FIELD HOCKEY EXPECTATIONS AND INFORMATION 2020 Due to COVID, guidelines and restrictions have been put in place by various state agencies that are going to change the way Cental MA's sports' daily practice, game and transportation schedules and procedures have looked in years past. Please be patient as we get that information out to the community.
Selection will be based on the following criteria:
Skill Level / Stickwork/Conditioning
Knowledge of Offensive/Defensive Concepts
Players will be selected to the Varsity or JV teams. Grades 6 - 12 players are eligible for Varsity or JV(Some of the JV will be designated as Varsity “Swing” players. These players will play on the JV, but, may be asked to move up and play some Varsity time. When there is a Varsity-only practice, these players are welcome, but, not required to attend.
Team size will be determined by the coaches
Practices are held daily for both teams on non-game days they will start at 3:30 and end at 5:15 pm. Practices are held on release days at the regular time. Varsity practice may be held on Sundays or no-school days when there is a game the next day. (These would normally be in the late afternoon/early evening)
Athletes are expected to be at all practices unless absent from school.
Before joining a team, each athlete should determine whether they can meet the time commitment that is necessary for the good of the program.
Varsity games are generally at 3:30 or 4:00. JV games are usually right after the Varsity at 4:45 or 5:15. Both teams travel on the same bus. Parents need to pick up their child at Tahanto when the bus arrives from the away site.
Each player is required to have the following:
STICK LENGTH GUIDE
4’0” and under
4’1” – 4’ 3”
4’4” – 4’6”
4’7” – 5’0”
5’1” – 5’3”
5’4” – 5’ 6”
5’10” and up
Colored Mouth guard (cannot be clear)
Water bottles (Enough for entire practice)
Cleats or Turf shoes
Sneakers for running practices
*Goalie protective equipment will be provided. Please contact Coach Draper if your child will be a new goalie candidate, or if you have any equipment questions. ( )
Players should come dressed appropriately for practice: t-shirt, shorts, sweats and have both sneakers and cleats. Players will not be allowed into the building during practice.
Players will be provided with a scrimmage vest for practices. Tanks or t’s should be worn under these.
All players will need dark green (away) and white (home) soccer socks for games. Sock-style shin guards in the appropriate color can be worn without soccer socks.
Players are responsible for their uniforms and team-assigned equipment. Any player that loses his/her uniform is obligated to pay the replacement cost.
Varsity – No player is guaranteed playing time; every effort will be made to allow each player to contribute to the success of the team on a regular basis
JV – Every effort will be made to give each player the opportunity to play in the game provided they have attended practices, have displayed a positive attitude and have not violated any school/team rules
TRANSPORTATION : TBA
All team members must ride the bus to away games when a bus is provided.
Middle School students may ride home with their parent/guardian provided they have brought in a note to the main office on the day of the game. (It must be the parent/guardian of the student that they are riding with NOT someone else’s parents)
Please make arrangements to pick your son/daughter up from the practices at the time that practice is over and from the games when the bus arrives back at Tahanto.
Communication regarding practices, game schedules, cancellations etc. can be found on the Tahanto athletic web site. Please check the site on a regular basis as changes are made frequently due to weather, cancellations, gym availability, etc. Each team has their own web page where the information for that team can be found.
If parents or players have a problem, concern, or question please contact the coach of the team. The coach’s contact information
can be found on the Tahanto athletic web site by selecting the team on the scroll down menu.. If there is a general question please contact the athletic director.
We strongly encourage players to talk to their coaches when they have questions or concerns.
SPECTATOR CONDUCT Please do not coach your son/daughter from the bleachers. Every parent wants to help their child succeed and it’s your parental instinct to want to do so at all times, even during the games. You should help your child succeed, but not during the game. Talk with them before the game, talk with them after the game, but during the game, that’s the coach’s job and the players’ opportunity to perform on their own. Remember the coach is the only one that is there at all practices and is coaching ALL of the players.
We believe the parents’ roles are to be our biggest fans and offer positive encouragement to all members of the team. Parents play a vital role in supporting our athletes and in the team’s overall success. Exemplary sportsmanship will be expected from parents toward our players, coaches, officials, and our opponents.