USA Field Hockey is pleased to announce the University of Connecticut (UConn) will be the site of the 2020 Young Women’s National Championship (YWNC).
Taking place June 19 to 23 in Storrs, Conn., the YWNC is a high-level, international structured competition that features top under-25 athletes from around the country.
It holds significant importance as it serves as a selection opportunity within the women’s Olympic Development Pathway.
The event also plays a key role as an initial selection moment for all Junior High Performance programming for the upcoming year.
Being held at the George J. Sherman Family Sports Complex, the move follows the recent announcement of USA Field Hockey’s transition of some youth national events in wake of its amended arrangement with Spooky Nook Sports in Lancaster, Pa.
The complex is home to a number of UConn programs, including field hockey, and whose features include an artificial turf field, full-lighting and electronic scoreboard. The facility also includes a dome for covered training regardless of weather which provides more flexibility.
To best suit the needs of the Junior High Performance program, it was determined to host the YWNC at a sole field hockey based facility.
This transition period has also provided a pristine opportunity to expand Junior High Performance programming, including training camps to various regions throughout the year around the United States.
“Due to the timing of the majority of our high performance programming we tend to need to head south or to California, to ensure that we have the weather to be able to train outside early in the year,” said Phil Edwards, USA Field Hockey’s Senior Manager of Coaching and Performance.
“When the opportunity arose to take the YWNC to a new location, being able to head to a different region in the summer months made sense. UConn proved to be an excellent partner to work with on this project and hosting the event on a college campus again means that we can return to a true tournament format with all players and staff staying on-site throughout.”
Recently, the Junior U.S. Women’s National Teams traveled to the west coast to begin training. From February 14 to 24, the Rise USWNT competed against the Canada U-18 team in Chula Vista, Calif. where they were victorious in all six outings.
The U-16 and U-21 USWNT played their respective Canadian counterparts from February 21 to 23 with both squads winning all three of their matches. The U.S. Women’s National Development Team heads to Berkeley, Calif. from February 28 to March 2. All teams will go to Chapel Hill and Durham, N.C. for another camp from March 27 to 29.
In addition to the tournament, several Coach Education opportunities will be running at the same time. Coaches that are working with teams in the YWNC will also be provided with individual development support.
For more information regarding the Young Women’s National Championship, visit the event page by clicking here.