Colorado Springs, Colo. – After much discussion with club administrators around the country, USA Field Hockey today announced the Under-14 entry process for the National Indoor Tournament (NIT) held in conjunction with the Under-16 National Indoor Tournament in Virginia Beach, Virginia, March 8-10, 2013.
For 2013, the qualification for the Under-14 National Indoor Tournament will return to a lottery process. Mail-in applications will be made available on January 7, 2013 and will be due along with the registration fee of $1,100 on January 20, 2013 to the National Office in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Congratulations to the followings teams who qualified for the Under-16 and Under-19 National Indoor Tournament from the Richmond Qualifier: (U16) WC Eagles I, Spirit of USA East, WC Ealges II, High Voltage Black, Saints Hockey Rocks, Peninsula Power White, FireStyx-Goalbusters, Richmond Panthers United Black, and Focus Fusion, (U19) WC Eagles I, Spirit of USA North, WC Eagles II, FireStyx-StyxFire, Saints Blue, NC TarDevils Navy, TCOYO Yang, NOVA Elite Black, Saints Hockey Rocks and Focus Fire.
The Under-19 National Indoor Tournament will be held in Richmond, March 1-3, 2013 with the Under-14 and Under-16 tournament being held the following weekend. The number of Under-19 teams that earn a spot at the tournament from a qualifier has increased to the top 40% of the teams that enter. This number has jumped 10% from 2012 and ensures that the best teams advance to the premier indoor tournament of the year. The number of Under-16 teams that earn a spot at the NIT has increased to 30%, a 5% increase from last year.
In addition, USA Field Hockey has added a Boys division to the 2013 National Indoor Tournament. Under-14, Under-17, and Under-21 boys are invited to register individually on usafieldhockey.com. The final teams will be created based on experience level.Stay updated on qualified teams by visiting our NIT Qualifier events page on usafieldhockey.com.