USA Field Hockey announced today the registration process for the 2013 National Hockey Festival, the largest field hockey event of its kind in the world. In 2012 a new registration process was implemented with the primary objective of making the National Hockey Festival accessible to all member athletes and clubs. The transparent procedure allowed all eligible member clubs the opportunity to register a team, while also recognizing larger clubs with more athletes and providing them with the opportunity to register multiple teams. This procedure has been generally well received in our hockey community and by member clubs. For 2013 USA Field Hockey will adopt the same procedure with some modifications.
All eligible member clubs can submit an application to register at least one team and up to four teams to the Festival. To be an eligible member club, the club must have a current club membership and have the following numbers of affiliated U19 members on March 14, 2013 at 12:00 p.m. MST.
To be eligible for 1 team, current member clubs must have at least 25 affiliated U19 members* by March 14, 2013 at 12:00 p.m. MST.
To be eligible for 2 teams, current member clubs must have at least 50 affiliated U19 members* by March 14, 2013 at 12:00 p.m. MST.
To be eligible for 3 teams, current member clubs must have at least 75 affiliated U19 members* by March 14, 2013 at 12:00 p.m. MST.
To be eligible for 4 teams, current member clubs must have at least 100 affiliated U19 members* by March 14, 2013 at 12:00 p.m. MST.
*Note: a USAFH U19 membership includes U14, U16 and U19 athletes.
The clubs with a higher number of member athletes may be allocated additional spots to ensure athletes within larger clubs are afforded the same opportunity to participate as athletes within smaller clubs.
On March 14, 2013, eligible clubs will be identified and ranked in “priority order” from most to least U19 affiliated members. The clubs that meet the eligibility requirements will be notified of the online registration process that will take place April 15-19, 2013. Online registration will not be based on a first come, first serve basis.
During the April 15-19 registration window, clubs will have the opportunity to register up to four teams, depending on their number of affiliated members. Teams will be allotted one spot into Festival, based upon “priority order.” If there are remaining spaces available after all eligible clubs have one team enrolled, then a second spot will be given in priority to member clubs with the most number of athletes. The process will continue until all U19 and U16 division spots are filled.
The 2013 National Hockey Festival will be held at the International Polo Club in West Palm Beach, Florida during the Thanksgiving Holiday. The Festival attracts over 7,000 visitors from the US, Canada, Europe and Caribbean. In its first year at the International Polo Club, last year athletes showcased their skills on 26 pristine grass fields to the largest gathering of college field hockey coaches.