How often are practices, and during what times?
Generally, 2x a week and Mon/Wed or Tues/Thurs but Pockets Instructional only practices once/week.
What equipment will I need to purchase for my child?
For Pockets Gameplay through 4th Grade boys, we provide a helmet, gloves, shoulder pads, and elbow pads. You would have to buy a stick, cup, and mouthpiece. After the 4th Grade level, you would have to purchase equipment. We provide all goalie equipment.
For girls, you would have to provide a stick, eye protection, and a mouthpiece. We provide all goalie equipment.
How long does the season run?
We start clinics in January and indoor practice in early March. The last game is in mid to late May.
What are the age divisions?
In the younger leagues: Pockets are age 4 through the 1st grade and are Tykers (8U) 2nd/3rd. Our older kids play in the WMMUSALAX league and they are grouped by grade level, starting at 3rd/4th grades.
Where are the games played?
Pocket Gameplay will play on a mutual Freedom field every week. The boys Tykers through 4th grade play at Winfield Elementary or travels to other areas (generally not past 30 min). The older boys and all of the girls teams play at Krimgold Park as their home field.
Do you typically field more than one team at each age level? If so, how many?
It all depends on registration, at Pockets and Tykers, yes we have multiple teams, Pockets Gameplay will all practice together generally, but will be on two separate teams.
Do you know who my coach will be? How are teams determined?
We generally know who the younger players coaches will be. There are no tryouts for Pocket age group, we balance the teams for that age group. Some older age groups may have an evaluations and we try to place players with other players with the same skill level. Coaches will vary on the results of evaluations.
Are there any clinics being held prior to the season that might help first-time players work on their skills?
Various indoor arenas run clinics and we do various a speed and agility clinics starting in January