Field Hockey

CYMS Field Hockey


5 Things you need to do to play:



  • Physicals are available at Central York High School on June 4th and June 9th.

  • Physical Information can be found on the high school athletics page:    

  • Complete the online physical registration:

  • If you have any questions please contact Rick Guinan, the CYMS Athletic Trainer at


    All 7th graders and Any New 8th grade Field Hockey players must complete the Impact Testing Requirements using the directions (See Attached Sheet)



    Monday through Friday August 14th through August 25th (7:00am-12:00pm) no exceptions! Bring a water bottle, snack and equipment!!


    Email Coach Hanes for the code if you do not already have it.

What can you do over the summer?

Summer workouts are available at Central York High School on Tuesday and Thursday from 9am-11am. These are not mandatory practices, but you are highly encouraged to attend. You will be working on stick work, ball handling, and small game. This will be combined with the high school team. Middle School players will begin on June 14, 2016. To practice you will need to have completed the five steps above.

What can you do on your own?

Throughout the summer walk, jog, run, and be active. See the workout schedules in Schoology.

What equipment will you need?

  • Colored mouth guard
  • Shin-guards
  • Goggles
  • Sneakers or cleats(are recommended)
  • Field hockey ball
  • Field Hockey Stick(there are limited number of stick available in limited sizes)

What are the expectations for Field Hockey Players?

As you join the CYMS Field Hockey team we will expect you to perform on the field and in the classroom. During the the week of MANDATORY camp, the CYMS Field Hockey rules will be passed out. These rules will apply throughout the season. Your grades are a key component and you should make sure they are good. Doing your best at school and then on the field shows your character as a student athlete.

What if you don’t know anything about Field Hockey?

If you are interested in getting some practice and knowledge before preseason, MessiahCollege and Ballyhoo offer some great camps. 

What do you need for preseason?

The first day is August 15th be on time. Participation is required, if you have a conflict please contact me immediately. ALL practices will be at North Hills elementary, girls should bring a water bottle, snack and equipment. Water will be available for players to refill their bottles. Girls should wear light, comfortable workout clothing, bring both sneakers and cleats, bring and use sunscreen and bug spray.

I am looking forward to a great season!

Coach Hanes

Important announcement

Middle School Field Hockey practices will start August 15 at North Hills. Practices will run from 7 to noon. Players need to have submitted all of their physical paperwork ahead of time. If not, bring it with you. Please have your mouth guard, shin guards, eye protection, stick (if you have one), water bottle, lunch, and a great attitude. Stay tuned, more information to follow.




Selecting a Field Hockey Stick

Stick Rake and Bow Limitations

From TK to Talon, from Penn Monto to Mohinder, from Grays to Gryphon, there's a field hockey stick for everyone. But while selecting the right stick is eventually a matter of personal preference, there are some factors to consider when making your stick selection.

Balance & Weight

Get a "feel" for the stick. It should be well balanced and feel comfortable in your hands. Depending on your preference, the weight may be evenly distributed throughout the length of the stick or concentrated in the stick's toe or head. The weight in the toe should not be so much as to limit your stick speed when playing the ball.

Field hockey sticks range in weight from light (18 oz. to19 oz.), to medium (19-22 oz), to heavy (22 oz to FIH maximum 25.9 oz [737 grams]). Most players will use a stick in the medium range. Generally, forwards prefer a lighter stick for quick maneuvering in the circle while defenders often choose a heavier stick for powerful clearing hits and to prevent attackers from casually "pushing" the stick aside.

Length of Stick

Field hockey sticks range in length from 26 & 28-inch youth sticks to 38-inch sticks for taller and more experienced players.

While the length of the stick is often determined by height, players often select the longest stick they can handle comfortably.

The table below shows the general guideline for choosing the appropriate length stick

Player Height

Stick Length

Player Height

Stick Length

Up to 4 feet


5’ 1” to 5’ 3”


4’ 1” to 4’ 3”


5’ 4” to 5’ 6”


4’ 4” to 4’ 6”


5’ 7” to 5’ 8”


4’ 7” to 5’ 0”


5’ 9” +


Toe Length

The “toe” or “head” of the stick may also vary depending on your position or style of play.


The “shorti toe” features a one-piece head to allow quick maneuverability around the ball.


The “midi toe” features an increase hook surface and slightly longer length to allow larger hitting and stopping area to facilitate receiving, flicking and reverse stick play.


A “hook toe” hooks up to provide the maximum surface for receiving and a larger sweet spot for hitting.

Flexibility & Stiffness

A flexible stick that absorbs shock is often the stick of choice for beginning or novice players. Flexible sticks tend to be more durable than their stiffer counterparts.

Advanced players may apt for a stiffer stick for increased power

Manufacturers may add a variety of reinforcing materials to the stick to add strength and durability or promote either stiffness or flexability. Fully composite and fiberglass sticks are legal at the collegiate and high school level, and revised international definitions of the stick at the international level allow the stick to "be made of or contain wood or any material other than metal or metallic components, provided it is fit for the purpose of playing hockey and is no risk to health."

  • Fiberglass: A basic material reinforcing the handle. Fiberglass adds strength and durability. Fiberglass reinforcement also helps to prevent wear.

  • Carbon (or graphite): One of the most effective stiffening materials. The added stiffness in the handle allows for increased hitting power for experienced players. However, in cold temperatures, a stick with carbon tends to transmit the shock from the head, through the shaft up to hands. Players should consider playing conditions, such as temperature when selecting a stick.

  • Kevlar® (or Aramide): Adds strength to the handle while dampening the vibration to the hands. The more Kevlar in the stick, the less shock is felt, yet the fibers still allow for flexability and a smooth "feel" of the ball when hitting and receiving. Kevlar is a manmade organic fiber produced by DuPont used in a wide variety of applications such as bullet-proof vests, tires, fibre optic cables and sporting goods.

  • Dyneema®: Added over the stiffening and strengthening materials at the base of the shaft for impact resistance. Dyneema is a polethylene fiber characterized by its high impact strength and high energy absorption qualities.

    Composite Sticks

    Composite sticks are now legal for international play and are being used by more and more players. These sticks are made in a mold so that each stick will be the same. The differences among these sticks are two-fold:

    The molds will be different so that one brand may have a thicker or thinner handle and head than another stick. Also, the configuration of the shaft will vary among brands.

    These sticks are made of a combination of space-age materials including: fiberglass, Kevlar and carbon. The percentage of these materials found in each stick will be another distinct difference. The higher end sticks will contain more carbon which creates more stiffness. The lower end sticks will contain more fiberglass which will allow for both flexibility and strength