Koa Maryland & Washington, DC Kids Field Hockey
Koa Sports – Girls Field Hockey League FAQs
KOA GIRLS FIELD HOCKEY LEAGUE FAQs (Updated for Fall 2013)
Q.¬† Who can play in the Koa Girls Field Hockey League?
A.¬† ¬†Any girl who will be in the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, or 8th grades in Fall 2013 is welcome to join the Koa League.¬† Our Leagues have 2nd ‚Äì 3rd, 4th ‚Äì 5th, 6th ‚Äì 8th grade divisions.
Q.¬† How do I get on a Koa Girls Field Hockey team?
A.¬† It‚Äôs easy to play on a Koa team with our no hassle¬†online registration!¬† When you sign up for the Girls Field Hockey League, you can opt to have Koa place you on an age appropriate team or you can come to Koa with a pre-formed team. If you have a pre-formed team, contact¬†Mindi¬†(301.785.0632) to move your entire team over to the Koa League.¬† Keep in mind that we will do everything possible to accommodate all requests to play with friends.
Q.¬† ¬†Who will coach the teams?
A.¬† ¬† At Koa Sports, we believe kids benefit from experienced coaches and instructors (check out our¬†Coach Bio page).¬† Most of our coaches are collegiate athletes or experienced players and they will run the pre-game practice and coach the games.¬† The parents get to enjoy the games and cheer on their athletes from the sidelines.
Q.¬† ¬†Where will League games be played?
A. ¬† ¬†Fall fields are TBD. ¬†For Spring 2013, the League field was at Fernwood LP located behind The Woods Academy.
Q.¬† How does the Koa League differ from other leagues?
A.¬†¬†Thankfully, girls who want to play field hockey have some options.¬† Our league differs from others in one important way:¬†our league provides coaching whereas other ‚Äúrec‚Äù leagues leave it to the parents.¬† Not that there‚Äôs anything wrong with parents, of course. (Those of us writing these FAQs are all parents!)¬† But we believe that providing professional coaches gives developing players the opportunity to learn from the best and have way more fun!¬†Please read the¬†Koa White Paper¬†on The Importance of Non-Parent Coaches.
Q.¬† ¬†How much does it cost to play in the Koa Field Hockey League?
A.¬†¬†For the Fall 2013 League, the fee for 2nd/3rd graders is $199/player and the 4th-8th grade cost is $250/player. Each player must provide her own outdoor stick, shin guards, and mouth guard. ¬†We have some goalie equipment but if you have your own, please bring it each week. ¬†Protective eyewear is optional, but it must be approved for field hockey. Check out our Field Hockey League Value Chart:
|2013 FIELD HOCKEY LEAGUE VALUE CHART
Per Player Fees
|Field Hockey League Fee||Equipment, referees, etc.||$60.00||$90.00|
|Field Hockey League Fields/Coaching/Insurance Fee||Field fees, insurance, coaching for 7 weeks of setup, practices & games
7 x 1.75 hrs= 12.25 hrs of coaching
|Field Hockey League Jersey||uniform fee||$20.00||$20.00|
Q.¬† ¬†When and where will the games be held?
A.¬† ¬†We will play on Sunday afternoons. The Fall 2013 field is TBD. ¬†In Spring 2013, games were held at the Fernwood LP in Bethesda behind The Woods Academy. Pre-game warm-up and game times will be posted after registration has closed and teams are in place.
Q.¬† What will you do at the pre-game practice?
A.¬† ¬†Our coaches will have a practice plan each week, focusing on player development and a particular skill or rule each week (ie. dribbling, passing, pulls, shooting, or strategy).
Q.¬† ¬†Will there be a mid-week practice?
A.¬† ¬†For Fall 2013 will be holding optional mid-week field hockey skills clinics.¬† These clinics are open to league players or any other girl interested in getting field hockey instruction. Girls may register to attend the Monday session and/or Wednesday session clinic.¬† The fee is $125/player per day of the week. Click here for Skill Clinic info.
Q.¬† How will you determine team sizes?
A.¬†¬†Teams sizes will vary based on the age groups.¬† The younger ages will be playing a smaller 4v4 or 5v5 game and the roster size will be smaller.¬† The more touches the kids get, the better for their development!¬† For the older age groups, as their skills improve and the ball movement is better, we will use the larger game of 7v7 or 11v11 and therefore a larger roster for each team.
Q.¬†¬†Can I move my entire team into Koa?
A. Yes, absolutely! ¬†If you have a full team and want to move over from another league, you are welcome.¬† Please note that it may be necessary to break the group into 2 different teams if it is too large. This would only be done to improve playing time for each athlete. Email¬†Mindi¬†to register a pre-formed team.