Every Memorial Day weekend for the last 39 years, the California Cup International Field Hockey Tournament has taken place in the eastern hills of SoCal’s Ventura County. From humble beginnings in 1972, in which the tournament consisted of five local teams and a special invitee from Germany, the event has grown to its present incarnation, which this year will feature 134 teams from all over the world. More than 2,500 players will compete in 13 divisions covering men and women as young as 8 years old. The names of the divisions themselves describe the wide range of skill and intensity of play – everything from the Mixed Social division to the Super Division, which awards a $5,000 prize to both men’s and women’s winning teams. More than just a tournament, this is a festival of field hockey – a non-stop four day jamboree of competition.