Frequently Asked Questions

What is your coaching philosophy?

At Houston Velocity Field Hockey Club, we are focused on creating a positive environment where players build field hockey skills, cultivate sportsmanship, have fun, and form positive relationships with their fellow players. As a field hockey “club” we offer additional training and playing opportunities for athletes who would like to improve their overall ability and become more advanced in skill and strategy.

Who are the head coaches?

Coach Jen Bower has 10 years of coaching experience at the Middle School, High School, and Club levels. Coach Jen played Field Hockey from Middle School and into college, where she played Club and Recreational in Harrisburg PA. Coach Jen is a USA FH Certified Level 2 Coach.

 

Coach Jeremy Cain has 11 years of coaching experience at the Middle School, High School and Club levels. Coach Cain is a Positive Coaching Alliance Double Goal Coach Certified and a USA FH Certified Level 2 Coach.

Do you accept drop-ins?

No, currently we do not accept drop-ins. However, if you are trying to determine if this is a good fit, then please email us at info@houstonvelocity.com to arrange for a Trial Training Session and Skills Evaluation at one of our of training sessions by appointment.

What is the best way to contact the Houston Velocity Field Hockey Club?

Please email us at info@houstonvelocity.com

Call us at (832) 240 - 2233

For weather updates we post on Instagram – Houston Velocity and we will send an email to the emails provided during registration.

What skill levels are available?

We train beginner players through advanced players. Players are grouped by age, within reason, for training and competition. Usual groupings include U10, U12, U14, U16, U18, and Adult.

What does a typical training session involve?

Each session includes skills work, strategy, and game play.

How do I know if this is a good fit for my player?

Email us at info@houstonvelocity.com to arrange for a Trial Training Session and Skills Evaluation by appointment at one of our regularly scheduled training sessions. We will help you determine where you would fit into our program.

Do I have to tryout?

No, we will have play at all levels. You will be grouped into a skill level that is appropriate.

Are private or semi-private sessions available with coaching staff?

Email us at info@houstonvelocity.com to inquire.

Will I need to travel for tournaments? Will you participate in tournaments?

Our intent is to provide opportunities to travel for various tournaments as they become available during and after the COVID-19 pandemic. Travel Team participation is a higher level of commitment and will involve tryout/evaluation for team placement, but is totally voluntary.

What equipment is needed for field players?

  1. Field Hockey Stick (there are indoor and outdoor versions, for beginners we recommend purchasing an outdoor stick that can be used during school field hockey season)

  2. Field Hockey shin guards

  3. Mouthguard

  4. Athletic shoes (or turf shoes for indoors)

  5. Practice pinnie (registered players will receive a Club pinnie)

  6. Water bottle

What equipment is needed for Goalies?

Goalies require personal equipment designed to maximize protection. If your player is interested in beginning training as a Goalie, then please contact us.

Where can I find equipment locally?

Just Her Sports specializes in equipment for Field Hockey, Lacrosse, and Softball. Hours may vary, but they are typically open Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Closed on Sundays. They are located at 3700 Greenbriar St. (77098) and can be reached at 713-661-7272.

Equipment is also available from various online vendors including Elitehockey.com and Longstreth.com to name a few.

How are sticks sized?

It is important to have the correctly sized stick. Typically, the stick should come to the top of your hip bone. General guidelines are below:

 

Player’s Height Stick Length

4’ and under 28 inches

4’1” – 4’ 3” 30 inches

4’4” – 4’6” 32 inches

4’7” – 5’ 34 inches

5’1” – 5’3” 35-35.5 inches

5’4” – 5’9” 36-36.4 inches

5’10 and over 37-37.5 inches

 

Field hockey sticks range in weight from 535 grams to 560 grams. The weight of the stick depends on personal preference. Depending on your style of play or field position, there are advantages to lighter sticks or heavier sticks.

Are you affiliated with USA Field Hockey?

Yes, Houston Velocity is an official USA Field Hockey Club.

Do I need a USA Field Hockey Membership?

We encourage our players to register with USA Field Hockey, but it is not required.  Those players interested in doing travel team, will need to register with USA FH.  Those that choose to do regular practices and not travel, do not necessarily need to register.  If you have questions about this process, please feel free to reach out. To register at USA Field Hockey, click here or visit them on the web at https://webpoint.usfieldhockey.com/wp/Memberships/Join.wp