04/09/2013

The Vail Lacrosse Shootout, one of the most well-known and prestigious lacrosse tournaments in the country, returns to the beautiful mountain resort of Vail, Colorado this summer for the 41st annual event. As the premiere club tournament in the United States, Vail is home to some of the very best lacrosse in the world and will play host to over 65 men’s teams and 40 women’s teams in what has become a pilgrimage for any true lacrosse fan.

The Shootout started in Aspen in 1973 and was founded by Flip Naumburg and Jim Soran.  After making its permanent move to Vail in 1979, the tournament has enjoyed steady growth and become a fixture on the lacrosse landscape. More than just a tournament, the Shootout is almost a spiritual gathering.  It has become a place for “lacrosse people” of all ages to come together and celebrate their sport in a tribal manner, much in the same way the Native American forefathers did.

With teams from all across the United States and a few from Canada competing in eight different divisions, the Vail Shootout has enough lacrosse to satisfy any fan’s appetite.  The Men’s Elite Division is the headliner, taking place from July 4 through July 7 and coinciding with the Women’s Elite tournament.  Preceding the Elite Divisions, Men’s Masters, Supermasters and Grandmasters start things off on June 29.  The Boys and Girls High School Divisions take the field on June 30, July 1, 2 & 3.  The High School Divisions offer talented high school lacrosse players the opportunity to play together one more time, after which many will be attending and playing lacrosse at all levels from Division I to club teams.  Our Chumash tournament offers an opportunity for first through eighth grade boys to develop their skills in the game of Chumash, an invention of tournament director Flip Naumburg. Chumash is a game of 3 v. 3 with one goal, played on a smaller field. This year, the tournament will also host a lacrosse clinic for local youth.

Aside from its top-flight lacrosse, Vail’s impeccable scenery and weather make it an ideal getaway for a weekend, or even a week. Off the field, participants and their families can take part in any number of mountain activities such as rafting, hiking, mountain bike riding, gondola rides, golf, horseback riding or an adventurous ATV tour.  You can think of the Vail Shootout as a “family reunion” of sorts as players of all ages come together for another eight days at 8,000 feet.  Expect great lacrosse, great weather and great fun as the Shootout turns 41!

In the final day of the 40th Annual Vail Lacrosse Shootout three champions were crowned. In the U-19 Dr. Tom Watts Memorial High School Boys Showcase, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes Lacrosse team earned their first Vail title. In the U-19 Girls High School Showcase Team HLA defended their 2011 title and defeated Heros 2013 winning their second Vail Lacrosse championship. The Supermasters championship was played between familiar foes as the Elder Statesmen knocked off 2011 winners C2C Magic wands.
 
With the 40th Vail Lacrosse Shootout in the book, seven champions were crowned over the nine days of tournament play.  
 
Vail Shootout Quick Facts
Established:  1973
Founded by:  Jim Soran and Flip Naumburg
Field locations:
·       Ford Field:  1 mi. east of roundabout at Exit 176.  Field is on the right.
·       Vail Athletic Field:  South of Ford Field about ½ mi. on Vail Valley Drive.
·       Donovan Park:  1 mi. west of roundabout at Exit 176.  Field is on left.  If you get to West Vail you’ve gone too far.
·       Nottingham Park (Avon #1 & #2 fields)8 mi. west of West Vail on I-70.  Left on Avon Rd., right on Benchmark.  Field #2 is west of the lake.
·       Freedom Park in Edwards: I-70 west to Edwards (Exit 163).  Left off the ramp and left on Miller Ranch Road.  Fields on right.
·       Vail Mountain School:In East Vail.  Take exit 180, turn left onto Big Horn Rd, left on I-70 Frontage Rd. West, right onto Booth Falls Rd.  School on your right.
For schedules detailing teams and fields, please visit:  www.vaillacrosse.com
Dates of Play: June 29 – July 7, 2013
Tournament Web Address:  www.vaillacrosse.com
Contact with questions or for more information: media@vaillacrosse.com
 
Vail, Colo. is universally held as North America’s top year-round destination mountain resort and has become a cosmopolitan community with visitors from all over the world. Founded in December 1962, Vail marked its 50th anniversary this winter as the new home of the Burton US Open Snowboarding Championships. Also home to world Alpine ski racing champion Lindsey Vonn, the legendary Back Bowls of Vail Mountain, and in 2015 Vail will host its third World Alpine Ski Championships. Matching the incredible winter mountain experience, Vail from May through October is characterized by a rich culinary scene, a world-class events schedule from adventure sports to classical and Jazz, family activities and everything in between. Leading this lineup is the Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival, the Vail International Dance Festival, America’s greatest bicycle race, the USA Pro Challenge, and the legendary Gourmet on Gore culinary festival capping off the summer season. Vail also offers exceptional lodging from high-end luxury hotels to practical condominiums and vacation rentals. Getting to Vail is easy via Denver International Airport and close by Eagle Airport, America’s fourth busiest regional airport with non-stop service from nine major U.S. cities including the new Houston flight, and connections from around the globe. Once here, Vail proudly offers the largest free public transportation system in North America. The Vail consumer website iswww.vail.com, and the Town of Vail website is www.vailgov.com.
 
 
 

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