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Foundations: Grades 5th/6th


Core Objectives

  • Have FUN!
  • Refine technical skills 
  • Develop tactical proficiency
  • Prepare for more competitive play
  • Develop competence, confidence, and desire to play field hockey
  • Embrace a growth mindset
  • Demonstrate respect for the game, teammates, opponents, coach, officials, and self



  • FUN and positive
  • Drills graduate from technical skill development to more complex game scenarios
  • Players rewarded for both effort and improvement 
  • Players develop self-esteem, strong peer relationships, and are recognized for their individual strengths and potential


Curriculum (Do you want to mention goalie play?)

  • Fundamentals: reinforced, executed and refined under defensive pressure
  • Position-specific skills introduced
  • Individual defensive skills focus
  • Field awareness and anticipation developed
  • Player-to-player and pressure-cover defensive skills


Game Play/Format (Is this really the game format when we play other towns? 7 v7? Do they start playing with goalies at this age?)

  • Situational game play up to 7v7 
  • Extra-player defense and offense (ie. 4v3, 3v4)
  • Master numbers situations (i.e. 2v1 versus 2v2)
  • Modified field/full field scrimmages



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.