PALMYRA — Student-athletes at Fluvanna County High School will have another option to represent their school this fall.
Athletic director Scott Morris made the announcement official last month that the Flucos will field a varsity and junior varsity field hockey program in time for the 2019-20 school year.
Entering his 16th year at Fluvanna County, Morris said the athletic program has added numerous Virginia High School League sports and activities during his tenure, including wrestling, swimming, lacrosse and forensics.
In addition, they’ve expanded several other programs at the middle school level to serve as feeder programs.
“We have been talking about field hockey for probably the last five years and with more than 30 girls coming to the interest meetings at the end of last school year, we thought this would be the best time to get started,” Morris said. “We have the facilities, we now are recruiting the coach and getting the equipment needed to get started. Our goals at FCHS has always been to provide as many opportunities for our students as possible and this is just another step in the process.”
Morris said the addition of field hockey would mark the 29th program offered at Fluvanna County. These programs include a number of middle school and junior varsity offerings.
Boys and girls lacrosse were the last sports added at Fluvanna County prior to this year, both in 2011. The addition of field hockey will catch the Flucos up with all the other teams in the Jefferson District.
The last activity added was forensics, which has won three state championships in the past four years.
“If we have an interest [in a sport or activity], we will explore the option,” Morris said.
Discussions for field hockey ramped up last spring as the athletic department hosted informational meetings at school to gauge the interest in the sport.
Morris said nearly 40 individuals came out to learn about the sport and encouraged the program to move forward with plans of adding it as a sport.
“We are excited to get this going and hope we will have more for tryouts when we start on Aug. 5,” he said.
The athletic department will offer an out of season introductory program and workouts, beginning July 17 at 7 p.m. at Fluvanna County High School. All who wish to participate must have a current physical on file and can come out and participate that day. More information is available in the athletics office.
Morris said the plan is to field a junior varsity and varsity team this fall. Games have already been scheduled at both levels and the hope to is expand the program each year.
“Our expectations are wide open,” Morris said. “We know we will be in a tough district, as usual, but we want our girls to have fun, learn how to be a team, teach commitment and strive to succeed. Wins and losses are not always the gauge for high school athletics, but of course we want to win all competitions we take part in.”
While a coach hasn’t been formally announced, Morris said they have a good prospect for the job with many years as a coach and player with experience in the United States and internationally.
“We are looking forward to the beginning of this team and the possibilities to come,” Morris said. “This is a new age of exploration for FCHS, but we are looking for another opportunity to begin a new chapter in the athletic department. We are so excited. Uniforms and equipment are in and things are ready to go. Now, we just need for the time to get here and the girls to show up.”