Congratulations to the Champions of the Final NIT Weekend
After three action-packed weekends of high-intensity hockey, the 2014 National Indoor Tournament, sponsored by YOLO Sportswear, has officially concluded. The Under-16 Girls, Under-17 Boys, Adult Men and Adult Women closed out the tournament in an exciting fashion at the Convention Center in Virginia Beach, Va. The weekend was filled with cheers from the crowd at powerful drag flicks during adult games and the distinct wooden bang of scored goals as Under-16 girls and Under-17 boys earned their stripes on the nation’s largest indoor stage.
“We are closing another chapter on the story of the National Indoor Tournament and we couldn’t have been happier for it to end in Virginia Beach,” said Karen Collins, USA Field Hockey Director of Event Logistics. “Working with the Convention Center staff for over ten years, their hard work and dedication to detail has made this a seamless event.”
The Convention Center was a hub of activity with the four different divisions spanning several generations. The youngest player on the court was found in the boys division at age 10. The most experienced player at the event was playing strongly at 55 in the adult men’s division and will be playing in the Master’s World Cup this summer.
The Under-16 athletes proved their passion and determination in fighting for top spots with 104 teams competing in 14 pools to be crowned champions. This year’s event grew with four more pools than in 2013. WC Eagles defended their 2013 title in Pool A and walked away with an impressive five medals, making them the winningest club at the 2014 National Indoor tournament.
Dramatic adult play proved to be a valuable learning experience for the younger athletes in attendance. The Women’s Indoor National squad found a gold medal and strong competition in its pool, helping them to prepare for upcoming indoor events. The Men’s division lit up the facility like a flash of electricity with their speed, precision and intensity.
For many in the Boys division, the event was their first experience at such a large event. The Capitals, made up of members of the East Coast Junior High Performance Squad, took home gold.
In total, almost 4,000 athletes from all over the country look part in the 2014 National Indoor Tournament over the last three weekends in three different cities. The event at Spooky Nook Sports was the first-ever USA Field Hockey event hosted in the venue, while the event in Virginia Beach was the fourteenth year for the tournament to be held in the Convention Center.
“We could not be more thankful to the staff at each facility for all of their dedication, patience and commitment to helping us provide premium events,” said Karen Collins, USA Field Hockey Director of Event and Logistics. “The economic impact on the cities involved is impressive and our housing partner, Global JBS, does a fantastic job in creating a memorable experience for all of the families who take time out of their busy schedules to attend these events.”
Congratulations to the following crowned champions!
Jack and Jill
A – WC Eagles I
B – WC Eagles III
C – WC Eagles II
D – WC Eagles IV
E – TNT
F – Xcalibur Knights
G – FC United Red
H – WC Eagles X
I – Jersey Intensity III
J – Capitol Pegasus Iroc
K – Jersey Elite Red
L – Firestyx – Hotstyx
M – High Styx Jaguars
N – Spirit Eagles Red