Oceanside youth field hockey numbers swellOrganization receives grant from USA Field Hockey
Rockland — In its second year, the Oceanside Field Hockey Youth League has seen significant growth and success. Additionally, the program received the USA Field Hockey grant this year which gave it 25 sticks, 25 balls and the USA Youth Field Hockey curriculum. The program also received 10 sticks, an agility ladder and youth-sized pinnies earlier in the year from the Grid Iron Gang, the Oceanside football support group.
The field hockey league is a developmental program focused on teaching young athletes the fundamentals of the sport through drills and games. The league began June 18, and the youngsters meet Mondays from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Newcomers are encouraged to sign-up and equipment is available for loan.
Oceanside High School players assist Regional School Unit 13 coaches with the league.
Joanna Hall, Oceanside varsity field hockey coach and youth league program director, said last year's numbers for the program were about 20 girls in first through sixth grades. This year, the second year of the program, she has seen those numbers more than double, Hall said. Forty-seven youngsters have registered and Hall expects more to sign-up.
Hall said she hopes to get a youth league circuit going with other area schools. Camden-Rockport and Mount View of Thorndike both have youth field hockey programs and Hall hopes to be able to include round robin scrimmages with those programs.
On Friday, July 27, Oceanside will host a league from Marlboro, Mass. for the third Field Hockey Exchange. On Saturday, July 28 at the Oceanside East campus in Rockland, there will be a play day. Marlboro, Mass., Oceanside, Mount View, Camden-Rockport, Winslow and Orono will participate.
During the play day, the Snack Shack will be open and serving snacks and refreshments. Proceeds from the Snack Shack will help the family of Noah Keene, the young boy who was hurt in an accident in June.
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