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Pond Hockey Division Descriptions

Please use the following division descriptions as a guideline when choosing a division.  It is advised that you place your team based on the experience of your team’s strongest three players as opposed to your weaker players.

DIVISION DISCLAIMER

Knowingly entering your team into an inappropriate division will not improve your chances of getting into your preferred division that might be sold out. Registering into an inappropriate division and also going on a waitlist for an acceptable division will move you to the bottom of that waitlist. Please sign up for the appropriate division or, if it’s sold out, put yourself on the waitlist. The tournament director(s) reserves the right to move teams into appropriate divisions/waitlists as needed to ensure parity across the tournament.
If you won your division last year, you must play in a division above, where applicable (high level divisions may be an exception) USA Hockey's staff reserves the right to move your team if you register in a division you previously won.
 
NINETEEN NON-CHECK DIVISIONS
 
Gold – Team is comprised primarily of advanced to elite level players 21 years of age and older.  These players may have professional (any level, including Europe), NCAA Division I and III College, Major Jr. and Junior A playing experience. 
 
Silver 21 & Older – Team is comprised primarily of advanced level players 21 years of age and older.  Players may have Junior A, B, C, Non-Varsity College (ACHA), Midget major, Prep or Varsity High School playing experience.  Teams may be comparable to traditional high “B” or low “A” level adult house league teams.
 
Silver 30 & Older – Same guidelines as Silver 21 & Older with the addition of a 30 & Older age requirement.  All players must turn 30 years of age by the start date of the tournament.
 
Intermediate 21 & Older – Team is comprised primarily of experienced adult players 21 years of age and older with intermediate level skills.  Some players may have high school, competitive midget or Junior C playing experience.  These teams may be comparable to traditional high “C” or low “B” level adult house league teams.
 
Intermediate 30 & Older - Same guidelines as Intermediate 21 & Older with the addition of a 30 & Older age requirement.  All players must turn 30 years of age by the start date of the tournament.
 
Bronze 21 & Older – Team is comprised primarily of less experienced adult players 21 years of age and older.  A few players may have up to high school playing experience, but most of the team has limited youth playing experience or several years playing as an adult.  These teams may be comparable to traditional “C” level adult house league teams. 
 
Bronze 30 & Older – Same guidelines as Bronze 21 & Older with the addition of a 30 & Older age requirement.  All players must turn 30 years of age by the start date of the tournament.
 
Novice – Team is comprised of novice level players 21 years of age and older.  Although some players may have 5+ years of playing experience (either as an adult or a youth), this experience is not to have exceeded the adult novice, or beginner youth levels. These teams may be comparable to traditional low “C” or “D” level adult house league teams.
 
Beginner – Team is entirely comprised of beginner adult players 21 years of age and older. Although a small number of players may have 5+ years of beginner adult experience, the majority of the team consists of players with 1-5 years of entry level playing experience as an adult.
 
40 & Older Tier I – Intended for higher skilled teams comprised of advanced level players 40 years of age and older who have had many years of playing experience and/or significant past playing experience (college, professional, etc.). All players must turn 40 years of age by the start date of the tournament.

40 & Older Tier II – Intended for novice to intermediate skill level teams comprised of players 40 years of age and older. The majority of the team consists of participants with minimal playing experience. Same age requirement as the 40 Tier 1 division.
 
50 & Older Tier I – – Intended for higher skilled teams comprised of advanced level players 50 years of age and older who have had many years of playing experience and/or significant past playing experience (college, professional, etc.).  All players must turn 50 years of age by the start date of the tournament.
 
50 & Older Tier II – Intended for novice to intermediate skill level teams comprised of players 50 years of age and older. The majority of the team consists of participants with minimal playing experience. Same age requirement as the 50 Tier 1 division.
 
60 & Older Open – Team is comprised of players from all levels that are 60 years and older.  All players must turn 60 years of age by the start date of the tournament.
 
Women-Gold - Team is comprised primarily of intermediate and advanced level players 21 years of age and older. These players may have played NCAA Division I or III or any other higher level of women’s hockey.
 
Women-Silver - Team is comprised primarily of intermediate level players 21 years of age and older. These players may have played varsity high school or non-varsity college (ACHA) levels or have 10+ years of women’s adult hockey playing experience.
 
Women-Bronze - Team is comprised primarily of beginner to novice level players 21 years of age and older. These players may have some youth playing experience, but are predominantly beginners with 1-9 years of playing experience as an adult.

Women-30+ - A combo of women's bronze and perhaps a few women's silver players, however, players must be 30 or older by the start date of the tournament.

Women-40+ - Same requirements as women's bronze, however, players must be 40 or older by the start date of the tournament.
 
Women-Beginner - Team is entirely comprised of entry level adult players 21 years of age and older. Although a small number of players may have 5+ years of beginner adult experience, the majority of the team consists of adult players with 1-5 years of entry level playing experience.