Rutledge Field: Rules and Information
from the Rutledge Field Maintenance Committee...
(photo courtesy: Field Hockey Canada)Let's keep Rutledge Field in top condition!
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
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 email@example.com
responsible for scheduling time on Rutledge field for WVFHC programs only. When
the WVFHC books Rutledge Field this includes the warm-up pad.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
programs have access to any unused time on Rutledge Field and can book through
Rutledge Field Maintenance
Please click below for information about field maintenance for Rutledge Field|
Please see below for information on Astro Turf Maintenance:|
Astro Turf Maintenance
Ball Roll Measurements for North Shore Fields
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.
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.
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.
project was made possible by a $3 million Federal/Provincial
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".
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.
New field at Ambleside named after Ross Rutledge.
Ambleside â€œAâ€ Artificial
Turf Sport Field Officially Named â€œRutledge Fieldâ€
West Vancouver District
Council unanimously endorsed West Vancouver Field Hockey Clubâ€™s proposal to
name the new artificial turf field at Ambleside Park â€œRutledge Fieldâ€, 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,â€ 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 â€œAdanacsâ€ 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. â€œHis inspiration to athletes young
and old will live on with all those who play on Rutledge Fieldâ€ says Paul Winstanley of WVFHC Adanacs, who coached with
Ross from 1997 to 2001. â€œHe opened a world of opportunity to a generation of
young field hockey playersâ€, he adds.
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 Rossâ€™ 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
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.â€ Johanna Bischoff, Carson Graham Secondary, Duke University
â€˜05, Duke University School of Medicine â€˜10.
North Shore FHF Society Board of Directors
The North Shore Field Hockey Facilities Society Board consists of a cross-section of business professionals and parents from the community.
The quest for artificial turf...
fields are developed at what is now Hugo Ray Park and are designated for
what was then called grass hockey, as well as cricket.
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.
artificial turf becomes the standard for community-based field hockey,
following the introduction of artificial turf at the Montreal Olympics
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.
WVFHC participate in discussions with WV District Parks which led to an independent survey of all West Vancouver recreational facilities in 1999.
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.
fields can service 6 times as many players in any given year than a
natural grass field, especially in wet climates.
WVFHC holds open houses to introduce neighbours to the Hugo Ray Park vision.
April to June 2005
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Hugo Ray Park Society launches a fundraising campaign for fields at Hugo Ray Park.
Hugo Ray Park Society meets its goal of $2 million in pledges and
donations to match proposed contributions by the Provincial and West
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.
and design for one turf field at Hugo Ray Park partially completed.
Municipal election results in changes on council and staff and decisions
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.
of West Vancouver receives confirmation of a $3 million grant from the
Federal and Provincial governments for improvements to Ambleside sports
facilities, including an artificial turf
playing surface designed for field hockey and
usable by soccer and other field sports.
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.
Memorandum of Understanding between the WVFHC and WVSC is completed
regarding the usage and development of sport fields and facilities.
June 14, 2010
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
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.
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.
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.
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
September 10, 2011
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.