KENNETT BLUE DEMONS FIELD HOCKEY

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WELCOME TO KENNETT BLUE DEMONS

FIELD HOCKEY!

We are committed to providing a safe and fun environment devoted to promoting educational, recreational, and competitive field hockey activities for students in Kindergarten through 8th grade.  We seek to develop each player to the best of their ability and promote a spirit of sportsmanship and community with players, coaches, and parents/guardians. 

 

The number of players Kennett Blue Demons Field Hockey can accept is directly related to the number of coaches who volunteer.  In order to ensure a positive experience for players, there will be limits set for each age group based on the number of coaches who volunteer. If you are interested in coaching or volunteering in any capacity, please click HERE.

 

If you have any questions, please click here to contact us at bluedemonsfieldhockey@gmail.com.

K/1st/2nd

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3rd/4th

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5th/6th

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7th/8th

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Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd Grade (K/2)

The goal for this age group is fun and learning a new sport with limited emphasis on winning and losing. This age group focuses on basic stick skills such as passing, shooting, and different pulls. There are no goalies.

Games are played 6 v 6 on a half-sized field. There are no corner plays. Rules are flexible and refereed appropriately to allow the girls to learn the basics of the game while still having fun.

3rd and 4th Grade (3/4)

In this age group, participants will be placed on evenly balanced teams. We will introduce field hockey in an environment geared towards fun and learning with an emphasis on skill development and teamwork. Practices focus on passing, receiving, lifting, shooting, and offensive and defensive plays. There are no goalies.

Games are played 6 v 6 on a half-sized field. There are no corner plays. Game rules are enforced by referees to reflect skill level.

5th and 6th Grade (5/6)

In this age group, participants will be placed on evenly balanced teams. We will introduce field hockey in an environment geared towards fun and learning with an emphasis on skill development and teamwork. Practices focus on enhancing skills such as passing, receiving, lifting, shooting, and offensive and defensive plays. This is a full field play and goalies are required.

Games are played 11 v 11 on a full field with corner plays. All USA Field Hockey rules are followed.

7th and 8th Grade (7/8)

In this age group, field hockey experience is required. The focus is still on fun and learning with the addition of more advanced skill and team concepts and preparing for high school level of play. Goalies are required.

Games are played 11 v 11 on a full field with corner plays. All USA Field Hockey rules are followed.

Equipment

Safety is of the utmost importance to our organization and each player will need to provide their own equipment. The equipment required includes a stick, mask, mouthguard, shin guards and eye gear. We encourage cleats, but sneakers are suitable for younger girls. It is up to parents/guardians to ensure their player is using equipment that meets current safety standards. The Safety Equipment Institute is a third party certification organization and this link will take you to that organization’s certification for recreational sports equipment. https://www.seinet.org/search.htm

The required uniform includes a skort, pinnie, and socks.  It is nearly identical to the uniform that was used in the past and is also used for Blue Demons Lacrosse.

The Season: Practices and Games

The season will begin around September and end in October. Practices will take place twice a week, with games on Saturdays and an occasional Sunday.  Practices and games will take place on local fields and in nearby school districts.

Coaching

All coaches volunteer their personal time to make Blue Demons Field Hockey a huge success. The number of participants the program can accept is directly related to the number of coaches who volunteer. In order to ensure a positive experience for everyone, there will be limits set for each age group based on the number of coaches who volunteer.

Coaching is a great way to support families and youth in the Kennett community. Coaches teach more than sport specific skills - they help our young athletes develop important life skills.  As a coach, you can have a positive influence on parents and players, as well as be an excellent example of community support and pride.  You’ve never coached? No problem!  The league will pay for USA Field Hockey membership for head coaches, provide training for assistant coaches, and will pay for any USA Field Hockey education sessions. If you are interested in coaching or volunteering in any capacity, please click HERE.  Thank you!