Fall Championship

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24th Annual
NFHL Fall Championship

& Fall Challenge Cup

November 19-21, 2021

Virginia Beach Sportsplex and Hampton Roads Soccer Complex
Virginia Beach, VA

In memory of Allie Rose Zambito
June 22, 1995 – June 21, 2019

The 2021 NFHL Fall Challenge Cup is in memory of NFHL alumna Allie Zambito (#27) who played on the High Point University club field hockey team. Allie was an NFHL all-star and was on the team both her freshman and senior years, when High Point University qualified for the NFHL Fall Championship.

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Fall Championship

The top 16 teams in the league will advance to the Fall Championship. 1st place goes to the team with the highest average game points per game. Average game points per game is derived by taking the total number of game points and dividing that by the total number of games played.

Team Eligibility

  • Must be a Full member to be eligible for the Fall Championship.
  • Must have attended the previous Annual NFHL meeting.
  • Must have paid Annual dues.
  • Must not have an outstanding balance with the league.
  • Must have fulfilled minimum game requirements.

Tournament Requirements

  • Teams must be able to send a full team to the the tournament (11 players minimum).
  • Teams must be available to play from 12pm-8pm on Friday, 7am-8pm on Saturday AND from 7am-2pm on Sunday.
  • ALL teams must RSVP (including alternates) by the deadline assigned (TBD).

Rosters

  • Teams submit a verified roster to kristin@nationalfieldhockeyleague.com by November 15th.
  • Rosters must be signed by the school’s Club Sports Recreation Department to verify that all players are allowed to play on the team.
  • Please use the NFHL Roster Form.

All Stars

  • All Stars at the tournament will receive a free tournament t-shirt. T-shirts must be picked up at the Registration Table before 12pm on Saturday.
  • All Full Member teams (even those not attending the tournament) will still submit the names of their top 2 All Stars and their names will be posted on our website.

*NEW* Fall Challenge Cup

The Fall Challenge Cup is a new tournament, open to both Full and Honorary teams. Teams who were scheduled to attend the 2020 Spring Tournament will be given priority to secure a spot in this tournament. The Challenge Cup will be held Friday November 19th – Sunday November 21st at the Virginia Sportsplex in Virginia Beach, VA (same weekend as the Fall Championship).

Challenge Cup Details

  • The deadline to RSVP is Friday, September 24th. This is ONLY a request for entry into the tournament. This does NOT guarantee your spot in the Challenge Cup. By submitting a RSVP, you are committing to attend and pay dues by the assigned deadline (if you are accepted into the tournament). Please only submit a RSVP if you are committing to attend (if accepted).
  • Teams will be notified about whether they have a spot in the tournament (or are on the waitlist) by Wednesday September 29th.
  • The tournament is first come, first served however teams that were scheduled to attend the cancelled 2020 Spring Tournament will be given the first open spots.
  • For any team added to the waitlist, you will be asked for the latest date that you could accept a spot and attend the tournament. Several spots will open up ~November 3rd, when Fall Championship teams are announced. Any Fall Challenge Cup team that qualifies for the Fall Championship will be moved to the Championship Tournament.
  • There are no game eligibility requirements to enter this tournament (e.g. no minimum game requirements, etc.) however, all teams must be an active NFHL team and not have any outstanding balances.
  • Dues for teams that were scheduled to attend the 2020 Spring Tournament: dues will be waived because of the balance on your account. Note: if you commit to this tournament, but end up qualifying for the NFHL Fall Championship, your team’s spot in the Challenge Cup will be given to a team on the waitlist and you will be able to reserve a guaranteed spot in the 2022 NFHL Spring Tournament. Your 2020 Spring Tournament dues will be applied to the 2022 Spring Tournament instead.
  • Dues for teams who were not entered in the 2020 Spring Tournament will be $500 per team. Dues (or a P2P email from a school official), must be received by Monday November 8th. For schools that submit a P2P, dues must be received no later than December 20th.
  • Alumni from your school are allowed to play on your team. This is for the Fall Challenge Cup only (NOT the Fall Championship tournament). All players and alumni must be listed on your roster and submitted by the assigned deadline.

