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COMPETITIVE PROGRAMS

The Halton Thrashers competitive league is a fast-paced, high level of play that offers a greater challenge to exceptional players over 10 years of age. Our competitive Thrashers players are selected via tryouts each year and typically teams comprise the most talented and skilled players in the age group. Playing with the Thrashers is a much larger time commitment than house league, involving two weekly practices, fitness training, and games/tournaments on weekends. 

Teams compete in provincial club championships, tournaments, and exhibition matches during the outdoor and indoor seasons. They also participate in cross-border tournaments and leagues, which provide additional training for players pursuing post-secondary playing opportunities.

Player development is aligned with the “Training to Train” and “Training to Compete” stages of the Long-Term Hockey Development (LTHD) framework, based on Canada’s Long-Term Athlete Development (LTAD) model. Coaches are trained to provide the athletes with the necessary technical skills and physical training to look towards high-performance competition.

Players interested in tryouts can fill in this form to register.

2024/25 Indoor Season

U12 COED

Players born between January 1, 2012 – December 31, 2016

U14 COED

Players born between January 1, 2012 – December 31, 2016

U16 GIRLS

Players who are 15 years and younger as of January 1, 2024

U18 GIRLS

Players who are 17 years and younger as of January 1, 2024

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Upcoming Try-Outs

2024/25 Indoor Field Hockey

September 14th and 21st at Brant Hills Community Centre, Burlington

Submit your Intent to Tryout form

Tryout fee

U12 and U14: two, 1-hour sessions is $12

U16 and U18: two, 1.5-hour sessions is $18

 

Season Details

  • Mandatory training 2 evenings/week - days/times TBC

  • League games on Sundays in Waterloo from January to mid-March

  • Tournament in Pennsylvania February 14-17, 2025 (Family Day weekend)

  • Potential for Additional tournaments TBD

 

2025 Outdoor Field Hockey

January - Dates TBD

Sign up to be notified when dates are confirmed

Meet the Coaching Team

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Vince Mascarenhas

U18 Head Coach

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Rachel Spekking

U18 Coach

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Samantha Marshall

U12/U14 Head Coach

Sam has been a member of the Halton Field Hockey club since 2014. She played with the Halton Thrashers competitive program for two seasons. Upon graduating from the program, she transitioned to a coach for both recreational and competitive programs. Sam is currently head coach of the U12 and U14 Thrashers Competitive Teams and supports the U16 and U18 age groups. Sam has been coaching for approximately 10 years and has experience leading a variety of different age groups ranging from 4-18 years old. She started her coaching path in gymnastics and soccer then pivoted to field hockey in 2016 after finding a love for the sport. She has coached recreational and competitively focused athletes, and has experience as an Assistant Coach for the Ontario Summer Games (2018). She has found a passion coaching the younger age groups, equipping her athletes with the fundamentals of sport. Currently, she is a NCCP Intro to Comp trained coach. As a coach, Sam strongly believes in creating a positive, safe and fun environment for all athletes to grow and develop as great people on and off the field. She places a large emphasis on overall health and fitness, encouraging habits of active lifestyles for all her athletes. She constantly challenges athletes to work to set and achieve personal goals, while contributing to a strong team environment. Sam strives to heighten her players’ self-esteem and confidence through celebrating players’ differences and bringing out the best in each individual athlete. Sam emphasizes the fundamentals of field hockey and introduces what it means to be a high-level competitive athlete. She believes that we are all constantly growing and improving ourselves and is proud to be a stepping stone in her players’ paths as they continue to develop as both athletes and people.

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