Swapping snow for sand at the 2013 Festival

Dec. 02, 2013, 12 a.m. (ET)

The 2013 National Field Hockey Festival, sponsored by CranBarry, gathered 9,000 field hockey enthusiasts to Palm Beach County, Fla. to share in an annual tradition of turkey and turf. In most parts of the U.S. November brings brisk winds and flurries. Festival participants dodged the cold front by venturing to the warmth of Florida. Old friends reunited and new were forged throughout the venue’s astounding 31 pitches.

“The International Polo Club was truly a remarkable site to hold this world renowned event,” said Karen Collins, USA Field Hockey’s Director of Events and Logistics. “Festival is a holiday in itself. Thousands of field hockey athletes, umpires, coaches and fans pour into one central location to celebrate the sport. Participants are emerged in a four-day unique experience and leave the event already eager for next year’s Festival.”

The 2014 National Field Hockey Festival will return to the West Coast in Palm Springs, Cali. Look to usafieldhockey.com for more details pertaining next year’s event.

USA Field Hockey sends our congratulations to this year’s pool winners who walked away with polished medals and the highly sought-after pride that accompanies the title of champions.

This year’s winners are:

U19A – Total Dutch Orange
U19B – Nook Hockey Green
U19C – Jersey Intensity Black
U19D – Spirit USA North
U19E – Xcalibur Gryphons
U19F – Coyotes Kiawa
U19G – Rampage
U19H – PA Power
U19I – PA Mavericks Black
U19J – Rush
U19K – High Stampede
U19L – Alley Cats
U19M – G Force Vikingz
U19N – WVFHC Adanacs
U19O – ADR Blue
U19P – Aim Blue
U19Q – Washington Wolves
U19R – Bluegrass Elite
U16S – WC Eagles II
U16T – Spirit of USA South
U16U – Jersey Intensity Stars
U16V - Aim
U16W – Saints Blue
U16X – Gaels Blue
U16Y – Xcalibur Silver hawks
U16Z – Team Gateway
U16ZZ – Mystx Force
U16YY – PA Mavericks Teal
U14AA – WC Eagles I
U14BB – WC Eagles II
U14CC – Bluegrass Bermuda
U14DD – Edge
U14EE – Alley Cats
U14FF – High Styx
Women’s Open – Red Rose
Mixed Adults – True North