Final three regions look to earn qualifying ticket to National Club Championship

May 14, 2013, 6:06 p.m. (ET)

They’ll reach new velocities, dive without hesitation and fearlessly fly out of defensive corner units. Regional Club Championship athletes don’t flinch under pressure; they own it. Because bringing back bragging rights to their hometown, putting their backyard on the map, is worth just as much as a first place trophy.

The Regional Club Championships identifies the best club teams in the country to compete at the premier National Club Championship presented by Harrow Sports for the prestigious title of being the top U-16 and U-19 club field hockey team in the nation. This year’s Regional Club Championships are coming to a finish with the final three regions out of the 11 duking it out to earn an exclusive qualifying ticket to the National Club Championship held at the National Training Center in Virginia Beach, Va., from July 10-18. Still gearing up to play are Regions 9, 10 and 11 which will be meeting in St. Louis, Mo. to earn a bid into the National Club Championship. Both the U-16 and U-19 squads will be competing on June 8 through June 9.

Congratulations to the following U-16 and U-19 teams who have secured a spot at the 2013 National Club Championship: 

U-19: Focus Field Hockey, Freedom HKY, The Gaels Field Hockey Club, Jersey Intensity, Nook Hockey, North East Elite, Rampage, Saints, South Jersey Edge, Spirit of USA, Washington Wolves, WC Eagles, Xcalibur F.H.C. 

U-16: East Coast Field Hockey, Focus Field Hockey, The Gaels Field Hockey Club, H2O, Jersey Intensity, North East Elite, Pa Mavericks, Rampage, Saints, Seacoast United, South Jersey Edge, Spark, WC Eagles

One qualification spot is awarded to Regional Club Championships with four or less club teams participating and two qualification sports is awarded to Regional Club Championships with 5-16 club teams participating but there is an opportunity for those in third place to enter into the elite National Club Championship. The remaining spots are allocated, in order, to the Regional Club Championship with the most number of club teams participating.

With the opportunity to shine a spotlight on their hometown, the final games to gain entrance to the National Club Championship will be nothing short of epic.