Hello 2016 Lacrosse Families, Players, and Coaches! Here you can find all info regarding the 2016 Steamboat Classic Lacrosse Tournament, our 13th edition. It will take place over Memorial Day Weekend again, the 28-29 of May, 2016.
This year's tournament should be familiar to those who have participated before, with a four-game format that uses point accumulation to decide champions. The cost is $750 per team.
Also, please know that we are putting together hotel and condo deals that will be available for your teams. The links to these discounted rates will be available at the top of our steamboatyouthlacrosse.org homepage soon.
PLEASE DO NOT CONFUSE THE "STEAMBOAT CLASSIC" WITH ANY OTHER TOURNAMENT IN THE AREA. WE ARE THE ONLY STEAMBOAT LACROSSE TOURNAMENT OPERATED BY LOCALS FOR OVER A DECADE!
In an effort to make things easy for you, we put ALL TOURNAMENT INFO on this post. As new info becomes available, it will be added to this post and emailed to teams that are signed up. If you have a question, scroll down and you should be able to find the answer. Please read all info carefully, and if you have any questions, contact Tournament Director Andy Flax (firstname.lastname@example.org).
-Memorial Day Weekend 2016
-May 28-29, Saturday and Sunday
-No games Monday
-4 game guarantee
-Point accumulation format (wins, losses, and ties worth different point amounts)
-Champions will be decided for each skill division in each age division
-Tournament Age Divisions:
-Look below (scroll to the bottom of this post) for full Tournament Rules and Age Guidelines. Note that we follow US Lacrosse Age Guidelines. See the table at the bottom of this post. Email Andy Flax at email@example.com for clarification.
-Tournament Skill Divisions and Details:
-Low/Mid Level: Many leagues call these teams "Blue" (Low-Level) and "White" (Mid-Level).
-High Level: Many leagues call these teams "Red"
-All Low/"Blue" and Mid/"White" teams will play in a combined skill division (Low/Mid Level) within their own age group. We generally get enough Low/"Blue" and Mid/"White" teams at each age level for those teams to play mostly teams of their same skill level (Low vs. Low and Mid vs. Mid), but Low/"Blue" teams may play some Mid/"White" teams.
-High/"Red" teams MAY BE ASKED to play up an age division (against that age's Mid/"White" teams, not Low/"Blue" teams) if there are not enough "Red" teams at their own age level. This won't happen at the U15 age, as there is no higher age. Even though we anticipate having enough teams for both a Mid/Low and a High division at each age, if you are a High/"Red" team, please prepare for both possibilities: 1) playing up an age level with Mid/"White" teams of that age, and 2) playing with High/"Red" teams of your age if enough sign up.
-Coaches may be contacted by tournament director Andy Flax to discuss proper fit for team. If tournament director does not feel that there is a proper fit, a team will not be allowed to participate. This is an invitational tournament - tournament director can, for any reason, decide not to allow a team to participate. Teams may be waitlisted to allow more level-appropriate teams to enter. When considering a team, we look at whether they will be an appropriate fit, their past conduct at our event, their sign-up date, and other elements.
-Game times will be determined by May 14 and will be emailed to the team coach. Teams should anticipate spending two nights in Steamboat (Please see our Hotel/Condo deals at the top of the steamboatyouthlacrosse.org homepage, coming soon). We understand that many teams travel from far away and we will try to accommodate for driving time. Please do not request game times.
-Our Playing fields are located at these Steamboat Parks and Schools:
-Emerald and Dudley Parks
-Steamboat Springs High School
-Ski Town Fields
-Christian Heritage Fields
NOTE: Maps to all fields will be available on our homepage soon
-Returning teams (majority of roster same from last year’s tournament) are given priority in signing up if space becomes an issue -To use this priority, the returning team must sign up by Feb 29. All teams signing up after this point will be considered new teams.
JAN 21-April 30- Sign-up open. See "Team Sign-Up Process" below to sign your team up. Please contact Andy Flax with any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org
Feb 29- Returning teams must sign up by this date to be considered "returning"
April 30- All Sign-ups Close
May 6- All checks/rosters for invited teams must be postdated/emailed by today or earlier. All waivers due.
MAY 14- All Tournament Info Sent to Coach Emails
TEAM SIGN-UP PROCESS:
1:Send an email toincluding:
A. Team/Program Name
B. Age level (U10, U11, U12, U13, or U15)
C. Skill level (SAME AS CYLA: low (blue), mid (white), or high (red)). We generally split into a low/mid (blue/white) and a high (red) group for each age level.
D. Name, email, and phone number for ONE (1) person responsible for the following:
-Payment (check only) $750
-Making sure all players complete the online player waiver
E. Who insures your team? Are you all (coaches and players) US Lacrosse Members, or does your league insure you for tournaments (including this one)?
