COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - November 6, 2020 - USA Field Hockey is pleased to reveal an exciting, new indoor event that has been added to the national events portfolio. Coming this winter, the National Indoor Festival (NIF), presented by YOLO Sportswear, will serve as an additional playing opportunity during the indoor season.
The 2021 NIF will take place on Presidents’ Day weekend from Saturday, February 13 to Monday, February 15 at the Virginia Beach Sports Center in Virginia Beach, Va. This event will be offered to U-12 Co-Ed, U-14 Girls, U-16 Girls, U-19 Girls, U-19 Boys, Men and Women divisions. The NIF has been modeled after the National Hockey Festival, where different age divisions have the opportunity to gather over a weekend in the same location to enjoy and play the sport.
“We are excited to launch the National Indoor Festival in 2021,” said Simon Hoskins, USA Field Hockey’s Executive Director. “The growth of the indoor game has been impressive. Ten years ago there used to be just one National Indoor Tournament for all age groups and now there will be five indoor events. The NIF provides opportunities to those who would not have had the chance to get to a national event for indoor hockey in the past and is an important part of our efforts to Grow the Game. The aspiration to get to the NIF and the excitement and inspiration for being there will be awesome for so many athletes.”
The 2021 NIF will have two separate registrations. The first will open on Thursday, November 12 at 12:00 p.m. ET for the U-12 Co-Ed, U-14 Girls, U-19 Boys, Men and Women divisions. Also at this time U-16 Girls and U-19 Girls club teams who are not participating in the 2021 National Indoor Tournament Qualifiers, presented by YOLO Sportswear, can express interest in attending by emailing the USA Field Hockey’s Events Team at email@example.com. The second registration will open on Friday, November 13 for all remaining spots to any club to register.
The cost for the U-12 Co-Ed, U-14 Girls, U-16 Girls and U-19 Girls is $1,100. For U-19 Boys it is $850 and for Adults it is $750.
The 2021 NIF is an official Stay to Play event. In order to participate in the tournament, all teams are required to book their lodging through USA Field Hockey’s housing partner, Team Travel Source. Click here for more information.
USA Field Hockey recognizes that the current environment is ever-changing and will continue to monitor the situation and make decisions as needed. For those planning to attend the 2021 National Indoor Festival, whether a participant, event organizer, staff, umpire, coach or vendor, all need to exercise caution and take recommended precautionary measures while interacting with one another during the event. USA Field Hockey will deliver the event while closely following and operating under the organization’s Return to Play Guidelines and COVID-19 Action Plan.
Any questions about the National Indoor Festival, please reach out to the USA Field Hockey’s Events Team at firstname.lastname@example.org.