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BALTIMORE, Feb. 1, 2012 — The US Lacrosse Regional Championships will bring boys’ and girls’ youth lacrosse teams from across the country at the U11, U13 and U15 age levels to Arizona, Texas and North Carolina in June. Coaches or team administrators should register their teams to participate at uslacrosse.org/2012regionals by March 23 for the Arizona event or by April 1 for the Texas and North Carolina events.
"US Lacrosse youth tournaments have evolved in format and scope since we began them in 1998, but what hasn’t changed is our commitment to running events that offer participants the opportunity to compete with class, honor the game, and build relationships with teammates and opponents alike," said Beth Porreca, director of special events at US Lacrosse. "We have hosted our youth events at numerous locations around the country to reflect the sport’s growth, and we’re happy to continue that tradition this year in Arizona, Texas and North Carolina."
The US Lacrosse West Regional Championship is set for June 1-3 at the Reach 11 Sports Complex in Phoenix, Ariz. The US Lacrosse Central Regional Championship follows at the Harold Patterson Sports Center in Arlington, Texas, June 8-10. The US Lacrosse Southeast Regional Championship will take place June 15-17 at the WRAL Soccer Center in Raleigh, N.C.
At each event, participating teams will be guaranteed a minimum of four games with US Lacrosse-trained officials and certified athletic trainers on site. Water, lacrosse balls and table staff also are provided. Awards will be presented to winning teams and to teams that exhibit the best sportsmanship throughout the weekend. Lacrosse Magazine, the flagship publication of US Lacrosse, will staff the event for its print and online editions. Parking and admission is free for spectators, and lacrosse vendors and concession stands will be available.
In the U15 age division, the top four teams will advance to the fourth annual US Lacrosse U15 National Championship July 24-26 (girls) and July 27-29 (boys) in Orlando, Fla.
The US Lacrosse Regional Championships trace their original history to 1994, when the National Junior Lacrosse Association, one of eight lacrosse organizations that united to form US Lacrosse in 1998, brought teams from around the country to its first youth lacrosse festival in Towson, Md. Since then, US Lacrosse has hosted annual spring and summer youth events for its national membership.
Defending US Lacrosse Regional Champions at the girls’ U15 level include: Pacific Falcons White (Calif., West), Northern Lights (Colo., Central) and North Carolina (Southeast). At the boys’ U15 level, 2011 regional champions include C2C Black (Texas, Central) and the Atlanta Coyotes (Ga., Southeast).
For more information or to register a team, visit uslacrosse.org/2012regionals. Like the US Lacrosse Regional Championships at facebook.com/uslacrossechampionships and follow the events at twitter.com/uslaxchamps.
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