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About CFH (formerly Washtenaw Whippets)

Who we are

Chelsea Field Hockey (CFH) is a Chelsea High School and Beach Middle School (Michigan) team sport open to 6th through 12th grade female athletes. CFH also hosts a June Whip-It Camp for skills building, and coaches spring recreational field hockey for 3rd through 8th graders. CFH played its first season in 2004 as the Washtenaw Whippets. Roxy Block and Leslie Fry co-founded the team. In 2015, the team adopted a new name to strengthen its connection to Chelsea High School's athletic program.

Combining speed, agility, stick skills and teamwork, field hockey is a fun, fast-action fall sport.

Read the team's full history here.

Team celebration

Team celebration

More details

The high school season runs from early August pre-season practices through playoffs in October, typically kicking off the competitive season with participation in a “Play Day” tournament in mid-August. The Beach Middle School team competes in September and October. The majority of the games are held in southeast Michigan. Practices and games are during the week, though tournaments and playoffs may occur on a Saturday.

Cost to play

Chelsea Field Hockey is a Chelsea High School and Beach Middle School sport that is self-funded and is a parent-run organization.  The school's sports booster program is unable to support all 30 of CHS's sports. Thus, the field hockey team, like lacrosse and a few other sports, does its own fundraising. The fee to play is higher as a result of this structure. The fees cover Michigan High School Field Hockey Association league fees, coaches, officials, field maintenance, and more.

Additionally, athletes are required to have the following equipment:


  • mouthguards
  • shinguards
  • goggles
  • sticks (CFH has some sticks to loan out)
  • shorts (BMS) or skorts (high school uniform), socks (blue/white)
  • cleats and turf or tennis shoes