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Wilton Youth Field Hockey!
Wilton Youth Field Hockey is a not-for-profit volunteer organization whose purpose is to develop youth players, grades 3-8, into competitive, well-rounded athletes, while promoting respect, sportsmanship and a love for the sport of field hockey.
WYFH 2014 Spring Clinics offer a combination of skill development, game strategy and open play for grades 3-6. The clinic will run on Sunday evenings starting in early April (unless fields do not open on time). This will be a great opportunity for players to advance their skill and have fun playing the sport. Clinics will be held rain or shine unless there is significant weather making it unsafe to play.
DATES: April 6, April 13, April 27, May 4, May 11, May 18, June 1 and June 8th (no session on 4/20 or 5/25)
LOCATION: Memorial Stadium turf
DETAILS: Grades 3 & 4 – 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Program Cost: $160.00
Lead Coach: Jonathan Andrew, this year's winter clinic coach, and assisted by high school players
Grades 5 & 6:
Time: 5:30pm to 7:00pm
Program Cost: $225.00
Lead Coach: Emily Townsend Prince, WYFH head coach and assisted by high school players
Grades 7 & 8:
Wilton Youth Field Hockey is pleased to collaborate with the Wilton High School Field Hockey Program for this year's 7th & 8th grade clinic. Click the link for more information and registration details. You will be linked to the WFHA website as all proceeds from this clinic will support the Wilton High School field hockey program. We encourage all to participate! http://www.wiltonfieldhockey.com/
Safety Gear: All players must wear CAGE STYLE GOGGLES, SHIN GUARDS AND MOUTHGUARDS.
USA Olympic Team’s Katie O’Donnell Returning to Wilton for 2-Day June Camp for Current 6-8th Grade Players!
We are extremely excited to announce the return to Wilton of Katie O’Donnell, US Olympic Team Striker and most decorated field hockey athlete in the country, for a special summer camp! Katie’s camp is designed for experienced players serious about advancing their skills in the sport they love.
CAMP DATES: Saturday June 21 and Sunday June 22 from 9:00am to 5:00pm.
There will be a break for lunch. Players should bring lunch, healthy snack and 2 refillable water bottles with water each day.
REGISTRATION: 45 Player Limit – Registration is first come, first serve and must also include payment. If you prefer to pay by check, checks must be postmarked the same day as your registration to WYFH, P.O. Box 550, Wilton, CT 06897. There will be a limited wait list for this event.
LOCATION: Stadium Turf
Please note should graduation occur that weekend, we have made alternate arrangements for use of another outdoor turf location.
Players will receive a “K16” Camp t-shirt (a nod to Katie’s journey to the 2016 Olympic gamesJ). 100% of camp fees are a pass along cost.
REQUIRED: ALL PLAYERS MUST WEAR PROTECTIVE GEAR – CAGE STYLE GOGGLES, SHIN GUARDS AND MOUTHGUARDS. No exceptions.
Here’s a bit of background on Katie and Coach Bam and their approach to the clinic:
K16 Field Hockey’s Vision
Our vision is for every athlete is to leave camp saying they have learnt an abundance of different things in a fun and relaxed environment. The aim is to polish and refine skills but more importantly to grow each athletes understanding behind the WHY we do things. Growing hockey minds and teaching in a way that allows the athlete to break down a skill themselves and have the ability to teach others. Doing all of this with a small number of athletes (45 athletes per camp max) affords us the time to work closer with each athlete.
Katie O’Donnell, the U.S. National Squad striker, is the most decorated field hockey athlete in the nation. Starting her national career at the age of 16, the Blue Bell, PA native was the youngest player ever to be named to the U.S. Team. During her time on the national team she has earned 148 International caps competing in the 2012 London Olympics, 2011 Pan American Games, 2010 World Cup Qualifier, 3 Champions Challenge. In 2010, Katie won the Sportswomen of the Year award by the Women’s Sports Foundation - this award previously won by Mia Hamm and Serena & Venus Williams. Katie is not only a player but also a coach and holds a USAFH Level II Coach Accreditation. She has coached across the USA in the last 5 years, from San Diego to the University of Maryland and now as the founder of K16 Field Hockey camps and clinics in Lancaster PA and the greater PA area.
Marvin Bam is a South African Native who played field hockey for his country for an 8-year period gaining 98 International Test Caps. During this time he participated in the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, 2006 Monchengladbach World Cup, 2002 Kuala Lumpur World Cup and 2002 Commonwealth Games held in Manchester, England. During and after his playing career, Marvin gave back to the game by coaching and sharing his knowledge and expertise to players of both sexes, both young and old. His coaching and playing endeavors has taken him as far afield to England and most recently the USA where he worked at the University of Maryland in 2012. He has successfully coached field hockey in three different countries over a 20-year period and continues to coach with and alongside Katie O’Donnell at her K16 field hockey camps and clinics. Marvin holds a USFHA Level II Coaching Accreditation as well as an England Level II Coaching Accreditation. Coach Bam is passionate and always willing to share his love of the game with his students.
On February 20th the Wilton Youth Field Hockey Association held an open board meeting to present the new and expanded board for the 2014 season. In addition, details of the 2013 season along with comments from the fall survey were presented. You can find all the information posted on the “Documents” page of the WYFH site.
WYFH7th & 8th Grade Travel Teams Sweep 2013 FCFH Jams
November 9th and 10th, Wilton 7th and 8th Grade Travel teams competed in the Fairfield County Field Hockey League jamborees held across Darien, Westport and Ridgefield.
Wilton 8th Grade Blue Team, coached by Emily Townsend Prince, took top honors in Darien on Saturday with a victorious shootout against the host team. Wilton 8th Grade Black Team, coached by Amanda Kaslowitz, beat out New Canaan to take the top spot in the Westport Jamboree. Wilton 7th Grade Blue Team, coached by Melissa Berardi, dominated Darien to take the title after a long, cold and very wet day in Ridgefield. Congratulations teams!
Thank you to all who came out to support Save the Children and the World Marathon Challenge!
Thanks to Wilton High School Athletic Director, Chris McDougal, all of the Wilton Sports Captains who helped rally the high school runners, our Youth Leagues and, of course, all of the parents who volunteered their time and resources to help fundraise and make this event happen! We could NOT have done it without you! 306 runners came out for the race and had a fantastic day!
Wilton Youth Field Hockey, in particular, came out in full force alongside our big sisters on the Varsity, JV and Freshman teams. Way to represent the sport, our community and passion for giving back. We should all be very proud of what was accomplished. Donations are still coming in, but at last count, we have passed the $5,000 mark!! Go BLUE WHITE!!!
Please do check out the links to the local papers and photos. Wilton's World Marathon Challenge is also the current home page for Save the Children's website to be viewed by teams across the U.S. and the world!