To promote the sport of lacrosse in the town of Somers, Connecticut, to advance the interest in lacrosse and to encourage sportsmanlike behavior.
 
 
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Bowers 2015

 

2015 BOWERS LACROSSE TOURNAMENT
EVENT INFORMATION SHEET & TOURNAMENT RULES
June 6 and 7, 2015
Somers, Connecticut
 
  

SCHEDULES

Final schedules will be posted on the Somers Lacrosse web site at SomersLacrosse.org under the Bowers Tournament tab in late May. Sometimes unforeseen changes occur last minute on the schedule.  Please check www.Somerslacrosse.org ON THE MORNING of your event for the final schedule.


Each team will play 4 games.  Games are 25 minute running clock games, with start times based on a universal horn.  There are 5 minute intermissions between games.  PLEASE PRINT the schedule, highlight your team and bring everything with you to the games. 
 
Bantam boys play Saturday, June 6th  (morning).

Bantam girls play Saturday June 6th  (afternoon).

Junior girls/boys play Sunday, June 7th (morning). 

Senior girls/boys play Sunday, June 7th (afternoon).

 

NEW PARKING AND ENTRANCE FOR ALL JUNIOR & SENIOR GIRL’S FIELDS 8-13

ACCESS FROM FIELD RD. ONLY.  There is a huge parking lot close to the fields and to the track where all the action is. Be sure to set up your team tent along the grassy areas of field 8&9!
 
 
COACHES:  SIGN-IN UPON ARRIVAL/ PICK UP TEAM BAGS
All teams must sign-in at the WELCOME CENTER/FIRST AID registration tent upon arrival.

NEW LOCATION FOR BANTAMS AND ALL BOY’S: THIS YEAR it is at referee tent.

Junior & Senior girls Welcome Center is on field #8.

Coaches will pick up their team bags which will include a special tournament gift from Somers Lacrosse.

 


 
 TOURNAMENT LOCATION & FIELDS

IMPORTANT TEAM TENT CHANGES for BANTAMS and all BOYS- There will no longer be parking along Ninth District Rd. in order to allow safe walking paths and room for team tents in the shade.  You will have to carry your team tents and equipment from Vision Blvd. parking areas.
 

  • All Bantams and all Boys’ fields are walking distance from each other and are located at the Somers School Complex at 1 Vision Blvd., Somers, CT, 06071.  Turn onto Vision Blvd to enter the school complex.

  • Bantam girls/boys, Junior/Senior boy's teams play at both Middle School fields and firehouse fields. MBA fields 1-5 are immediately to your left as you turn into the school complex and the Firehouse fields 6 &7 is across the street from the middle school field, so please use caution crossing the street for games as this is a busy road .

  • Junior and Senior Girls teams play Sunday at fields 8-13.  DO NOT USE SCHOOL ENTRANCE, there is a NEW PARKING AND ENTRANCE FOR ALL JUNIOR & SENIOR GIRL’S FIELDS 8-13.  ACCESS  is FROM FIELD RD. ONLY.  Huge parking lot close to the fields and to the track where all the action is. Be sure to set up your team tent along the grassy areas of field 8&9 to enjoy all the music, vendors, concessions and more.


     
     

    PARKING
    With 160 teams and several hundred spectators, traffic is bit chaotic.  Please remind parents to arrive early to park.  There are several parking areas in the school complex.  DO NOT PARK in "No Parking AREAS" and Fire Lanes. These areas will be marked with signs and yellow tape. DO NOT PARK in any of the streets. State Police will be monitoring and cars will be towed.


    Traffic is especially busy between 8am and 9am, and between 12pm and 1pm. Please note that we have an alternate route map at www.somerslacrosse.org



     

    WEATHER & LIGHTNING POLICY
    The event is held rain or shine.  In the event of lightning we will suspend play and ask that everyone take shelter.  Returning to your cars may be the best place to wait. 
     
    For the safety of all players and attendees at the Tournament, the following lightning policy will be in effect for the entire day:  All play will stop (several loud whistle blasts, as well as multiple horn blasts) and players will be told to leave the field if the flash-to-bang count reaches 30 seconds or less by any of the officials or event coordinators. Players should go directly to their team area and each team should have a plan as to where to go from there (i.e. cars, nearby building, etc.).  Once activities are suspended, play will not resume until 20 minutes after the last flash of lightening is seen or the sound of thunder heard by the site coordinator. At that time, the “all clear” signal will be given and play will resume.    NOTE: Play will resume in accordance with the time schedule, not from when the play was originally stopped.
     
     

    MEDICAL CARE/ FIRST AID
    EMTs are on-site if medical attention is needed.  Medical staff will be at the referee tent and/or in a golf cart monitoring games. 
     
     

    FOOD and DRINKS
    We have a full range of concessions available during the event including Faddy’s Donuts, hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken sandwiches, snacks, Ben & Gerry’s ice cream and drinks.
    IMPORTANT:  Please note NO GRILLS or PETS are allowed on the premises.
     
    VENDORS
    We have several excellent vendors this year! Be sure to check out the NEW & CLEARANCE lacrosse equipment vendor, multiple clothing vendors and many fun activities for the kids including fast shot competitions.

