After the cancellation of all their playoff tournaments, USARS has now announced the 8 teams going to its Nationals event.
They have also announced the bracket and revealed it will be a double-elimination event, as you can see from the bracket above, and so features a co-ed exhibition game in between the final game of the repêchage rounds and the actual final to give the team that wins there a break before playing the finalists for (almost certainly) a second time that weekend.
The eight teams invited include one quasi pick-up team, the PA All-Stars, and a number of established USARS leagues.
Oly are the favourites — but depending on which of the 40 or so skaters in the PA All-Star organisation show up, they could well provide a serious challenge. The team, founded by Philly’s V-Diva and co-captained by Philly’s Antidote, comprises some of Philly and Steel City’s top talent as well as skaters from Dutchland, Brandwine, LeHigh Valley, Black Rose and Harrisburg. You can see their current roster over on their web site.