Ryan Powell, in conjunction with Rhino Lacrosse, is announcing the newest addition to the Summer Lacrosse Tournament Scene, and I’m already excited for what the Saratoga Springs Lacrosse Shootout is going to bring to the table. RP will serve as the tournament director for the event, and I’m pretty darn sure he’s on to something special with this new Summer tournament for all ages.
I’ve known Ryan for a long time now, and when I got this announcement (full press release can be seen below) I rang him up immediately to get a little more info on how it would all go down, and why Ryan was pursuing this opportunity with such gusto. After a couple of minutes, I could easily see his vision for this new and exciting event, and I’m already thinking an LAS Masters team might have to make the trip up to beautiful upstate New York this Summer.
The tourney will be held in Saratoga Springs, NY on July 5th, 6th, and 7th. Saratoga Springs is historically interesting, and really quite breathtaking when it comes to visual stimulation. Games will take place on the 6th and 7th, while Friday serves to host an opening ceremonies event and charity golf tournament for those over 18 years of age. The proceeds from the golf tourney in 2013 will benefit the Wounder Warrior Project, and each year after, the proceeds will go to a different, but still deserving, charity.
Part of the opening ceremonies will also include a “Powell Hour“, where Ryan, Casey and Mike will provide hands on demonstrations and exhibitions of skill. This event might be designed to entertain the kids, but I’m willing to bet a lot of adults will be watching too, probably with jaws on the ground.
The tournament will have brackets open to Men’s Elite teams, Men’s Masters teams (must be 30 years old by December 31st, 2013), U9, U11, U13, U15, High School Varisty and High School JV levels, but unlike other large tournaments, where the age brackets are spread out over a week or more of play, this event sees them all playing on the same two days. It’s going to be a true festival feel at the Saratoga Springs Lacrosse Shootout… and isn’t that what lacrosse is all about?
In addition to the fact that everyone will play at the same time (at least in year 1), there will also be player and coaches’ clinics for those in attendance, a vendor village, Rip’s Grill for food, a parents lounge, a players’ club (with video games!), live music, and even a mini 3-on-3 tournament! It’s more lacrosse than you could ever realistically shake your stick at.
Basically, we’re all looking for tournaments in pretty places, with great lacrosse, and fun for the whole family. Saratoga Springs guarantees to meet those criteria and more, and with RP behind the wheel, we know this event is going to be one of the best in the country right off the bat.
If you want to send a team up in any (or all) of the divisions, you can visit www.saratogaspringslacrosse.com for more information. We certainly hope to see you all there!
See below for the full press release from Rhino Lacrosse:
RHINO LACROSSE ANNOUNCES FIRST ANNUAL SARATOGA SPRINGS LACROSSE SHOOTOUT SLATED FOR JULY 5-7, 2013
Team registration now open for men’s and boys’ lacrosse divisions; 3-day event also includes Rhino Lacrosse Golf Classic to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project.
Portland, Ore., December 11, 2012 – Rhino Lacrosse announced today that registration is open for the company’s first hosted tournament, The Saratoga Springs Lacrosse Shootout. The event will take place July 5-7, 2013, at the Saratoga Polo Club in Saratoga Springs, New York. The Saratoga Springs Lacrosse Shootout includes Men’s Open and Master’s divisions along with boys’ competition in U9, U11, U13, U15 as well as high school A (varsity) and B (JV) divisions. Company founder Ryan Powell will serve as the tournament director for this inaugural event.
“I envisioned creating an event that is more than just another tournament for teams to arrive, compete and leave,” said Powell. “The Saratoga Springs Lacrosse Shootout is a lacrosse festival… a place where teams, players and their families can enjoy the perfect combination of fun and competition in an unmatched atmosphere.”
The Saratoga Springs Lacrosse Shootout kicks off with opening ceremonies on Friday night, July 5 th, along with Powell Hour, where the Powell Brothers will be on hand doing demonstrations. Throughout the weekend there will be plenty of off-field fun including professional player demonstrations, player and coaching clinics directed by college coaches, 3v3 mini tournament, players club, parents lounge, Rip’s Grill, vendor village, live music and more.
The company will also host the first annual Rhino Lacrosse Golf Classic at Saratoga Spa Club on Friday, July 5th, for adults 18 and over. Each year, a worthy cause will be chosen to receive proceeds from the golf tournament. In 2013, proceeds will benefit the Wounded Warrior Project, a nonprofit organization founded in 2003 with a mission to honor and empower wounded warriors who incur service-related wounds, injuries and illnesses (physical or psychological) on or after September 11, 2001.
For more information and to register teams, please visit www.saratogaspringslacrosse.com.
About Rhino Lacrosse:
Rhino Lacrosse was founded in 2005 by lacrosse legend Ryan Powell. Powell, a former professional player and the first fully endorsed Nike Lacrosse athlete, has dedicated himself to becoming the world’s premiere lacrosse educator through the Rhino Lacrosse organization. The company is headquartered in Portland, Oregon. Rhino boasts an elite-level staff providing an unparalleled lacrosse experience for boys and girls of all ages and playing abilities. Rhino Lacrosse offers performance training courses, all-star select travel teams, clinics, lessons, year-round indoor and field leagues, summer day academies, overnight team camps and hosted tournaments. The company also offers a wide range of branded lacrosse apparel. For more information about Rhino Lacrosse, visit www.rhinolacrosse.com, follow the company on Facebook and Twitter, email [email protected] or call 971-255-1785.