Field Hockey Program Philosophy

The purpose of the Kinkaid field hockey program is to compete at the highest level of Middle and Upper School athletics while maintaining a high level of academic success.  Along with developing a vast understanding of the game and the intense physical skills needed to play and succeed, the mission is to develop respect and responsibility in student athletes through a disciplined and structured environment.  Players are taught by experienced and committed coaches the skills necessary to excel in field hockey.  To ensure sportsmanship and team unity, student athletes are held to a code of conduct  that adheres to the principles of respect, courtesy, discipline and tolerance.  Practices are positive and constructive and players are taught to always play to the best of one's ability.  

Players will learn that effort, attitude and talent determine how a field hockey player develops.  As each student athlete improves in her field hockey skills, she will also learn how to be an effective teammate:  perform to the best of one's talent and ability to raise the team to a higher level, have mental maturity and the ability to put team needs above personal needs, and have an unwavering "never quit or give up" attitude.

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Middle School Field Hockey Equipment Needs

  • P.E. uniforms are required for practice.  Two shirts and one pair of shorts are provided to each student by the school. Jewelry may not be worn at practices or in games and should be locked inside of a locker during those times. Game uniforms are issued at the beginning of each season and must be returned at the end. Failure to return school issued equipment may result in charges to your account. 
  • Sticks are required and available to borrow, but we strongly recommend you purchase your own.  Just Her Sports (located at 6704 Ferris St, Bellaire, TX 77401) sells a variety of sticks and field hockey equipment.
  • Shin guards with ankle protection are required. Unlike soccer shin guards, these should cover the entire length of the shin. Field hockey specific shin guards are also sold at Just Her Sports.
  • Goggles are required. There are two types of approved field hockey goggles: a “glasses” style and a “cage” style. The glasses seem to be more comfortable and provide better vision. Field hockey cages are different from some lacrosse cages in that they require an extra vertical bar. For both the glasses and the goggles, be sure to look on the case for ASTM F2713-09 standards. You may purchase the “glasses” style from the field hockey Program Head.
  • Mouth guards are required. We strongly recommend purchasing several at Academy or Sports Authority, and molding them properly at home, just in case they are lost.  The athletic training room sells mouth guards for $1.

Upper School Field Hockey Equipment Needs

  • Kinkaid reversible jerseys and Kinkaid shorts are available to purchase, at a discounted price, for Upper School practices. They are required at every practice, for Varsity and Junior Varsity. Jewelry may not be worn at practices or games and should be locked inside of a locker during those times. Game uniforms are issued at the beginning of each season and must be returned at the end. Failure to return school issued equipment may result in charges to your account.
  • Sticks are required and JV players may borrow a stick if they are unsure if they will continue to play the sport, but it is strongly recommended that they purchase their own stick. Varsity players are required to have their own stick. Just Her Sports  (located at 6704 Ferris St, Bellaire, TX 77401) offers a variety of sticks and field hockey equipment.
  • Shin guards with ankle protection are required. Unlike soccer shin guards, these should cover the entire length of the shin and the ankle. Field hockey specific shin guards are also sold at Just Her Sports.
  • Goggles are required. There are two types of approved field hockey goggles: a “glasses” style and a “cage” style. The glasses seem to be more comfortable and provide better vision. Field hockey cages are different from some lacrosse cages in that they require an extra vertical bar. For both the glasses and the goggles, be sure to look on the case for ASTM F2713-09 standards. You may purchase the “glasses” style from the field hockey Program Head.
  • Mouth guards are required. We strongly recommend purchasing several at Academy or Sports Authority, and molding them properly at home, just in case they are lost.  The athletic training room sells mouth guards for $1.

Start/End Dates for Middle School Field Hockey

Season Dates: 

  • 7th Grade – August 23-October 26
  • 8th Grade – August 23-October 26

Practice Times:

  • 7th Grade – 2:40-3:40 pm
  • 8th Grade – 2:40-3:50 pm

Start/End Dates for Upper School Field Hockey

Mandatory Preseason Dates/Times:

  • August 8th – August 20th

Season Start and End Dates:

  • Junior Varsity – August 22 – October 22nd
  • Varsity – August 22 – November 5

Practice Times for JV and Varsity:

  • JV – 3:45 pm-5:45 pm
  • Varsity – 3:45 pm-5:45 pm 
SPC Championship, Austin, TX, November 3-5.

 

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