The Salt Shakerz are very excited to bring teams together from across this great lax-nation of ours to kick off the 2012 summer tournament season in style with a unique lacrosse experience in the Shakerz’ birthplace; the city that never sleeps, New York City. And then there is the greatest news of all…
Registration is now open at Laxoften.com!
The 2nd annual SSZ Invitational will once again be played on the southern tip of Randall’s (not Rikers!) Island, which will provide one of the coolest and most picturesque backdrops for lacrosse anywhere: the NYC skyline. The tournament is open to men’s elite club teams, but will also feature a women’s exhibition game between the Shakerz’ sister program, The Cayenne Pepperz, and Team Chill-Lax Wear.
Based on the success of the 2011 SSZ Invitational, which saw 16 amazing teams bring their talents to Manhattan, the Salt Shakerz are looking to expand the tournament for 2012 by hosting upwards of 24 teams. Every team will be guaranteed to play three games on Saturday (June 30th), with the playoffs being held on Sunday (July 1). The tournament teams will be split up into groups representing New York City “boroughs” for round-robin play, with the top seed(s) of each borough advancing to the playoffs. Additionally, after taking feedback from last year’s tournament into consideration, the Shakerz have set up consolation games for the remaining top teams that do not make the playoffs, which will also take place on Sunday.
The games at the 2012 Salt Shakerz Invitational will be traditional tournament style with 25 minute running time halves and a 5 minute halftime, which should provide everyone with plenty of lax over the course of the weekend. Also, like the NCAA, the Shakerz are currently debating the implementation of some interesting new rules to ensure that the action on the field at the 2012 SSZ Invitational truly represents the “Fastest game on Two Feet.” Stay tuned to LAS for more info on that!
The Invitational will again feature a vendor village in order to showcase the Salt Shakerz’ loyal lacrosse equipment and apparel partners!
If the promise of great lacrosse action and a chance to witness/purchase some amazing lax swag does not provide you with enough motivation, the 2012 SSZ Invitational is once again partnering with Mad River Bar & Grille to host a massive post-tourney party on Saturday evening in NYC with amazing food and drink specials all night. We’ll keep you posted because developments are in the works for the party that could make it legen—Wait for it—still holding!—dary. (No, seriously)
Similar to last year, and in a continued effort to make the tournament even more accessible and attractive to out-of-town teams, (and to put you within walking distance of Mad River!) the Shakerz have blocked off a group of discounted hotel rooms at the nearby Courtyard Marriott on 92nd St (Courtyard Marriott Upper East Side, 410 East 92nd Street, New York, NY). Call (212) 410-6777 to make a reservation and Mention “Salt Shakerz” to get the reduced rate.
Early registration for the 2nd Annual Salt Shakerz Invitational Lacrosse Tournament is currently open at the Shakerz’ website, laxoften.com. Click on “SSZ Events” to register.
If you register your team before April 1, 2012, the cost of the tournament is only $850!!
Hit the wall (both hands!), pump some iron at the gym, and get your squad together for the 2012 SSZ Invitational. The Salt Shakerz are ready & waiting for ya!
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Want more from the 2011 SSZ Invitational? Check it out HERE! Army’s Garrett Thul was playing like a CHAMP all weekend.
About the Salt Shakerz: The Salt Shakerz Lacrosse club is a post-collegiate traveling lacrosse team originating out of the New York City metro area. The Shakerz came together in the fall of 2008 when CJ Greene (Villanova University 00′) and Co. began talking about putting a competitive team together of “good guys” both on and off the field. The name ‘Salt Shakerz” is derived from the expression; ‘Pass the Salt’—or in Lax vernacular ‘keep it hot,’ ‘Spin it,’ or ‘one more’. The moniker pays homage to what the club likes to embody: unselfish and tasty play.
It goes without saying that people like to lax with guys they get along with, and that has been the goal of the team since day one. Obviously everyone wants to win, but for this group, no one player has been bigger than the team. That being said, the club still puts together a talented squad. The Salt Shakerz roster includes current and former MLL, NLL, and LXM Pro Players-all the way to college club and MCLA guys. The Shakerz rotate playing in the various tournaments based on the event and geography.