the team serves a purpose of developing leadership and confidence.
Winter practices take place Tuesday and Thursday nights. Your child will only practice one night a week!
Summer practices take place on Wednesday nights.
Winter games will begin at 8:00 AM on Saturdays, with the last game beginning at 3:00.
Summer games all take place on Thursday nights.
Several groups are putting teams together themselves and registering. We welcome this! When you register, there is a section to make notes, and this is where you would let us know what coach/team you want to be with if you already have one in mind.
If you are signing up individually, that’s great too! We will create teams geographically based on school and location.
We want this to be an educational experience for the players, while strengthening the skills of all players involved. Many have asked about our A vs. B U19 breakdown. This will likely end up looking like mostly Varsity level in the more skilled group and JV level in the lower group. Your 13 year old will not be playing with/against 18 year olds!
Winter League: We are grateful to St. Luke’s for allowing us to use their space during the winter! Spectators will watch the games from a stage in the gym. St. Luke’s will also be opening a concessions stand on game days.
Summer League uses the CNU Turf Field!
Shinguards, mouth guard, Indoor stick taped with athletic tape, sneakers/tennis shoes, hair tied back when applicable. If you are a goalie, we also have equipment to loan for the season if you do not have your own.
Our coaches are current or former college players, high school coaches, and college coaches. They love the game and know how to develop as well as challenge young players.
Officials will be certified for VHSL and most officiate US Field Hockey sanctioned events.