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May 22 Competition kicks off at the 43rd California Cup

May 22, 2014, 5:23 p.m. (ET)

Competition kicks off at the 43rd California Cup

In California, not only are cows the happiest on the planet, but so are field hockey players. The California Cup embarks on its 43rd year tomorrow with beautiful weather, fierce competition and intense rivalries sure to be in store. Though most teams will be travelling in-state for the tournament, Cal Cup attracts teams from multiple regions, states and countries. Participants can expect top competition from international teams hailing from Mexico, Taiwan and Canada.

Long-time veterans of the tournament, our own U.S. Men’s National Team and High Performance program players will compete this year in Cal Cup’s U21 Division. The tournament is highly regarded as an elite match preparation for the players – even contributing to the U.S. Men‘s Junior Pan American Championships training where they finished in fourth place. When asked about his team’s elevated performance at the PanAm Games, team-member George McGuigan said, “Training is critical, but game time also plays a big factor. Cal Cup helped me in that regard.”

Not only has Cal Cup sharpened our most elite men’s skills, the tournament has also been a strong proponent of youth and umpire development. Fourteen Under-12, eight Under-10 and four Under-8 teams will take to the fields for what will begin their own Cal Cup tradition.

“It’s an amazing sight to witness the enthusiasm and tenacity of over 250 kiddos playing their hearts out on the grass turf,” commented Leslie Warren, Director of Player Services of the Cal Cup Organizing Committee. “Cal Cup has prized itself on providing a fun competition for these kids.”

Young umpires can also be found running up and down the fields keeping up with their older counterparts. At 14 years old, Maxwell Walshaw of Thousand Oaks, Calif. will be the youngest umpire blowing his whistle this weekend and has even earned the 2014 Most Promising Young Umpire award from the Field Hockey Federation, an organization that provides field hockey play in Southern California. In all, 82 umpires will officiate the event, ranging from starter umpires to FIH certified.

“Welcome to California Cup 43,” said Tom Harris, Chair and Founder of Cal Cup and patriarch of the Harris family fame. “I hope you all have a wonderful time while playing a great sport and enjoy seeing old friends and making new ones.”

USA Field Hockey wishes the same.

Keep updated with Cal Cup information by visiting usafieldhockey.com and calcup.com.

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