US Lacrosse Awards 2018 Nationals to DE Turf
3 August 2017
US Lacrosse, the sport's national governing body, today named DE Turf Sports Complex in Frederica, Del., site of the 10th annual US Lacrosse Nationals, Powered by NXT. The youth tournament is set for Aug. 2-5, 2018, and will include boys’ and girls’ teams in the 14U, 13U and 12U age divisions in accordance with US Lacrosse player-segmentation guidelines.
“It’s a milestone year for our signature youth event, and to be able to celebrate that at state-of-the-art DE Turf will make it all the more special for the participating teams and families,” Kim Rogers, director of events at US Lacrosse said.
DE Turf represents one of the newest youth sports venues in the country, featuring 12 turf fields (five of which are lighted), a championship stadium with permanent seating for 750 fans, three concession stands, free public wifi, and ample on-site parking.
“We are thrilled to host the 2018 US Lacrosse Nationals, Powered by NXT, at DE Turf,” Chris Giacomucci, executive director of DE Turf, said. “We look forward to providing a first-class experience at our world-class facility.”
DE Turf is located in central Delaware, roughly 30 miles south of Interstate 95 and the same distance from the state’s renowned beaches. Delaware is home to tax-free shopping. DE Turf hosted its first event in April 2017.
“Delaware is excited about the opportunity to host this incredible event,” Dr. Matt Robinson, chairman of the Delaware Sports Commission, said. “We look forward to welcoming visitors from across America to the state and one of the finest sport facilities in the country.”
Teams will qualify for the Nationals based on a points system that US Lacrosse recently announced, scoring points based on their finishes in qualifying tournaments.
“The points system serves two primary purposes,” Mark Hogan, vice president of brand marketing and membership at US Lacrosse, said. “Number one, it provides us a fair and equitable way to determine participants for the Nationals, and two, it encourages teams to participate in events that adhere to the best practices recommended by US Lacrosse.”
Those best practices cover five operational areas of tournaments: the venue, game format, risk management, event administration and the use of US Lacrosse certified officials. A list of qualifying tournaments will be published soon.
By virtue of winning gold medals at Sunday’s US Lacrosse Nationals in Richmond, Va., girls’ teams Igloo (N.Y.) and Yellow Jackets 2022 Blue (N.Y.) have earned automatic bids to next year’s Nationals in the 13U and 14U divisions, respectively.
Participating in the US Lacrosse Nationals represents a benefit of membership in US Lacrosse. The organization and event partner NXTsports have teamed to develop an interactive experience for all attendees, including Lacrosse Athlete Development Model clinics, appearances by Team USA players and on-site entertainment.