Belchertown High School Field Hockey
Belchertown high school field hockey general information
The high school program, which continues to grow, has both a Varsity and JV team. The program works to foster growth in each and every player and develop a supportive team environment. Both Varsity and JV teams are viewed as a critical component to the growth of the program and the players. The high school season runs from the Thursday two weeks prior to Labor Day until the end of October (*starting in 2020, the season will start on the Monday two weeks prior to Labor Day). Players practice or play in games each weekday during that time.
Our games are scheduled through the MIAA and can be found via their website.
At the high school level, we follow rules and guidelines set forth by the National Federation of State High School Associations. Their information can be found here:
In addition to playing field hockey, there are many other activities which happen during the season which foster team bonding and support for our team and community. This often includes:
Team Bonding Events: In the past, the teams have participated in the Rugged Maniac, attended a full day high ropes course, attended UMASS field hockey games, and had regular team dinners. This coming season, a day long program with Adventure In Adventure Out which includes a GPS Scavenger hunt with challenges will be a major element of preseason. We also plan to attend a UMASS game, and plan to do the Rugged Maniac again.
As our team grows, we will also add in more team events just for the JV and Varsity teams, such as our team dinners. As our program grows, families can’t host 40 teenage athletes in their homes, so there will be more events for the individual teams.
Fundraising: Each year the teams hold fundraising events to support both team activities, including the end of year banquet and awards, but also to support causes. This includes a fundraising event at Antonio’s on Labor Day, car washes at the town hall, a raffle calendar and other events.
Last year we also hosted the first annual Fockey vs. Football event in late September in support of Kathleen Terry’s family, who lost Kathleen to cancer in 2018. This was a huge success and we expect to make this a yearly event.
Community Service: This coming year we will add a community service component to the program. Ideas welcome!
One community service event will include providing an introductory program for the littlest athletes in a mini-stix program this fall for 4- 7 year olds.
In general, JV teams are more developmental in nature. They are a good stepping stone from youth play to high school play or for new players just starting out playing for the first time in high school. As players get used to the commitment of a high school sport, they also develop great bonds with their teammates, and work to grow throughout the season. JV plays many of the same schools that Varsity plays, though they may have a less demanding game schedule than Varsity.
In the coming season, the program is hoping to really strengthen the JV program and athletes to better prepare them for Varsity play. To do that, we continue to seek a JV coach for the fall of 2019.
In support of this, the JV program will have more games in their schedule as well as early season scrimmage opportunities.
Varsity play, as noted, is more challenging. Playing on Varsity requires persistent effort, determination, and hard work, both in season and during the off season. The Varsity team plays to win, and thus while there is still much development for players, players work hard to reach individual and team goals. In general, the Varsity team plays 18 games during the regular season.
This past season, the Varsity team went undefeated in their league and made it to the state tournament. Returning players have high expectations for next season to go even further!
The BHS program utilizes the Band App to communicate information to players and parents about important dates and events.
**If you are planning to play in the upcoming season and are not on the Band app, please email us (Incoming players will be added to the app in late spring)
2019 Field Hockey Season Important Details
In order to play at BHS, there are a few requirements.
You must have attended Impact (concussion) training within the past 2 years at BHS. This means that all freshman, most juniors, and any athletes who have not played a sport at the high school before likely need this. It is REQUIRED to practice by BHS. Dates for training will come out in the summer.
You are REQUIRED to have an up to date physical to practice and play. This needs to be with turned into the school and must have been completed within 13 months. Be sure you have one that will get you through the season.
You are REQUIRED to sign up through Family ID.
Pay the fee associated with playing a sport at the high school.
Preseason, which includes tryouts to determine JV and Varsity team placements, will occur from August 22nd through August 24th, 2019.
Expect double sessions on August 22nd and 23rd.
Scrimmage Play Day at Quabog on August 24th.
Team Event- August 25th Adventure In Adventure Out at Foley Field
There will be no practice on August 26th (Band Camp Day) and August 27th.
Regular season practice begins after school August 28th.
The Belchertown High School Field Hockey program is coached by Lindsay Wright, who currently coaches both the Varsity and JV teams. Lindsay started the field hockey program in Belchertown in 2012 and has coached for the youth and high school programs since that time and worked diligently to build the program to what it is today. Lindsay has worked with the high school program since 2016 and became the head coach in 2018. Outside of coaching for the high school, Lindsay runs the Jabish Brook After School Program and indoor field hockey program, and facilitates the youth program in Belchertown. She also coaches for Futures, which is the USA Field Hockey Olympic Development Program, has coached and done administrative work for the Nomads Field Hockey Club for 3 years, and regularly attends trainings through USA Field Hockey. Lindsay is currently a Level 2 USA Field Hockey Certified Coach.