We look forward to seeing you next year at the 11th Annual Liberty Lacrosse Shootout – June 7-8, 2014
Thanks to all the coaches, players, officials, parents, fans, staff, vendors and sponsors who participated in 2013 Liberty Lacrosse Shootout. The Tournament featured 100 teams, representing Southeastern Pennsylvania, Central Pennsylvania, Western Pennsylvania, the Lehigh Valley, New York, New Jersey and Delaware. As expected, the competition was strong and consistent with our Honor the Game standard.
RESULTS ARE POSTED: Pool play games were hotly contested, and championship games were close and well played. In a number of brackets, they were decided in overtime — several in sudden victory “Braveheart” formats. Game results are now available here, and we have posted the names of the champions and finalists in each group here.
TEAM PICTURES: We plan to post pictures of our championship teams and medalists in each of the brackets. In some cases the “official” pictures we took during the medal ceremony came out a bit blurry. In the interests of posting the best pictures we can, we would ask coaches and/or parents to forward any quality or high resolution team shots, presumably at the podium, to email@example.com. We will upload them to complete and memorialize the record.
NOTES OF APPRECIATION: As you know, this year featured significant weather-related challenges and the closure of one of our sites because of wet field conditions. We have many people to thank for helping us stage and conduct the tournament under extenuating circumstances, albeit with necessary adjustments.
- We are grateful to the Phelps School for agreeing to let us use its 4 fields on Sunday, conditions permitting. The school’s willingness to serve as a host site at the 11th hour, notwithstanding uncertainties and severe time constraints, permitted us to modify the overall tournament schedule to accommodate the teams that were scheduled to play at West Chester East High School.
- We are grateful to the Greater Chester Valley Soccer Association, owner of the wonderful Line Road Field Complex. Representatives of GCVSA initially asked us to cancel all Saturday activity, but revisited their decision late Saturday morning provided we could postpone play long enough to let the fields drain and dry, and further provided the remnants of Tropical Storm Andrea did not cause additional precipitation. GCVSA’s flexibility and support permitted us to accommodate the bulk of the teams scheduled to play on Saturday, the remainder of whom were rescheduled for Sunday.
- Thanks also to our wonderful and talented Tournament staff, which worked hard to set up for the Shootout and helped make and implement all the adjustments, and to our assignor of officials, who made sure that officials were available for the games despite the changes. Our assignor even helped us line the Phelps fields for play despite the logistical challenges he was laboring to overcome to staff the modified schedule.
- A special thanks to Bryn Mawr Rehabilitation Hospital for allowing us to use a portion of their front expanse for parking, notwithstanding soft field conditions, to Toll Brothers for setting aside a few acres of its Applebrook Meadows site for parking, and to the Natural Lands Trust for affording use of the “Scenic Cut-Through” across a portion of the Willisbrook Preserve despite the wetness.
AND FINALLY, A HEARTFELT THANK YOU TO ALL PLAYERS, COACHES, OFFICIALS, PARENTS, FANS, VENDORS, SPONSORS AND DESIGNATED DRIVERS WHO SHOWED PATIENCE, SUPPORT AND UNDERSTANDING AS WE BATTLED UNDER DIFFICULT CIRCUMSTANCES TO MAKE THE BEST OF THE CHALLENGING WEATHER-RELATED DISRUPTIONS. WE KNOW EVERYONE WAS BUSY AND HAD PLANS, AND WE ARE HIGHLY APPRECIATIVE OF EVERYONE’S FORBEARANCE AND FLEXIBILITY AS WELL AS THE ENTHUSIASM THAT WAS ON DISPLAY THROUGHOUT THE TOURNAMENT!
FEEDBACK: We welcome your feedback and invite you to contact us with any comments and suggestions; we are always looking to improve the event – click feedback to provide comments.
TOURNAMENT T-SHIRTS: Additionally, because of the compressed time-frames impacting the event this year, we have a limited supply of t-shirts in various youth and adult sizes/colors that we would be happy to ship to you or your teams if you can contact us in the next week or so with team/bulk orders. We have re-opened the online t-shirt ordering mechanism and will process bulk orders of 5 shirts or more (@ $10/shirt) while supplies last. We have received a number of requests for additional t-shirts, so just let us know, we will do our best to fulfill your order and can let you know what we have left. Orders will be filled in assorted/available colors, since stock is dwindling.
On behalf of the Tournament staff and organizers, we appreciate your participation and sportsmanship and hope you had a fun and festive time “Cradlin’ in the Cradle of Liberty.” We look forward to seeing you again at the Liberty Lacrosse Shootout next year – June 7th and 8th, 2014. Please mark your calendars and spread the word. Registration for 2014 Shootout will open in the fall.
In the meantime, please wear those Tournament T-shirts proudly and, as our native forbears did, keep playing for the joy of the Creator! Remember, as our indigenous predecessors knew very well, the ball is the medicine.