*If signing up more than one team, you can send just one email but please separate/label each team’s info clearly
2: Receive Invite or Waitlist notice
-If we have a spot for your team, you will be emailed saying your spot is tentatively saved
-If we do not have room for your team, we will let you know you are on a waitlist and will be notified if and when a spot becomes available.
3:Once invited, three things must be done:
1-Roster (email to , see details below)
2-Payment (check only, mail to 1097 Saratoga Ave, Steamboat Springs, CO 80487), $750/Team
3-Complete Online Player Waivers (One for each player)
-THESE WAIVERS WILL BE AVAILABLE BY FEB 15 ON OUR WEBSITE
Send materials/complete waivers by May 6. Once checks are received they are non-refundable and will be deposited immediately. Refunds are only provided for weather-related cancellations, outlined in the Weather Refund Policy.
-Please send an electronic roster to email@example.com
-Current grade level in school (nobody who has entered 9th-grade/high school can play, regardless of their age)
-US Lacrosse Numbers
-Make payable to Steamboat Lacrosse LLC
-$750 per team
Online Player Waiver Details:
-Available on our homepage (steamboatyouthlacrosse.org) on Feb 15.
-Have all players complete the Online Player Waiver, it will be cross-referenced with the roster and any player who has not completed it cannot play.
Teams will receive tournament info on May 14th:
-Your team's Division (ie: U12 Mid/Low)
-The Tournament Schedule
-Maps to Playing Fields
-Tournament Scoring System and Game Details
NOTE: IF YOUR TEAM IS NOT US LACROSSE MEMBERS, PLEASE PROVIDE PROOF OF INSURANCE COVERING YOUR PLAYERS AND COACHES AT OUR TOURNAMENT. ATTACH THIS PROOF TO THE REST OF THE ROSTER INFO.
NO REFUNDS WILL BE GIVEN FOR TEAMS WHO DROP OUT AFTER THEIR CHECK IS RECEIVED. All CHECKS ARE DEPOSITED IMMEDIATELY AND ARE NON-REFUNDABLE, UNLESS THE WEATHER REFUND POLICY IS ENACTED. PLEASE SEE THE WEATHER REFUND POLICY AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS POST.
Steamboat Classic Lacrosse Tournament
Age Guidelines (US Lacrosse):
2016 Age Grouping Quick Reference Table
Age Before August 31
14 or younger
13 or younger
12 or younger
11 or younger
10 or younger
9 or younger
1. Stick Checking - Winding up on a slap check, whether the ball carrier has one or two hands on the stick, should be called a slash and could even be unnecessary roughness.
2.Unnecessary Roughness/Unsportsmanlike Conduct - Both of these penalties could be mandatory 3 minute unreleasable penalties. If a player or coach has more than one of these in a game, it’s a mandatory ejection. KEEP IT CLEAN!
3. Clock - 20 Minute running halves, OT is five minute periods of sudden death until someone scores. Running clock only stops for official timeout if winning team has an injured player in the last 2 minutes. 5 minute halftime. Penalties are also running time; therefore, it is unsportsmanlike conduct for a man-down team to in any way delay the start of play after the ball goes out of bounds.
4. Timeouts - One minute, one per team per half, none in sudden death, winning teams can’t use their timeout in the last four minutes of the game, a man-down team can’t call a timeout once the man-down penalty clock starts to run (they can call timeout right after the penalty is called, but only before the penalty clock begins).
5. Penalties - Technical foul is 45 seconds, personal foul is 90 seconds.
6. Body Checking -Each division will probably have players that are playing up a level. Therefore, referees are encouraged to call games tighter than most of us are accustomed to ensure everyone’s safety.
U-15/U-14/U-13 Rules - Body Checking is permitted. To be legal, a body check should be delivered in a generally upright position with both hands on the stick and the player initiating the check may not use his lowered head or shoulder to make the initial contact. Running full speed to initiate body contact should be an illegal body check, one minute penalty. Translation: PLAY THE BALL. U-12 Rules - Upright body checks are allowed. Running full speed to initiate body contact should be an illegal body check, one minute penalty. Lowering a shoulder to initiate body contact should be an illegal body check, one minute penalty. U-11 Rules-No body checking, Legal pushes and legal holds are allowed.
7. Stick Dimensions - Please note that US Lacrosse defers to NFHS rules for stick dimensions, exept for the following modification that we will follow FOR U10/11 ONLY:
"The length of the crosse for field players shall be 37 to 42 inches or 47 to 54 (“long crosse” for purposes of NFHS Rule 2 SECTION 1 ARTICLE 2).
We will use NFHS stick rules, exept for the modification above.
Weather Refund Policy: If games cannot be played due to uncontrollable circumstances (according to Tournament Director) such as bad weather, teams will receive refunds accordingly:
2 games played: $100 refund
1 game played: $300 refund
0 games played: full refund
Games may be shortened to 15 minute running halves if necessary in the event of uncontrollable circumstances. These shortened games will be considered games played.