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WELLESLEY YOUTH FIELD HOCKEY

Fall Program

Wellesley Youth Field Hockey's Fall Program is offered to all players in grades 1-8th who live in Wellesley or attend a Wellesley school.

 

While turf field space is limited in Wellesley and daylight also limits our time in late Fall, WYFH is trying to secure field space with the town.  USA Field Hockey promotes learning field hockey on turf for a # of reasons including building confidence in young players to move the ball up and down the field and help safety concerns since balls will move better on turf and therefore less "hacking". 

 

  • Skills Clinics - once a week on Sunday mornings*

  • League Play - 1-2x week practice & Saturday games

Fundamental Field Hockey Skills Clinics

Open to all 1st - 4th graders in Wellesley.  One-hour clinics focused on teaching fundamental field hockey skills, conditioning and game play.  This is a great opportunity to get players introduced to the sport of field hockey.  

  • Grades 1/2 practice Sundays @ 9 am

  • Grades 3/4 practice Sundays @ 10 am* 

Commonwealth League Play

Each season, as WYFH secures field space, we will update our Fall Program to provide players with the practice & game schedule including field location prior to the season start date.

This program gives players the opportunity to learn field hockey and play games in the Commonwealth Field Hockey League. 
https://www.commonwealthfieldhockey.com

This league has the following grade divisions: 

  • Grades 3/4​ - 1x week practice (Wednesdays)* + game

  • Grades 5/6 - 2x week practice (Tuesdays & Thursdays)* + game 

  • Grades 7/8 - 2x week practice (Tuesdays & Thursdays)^ + game 

Practice times are generally 5:45 pm - 6:45 pm (or dusk, whichever is later).*  

Games are played on Saturdays. Home games are played at Wellesley Sprague Turf Field #3. 

Subject to change due to the TOWN OF WELLESLEY FIELD PERMIT PROCESS.

We support and encourage players to play for their school team, if available. We offer 2x/week practices for registered 7/8 grade players since WYFH holds practices and play games on a turf field. Playing on turf field is the preferred surface to learn and play field hockey. These practices will elevate their game and prepare for high school play.

The objective the Commonwealth Field Hockey League is to promote girls youth field hockey in an environment that:

  • Emphasizes fun, while developing skills, teamwork, good sportsmanship, self confidence and integrity

  • Strives to provide equal playing time for all players

  • Creates balanced teams at each age level 

  • Adheres to a zero-tolerance policy for misconduct of players, coaches and spectators. 

Wellesley Youth Field Hockey supports these objectives.  

​There is no prior playing experience required to register.  All players will be placed on balanced teams.

We cannot stress how important timely registration is for our program so that we do not have to limit the number of players. For team-based programs, we have a responsibility to our Wellesley players and other field hockey programs and leagues to register for the correct number of teams that we can enter. We register the number of teams based on the number of registrations in our system as of the league registration deadline. At that time, the league expects Wellesley Youth Field Hockey to commit to the # of teams registered in each age division and be able to play with a full team each week. We do not want to limit the number of players we accept into our program.  We must make sure our teams are fully rostered, but we must also make sure that they are not so big that playing time is limited.

 

 

3rd/4th Grade

  • 8v8, including goallie

  • Smaller field

  • 2 20 min. halves, 5 min. half-time

  • No time-outs

  • No corners

  • Long hit awarded

  • Self -start allowed

  • Substitutions on the fly

5th/6th Grade

  • 11v11, including goalie

  • Regulation full fieldd

  • 4 10 min. quarters, with 2 min. intervals between 1/2 and 3/4 quarters. 

  • 1 time-out per half

  • Penalty corners awarded

  • Subsittions on the fly except during a penalty corner

7th/8th Grade

  • 11v11, including goalie

  • Regulation full fieldd

  • 4 12 min. quarters, with 2 min. intervals between 1/2 and 3/4 quarters. 

  • 1 time-out per half

  • Penalty corners awarded

  • Subsittions on the fly except during a penalty corner