The Best Summer Lacrosse Tournaments: MIDWEST

Midwest United States - Summer Lacrosse Tournaments

Editor’s noteOver the next few days, we’re shedding light on the best summer lacrosse tournaments in each region of the United States. We’ll break down the details of each tournament and tell you what you need to know. Don’t agree with us? You’re cordially invited to share your two cents in the comments section below!

Great Lax Bay Classic

Dates: June 28-29, 2014
Location: Saginaw, Michigan
Divisions: Boys and Girls U11 through Varsity, Men’s Open
Atmosphere: Completive but friendly lacrosse with a great atmosphere for hanging out between games and socializing with others.
Cost: $955 (Team)

Things You Should Know: All of the fields are in one central location with plenty of parking. The fields are typically very nice and well taken care of.

Our Two Cents: The event is at a great site with the abundance of fields and parking along with the Great Lakes near by. Everyone loves a destination event.

To register for the Great Bay Classic lacrosse tournament, visit

Brewtown Showdown (Milwaukee Lacrosse Festival)

Dates: June 28-29, 2014
Location: Milwaukee, Wisconsin
DivisionsBoys’ U9, U11, U13, U15, U17, U19, Men’s Open, Women’s Open
Atmosphere: Long-running tournament where the lax is cool but the beer is colder.
Cost: $1,100 (Team)

Things You Should Know: This is tournament features lacrosse from multiple age groups. The tournament coincides with the Summer Fest music festival in Milwaukee. The complex is very nice, 13 outdoor grass fields, two stadium fields, and three indoor fields.

Our Two Cents: Seems like a great tournament since it’s been around for 14 years and has gone from just a men’s tournament to multi-level event. Also, with Summer Fest going on, there is plenty to do once the games end for the day.

To register for the Brewtown Showdown lacrosse tournament, visit

Windy City Claxic

Dates: July 19-20, 2014
Location: Waukegan, Illinois
Divisions: Men’s and Women’s — U10, U11, U12, U13, U14, U15, HSA, HSB, Open
Atmosphere: Located just north of Chicago, this tournament has plenty to offer in between or after lacrosse games.
Cost: $1,000 (Team)

Things You Should Know: This tournament hosts teams from U-10 an adult open division. The summer men’s league atmosphere might not be in full swing, yet this tournament seems like a go for gold event. If you want to keep playing lacrosse at a competitive level in to the summer, check out the Windy City Claxic. The deadline to register is June 23rd.

Our Two Cents: Any tournament where you are guaranteed at least five games is good in my book. With the tourist attractions Chicago has to offer right down the street, this seems like a tournament worth traveling to if you are near the Midwest.

To register for the The Windy City Claxic lacrosse tournament, visit

Battle at Boyne

Dates: August 2-4, 2014
Location: Boyne Falls, MI
Divisions: Elite 18-29, Masters 30+
Atmosphere: Festival setting with local vendors, live music and a great social scene.
Cost: Men: $2,000 (Team), $125 (Individual)
Women: $1,500 (Team), $100 (Individual)

Things You Should Know: This is a destination tournament in it’s first year, two teams are already signed up!

Our Two Cents: This will be the first year of this tournament. It looks like a great time to us, playing lacrosse while enjoying a lot of other fun activities during the down time with your family and friends.

To register for the Battle of Boyne lacrosse tournament, visit the Battle at Boyne sign up page

Heart of America Claxic

Dates: September 27-28, 2014
Location: Indianapolis, Indiana
Divisions: Men’s and Women’s — U10, U11, U12, U13, U14, U15, HSA, HSB, Open
Atmosphere: With the tournament taking place at one of the largest multi-sport complexes in the nation, this tournament is all lacrosse, all the time.
Cost: $1,000 (Team)

Things You Should KnowThe deadline to register is September 1st. The majority of the teams in this tournament are youth teams with an open division for those out of school but still wanting to play lacrosse.

This tournament won’t have the same type of laid back summer tourney some of us know and love, but if you are looking for high competition and guaranteed 5 games, this is the tournament for you.

Our Two Cents: This is the tournament for the summer ball team that is looking for a high level of competitive play. Come well hydrated and ready to play in this one, it’s not just another brew-guzzling weekend getaway.

To register for the Heart of America lacrosse tournament, visit

The Gobbler

Dates: November 30, 2014  (Editor’s note: Had to throw this in because the pickins are slim in the region. Wanted: More summer lax tourneys in the Midwest!)
Location: Brookfield, Wisconsin
Divisions: U13, U15, High School, Men’s Open
Atmosphere: A day full of all levels of lacrosse on a great holiday weekend. Not sure you could burn off the food you ate the previous Thursday in a better way than playing some box lacrosse with your family and friends while others cheer you on!
Cost: $1,100 (Team)

Things You Should Know: This is an indoor box lacrosse tournament centered around Thanksgiving.

Our Two Cents: The event is competitive but since it’s scheduled around the holidays, expect a slightly family friendlier environment.

To register for the Gobbler lacrosse tournament, visit

Think there’s a lacrosse tournament missing from this list? Please feel free to share information by commenting below using the same format (i.e. Dates, Location, Atmosphere, etc) as above. We look forward to hearing your Two Cents!


  1. Thanks for the nod to the midwest tournaments but I am afraid you guys should have done a bit more research on what the area has to offer.

    First, last year Brewtown was a nightmare for most (if i dare say all) youth teams involved. Due to rain, and a blatant lack of backup scheduling consideration, teams had to wait upwards of 8 hours to play their first game. The director of the tournamnet was so bombarded by unhappy parents and coaches that at several points he could not be found. Thanks to the coaches from True who stepped up and straightened out that schedule for them; i hope they got some kickbacks for picking up the slack. I would not recommend that programs take their teams there based on our experience. The only bright spot was the men’s bracket, there was some good competition there.

    Some great staples in the area are Pipe City (huge tourney, decent competition), Cherry Bomb (great destination), Lax Chicago (if it is still called that), Dick’s Midwest Cup (great fields, strong competition at the HS levels) and the Warrior Chicago Summer Classic (ran by True, usually can pull some decent talent from outside the area.

    Other interesting emerging events are the LXM Chicago event that debued last year and the NXT Rock River Cup (2nd year, well run, word is spreading about competition). Oh yea, don’t forget the US Lacrosse National Qualifier in Wisconsin.

    Although the competition for the most part is getting better, the midwest as a whole is still emerging but don’t sleep on the higher level programs. A lot of players are committing to legit schools which only helps these events that can draw them away from one of the coasts for at least one tournament.

    Great write-up guys, keep it up.