Gateway Field Hockey Programs
Year Round Elite Club
Registrations for the upcoming year begin in February, 2021
Gateway Year-Round Elite Club is for our most committed athletes with the desire to play top-level high school field hockey and possibly play at the collegiate level. Year-Round Club is offered to 1st-12th grade athletes that train weekly during the fall, spring, and winter season. There are training breaks in November, March, and sporadically during the summer. Elite Club members have the opportunity to play in local, regional, and national level tournaments throughout the year. All practices and games take place on outdoor turf at Sportport International or on inside turf at Elite Performance during the winter. One Gateway summer camp is also included with your membership. Gateway Club is a nationally ranked club for athletes in the U10, U12, U14, U16, and U19 age divisions. Gateway Club is the oldest and most recognized club in Missouri with over 400 Gateway Club athletes continuing their playing careers in college.
Current National Club Rankings
U14 - 3rd in Nation - 1st in Missouri
U16 - 5th in Nation - 1st in Missouri
U19 - 6th in Nation - 1st in Missouri
Link to the current rankings - https://www.teamusa.org/usa-field-hockey/membership/types-of-membership/club-membership/club-rankings
*USA Field Hockey only ranks U14, U16, and U19 divisions
High School Prep Club
Offered as a winter session, and spring/summer session
Gateway High School Prep Club is a program specifically for high school athletes that want to join a club to help them be the best they can be for their upcoming high school seasons. Like the Junior Club, HSP Club includes the club practice, league games, and local tournaments. Occasionally, HSP club members will be asked to travel out of town. There are two sessions of High School Prep Club, a winter session from December - February, and a spring/summer session from April - July. The spring/summer session also includes one of the Gateway summer camps to help them prepare for their tryouts in August. There is no High School Prep Club in the Fall because athletes are in their seasons.
Offered in fall, winter, and spring.
Gateway Junior Club is for athletes in K - 8th graders that are interested in playing club field hockey on a seasonal level. This program allows athletes to participate in club practices, league games, and tournaments during the season they are playing in. Junior Club athletes are often blended with year-round athletes at practice and games. Each week club coaches focus on growing the basic skills while implementing advanced game skills and concepts. Many athletes do one season of Junior Club before joining the Year Round Club. If you participate in multiple seasons of a junior club, you should consider joining the year-round club.
Leagues (Games Only)
Offered in fall, winter, and spring
Gateway Leagues are open to athletes in JK-12th grade that are interested in playing league games on a weekly basis during the seasons. Gateway was the first club in St. Louis to offer professionally run field hockey leagues and have been doing so for over 15 years. In the fall, high school athletes are competing in their school seasons so they cannot participate in league. In the winter and spring, leagues are offered for all ages. All leagues are held on outdoor turf fields at either Sport Port or Villa Duchesne, or indoors at STL Athletic Center, Vetta Concord/Manchester, Villa Duchesne, and/or Elite Performance. Leagues consists of grade division teams competing weekly in a team game format. Games consist of a 15-20 minute skills instructional warm-up followed by 40 minutes of gameplay (divided by two halves). We do our best to place athletes with other athletes from their schools and/or teammate requests. Leagues fill quickly, so please register early.
Academy (Practices Only)
Offered in fall, winter, and spring
Academy is a great option for a beginner or intermediate players that love field hockey and want to develop their skills without a huge commitment of time to the sport. They may sign up for individual sessions in fall, winter, and/or spring. Athletes in Academy train one time per week and do not have to play in the league on the weekends, but can up for league if they would like to play games on the weekends. Academy sessions are typically seven weeks and coincide with Gateway league during each season (spring, fall, and winter). Academy is a great stepping stone before joining Gateway Club. Each week the Academy coaches focus on various skills including: passing, receiving, hitting, sweeping, lifting, defending, 2v1 concepts, goal-scoring, attacking, and much more! We also offer a GK Training Academy, please email to inquire about GK training!
Gateway Summer Camps are offered with two sessions one in June and one in July. Both camps are a great opportunity to develop individual and team skills in a fun and informative setting. Over 400 athletes attended Gateway Camps in 2020. Camps are open to beginner, intermediate, and elite players in grades K-12th. Athletes will be grouped based on age, ability, and school at camp. Both camps are great younger athletes as well as high school athletes preparing for their upcoming high school season! The camp curriculum consists of skill development as well as gameplay for all athletes. Camps are held at SportPort International on water turf and field turf. Gateway always employs knowledgeable, professional, and exciting coaches to best serve your athlete. We hope you join us this summer for our 36th year of Gateway Camp in St. Louis!