Team Policies



*** New: All upperclassmen will start the season on the first mandatory practice day.  No one, except freshmen, will be able to join after the official start of the season.

            Field hockey season is a short season that runs from the end of August through the middle of November.  Since practice time is limited, it is imperative that players attend every practice and every game.  Excused absences include only:

  • Absence from school
  • SAT or PSAT
  • Official college visit for seniors



Please make every attempt to make appointments for times when you do not have practice.  Leaving practice early or coming late can create problems.

            If a player is absent from a practice or a game and returns on game day, she will not be able to play in that game.  It is very likely that a player who misses a practice will miss changes made in game strategy, line ups, etc., or is still ill enough that it will affect her performance on the field.  A senior missing practice for an official college visit will not be considered absent.



            There is no school transportation available during preseason.

            On school days a bus is provided for transportation home at 5:15 P.M.  If a parent is picking up a player after practice the parent must arrive before the 5:15 bus.  A player may not wait for a parent after the bus leaves.

            On game days a bus will be provided to take us to and from the game.  All players MUST ride the bus.  If something important comes up and a player NEEDS to be picked up by a parent from the game, a parent note must come from home, be signed by the Athletic Director and the Principal and presented to the coach prior to the game.  PLAYERS WILL NEED TRANSPORTATION HOME FROM THE HIGH SCHOOL AFTER ALL GAMES, HOME AND AWAY.



  • Running shoes for all practice and game days
  • Stick and ball
  • Baby sock for covering the toe of the stick when we are practicing indoors
  • Shin guards, Mouth guard, left hand player glove, approved goggles
  • Water bottle
  • Uniform for game days (provided by the school)
    • Away games - green
    • Home games - white
  • Reversible pinney for practice and games (provided by the school)

***All personal items should be marked with your name and W.D.H.S. on them

***If a player does not have required equipment for practice, she will be charged with one unexcused absence.





            Discipline problems will not be tolerated. Depending upon the severity of the problem, a player could be dismissed from the team for one or several infractions of the rules of responsible behavior.

            Practice on school days begins PROMPTLY at 2:35 P.M.  If you are late, it is your responsibility to talk to the coach at your level to see what you missed and what you will need to make up at that time or after practice.  We, as coaches, feel that your school work must come first.  If you have to stay after school and miss some of your practice, you are responsible to make up what you missed. 



            Under NO circumstances should a player smoke, drink alcohol, or use any type of illicit drug.  Not only is it illegal, but it WILL impair your performance on and off the field.  The team needs every player at peak physical and mental condition at all times. A player violating this rule will be suspended from practice and games for 15 days, and from games for an additional 15 days.



            Stop eating junk food!  Every calorie you ingest should have nutritional value.  Not kidding!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! As an athlete, you need the following:


Milk, Yogurt, and Cheese Group (Milk, yogurt, and all types of cheese)

Provides calcium. Also contains protein, vitamin A, and riboflavin (B2).


3 servings daily

1 serving is
  • an 8 ounce glass of milk
  • 8 ounces of yogurt
  • 1 1/2 ounces of cheese

Meat, Poultry, Fish, Dry Beans, Eggs, and Nuts Group (Beef, pork, lamb, poultry, fish, eggs, dry peas, dry beans, peanuts, peanut butter)

Good source of protein. These foods also contain thiamin (B1), riboflavin (B2), niacin, iron, and zinc.


2 - 3 servings daily

1 serving is
  • 3 ounces of lean, cooked meat
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup of cooked dry beans, peas, or lentils
  • 4 tablespoons of peanut butter

Vegetable Group (All vegetables--including dark green, deep yellow, and starchy vegetables--and their juices)

Provides vitamins and minerals that complement other food sources. Good sources of Vitamin C include tomatoes, broccoli, and brussel sprouts. Good sources of Vitamin A include carrots, broccoli, spinach, greens, pumpkin, and sweet potatoes.


3 - 5 servings daily

1 serving is

  • 1/2 cup of cooked/raw vegetables
  • 1 cup of leafy raw vegetables

Fruit Group (All fruits and their juices)

Good source of many vitamins and minerals. Good sources of vitamin C include citrus fruits and their juices, melons, and strawberries. Apricots are good sources of vitamin A.


