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Emerging Competition: Grades 7th/8th


Core Objectives

  • Have FUN!
  • Refine technical and tactical skills in preparation for high school play
  • Develop mental aspects of athletic performance
  • Develop situational understanding, decision making and flexibility in thinking 
  • Demonstrate growth mindset
  • Embrace concepts of individual responsibility, accountability and life lessons learned through athletics



  • FUN and positive
  • Fast-paced: Game-like drills reinforce both technical and tactical skills as well as conditioning
  • Players rewarded for both effort and improvement
  • Team-focus: Players learn to prioritize team goals vs individual achievement 


Curriculum (Do you want to mention goalie play?)

  • Fundamentals: reinforced, executed and refined under defensive pressure 
  • Position-specific and defensive skills 
  • Rapid decision making
  • Identification of patterns and response in game situations
  • Field sense: judging space and time, anticipating 
  • Bad habits identified and curbed


Game Play/Format

  • Modified field/full field scrimmages
  • “Set piece” situations (long hits, corners, 25-yard hits in and out of the circle)



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.