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Jan. 3, 2021 — A new field hockey entry for the Fall 2 season

This year, our scholastic field hockey coverage will conclude with teams playing matches in the Virginia High School League, the California Interscholastic Federation, the Colorado High School Athletic Association, the Illinois High School Field Hockey Association, and with various teams in New York, North Carolina, and Massachusetts, which had opted out of play in the fall, being allowed to pick back up in the spring.

But I read yesterday that a group of schools in Pennsylvania (a commonwealth which has already crowned its three public-school champions, mind) are planning on playing a spring season in many sports, including field hockey. These school districts span from Reading, in the center of the state, all the way to Bristol, located on the border with New Jersey.

It’s called the United X League, and the ten schools in this temporary confederation are from three PIAA districts — 1, 3, and 12. As with many leagues in the college and high-school ranks, the UXL is built around football, given the fact that not all of the schools in the league have the sport. Only seven of the ten members of the league offer field hockey; and one is an all-boys’ parochial school in northeast Philadelphia.

I have a feeling that there are going to be a number of opt-out schools from the fall who are going to look to this example for their return-to-play guidelines. But of course, that depends on when or if the District 1 schools in this confederation are able to return to in-person schooling.

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