Fall Championship Teams

Pool Teams:
TBD

Alternates:
TBD

Fall Challenge Cup Teams

Pool Teams:
TBD

Alternates:
TBD

Hotel Blocks

Special NFHL rates for players and fans

Hampton Inn Norfolk/Virginia Beach

5793 Greenwich Rd
Virginia Beach, VA 23462
757-490-9800

  • $109 – 2 double beds (sleeps 4)
  • $109 – 1 king bed plus full-sized sofabed (sleeps 4)
  • Reservations must be made by Friday November 5th, 2021
  • Cancellation policy: free cancellation before 11:59 PM local hotel time on 11/17/21
  • Group code: CHHNFC
  • Free breakfast included
  • Free parking (van/bus parking is complimentary, but must be coordinated in advance with Jade Warwick – Jade.Warwick@hilton.com or 757.490.9800)
  • 20 minutes to the fields
  • Hotel website

Hilton Garden Inn Town Center

The Town Center of Virginia Beach
252 Town Center Dr.
Virginia Beach, VA
(757) 326-6200

  • $124 – 2 queen beds (sleeps 4)
  • $104 – 1 king bed (sleeps 2)
  • Reservations must be made by Friday November 5th, 2021
  • Cancellation policy: 72 hours prior to arrival
  • Group code: NFHL
  • $4 off (per person per night) breakfast of choice in the Garden Grille Restaurant
  • Free parking (van/bus parking is complimentary – must be coordinated in advance with Lori Parker (Lori.Parker@hilton.com)
  • Located in Town Center of Virginia Beach – with several restaurants, retail stores, and entertainment – all within walking distance
  • 20 minutes to the fields
  • Hotel website

Hampton Inn Virginia Beach-Oceanfront South

1011 Atlantic Avenue
Virginia Beach, Virginia, 23451
(757) 965-2300

  • Rates TBD.
  • Oceanfront hotel!
  • Includes free breakfast.
  • 15 minutes to the fields.
  • Teams who have buses or vans MUST contact Connie Nosay in advance (757-321-8340).
  • $25 per day fee for bus parking, free parking for vans.

Four Points by Sheraton Oceanfront

1211 Atlantic Avenue
Virginia Beach, Virginia, 23451
(757) 428-1183

  • Rates TBD.
  • Oceanfront hotel!
  • Teams who have buses or vans MUST contact Diane in advance (757-428-1183).
  • $25 per day fee for bus parking, free parking for vans.
  • 15 minutes to the fields.

Schedules

  • The schedules will be released by November 8th (subject to change).
  • Teams must be available to play from 12pm-8pm on Friday, 7am-8pm on Saturday AND from 7am-2pm on Sunday.
  • Sometimes games need to be switched and rearranged – we need you to be flexible, patient, and open-minded.
  • Teams must bring light and dark colored shirts/jerseys.

 

Pre-Order Tournament Shirts

  • All shirts MUST be pre-ordered online will be available for pickup at the Registration Table at the tournament.
  • We cannot ship shirts.
  • Shirts must be ordered by Thursday November 11th.

 

Player Waiver & Release Forms

All players listed on the roster are REQUIRED to turn in a completed waiver and release form. Players without a signed release form will not be allowed to play in the tournament.

  • Captains should distribute the link (for players 18 and older as of tournament day) and PDF form (for players under 18 on tournament day) to all players.
  • 18+ players should complete the online form prior to the deadline, and forward a copy of their responses to their captain/coach.
  • U18 players should download the PDF and submit the signed copy (parent/guardian signature is required) to their captain or coach prior to the deadline.
  • Captains/coaches should email the U18 forms to kristin@nationalfieldhockeyleague.com in a single document, prior to the deadline.
  • Captains are responsible for tracking the completion of all forms by their players and for submitting the U18 forms.
  • Please note: all players under 18 years of age are required to have a parent/guardian signature.

 

Directions and Field Information

 

Fans

  • Teams are allowed to have as many fans as they like attend the tournament.
  • Free admission and parking for all fans.
  • Please keep your fans updated if any changes are made.
  • All fans are required to abide by all NFHL and Sportsplex rules.
  • Fans who are disruptive and do not abide by the misconduct rules will be removed from the tournament and will jeopardize their’s teams entry in the tournament.
  • We take this VERY seriously!

Food

  • Outside food/beverages will NOT be allowed on the premises.
  • Boxed lunches will be coordinated with the Sportsplex and will be delivered to the field.

Order Boxed Lunches Here
Deadline to order is Friday November 12th.

 

Weather / Cancellations

  • We can never predict the weather.
  • We may need to rearrange games and/or restructure the format of the tournament in extreme weather.
  • Kristin will keep all teams informed of any changes via email – please check your emails on a regular basis!
  • Please be flexible – it’s up to you to make this tournament fun and successful.

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