Youth Field Hockey ages 8-18


Welcome to the new Undertow Field Hockey Club web site.


Outdoor Starts March 6th at River City 


From this site you can register to play on one of Undertow's teams. See below for our Outdoor Season!


Registration is open for March-August 2019

                             Wednesdays at River City 6:00-8:30 and Sundays at Weaver and adding

And don't forget ....                     

Disney is Jan 31st-Feb 2nd 2020.. just sayin'

The Shooting Star Tournament on Thanksgiving weekend also at River City

Outdoor Hockey is Back --- 2019

Outdoor Hockey is Back!!    5 months of hockey is $350 -- includes tournaments, practices, most if not all clinics, play days, college recruitment, and anything else we can add.....  and get up to -- ( or up to what we can get???)


For 5 months our goal is simply to get you to play tough competition, to work on high level technical skills training, and with the help of our fitness and agility program, keep our girls safe with fewer injuries and stronger knees; etc.


First off our mission: Everything we do is to help the players get better and reach their goals. The idea is that you will learn, train, and have a blast during these 5 months of hockey so that you can go back to your school team this fall and showcase your mad talents, technical hockey know-how, and add to your team's school experience and level of play.

Mistakes....  we demand that you continue to push yourself and make mistakes. We can help fix and mitgate mistakes and help teach you to recover. Make mistakes with us and showcase the results on your school team. 

New players....  the coaches and more importantly all of the girls in the club welcome new teammates.


You can register online and pay with a card.....


 go to----      find Register Now  


If you want to send a check, just click through and instructions will pop up but please register online. All checks written out to Undertow FHC and mailed to 


Plunket Beirne

606 Heathfield Rd 

Richmond, Va 23229


So what to expect for Spring / Summer?


Coaching, coaching, playing, tournaments, coaching, learning, working hard, having fun, competing, and preparing to be your best at preseason tryouts in August!!  How about that?


Wednesday March 6th  weather pending, but we do have the fields this early-- at River City Sportsquest 6:00-8:30.  March 6th will be our official night with parents meeting coaches, etc. 


We run March to August. So 5 months of hockey.


At least one practice one night a week --- this year we will have two fields, #7 and #8 at River City Sportsplex on Wednesdays.

Skills practice Sundays: 1:00-3:00 at Betty Weaver ES     3:00-5:00 for JPOL Teams


We may have access to an unlit field on Thursdays -- tba/tbd


Sunday afternoons from 1:00-3:00 we will have skills practice for everyone at Betty Weaver Elementary School's track field.


******We will have all ages and all coaches on Wednesday nights at River City Sportsplex  we have both fields #7 and #8 from 5:00-9:00PM  --- but think that practice is 6:00-8:30***** I will plan to on the field at 5:30.


After Spring Sports we historically get two additional nights a week at Deep Run HS or Twin Hickory Park. We've used these evenings to have college coaches give clinics, have pick up games, have guest players and coaches, and we've also had a big pizza party tournament night celebrating the life our teammate Caroline Knotts. 


What else to expect..... ???  We plan on having a few more afternoons on the VCU turf for practice and clinics and....... to build on last year...... 


In the past we've had Team USA #18, Michele Kasold with us the day before school tryouts. Expect to be on the turf again Sunday, August 1st. ..... mark your calendar! Last year the Olympics got in the way of having Michele with us.

Anyone hear of Meghan Stocks?


Coaches: Note that all of us will work with all age groups


U12s -- Amy Swartz, Emily Hartman --- plus guests...

U14s --Geof Hammond, Catherine Green, Hodan Seager, Plunket -- plus guests ...  including a yet unannounced new addition. 

U16s/19s --- Catherine,  Plunket, Caroline, Sophia, Sarah, Hodan

For March Charlotte Carr will join us and then Amy Moheit nee Cooke - aka Cookie-- as she gets settled back to Richmond

Goalies-- Emily Barnewell for UofR

and we expect plenty of surprise guest luminaries.



We have Girl Power Goalie School during regular practices for all age levels. Emily Barnewell is our luminary.  


Tournaments.... we are scheduling them now. Don't expect to travel further than the beach and we'll have a few here in Richmond. A SignUpGenius has begun. Let me know if you need to be invited. 


Tournaments---  we will attend 6 or more events this Spring and then there will be more this summer...  a few dates so far

March 30th at Lynchburg University

April 14th at Longwood

April 27th at UofR

May 5th and/or May 25th at York College -- PA

May 18th -- CNU/Stick Power Stick it to Cancer at Warhill in Williamsburg

Sat and Sunday Memorial Day Weekend Cougar Tournament at Collegiate Goochland Fields

waiting to hear from VCU, W&M, Va Wes, Howard Co Maryland, Va Beach Complex...

