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Field Hockey

Early Bird Registration ($20 discount) Dates: June 20- July 31 (unless leagues fill up prior to 7/31)

Regular Registration Dates: August 1 -  15 

Season Dates: late August – early November

Fields and Facilities: Lionville Park (and some away games)

Eligible Addresses: Live in Downingtown Area School District (DASD)

Player Info: Girls grades 1-8

Required Equipment: Field hockey stick, colored mouth guard, shin guards
 (also all players must have an LYA Field Hockey pinnie, either ordered this year or from a prior year)

Contact Information: LYA Field Hockey Commissioner:  TBD

 League Descriptions

Overview of Sport:

LYA Field Hockey is an instructional and league program played in the fall, and is organized a little differently from most other sports in LYA.  Players are divided by grade level - see descriptions below.  Practices and home games are played at Lionville Park, located at Devon Drive and Rt 113, on field J or on the LMS hockey field.  There are, however, away games that will require travel to other sites, no more than 25-30 minutes away.  Leagues have one or more practices on weeknights, and games are primarily played on Saturday mornings and on some weeknights. 

League Descriptions

Info by league - (choose the league that corresponds to your child's grade in fall 2018)

1st-2nd grade - Introduction to Field Hockey - In our second year for this age grouop, this will still be a mainly instructional league with  learning sessions and play days, but this year we will be adding a few 5v5 games to give the girls the experience of actually playing another team. 
3rd-4th grade - Instructional league - Players will practice once a week (coaches determine the practice day for each team) and will also play some games.  Game play will be on a 60 yd by 30 yd field with a 5 vs 5 or  6 vs 6 format. This encourages continual involvement in play and improved stick manipulation. We do not play with goalies at this level. The length of the game is 40 minutes broken up into two 20 minute halves. Coaches are allowed to be on the field at this level.
5th-6th grade - Instructional league - Players will practice twice a week and also play games.  Practice days will be determined by each coach. Game play will be on a regulation size field with a 11 vs 11 format. The goalie position is introduced at this level and goalie equipment is provided. The length of the game is 50 minutes broken up into two 25 minute halves. Coaches are not allowed on the field at this level. Paid referees will officiate games.
7th-8th grade - Intramural league - This is NOT an instructional program - players are expected to already have a basic knowledge and skill level.  There are NO practices.  7th-8th grade players compete on a regulation size field with a standard 11 vs 11 format. Goalies are used. Games will be played on Saturday afternoons. The length of the game will be 50 minutes, divided into 2- 25 minute halves.  






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