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Discovery: Grades 1st/2nd


Core Objectives

  • Have FUN!
  • Develop good sportsmanship 
  • Learn to follow simple rules
  • Develop coordination and control with the ball
  • Get as many touches on the ball as possible
  • Build ability, confidence, and desire to play field hockey



  • FUN and positive
  • Relaxed and inclusive
  • Designed for athletes’ success
  • Predictable and consistent practice format 
  • Fast-paced and engaging (switching activities every 10 minutes)
  • Lots of 1:1 player-ball ratio
  • Skill-building games 
  • Lots of praise and reinforcement from coaches



  • Correct hockey grip and athletic stance
  • Lateral pulls
  • Traveling with the ball (and various dribbling skills)
  • Reception skills
  • Passing skills
  • Basic shooting skills
  • Experimentation: encouraging physical creativity and free play to develop new skills
  • Field hockey terminology


Game Play/Format

  • 1v1
  • 2v2
  • 3v3 (2nd grade)



Commitment Policy

DJFH encourages participation in other sports.  That said, we believe a commitment to the team becomes increasingly important as athletes approach high school age.  There is no specific commitment policy for grades 1 through 4, but regular attendance is strongly encouraged. 


In 5th-8th grades, an athlete is expected to make a commitment to their team/teammates by attending practices and games (minus excused absences for medical reasons or unavoidable family conflicts).  Unexcused missed practices and/or games will impact playing time.