The URA Field Hockey Program is an instructional level program open to girls entering first through eighth grades in the fall who are interested in both learning the fundamentals of field hockey and improving their skills.  Our program is designed for the girls to have fun, get exercise, practice teamwork and develop their hockey abilities.  In 2013, we had over 150 girls involved in our program!!!

The season generally runs from Early September through the end of October. The girls are typically divided into divisions based on their grade level:

  • First-Second Grades….One hour twice a week with games during those times.
  • Third-Fourth Graders….One and a half hours of weeknight practice and Saturday morning games
  • Fifth-Sixth Graders…..Two and a half hours of weeknight practice and Saturday morning games.
  • Seventh-Eighth Graders….Saturday morning games

The 1-2 and 3-4 divisions play 6 vs. 6 on a half sized field with no goalie.  Home games are played at the URA baseball/softball complex located on Route 82, approx. 1 mile past Unionville Elementary.  The 5-6 and 7-8 division plays 11 vs. 11 with goalies on a full sized field, similar to that of the middle and high school teams.  Our “home” field is located at Patton Middle School.  In previous seasons, we have been able to “travel” to away locations (no further than 30 minutes) and this will be determined at the end of summer.

NOTE: Practice is a necessary component of learning this sport, developing skills and teamwork and playing hockey SAFELY.  Please recognize that a commitment to practice is important and players must develop a level of safety before coaches can give them the opportunity to play in games.

URA provides t-shirts, balls and goalie equipment for players.  Each player MUST PROVIDE their own stick, eye goggles/mask, shin guards, mouth guard and shorts.  Shin guards, eye goggles/mask and mouth guards are mandatory!

Volunteering is needed.  Our program is only as successful as the involvement of volunteers allows us to be!  Please consider signing up to help by being a coach, age group commissioner and/or field commissioner.  (We will have a free hockey clinic for those volunteering to coach.)  Contact Leslie Mariani at [email protected] if you are interested in helping.