At Needham Youth Field Hockey, we are strong believers in the ability of our youth to become successful in all areas of their lives'  through sport.  Our program is designed to help young athletes reach their goals and fulfill their highest potential, both on and off the field.


Needham Youth Field Hockey aims to teach fundamental field hockey skills, introduce team play while encouraging good sportsmanship and is offered to 1st through 6th graders in the Fall, and 1st through 7th in the Spring. 

Our hope is that young players will fall in love with the sport we are so passionate about; and that Needham Youth Field Hockey becomes a feeder for the high school program.




Needham Youth Field Hockey was founded by Dina Hannigan

in 2020. In addition to helping coach, she is the league Director.  Dina started playing field hockey in elementary school, continued through high school, and then went on to play Division II field hockey in college.  Coach Hannigan also coaches the Freshman field hockey team at Needham High School, and is going on her 5th year there this Fall. 

Coach Tessa Taylor has been coaching with Needham Youth Field Hockey since its' inception.  Coach Tessa also played high school field hockey and went on to play Division 1 in college.  She was previously a field hockey official with Boston Field Hockey Umpires Association.  In the Spring of 2021, she was named as NYFH's Assistant Director by Coach Hannigan. 

Both Dina and Tessa are extremely passionate about helping grow the sport in the US, but especially locally here in Needham!


Curious to find out more?  Browse the website and get in touch with us today.  Feel free to drop us an email at We would love to hear from you! 




Our Spring season is a clinic format and runs for 6 Saturday sessions (in Needham- field TBD) on the following dates:


April 9th

April 23rd

April 30th

May 7th

May 14th

May 21st


Each grade will practice for 90 minutes. The first half of the session will focus on stick skills and drills.  The second half they will scrimmage.

The last session on May 21st will be a jamboree of scrimmages during each grade's designated time slot, where the families will be invited to attend and watch.


1st/ 2nd Grade: 8:30- 10:00 am

3rd/ 4th Grade: 10:00-11:30 am

5th/ 6th/ 7th Grade: 11:30 am-1:00 pm

To register,  please click the "Register Here" button below



In the late Summer of 2019, we joined forces with Needham Parks & Recreation to offer Needhams' first ever 'Introduction to Field Hockey' youth clinic! The clinic was full with a waiting list and a huge success! Players from 3rd through 6th grade learned the basics of field hockey all while making new friends and having fun!

In 2020 we incorporated, and in the Fall of that year, we held our very first season. We welcomed 90 plus players across 5 teams and had an amazing season.  We have more than doubled in size in the last year, and we continue to grow with each season!  


We founded this league to provide players an opportunity to learn field hockey as young as many of our neighboring towns. 



As a non- competitive league, we don't hold tryouts or create teams based solely on skill level & ability.  We are an inclusive, empowering community where not only will your children learn how to play field hockey; they will be heard & respected; and made to feel as part of a team no matter their skill level.  We incorporate social/ emotional elements into our coaching style so that the lessons they learn with us, they can take with them off the field as well. 





Needham Youth Field Hockey

P.O. Box 171

Needham MA, 02492

781- 468- 8229

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