Program Overview

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 Registration Opens Monday, September 18th at 9:00am 

Click on Winter Programs below to view our season offerings



Academy programs are offered by grade and by sessions. Programs are grouped by grades: 6th-8th grade and 9th-12th grade

We offer one day/time for each age group.  A six week program that includes both skills and game play.

Winter Programs

Winter Academy: for any field player player interested in the one-season program for rising 6th-8th graders and rising 9th-12th graders.

Athletes are welcome to register for more than one Winter Academy Program

Academy OptionsGrades/Age GroupLocationTimeDates
Option 26th - 8th graders North Shore SportsCenter
6:00-7:30pmThursdays Jan 11, Jan 18, Jan 25, Feb 1, Feb 8, Feb 15, Feb 22, Feb 29
Option 36th - 8th graders Canlan Sports Complex, Libertyville9:00-11:00amSaturdays Jan 6, Jan 13, Jan 20, Feb 3, Feb 10, Feb 17
Option 59th - 12th gradersNorth Shore SportsCenter7:30-9:00pmThursdays Jan 11, Jan 18, Jan 25, Feb 1, Feb 8, Feb 15, Feb 22, Feb 29
Option 69th - 12th gradersCanlan Sports Complex, Libertyville9:00-11:00amSaturdays Jan 6, Jan 13, Jan 20, Feb 3, Feb 10, Feb 17



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. 

Fee/Refund Policy

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. 

  • Locations

    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