New for Spring 2022!
Skills and training
Development of foundational skills
More complete understanding of rules
Encouraging, but challenging environment
Prepare for one end-of-season competition
Building team and club identity
Why four months?
Building takes time.
While the Academy Team will be the less demanding of our spring programs, the reality is that player development takes time. In four months players will be given opportunities to learn, practice and perform, in a timeframe that allows them the opportunity to be successful.
The Academy Program will function as a team, not just a skills program. As field hockey is a team sport, the best way forward is creating and building an encouraging, challenging environment in which players can learn to perform together.
* Deposit is due with registration. Remaining cost is split thereafter into 4 monthly payments of February, March, April and May. The last payment will be made by May 1. Early bird pricing ends on Dec. 10. After that, deposit will increase to $179.
February - May 2022
1 trainings each week
1 hour 30 mins team practice
Compete in the Music City Jamboree
- Local tournament, hosted by Nashville FHC
Crockett Park Indoor Arena
Practice will be held once a week. Currently, practice is set for Tuesday evenings.
Early Bird Pricing ends Dec. 10!
The deposit amount goes up to $179 on Dec. 10.
WHO WILL BE COACHING?
The primary Academy Team coach will be Tess Anderson. Tess has been with Nashville FHC for nearly two years, is the current Nolensville HS coach, and previously coached the Ravenwood JV team. As necessary, additional coaches will be added to facilitate training.
WILL THERE BY OTHER, SHORTER SPRING PROGRAMS?
No. As the club continues to grow both in numbers and in competitiveness, we are moving toward a team-based training environment. Players who want to continue playing and developing their skills can choose between the Academy Program and the Travel Team.
WHAT IF I MISS A SESSION?
While attendance to all sessions is not 100% mandatory, we will place great emphasis on attendance, as continuity is a crucial part of team growth. Players who choose to miss consistently will find themselves falling behind. However, we do understand that on occasions conflicts will arise. Within reason, no players will be penalized for missing a session.
IS THERE A LIMIT TO HOW MANY PLAYERS CAN PARTICIPATE?
No. The Academy Program will not be limited by number. As necessary, additional coaches will be added to facility training.
CAN MY CHILD PARTICIPATE IF THEY ARE NEW TO FIELD HOCKEY?
Yes. The Academy Program is exactly where they should be. Because many of the players will have some experience, we highly recommend participation in a Learn to Play session prior to the start of the Academy Program. NFHC will offer a short Learn to Play program, in January 2022, for any new players interested in joining the Academy Program in February.
IS THE MUSIC CITY JAMBOREE MANDATORY?
While technically nothing is compulsory, we will place great emphasis on tournament participation. As we look to build a sustainable and competitive travel program, competition is an important barometer of team development, and an invaluable element of player learning. Because of that, tournament fees are included in the team fees. It’s our sincere hope that players will make the tournament a scheduling priority.
WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED IN TEAM FEES?
Personal equipment. NFHC does have sticks available for loan, but players will be required to wear their own shinguards and mouthguard during all practices and competition.
Team uniform. All players will be required to wear a Nashville FHC reversible pinnie for practices, and will need to purchase appropriately colored skirts/shorts and socks prior to the Jamboree. Players who do not already have an NFCH practice pinnie will be required to purchase one from the club prior to the first practice.
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