•  Field Hockey - Fall 2024   

     


     
    Commitment to Welcoming and Inclusive Leagues
    Rec & Ed is committed to providing safe and inclusive recreational sports opportunities to all young people, regardless of race/ethnicity, socioeconomic status, national origin, ability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. Youth may register using a variety of gender terms, including “non-binary,” and are welcome to select whichever sports and leagues they prefer.
     
    We welcome young people who identify as non-binary or gender-fluid to play on Rec & Ed teams! Parents, feel free to contact Seth Dodson (dodsons@a2schools.org) to ensure we have correct pronouns for their children and to discuss any other ways we can provide children with a welcoming environment.
     
     
    About the Youth Field Hockey League Program

    Kids develop their social and mental skills, physical strength, and character while learning how to play field hockey. Teamwork and active participation are key components. Every child plays as there are no tryouts or cuts.

    Fall Field Hockey is open to children who are in 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th grade in the 2024-2025 school year. 

    The season will run 7 to 9 weeks. Teams will play six games. Most, if not all, games are played on Sundays!
     
    Questions: If you have questions regarding the field hockey program, please contact Theda at Rec & Ed, joffet@aaps.k12.mi.us


    Practices and Games

    Each team will practice one evening during the week, either at 5:00 pm or 6:00 pm. Usually, practices are held at one of the Ann Arbor Public School district’s elementary schools. Practice locations and days are selected by the Head Coach.

    Practices begin the week of August 26th.  No team, private or public, is to practice more than one and a half hours a week during the season.

    The games begin on Sunday, September 8th. The season will run from seven to nine weeks.  Games are scheduled on some Sundays from 11am to 6pm, at area schools. If there are Saturday games, they are from 9am to 4pm. Sundays will be used in the fall due to Michigan's football scheduling. You will receive a schedule of games and locations from your head coach.


    Fees
    Registration (Until Monday, July 22nd at 5:00pm)
    Resident $135
    Non-resident $145

    There is NO LATE REGISTRATION after Monday, July 22nd at 5:00PM

     

    Payment

    We accept VISA, MasterCard, and American Express credit cards. Please make all checks payable to Ann Arbor Public Schools or AAPS. Payments can be made in cash at the Rec & Ed office.

     

    Scholarships

    Fee waivers are available to residents of the Ann Arbor school district in need of financial assistance. A current approved scholarship must be on file for your child’s registration to be processed.  Please apply at least two weeks prior to the registration period to avoid delays as scholarship applications take 5 – 7 days to process. For information click here or contact the Rec & Ed office at 734-994-2300.

     

    Refund Policy

    For complete information on the Rec & Ed refund policy, click here.


    Registration

    You can complete registration online here until the end of the standard registration period.  If you do not have a Rec & Ed account, you will be guided to create your account as part of your registration procedure. Or, you can call the Rec & Ed office at 734-994-2300 ext 0.  Reminder there is no late registration. Registration closes at 5:00pm on Monday, July 22nd.

     

    Registration

    Registrations received during the registration period are automatically assigned into teams, and are given equal priority. 

     

    Team Formation

    Team rosters are limited to twelve (14) players per team unless a team's coach requests more players for his or her team.

    Players will be notified of their team assignment via email or phone from the head coach.  Players who have not heard from a coach should email joffet@a2schools.org.
     
    Participants are assigned to school teams based on their public school attendance areas. Consult Youth Player Placement for detailed information.

    In the case of limited space, participants may be assigned to teams with participants from different attendance areas. If two teams are formed for the same grade from the same school, coaches and Rec & Ed staff will assign players to teams in accordance with departmental guidelines to ensure equally-balanced teams.

     

    Combo Teams

    If more than ten players from the same grade and school register, participants may be assigned to teams with participants from different attendance areas. It is not rare for “combo” teams, or teams with participants from two or more different schools to be formed. If your child’s school has filled its primary team roster, a combo team will be formed. Players whose registrations are received during the priority registration period are placed in the primary school team first.

     

    Charter, Parochial, Private, and Out-of-District Public Schools  

    Charter, parochial, private, and out-of-district public school teams can be formed if all grade requirements are satisfied and registration deadlines met. Registration must be open for all students that attend these schools.  We require a minimum of seven players to be registered for a team to be formed.


    Coaches

    Teams are coached and assisted by volunteers, many of whom are parents. Coaches and team parents are always needed!  If you would like to volunteer, please fill out the Fall volunteer coaches information form or fill out the volunteer question when registering online or the Adult Volunteer section of the paper registration form. 


    Uniforms

    Participants receive a team t-shirt which must be worn at all games. Players must wear shin guards under their socks.  Shorts, athletic shoes, and socks are standard team uniforms. Indicate your child’s t-shirt size when you register. During games and practices, all jewelry, such as rings, watches, bracelets (including friendship), earrings of any kind (including starters), chains or necklaces are illegal. Any player who fails to remove his or her jewelry may not participate until it is removed.