Rutledge Field

What's On At Rutledge?

Rutledge Field: Rules and Information

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from the Rutledge Field Maintenance Committee...  

(photo courtesy: Field Hockey Canada)

Let's keep Rutledge Field in top condition!

Footwear rules

Permitted footwear is turf boots, running shoes or indoor soccer shoes only. No plastic or metal cleats allowed.
Please use foot brushes before entering play area.

Please - no food, coffee, or dogs on the field or warm-up pad

Closures
Rutledge Field is closed when ground is frozen.

Contact: to report any problems about the field, the watering system, or field equipment, please contact Al Chorley at al@wvfhc.com

Rutledge Field Booking

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WVFHC is responsible for scheduling time on Rutledge field for WVFHC programs only. When the WVFHC books Rutledge Field this includes the warm-up pad.

The scheduling of Rutledge field is done by WV Parks according to their priorities which include the WVFHC and WVSC programs, highschool programs, FHC/FHBC programs for North Shore youth, and other community programs. WV Parks will not give time for-profit, private and commercial programs without ensuring the needs of the other users have been met.

All field hockey bookings requests for WVFHC for Rutledge Field go to Jo-Ann Harrington, WVFHC scheduler, at joann@wvfhc.com.

Commercial programs have access to any unused time on Rutledge Field and can book through WV Parks.


Rutledge Field Maintenance

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Please click below for information about field maintenance for Rutledge Field

FIH_Maintenance_manual(1).pdf

Astro Turf Maintenance

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Please see below for information on Astro Turf Maintenance:

Astro Turf Maintenance

Ball Roll Measurements for North Shore Fields

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WVFHC measures the various ATs on the North Shore on an annual basis.  
About the measurements: surfaces are evaluated on the basis of ball roll speed. Values are stated as a percentage of Rutledge Field which is considered to have the optimum performance characteristics for field hockey.

Click here to see the Ball Roll Chart showing measurements at 2012 and 2014.


/upload/doc/North_Shore_Ball_Roll_Tests_Summer_2014.pdf

WVFHC Home at last!

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WVFHC's home field at Ambleside Park in West Vancouver, Rutledge Field, officially opened on Sept 10, 2011.  It was the result of many years of hard work on the part of club volunteers, the support of government and community groups, and, a major fundraising campaign.

In June of 2010, construction crews broke ground on the gravel field beside the tennis courts to construct the first ever artificial turf playing surface on the North Shore for field hockey.  It can also be used by soccer and other sports.

The  Ambleside project was made possible by a $3 million Federal/Provincial infrastructure grant, as well as contributions from the District of West Vancouver ($760,000) and the two major sport groups in West Vancouver - West Van Soccer Club and West Van Field Hockey Club.  In addition to Rutledge Field, the project included a warm-up pad for soccer beside Field D, the warm-up pad for field hockey, plus a renovated and expanded Fieldhouse at the site of the existing washroom building, formerly known as "the bunker".

The two clubs raised a total of $940,000 for the project as well as future amenities ($777,000 from the WVFHFS and $163,000 from WVSC).

The project and the fundraising campaign were managed by the West Vancouver Field Hockey Facilities Society.  The Society continues to plan for future facilities for field hockey on the North Shore.

Ross Rutledge Remembered

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New field at Ambleside named after Ross Rutledge.  

Ambleside “A” Artificial Turf Sport Field Officially Named “Rutledge Field”
West Vancouver District Council unanimously endorsed West Vancouver Field Hockey Club’s proposal to name the new artificial turf field at Ambleside Park “Rutledge Field”, in tribute to Ross Rutledge, a dedicated community sport leader on the North Shore.

 â€œWest Vancouver Council is pleased to celebrate the naming of Rutledge Field in honour of a true leader who excelled in his sport,” states Mayor Pamela Goldsmith-Jones, "and we salute the field hockey and soccer communities for their continued fundraising efforts in his name."

A long-time North Shore resident, Ross was an accomplished field hockey player earning places on regional, Canadian and international teams. Over the course of his field hockey career he was described by peers and coaches as the best centre-forward and finest goal scorer Canadian field hockey ever produced.


 Ross was also a dedicated coach to youth and adult field hockey teams on the North Shore. He started the popular “Adanacs” program at the West Van Field Hockey Club, a player development program that has enabled dozens of young North Shore athletes to excel and go on to win university scholarships in Canada and the USA.

Sadly, Ross passed away in April 2004 at the age of 41, leaving a wife and two young children. His memory inspires excellence and illustrates to aspiring athletes that you can achieve your goals through hard work and commitment. “His inspiration to athletes young and old will live on with all those who play on Rutledge Field” says Paul Winstanley of WVFHC Adanacs, who coached with Ross from 1997 to 2001. “He opened a world of opportunity to a generation of young field hockey players”, he adds.

"Ross played an instrumental part of my life growing up in West Vancouver. Being a part of his original touring team, the Adanacs, allowed me the opportunity to be recruited by several perennial top NCAA field hockey programs including Princeton University, where I ultimately matriculated. I couldn't imagine a better commemoration of Ross’ legacy--namely his impact on a generation of young athletes in West Vancouver and the province at large--than the naming of the new turf at Ambleside as Ross Rutledge field." Shahrzad Joharifard, Collingwood School, Princeton University '05, Duke University School of Medicine '12

“Although I may not have appreciated him for all he was at the time, to look back and realize how dedicated he was to the sport I realize how special he really was as a player, coach, and mentor. There was really something special about Ross that made you work harder, laugh a little more, and realize how much fun the game could be. The naming of Rutledge field after Ross is a wonderful tribute to the memory of a man who gave so much to the development of field hockey in West Vancouver.” Johanna Bischoff, Carson Graham Secondary, Duke University ‘05, Duke University School of Medicine ‘10.


