News and Announcements
Welcome to the home of the Howard Stampede Field Hockey Program based in Howard County, Maryland. * Registration for the 2019 Fall Season is CLOSED!*
STAMPEDE was formed in 2002 and was the first youth recreational field hockey program in Howard County. Since that time, it has been the starting point for many of the County’s successful FH players including all-county players, all-state players, all-americans, Futures Elite players who are among the top 150 players in the nation, Jr Olympics athletes, successful DIV I/II/III athletes, four National Team Junior squad players and representation on the Women’s National Team roster.
STAMPEDE rec is open to players of all levels who will be in the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th grades this coming Fall. (Those who are interested in playing year round can contact Gina Maclean (firstname.lastname@example.org) who manages a local Club program for details.)
The number of Rec teams will be dependent upon the number of qualified coaches at each grade level, so please consider volunteering your time. Teams will be formed using evaluation results from prior seasons with self-evaluations used for new players. Consideration will be given to geographical area however Stampede represents Howard County and players from a certain area may be spread on several different teams. Special requests will be honored as best as possible and you can include these in any open text field on the registration form, however they are not guaranteed. Stampede plays in The Maryland Youth Field Hockey League which mandates all teams must be balanced.
- Per MYFHL rules, there is no guarantee you will be on the same team with the same coach and players from year to year. This is a rule of the MYFHL league that Stampede complies with in order to keep teams balanced.
- Stampede clinic sessions for all levels take place during July
- 1st/2nd grade level will practice weekly starting in August and typically have 4 playdays per season during September/October.
- Al practices will have 3 teams per normal sized 60yd by 100yd field
- There are typically no field hockey goals at practices as focus is to work on skills and small games, some field may have goals but this is not standard, coaches can opt to use cones for goals; this philosophy has had very positive results over the years
- 3rd thru 8th grade practices are 2 @ 1.5hr practices per week during August (field space permitting)
- 3rd thru 8th grade practices 1 @ 1.5hr practice per week once school starts, additional practice nights possible
- 3rd thru 8th grade games typically start the Sunday after Labor Day however, since field space is limited, your 8 games may be outside of Howard County, but to date STAMPEDE has been successful acquiring very nice Howard County high school bermuda grass fields or turf fields much to the envy of other programs! :) Most of the time you will have 4 games in Howard County and 4 games outside Howard County as far as Harford County and North Carroll County.
- Season is a 7 game season with no make ups for inclement weather, however STAMPEDE does try to coordinate some type of rescheduling and has been successful in doing so.
- No refunds are given unless your child is not placed on a team (priority will be given to those with the most seniority in the program).
- There is an additional expense for the Stampede Tournament Team (tryout info forthcoming) and Harvest Hockey which is an optional tournament at the end of the season
- Please direct quesitons to email@example.com, thank you
Any 6th/7th/8th Grade player this coming Fall who is interested in being on the Stampede Elite Team will need to attend a tryout; this is a very competitive team. Per MYFHL rules, Elite Team players must be a playing member of their regular Stampede team too in order to be selected and rostered as an Elite Team player. Games for Elite Teams will also take place on Sunday so Elite players will play two games on Sunday. The tryout dates for the Elite Team will be emailed to you when confirmed. Additional tbd expenses are involved for the Elite Team.
All registrants, regardless of age, are required to pay the registration fee (includes kilt, jersey, socks for all 3rd thru 8th grade players) or a reduced registration fee if player is using their uniform from the prior season. Fee is due paid in full at the time of registration (equipment is an additional expense); you will receive a pay pal receipt via email which will be confirmation of your Stampede registration.
Registration fees for players entering grades 1st or 2nd this coming Fall (1st/2nd is the clinic league where a jersey will be provided; players to wear their own black shorts/socks) is $65; 3rd or 4th in the Fall is $185/if no uniform is needed $155; the fee for players entering grades 5th thru 8th in the Fall is $185/if no uniform is needed $155. 5th-8th siblings pay a $115 registration fee, uniform is additional; both players must be in 5th-8th grades to receive the discount. Please direct any payment plan requests to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Refunds will be given if your child cannot be placed on a team, otherwise any requests for refunds will be charged a $75 administrative fee and absolutely no refunds will be given once teams are formed. It is the program’s intent to place all of the registrants on a team, however the final determination will be based on the number of qualified coaches that the program has available at each level and field availability.
Players will be notified of their team placement via email. GO STAMPEDE!
****** Registration is CLOSED – next year, please register early, program fills every year! ****
Click HERE To Register for 1st thru 8th grade players — REGISTRATION is CLOSED!
note: If you need uniform pieces only and have already registered, please click this link http://teampages.com/teams/900876-Howard-Stampede-field-hockey-team-website/announcements/1839516-Registration-Fees
The teams are part of the Maryland Youth Field Hockey League playing an 8 game schedule (those in grades 3rd thru 8th) starting in September through October.
The games will be played on Sunday and will be in Baltimore, Harford, Carroll and Howard County.
