Golden Gate Rippers Field Hockey Club is passionate about developing youth and high school field hockey in the North Bay. We are proud to be the first field hockey club in the North Bay. We welcome girls and boys of ALL skill levels, including those new to the sport. Athletes are taught by experienced field hockey coaches and learn specific skills, strategies and teamwork through our practices and tournament play.
Our fall club program is open to grades 5-8. Our spring season and summer camps are open to grades 5-12. We will have an afterschool program for grades K-5 through Ross Recreation beginning in March 2020. We can also help facilitate private or small group skills sessions (please contact us for more details).
USA FIELD HOCKEY MEMBERSHIP REQUIRED FOR ALL PLAYERS
Due to insurance requirements, all players must be members of the USA Field Hockey Association in order to participate in practices and non-USFHA sponsored local tournaments. You must purchase your annual USFHA membership through us for $10 (please pay the additional $10 fee during registration; preferably - add it to your checkout - or via Venmo at the first practice). Memberships last for one year, so if you previously paid the $10 fee (such as for the fall 2019 season), no need to pay the $10 again (please contact us if you are unsure if you have paid the fee). Note: if your child will be partcipating in a regional tournament or an event sponsored by USFHA tournament, you will have to purchase a full USA Field Hockey Membership directly from the USFHA ($25 for U12 and $60 for U14-U19; please select "Golden Gate Rippers" as your club affiliation). We will let you know whether a tournament or event is sponsored by USFHA in advance.
Waiver Required: All players new to Rippers are required to turn in a Ross Recreation and USFHA Waiver & Liability Form before you can play (practice or games). Waivers will be filled out electronically during registration.
*If interested in purchasing your own gear, Longstrength has a wide selection of great field hockey sticks and equipment. You can also go to Sling It! in San Rafael to try out sticks in person.
Sessions are rain or shine!
Note: If you can't make all the practice dates (e.g. you've committed to soccer and can only make 3 practices), please email us, and we can give you a promo code. If you're unsure if your child will like field hockey, email us about doing a drop-in practice (even if the season has started). We are more than happy to work with you! No refunds for missed tournaments or practices.
Spring Season 2020
Practice Dates: Sundays, January 26 - May 10 (you can join anytime, even if the season has already started - we can prorate your fee)
*No practice 2/16, 4/12 and we do NOT normally practice on tournament weekends (unless otherwise notified in advance; e.g. U16 & U19 may practice Sunday if U12 & U14 have a Saturday tournament).
Time: 9:00am - 11:00pm (please arrive 15 minutes early for check-in; we start on time)
U12 practice from 9am-10:30am (generally 5th, 6th, and some 7th graders)
U14, U16 & U19 practice from 9am-11am (generally some 7th graders, 8th graders, and high school)
*A player's age division is based on his/her age 1/1/2020 (e.g. If a player is 13 years on 1/1/2020, then they will qualify to play in the Under 14 division; if a player is 14 years on 1/1/2020 then they qualify to play in U16).
**For practices, we will be dividing the field and splitting players based on age division and ability. 5th, 6th and some 7th graders (generally U12 and U14 in the spring) will practice together from 9am-10:30am; all 8th graders and some 7th graders (generally U16 in the spring) will practice together from 9am-11am; and, all high school girls (generally U19) will practice together from 9am-11am. For tournaments, if you are in 8th grade and are 14 years old, you will have to play in the U16 division; if you are in 8th grade and 13 years old, you will play in the U14 division, unless invited to play up.
Grades: 5-12 – ALL skill levels
Location: The Branson School Turf
Players can choose to participate in practices only OR tryout to be a part of a tournament team as well. There will be 4-5 tournament opportunities where we plan to send at least one team per division to each tournament (we may send more depending on numbers and interest). Anyone who is interested in being part of a tournament team should notify us during registration and can tryout to be evaluated during the first several practices. If you are placed a tournament team, you must pay the tournament fee up front.
Practices Only Cost: $465 - Due in full on or before the first practice. Rippers shirt included for new players or those who need a different size.
Estimated Tournaments Cost: $400 (excludes Cal Cup) - More information on paying the tournaments fee and scheduling will be provided after the first several practices.
Summer Camps 2020 – probably 1st week of June and 2nd weekend in August
Fall Season 2019
Dates: Sundays, September 15 - November 3
Time: 9:30am - 11:00am (*1:30pm-3pm on November 3 only)
Grades: 5-8 – ALL skill levels (*Practice only option available for current 9th graders that are not on a JV or varsity field hockey team)
Location: The Branson School Turf
U12 and U14 teams
Registration Fee: $325 (*Excludes tournament costs. The registration fee is due in full on or before the first practice. Rippers shirt included).
Summer Camps 2019