Shoot and score: Marion mom suggests, starts field hockey program

By Tanner Harding | Sep 03, 2017

Marion — Field hockey is coming to Marion Recreation.

Kara Caron, who is running the new program, said she suggested it because younger girls don’t have many options for fall sports beyond soccer.

“I have three daughters, and they don’t like to play soccer, and there isn’t a youth league for them for field hockey, so I decided we needed to do something about it,” she said.

She applied for and received a grant through Fundamental Field Hockey “and got sent balls, sticks and cones."

"So that was really cool," recounted Caron, who played field hockey in high school and college and will be coaching the new girls program with the assistance of a few volunteers.

The program is open to fourth, fifth and sixth graders from Marion, Mattapoisett and Rochester. “That seemed like a good age to start with,” Caron said. “We could go younger in the future, but that’s a good place to start.”

The first weeks of the program, to be held at Tabor Academy, will be devoted to teaching the basics and assessing the skill level of the players.

“I assume none of the kids will have played before, because there’s no tri-town youth league,” Caron said.

After the first few weeks, Caron plans to spend an hour at each session working on skills and a half hour scrimmaging.

“I want to get them to see what a game situation would be,” she said.

Caron isn’t sure what participation numbers will be this year, but hopes the program will grow over the next few years.

“My hope would be to mirror what the Dartmouth group does,” she said. The youth league in Dartmouth has enough players to split into teams.

“Marion Recreation does have referees for field hockey, so we could have games,” Caron added.

Ultimately, Caron hopes to teach players skills they will use to continue the sport into high school.

“I just want to share my love for the game and want to see kids love it as much as I do,” she said. “And I think it’s great for the high school team too, so kids aren’t going in as freshmen without any exposure to the sport.”

The first practice is Sept. 17. Cost for the program is $125. For more information, visit www.marionrecreation.com/field-hockey.html.

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