USA Field Hockey
Junior Men's National Team and Development Squad selected
COLORADO SPRINGS, CO – The Junior Men’s National Championship, held July 6-10 at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, CA, offered athletes a chance to showcase their talent and compete for a spot on the USA Men’s Junior National Team roster. Following the tournament, a U20 Team and U15 Development Squad was selected.
This year, four teams, compiled of athletes from around the country, competed in the Junior Men’s National Championship: Ventura County Red Devils, East Coast Juniors, San Diego Surfers and the San Francisco Gold. The East Coast walked away on top, however, to most athletes the event meant more than just regional bragging rights. More importantly, the tournament provided an opportunity for a select few to leap on to the path into the Men’s High Performance Program.
Selection to the USA Junior National Team and U15 Development Squad provides athletes with a base to their training program and a pipeline onto the USA National Team. The men selected will train throughout the year together and compete in friendlies with other countries. The Junior Men’s National Team will face Argentina in Moorpark, CA in early August, before visiting our neighbors to the North in Vancouver, Canada for a series at the end of the month. The year will conclude with Canada traveling to Moorpark, CA in early November for a second series of matches. Potential tour dates for 2012 will be available on our website as they are determined. To view the remaining 2011 schedule for the USA Men’s National Team and USA Men’s Junior National Team, click here.
Congratulations to all of the athletes who attended the Junior Men’s National Championship and those that were selected to the Junior National Squads. To view a list of the selected athletes, click here.