News and Announcements

Dates for the CLFHA Casino has been finalized:

WHEN:

  • Thursday, February 6, 2020
  • Friday, February 7, 2020

WHERE:

  • Elbow River Casino

2019 Fall OUTDOOR CJP

For the Fall OUTDOOR (September 2nd – October 27th), our club plans to have teams in each of the U12, U14, and U18 age groups in the Calgary Junior Program (CJP). There will also be a FunStix program for ages 6 – 9, depending on interest.

2019 FALL OUTDOOR CJPINFORMATION

  • Registration (and payment) is through Field Hockey Alberta (FHA) – general information is available through this link – http://FieldHockeyAB.rampregistrations.com
  • Registration opens August 6th
  • Early Bird Registration discount available until September 1st
  • Registration closes September 18th
  • U12/U14 – if you have a T-shirt uniform from spring, you do not need to buy a new one (FHA will be charging $20 separately for new players who need to purchase uniforms)
  • U18 uniform is available for $25 purchase

2019 FALL OUTDOOR CJP PRACTICES

  • Practices will be on Tuesday evenings at the UC Turf and start September 2nd
    • U12s will be 6:30pm – 8:00pm
    • U14s will be 7:00pm – 8:30pm
    • U18s will be 7:30pm – 9:00pm
  • First practice will be “bring a friend” day

2019 FALL OUTDOOR CJP GAMES

  • Games will primarily be on Sundays at UC; all games are half field
    • U12s will be 7v7
    • U14s will be 6v6
    • U18s will be 6v6
  • Games start September 21st
  • There may be an occasional Saturday game (to make up for weather-postponed games)
  • There will be an optional fun mixed team game day on Sat., October 12th
  • Photo day is September 29th

2019/20 ASTROS FALL/WINTER INDOOR

For Fall/Winter INDOOR (mid-September through end of March), our Astros club has 3 junior girls teams and 8 senior ladies teams. Girls must be at least 13 years of age (those who participated last year will be grandfathered in). Scroll down for information for U17 boys + U13 girls indoor program options.

ASTROS FALL/WINTER INDOOR PRACTICES

  • Mondays (6:30pm – 8:30pm) at the U of C Red Gym and Wednesdays (8:30pm – 10:00pm) at the U of C Gold Gym
  • Registration for the practices is separate and payment is made directly through the U of C
  • Registration Link for U of C Indoor Field Hockey Practices – https://www.ucalgary.ca/ActiveLiving/registration/Program/1257?filters=Intramurals-and-Sport-Clubs&path=All_Field-Hockey
  • Most players come primarily to the Monday sessions; some will come for an hour on Wednesdays if they have homework and stuff
  • Practices start in mid-September so there is some overlap with Fall Outdoor, but the indoor game is 6v6 and there are a LOT more shots so goalies and field players get a lot more touches on ball, which is where you can see goalies/players improve really quickly
  • Starting in early/mid-March, we start working on outdoor skills in the gym to get players ready for the high school season and the outdoor season in general

INDOOR LEAGUE

  • Primarily on Sundays plus some Saturday afternoons at Repsol Sport Centre (gyms 2 & 3)
  • For the junior teams, we have practices in October until the Fall CJP Outdoor season is done; first game is in November
  • We play until end of March; there is a small Xmas/holiday break in mid-December
  • Registration is through Astros Field Hockey Club – https://www.teampages.com/forms/11087-Astros-Club-Registration-Indoor-Outdoor-Leagues
  • The league fee is separate from practice fees (practice fees are paid directly to U of C); the league fee covers the rental of the gyms at Repsol Sport Centre + umpires

FHA/FHC INSURANCE

  • If you are not playingFall CJP Outdoor (which includes FHA/FHC insurance), then you will also need to get this separately – https://www.rampregistrations.com/login?v3=a71e044b
  • This covers you from September 1st – August 31st, but you only pay it once (it’s $40 for juniors/Under-18) and covers you for any/all programs

