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Men and Women Adult Teams at Upcoming Richmond National Indoor Tournament

Feb. 21, 2019, 1 p.m. (ET)

RICHMOND, Va. - February 21, 2019 - This weekend in Richmond, Va., six men's and eight women's adult teams will gather to compete at the Sheetz National Indoor Tournament (NIT), presented by YOLO Sportswear, at the Greater Richmond Convention Center. Games for the adults will start on Friday, February 22 at 8:45 p.m. ET and run through Sunday, February 24, with the women's championship game taking place at 6:15 p.m. ET. There will also be a social for all adult teams at Champion Brewing Company after the games on Friday with drink specials and prizes.

The following teams are competing to be the 2019 National Indoor Tournament:

Men's Team
Boston FHC Boston, Mass.
DC Dragons Blue Washington, D.C.
DC Dragons White Washington, D.C.
East Coast High Performance East Coast
Philly FHC Philadelphia, Pa.
Triangle FHC Durham, N.C.

Women's Team
Boston FHC Boston, Mass.
Crusaders Cherry Hill, N.J.
DC Dragons Blue Washington, D.C.
DC Dragons White Washington, D.C.
H2O Middletown, Del.
Marojoka Bethlehem, Pa.
Spirit of USA Woodbury, N.J.
X-Calibur Blandon, Pa.

The 2018 NIT Champions are returning to defend their title, DC Dragons for the men and Boston FHC for the women. All participating teams have been preparing in various ways like competing in local leagues, against local clubs and in tournaments. The men's East Coast High Performance (ECHP) manager noted that they are inspired to win this year, as they finished second last year on goal differential.

The team rosters are diverse and include top talent. Triangle FHC has athletes from five different countries with brothers that play for the Puerto Rican Men's National Team. ECHP is in USA Field Hockey's men's pipeline and is one of the high performance centers. The Marojoka women includes alumni from three different decades, while the women's Boston FHC team plans to defend their title with former indoor national team athletes from the United States and Canada. Games will be packed with action and it will expose the youth in attendance a high level of play and what adult club opportunities are available for those to continue their field hockey playing career.

This year's NIT has the highest adult team registration for both the men and women, along with a waitlist, indicating there is a growing demand for adult indoor competition. USA Field Hockey is working closely with the United States Field Hockey League (USFHL) to continue to provide and aid in those opportunities for adults. The goal is to build out a competitive national structure which also provides local competitive options for adults.

About United States Field Hockey League:
The mission of USFHL is to grow participation and engagement of adult field hockey in the United States. USFHL brings together field hockey communities under one advisory board, play-off system and technology platform. USFHL supports all types of adult field hockey, one way through the website and social media. USFHL also hosts an Adult National Championship for the best men's and women's teams who qualify locally through USFHL sanctioned leagues and aAssociations. In 2019 USFHL, plans to pilot competition for college athletes through sanctioned communities to introduce them to the adult field hockey community in the United States, with indoor competition being rolled out in 2020. Also there will be networking and knowledge sharing through USFHL mini-communities check out

For more information regarding the Sheetz National Indoor Tournament, presented by YOLO Sportswear, including the full schedule, results, rosters and more, check out the official event page by clicking hereGame re-caps for the adult division will be posted on USFHL’s Facebook page at Instagram