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Membership

2021/2022 Memberships have been extended to December!

Current members do not need to renew their memberships until December.


Everyone involved with field hockey in Ontario should have an active membership! The membership period is from September 1st to August 31st of every year. Learn more about what the membership offers below!

Not sure about the policy for transferring between clubs? Check Page 3 of our policy, 'Transfer of Membership from one affiliated Club to another affiliated Club' .

Are you a member, but you're not receiving FHO emails? Please email officials@fieldhockeyontario.com to update or add your email to our mailing lists. 

Note on 2022/2023 Membership:

The new membership year officially begins on September 1st, 2022 as per usual, however, 2022/2023 Memberships will be available for purchase at a new rate on Monday, August 22nd, 2022.

As we approach the new membership year, we would like to note that all current memberships for the 2021/2022 year, purchased prior to June 30th, 2021, will be valid until October 31st, 2021. Therefore, as of October 31st, 2022, all 2021/2022 Club and Individual Memberships will expire and new 2022/2023 Memberships will be required.

Additionally, any 2021/2022 membership purchased from July 1st, 2022 to August 21st, 2021 will be valid as a 2022/2023 membership until August 31st, 2022. 

All 2021/2022 memberships purchased beginning August 22nd, 2022 are subject to the new membership fees as outlined above. 

Membership Breakdown

A competitive athlete member can be defined by:
1. Level of Play: Train to train, Train to Compete, Competitive for Life,
2. Practice 2 or more times a week.
3. This membership is for athletes a part of a club in which teams play others clubs and travel around Ontario to compete. 
4. Member are allowed to participate in FHO sanctioned tournaments; May Meltdown, June Jamboree, indoor league, Winter and Summer Games, Team Ontario Trials, Team Ontario competition.
5. Insurance

A recreational member can be defined by:
1. Level of Play: Active Start or FUNdamentals or Sport for Life. (Membership plays field hockey to learn the game and develop their skills)
2. Insurance for field time to be supplied by the Club or the Group running the house league.
3. This membership is for a house league recreational program in which teams play only others in the same league and do not travel outside a limited area for competitions.
4. No FHO sanctioned tournaments; May Meltdown, June Jamboree, indoor league, Winter and Summer Games, Team Ontario Trials, Team Ontario competition.
5. This membership is a non-voting membership.                                                                                                                                                                                                   6.  See 'FHO Age Groups' Chart to see which membership you are eligible for; Youth (5-8 years old), Junior (8-18 years old), or Senior (18+ years old). 

A coach member can be defined by:
1.  Individuals who are in-training, trained or certified coaches in the sport of field hockey according to the Field Hockey Canada Coach pathway, who are actively coaching the sport of field hockey.
2. Coaches at any FHO sanctioned club, leagues, schools, or tournaments. 
3. This membership is for coaches a part of a club, school, or league in which their teams plays others and travel around Ontario to compete. 
4. Able to participate in FHO sanctioned tournaments; May Meltdown, June Jamboree, indoor league, Winter and Summer Games, Team Ontario Trials, Team Ontario competition.
5. Creates a safe environment for all participant                                                                                                                                                                                 6. Organize and design practice and game strategies to help players improve their skills.                                                                                                              7. Insurance

An  umpire member can be defined by:
1.  Individuals who are trained or certified umpires according to the Field Hockey Canada Umpire Development pathway, who are actively involved as umpires, who are registered with the Corporation. 
2. Officiate the rules of the game in an unbiased manner and maintains the safety of the players and enforces fair play.
3. Officiates at any FHO sanctioned club games, leagues, schools, OUA, OFSAA or tournaments. 
4. Able to participate in FHO sanctioned tournaments; May Meltdown, June Jamboree, indoor league, Winter and Summer Games, Team Ontario Trials, Team Ontario competition.

An associate member can be defined by:
1.  Non-playing individuals aged 18 years of age or older on January 1 of the calendar year falling within the membership year, who are volunteers, administrators, technical officials and others that do not qualify under any of the Player, Umpire or Coach categories, who are registered with the Corporation, and who have agreed to abide by the Corporation’s By-laws, policies, procedures, rules and regulations. 

A club/team member can be defined by:
1.  Club: FHO sanctioned club that participates in competition against other clubs, at leagues and tournaments and provide opportunities for their members to play field hockey. 
2. Team: FHO sanctioned team that participates in competition against other teams in the area and tournaments and provide opportunities for their members to play field hockey. 

