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Field Hockey Notices
Update 2020 Fall Season: Due to the pandemic, several teams have
decided not to participate in the league and play games against other towns. We will
instead offer clinics this fall starting in Sept. on Monday & Thursday evenings for
Watchung Hills area students in grades 3-8. The clinics will focus on skills and
drills and scrimmages. We are putting together the final details and will announce the
programs soon. Please check back here for updates.
Registration for clinics is open on Community Pass until 9/13/20.
Clinics will start on Monday, 9/14.
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JUNIOR Fall Field Hockey Program
The Junior Fall Field Hockey Program is an instructional field hockey league with a low level of
competition and a strong focus on skill development with across the board participation. All
ability levels are welcome. We also hire an outside organization to come in and teach skills and
drills and incorporate this training into our regular practice nights.
Normally, our Fall Field Hockey Program for Watchung Hills area students, grades 3-8, runs from
late August until mid November. We are members of the Mid NJ Youth Field Hockey league and in
the “Southwest Division”. However, for the fall 2020, we have restructured our program due to
the pandemic and have decided to keep our program “local”. We will be running sessions for
Grades 3 & 4 on Monday & Thursday evenings during the month of September. For grades
5-8, we will run sessions on Monday & Thursday evenings from September until the end of
October. Sessions will be held under the lights at Kantor Memorial Park Turf Field. We will not
be playing games in neighboring towns on Sundays during the season. We hope to resume that
program in the fall of 2021.
All participants will follow additional protocols during the pandemic which may be adjusted as
necessary during the season for the Grades 3-8 programs.
If your child is sick, please have them stay home.
Participants will have to wear a cloth face covering at drop off and pick up and if using the
bathroom facilities. During training, the cloth face coverings may be removed.
All participants will have their temperatures taken at the beginning of each session with an
infrared touchless thermometer. Anyone with a fever of 100.4F or higher will not be able to
participate in the session.
Goalie equipment will not be able to shared. Therefore, when scrimmaging, we will not be using
Participants will be asked to arrive 15 minutes early for check in.
In Fall 2020, players will use their practice pinnies (pink & white reversible pinnies that
we have used in the past). Players will not wear their uniforms to sessions—just bring pinnies.
Pinnies are available for purchase for those that don’t have their pinnie from a previous year.
Mouth guards, Cleats, Shin Guards, Field Hockey Goggles are MANDATORY!
A limited number of loaner sticks are available; first come, first served basis.
Program Director: Kathy Gulbish
Practice Pinnie: $15
As additional Fall information becomes available, it will be posted here.
Please NOTE: Boys who wish to play Field Hockey are permitted to by the league. Please contact
the Recreation Dept. with any questions.
A note from Coach Kathy regarding sticks:
In regards to stick size: with the toe of the stick on the ground, make sure it is straight.
Hold the stick with 2 fingers at the top of the handle
keeping it in place. The top of the stick should reach the hip bone, it can be slightly higher
Another way is by height.
4'3" and under- 31 inches
4'3"-4'6": 32 inches
4'6"-4' 9": 33 inches
4'9"-5'0": 34 inches
5'0"-5'2": 35-35.5 inches
5'2"-5'7": 36-36.5 inches
5'7"-5'10": 37-37.5 inches
5'10" and over: 38 inches
pictured above--Long Hill Grades 7/8 2013 Field Hockey Team