QUALIFICATION GUIDELINES

Qualification by Participating in a Regional Club Championship

The total number of teams that qualify from a Regional Club Championship (RCC) to the National Club Championship (NCC) is dependent of the overall number of teams participating in each age division within a RCC. Please see a breakdown of the requirements below:

  • 4-6 Participants = RCC qualifies 1 total team to the NCC
  • 7-16 Participants = RCC qualifies 2 total teams to the NCC

    Qualification Without Participation in a Regional Club Championship

    Should a region not be able to hold a Regional Club Championship due to lack of participation, meaning less than the minimum of 4 teams registered to compete in a given age division, the region will be eligible to receive one (1) At Large bid to the National Club Championship for the age division in which it was unable to hold an RCC. A region's eligibility to receive an At Large bid will be determined by the following criteria:

 

  • The region must have submitted a bid to host AND have been awarded an RCC for the age division it was unable to hold competition for,
  • The region must have one club ranked in the top 16 within the USA Field Hockey National Club Rankings for the age division it was unable to hold competition for AND,
  • At least one club ranked in the top 16 must have registered with the intention to participate in the RCC should the competition have been held.

If ALL of the criteria listed above have been met for the respective age division, one (1) At Large bid will be awarded to the highest ranked team registered to compete in the RCC. If no teams registered to compete are ranked in the top 16 according to the USA Field Hockey National Club Rankings for the age division, the region will not receive a bid to the National Club Championships for the respective age division.

Questions about the qualification process can be directed to Glen Hollingsworth (ghollingsworth@usafieldhockey.com).