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Lightning Youth Field Hockey




AGES 5 - 18 years old

K - 12th grade

All Skill Levels



Lightning Youth Field is a non-profit organization and is a member club of the USA Field Hockey Association.


To teach field hockey skills and game fundaments to youth in a recreational and supportive environment.

U08 Dribbling Drill

Equipment Required

  • Shin Guards
  • Mouth Guard
  • Field Hockey Stick (see size chart)
  • Water

The Lightning Club will provide Lightning Pinnies/Uniforms for all Members.

U08 Mixed: One-on-One Drill

2021 Summer Lightning vs SF Hawks at Cal Berkeley Clinic


Lightning Youth Field Hockey has two seasons: Fall (Aug-Dec) and Spring (Jan-May/Memorial Day weekend), and we offer 6 teams. Each season has a mix of Practices and Tournaments/Clinics.


When: SUNDAY mornings, 9-11am
Location: Foothill College, Los Altos

Our Sunday practices are a mix of warm-up/fitness drills, individual skill work, and scrimmages. We have an expectation that our players attend a minimum of 80% of our practices to be eligible to play in tournaments. 


Tournaments and Clinics are optional and their fees are included in the registration. They are opportunities for our players to learn the game, playing with and against other youth clubs. Most of our tournaments are local, as far north as San Francisco, east to UC Davis, and south to Gilroy.

Our Spring season will culminate in a huge USAFH tournament with clubs/teams joining from all over the world: CalCup over Memorial Day weekend in Moorpark, CA. 

2022 Spring Tournament at Cal Berkeley


Tournaments are optional - they are opportunities to us to play against other youth clubs. For tournaments, the Club asks players' parents to mark their attendance so that the Coaches can develop a line-up for the game(s).

  • For U8 and U10 teams, line-ups are less important - players are rotated through the 3 positions: forward, mid, and defense.
    • Tournaments retain more of a social feeling than a competitive one.
    • Lightning players and parents are expected to collectively with the players and parents from the other clubs  foster a friendly and supportive environment. We all want the sport of field hockey to grow. 
    • We promote rounded development of players, positive sports experiences.
    • We focus on creating a strong foundation for more competitive play at the older levels. 
    • During games we aim to give every child as much play time as possible.
  • For U12 and up, players are more often assigned to a position to develop a deeper understanding of that position during game-time. 
    • We become a bit more competitive; individual player's play time will begin to vary more.
    • A player's attendance and/or participation level at practice will factor into playing time.
    • We substitute frequently during the games, and a player's skill level and experience at that position will impact substitutions.
    • Individual skill, prior tournament experience, confidence, and leadership on the field are all aspects considered by the coaches when selecting team rosters and positions.
    • Goalkeepers are usually required and players who elect to be goalkeepers begin specialized training. 

U12 at Cal Berkeley Tournament

2022 Spring U08


For Fall 2022, Lightning will offer the following teams - aligning ages and mixed-boy-girl with USAFH/CalCup designations for 2023. 

  • U8 Mixed: Born 08/01/2017-01/01/2014
  • U10 Mixed cut-off: 1/1/2012
  • U12 Mixed cut-off: 1/1/2010
  • U14 Girls and U14 Boys cut-off: 1/1/2008 
  • U16/19 Girls cut-off: 01/01/2003
  • U16/19 Boys cut-off: 01/01/2003

USAFH membership

All players are required to be members of the United States Field Hockey Association/USAFH to participate in Lightning practices and tournaments. The annual membership must be purchased directly from the USFHA. 

No need to declare or switch Club Affiliation. If you do not know if you would prefer to declare your Club Affiliation, or if you are already assigned to a different Club, you do not need to declare or change to Lightning in order to join our Spring Season.

2022 Spring U14G

2022 Spring U14G

U12 Players having FUN!


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