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A USA Field Hockey sanction is an official designation issued by USA Field Hockey which approves the holding of a field hockey tournament in the United States. The sanction is also a contract, which evidences the events commitment to provide a safe environment for all participants and spectators. Once the event has satisfied the sanction requirements, the event application for sanction is approved.


Complete the event sanctioning application and submit to: 
USA Field Hockey 
Event Sanctioning
One Olympic Plaza
Colorado Springs, CO 80909-5773

Additional documents to include with your application are a detailed field map and the tournament format and schedule. You may also submit the application via email to or fax to (719) 632-0979.


One of the key benefits of sanctioning events through USA Field Hockey is General Liability and Excess Participant Medical coverage provided at no additional cost. Additional benefits include, the opportunity to utilize USA Field Hockey certified umpires, USA Field Hockey's online registration software, and outstanding exposure and advertising opportunities on 


Once an event is approved, a sanctioning fee is required and must be received within seven business days of notification. Sanctioning fees are only refundable if the event is cancelled due to weather and written notification is received within 48 hours of cancellation. All athletes participating in a sanctioned event must hold a current USA Field Hockey membership or purchase a temporary membership through USA Field Hockey. All coaches participating must be current USA Field Hockey coach members with a current background check on field. The membership and background check must extend to the last day of the event. Post-event documents must be submitted to USA Field Hockey within 15 days of the event ending and include, tournament results and medical incident reports. 

Download the Event Sanctioning Benefits document (pdf.)

Download the Event Sanctioning Application (pdf.)