Team Descriptions
The main purpose of this club is to allow players the opportunity to learn and practice field hockey skills through practices and tournaments. Players will learn to work with others and develop new friendships. Although attendance will be taken at each practice, players are not required to be at practices or tournaments. We believe that they will get out of the season, what they put into it. We want to give them this opportunity. Teams for tournaments will be assigned by coaches based on positions and experience. Players at the regular team levels may be assigned to different teams and play with different players depending upon the tournament. Generally there will be an advanced team or two at every tournament and other teams mixed to assist in game development. Teams will be put in appropriate levels according to skill. The Black team is usually the top team with Pink and White being a mixture of levels.

Lil’ Strykers-This group is made of players under 8 years old as of Jan. 1st. Generally they are new to the sport and just want to try it out. There will be at least 8 practices scheduled and an opportunity to play in the Stryker Spring Tournament in May as well as the Gilroy Indoor tournament in April. They will practice from 12-1 p.m. on scheduled Saturdays.
We are not planning to have a Lil’ Strykers this year. If you have a player that is under 7 and interested in playing, please contact us. If we have enough interest, we may start it up again.

U10-
This group includes players that are under 10 years old as of Jan. 1st. Returning Lil’ Strykers that are under 8, may join this group as well. The main purpose of this group is to help players learn the basics of field hockey and gain confidence and experience through practice and tournament play. They will practice on Saturdays from 1-3 p.m. Some players that are at a higher skill level may have the opportunity to play on a U12 team for specific tournaments if they are needed. This selection will be at the coaches’ discretion. Tournaments for this level include Gilroy Indoor, Gilroy Outdoor, East Bay and Stryker Tournament.

U12-
This group includes players that are under 12 years old as of Jan. 1st. The main purpose of this group is to help players learn the basics of field hockey and gain confidence and experiences through practice and tournament play. They will practice on Saturdays from 1-3 p.m. Some players that are at a higher skill level may have the opportunity to play on a U14 team for specific tournaments if they are needed. This selection will be at the coaches’ discretion. Tournaments for this level include Gilroy Indoor, Gilroy Outdoor, East Bay and Stryker Tournaments.

U14-This group includes players that are under 14 years old as of Jan. 1st. The main purpose of this group is to help players learn the basics of field hockey and gain confidence and experience through practice and tournament play. They will practice on Saturdays from 1-3 p.m. Exceptional U14 players may have the opportunity to attend some U16 practice (TBA) and may be asked to play on U16 teams as needed. Tournaments for this level include Davis, UOP, Stanford, Berkeley, Gilroy Indoor, Gilroy Outdoor, Stryker Tournaments and may include Cal Cup and/or National Festival

U16-This group includes players that are under 16 years old as of Jan. 1st. The main purpose of this group is to help players to continue to practice the basics of field hockey, learn and practice additional skills, develop team offensive/defensive strategies, and gain confidence and experience through practice and tournament play. They will practice on Saturdays from 3-5 p.m. Some U16 players may be asked to play on a U19 team as needed. Tournaments for this level include Davis, UOP, Stanford, Berkeley, Gilroy Indoor, Gilroy Outdoor and may include Cal Cup and/or National Festival.

U19-This group includes players that are under 19 years old as of Jan. 1st. The main purpose of this group is to help players to continue to practice the basics of field hockey, learn and practice additional skills, develop team offensive/defensive strategies, and gain confidence and experience through practice and tournament play. They will practice on Saturdays from 3-5 p.m. Tournaments for this level include Davis, UOP, Stanford, Berkeley, Gilroy Indoor, Gilroy Outdoor and may include Cal Cup and/or National Festival.

Competitive Teams-All players that register for Stryker are placed on the Competitive Team Level. This includes all Sat. practices and participation in all eligible tournaments.

Training Team-
Thursday training sessions are given as an additional opportunity to work on skills and will focus much of the time on conditioning, agility, strength, and flexibility as well as basic stick skills. All of these components are necessary for field hockey. The Training Team Head Coach and other coaches are excited to get our players in game shape. These training sessions are available for U19, U16 and U14 levels and will include an additional 16 hours of training for over 36 hours of instruction. Players must be motivated and ready to work hard. The cost of joining the Training Team is $75 (in addition to registration costs). Go to the Registration Page to get information on how to sign up.

NOTE: We will have one or two sessions depending upon the interest and skill level of the players.
Elite Team-In order to offer players an opportunity to advance their skills and to prepare for a possibility of post high school play, Stryker has developed the elite level teams. They are available to all U19, U16 and U14 team level players. Players on the elite training teams will receive additional training and input. These players will have first opportunity to play on teams for Cal Cup, National Hockey Festival, Disney and Vancouver (Canada) tournament teams. These tournaments will allow college coaches to watch them play.

ELITE stands for:
Effort to
Learn and
Improve
Technique and
Effectiveness


The Elite Team is open to U16 and U19 players that want to see if they can play field hockey in college and/or simply play at their highest level. You DO NOT need to be at that level yet, but you might want to see if you have the potential. Players must be motivated and prepared to work hard. The elite team will meet at Campbell Middle School where they will be playing indoor hockey and classroom sessions. They will also have several outdoor sessions at Leigh High School toward the end of the season. Players will focus on skills, participate in video discussion sessions, look at the mental game, keep a journal for goal setting and personal evaluation and be expected to work on skills outside of the practice sessions. Players will be personally mentored on the steps needed to have the possibility to play in college. We want to help your child be in the best possible position to be recruited. The minimum coach to player ratio is 10:1 (but may be even lower depending on the number of players). Cost of the Elite team is an additional $100. You must also sign up for the competitive and training teams as well. Elite Team participants will have over 50 hours of instruction available.

To sign up to be on the elite team:
1)Fill out the Elite Team Application Form and pay the $100 fee (check made out to Stryker Field Hockey and attached to application) by Sat., Feb. 4th.
2)Coaches will evaluate the player through observation and interview
3)Agree to attend a min. of 80% of all practices and tournaments (with the exception of conflicting Futures sessions)

Elite Teams will be posted after Sat. Feb, 4th and the first session starts on Tuesday, Feb. 28th. See the Practice Schedule page for details on dates, times, and location.

Tournament Teams-
Tournament teams will be based on experience and skill level. Generally for U19, U16 and U14 levels the Black Team (and variations such as gray, charcoal, etc.) is the most experienced teams with Pink and White (and variations) will be a mixture of players. Teams are based on availability and skills and chosen by coaches at that level.