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Hopkinton Youth Sports Association
HYSA Field Hockey Programs
Spring and Fall Seasons
HYSA is excited to support Hopkinton youth field hockey. HYSA offers field hockey programs both spring (skill development) and fall (traditional) seasons.
Our spring season is an in-town field hockey camp offered to girls in grades 3-8. All skill levels from beginner to advanced are welcome. Those players new to the sport will learn forehand and reverse stick ball handling, dribbling, and push passing; more experienced players will be coached in advanced skills like the reverse-stick sweep, reverse-stick spin, and drag flick. During scrimmages players will apply and share their newly acquired skills in game-time situations. Coaches will reinforce the importance of sportsmanship and team building at all times, and most importantly, have fun!
Our fall season is a more traditional travel program and is for girls in grades 3-6. During the fall we play neighboring youth teams from towns up to one-half hour away, typically playing in up to six jamborees over the season. Field hockey skills will continue to be coached during practices, but the game itself will be our best teacher. Game-time creativity, independent thinking, experimentation, and risk taking will be encouraged. At this (and all levels) player development along with safety and clean play (playing by the rules) will be our primary goals. And as always, fun will be the name of the game!
Both spring and fall field hockey programs are scheduled not to conflict with HYSA softball and soccer, allowing girls to participate in either or both sports. Research supports the importance of sport sampling and the detrimental effects of early sport specialization. HYSA encourages multi-sport players with the goal of building healthy kids now and future athletes for life.
For questions or additional information, email Tim Upton, HYSA Commissioner of Field Hockey, at firstname.lastname@example.org.