INDOOR FIELD HOCKEY 101

  • There are 6 players on an indoor pitch (gym floor) … this includes 5 field players and a goalkeeper or kicking back
  • There are side boards that are used as part of the play
  • The indoor game is faster and the skills required a bit more technical precision due to a smaller space and some of the indoor rules
  • Push passes and strong, low, and tight stick skills for passing and receiving are very important
  • Hits (including sweep hits) and lifting the ball over a stick (or even having it pop over your stick) is not permitted
  • Indoor sticks are thinner and lighter; gloves are strongly recommended (to avoid having broken hands)
  • Games consist of 2 × 25-minute halves
  • Penalty corners are different; we’ll go through that at practices

ASTROS (JUNIOR) EVENTS IN PLANNING STAGES

INDOOR JR. JAMBOREE/DEVELOPMENT CAMP (October 12/13, 2019 and January 4/5, 2020) – COED

  • Sharon Bhola is working on a jamboree/development camp for the weekends of October 12-13, 2019 and January 4-5, 2020
  • This will be held at the U of C Red Gym (timing depends on gym availability) and potentially also U of C Gold Gym

INDOOR BOYS + ASTROS U13 GIRLS PROGRAM

  • Laura Ferguson is working with Mandeep on a program in the winter @ Genesis Centre for boys (all ages) and U13 girls who aren’t playing in the CLFHA Jr. Indoor Division

INDOOR BOYS/COED THURSDAYS (TBD)

  • Sharon Bhola and I are working with UC Active Living to see if we can get a new/separate boys/coed program for 2 Thursdays a month starting in the winter

INDOOR TOURNAMENT (January 2020 in Duncan, BC) – GIRLS

  • Depending on interest, we may send a U18 team to the Malcolm Fernandez Indoor Tournament in Duncan, BC

INDOOR MEN’S LEAGUE

OUTDOOR U16/U18 TOURGIRLS

  • There is a tentative outdoor tour to BC either in the fall (November) or early spring (April)
  • This depends on whether there are conflicts with other field hockey events

OUTDOOR JR. BOOT CAMPCOED

  • Our annual field hockey boot camp for new and returning players is generally in late March/early April to get players ready for outdoor

OUTDOOR SPRING CJPCOED

  • Late April to End of June
  • Practices are on Thursday evenings
  • We are planning for a potential location for practices in the SW on Wednesday evenings
  • Games are generally on Sundays

OUTDOOR LADIES LEAGUE

  • May to August (games only, C-League is on Wednesday evenings)
  • Girls must be at least 16 years of age to play in Ladies League

We are excited to launch our 3rd annual Astros U12/U14/U18 Preseason Boot Camp in April to kick off the upcoming spring junior field hockey season.

REGISTRATION:

WHERE (April 9, 16, 17)

  • North Dome at the VIPER DOME, 2221 Crowchild Tr. NW
  • Google “Absolute Baseball Academy”
  • East/NE side of the McMahon Stadium parking lot (on the Crowchild Tr. side, just across from Stadium Nissan).

WHERE (April 22, 23)

WHEN

  • April 9, 16, 17, 22, 23 from 7pm – 9pm

AGE/SKILL LEVEL GROUPS

  • “NEW” (as the name implies … for those who are brand-new to field hockey),
  • “LEARN” (for our youngest group who have at least one season under their belts),
  • “PRACTICE” (for our intermediate age and skill group),
  • “PER-FECT” (for our oldest age group and/or athletes who can perform basic skills consistently and with less instruction)

Also, the *2019 CJP Spring Program Registration link is now open on the Field Hockey Alberta website. Astros/Maroons will again practice on WEDNESDAYS and Astros will again practice on THURSDAYS.

As part of the Calgary Junior Program, the Astros Field Hockey Club is offering some TRY-IT-FREE sessions.

