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Fundamentals: Grades 3rd/4th

 

Core Objectives 

  • Have FUN!
  • Develop good sportsmanship, both winning and losing 
  • Learn terminology and basic rules of the game
  • Develop fundamental skills
  • Improve ability, confidence and desire to play field hockey
  • Explore competitive situations
  • Instill respect for the game, teammates, opponents, coach, officials and self

 

Environment 

  • FUN and positive
  • Games used to teach fundamentals and reinforce skills
  • Predictable and consistent format (stations, games and drills switch every 15-20 minutes)
  • Lots of 1:1 player-ball ratio, with some 2:1 and 3:1 drills
  • Lots of praise and reinforcement from coaches

 

Curriculum (Do you want to mention goalie play or lack there of?)

  • Proper stick grip and maintaining an athletic stance
  • Fundamentals: Receiving (trapping), passing, shooting (hitting), ball carrying (dribbling), dodging (elimination skills) and defensive tackles
  • Experimentation: encouraging physical creativity and free play to develop new skills
  • Field hockey terminology

 

Game Play/Format (Are we reducing the number of players on the field for games? Last year for 3/4  I think it was 7v7 with no goalies.)

  • 1v1 and 2v2 offense and defensive concepts
  • Explore 2v1 offensive and defensive concepts
  • Build up to 4v4 (no goalie)

 

 

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.