Mission Statement

The Coyotes Field Hockey Club strives to promote the growth and development of field hockey throughout Central Ohio. We provide an environment where all individuals, ages 8-18, can play recreationally and competitively while maintaining a culture of supportive sportsmanship. The Coyotes Field Hockey Club values a broad diversity of players and respects what each individual can bring regardless of skill level and/or financial background. The Coyotes club is committed to service and provides opportunities to use the sport to give back to others. The club strongly believes that lessons learned on the field and through service in the community build character, confidence, and compassion.

Code of Conduct

Coyotes Field Hockey Club is a youth-serving, athletic organization dedicated to providing field hockey instruction and competition. Participation in the organization’s programs is subject to the observance of the organization’s rules and procedures. The activities outlined below are strictly prohibited. Any participant or staff member who violates this code is subject to discipline, up to and including removal from the program.

1. Abusive language towards a staff member, volunteer or another participant.

2. Possession or use of alcoholic beverages or illegal drugs at the Coyotes’ training sites.

3. Arriving at training site or tournament under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs.

4. Bringing dangerous or unauthorized materials such as explosives, firearms, weapons or other similar items to Coyotes’ training sites or tournaments.

5. Discourtesy or rudeness to a fellow participant, staff member, parent, or volunteer.

6. Verbal, physical or visual harassment of another participant, parent, staff member or volunteer.

7. Actual or threatened violence toward any individual or group.

8. Conduct endangering the life, safety, health or well-being of others.

9. Bullying or taking unfair advantage of any participant.


Why Coyotes?

If you are interested in playing in college, the Coyotes Field Hockey Club has placed more players on the U-17 and U-19 national teams, the National Developmental Squad, and has sent more to the Junior Olympics than any club in the state of Ohio. Please click on the alumnae link to see where our grads have gone to college to play!

If you are just interested in learning the game for fun, you are welcome, and there is a place for you!

If you recognize that sports teams should also be involved in service, Coyotes is actively involved in giving back. The club acts locally but also serves in New Mexico and Jamaica.

Can you explain the age categories for U-12, U-14, U-16, and U-19?

The age you are on January 1, 2019 will determine your age group.

If you are 11 and younger on January 1st, you are U-12.

If you are 13 and younger on January 1st, you are U-14.

If you are 15 and younger on January 1st, you are U-16.

If you are older than 16, you are U-19.

Do I have to travel?

No, travel is not a requirement, however, if you wish to play in college, our tournament teams for indoor and outdoor will require travel. Recruiting occurs at these events.

What are the rules for field hockey? How can I understand the game better?

The rules for field hockey in the United States are posted at this website:


Do parents have to accompany their children to tournaments?

No! We have had many parents carpool and share expenses. The club is a very close community, and there are always people willing to help!

How are teams chosen?

Coaches assess players’ abilities in practice and at the tryouts, and teams are assigned based on these dual observations.

Why are protective goggles not worn?

USA Field Hockey rules prohibit the use of wire goggles in all USFHA sanctioned events. USA Field Hockey does allow the use of approved lens-style goggles. A mask can be worn for medical reasons. The club provides face masks for use on corner plays.

To whom do I direct questions about the Coyotes Field Hockey Club?

Steve Boniface:


(614) 738-9037

Can anyone play for Coyotes?

The Coyotes program welcomes all players regardless of skill. We only ask for players to be committed to learning and becoming a better player and person!

What is the process for signing up?

Please click on the registration link and fill out the necessary forms and pay the fee.

What is the difference between indoor and outdoor? Equipment?

Our indoor season runs from early November through mid March and is played on a flat,  plastic tiled court identical to a volleyball court. It is played with a different stick than outdoor and follows different rules. Indoor is a faster game with only 5 players on the court plus a goalie. Players wear gloves, mouthguard, shin guards, and flat soled athletic shoes.

Our outdoor season is April through the end of July and we practice in an indoor facility. (The indoor facility has the surfacing that is used for outdoor play.)  We also attend outdoor tournaments in November in Virginia, January in Florida, April in Delaware, and May and June in Virginia.

How does my daughter get recruited to play in college?

Our players are recruited by attending some or all of the above mentioned recruiting showcases. Shooting Star takes place over Thanksgiving weekend in Richmond VA. Winter Escape takes place in January in Sanford FL. Shooting Stars Outdoor Spring Tournament takes place in April in Dover, DE. Spring Fling takes place in May in VA, and the FOCUS Showcase takes place in June in Williamsburg, VA. There are also opportunities for our indoor travel players to be recruited by attending the National Indoor Tournament in Lancaster, PA  and the Shooting Star Indoor Showcase in NH. Our coaching staff has many ties to college programs across the country and are very active in the recruiting process for our players.

Is there a tryout fee for the indoor teams?

Yes. There is a $25 fee.

What if I cannot make a tryout date?

There are two tryout dates. The director encourages you to attend both, but you are only required to attend one. Please e-mail him if you are unable to attend either.

What is the program fee? Uniform fee?

To try and help with the financial planning of the Coyotes program, we are offering the following discounts on club membership to ease the financial burden on families.

Payment by October 7, 2018-- $75

Payment by November 7, 2018--$100

Payment after November 7, 2018--$150

All other fees are based on participation.

The uniform fee is $150. Privately contact the director if this is an unnecessary burden.