Who is Junior Premier Hockey (JPH)?
Junior Premier Hockey is a not-for-profit organization created to promote and increase the level of competition of indoor and outdoor field hockey within the United States. We, the founders, identified the need for a consistent competitive structure within the sport and believe that clubs’ participation in such a structure will contribute to the international success of our National Field Hockey Programs, thus the Junior Premier Indoor League (JPIL) and the Junior Premier Outdoor League (JPOL) began.
It is the mission of Junior Premier Hockey to promote the spirit of competition, provide exposure to high-level hockey and increase participation within the sport.
What is Junior Premier Indoor League (JPIL)?
In 2010, the Pan American Hockey Federation approved the biannual Junior Pan Am Indoor Cup starting in 2013. Subsequently, USA field hockey approved the formation of a Junior National Indoor program and is currently in training for the Cup. In light of this event, we believe that a high level, well-organized and competitive league needs to be established, whereby the top indoor youth clubs have the opportunity to compete against each other on a regular basis over the course of the indoor season, thus, the Junior Premier Indoor League.
What is Junior Premier Outdoor League (JPOL)?
Due to the success of the JPIL and keeping true to our mission “to promote and increase the level of competition”, we introduced the Junior Premier Outdoor League (JPOL). It is a high-level, well-organized and competitive outdoor league, whereby all of the youth clubs have the opportunity to compete against each other on a regular basis.
Both JPIL and JPOL are USA Field Hockey Sanctioned events.
Who will be there?
The JPIL brings together youth clubs mostly from the Northeastern USA to compete in a competitive league that runs each year from December to March. Three different age divisions are held at the same time: U-14, U-16 and U-19 girls. Ages range from 9 to 19 with approximately 900 athletes registering in 2017.
Participation in the U-14 league is based on an open invitation limited to a maximum of twenty four (24) teams.
Participation in the U-16 & U-19 leagues are by invitation only, based on certain performance criteria, including performance at the National Indoor Tournament (NIT) organized by the National Governing Body, USA Field Hockey, as well as, performance from previous JPIL.
In the past, Clubs from the following states participated:
- New Jersey
- New York
The JPOL brings together a maximum of twelve (12) U-16 & U-19 youth clubs (24 clubs) all from the same USA FH region. Ages range from 9 to 19 with approximately 2500 athletes registering in 2016.
Since a successful inaugural year in 2013 in Region 6 (New Jersey), JPOL has grown to include Region 5 (Pennsylvania), Region 7 (Chesapeake), Region 8 (South), a tournament weekend in Region 4 (New York) and an invitation only U14 Division based out of Regions 4/5/6/7. We will continue to look at adding additional Regions in the future.
Each year, all USA FH Member youth clubs within each event Region will be invited to participate.
Why should you be a Sponsor of this Event?
Your company’s name and commitment will be displayed vividly and made known to all in attendance
Over 1,000 players, officials, volunteers and spectators will be in attendance
You will be supporting the development and promotion of field hockey in the US
You are a big supporter of USA Field Hockey