COLORADO SPRINGS, C.O.- USA Field Hockey is pleased to announce the tournament schedule and structure for the 2011 National Club Championship (NCC). The NCC’s, presented by Harrow Sports, will be held at Sportsquest in Richmond, Virginia, July 21-24, 2011.
Team contacts must check-in teams for the tournament from 6:00-9:00pm on Wednesday, July 20, at a location to be determined. Pool play will start at 7:00am on Thursday, July 21. All matches will be played in two, thirty minute halves and daily from 7:00am-12:00pm and 4:00pm-9:00pm. The Championship game for both the Under-17 and Under-19 divisions will be played on Sunday, July 24 at 10:45am. Click here to view the schedule.
Teams will play in a minimum of six matches. To advance to the Championship round, a team must finish in the top two of their pool and continue on to win four additional matches.
Club teams were allocated into pools at random, after the factors of historical performance in USA Field Hockey events and geographical location was taken into account. This was based on the concept of balanced pools with teams from similar locations placed in separate pools.
Each pool is made up of four club teams. Click here to view the pools. Every club will play each other once in regular pool play. Both the winner and runner-up of pool play, will move on to compete for the Championship and rankings 2-16. The third and fourth placed teams from pool play, will progress to compete for rankings 17-32.
Three playoff rounds will determine the teams in the placement round and the Championship game. The seventh and final match will determine the Champion and rankings for all clubs in both divisions.
In addition to announcing the structure and schedule for the National Club Championship, USA Field Hockey and Harrow Sports are pleased to release the newly designed logo for this event. The look of the logo was constructed around the feedback received from attendees at the 2010 National Hockey Festival.
The National Club Championship logo will have multiple variations for the different states that will host regional qualifiers in years to come for teams to advance on to this tournament.
The National Club Championship is an ideal opportunity for clubs to compete against each other at a highly competitive event and coincides with USA Field Hockey’s mission of growing playing opportunities and the game of field hockey.
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