2024 Field Hockey 7.vs.7 Tournament

Tournament Dates & Information:

  • Friday, July 19th - Sunday, July 21st 
    • ​Friday, July 19th: 16U
    • Saturday, July 20th: 18U & 19U
    • Sunday, July 21st: Open & 14U
  • Tournament Format: 
    • 7v7 (half field) "round robin/pool play" with a minimum 3 game guarantee. 
      • The 7 players INCLUDES the goalie.
  • Out of State Teams will be allowed to enter in all divisions. 

Registration Instructions - How to Reserve Your Team's Spot

  • Registration is Open!
  • Registration Deadline: Friday, June 28th
  • Roster Submission Deadline: Sunday, July 7th
  • Your Team's spot cannot be guaranteed until payment is made
  • Payment Options:
    • Pay online when you register your team 
    • Check: Please send a check made out to the CT Sports Management Group, Inc. to:
      • 975 Middle St. Unit G. Middletown, CT 06457 
    • Call our office to make payment arrangements: (860) 788 7041
  • Once your Team has registered online the following paperwork is required:
    • Team Roster Form
    • Athlete Waiver Form for each player on the roster
    • Proof of Age for each player on the roster

Sport Details

  • 14 & Under (Junior): Tournament Date - July 21st 
    • TBA
  • 16 & Under (Intermediate): Tournament Date - July 19th
    • TBA
  • 18 & Under (High School - No Clubs): Tournament Date - July 20th 
    • TBA
  • 19 & Under (Club): - Tournament Date - July 20th
    • TBA
  • OPEN (19 & Over): Tournament Date - July 21st
    • TBA
Age Division Roster Max. Age Cut Off
14 & Under Junior 14 August 1st, 2024
16 & Under Intermediate 14 August 1st, 2024
18 & Under High School  14 August 1st, 2024
19 & Under Club 14 Players Born 2004 or younger
19 and up *Open 14 Players Born 2004 or older







Note: 2024 High School Graduates will NOT be allowed to play in the 18&U High School Division.

  • 2024 High School Graduates CAN play in the 19&U Club division or in the OPEN Division!

The Nutmeg State Games cooperates with the United States Olympic Committee, Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference and National Collegiate Athletic Association. All athletes must abide by the rules of their association, which may include restrictions on the number of athletes from the same school, or team that enter the Nutmeg State Games. All athletes should realize that each is responsible to make certain he/she is not in violation of existing rules and regulations. All athletes must be amateurs as defined by the Nutmeg State Games and/or a National Governing Body rules for their particular sport.


C.I.A.C. Member school coaches may only coach or instruct member school athletes in the sport they coach during the school year according to the following parameters:

Girls Team Sports:
Out of Season



Boys Team Sports :
Out of Season







Field Hockey













Ice Hockey












In addition, C.I.A.C. coaches may not coach more than One (1) team in non-school out-of-season tournaments/camps/clinics unless the total number of athletes does not exceed the aforementioned minimum on the chart provided.

Registration Instructions - How to Reserve Your Team's Spot 

  • Registration is OPEN
  • Your Team's spot cannot be guaranteed until payment is made. 
    • Payment Options:
      • Pay online when you register your team 
      • Check: Please send a check made out to the CT Sports Management Group, Inc. to:
        • 975 Middle St. Unit G. Middletown, CT 06457 
      • Call our office to make payment arrangements: (860) 788 7041
  • Once your Team has registered online the following paperwork is required:
    • Team Roster Form
    • Athlete Waiver Form for each player on the roster
    • Proof of Age for each player on the roster


  • Please Note: You will need to know the Team ID# and the Email Address of the Head Coach

Roster Check-Ins:

  • Prior to the first game of the tournament, each team will be required to have their roster checked by the Site Director and/or Nutmeg State Games staff at that location. We ask each team to be at their field at least 15 minutes prior to the scheduled start time of their game so that we may get through rosters efficiently without delaying any of the games.
  • Each team must have each participant playing in the tournament provide proper proof of age, i.e. copy of birth certificate or other acceptable legal document.
  • We ask that each team send in their proof of age prior to the start of the tournament.
    • Coaches must have a copy of their complete roster and proof of age for all players available for review on the date of competition.
  • Players that arrive late to the tournament must be checked off by the Site Director prior to entering the game.
  • If medal round games are played on a separate day other than their initial date of competition, roster checks will be completed prior to a team’s first medal round game.


Teams will earn 3 points for a win, 1 point for a tie and 0 points for a loss. If, at the end of pool play, there is a tie in determining team placement, the following steps will be taken to break the tie:

  1. Points
  2. Head to Head Result
  3. Games won
  4. Goals Allowed
  5. Goals Scored
  6. Coin toss 

TIE-BREAKING PROCEDURE (Medal Games ONLY): In keeping with the FIH rules, the Nutmeg State Games has adopted the “Shoot Out” tie-breaking procedure.

