Boys Game Continues to Grow with Second Edition of All-Boys U-16 7v7 Tournament in North Carolina

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July 05, 2019, 12:19 p.m. (ET)

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – July 5, 2019 - Last weekend, the men’s East Coast High Performance (ECHP) program, in conjunction with Charlotte Ambush FHC, hosted an All-Boys U-16 7v7 Tournament and Development Camp in Charlotte, N.C. This followed the previous tournament which was hosted in Greenwich, Conn. a few months ago, as part of an ECHP series. Close to 30 boys ranging in age from 11 to 16 attended the event held at Bessant Field, an excellent water-based AstroTurf pitch, on Saturday, on the Queen’s University of Charlotte campus on June 29 and Sunday, June 30.

Despite the soaring temperatures (air temperature exceeded 98 degrees), the boys participated in two clinics run by Alex Grassi, U.S. Men’s National Team Athlete; Francisco Avila, Argentina Junior Men’s National Team Athlete; and Darien Isla, Florida United Coachas well as in scrimmages on Saturday and tournament play on Sunday. A dedicated goalkeeper clinic was run by Darren Hill, local coach from the United Kingdom, on Saturday morning. The level of coaching was phenomenal and all the boys appreciated the advanced level of instruction they received.

Many of those in attendance were experience players but there were a few athletes who had only taken up the sport a few months ago, highlighting the commitment that Charlotte Ambush FHC is making to grow the game for boys in North Carolina. The tournament was exciting and thrilling and the level of skill that the boys put into play was beautiful to watch. The officiating was also exceptional and umpire coach Cris Maloney provided the boys with a rules and interpretation seminar highlighting the recent changes to the Rules of Hockey.

Athletes that attended came from Connecticut, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Indiana, Virginia and Washington, D.C. An immense amount of potential was seen and with regular playing opportunities these skills will be ingrained for life. The tournament was won by Band of Brothers, who played extremely well and their experience of playing together really shone. Ambush Boys and Florida United showed great teamwork and commitment and raised the level of play. Lastly a major highlight for the boys was the dedicated talks given by Grassi and Avila, who relayed their experiences of field hockey and also provided an insight into what makes a committed field hockey player.

The ECHP program, in accordance with AGH FHC, Band of Brothers, Charlotte Ambush FHC, Key Biscayne FHC and Doral FHC, will continue to organize All-Boys U-16 regional competition weekends with the aim to provide more playing opportunities for boys between the U-12 Co-Ed division and those over 16 years of age playing in the men’s adult league. The ultimate goal is to have a league of regularly scheduled games so more boys can continue to gain more playing opportunities all year round all while having fun.

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Winners: Band of Brothers