What is Indoor Hockey?
Indoor field hockey is different from regular field hockey played on the turf or grass outside. Each team is comprised of 5 field-players and 1 goalie. Rules are modified for indoor play; there is no hitting of the ball or lifting, except for when shooting on goal. It is played on a hard surface like sports-court and the field size is little larger than a basketball court, surrounded by 3-5 inch boards that athletes can use as a part of the field of play. This becomes a very fast game that forces athletes to have quick stick skills, good fundamentals, and learn tactics in a very small space. Indoor hockey is a great way for players to enhance their skills and take their overall game to the next level.
At HTC Field Hockey, we are committed to providing quality indoor hockey playing opportunities for athletes of all ages, backgrounds, and genders. We are happy to announce our indoor hockey programs for players to learn, enjoy, and compete this season. We will offer Refresher Clinics, our Travel Team Program, our U12 Indoor Program, and our Academy Program.
Refresher Clinics – These clinics will be a great opportunity for both new players and experienced players to get back on the court. We will introduce the indoor game to all new players, and prepare our experienced players for the upcoming try outs to be selected for one of our travel teams.
November 18, 2020 – 6p-8p – U12 and U14 Players
November 19, 2020 – 6p-8p – U16 and U19 Players
Fee – $40
Location – Star Hill Family Athletic Center – 100 Gerber Drive Tolland CT
Travel Team Program – We will be selecting the following Travel Teams this indoor season;
U14 Teams – 2
U16 Teams – 2
U19 Teams – 3
Our Travel team schedule will include 2 practices per week, Wednesday or Thursday nights, and then a practice on Sundays. We will be preparing our teams to compete in the NIQ (National Indoor Qualifier) Tournaments and the NIT (National Indoor Tournament) Tournaments. Teams will also be competing in local tournaments to prepare and compete.
U12 Indoor Program – This program will allow our U12 players to practice and compete together. Beginners and Experienced players are welcome, no prior experience in needed.
Academy Program – This program combines the Indoor hard court game skills and our traditional turf outdoor game skills into one program. Players will have the opportunity to practice both games during the winter season. Our Academy teams will practice and compete in tournaments as a TEAM. All levels of playing experience are welcome to attend the Academy Program. Players will be asked to choose a Turf Training home base location, either North Branford or Tolland, and then all Academy players will train at the Tolland site for the indoor hockey practices. This is the best of both worlds this winter!
All participants must have:
- Indoor field hockey stick
- Indoor field hockey gloves (preferably both hands)
- All indoor team travel members MUST have their own Penalty Corner masks.
- Flat-soled Sneakers/Court shoes
Here are a couple of links to find indoor hockey equipment;
Please contact Darren if you need any help finding the appropriate equipment.
2020-21 Winter Indoor Field Hockey Programs
We will have 5 options for all athletes interested in playing Indoor Hard Court hockey this winter. ALL players interested in being selected for one of the Travel Teams are required to register and attend tryouts. Players that are not selected to one of the Travel Teams will be invited to register for our Academy program.
1. Indoor Refresher Clinics: We will offer a refresher clinic for each age group. This clinic is open to all levels of abilities, from beginner to advanced players. We will introduce the game to new players and prepare our experienced players for the upcoming try-outs.
2. HTC Indoor Travel Teams: Try Out REQUIRED – We will be selecting the following Travel Teams to represent HTC at the NIQ and NIT Tournaments;
- U14 Team
- U16 Green Team
- U16 Yellow Team
- U19 Black Team
- U19 Blue Team
- U19 White Team
These teams will practice twice per week, either on Wednesday or Thursday evenings, and on Sunday mornings.
3. HTC Indoor Travel Team – Prep School Team: Try Out REQUIRED – We will be selecting a HTC Indoor Travel Prep School Team to compete in the NIQ and NIT Tournament. Athletes will train on their campus during the month of November. During school breaks, the team will practice and compete in tournaments. All Prep School players please contact Darren Smallhorn to register for this program, dsmallhorn@HTCfieldhockey.com.
4. HTC U12 Indoor Training Team: This program will give our youngest players an opportunity to get to know one another, play with kids in the same age group, and have practices tailored to their individual needs. This will be an 9 week program that begins December 9th. Our U12 Team will compete in some local tournaments.
5. HTC Winter Academy: These sessions are designed for players of all ages who may not be able to commit to a full HTC Indoor Travel Team schedule but still want the indoor experience to sharpen their skills. This will be a combination program that will include hard-court and turf practices. Players will choose their Turf Practice site, either North Branford or Tolland, and then all players will practice the indoor hockey game at the Tolland site. Our Academy Team will practice and compete at tournaments as a TEAM.
HTC INDOOR TRYOUTS
ALL U14, U16, and U19 athletes interested in our Indoor Season Travel Teams must register for and attend the following evaluation sessions;
- Wednesday December 2, 2020
5:00p-7:00p or 7:00p-9:00p
*Players will be assigned to one of the above timeslots.
- Thursday December 3, 2020
- Thursday December 3, 2020
- Sunday December 6, 2020
8:00a-10:00a – U14 Players
10:00a-12:00p – U16 Players
12:00p-2:00p – U19 Players
Star Hill Family Athletic Center, 100 Gerber Rd, Tolland, CT
Tentative Indoor Club Fees & Tournaments
Indoor Travel Teams – Estimated Fee includes practices, local tournaments, and NIQ.
NIT tournament fee will be an additional cost.
Estimated U14 Travel Team Fee – $1485
Estimated U16/U19 Travel Team Fee – $1800
U12 Indoor Team – Estimated Fee includes practices.
Tournaments will be an additional cost.
Estimated U12 Fee – $450
Academy Team – Estimated Fee includes turf and indoor practices.
Tournaments will be an additional cost.
Estimated Academy Team Fee – $1095
Register Here for the Academy Program
Payment plans will be available for all participants.
15% off discount if athlete signs for any other Winter Club Membership at another practice site. Contact Darren for coupon code.
10% off for Sibling Discount
Indoor Final Squad Registration links will be sent out to all participants after tryouts have been completed.
Join us for an intense and fun winter of training and playing against top competition!
Contact Darren if you have any more specific questions. email@example.com