Shoot Out Procedure: (1-on-1; 8 seconds to score, foul or be stopped)

The goalkeeper/defending player starts on or behind the goal-line between the goal posts. The ball is placed on the spot designated by a “dot” (25 yds from the goal).  An attacker starts area near the ball.  The Umpire blows the whistle to start time; A 2nd official starts the timer; the attacker and the goalkeeper/defending player may then move in any direction.

The shoot-out is completed when:

  1. The 8 seconds has elapsed since the starting signal
  2. A goal is scored;
  3. The attacker commits a foul;
  4. The goalkeeper / defending player commits an unintentional offense inside or outside the circle in which case the shoot-out is re-taken by the same player against the same goalkeeper / defending player;
  5. The goalkeeper/defending player commits an intentional offense inside or outside the circle in which case a penalty stroke is awarded and taken and defended by an eligible player;
  6. The ball goes out of play over the back-line or side-line; this includes the goalkeeper / defending player intentionally playing the ball over the back-line.
  7. The team scoring the most goals (or ahead by more goals than the other team has untaken shoot-outs available) is the winner.
  8. A player may be suspended by a yellow or red card but not by a green card during

Tournament Rules

  • In the event of inclement weather, the Nutmeg State Games Administration reserves the right to modify the schedule and all tournament rules in order to safely and fairly end the tournament successfully.
  • The officials will award a “free” water break if the weather deems it appropriate – coaching is permitted during this time.  An Athletic Trainer will be on-site throughout the tournament and stationed in the medical tent at mid-field.

12 & Under & 16 & Under Divisions– NFHS rules/FIH Rules

  • One (1) Twenty-Five (25) minute game running time – No team timeouts
  • No overtime for preliminary round games – games will end in a tie
  • Protective eyewear is optional – provided it meets field hockey ASTM standards
  • Mouth guards MUST be worn – including the goalie.

18 & Under High School, 19 & Under Club and Open Divisions – Federation of International Hockey (FIH) rules

  • One (1) Twenty-Five (25) minute game running time – no timeouts. No overtime for preliminary round games – games will end in a tie.
  • Mouth guards MUST be worn – including the goalie
  • Overtime – If the game is tied at the end of regulation in the play-in and medal games, one series of five (5) strokes in the order presented to the officials, then sudden victory stroke off.

RULES Continued – All Age Divisions

  • All coaches are responsible for ensuring that all players are properly equipped.
  • MANDATORY – ALL players in each division MUST wear mouth guards.
  • Eyewear is optional for ALL Divisions. Eyewear must meet ASTM standards for field hockey.
  • Teams are to provide/manage their own practice balls. Game balls will be provided by the Nutmeg State Games administration.
  • Teams will be allowed a maximum of 14 players, two coaches and one scorekeeper for credentials and awards.
  • Any player or coach ejected from a game (red card) may not participate in the remainder of the Nutmeg Tournament games. Any player or coach receiving 2 yellow cards will be suspended from the next scheduled game.
  • Teams will NOT be allowed to switch/move players to teams in the tournament. Rosters will be checked prior to medal round games.
  • Open Division teams may no longer carry men on their rosters due to concerns brought forth by coaches, players, and Level 2 officials.
  • Coaches may request a roster check prior to the start of any game.
  • Any team discovered switching players between teams in their division- provided no mutual agreement between coaches and tournament director was obtained prior to the start of that game- will forfeit that game and be withdrawn from the tournament.
  • Players must not intentionally raise the ball from a hit except for a shot on goal.
    • A raised ball must be judged explicitly on whether or not it is raised intentionally. It is not a foul to raise the ball unintentionally from a hit, including a free hit, anywhere on the field unless it is deemed dangerous by the umpire.
    • If the ball is intentionally raised over an opponent’s stick or body on the ground, even within the circle, it is permitted unless judged to be dangerous.
    • Players are permitted to raise the ball with a flick, scoop, or sweep provided it is not dangerous. A flick, scoop, or sweep towards an opponent within 5 meters is considered dangerous. If an opponent is clearly running into the shot or into the attacker without attempting to play the ball with her stick, they will be penalized for dangerous play.
  • Defensive players, not involved in corners, must lineup at the football hash marks beyond the center of the field.
  • The Tournament Director reserves the right to make changes to the tournament rules to ensure safety and fairness. Please advise the tournament director directly if you have any questions or concerns.
  • All teams are required to provide an official score keeper as part of their roster. We strongly recommend that the score keeper be an adult and must be present at each contest. The home team’s (which will be determined by the 1st team listed on the schedule) score keeper will be the official score keeper for that game with the visiting team also keeping score as a secondary or back up score book. The official score keeper may sit at the scorer's table or tent during the contest.

