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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.
 
Division descriptions have changed this year. There will be 15 NON-CHECK Divisions for this years tournament. There will be no 50+ Divisions.
 
Gold – This division is made up of advanced to elite level players. These players may have professional (any level, including Europe), NCAA Division I or III College, Major Jr., and Junior A playing experience. Teams in this division are comparable to traditional “A” level adult league teams.
 
Silver 21 & Older – This division consists of advanced level players who may have Junior A or B, Non-Varsity College (ACHA), Midget Major AAA, and Prep/Varsity High School playing experience. Teams are comparable to traditional “B” level adult 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.
 
Bronze 21 & Older – This division is comprised of players that may have experience at the Division II or III ACHA levels, Junior B or C, Varsity high school, and lower midget levels. Some players may have limited organized youth playing experience, but have several years of experience as a recreational adult player. These teams are comparable to traditional “C” level adult 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.
 
Intermediate 21 & Older – This division may have players with some organized playing experience (either as an adult or a youth), little or no youth playing experience but have played several years as an adult player, and players that have some non-varsity high school experience but are several years removed from those levels. These teams are comparable to traditional “D” level adult 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. Same guidelines
 
Beginner – Teams are entirely comprised of beginner adult players. Although a small number of players may have 5+ years of beginner adult experience, the majority of teams consists of players with 1-5 years of entry level playing experience as an adult. These teams are comparable to traditional “E” level adult league teams.
 
40 & Older Tier I – Intended for higher skilled teams comprised of players 40 years of age and older who have had many years of playing experience at a high level (previous 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.
 
Women-Gold - In this division teams are comprised primarily of advanced level players. These players may have played professional women’s hockey, NCAA Division I or III college, or any other higher level of women’s hockey.
 
Women-Silver - Teams in this division have players that may have played prep or varsity high school, non-varsity college (ACHA), or have 10+ years of women’s adult hockey playing experience.
 
Women-Bronze - This division primarily consists of novice level players. These players may have some youth hockey experience, but most have less than 10 years of playing experience as an adult. 

Women-Beginner - Teams are entirely comprised of entry level adult players. Although a small number of players may have 5+ years of beginner adult experience, the majority of the team consists of adult players with less than 5 years of entry level playing experience.

Women-30+ - Typically all players in this division are bronze to silver caliber players over the age of 30. Players must be 30 or older by the start date of the tournament.