Indoor Field Hockey

Updated Friday March 27, 2015 by WRA Editor.

Indoor Field Hockey  Indoor field hockey is recommended for players with some experience, as the season consists of games only with minimal time to teach skills and basic rules of the game.  All games are on Monday nights in the Field House at Germantown Academy.  Games are at 6:45 and 7:30 p.m. for the Junior and Intermediate division and at 8:15 and 9 p.m. for the Senior division.  The Senior division concludes each season with a tournament.  Indoor field hockey has concluded for 2014-15.

 

PROGRAM OVERVIEW:
 
WELCOME TO WRA FIELD HOCKEY! The WRA Field Hockey Program has been teaching the fundamentals of Field Hockey since 1996. Our coaching philosophy is "to teach the game of field hockey in a fun environment and to work on child development in sportsmanship, fair play, teamwork and competition."
 
This is a Developmental Program for children in grades 1 through 12, focusing on basic field hockey skills. We welcome new players in every age group. The WRA Field Hockey Program provides a fun introduction to the game, giving kids the chance to learn fundamentals and rules of field hockey. As of 2012, our practices and games for the Outdoor Season will be played on turf fields at Wissahickon High School (WHS) and Germantown Academy (GA).
 
The WRA Field Hockey Program  Winter Indoor is open to boys and girls in grades 1 through 12; however, players in grades 10, 11 and 12 should be non-varsity players. The grade divisions for each season include the following:
 
Winter Indoor (Held at GA):

  • No Instructional Division for the indoor season
  • Junior - 3rd/4th grades
  • Intermediate - 5th/6th grades
  • Senior - 7th through 12th grades (non-varsity)

REGISTRATION:Typically, the Winter Indoor season runs every Monday night, starting the Monday after Thanksgiving and through the second Monday in February. There are no games during GA's winter break or on Martin Luther King Day.  If snow forces the closure of GA, then hockey is canceled and WILL NOT be rescheduled. Junior and Intermediate games are played at  6:45 pm and 7:30 pm; Senior games are played at 8:15 pm and 9 pm.  Games are played in the Germantown Academy Field House.

OVERVIEW - INDOOR:
The Indoor Program consists of Junior, Intermediate and Senior Divisions; there is NO INSTRUCTIONAL DIVISION. Games are played on Monday nights ONLY, with no practices any other time of the week.  Players interested in this program SHOULD have some field hockey experience as there is no time built in to the schedule for any instruction.  The divisions are the same as above.
 
SPONSORSHIPS:

SPONSORS NEEDED!
We really can’t do this without your support. If you have sponsored previously we hope that you would consider doing it again this year and if you have never sponsored, this year is a great time to join our program.

The cost to sponsor a team is $175.00 and you can contact Pat Guaglianone at patguag@msn.com if you have any questions.
 
HOCKEY OFFICIALS:
WRA trains high school students (MUST be in at least 9th grade) to officiate the Junior and Intermediate games and the Instructional Tournament games. 
 
You are required to attend the scheduled training session(s) and the scrimmage day in order to be placed on the active official’s roster.  There are two training sessions for first year officials and one all returning officials.  The first training session will be announced and is usually held during the beginning of March.  The training session for all officials is held on the first Sunday practice date (usually the second Sunday in March).  The scrimmage is usually the third Sunday in March.  There are a limited number of spots and registration preference is given to those that officiated in the past. To register as an official, you must have or create an account with WRA, the option to register will appear if registration is still open. The  contact for the officials is Rich Fry, mrfry22@yahoo.com.
 
VOLUNTEER COACHES:
Our organization is managed and coached by volunteers. Please register as a volunteer to coach. The program will be better if you donate some time, and that commitment is minimal as long as everyone pitches in!
 
Volunteer coaches are subject to the below requirements:
 
Adult Volunteers

All volunteer coaches and assistant coaches age 18 or older must complete the online background check in accordance with the WRA policy described on the Background Screening page of the WRA Web site.  To complete the online background check, log into your WRA account, click Register, and then choose Coach Background Checks from the menu.  There is no fee for this service.  

Minor/Student Volunteers

All volunteer coaches and assistant coaches who are minors and/or students must, together with his/her parent/guardian, complete and submit to the appropriate Division Commissioner the Parent or Guardian Attestation for Minor/Student Volunteers (click here to view/print the document).  If there is an issue that you need to disclose regarding your minor/student child, please contact Field Hockey Chairpersons Pat Guaglianone or Lisa Becker to discuss it.  A decision will be made on an individual basis whether to exclude a student from volunteering based on the nature of the infraction and/or the amount of time since the infraction occurred.

Student Volunteers Under 21 Years of Age

All student volunteer coaches and assistant coaches must be paired with a registered adult age 21 or older, who may or may not be a parent, and who has completed the online background check.  The designated registered adult must be present with the student volunteer at all WRA practices and games.  All volunteers under 21 years of age must complete and submit to the appropriate Division Commissioner the Volunteer Affirmation Form for Minors/High School Students (click here to view/print the document). 

Description of Responsibilities to be a Volunteer Coach:

  • Notify Teams when you are assigned your team.  Coaches will have limited access to the player database and will be able to conduct team management from their personal WRAsports.org account.
  • Work with opposing coach and Division Commissioner.
  • For the Senior Division, both coaches should turn in scores to the commissioner by Sunday night.
  • Communicate with your team regularly.
  • Communicate with your commissioner when questions or issues arise.
  • Attend one practice and/or one game each week for the season.
  • Be a positive role model for your players and parents.  We’re here for the kids.