Schedules will be released in late August.
Most games will be played on Sundays.
History of Field Hockey
(from the US Field Hockey website)
Before the home run...
before the layup...
before the slap shot...there was a ball and a stick.
One of the oldest of competitive pastimes, the sport of field hockey dates back well before the Ancient Olympic Games. Although the exact origin of the game remains unknown, 4,000-year-old drawings found in the tomb at Beni-Hasen in the Nile Valley of Egypt depicted men playing the sport. Throughout the following centuries, variations of the game were played by a spectrum of cultures ranging from Greeks and Romans to Ethiopians and Aztecs.
The modern game of field hockey evolved in England in the mid-19th century. The first mens hockey club, Blackheath, was formed in 1849, and led to the establishment of the Hockey Association in London in 1886. The British army introduced the game to India and throughout the British colonies, leading to the first International competition in 1895.
Hockey first appeared on the Olympic program at the 1908 London Games and again in 1920 at Antwerp. The sport was again featured on the program at Amsterdam in 1928 and has been an Olympic sport ever since. Women's hockey became a fixture on the Olympic program in Moscow in 1980.
Originally considered far too dangerous for female participation, field hockey quickly became popular with women whose previous introduction to sport included the "socially acceptable" outdoor activities of croquette and lawn tennis. With more and more women becoming active in the sport, the liberating game of field hockey earned the dubious title as the only team sport considered proper for women.
By 1887, the first womens hockey club appeared in East Mosley, England, and was quickly followed by the creation of the All England Womens Hockey Association in 1889 . The sport spread across the Atlantic in 1901 when English physical education instructor Constance Applebee introduced the sport to the U.S. while attending a seminar at Harvard.
Appalled at the parlor games passing for exercise among young American women, Applebee borrowed some sticks and a ball and staged the first hockey exhibition in the United States behind the Harvard gymnasium. The game received an enthusiastic response, and Applebee quickly spread the sport to some of the region's most prestigious women's schools.
By the early 1920’s, several colleges and clubs sponsored field hockey teams for women. The U.S. women’s touring field hockey team participated in its first international competition in 1920, and two years later the United States Field Hockey Association was founded for the purpose of promoting and generating enthusiasm for the sport.
With the increasing popularity of the sport, and through the pioneering efforts of the Association's early touring teams, the U.S. continued its rise to international prominence. In 1975, the U.S. appeared in the first I.F.W.H.A. World Championship of women's hockey in Edinburgh, Scotland (10th), and five years later earned an invitation to the first women's Olympic Games tournament in Moscow. The U.S. boycott of the 1980 Games prevented the team from competing in Moscow. Four years later, the U.S. captured the bronze medal at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games. The team would continue its Olympic tradition with appearances in Seoul in 1988 and Atlanta in 1996.
After the FIH conducted the first women's World Cup in 1975, the U.S. team began an impressive string of successive trips to the prestigious tournament in 1983. The U.S. would qualify for each of the ensuing World Cup tournaments including a bronze medal finish in Dublin in 1994.
With similar humble beginnings, mens field hockey began in the United States with the first official match between the Westchester Field Hockey Club (Rye NY) and the Germantown Cricket Club (near Philadelphia) in 1928. That same year, the Field Hockey Association of America was formed, and in 1930, the FHAA became the fourteenth member of hockey's international federation, the Federation International de Hockey (FIH). Today, the FIH features over 100 member nations. Henry Greer,considered the founder of men's hockey in the United States, served as president of the FHAA from 1930 to 1959 and served as player-coach on the 1932 U.S. Olympic team.
Bolstered by its new international membership, the U.S. Men’s team competed in the Olympic Games for the first time at the 1932 Los Angeles Games. The three-team tournament saw the United States earn the bronze medal after losing to silver medalist Japan, 9-2, and gold medal winner India, 24-1.
The U.S. men went on to compete in other Olympic Games in 1936, 1948, 1956, 1984 and 1996. A lack of funds and political challenges kept the team from competing in 1952. With the inclusion of hockey in the Pan Am Games in 1967 and Olympic qualification dependent on success in Pan Am event, the FHAA faced mounting obstacles in returning to the Games.
In April of 1993, the FHAA and the USFHA, at the urging of the United States Olympic Committee, merged to form one national governing body for both women’s and men’s field hockey. The USFHA currently seeks to foster and develop the amateur sport of field hockey by providing participation opportunities for players, coaches, officials, and administrators and preparing teams to represent the United States in international competitions.
Today, nearly 14,000 players, coaches, officials and fans enjoy the benefits of U.S. Field Hockey Association membership. With programs ranging from elite teams and futures identification to club hockey and grassroots development, today's U.S. Field Hockey continues to raise public awareness and promote the sport as a lifetime activity. The U.S. Field Hockey Association provides players, coaches, officials and administrators educational and participation opportunities while supplying support and resources essential to the development and enjoyment of the game.
Even if its just a ball and stick.