Junior Premier Hockey Announced U14 Division

Posted by: Rachael Bloemker

September 12, 2013

Junior Premier Hockey is pleased to announce the Sanctioning of the Princess JPIL by USA Field Hockey for yet another year!

After a successful first two years, Junior Premier Hockey is looking forward to the start of the 2014 Junior Premier Indoor League (JPIL) with a few exciting additions.

Since USA Field Hockey’s announcement that the U-14 NIT will nearly triple in size and with requests that we regularly receive since the beginning of JPIL, we have decided to add a U-14 Division to the 2014 JPIL. This will give the younger age group the opportunity to play in the same competitive and well organized environment on a regular basis as their older teammates as they prepare to compete for success at the NIT.

Marple Sports Arena in Broomall, PA has been secured as the host site for the U-14 Division. The Sportsplex at Feasterville and at Pottstown, PA will continue to be the host sites for the U-16 and U-19 Divisions.

Invitations have been sent out to the top identified U-16 and U-19 Clubs. Participation in these two divisions is strictly invitation only. The Entry Deadline is October 1.

Participation in the U-14 Divisions is open to all clubs on a first-come basis and is limited to twenty four (24) teams maximum, with a limit of two teams per club. The Entry Deadline is October 15.

The Junior Premier Indoor League was created by Nigel Traverso and Rachael
Bloemker Milne who recognize the need for a well organized and competitive indoor league, 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. Participation in the JPIL will provide all athletes and coaches with a high level of competition that will help prepare them and their Club for success at the NIT qualifiers, NIT Championships and beyond.

It is our intention to have some of the best Indoor Umpires and Managers, selected by Steve Horgan, USA Field Hockey Director of Umpiring, at this premier event.

“The JPIL is a high level, well organized event that allows for umpires to enhance their skills, timing and knowledge of the game. This event allows us to recognize the potential of a number of umpires and managers, and are working on moving them up the ranks,” said Steve Horgan, USA Field Hockey Director of Umpiring.

“We are excited to see the growth of the JPIL with the addition of a U-14 division for 2014, providing structured field hockey experiences for younger athletes,” said Steve Locke, USA Field Hockey Executive Director. “On behalf of USA Field Hockey, I wish the Junior Premier Indoor League and the participating teams the best of luck this season.”

A special thanks to Princess Hockey USA, the Official Sponsor of the Junior Premier Indoor League. Please support our sponsor www.princesshockeyusa.com!

Should your club be interested in participating in the 2014 JPIL or need additional information, please contact Rachael Bloemker Milne or Nigel Traverso.