The capstone high school tournament is back!
December 21, 2018 by Charlie Eisenhood in News with 0 comments
Ultiworld, Competitive Ultimate Training (CUT), and Great Lakes Ultimate Events (GLUE) are pleased to announce the third annual High School National Invite on June 7-8, 2019.
After positive feedback from this year, the tournament is again being held on the second weekend in June at the Sportscore 2 complex in Rockford, IL, home to the 2017 and 2018 HS National Invites and multiple championship events, including the 2016 USA Ultimate Club National Championships.
Notably, however, the tournament is being moved to a Friday-Saturday schedule, rather than the standard Saturday-Sunday. This will allow the HSNI to accommodate teams that do not compete on Sunday for religious reasons and will enable the tournament to host the finals on Saturday night in the stadium for a better experience for players, parents, and fans alike.
We are working on determining options for optional Sunday activities for those teams and/or players that want to participate.
32 high school teams — 16 boys, 16 girls — will again be invited to play in the event based on performance during the 2018-2019 season. Beginning in February, Ultiworld will begin releasing biweekly high school top 25 power rankings for each division. Rankings will be based on performance during the season and compiled with a combination of Ultiworld editorial judgment and coaches’ input. Bids will be offered on a rolling basis, particularly to teams that finished their season in the fall or to those at greater distances that require more time to plan travel.
In early May, a final set of power rankings will be released; any remaining bids will be offered at that time. If teams decline their invitations, more slots will be opened up in order of the rankings.
The tournament will provide a highly competitive and fun conclusion to the high school season after State Championships are completed but before players settle into the rhythm of the summer club season.
The tournament was a tremendous success this year; we are hoping for bigger and better in 2019!
Ultiworld will continue to expand its high school reporting in 2019 in the lead up to the event and will again be on the ground for reporting and video coverage in Rockford.
More information about the tournament will be made available early next year.