Membership Limitations: 

Any individual who qualifies for more than one (1) membership category (for example is a Senior Member, but also an Umpire) will purchase the membership in the highest cost category, and indicate their other roles when completing the membership application. Furthermore, an individual is only entitled to be registered with one Recognized Club.

 

Memberships are now purchased through PowerUp

Field Hockey Ontario has made the move to PowerUp Sport as its online registration platform. Individuals who have yet to interact with PowerUp should review the following link to a document that explains how to complete your registration:


Where does the fee go?

FHC: FHC fees account for approximately half the cost of a FHO membership, and in some cases more than half. FHC provides insurance, as well as coach and official education, development and certification programs and resources. The programs and resources are then delivered by FHO to our members.

FHO: The remainder of the membership fee is put towards running FHO. This includes tournament equipment costs, legal, audit and regulatory compliance expenses, equipment storage costs, bookkeeping services, and meeting facility costs, etc. In addition, the funds we receive from memberships are/will be used to purchase PPE equipment, recruit new members, provide grassroots programming, administrative fees such as membership management fees, website, domain and other digital software fees, as well as coaching and officiating educational fees. More detail is outlined below with regards to many areas where the FHO portion of membership fees go.

1. PPE Equipment - In order to responsibly and safely return to training after COVID-19, FHO will incur additional expenditure on protective equipment that will be required at all FHO programming. This equipment will not be a one-time expense, as we will need to repurchase materials throughout the season as they are utilized. 

2. Member Recruitment and Grassroots Programming - FHO strives to increase membership and continue the growth of field hockey within our province. We aspire to target the younger athletes that may not have had the opportunity to participate in any field hockey related programs previously. In order to plan, develop and implement this type of programming, resources will need to be allocated in order to provide educational materials, compensation for program facilitators, equipment and permits fees. 

3. Administration - In addition to program specific expenses, FHO must consider the administrative expenses that are incurred annually. These include but are not limited to: membership management fees, website, domain and other digital software fees. 

4. Coaching and Officiating Educational Fees - As a key pillar of FHO’s strategic plan, the continued education and evaluation of coaches and officials across the province is a priority. Associated with these items are expenses such as course materials, compensation of qualified instructors and assessors, database management and facility rentals. 

There are many costs associated with running an organization. FHO is a non-profit organization and posts all of its financial documents on its website. You can see last year's Financial Statements here.

What are the benefits of being a FHO member?

  • Under Armour Prizing 
  • Gryphon Prizing 
  • Try it Events 
    • Free Prizes 
    • Free Equipment 
    • Free Merchandise
    • Free Play Time
    • Free Coaching 
  • Social Media Giveaways 
    • Jumpstart Giveaway (over 13 Gryphon & Under Armour Prizes)
    • Jumpstart Club Giveaway (Waterloo Women's Field Hockey Club won: 30 Gryphon Sticks, 30 Gryphon Balls, 1 Gryphon bag)
    • Try it Event feedback Giveaway (Gryphon: 1 Stick, 1 Ball, 1 Bag )
  • Springfield League 
    • We provide: 
      • Umpires
      • Coaches 
      • Play time
      • Photography/ Videography 
      • Prizing 
  • May Meltdown 
    • We provide 
      • Umpires 
      • Coaches 
      • Play time
      • Photography/Videography 
      • Accommodations 
      • Prizing 
      • Athletic Therapist
  • Ontario Summer/Winter Games 
    • We provide 
      • Umpires
      • Coaches
      • Play Time 
      • Photography/Videography 
      • Accommodations 
      • Equipment
      • Under Armour Merchandise
  • OFSAA
    • We provide 
      • Umpires 
      • Coaches 
      • Play Time 
      • Accommodations 
  • OUA 
    • We provide 
      • Umpires 
      • Coaches 
      • Play Time 
      • Accommodations 
  • Funding Opportunities 
    • Jumpstart Funding 
    • 1985 Fund for Women 
    • Giving Tuesday 
    • Quest for Gold (High performance*)
  • Umpiring 
    • We provide 
      • Assessment opportunities 
      • Free Community Umpire Courses
      • 6+ Tournaments/Leagues to umpire in 
      • Clinics
      • Accommodations
  • Coaching 
    • We provide 
      • NCCP Community Coach for FREE (50 people)
      • NCCP Coach Initiation in Sport for FREE (50 people)
      • 6+ tournaments/leagues to coach in 
      • NCCP course costs covered
      • Accommodations 
  • Team Ontario 
    • Accommodations 
    • Play Time 
    • Practice Time
    • Coaches 
    • Umpires 
    • Photography/ Videography 
    • Under Armour Merchandise 
    • Gryphon Equipment

What does the fee get you?

