Winter Indoor Youth Programs

Youth Indoor Field Hockey

Winter 2023-2024

DID YOU KNOW that Calgary is hosting the Indoor Field Hockey PanAm Games this March 2024?  …And that Indoor Field Hockey is considered a different sport from traditional outdoor field hockey with different sticks, balls and team sizes? Played on a hard surface with boards, it is excellent for developing quick reflexes and hand eye coordination and makes for a thrilling game!


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For participants born Jan 1, 2009 to Dec 31, 2012

SESSION 1 (Nov to Dec) - Athletes will incorporate fun games and drills to learn basic techniques for indoor field hockey, including moving the ball, safe passing, use of boards, and shooting. Program will culminate in a 3v3 Tournament on Sunday Dec 17. 

SESSION 2 (Jan to Feb) - Reinforcing skills learned in Session 1, this program will highlight tactics for small game play and more advanced indoor skills. 


For participants born January 1, 2013 or later

Program will focus on fun games and drills while incorporating basic skills for indoor field hockey.  Key focus will be on physical literacy and FUN! Program will culminate in Fun Day Sunday Dec 17. Session 2 will continue to develop skills and introduce small game play


NORTH:     IAL Indoor Facility (Airport) IAL Map

                  119 Aero Way NE, Calgary, AB T2E 6K2

SOUTH:     Remington YMCA (Quarry Park) YMCA Map

                 108 Quarry Park Rd SE, Calgary, AB T2C 5R1


SESSION 1 NORTH: Sundays   4:30-5:30pm (U8-U14) Nov 5 to Dec 17 2023

SESSION 1 SOUTH: Thursdays 7-8:00pm (U8-U10), 8-9:00pm (U12-U14) Nov 2 to Dec 17 2023

SESSION 2 NORTH:  Sundays   4:30-5:30pm (U8-U14) Jan 7 to Feb 11 2024

SESSION 2 SOUTH: Thursdays 7-8:00pm (U8-U10), 8-9:00 pm (U12-U14) Jan 11 to Feb 15 2024


SESSION 1: $110

SESSION 2: $110

SESSIONS 1 & 2: $175

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NOTE: participants will be charged for a FHA/FHC membership if they do not hold one for 2023-2024. 


Registration Deadline Session 1: November 12, 2023

Registration Deadline Session 2: January 21, 2024

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Q: What equipment is required?
A: Sticks are provided. Athletes may use their own indoor stick (North only), and must provide their own mouth guard and shin pads. T-shirts, shorts and athletic pants are recommended for games and practices.  All participants will be provided with field hockey socks. Indoor court shoes or running shoes are also required. An Indoor glove is also recommended. 

Q: How do I borrow an indoor stick?
A: You can borrow a stick from FHA; email and bring a deposit cheque for $90 to your first practice. Write your cheque to Field Hockey Alberta and post date it for the last day of your session. 

Q: Where can I purchase an indoor field hockey stick?
A: Indoor sticks are thinner and lighter than outdoor sticks.  Be sure you purchase a stick that is appropriately sized for your child. A stick that is too large creates improper body positioning and makes it harder to learn and harder to break bad habits down the road. Generally, the stick should come to the athlete’s hip or just under the belly button.

There are lots of online sites to purchase indoor sticks. We recommend the following local business to purchase indoor sticks: 

AA Sports - Sohail Abdullah: 

Q: Where can mouth guards, shin pads or practice socks be purchased?
A: Most sporting-good stores carry these items (Sport Chek, Sport Mart, Kicks, etc.). Or you can contact Sohail Abdullah@ AA Sports.  Call ahead to check availability. Be sure to select shin guards that wrap over the ankle. We will provide a pair of practice socks at your first session  

Q: Where can I learn the basic rules of indoor field hockey?
A: The following link is a good start:

Q: What training do your coaches have?

A: All coaches are NCCP Safesport trained and have taken courses on ethics, and concussions. Each session has a First Aid certified coach on field. 


We are mapping our programming to support the Long Term Athlete Development plan (LTAD) and the Long Term Hockey Development Plan (LTHD). 

Supporting these evidence based protocols in sport helps our athletes and coaches develop and engage in sport with age appropriate skill requirements and fundamental physical literacy skills.

Children aged 6 to 10 fall into the FunStix stage of learning and skill acquisition:

LTAD Stage 2 - FunStix 

In the FunStix stage children need to participate in a variety of well-structured activities that develop basic field hockey skills and promote interest in physical activity. Physical literacy continues to be developed through activities involving the athlete in as many sporting activities as possible throughout the week. It is important that all children master fundamental movement skills before sport specific skills are introduced. 

Competition should involve no formal game play. Modified games, such as the FunStix mini game, should be introduced. All activities are fun-based. The focus should be on creating self-esteem within participants by reinforcing individual effort and not keeping score. 

Children aged 11 to 14 fall across two stages of learning and skill acquisition:

LTAD Stage 3 - Learning to Train

Ages 9-12 males, 8-11 females. In this stage, attention focuses on building the athlete’s foundational movement skills and begins to expand the repertoire of field hockey basics.

Participation in multiple physical activities and sports is still recommended. 

Stage 4 - Training to Train

Ages 12-16 males, 11-15 females

The major focus of this stage is on the consolidation and implementation of the basic skills of field hockey and the use of decision-making skills. 

The athletes may play to win and do their best, but they still need to focus more time on skill training and physical development over competition. This approach is critical to the development of top performers and maintaining activity for the long-term. 

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