Forfeiture Policy

  • Due to the fact that all competition brackets are ROUND ROBIN formats, a team may not intentionally forfeit a contest; even though the game may have no consequence on the seeding of the tournament at the conclusion of round robin play. Any team intentionally forfeiting a contest will be disqualified from further competition and the remaining teams will be re-seeded. 

Athlete Code of Conduct

  • No alcoholic beverages or illegal substances are permitted in the possession of athletes.
  • Behavior on and off the competition field by any person’s associated with the "Games" must follow the highest standards.
  • Use of foul or abusive language constitutes a violation of the Code of Conduct.
  • All athletes must respect the decisions of the officials and umpires during and after competitions.  Any harassment will constitute a violation of the Code of Conduct.
  • Unruly behavior by spectators towards players, coaches, volunteers, and/or officials will not be tolerated.  Such behavior may result in the dismissal of the offending spectator from the competition site.
  • Any participant’s behavior deemed in violation of the Code of Conduct, as decided by the Nutmeg State Games administrative staff, subjects the competitor to expulsion from the "Games".

Hartford HealthCare Rehabilitation Network (HHCRN) is the official medical partner for the Nutmeg State Games & CT Masters Games. HHCRN professional medical staff will be onsite at our various sport venues to provide exceptionally medical care for our participants. 
Hartford HealthCare Rehabilitation Network strives to be the premier rehabilitation provider in Connecticut; the company known for its commitment to high quality, customer-focused outcomes; the place where people want to work. Our goal is to create a seamless continuum of prevention and rehabilitation care, and to assist individuals with temporary or permanent impairments or disabilities in achieving their goals for maximum functional independence.
We are dedicated to organizing the prevention, rehabilitation and sports medicine resources in the community into a financially responsible integrated delivery system and, in doing so, establish Hartford HealthCare Rehabilitation Network as the regional network of excellence for the provision of prevention, rehabilitation and sports medicine.

Hydration is crucial to good overall health and athletic performance. Dehydration affects their performance and also puts them at risk for fatigue, nausea, heat cramps or, worse, heat stroke.

Adequate daily intake of water from beverages and food each is 125 ounces for men and 91 ounces for women, according to the Institute of Medicine. That’s considerably more than the standard recommendation of eight 8-ounce  glasses a day. To reach the higher standard, drink water gradually throughout the day. These recommendations do not consider athletic activity and increased temperature. So if you are participating in athletic activity or in a warm climate, or both, more water intake may be needed.

One of the easiest ways your athlete can gauge hydration is checking urine color. Pale or colorless urine usually indicates ample hydration. Light to bright yellow urine means more fluid intake is necessary. Dehydration is something that can be prevented easily as long as it is made a priority.

For more information about how to stay healthy and in the game, please visit Hartford HealthCare Sports Health at www.mysportshealth.org


Concussions are not easy to predict or prevent. It’s important to understand the symptoms. Concussions are difficult injuries because symptoms are not always apparent at the time of the injury. Concussions are caused by a direct blow to the head, or a blow to the body that causes a rapid deceleration of the head (whiplash affect).

If you witness or suspect this type of injury, the athlete should be held out of activity and evaluated by a medical professional. As a reminder, an athlete does not have to lose consciousness to sustain a concussion. Once evaluated by a medical professional and given care instructions, the athlete should be monitored closely by a responsible adult for at least 24 hours after the injury. Symptoms include loss of consciousness, slurred speech, repeated vomiting, unequal pupils, weakness or numbness in arms or legs, decreased responsiveness and convulsions or seizures.

For more information about how to stay healthy and in the game, please visit Hartford HealthCare Sports Health at www.mysportshealth.org

Parisi Speed School (Bristol & Enfield) is the Official Training Partner of the Nutmeg State Games!

With over 75 locations nationwide, the Parisi Speed School is recognized as the country's premiere athletic performance enhancement organization for youth athletics. Using techniques that have produced over 190 NFL draft picks, our specially trained performance coaches deliver a positive training experience that improves speed of movement and strength in character regardless of ability or economic status.

Whether training individual athletes or entire teams, athletes see clear results in performance and self-confidence from our programs. Call us today for more information and a free introductory class.

Parisi Bristol
842 Clark Avenue
Bristol, CT 06010
Business Number:  860-314-0122

Parisi Enfield
3 Weymouth Rd.
Enfield, CT 06082
Business Number:  (860) 745-2408

The Nutmeg State Games administration works closely with all Connecticut media outlets regarding any interesting stories about athletes and teams that will be participating in the "Games". If you have an interesting story to tell, we are all ears!

Human interests stories typically address situations "off-the-court". Do you volunteer in the community? Are you great at something other than the sport you are playing? Are you following in the steps of a a sibling or parent? Of course, if you are doing something great on the court please provide us with all the details.

If you, your team or someone you know fits any of these questions, please pass along this information or feel free to contact our office, and we would be happy to coordinate coverage on their behalf. - Please send all info to info@nutmegstategames.org.

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