Developing World Class Field Hockey in Maryland
SPark Field Hockey Club
Indoor Club Teams
SPark Indoor Club players train twice a week from November through February, play in multiple tournaments, and may participate in the SPark leagues. U16 and U19 teams may be entered in a qualifier tournament for the National Indoor Tournament. Attendance at ALL practices, tournaments and league games is mandatory. Missing these can and will result in removal from the team with no refund. SPark athletes may not play for another field hockey club if you are affiliated with the SPark Field Hockey Club.
Registration and team fees are non-refundable and final. SPark FHC will not refund any portion of your registration fee for any reason. SPark registers each player to fill a specific spot on each team and since these spots are limited it is up to the player/parent to make the commitment to participate. The information regarding tournaments and practices are not yet finalized at the time of registration, therefore changes or elimination of any tournament and practice dates may be necessary and are not a cause for a credit or refund.
SPark is a volunteer run organization and in order to be successful and keep costs down all parents are required to volunteer throughout the indoor season. Volunteer sign-up sheets will be available at the Parent Meeting in November. Every parent is required to volunteer at least 5 hours throughout the season. Parents who elect not to volunteer are required to pay a $125 fee.
Sportsmanship is an important part of our game. Players and parents that do not exhibit sportsmanship at practices, leagues and tournaments can be released from the club with no refunds. This includes being supportive of your daughter, supporting the coaches decisions regarding your daughter and teammates and being a positive fan that refrains from addressing officials before, during and after games. You should also be a positive supporter of the SPark Field Hockey Club.
SPark travel teams participate in a minimum of 4 tournaments or the Junior Premier Indoor League.
SPark travel teams may participate in the SPark leagues for game experience throughout the season.
USA Field Hockey Membership:
All SPark Club members must be a CURRENT member of USA Field Hockey. You must designate SPark as your home club. See below for information on age group classification. Join USA Field Hockey here: USA Field Hockey Membership Registration
2018-19 Practice Schedule:
October: mandatory practices for all SPark club athletes. These practices will be used to determine team placement.
U10/U12: Sunday, October 7 and 14 8:00 am - 10:00 am
U14: Sunday, October 7 and 14 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
U16: Sunday, October 7 and 14 12:30 pm - 3:00 pm
U19: Sunday, October 7 and 14 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Regular Season Practice Schedule: Regular season practices start on November 27 and run every week through mid-February. NOTE: Extra practice dates may be added for National Indoor Qualifier tournaments, JPIL or other special tournaments. There is no regular scheduled practice from December 24 - January 1 however....
NOTE: Club teams playing in JPIL and/or NIT qualifiers the weekend of December 29-30 or January 5-6 will be expected to practice over the holiday break.
U12 Blue/White: Tues: 4:15-5:45pm Wed: 6:00-7:00pm
U14 Blue/White: Tues: 5:45-7:15pm Wed: 9:00-10:00pm
U14 Gold/Silver: Tues: 5:45-7:15pm Wed: 8:00-9:00pm
U14 Bronze: Tues: 4:15-5:45pm Wed: 7:00-8:00pm
U16 Blue/White/Gold/Silver: Tues: 7:15-8:45pm Wed: 4:30-6:00pm
U19 Blue/White/Gold/Silver: Tues: 8:45-10:15pm Thurs: 4:30-6:00pm
National Indoor Tournament Fee: All players on teams attending the NIT tournament will be charged $150/player to cover NIT team registration fee. SPark will cover all additional practice and coaching fees.
All SPark Club members must be a CURRENT member of USA Field Hockey.
Important Information Regarding Age Group Classification
USA Field Hockey determines a players age group based on the players birth year - not school grade
For the 2018-2019 Season:
U19 = birth years 2000, 2001, 2002
U16 = birth years 2003, 2004
U14 = birth years 2005, 2006
U12 = birth years 2007, 2008
U10 = birth years 2009, 2010
Per USA Field Hockey: "An athletes age on December 31 of that given year determines what age group the athlete will be in for the following year. For example, if the athlete is 15 on December 31 and turns 16 on January 1 they remain in the U16 division. Again the age of the athlete on December 31 determines their age grouping for the following year."