     


     
    TOURNAMENT T-SHIRTS
    Customizable special 30th Anniversary T-shirts  will be available near the vendor and concessions areas. 
     
     
     
     
    BOWERS TOURNAMENT RULES
    GIRLS TOURNAMENT RULES


    All teams/All age levels

  • Respect referees, respect opponents and show good sportsmanship

  • No jewelry of any kind including no taped earrings, no wristbands

  • All players must wear goggles and colored mouthguards at all times during play

  • Goalie must be dressed in full safety equipment

  • Safety rules per US Lacrosse guidelines will be strictly adhered to

  • Teams are asked to observe age level guidelines – for example, a 4th grader can “play up” with junior 5/6 grade team, but a 7th grader cannot “play down”

     
    Bantams: Grades 3 & 4

  • Game format is 10v10 with 9 field players and 1 goalie. Field players are set up as 3 defense, 3 midfield (including center) & 3 attack

  • 3 players must stay back behind the restraining line to avoid offsides; center line will serve as the restraining line

  • Fields are smaller sized fields for bantam players

  • Three pass rule (anywhere on the field, goalie clear doesn’t count)

  • Pass count resets with change of possession and running past center midfield line

  • A single bantam coach is allowed on the field to coach players. Other coaches must remain behind sideline area.

  • No Checking

     
    Juniors (grades 5 & 6) and Seniors (grades 7 & 8)

  • 12 v 12, modified checking                                                         

  • Full size fields

  • Stalling, holding the ball to run down the time is not allowed

     BOYS TOURNAMENT RULES
     
    All teams/All age levels

  • All games shall be governed by the 2012 National Federation of State High School Associations Boys Lacrosse Rules (the “Federation Rules”), except as modified by these rules of play. This memorandum sets forth the modifications to the Federation Rules that will be applicable to Connecticut Valley Youth Lacrosse League play.

  • Field players and Goalie must be dressed in full safety equipment

  • Safety rules per US Lacrosse guidelines will be strictly adhered to

  • Teams are asked to observe age level guidelines – for example, a 4th grader can “play up” with a junior team, but a 7th grader cannot “play down”

  • No take out checks for all divisions. A take-out check is defined as any check in which the player lowers his head or shoulder with the force and intent to put the other on the ground.

  • One handed stick checks are not allowed at the Bantam and Junior divisions.

  • Games will consist of one 25 minute period will a running clock.

  • Team or coaches timeouts are not allowed

  • Referee injury timeouts are allowed however the game clock will continue to run.

  • Substitutions may be performed at any time, but must be done expeditiously due to time constraints. Referees may award opposing team possession of ball for prolonged delays.

  • Any individual that accumulates three (3) personal fouls during a single game shall be prohibited from participating further in the game.

  • Fighting is an expulsion foul. Any player that is expelled from a game for fighting or unsportsmanlike conduct shall be prohibited from participating in the remainder of the tournament.

    Bantams: Grades 3 & 4

  • Game format is 10v10 with 9 field players and 1 goalie.

  • Three pass rule (anywhere on the field, goalie clear counts). Pass count resets with change of possession and clearing past center midfield line.

  • Body checking is not allowed in Bantam play. It is expected that some unintentional contact will occur in loose ball situations, but excessive contact and all intentional body checking shall be avoided and an illegal body check penalty shall be called for excessive contact or intentional body checks.

  • A single bantam coach is allowed on the field to coach players. Other coaches must remain behind sideline area.

  •  No time shall be served for technical fouls, with possession awarded to the team that is fouled. Penalty time shall be served for personal fouls, with the player who committed the foul required to serve penalty time, but teams shall play at full strength and the player serving the penalty time may be substituted for. The offended team shall be given a fast break opportunity as a consequence of each personal foul.

     
    Juniors (grades 5 & 6) and Seniors (grades 6 & 7)

  • Stalling, 20 second clearing, or 10 second advancing the ball rules will NOT apply.

    TEAM SPORTSMANSHIP AWARDS
     
    Sportsmanship is the focus of the Paul Bowers Memorial Lacrosse Tournament.
     
    Sportsmanship awards are given out each year to one team in each age division.  The following scoring policy is in place:

  1. For each game played, each referee can award five (5) points based on the sportsmanship displayed by the players, coaches and fans. Both teams can score 5 points, should both demonstrate exemplary sportsmanship.2.
  2. After each game, the referee informs the sportsmanship scorekeeper of the point distribution for that game.
  3. At the end of bantam, junior and senior division play, the points are tallied by team and the team with the most points is awarded the Bowers Sportsmanship Award.  We encourage you to stay until the end of your division to see if your team wins this special honor.

 
 We are looking forward to seeing everyone for a great weekend of lacrosse action!
 
 
Yours in Lacrosse,
                                                                           
Chadd Watt and Todd Whitford, Co- Presidents
Joleen Speight, Vice President and Director of Girls
Paul Delskey , Director of Boys
Lynn Watt, Bowers Tournament Coordinator

Kathy Alerio, Registration Coordinator

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