SCRA DYNAMITE AND FURIOUS FOXES RINGETTE GIRLS (ages 8 & 9)
SCRA U12 Team (ages 10 & 11) attending same night on second field
Possible U14 Team Elite attending on the second field…. pending

  • WHEN: Wed., Feb. 6, 2019, 6pm – 7pm
  • WHERE: Accurate Field House, 7575 – 57 St. SE
  • COACHES: Nick Hignell, Sandra Smith, Joanne White, Carter White, Melissa Lee

WILDCATS U16 RINGETTE TEAM

  • WHEN: Thurs., Feb. 7, 2019, 5:00pm – 6:00pm
  • WHERE: Bethany Chapel, 3333 Richardson Way SW (Enter Gym Door at Back of Church)
  • COACHES: Nick Hignell, Laura Ferguson, Sandra Smith, Joanne White, Colleen Hoy, Juliana Wilfley, Lauren Bourgeois, Melissa Lee

CANCELED – -U12 Ringette team who are BRINGing A FRIEND-

  • -WHEN: Fri., Feb. 8, 2019, 7:00pm – 8:00pm-
  • -WHERE: Accurate Field House, 7575 – 57 St. SE-

SCRA U12 VENON TEAM

  • WHEN: Mon., Feb. 11, 2019, 5:00pm – 6:00pm
  • WHERE: Bethany Chapel, 3333 Richardson Way SW
  • COACHES: Nick Hignell, Laura Ferguson, Sandra Smith, Joanne White, Juliana Wilfley, Melissa Lee

(NEW) SCRA U14 BRING A FRIEND

  • WHEN: Wed., Feb. 13, 2019, 6:00pm – 7:00pm
  • WHERE: Accurate Field House, 7575 – 57 St. SE
  • COACHES: Nick Hignell, Laura Ferguson, Sandra Smith, Joanne White, Others TBC

GLENLAKE BOYS (AGES 11 & 12)

  • WHEN: Tues., Feb. 19, 2019, 7:00pm – 8:00pm
  • WHERE: Accurate Field House, 7575 – 57 St. SE
  • COACHES: Nick Hignell, Laura Ferguson, Tanvir, Carter White, Joanne White, Dennis Zaccagnini, Melissa Lee, Lauren Bourgeois, Troy Grimm (TBC)

Try it Free for SCRA ACTIVE START RING ROCKERS (Ages 6&7) PENDING

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Try-it Free for SCRA U12 FURIOUS FOXES (Ages 10 & 11) – Chris Budra PENDING

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Try it Free for SCRA U14 ELITE (Ages 12 & 13) – Myron Gelleta PENDING

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In-Person Indoor Provincial Umpiring Clinic

DATES & TIMES:
Tuesday, January 22, 2019 and Thursday, January 24, 2019
6:30-9:30pm

WHERE:
2nd Floor Lounge, Bridgeland Crossings I
38 9 Street NE, T2E 7X9

  • Parking is free on the street after 6:30pm
  • Inside the Car2Go home zone
  • Steps away from​ the Bridgeland C-Train Station on the Blue Line
  • Dial 2-717 on intercom to gain access to building, wait in lobby for elevator access
  • After reaching the second floor, turn right out of the elevator, and the lounge is a few doors down on the right

HOW MUCH:
$50 to attend in-person ($80 for online only)
Optional Umpire Shirt: $55

To re-certify, the online course is the only option and costs $25

Course Conductor: Keely Dunn

TO REGISTER
To register, follow this link – https://fhumpires.com/clinic

WHAT’S INVOLVED:

1. Classroom

  • Rules & interpretations
  • Positioning
  • Management tools
  • Lots of video clips to illustrate and fuel discussions
  • Q&A

Bring:
Internet-capable device (phone, tablet, laptop) and/or paper and pen
Food, snacks, drinks (seriously, there’s a full kitchen)

2. Written Exam
The exam is available online and must be completed by the end of the season in which the clinic or online course was launched

3. Field Assessment

  • You will be scheduled or can request opportunities to shadow experienced umpires
  • Then you will umpire with an experienced umpire or umpire-coach shadowing you
  • Then you work with the League Coordinator and an Assessor to schedule a field assessment
  • You get paid retroactively to the beginning of the season for games where you umpired (i.e. blow the whistle)