It’s the holiday season again, and you know what that means…cheer, joy, and forced gatherings with your family. There’s so much hustle and bustle this time of year, and it seems like there’s just more of everything. Everything except ball hockey, that is. Unfortunately, ball hockey takes a bit during winter…sure, there’s the odd winter tournament, but it’s nothing compared to the competition seen in the spring and summer. So, as we move through Christmas and into the new year, we wanted to take a look into some of the tournaments that we’re most excited for in 2019. Come along with us, wont you?
NABHC Men’s A/B & Women’s A/B (March 2019)
The North American Ball Hockey Championships (NABHC) are slated to roll back up this coming March and we couldn’t be more excited. As far as events that have currently been announced, this is the first one at an A or B level, so you can expect some high level of play out of these games! With Men’s and Women’s games over the weekend, it’s going to be a jam-packed one, and we can’t wait to follow along.
The Club Championships (May 2019)
This is a new one. The Club Championships are being put on by the Team Pittsburgh Dekhockey Organization and the Pittsburgh Gods and are being held in May in Pittsburgh, PA. The tournament will see the top ranked men’s and women’s teams competing at A and B levels for cash prizes. That incentive means some next-level ball hockey action. Plus with a banquet held before the tournament, it’s looking like May 17th–19th is going to be one long party!
ISBHF World Championships (June 2019)
Ball hockey is headed back to Slovakia, but this time for the International Street and Ball Hockey Federation (ISBHF) World Championships. Twenty-six teams will be heading to Kosice, Slovakia for nine days of intense competition. There’s not a ton of information about this tournament (yet), but with the level of competition that normally comes out of the ISBHF, we think it’s safe to say it’s going to be a great way to kick off the summer!
Basically, All of July
Alright, so this isn’t one event per se, but we had to include July in our list, because it’s already looking dense with ball hockey, and December isn’t even over yet. First, the Ontario Ball Hockey Federation (OBHF) women’s A, B, and Master’s divisions will be holding their provincial tournament from July 5th-7th in Ottawa, followed by the Canadian Ball Hockey Association (CBHA) National and Junior National Championships later in the month. In addition to these tournaments, there are already a litany of youth tournaments scattered throughout July, which means that ball hockey will officially be on the upswing, and nothing says summer to us like that!
The 2019 World Outdoor Ball Hockey Championship (September)
There’s no doubt that the World Outdoor Ball Hockey Championship (WOBHC) is going to be a barn burner when it comes around again in 2019. Details on the tournament are, of yet, sparse, but it’s typically held in September, and is one of the biggest tournaments in the sport. We saw some incredible performances this year out of teams like London Norstar, and Penn Hills Arsenal, and just thinking about them returning in 2019 has us giddy with anticipation. We’ll be keeping an eye out for more information on this event as it becomes available, so stay tuned.
WBHF 4-on-4 Tournament (October 2019)
OK, so one thing we forgot to mention about the holiday season is that – at least if you’re in Canada – it’s cold as hell. So, instead of dreaming of a white Christmas, we’re dreaming about the next big stint of the World Ball Hockey Federation (WBHF) taking place in the Turks and Caicos! It might not be until next October, but after all the excitement out of this year’s 5-on-5 and 3-on-3 tournaments, we just can’t help but get a twinkle in our eye thinking about what’s next out of the WBHF. Will Canada be able to defend their first-place title this time around? We’ll happily sip on a pina colada and watch along to find out.
We’re obviously a little excited about ball hockey of the near future. 2019 is already shaping up to be an exciting year for the sport, and we can’t wait to see where it goes. Until that time though, make sure you stay tuned to stickskillz.com, and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube for updates.
Happy Holidays, everybody. We’ll see you in the new year!