2 - 4 servings daily

1 serving is
  • 1 whole fruit such as a medium apple
  • 1/2 cup (4 ounces) of berries
  • 1/2 cup (4 ounces) of cooked or canned fruit
  • 1/4 cup of dried fruit

Bread, Cereal, Rice, and Pasta Group (All whole-grain and enriched breads and cereals, such as cooked or ready to eat cereals, bread, macaroni, grits, spaghetti, crackers, noodles, and rice)

Contributes complex carbohydrates (starch and fiber) and significant amounts of protein, B vitamins, and iron.


6 - 11 servings daily

1 serving is
  • 1 slice of bread
  • 1/2 hamburger bun or English muffin
  • 1 small roll, biscuit, or muffin
  • 3 to 4 small or 2 large crackers
  • 1/2 cup cooked cereal, rice, or pasta

Make sure your PREGAME meal plans follow these guidelines

  • Allow enough time for digestion. Eat the meal at least three hours before an event.
  • Choose a meal that's high in starch (carbohydrates). Starch is easy to digest and helps steady the levels of blood sugar.
  • Consume only moderate amounts of protein. Protein foods take longer to digest than starch. And high-protein meals may lead to increased urine production, which can add to dehydration.
  • Limit fats and oils. They take too long to digest.
  • Restrict sugary foods. Sweets can cause rapid energy swings in blood sugar levels and result in low blood sugar and less energy.
  • Avoid foods and drinks that contain caffeine. Caffeine stimulates the body to increase urine output, which can contribute to dehydration problems, and a full bladder can be very uncomfortable.

Drink plenty of water, especially when you've been sweating a great deal.  You must replace the fluids you lose.  When you participate in a sporting event or practice session, follow these guidelines:

  • Don't wait until you are thirsty before drinking water.
  • Drink more than enough to satisfy your thirst.
  • Drink more than you think you need before an event or practice to make sure you are fully rehydrated.


All players will be assigned team jobs from time to time and willneed to be very responsible about carrying out these duties WITHOUT COMPLAINT.  The team appreciates everyone's help.



  • Perform duties of timer and scorer at games
  • Be eligible for a certificate



  • Attend all practices and games
  • Help with practices, equipment, timing, running drills
  • Perform duties of timer and scorer at games
  • Be eligible for a Freshman, JV or Varsity letter



  • Will lead warm ups in practices and games
  • Lead summer workout teams and collect points accumulated by each team member
  • Make decisions for the team
  • Encourage team spirit
  • Set an example for underclassmen regarding sportsmanship, dependability, dedication, hard work and positive attitude



  • Be elected by the team with final approval of the coaching staff
  • Disseminate information to the team
  • Make sure all equipment is on the field and collected from the field at the end of practice/games
  • Communicate concerns from players to coaching staff
  • Represent all team members equally



            Due to the large numbers of players (that's a good thing), not everyone will get the playing time they want (boo!).  At the Frosh and Junior Varsity level everyone will play, not necessarily the same amount of time, but a significant amount of time. 

At the Varsity level, playing time will be based on the following criteria:

  • Ability and performance in practice and games
  • Attitude
  • Attendance and promptness to practice and games
  • Initiative
  • Self-confidence
  • Ability to play as a team player
  • Going "above and beyond" normal expectations

Varsity players who are underclassmen will play in the Junior Varsity game following the Varsity game if they have not played in both halves in the Varsity game.




            The sole criterion for an underclassman varsity letter is participation in at least half of the regular season games.   Seniors, who have "paid their dues" by supporting their team and working hard for their team for years, deserve and will be awarded a varsity letter.

            Being a part of the Varsity practice team and participating in Varsity activities do not constitute the necessary prerequisites for a letter.



            If at any time you have questions or concerns about anything, please see your captain (if it's a problem the captain can handle) and then see your coach.  Don't be shy.  Players should act at their own advocates, attempting to solve problems through proper channels on their own.  If you feel you are not satisfied with the results, then we can set up a conference with the head coach and with or without parents.


You can always contact Coach Decker at:

School - 856-848-6110 X2235




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