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Season Updates and Nike Park information
Hello everyone, We are more than halfway through the season! ...
Field Hockey Alliance Rules and Guidelines
Fall 2019 Youth Field Hockey   Umpires should call for...
Season Updates and Nike Park information

Hello everyone,

We are more than halfway through the season!  A few reminders for the teams, there should be no coaches on the field during games - this is for all levels.

Most importantly, it creates a dangerous situation and we have already have had some near collisions  between umpires and coaches. The umpires will direct player positioning on corners, 25-yard hits, and other situations.
In girls' lacrosse games, there is a penalty for "excessive coaching." We do not have that in field hockey, and we have structured the league to be a fun learning environment. The priority for all of us should be to have the players communicating and solving problems among themselves on the field. The captains are there to help direct
the players on the field. As much as possible, coaching input should be limited to the time between periods.
Also, if your team is playing another team that is down players, we encourage you to either "lend" players to the other team for the game or play with the same number of players the other team has on the field.  The league is structured to be a fun learning environment, no one wants to play in man-down situations for an entire game.

For games at Nike 4 park for the weekend of Oct 5th and 6th - please note:

The Route 7 Corridor Improvements Project has upcoming weekend work scheduled for Oct. 4-7, 2019 at the intersection of Route 7 and Utterback Store Road to construct new pavement in the median cross-over area.


This work will require the temporary closure of the Route 7 median crossover at Utterback Store Road from the evening of Friday, Oct. 4 until Monday, Oct. 7 at 5 a.m., and Utterback Store Road will operate as right-in, right-out only at Route 7. Left lane closures will also occur during off-peak hours on eastbound and westbound Route 7 between Reston Parkway and Amanda Drive. Traffic signals in the work area will be adjusted to minimize delays, and signage will be in place to direct drivers. All work is expected to be completed by 5 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 7, at which time all median crossovers and lanes will be reopened.

 Please plan accordingly.

Utterback Store Road
  • The Route 7 median will be closed; drivers can turn right-in/right-out (see map).
  • Traffic from eastbound Route 7 to Utterback Store Road may:
  • Turn left onto eastbound Georgetown Pike, then right onto southbound Utterback Store Road, or
  • Continue east on Route 7 to U-turn at Baron Cameron Avenue/Springvale back to Utterback Store Road.
  • Traffic from southbound Utterback Store Road to eastbound Route 7 may turn right onto westbound Route 7 and U-turn at Reston Parkway.
  • Pedestrian access across Route 7 at Utterback Store Road will be closed.
  • All closures are expected to reopen by 5 a.m. Monday, Oct. 7.


Click here for the map.


by posted 10/02/2019
Field Hockey Alliance Rules and Guidelines

Fall 2019 Youth Field Hockey


Umpires should call for captains at the scheduled start time, have a brief discussion, and flip a coin to decide who gets the ball first.

Alternate possession at each quarter.

Change sides on the field only at half time.

No penalty strokes at 2/4 and 5/6.

Penalty strokes at 7/9 will only be awarded if both teams have a fully equipped goalie.

If lightning causes suspension of games at Herndon or WOG, all subsequent games at that facility will be canceled. Games may be resumed at Nike if the weather clears. No games will be extended beyond their one-hour scheduled block.


All age levels will use Federation Rules.  Some differences from High School rules:

  1. Goggles are not required.
  2. Jewelry may be worn if it is not dangerous
  3. Games will be played with 4 quarters versus 2 halves (see timing below).
  4. Goalies are not required for 2/4 and 5/6. Strongly encouraged for 7/9.



Umpires will ensure that the game clock starts running as scheduled, even if the teams are not ready. All games will begin on time.

All games will be played in quarter period with a five-minute half time as follows:

2/4: 10-minute quarters

5/6: 12-minute quarters

7/8: 12-minute quarters


Penalty Corners:

For 7 v 7, four players (one can be a goalie) are in or near the cage. One or more players can be outside the cage up to five yards away from the goal. The ball is inserted at a spot 10 yards from the goal. All defensive players must have their feet and sticks behind the end line. Offensive players around the circle must have their feet and sticks beyond the circle (if the sticks are touching the ground). The inserter must have one foot beyond the end line.


For 11 v 11, five players can defend a corner.


If any player, offense or defense, commits a foul (such as leaving early), that player goes pact to midfield on 11 v 11 and the designated line for 7 v 7 (the far hash marks at Nike). For violations of this rule, the corner is reset.


The player inserting the ball cannot play it again until another player touches the ball. A violation of this rule results in a 16-yard hit for the defense. 


Field notes for 7 v 7 Fields at Nike

Goals are placed on the orange line in front of side soccer goals.

Orange line denotes end lines and the far sideline. This orange line runs along the football goal posts and is the spectator sideline.

The inside sideline is white and corresponds to the football 40-yard line. The white lines are in the center of the field and denote the team area during games. The area between white sidelines (20 yards in width) serves as the warm-up area. Spectators should not be in this area.

Special note: the white and orange lines do not intersect. Cones should be placed at all four corners.

The football hash marks will serve as the 25-yard line.  Defensive players not defending a corner will be placed at the far set of hash marks.

by posted 09/18/2019
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