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GREENWICH, Conn. – May 15, 2019 – More than 50 athletes traveled from up and down the East Coast last weekend to participate in the first All-Boys U-16 7v7 Tournament at Sacred Heart Greenwich in Greenwich, Conn. With hopes to expand male play opportunities, the two-day event held May 11 and 12 was filled with competitive play, commitment, energy and fun.
“The weekend was a great success and we all get inspired after seeing so many happy faces playing and enjoying the sport,” said Alex Gheorghe, East Coast High Performance (ECHP) Head Coach. “We are now looking quickly to set in stone another event similar to this in North Carolina and hopefully from here to keep building events only for boys.”
Athletes that attended came from Connecticut, Florida, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Virginia and even Canada. The tournament featured four teams from AGH Hockey Club, BoBFH, Canada and Miami. Match format during this 7v7 play was a round robin format with 20-minute games.
The purpose of this event was to bridge the gap 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.
“I was particularly impressed with their level of energy and commitment to play regardless the weather, team or age group,” added Gheorghe. “Huge thank you to all the voluntary people that put so much work and getting this organized at the best standards.”
Prior to the start of the tournament there was a 3D skills clinic on Saturday morning.
With the momentum of boy’s growth and many field hockey enthusiasts on board, the Charlotte Ambush Field Hockey Club will be hosting an All-Boys Development Camp on Saturday June 29 and Sunday, June 30 in Charlotte, N.C. If enough teams are interested, this two-day clinic will be combined with a second edition of an All-Boys 7v7 Tournament.
The ECHP program and AGH Hockey Club would like to thank all participants and volunteers for their time, energy and dedication to help make this tournament a success.
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