When I saw an email come in from Wellesley Scoops I naturally assumed the town was getting another ice cream or frozen yogurt shop. But no, this outfit caters to kids who want to play field hockey.
Wellesley Scoops started up last fall, and after successfully serving 40 1st/2nd grade girls (and having a wait list), the USA Field Hockey-affiliated program is back this spring, according to administrator Kelly Uller. The program started small, as Uller and most of the other moms organizing it have full-time jobs and didn’t want to get in over their heads.
The program, which last fall cost $120 and provided sticks, balls, cones and curriculum, will soon be releasing details about its 2015 offerings that start up in April on Sundays. We do know that Scoops will expand to serve kids through grades 5, including in neighboring towns and cities.
We also know that Wellesley Scoops works closely with Wellesley College, whose field hockey team provides coaches and field use. In addition, Scoops partners with Dana Hall for use of its field and expects to join forces with Babson as well.
While the program has served all girls to this point, boys are welcome to give field hockey a try, too. Uller says several dads in town who have played competitively have volunteered to hold clinics if boys are interested. USA Field Hockey is trying to grow the sport among boys in the US, she says.
Locally, Wellesley Middle School and High School have girls’ field hockey teams. Babson and others offer field hockey camps during the summer.