The Vail Lacrosse Tournament is by most accounts, the most prestigious annual Club Lacrosse tournament in the world. Past years have seen the United States national team and the Canadian national team enter the tournament (1994). In 1993, the Canadian East and West invitational squads competed in the tournament, and held a quiet intersquad game on the last day of the tournament to help determine the final roster for the 1994 Canadian national team. The English national team competed in Vail in 1992, and for the last 10 years, the top teams from the United States Club Lacrosse Association have brought teams to Vail. In 1995 16 of the 24 1994 U.S. National team players competed in the tournament for different teams. Since the start of Major League Lacrosse, fewer professional players are able to make it out, but the Colorado Mammoth along with other National Lacrosse League players continue to take the field. In 2006, a Grand Masters division will be offered for those >50.
The Vail Shootout is always scheduled during the days surrounding the 4th of July. Each year we schedule the Men's and Women's Elite divisions around the 4th of July holiday to give fans the best opportunity to see our premiere divisions play. The dates tend to be announced around the 1st of the year.
The fields are located along a 13 mile stretch of I-70, basically making use of all the fields in the towns of Vail, Avon and Edwards, Colorado.
The tournament has a team selection process that varies by division. For most divisions, To be considered, we must receive a completed Request for Entry form (available on all registration pages) along with a deposit payment via credit card or check made payable to International Lacrosse Promotions, Inc., by early February. Even if your team is returning from last year, the written Request for Entry must be submitted. Your Request for Entry form and deposit check should be mailed to: International Lacrosse Promotions, c/o Connie Streich, 7056 Turweston Lane, Castle Rock, CO 80108. The deposit will be applied to your ~$1000-1500 entry fee if your team is accepted; if your team is not accepted the deposit check will be voided. The balance of the entry fee will be due by mid April. Once a team is accepted, all deposit and entry fees are non-refundable. Details for each division may differ as well as costs from year to year.
The team entry fee varies by division, but runs from $700-1500. That is just the tip of the iceberg though, uniforms, airfare, accommodations, ground transportation are all going to set you back a bit. A full cost accounting of a team budget would probably run about $25,000 per team. (assuming airfare included).
As a general rule, (unless a team contacts us) the tournament does not interfere with the player selection process nor provide contacts of teams entered. You will have to use your other lacrosse contacts to determine who might be bringing a team in your age bracket.
Players and fans use a variety of accomodations in Vail, Avon, Eagle Vail and Edwards. Contact High Altitude Travel at 970-389-8405 or firstname.lastname@example.org for information on accomodations. Ask for Erik Tilley who is handling most of the travel arrangements for the Vail Lacrosse Shootout
The Shootout is always in need of hard workers to help out in a number of areas. Please email Nikki Soran with your age, your availability and your interests, and we'll try to match you to a volunteer opportunity.
Dates are announced in December or January. Teams are announced in April. Schedules are announced in mid June. Rosters are uploaded a day or two into the action, scores are hopefully up before the evening festivities, and pictures get processed when time permits.
From Denver: Take Interstate 70 - West approximately 100 miles to Vail, Colorado. The Vail Ford and Athletic fields are 1/2 mile East of the Vail Villiage. The Eagle-Vail field is in Eagle-Vail, approximately 4 miles west of Vail Villiage. Exit at Avon/Beaver Creek and take the frontage road approximately 2 miles East (yea, back toward Vail), Exit the frontage road at the Eagle-Vail Clock tower and go 1/4 mile to field. Avon is the primary site of the Women's tournament and will host Men's elite division games. Avon is 5 miles West of Vail. Exit Interstate 70 at Avon and go North toward Beaver Creek Ski Resort. Fields will be on your right. Make a right on road immediately before you enter Beaver Creek Resort.
There are no age exemptions. All U.S. participants must be members of USA Lacrosse.
High School: players must be 19 or under. A player that turns 19 during the current year, if a high school senior graduating in the current year, is eligible. College and post graduate students (such as students that have graduated from high school and are attending prep school before college) are NOT eligible to play.
Masters: players must be 30 and over - including a player that turns 30 sometime during the current year.
Supermasters: players must be 40 and over - including a player that turns 40 sometime during the current year.
Grandmasters: players must be 50 and over - including a player that turns 50 sometime during the current year.
Teams that participated in the previous year's tournament are given their spots back. Any remaining spots will be filled by teams selected by us. We will select teams that will best round-out the geographical representation of teams. Preference will be given to teams representing a state or region (75% of roster from a specified state or region).
Each team has it's own policy on recruiting players and generally the Shootout does not provide those contacts unless the teams ask for help from the tournament in finding players. You'll have to contact teams on your own using your contacts, friends associates and perhaps electronic bulletin boards like the ones at laxpower.com and lax.com or on the Vail Shootout Facebook page or event pages.
A player can only play for one team in a division, but you can play in multiple divisions.
We are always looking for sponsors for the tournament. If your team sponsor or any other potential sponsor might be interested in our event please call Connie Streich at 303-814-2714 or at email@example.com and she will arrange for them to receive our sponsorship information.
There is plenty to do around the Vail Valley during the 4th of July holiday. Visit the Town of Vail website to explore more.