Chicago area's oldest and largest club since 1991. Windy City's Owner and Director, Katie Beach, is an Olympian and former Division I Head Coach with extensive national and local relationships. Our staff is available for player and family support, collegiate questions and program guidance. Our coaches are former collegiate athletes who have experienced the requirements for competition in collegiate play.
In our club you will find professionally run programs for nearly all ages, skill levels and commitments. We offer activities for girls and women as young as kindergarten through adults. We satisfy beginners wanting to experience the sport for the first time, players that want to get more training throughout the year and the serious travel team player.
Windy City Field Hockey is a Chicago-based field hockey program that emphasizes excellence through the development of individual skills, teamwork, and sportsmanship. Our philosophy is to offer a competitive field hockey environment focused on the development of technical proficiency, tactical understanding, and the physical well being of our players in a constructive atmosphere.
Roots is for our youngest players that want to experience the sport for the first time or continue to learn and develop. There are events for the Roots players in Fall, Winter and Spring. Each session is six sessions long for 1.5- 2 hours.
Academy is for players that love field hockey and want to develop their skills without a huge commitment of time to the sport. They may sign up for individual sessions in Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer. They train one time per week.
Select is for players that are more committed to developing their skills and wish to spend more time playing field hockey. Players not on a Travel Team that want to tryout MUST sign up for WINTER SELECT. Players may sign up for Select without trying out for Travel. Select Players are required to sign up for three seasons, winter, spring an summer. They may elect to be alternates for the Travel Team an are not required to attend tournaments unless an opening occurs.
Players in the U14, U16 & U19 Travel program are there as a result of trying out in the Winter Select program. Players wishing to get into the Travel program must sign up in the winter for SELECT. Players already on Travel will for the most part remain on those teams, although their skills will constantly be reevaluated. New Travel Teams for U14, U16 & U19 will be announced at in early March 2015.
Travel is for players that are very serious about their commitment to field hockey. They are willing and able to make the sacrifice of time necessary to train and compete. The U16 and U19 Travel Teams are required to train 3 times per week in the winter, 2 times per week in the spring and 1 time per week in the summer. The U14 Travel Teams are required to train 2 times per week in winter, 2 times per week in spring and 1 time per week in the summer. Travel players are required to sign up for three seasons – winter, spring and summer. They are also required to attend all Travel Team tournaments.
Players in the U10 & U12 Travel Program will have the opportunity to tryout in the spring for the summer travel season and in the fall for the winter indoor travel season.
Windy City Stride provides additional and advanced instruction for 6th through 12th grade athletes. Each group will have a 1:6 coach to player ratio and will be limited to 12 field players and 2 goalkeepers. Stride is for the serious player in Academy, Select or Travel to get extra coaching and touches on the ball to help them become better all-around players. Players in Stride wish to focus and work very hard at a higher level. Stride sessions are coached by our Travel coaches & Olympian Katie Beach. All Stride sessions are 1.5 hours in length, go for 6 sessions and are on an indoor surface.
College Stride is 1.5 hours one day per week for six weeks on indoor or outdoor turf surface. Players will receive advanced skills training, conditioning circuits, and core training exercises. College Stride will assist athletes in preparation for the start of their pre-seasons. College Stride is offered in spring and summer sessions.