Field Hockey Spring 2020 for
Boys and Girls
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.
Spring Field Hockey is open to children who are in 3rd-8th grade in the 2019-2020 school year.
Practices and Games
Each team will practice one or two evenings during the week, between 4:30 pm and 7:30 pm. Usually practices are held at one of the Ann Arbor Public School district’s elementary schools. Practice locations are selected by the Head Coach.
Practices begin the week of April 6. No team, private or public, is to practice more than one and a half hours a week during the season.
Games begin April 18. Games are scheduled on Saturdays from 8 am to 4 pm, and Sundays from 12pm to 6pm, at area schools. You will receive a schedule of games and locations from your head coach.
The season will run 7 to 9 weeks and include 6 games.
Standard Registration (until February 24th at 5:00 pm)
Registrations must be postmarked February 24th or before to be honored for priority registration.
Late Registration (after February 24th at 5:00 pm)
You can register after February 24th, however all registrations will be on hold pending available roster space. At this point, special requests (including team and coach requests) may not be considered and jersey size is not guaranteed.
Participants not residing within the Ann Arbor Public School District are considered non-resident and must pay the respective non-resident fee.
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.
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 scholarships applications take 5 – 7 days to process. For information click here or contact the Rec & Ed office at 734-994-2300.
For complete information on the Rec & Ed refund policy, click here.
You can complete registration at www.aareced.com 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 download a registration form to mail-in or drop-off. Mail-in or drop-off your completed registration form to the Rec & Ed office at 1515 South Seventh. We have a drop-off box in the Rec & Ed office foyer available 24/7.
Registrations received during the standard registration period
➢ qualify for early registration fees,
➢ are automatically assigned into teams, and
➢ are given equal priority.
Team assignments are completed according to a child’s respective school attendance area and the time his or her registration is received.
➢ All registration forms must be in the office by closing time to qualify for early registration fees.
➢ Registrations received by mail or in the drop box before 4:30 p.m. will be marked for February 24th. Fees for registration after February 24th change to late rates.
➢ Changes also apply to on-line registration.
Registration with February 24th postmarks cannot be honored as standard registrations.
Late Registration Deadline
All registrations received after the standard registration deadline will be held until teams are formed. Players will only be assigned to teams with an unfilled roster. Every attempt will be made to place kids whose registration forms is received after the deadline; however, players are not guaranteed team placement.
Team rosters are limited to twelve (12) 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 phone from the head coach. Players who have not heard from a coach should contact Red & Ed office at email@example.com.
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.
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 place on the primary school team first.
If you have any special requests you would like us to consider, for example, to have your child assigned with a specific coach or teammate, you must fill out the Special Request question when registering online or on the registration form. We regret that we cannot guarantee special requests placed after the priority registration period.
You may indicate when you register if you want your child to "play up" a grade.
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 standards are satisfied and registration deadlines met. Registration must be open for all students that attend these schools. We require a minimum of seven players be registered for a team to be formed.
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 volunteer question when registering online or the Adult Volunteer section of the registration form.
Participants receive a team t-shirt which must be worn at all games. Players must wear shinguards 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.Questions
If you have questions regarding the field hockey program, please contactSeth at Rec & Ed, Dodsons@a2schools.org