13th Annual Western Shootout Returns To Colorado Springs
The Adrenaline crew will return to the mountains to kick off July events in Colorado for the 13th annual Western Shootout. Predicated on the idea of bringing together top western club programs to compete in one location, the Shootout is one of Adrenaline’s oldest events and a hot ticket on the recruiting circuit for NCAA coaches in search of nontraditional lacrosse players.
Teams are guaranteed five games to showcase their skills in front of 60+ college coaches en route to claiming ultimate western bragging rights. Less concerned with the college-bound mentality, middle school & youth teams will fight to earn points towards a bid into the US Lacrosse Nationals tournament this August. US Lacrosse has a like-minded goal, which is to bring together the top youth programs nationally to compete in an elite event supported by well-known lacrosse operators from all over the U.S.
Players and college coaches alike will flood the El Pomar Sports Park fields on Friday evening for a first look at Western Showcase. Given the location and the fact that he has proven western lacrosse is here to stay at the collegiate level, legendary coach Bill Tierney (Denver) will lead the opening remarks. Players will be split up by position and run through a series of drills and scrimmages led by college coaches. They will learn and interact with the college coaches before taking the field at a distance the following two days. Conversely, NCAA coaches will get a lay of the land, so-to-speak, in terms of talent and adjust their viewing schedule for the weekend should players peak their interest.
For anyone not attending the showcase, Defy Athletix will also be on site Friday evening hosting a shooting clinic. It is open to ages 10 to 22. See here for more info!
Teams will travel in from eleven states- WA, OR, NV, TX, AZ, CA, MN, IA, KS, UT, CO- and Canada. Last summer, Denver Elite took home six out of the eight division championships, with RC and Utah LC snagging one trophy a piece. Each of these programs are back again this year, with returning and new programs looking to knock them off the western winners pedestal. Each team will play three regular pool play games on Saturday, entering playoff games in day two depending on their ranking. NCAA-led clinics will cap off day one games, which is the perfect opportunity for players to maximize their visibility in a more intimate setting. Sunday morning will feature 2019 and 2020/21 All Star Games where rosters are chosen based on coaches recommendations from the Adrenaline Evaluation Team (AET), college coaches and club coaches. The full game schedule can be found on Tourney Machine here.
In addition to Gatorade keeping all players hydrated for maximum performance, parents can enjoy adult beverages in Vendor Village in between games. Stop by the Adrenaline apparel tent while you’re there and snag some of the latest gear!
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