Developing World Class Field Hockey in Maryland
SPark Field Hockey Club
SPark Club Indoor 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.
2019-20 Club Indoor Schedule:
October: mandatory practices for all SPark club athletes. These practices will be used to determine team placement.
U10/U12: Sunday, October 6 and 13 8:30 am - 10:00 am
U14: Sunday, October 6 and 13 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
U16: Sunday, October 6 and 13 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
U19: Sunday, October 6 and 13 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Regular Season Practice Schedule: Regular season practices start on November 19 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.... Club teams playing in JPIL and/or NIT qualifiers the weekend of December 28/29 or January 4/5 will be expected to practice over the holiday break.
(tentative practice schedule for 2019-20 - subject to change based on registration)
U14 Steel, U12 Blue, U12 White, U10 Blue: Tuesday: 4:15-5:45pm and Friday: 5:00-6:00pm
U14 White, U14 Gold, U14 Silver, U14 Iron: Tuesday: 5:45-7:15pm and Friday: 6:00-7:00pm
U16 White, U16 Gold, U16 Silver, U14 Blue: Tuesday: 7:15-8:45pm and Wednesday: 4:30-6:00pm
U19 Blue, U19 White, U19 Gold, U16 Blue: Tuesday: 8:45-10:15pm and Thursday: 4:30-6:00pm
JPIL Fee: All players on teams that are invited to participate in the Junior Premier Indoor League (JPIL) will be charged an additional $50/player.
National Indoor Tournament Fee: All players on teams attending the NIT tournament will be charged $250/player to cover NIT team registration fee, additional practices and coaching. U16 and U19 teams must qualify at an NIT qualifier tournament in order to attend. SPark will apply to send at least 1 U12 and 1 U14 team to the NIT tournament. Players will be selected for these teams based upon performance during the indoor season.
All practices are held at the SPark Indoor Training Center @ API in Gambrills, MD
SPark Club Indoor travel teams each will participate in a minimum of 4 tournaments or the Junior Premier Indoor League.
SPark Club Indoor travel teams may participate in the SPark Indoor Leagues for game experience throughout the season.
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 family 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.
USA Field Hockey Membership
All SPark Club members must be a CURRENT member of USA Field Hockey and membership must be valid until March 1, 2020. 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
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 2019-2020 Season:
U19 = birth years 2001, 2002, 2003
U16 = birth years 2004, 2005
U14 = birth years 2006, 2007
U12 = birth years 2008, 2009