Who's going to qualify for this year's Invite?
December 5, 2019 by Charlie Eisenhood in News with 0 comments
Ultiworld, Competitive Ultimate Training (CUT), and Great Lakes Ultimate Events (GLUE) are pleased to announce the fourth annual High School National Invite on June 12-13, 2020.
The tournament is again being held on the second weekend in June at the Sportscore 2 complex in Rockford, IL, home to the 2017, 2018, and 2019 HS National Invites and multiple championship events, including the 2016 USA Ultimate Club National Championships.
The tournament will remain on 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 later on Saturday afternoon with a chance for the rest of the tournament’s players to enjoy the games.
32 high school teams — 16 boys, 16 girls — will again be invited to play in the event based on performance during the 2019-2020 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 summer club season.
The tournament was a tremendous success again this year: expect an even better tournament in 2020! We are also exploring ways to reduce the cost to teams that are traveling for the tournament through improved hotel rates and other travel discounts.
Ultiworld will continue its high school reporting in 2020 in the lead up to the event and will again be on the ground for reporting and live video coverage in Rockford.
More information about the tournament will be made available in the coming weeks. If you have questions about the event, please email HSNI@ultiworld.com.
Here are some highlights from the 2019 High School National Invite: