WYFH PROGRAM OVERVIEW
Wilton Youth Field Hockey is a not-for-profit volunteer organization whose purpose is to develop youth players, grades K-8, into competitive, well-rounded athletes, while promoting respect, sportsmanship and a love for the sport of field hockey.
The Wilton Youth Field Hockey Program is a developmental program focused on providing age appropriate training and competitive play that enables girls to grow to their fullest potential and providing them with the guidance to evolve as a player and a ‘Warrior’.
Wilton Youth Field Hockey is a member of the Fairfield County Field Hockey League which provides competitive play opportunities throughout the season through a mix of jamborees and travel games coordinated by grade level.
Wilton Youth Field Hockey player development is led by Head Coach & Player Development Director, Emily Townsend Prince. Emily brings both her superior coaching skills and proven elite player development expertise to Wilton’s Youth players. Emily is working with WYFH in all of the following:
- Establishing a formalized training program for grades 3-8;
- Overseeing our coaching from the review and training of our hired 7/8 Travel coaches to the training and support of our volunteer coaches;
- Coaching the 8th grade Blue Travel Team with special attention on preparing our middle school players for high school;
- Leading our clinics, camps and new programs
Grades K-2 Clinics:
Coaching: All K-2 clinics are led by parent volunteer coaches. Overseen by Head Coach and Player Development Director, Emily Townsend Prince, coaches will be supported through coaching clinics and provided practice plans customized for each grade level of player.
Grades K-2: This is a clinic-based program where girls learn the fundamentals of the game as a group. Clinics are held once weekly on Saturdays.
Grades 3-6 Intramural League:
Coaching: All 3-6 Intramural programs are led by parent volunteer coaches. Overseen by Head Coach and Player Development Director, Emily Townsend Prince, coaches will be supported through coaching clinics and provided practice plans customized for each grade level of player.
Grade 3: This is a clinic-based program where girls learn the fundamentals of the game as a group. The 3rd Grade group practices once during the week and on Saturday with some "Play Days" with nearby towns on some weekends.
Grade 4: This is a clinic-based program where girls learn the fundamentals of the game as a group. The 4th Grade group practices once during the week and on Saturday with some "Play Days" with nearby towns on some weekends.
Grades 5 & 6: This is a combined program where 5th and 6th grade players will be assigned to mixed and balanced teams. Teams practice 1x during the week and play either an intramural game or travel game on Saturdays and/or Sundays. Games will be both home and away and game schedules will be posted the first week of the season. We are offering an optional skills clinic on Monday evenings. Start date and exact time of the clinic will be announced closer to season start as well.
Grades 7 & 8 Travel League:
This is a full Travel program where 7th and 8th grade players play competitively throughout the season as part of the Fairfield County Field Hockey League. Teams will be assigned based on player evaluations. There are NO CUTS.
Games will rotate between home and away and will be on Saturdays and/or Sundays. 7th and 8th grade Travel teams practice 2 nights per week in the evening for 1 ½ hours per practice. Game schedules and practice day/times to be confirmed closer to the season.
Emily Townsend Prince will oversee the 7/8 Travel Program. She will engage with both 7th and 8th grade teams through skills coaching and oversight throughout the season. She will mentor the hired Travel coaches and personally coach the 8th grade Blue Team. Emily’s training and coaching philosophy will be utilized throughout every grade level of the Wilton Youth Field Hockey program.
Travel Team Commitment:
Each player who would like to be considered for the 7th or 8th Blue teams will need to provide a signed Travel Commitment letter available under the "Documents" tab. If you player is selected for the Blue team, field hockey must be their #1 priority. Practices and games are mandatory. Another sport or activity is not considered a reason to miss a game or practice. For all players, practice is mandatory and will affect decisions made come game time relative to starting and playing time.
Players must provide their own stick, regulation goggles "cage-style" eye wear (ASTM F803 standards for field hockey), mouth guard and field hockey shin guards. Cleats or sneakers can be worn. Any player without protective gear will not be able to participate. There are no exceptions to this policy.
PAYMENT & REFUND POLICY:
- Bounced checks will incur a $25.00 fee.
- Refunds will incur a $25.00 administrative fee. No refunds will be issued after August 15th.
- NO PLAYER WILL BE ALLOWED TO PARTICIPATE IN ANY PROGRAM UNLESS REGISTRATION IS COMPLETE, WAIVERS HAVE BEEN ACCEPTED/SIGNED AND FEES ARE PAID IN FULL. No exceptions
For more information about each of the WYFH programs, visit each program’s page under the “Programs” menu