Women's High Performance Center Trials Begin this Month

April 02, 2019, 5:14 p.m. (ET)
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - April 2, 2019 - As winter turns to spring, eyes start to drift toward the summer showcase event for post-high school athletes, the 2019 Young Women’s National Championship (YWNC) from June 14-18 in Lancaster, Pa. The journey to the YWNC begins in earnest this month as the High Performance Centers (HPC) Trials kick into gear at regional sites across the country and the nation’s top collegiate and post-collegiate players come together to compete for a spot at the tournament.

The goal of the HPC are to identify and support the development of players who are able to excel at the YWNC this summer and have the potential to perform at the junior and senior international level. Across the nine regional training sites some of the nation’s elite coaches will be working to create the best possible learning environments to support this goal. For post-high school athletes who have aspirations to represent the United States on the U.S. U-21 Women's National Team, U.S. Women's National Development Squad and U.S. Women's National Team competition, the High Performance Centers provide the pathway to achieving that goal.

“If you dream of playing for the United States then you need to be supporting your own development by attending your regional High Performance Center," commented Phil Edwards, USA Field Hockey's Senior Manager of Junior High Performance. "For the first time, from what you will be exposed to at your HPC and how your experience will be delivered, will be guided by the central philosophy of USA Field Hockey, which has been implemented across the Junior High Performance teams this year with the aim of providing a more cohesive development pathway for players to make the next step."

“The Young Women’s National Championship in 2019 promises to be more competitive than ever and the opportunity to be selected to play in it is not one to be missed.”

Athletes who are in possession of a United States passport, under the age of 25 (born in 1994 or later)* and graduated high school in 2018 are eligible, and are encouraged to attend the High Performance Center Trials. For more information, click here.

Key Dates

High Performance Center Trials, April - May, various regional sites

High Performance Center Training, May - June, various regional sites

Young Women’s National Championship, June 14-18, Spooky Nook Sports, Lancaster, Pa.

*The National Office may choose to provide a waiver to players born prior to 1994 if they are deemed to be at an appropriate level.