Paul Krome | @paulkrome
BALTIMORE — Team registration at uslacrosse.org for the U13 and U15 boys’ and girls’ US Lacrosse Regional Championships, powered by Lacrosse Unlimited, will end at 11:59 p.m. ET Thursday, May 1.
Teams from 25 states have already registered to compete in one of the national governing body’s 17th annual youth lacrosse tournaments, which are scheduled for June 6-8 in Raleigh, N.C., June 13-15 in Madison, Wis., June 20-22 in Amherst, Mass., and June 27-29 in San Jose, Calif. No fewer than five states are represented in each regional.
“We have a good youth program within Minneapolis-St. Paul, but I wanted to expose our kids to select teams in other states to benchmark where we are,” said Aaron Johnson, coach of the Prior Lake Lakers (Minn.) U13 boys’ team, which will compete in the US Lacrosse Central Championships in Madison.
US Lacrosse continues to welcome coaches or program administrators to bring multiple teams from the same organization or club. Those that do so will save $50 per team on registration, be entered into a raffle to win a free team registration to a 2015 US Lacrosse Regional Championship, and be entered into a raffle to win a free registration and hotel stay at the US Lacrosse Convention in Baltimore Jan. 23-25, 2015. Coaches that refer a team from another organization to register will receive a $50 referral credit.
For the Southeast Championships only, coaches that register two or more teams from the same organization will have a chance to win one of two $500 registration credits, courtesy of the Greater Raleigh Sports Alliance.
In the U15 division, the semifinalists at each regional championship will earn automatic bids with free or discounted registration to the sixth annual US Lacrosse U15 National Championships, powered by Lacrosse Unlimited, July 21-23 in Aurora, Colo. At-large bids to that event are no longer available. Qualification through a regional championship will set the remainder of the U15 National Championship brackets.
The US Lacrosse Regional Championships provide teams with, typically, at least five games over the three-day tournament, with age-appropriate rules and US Lacrosse-trained officials. Teams compete in pool play before progressing through bracket play to determine a champion. US Lacrosse will name a “Keeper of Lacrosse” Sportsmanship Award winner at each championship. Certified athletic trainers are on site, and there is no admission charge for spectators.
Team registration is available here. Follow @uslaxchamps on Twitter (hashtag #uslaxchamps).
Lacrosse Unlimited is the official retailer of the US Lacrosse Regional Championships. Gatorade is the official sports drink. LaxSnax is a supporting sponsor.
The US Lacrosse West Championships, powered by Lacrosse Unlimited, in Northern California is one of four tournaments for U13 and U15 boys’ and girls’ teams in June. Others are in Massachusetts, North Carolina and Wisconsin. Team registration ends Thursday night.