Academy is a program for players in grades 6th-12th. Academy is offered in Winter and Summer. Winter focuses on skill development of skills and repetitions of basic and advanced skills. The winter program is skills based with an emphasis on getting a lot of touches, footwork, body position, passing/receiving, individual defense, attacking skills, shooting and more. Small sided games will also be utilized to enhance the opportunity to get a lot of touches on the ball in tight spaces. The summer session is small sided game play that will continue to focus on the development putting skills to work under pressure in game like situations. Two age group offerings: 6th-8th and 9th-12th.
Winter Academy details now available below
Winter Registration Opens September 15 9:00am
Academy programs are offered by grade and by sessions. Programs are grouped by grades: 6th-8th grade and 9th-12th grade
We offer two sessions, a first session and a second session, for each Academy program. The session dates are back to back, when the first session, the second session starts.
Athletes are welcome to register for more than one Session at time of registration. In years past we typically fill all sessions before the first session starts.
Winter Academy Programs
Winter Academy - for each age group there are three offerings over the course of the winter. Athletes can register for more than one session at time of registration.
Team Location Time Dates
6th-8th Academy Session 1 Athletico Center 6:00-7:30pm Nov 10, Nov 17, Dec 1, Dec 8, Dec 15, Jan 5, Jan 12
6th-8th Academy Session 2 Athletico Center 6:00-7:30pm Jan 19, Jan 26, Feb 2, Feb 9, Feb 16, Feb 23, March 2
6th-8th Academy Session 3 Canlan Sports Center, Libertyville 9:00-11:00am Jan 7, Jan 14, Jan 21, Jan 28, Feb 11, Feb 18
9th-12th Academy Session 1 Athletico Center 7:30-9:00pm Nov 10, Nov 17, Dec 1, Dec 8, Dec 15, Jan 5, Jan 12
9th-12th Academy Session 2 Athletico Center 7:30-9:00pm Jan 19, Jan 26, Feb 2, Feb 9, Feb 16, Feb 23, March 2
9th-12th Academy Session 3 Canlan Sports Center, Libertyville 9:00-11:00am Jan 7, Jan 14, Jan 21, Jan 28, Feb 11, Feb 18
Required for all Academy Players: Strongly recommend a Reversible Pinnie for all practices, but not mandatory.
Windy City FH will have reversible pinnies to purchase on-site at the start of Programs.
Fees are nonrefundable after received (plus an online credit card processing fee). Fees vary depending on the Academy class option and the number of practice days for each option.
Those registering for a program at The Athletico Center will be responsible for a facility usage fee of $20 per player per option which will be completed at time of registration.
Refund Policy: All registration fees are nonrefundable after received. NO EXCEPTIONS.
Academy vs Select
- Academy is a single season commitment. It is focused on the multi-sport athlete who can only commit to one season. We also recommend new high school aged players to start with Academy.
- Select is a three-season commitment (winter, spring, summer) for more competitive players looking to play field hockey outside the high school season. Select doesn't involve traveling. Select is the means for getting into our travel team program if interested.
Techny Prairie Park Turf Fields (summer) 1750 Techny Rd, Northbrook, IL 60062
Highland Park Fieldhouse (winter) 2205 Skokie Valley Rd, Highland Park, IL 60035
The Athletico Center (winter)-1900 Old WIllow Rd, Northbrook, IL 60062
Canlan Sports Center (winter) 1950 US-45, Libertyville, IL 60048