USA Field Hockey Sanctions World Renowned California Cup

Jan. 08, 2014, 11:08 a.m. (ET)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – USA Field Hockey proudly announces the sanctioning of the distinguished California Cup International Field Hockey Tournament. CalCup is held annually over the Memorial Day holiday (weekend preceding the last Monday in May) at Moorpark College, Cali. CalCup’s longevity extends as far back as 1972 with its creator and hockey enthusiast Tom Harris. Forty-two years later, the tournament has grown from six men’s teams to 150 teams in 14 divisions with competition lasting for four days. Because of the elite level of play, CalCup draws clubs and teams from a multitude of countries including Canada, Mexico, Argentina, Holland, Spain, Taiwan and India.

“We couldn’t be more thrilled to sanction and endorse such a world-renowned event such as CalCup,” said Steve Locke USA Field Hockey’s Executive Director. “The tournament’s magnitude of international competition is as impressive as Tom’s commitment and success in continually growing the level of competition at CalCup.”

Many current and former International players from many of these countries play for various clubs that participate in the Men & Women Super Divisions with a cash prize of $5,000 for each champion. The tournament also features youth divisions from Under-8 to Under-19. Division details can be viewed here. As well, FIH level umpires from different countries as far as Germany and Australia are invited to officiate. In all, more than 2,000 athletes; young and old alike, participate in the tournament.

“We are ecstatic to join forces with USA Field Hockey to present this year’s CalCup as a sanctioned event,” said Harris. “The added insurance coverage, online roster verification system and opportunity to gain club ranking points will improve our participants overall experience, and allow us to focus on the big picture of growing the sport.”

For more event details, please visit and the tournament’s official website

USA Field Hockey launched an event sanctioning program last year to enhance local events put on by organizations around the country. Tournament organizing committees receive a valuable and money-saving insurance protection package when sanctioning an event with USA Field Hockey. In addition, member clubs are welcome to utilize USA Field Hockey’s online roster verification system. The system automatically verifies memberships of coaches and athletes, saving event directors and club coaches time and allowing for a seamless check-in process. Participating clubs in specific sanctioned events will also benefit by gaining ranking points depending on their finish. 

To learn more about USA Field Hockey’s event sanctioning program or to apply for your next event to be sanctioned, visit