FIELD HOCKEY: GRASSROOTS AT HOME

Seacoast United Sports Club is expanding its online Grassroots program and rolling out its first ever field hockey version. Since the club suspended all facilities and programs due to stay-at-home ordinances, Seacoast United has been rolling out weekly at home workouts for all soccer, baseball, softball, field hockey and lacrosse players. Adopting the same approach as schools, these new programs mirror the remote learning lessons that students are currently participating in across New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Maine with a focus on physical activity.

Due to the success of the content targeted towards our club athletes, Seacoast United wanted to take this concept and apply it to some programming for younger participants in other sports. The field hockey club has evolved into one of the largest organizations in the northeast and was recently recognized by USA Field Hockey as one of the top programs in the country: USA Field Hockey Article. Although the program focuses on the development and growth of athletes ranging from 7 to 18 years of age, this is the first time that the coaching staff has developed content aimed specifically for young participants. In each of the classes, the main objective is to teach with an emphasis on having fun, while relating that enjoyment with playing field hockey to develop the necessary skills to be a competitive player in the future.

Each video contains several exercises which can all be done from the comfort of your home. The aim is to incorporate a warm up drill to get the players moving and then introduce a field hockey stick later in the drill so the player can start to work on the fundamentals of the game. There is a healthy mix of games and player/parent participation to make sure everyone is benefitting from the program.

“With everyone at home right now we thought this was the perfect opportunity to roll out videos aimed at teaching the fundamentals of the sport.” Commented Director of Field Hockey Sarah Michaud. “The soccer staff have done a fantastic job with this and I certainly believe there are young players out there (and parents too) who would love to try out the sport.” Sarah went on to say, “This is a great time to get outside and try something new.”

The field hockey staff will be providing a new set of exercises each week and the videos will be updated accordingly on the Seacoast United YouTube Channel.

For more information on the online program, please email Sarah Michaud at srichards@seacoastunited.com.