Summer Addition this Year---  League Play----

In June and July we will have League games at Twin Hickory and River City--- here's how it will work 

Tuesdays: 7 v 7 games from 6:00-8:00 at Twin Hickory  Wednesday 7:30-9:00 at River City Field #7

School and or club based teams will be formed and/or invited to play two 20 minute halves. The games will be preceded by a short concepts and skills clinic. The games will be reffed and coached during play in order to continue to positively reinforce good habits and better hockey. This will be competitive and instructive. There is no additional cost for Undertow Club members. 


The teams will be flexible... there may be a school vs a pick up team, there may be an adult team, or a pick up team of adults and club members, the focus is to develop better habits with focused play. Sure you can toss a bunch of enthusiasm on a field and play, but we feel we can do better and help our ladies be better ready for August pre-season. 



Tryouts?? There are no tryouts and there are no set teams.  Why would I cut you to have you go to someone else to make you good enough to play for me? Why would I limit you to a small pool of teammates? Crazy....You sign up for the tournaments you can make and we'll pull the teams together using our judgement and are happy to have your input. Remember everything we are doing is to help you reach your goals of playing better hockey. 


We do ask that you take a good hard look at your calendar as you commit to tournaments.... we feel it's quite bad form for our club to drop teams at the last minute. If you may blow off an event because grandma grabbed a beach cottage for Mem Day weekend...  simple, don't sign up for the Cougar Tournament. 


Warm ups and conditioning....  working with Matt Wren at PT Works and using the experience and education of our coaches, we will have a program of exercises and conditioning that will help build a stronger athlete and mitigate injuries....  repeat... injury mitigation. One big focus will be on knee strengthening exercises. FYI



***********  please read twice   *******  Oh my... but I play lacrosse or soccer or softball?  --- Well first off we run through August your school season does not. Also, we get that during your season you can't skip school practice.... if you can make a night time practice or two in between honing your mad lax skills and keeping up your homework, then do so.  But, the tournaments are on the weekends, so come play in those and we'll plan on your diligent commitment to practice when your school season is over and you've done your best to make honors. Parents.... if you have any questions about any of this from a parent's perspective re scheduling, commitment, all around craziness.. just call me.... it's really not as much overload as it looks on paper. I too have a lacrosse season with which to contend.


And, speaking of keeping up your homework....  your number one priority during the Undertow Spring/Summer season is to your school work and grades. The grand mission of your coaches is to help you be technically better and more successful hockey players. A huge part of your hockey success is in your grades and education ( hahaha that's my cover for my correcting your grammar at practice).  Remember the first question a college coach asks is, " what's your gpa?"  One of our players skipped some practices and even a Disney game for school work and still got to play for MIT. Maybe if she hadn't skipped she wouldn't have been able to get there.  So, Undertow girls..... just know, we will always side with your parents in choosing studies over hockey. Do your project Friday night... you may have a tournament on Sunday. 


Who we are: Undertow FHC is the youth program of Tidewater FHC an adult club founded in 1926.  Undertow is non profit and all of our coaches play for Tidewater/ RVA field hockey and volunteer their time. The mission statement of Undertow FHC is simple, "to improve the quality of field hockey in the Richmond area." Everything we do, indoor in the winter, and outdoor in the spring/summer, is for the girls and their goals in our sport. Our goal is to do everything we can to help them excel in hockey and develop a community of athletes who will help one another succeed. Our time horizon is from when she first picks up a stick to all the way through ... whether or not she plays in college. We are very proud of the ladies who come back to coach and keep the game going. 


Who we are not: if you are looking for a A team, B team, C team cut and cut throat environment elite travel team who will judge your progress and your goals by the coach's win/loss ratio, and if you are looking for the fatuous promise of a college scholarship if you do x,y, and z.........  we are not your club. I'm not saying that type of club shouldn't exist, it can be a fit for many, but we are not that club. 
College process: while playing in college is not for everyone, nor should it be necessarily, we know the process and we know a lot of college coaches. Plenty of Undertow club members have gone on to play in college. Our mission there is to steer the conversation toward the best academic fit for everyone and for those dreaming of playing in college, the right academic and athletic fit. Bottom line... the single biggest determining factor in your playing in college is the same as the first question the coach will ask me, " what's her GPA?" So..... do your homework, grades come first. 
DO NOT PAY A THIRD PARTY FOR COLLEGE RECRUITING UNTIL TALKING TO US. We have relationships with lots of college coaches and have plenty of experience here. This is another resourse you have in your club. Oh....  and we don't charge extra for it. 
Competition... we like to compete. Our goal is to get these ladies some of the best competition we can find. That means we don't go to scrub events looking for a feel good win. We look for tough competition always looking to play teams better than we. Our focus is on developing and pushing better skill, getting better habits and developing muscle memory, and then we're looking at the scoreboard. The work we do off season will translate to her school team's scoreboard in the fall. Yes as competitive athletes we work to win, but there is a place to put getting better first. Again... fall scoreboard. 1st/2nd team all conference.


I'm sure there are many things I've forgotten to cover. But never hesitate to get with me or any of the Undertow coaches if you have any questions. And keep the questions coming... feel free to email Plunket at plunketb @ gmail anytime. 

by posted 02/12/2019
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