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SYA Field Hockey Needs a New Leader!

After 15 years of leadership, we are sad to announce that our SYA Field Hockey Commissioner, Starr Karl, is retiring from our program. SYA truly appreciates all the hard work she has put into our program and dedication she has shown to our players for the last decade and a half!
With Starr retiring, we have a huge void to fill and we are reaching out to our SYA community to find someone to run our field hockey program. Are you over 18? Have you played field hockey in high school or college? Would you be interested in getting involved with SYA more? We need you!! Knowing the game is helpful, but if you want our program to continue, we need someone to step in. Joint leadership works for us as well.

Our program runs in the fall for seven to eight weeks. There are once a week training sessions geared towards instruction in the game of field hockey. There are usually two-three tournament type play dates with other local clubs in that time span as well. We have three age groups: 3rd/4th grade, 5th/6th grade – beginners and advanced and 7th/8th grade – beginners and advanced. Many of our players go on to play in high school.

We are appealing to all of you in our SYA family to get this position filled so we can continue this great program. Field hockey is an Olympic sport and is very popular in this area. Many area field hockey athletes play at the collegiate level too.

Please contact the SYA office if you need more information, have an interest or know someone that has an interest.

Open for boys and girls in Grades 3 – 8

Players are grouped by age and ability.  We have 3rd/4th grade teams, 5th and 6th grade teams (beginner and experienced), and 7th and 8th grade teams (beginner and experienced).

The program runs on Mondays in September and October. We will play on Tuesdays if the high school has a Monday night game. (High school schedules are not out yet.) We will hopefully have EC Lawrence Park this year as well on Monday nights.

The program will run from 7 – 8:30 pm, with skills from 7:00 – 8:00 pm and scrimmaging from 8:00 – 8:30 pm.  Information on where to purchase equipment will be sent out in early September.

We will play Vienna Youth, McLean Youth, South County Youth, and Loudoun County at some point in October, and then have a culminating tournament at the end of October.


There will be a cap of 80 players this season because of field space, so please register early!

Coaches are former high school and college players.  We also have high school players who will come from the high school teams and volunteer.

The fee for this year will be $105.50 plus a $5.50 Fairfax County player fee.  Everyone will receive a Junior Hockey shirt and scrimmage/game vest.


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