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APR 2018

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2018 Soccer & Lacrosse Fields & Facilities Sourcebook 14 www.sportseventsmagazine.com all games, practice areas and a champi- onship setting all in one location is a win for us overall. After meeting with our accommodating hosts at Visit Round Rock and operations staff at the Round Rock Multipurpose Complex, we knew that this was a place we wanted to bring the WCLA National Tournament and we feel confident our participants will feel the same." Long Island will also be busy this May hosting major lacrosse events. On Memorial Day weekend, the area will host the US Lacrosse National Tournament, as well as the NCAA Women's National Championships. The US Lacrosse tour- nament will be held at Stony Brook University and showcase high school teams from across the country. The event typi- cally has more than 60 teams participating. "The primary function of the tournament serves a culturally significant role of fos- tering to the community spirit of the game but the secondary function is to serve as a recruiting platform for thousands of high school players and coaches from around the country," said Rogers. "With it being in close proximity to the NCAA Women's Lacrosse National Championships, it allows participants a chance to experience collegiate lacrosse at the highest level." The DE Turf Sports Complex in Frederica, Del., will welcome the 10th Annual US Lacrosse Nationals on August 2 – 5. Powered by NXT, the event is a youth tournament for boys' and girls' teams in the 14U, 13U and 12U age divisions. "It's a milestone year for our signature youth event and to be able to celebrate that at state-of-the-art DE Turf will make it all the more special for the participating teams and families," said Rogers. DE Turf Sports Complex is situated in central Delaware and is one of the new- est youth sports venues in the country. Having opened in April 2017, the facility features 12 fields, five of which are lighted; a championship stadium with permanent seating for fans; three concession stands; free public Wi-Fi; and ample on-site park- ing. "DE Turf Sports Complex is a prime destination for lacrosse tournaments, thanks to both its location and its amenities," said Chris Giacomucci, executive director of the complex. "Our facility was designed to be a perfect fit for hosting lacrosse and we're excited about welcoming US Lacrosse in August. So far for 2018 we have about 13 prominent lacrosse tournaments on the books and we're excited about working with some of the country's top event opera- tors for the events." The US Lacrosse Nationals is one of US Lacrosse's biggest youth events and in the last few years the organization has launched a sanctioning model through which it is sanctioning more lacrosse events rather than hosting many events around the country. "US Lacrosse's cur- rent focus is much more about building relationships with event organizations that run events and sanctioning those events," said Christian. "We are hop- ing to align with more event organizers across the country who are already host- ing great events instead of US Lacrosse bringing those events to town. We've been working to build our sanctioning platform and in doing so have scaled back in our hosting of events nationally. We feel this method will allow us to have the greatest impact." And with the growth of the sport con- tinuing, US Lacrosse is continuing to look for new partners across the country, wheth- er host venues, local lacrosse programs or event organizers. "The growth of the game has been exciting to watch," said Christian. "It's truly a coast-to-coast game now and that's at the youth level, high school level and collegiate level. We want to continue seeing that growth and we are doing all we can to help make sure it's a responsi- ble growth and the game is being intro- duced the right way. We fully believe that lacrosse is a sport for everyone." n KEEPER OF LACROSSE PROJECT Lacrosse is about much more than just the game. It's about sportsman- ship, honor, teamwork and respect. To help keep those values instilled in the game, US Lacrosse launched the Keeper of Lacrosse Project. The project is a movement to keep lacrosse authentic through the preser- vation of culture and the promotion of character. "We established Keeper of Lacrosse as a way to really emphasize some of the core tenets of lacrosse that are less about the Xs and Os, and more about embracing the positive aspects of the game," said Joshua Christian, US Lacrosse's managing director of sport development. "It's all about building a positive culture with- in the sport." Participants in the Keeper of Lacrosse Project are asked to live by the Keeper Code: ► Play in the spirit of the game ► Honor traditions ► Promote honor, integrity and respect ► Encourage good sportsmanship ► Value teamwork ► Own a commitment to community t LACROSSE Spotlight US Lacrosse/Jordan Burgess A girls US Lacrosse event

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