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March 16, 2021 — A league of necessity

The Fall 2 field hockey season is well and truly underway with games being place in several locations which had field hockey in the regular fall season.

Oddly enough, this also includes the single most prominent field hockey state in the country. Yep, Pennsylvania.

Even though Emmaus (Pa.), Palmyra (Pa.), and Kingston Wyoming Seminary (Pa.) won state titles last fall, there were a number of scholastic field hockey teams whose school districts decided to opt out of school sports last fall and have banded together in a single league.

Six of the nine school districts in the United X League — Sharon Hill Academy Park (Pa.), Cheltenham (Pa.), Prospect Park Interboro (Pa.), Norristown (Pa.), Reading (Pa.), and Bristol Harry S Truman (Pa.) — are divided into two, and play their divisional rivals once, and the teams in the other division once, for a total of seven matches.

The beauty of this spring competition is that none of these teams are in what would be called the elite teams in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Indeed, the last time any one of these schools made the PIAA Tournament was when Interboro qualified in 1978 and 1979.

But when you think about it, these field hockey players’ aren’t just happy to compete. They’re grateful to be able to get out on the pitch and have it out against live opposition.

And isn’t that what it’s all about?