COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The Pan American Hockey Federation (PAHF) shared with all national associations that the 2021 Junior Pan American Championships, rescheduled to take place in April, will now take place August 16 to 29 in Santiago, Chile.
PAHF understands that the coronavirus (COVID 19) pandemic still has a big impact in the region and therefore set a new date for the Junior Pan American Championships, a Junior Hockey World Cup qualifying event, in agreeance with the host country, Chile.
PAHF is already working on a document that will serve as the framework for the safe return to competition. The evolution of the COVID 19 impact, continues to be very dynamic so PAHF will continue updating their document and work with the host country to inform, in due time, about the protocols and requirements to enter Chile.
“While we would all rather be back on the field and competing again in April, the decision to postpone the Junior Pan Am Championships for the second time is the right decision in light of ongoing challenges the world is facing,” said Phil Edwards, USA Field Hockey’s Senior Manager of Coaching and Performance. “All eyes are now on August and the opportunity that that presents and we will be ready to go at that time.”
With the shift in competition dates from November 2020 to April 2021 and now August 2021, athletes’ eligibility is maintained based on the date that the Junior Pan American Championships were due to originally be held in 2020. Regarding the age of athletes, the International Hockey Federation (FIH) confirmed that all players shall be under 21 years of age as of December 31, 2019, that is all players shall be born on or after January 1, 1999.
For clarity, the age group limit for the Junior Hockey World Cups in December, remains as it has always been, all players shall be under 21 years of age as of December 31, 2020 that is all players shall be born on or after January 1, 2000.
For more information regarding the 2021 Junior Pan American Championships, continue to check usafieldhockey.com.