Each year, Starlings from all over the country flock to San Diego County to get to know their fellow Starlings and to test their skills against each other in the National Championship. This year's event, which began with an Opening Ceremony on June 15 and continued with three days of competition from June 16-18, featured a record 110 teams from approximately 30 Starlings clubs.
As part of the Opening Ceremony, Spirit Awards were given to players who exemplify the Starlings spirit. Winners of this year's Literary/Arts Contest were also recognized.
See the lists of award winners and the winning teams, and view photos and videos from the 2017 National Championship below.
After hard-fought competition, the winning teams from the 2017 Starlings National Championship were:
The 2017 Opening Ceremony included awards, a guest speaker, a parade and, of course, dancing! Literary/Art Contest and Spirit Award winners were recognized, and Starlings contributors Becky Hudson and Alyson Parry were honored for their service. Candice Wiggins, Stanford volleyball star and 4-time All-American basketball player, was the guest speaker.