Our Blue Whales Team is headed to the
National Field Hockey Festival!
November 25 - November 27th, 2021
Please find details here as we prepare for this great opportunity!
We are so excited to attend the 40th National Hockey Festival at the Tournament Sportsplex of Tampa Bay in Florida this Thanksgiving!
The tournament runs from Thursday, November 25 through Saturday, November 27 and we will take a full field 11v11 U16&U19 Blue Whales Team to play at least 6 full games during the weekend.
The team will practice August 29th through tournament time!
We will practice once a week during Fall and then three times a week after high school season until the tournament. We will do our best to accommodate everyone's schedules when creating practice times as we expect FULL commitment from all players at all practices.
We will look to take a maximum of 18 field players and 2 goalies.
There will be a Practice and Team Fee for the tournament to include travel, accommodations, tournament fee, as well as for practice time leading up to the tournament.
Please see below for scheduled payments due to LIFT.
TEAM PRACTICES & SCRIMMAGES
Fall practices will take place at Hart Park the following dates:
Sunday, August 29th 8:00-10:00am
Saturday, September 11th 9:00-11:00am
* Saturday, September 18th * see below *
Sunday, September 26th 2:00-4:00pm
Saturday, October 2nd 9:00-11:00am
* Saturday, October 9th * see below *
Sunday, October 17th 3:00-5:00pm
Saturday, October 23rd 8:00-10:00am
Saturday, October 30th 9:00-11:00am
Once high school season ends, weekday and weekend practices will be scheduled according to team and coach availabilities. The team will likely practice twice during the week and once on the weekend.
Save the Dates:
Sunday, November 7th 4:00-7:00pm: full field indoor turf scrimmage against Windy City
Saturday, November 13th 2:00-8:00pm at Hart Park: full field outdoor turf scrimmages against Live Oak and Rise FHC
Saturday, September 18th 10:00am Attend Concordia University Game to watch full field collegiate play
Saturday, October 9th 10:00am-6:00pm Attend Narwhal Games MS Tournament hosted by LIFT. Earn fundraising credit by helping run the tournament and motivating your younger teammates!
We will travel as a team and have booked the below travel details:
Milwaukee to Tampa: Flight WN2475 on Wednesday, November 24th - Take off Milwaukee 2:45 PM.
Tampa to Milwaukee: Flight WN2215 on November 27th - 10:10pm departure and 11:55pm arrival into Milwaukee
Rooms are blocked at the Courtyard Marriott Tampa Brandon at 10152 Palm River Rd, Tampa FL 33619.
Parents are, of course, more than welcome to come and cheer and be with the team, but do not need to travel to FL if they have other commitments.
There will be three sets of payments due as follows:
Due: Upon Sign Up
The Festival Deposit is due upon sign up to reserve your spot on the team. It will be put toward final tournament fee.
Due: August 28th
Fall fee will cover weekend practices and scheduled scrimmages and is due before our first practice.
FINAL TOURNAMENT FEE
This final payment will be determined closer to the date of the tournament and will include the rest of the cost minus fundraising totals for each individual.
We estimate payments to be around $960 total per player for the full experience.