North Shore FHF Society Board of Directors

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The North Shore Field Hockey Facilities Society Board consists of a cross-section of business professionals and parents from the community. 

Name Title Email

Rob Booker
President rbooker@neptuneterminals.com
Ian Baggott
Secretary ian@baggott.ca
Keith Purchase
Past President
rkpurchase@shaw.ca
Mike McKnight
Director mike@mikemcknight.ca
Patricia Macleod
Director pmacleod@gentian.ca
Anne McMullin
Director mcmullinanne@gmail.com
Mark Vaughan
Director mark@vaughanplanning.com

The quest for artificial turf...

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1970s
 
Sports fields are developed at what is now Hugo Ray Park and are designated for what was then called grass hockey, as well as cricket.
 
1986

 

WVFHC fundraises to construct the Hugo Ray Park Pavilion, with support from WV District.  Hugo Ray Park is considered a premier facility for field hockey in Greater Vancouver.

 

mid-80s

 

Water-based artificial turf becomes the standard for community-based field hockey, following the introduction of artificial turf at the Montreal Olympics in 1976.


WVFHC proposes that an artificial turf for field hockey be installed at Hugo Ray Park.  Initial funding is gathered from provincial and private sources. DWV Council turns down the proposal.

 

1994

 

WVFHC participate in discussions with WV District Parks which led to an independent survey of all West Vancouver recreational facilities in 1999.

 

2001

 

The 2001 Recreation Master Plan report to WV Council calls for the urgent installation of 2 artificial turf fields plus 2 new grass fields to fulfill immediate 2001 demands. It recommended a third artificial turf field would be required in 2004 and a possible fourth field in 2006.

 

To date in 2006, only 2 artificial fields have been built - Ambleside D and E - replacing 2 grass ones.

 

Artificial  fields can service 6 times as many players in any given year than a natural grass field, especially in wet climates.

 

November 2004

 

WVFHC holds open houses to introduce neighbours to the Hugo Ray Park vision.

 

April to June 2005

 

WVFHC participate in the Sports and Recreation Facilities Planning Commission survey of user groups which recommends Hugo Ray Park remain the centre for field hockey and cricket.

 

December 2005

 

West Vancouver District Council gives approval in principle to the development of Hugo Ray Park as a Centre for Field Hockey and begins the neighbourhood consultation process.

 
July 2006
 

Following a public consultation process and Neighbourhood Open Houses, the West Vancouver District Council gives approval to fundraise for the development of Fields 1 and 2 at Hugo Ray Park for a Centre of Excellence for Field Hockey.

 
January 2007
 
The West Vancouver District Council gives approval to fundraise for the development of Fields 1,2 as well as grass fields 3,4 at Hugo Ray Park.
 
May 2007
 
The Hugo Ray Park Society launches a fundraising campaign for fields at Hugo Ray Park.

August 2007

The Hugo Ray Park Society meets its goal of $2 million in pledges and donations to match proposed contributions by the Provincial and West Vancouver governments.

June 2008


District of West Vancouver approves proceeding with costing and design of a scaled-down proposal for one turf field at Hugo Ray Park.  This follows decision by Province not to fund the application in 2008.

November 2008

Costing and design for one turf field at Hugo Ray Park partially completed.  Municipal election results in changes on council and staff and decisions are postponed.

April 2009

District of West Vancouver council decides NOT to proceed with one turf field at Hugo Ray Park due to high costs.  Instead, Council moves to investigate the possibility of placing a artificial turf for Field Hockey at Ambleside Park on Field A.

Parks staff begin discussions to investigate this possibility and apply for Federal/Provincial infrastructure funding.

September 2009

District of West Vancouver receives confirmation of a $3 million grant from the Federal and Provincial governments for improvements to Ambleside sports facilities, including a
n artificial turf playing surface designed for field hockey and usable by soccer and other field sports. 

Discussions begin with the Field Hockey and Soccer groups regarding location and details of the project.  Initial plans include a parkade on Field A with the new AT on top of the parkade. This is rejected by Council in early spring of 2010 due to cost considerations. 

June 2010

A Memorandum of Understanding between the WVFHC and WVSC is completed regarding the usage and development of sport fields and facilities. 


June 14, 2010

A ground-breaking ceremony takes place on gravel Field A to officially start construction of the new field.  The project includes a new artificial turf field on Field A designed for field hockey and usable by soccer and other field sports, a warm-up pad for soccer next to Field D, plus a renovated or new field house. 

The WV Field Hockey Facilities Society contributes $370,000 to the project and the WV Soccer Club contributes $100,000.

A 3-way agreement is signed between the District of West Vancouver and the 2 sport groups regarding the project financing. 


Sept 2010

Members of the West Van Field Hockey Facilities Society and the West Van Soccer Club present cheques to the District of West Vancouver totalling $270,000 on Sept 30 ($63,000 from WVSC and $207,000 from WVFHFS).


Due to time constraints placed on the grant, it is decided to proceed with a renovation of the existing fieldhouse instead of a rebuild.

March 2011

The deadline for the Federal - Provincial grant is extended to Oct 31, 2011.  This allows construction to wait for appropriate weather conditions.  Vancouver experiences one of the wettest and coldest springs in history, delaying field construction.

September 2011

Rutledge Field is open!  The first artificial turf field for field hockey on the North Shore is ready in time for the 2011 Orca Festival on Labour Day Weekend.

September 10, 2011

Official Opening Ceremony for Rutledge Field is attended by thousands on Sept 10, 2011.  The opening week WVFHC hosts the Cangaroo Clash with 5 matches between the Australian and Canadian Mens Teams.