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GIRLS Field Hockey | Varsity
Welcome to our 4th year of UMS field hockey!
I cannot tell you how gratified I am to see how much this sport has grown in a few short years at UMS. In our first 2 years as a club sport, we grew from about 16 players to 20. Last year, as an official UMS team sport, we grew to 26 players. And this year, we welcomed about 38 players in our first 2 days of practice! It’s awesome.
I wanted to make sure everyone has the details of the UMS team and how this season is going to run. It’s a little different from other team sports at UMS because we play indoor field hockey and outdoor field hockey games.
Coaching staff. We have four assistant coaches, Coach Lydia, Coach Alyssa, Coach Bunny, and Coach Abbey. All are now Juniors at Leigh High School and play on the varsity team. Both Lydia and Alyssa spearheaded the creation of the field hockey program at UMS when they were 8th graders. I am Coach Linda, head coach, and played at Stanford Univ in the 80’s. We are all excited to see so many players this year and impart any knowledge and experiences we have to foster a love for the sport of field hockey and continue the winning tradition that began a few years ago.
Uniform. All players should wear black shorts, black socks, gym shoes for indoor games, and cleats or turf shoes for outdoor games. Jerseys were passed out after practice today. If your player did not get a jersey, please check with me before warmups before tomorrow’s game. Please note: all players must have shin guards and mouth guard or she cannot play. No exceptions. This is a hard and fast rule. This is true for our opponents as well. If a player is found without shin guards and mouth guard, they will be removed from the field.
Practices. In the month of March, practices are all on Tues and Thurs with indoor games on Fridays. 3:00pm to 4:15pm. We will practice on the asphalt near the gym when it’s dry. If it rains like today, assuming it’s not too windy, we will practice under the roof/eaves near the classrooms. We will practice stickwork and short, quick passing, for the most part. In the month of April, we will have practices and games Mon thru Thurs, nothing on Fridays. Attached is a calendar of games and practices put together by Coach Bunny. Please note: all players must have shin guards and mouth guard or she cannot play.
Attendance for practices. I understand that there are many activities our kids are involved in. If your player can only attend one practice a week for some reason, please let me know. I know that some are in choir, drama club, or other. Please let me know so that I can note that in the roster. And if your player has to leave early, please let me know so that I can note that in the roster.
Attendance for games. PLEASE PLEASE let me know if your player cannot attend a game as soon as you know. I put the lineups for each team together the night before the indoor games. For outdoor games, teams will be set but again, I need to know if anyone will be missing so that I can adjust the teams.
Indoor field hockey. All indoor field hockey games take place in March and in the UMS gym. Our first game is tomorrow, Friday, March 2nd. Game start is somewhere between 3:45pm and 4:00pm, whenever the other team arrives and is ready to go, we’ll get started. Indoor games can only be on Fridays because the volleyball team uses the gym during the week.
Outdoor field hockey. This year, we are lucky to be able to use the upper grass field at Leigh High School on Tuesdays and Thursdays for our home field hockey games. When we don’t have a game on a Tuesday or Thursday, we may move our practice to the upper field at Leigh High School so that the girls can get used to it. I will let you all know in advance. Games will start around 4:00pm or when the other team arrives and is ready to play. Games will be two 20-minute halves with a 5-minute halftime. We are planning at least 2 teams, perhaps 3 teams this year.
Calendar/Schedule of games. (Attached)
- All home UMS games will be at the upper grass field hockey field at Leigh High School.
- We have ONE outdoor game in March – Thursday, 3/22, AT Willow Glen Middle School turf.
- Please note that the one game AT St. Chris will take place at the Presentation High School turf at 6:00pm. This is because the turf is not available until after track & field is finished.
- UMS-only indoor tournament on 4/6. This is a fun tradition for just UMS players. Prizes will be given out for each team.
- UMS-only Field Hockey Olympics is a tradition at our last practice of the season to celebrate our fun field hockey season.
I think that’s it for now. Please don’t hesitate to contact me should you have any questions at all regarding UMS field hockey.
Thanks and looking forward to a great season!
2018 Field Hockey Season
Friday, March 2, 2018 WGMS @ UMS Indoor, UMS Gym 3:45pm
Friday, March 16, 2018 UMS @ RHMS Indoor, UMS Gym 3:45pm
Thursday, March 22, 2018 UMS @ WGMS Outdoor, Willow Glen turf 3:45pm
Friday, March 30, 2018 RHMS @ UMS Indoor, UMS Gym 3:45pm
Thursday, April 5, 2018 WGMS @ UMS UMS/Leigh High School, Upper field 4:00pm
Tuesday, April 17, 2018 RHMS @ UMS UMS/Leigh High School, Upper field 4:00pm
Wednesday, April 18, 2018 UMS @ St. Chris St. Chris/Presentation High School 6:00pm
Tuesday, April 24, 2018 SFC @ UMS UMS/Leigh High School, Upper field 4:00pm
Thursday, April 26, 2018 UMS @ SFC St. Francis field 4:00pm
Tuesday, May 1, 2018 UMS @ RHMS Rolling Hills field 4:00pm
Thursday, May 3, 2018 St. Chris @ UMS UMS/Leigh High School, Upper field 4:00pm