3-on-3 youth lacrosse tournament set for Oct. 13

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— It may be offseason for the Steamboat Springs High School lacrosse programs, but girls coach Betsy Frick is betting there will be no shortage of enthusiasts for the 3-on-3 tournament she’s organizing for Oct. 13.

The Steamboat Chumash Challenge offers a slight twist on the increasingly popular game, and Frick said it should make for a ton of fun.

“It’s a way to have game-like situations,” she said. “I’m pretty optimistic it’s going to fly.”

The tournament games will differ from a regular game of lacrosse in more than just the number of players on the field. Rather than two goals, one at either end, there will be one goal, a narrow PVC pipe structure that’s one-foot wide and six feet tall. It has a net and one team scores in one side and the other team aims for the other side.

It all takes place on a field that’s about 50 meters by 30 meters.

“It’s hard to explain until you’ve seen it,” Frick said. “It’s kind of like basketball adapted to half court.”

The tournament will cost $15 per player and is open to athletes in fourth through 12th grades.

Frick said that the idea is to help build the girls lacrosse program she runs in Steamboat but that the tournament is open to boys and girls teams. The teams will, of course, be divided by gender and age classification.

She said she hopes to attract not only teams from Steamboat but also lacrosse players from across the region.

“If it flies this year, it will be an annual event,” she said. “Maybe it becomes a fundraiser, but right now, I’m just trying to get the first one to fly.”

The action will take place on Whistler Field in Steamboat Springs. For more information, contact Frick at betsyk1@q.com or 970-819-8354. The registration deadline is Sunday.

To reach Joel Reichenberger, call 970-871-4253 or email jreichenberger@SteamboatToday.com

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