National Club Championship commences tomorrow

July 20, 2011, 10:43 p.m. (ET)

RICHMOND, VA- The first annual National Club Championship presented by Harrow Sports, commences tomorrow in Richmond, VA. Sportsquest, a 250 acre campus located in Chesterfield County will host the event that will run through Sunday, July 24. Registration for the National Club Championship opened on February 1 and sold out within 68 seconds for both the Under-19 and Under-17 divisions. Thirty-two teams in both divisions will compete against some of the most elite clubs in the country over the next four days and fight for the Championship title and bragging rights as the nation’s top Club field hockey team.

“We are excited to be back in the Richmond area for the first year of this premier club event," said Karen Collins, Director of Events and Logistics, USA Field Hockey. "The National Club Championship will create a higher level of competition amongst clubs and provide more opportunities to develop the club system and the game. Although, we have had to adjust the schedule due to the sweltering weather conditions, we are looking forward to the next four days of what is sure to be exciting hockey,” said Collins. 

It is imperative for the development of our sport that we host a National Club Championship and I am delighted to see we will be doing so in 2011. A National Club Championship will inevitably create a higher level of competition amongst club teams and will provide further training, outside of the school setting, for young athletes to advance their game

Due to the extreme heat and predictions of temperatures reaching the high 90’s, all matches will begin one hour earlier and start one hour later. Matches will now begin at 6:00am, with the final match being played at 9:45pm. The schedule is set up so that athletes will have a break in the middle of the day, between the hours of 11am and 6pm to avoid the sizzling and scorching sun.

A wide range of video services offering video filmed with high definition cameras by professional videographers are available for every team or any individual player. For more information, click here. Additionally, find out where to stay, dine, shop and explore in the Richmond area and print coupons to use at local theme parks and attractions by clicking here .

To view the National Club Championship event page, with photos, event news and results click here.