Player Evaluation and Team Placement

How Evaluations are Conducted

UpdatedTuesday May 5, 2020 byJanice Rhodes.

H2O Field Hockey offers semi-year round field hockey play; both indoor and outdoor field hockey play.  The only season we do not play is during the Fall season so that players may enjoy their Parks and Recreation, Middle School, or High School seasons with their respective programs.  H2O provides a Winter Indoor Season and a Spring Outdoor Season.

Winter Indoor:  Registration for the upcoming Winter season begins in May.  Tryouts/Evaluations are conducted in June.  Players attend a 1.5 hour tryout and are evaluated by our Head Coaches by age group (i.e., U10, U12, U14, U16, and U19) on stick skills, small game skills, and scrimmages.  Based on performance at the initial tryout, players are placed into two groups.  In November, H2O indoor practices begin.  Players attend practice with their assigned groups for the first two weeks and are further evaluated.  Practices are once a week for 1.5 hours.  At the conclusion of the second week of practice, Head Coaches assess the 4.5 hours of evaluation results for each player and assigns the player to an indoor team.  During the season, based on performance, a player may be moved laterally to ensure their skill set is aligned with the team they are assigned. 

Spring Season:  Registration for Spring Season is typically in January.  Because we want to encourage our players to participate in their favoriate Spring sport (i.e., LAX, Softball, Track, etc), H2O offers an 'al la carte' approach to Spring registration AND opens up registration to ALL FIELD HOCKEY PLAYERS (not just those that played indoor with us).  H2O provides competitive league play via the Junior Premier Outdoor League (JPOL) as well as various regional and showcase tournaments like Shooting Stars, Regional Club Championships, etc.  We maintain rosters up to 15 field players and 2 goalies.  If registration exceeds these numbers, a tryout is conducted and selections are made.