Individual Membership (does not include Recreation Membership)

  • Ability to participate in any FHO or FHC competition/league/tournament, as well as any event sanctioned by FHO

    • Examples: FHO’s May Meltdown tournament and FHO’s 1st Annual Grassroots Festival

  • Ability to try out for and play on FHO Provincial Teams

  • Be a part of a community of like-minded individuals that share your passion for field hockey

  • Insurance:

    • Excess accident insurance if you get hurt participating in FHO sanctioned events

    • Excess accident insurance if you get hurt at a club practice, provided your Club is registered with FHO

      • Please note - Excess Accident insurance does not pay benefits payable by your provincial medical insurance (OHIP), whether you are enrolled or not

    • Third Party Liability insurance, covering members for legal costs  and damages should they be sued for actions related to participation in an FHO sanctioned events

It is important to make sure that clubs are only using registered players, coaches, administrators and referees for FHO sanctioned competitions and trainings - not only because it is mandatory based on FHC policy, but also to ensure that participants in the game are covered by insurance. 

  • More information about FHC insurance coverage can be found here:

  • Ability to register for any FHO coaching or umpiring training and certification courses

  • Ability to vote at FHO AGMs or other special meetings (see By-laws for details)

 Club Membership

  • Insurance:

    • Liability insurance, Directors and Officers insurance, and Accident insurance for Club members who are also registered FHO members while participating in sanctioned activities at Club, League and Provincial levels

  • May host FHO sanctioned events

  • May register for FHO tournaments and leagues

  • Access to host coaching and officiating training opportunities

  • Eligibility to apply for grants from various funding organizations

  • Not-for-profit clubs have access to apply for FHO grant opportunities 

  • Having your Club featured on the FHO website with a link to your Club website

  • FHO will direct new player enquiries to Recognized Clubs in the appropriate geographic area

  • Promotion by FHO of your Club and any competitions, leagues and tournaments

As an FHO member, you will also receive exclusive discounts and offers from our equipment sponsors, Under Armour and Gryphon, as well as our other sponsors/partners, WestJet, Avis, and Choice Hotels. 

Season in Review

See what we have done over the past year and what our members can get from being a registered FHO member.


Club/Team Memberships

FHO's Club memberships allow Ontario clubs to access a number of benefits including but not limited to insurance coverage, ability to host FHO sanctioned events, participation in FHO events and tournaments, and access to apply for up to $5000 in FHO grants.

Club/Team Membership Fees are listed below: 

*Total is before HST & Service Fees Early Bird Fee 
(September 1 - 30, 2021)
Regular Fee 
(October 1, 2021 - August 31, 2022)
Type of Member FHO Membership Category FHO Fee FHC Fee Total Fee* FHO Fee FHC Fee Total Fee*
Club/Team Club  $200  $0  $200  $200  $0  $200 
           

 

To learn more about what your club needs to do to be a recognized FHO club, please read the Club Recognition Policy below. 

Ready to register as an FHO club? Follow the link below to take you to our registration portal! 


Who is Field Hockey Canada?

For more information, please head to Field Hockey Canada's Website at http://www.fieldhockey.ca/about-us/provincial-associations/.

Membership Values Pyramid


An Important Final Point:

Member registration and the associated fees demonstrate to funding bodies that an organization is viable and worthy of funding support for programs.

A strong provincial organization is better able to support its members, both individual and club, by developing and implementing  programming that benefits all members in the long term. FHO is almost entirely volunteer-run and we're always looking for volunteers to help us develop the sport. If you are interested in volunteering with FHO, please email officials@fieldhockeyontario.com.


Information regarding Membership will continue to be posted to our website. FAQs are available on our website, as well as on our various social media platforms.

Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns regarding the 2022/2023 Season or Membership by emailing officials@fieldhockeyontario.com.