Press Release: US Club Lacrosse National Championship

Introducing the US Club Lax National Championship!

May 26, 2023 – US Club Lax has announced a partnership with Elite Tournaments to host the first official US Club Lacrosse National Championship, August 1-4, 2024 in Richmond, VA. Determined by the US Club Lax Rating based Rankings, the top 16 teams in each age group will earn berths to participate in this tournament, which will mark the culmination of the yearlong Club Lacrosse seasonal calendar.

From September to August, there are over 10,000 club teams who participate in over 250 club lacrosse events per each season.US Club Lax uses its algorithm to compute a rating for each individual club team. The goal is to improve the competitiveness of club lacrosse by helping teams and tournaments schedule appropriate competition. These ratings will now additionally be utilized as a metric to bring together the top ranked teams across North America to compete, based on their seasonal ranking.

Eligible teams for the US Club Lacrosse National Championship must adhere to qualifying rules listed on Partnerships or alliances between two or more clubs to create qualifying teams will not be permitted nor will double rostering be allowed.

“What separates this event from others, is that the independent games played in tournaments and league play throughout the year will add up for a greater competitive purpose. With this opportunity, how a team performs against another team matters, the schedule matters, and rosters will matter,” says Denis Noonan, CEO of US Club Lax. “We are additionally excited about working with Elite Tournaments, whose reputation as one of the premier independent event organizers is the perfect partner to host an event of this scale. Through their multi-sport operational expertise and the success they have had with the IWLCA Tournament Series, we know we are in good hands.”

Elite Tournaments, a Maryland based event management firm, has been in the youth sports market for over 23 years. With expertise in soccer and lacrosse, they have executed over 500 events since the company’s inception. Elite Tournaments prides itself on organizational efficiency, participant communication, and holding youth sports to a higher level of quality production and gameplay.

“We are honored to announce our newest partnership with US Club Lax. They are a true leader in the Men’s and Women’s Lacrosse world and their impact is unmatched. After our successful ongoing relationship with the IWLCA, it was a natural progression for our company to continue to partner with high level organizations, such as US Club Lacrosse, to continue to create the best lacrosse events in the country. With the creation of the US Club Lacrosse National Championship, we hope to bring new purpose and motivation to the club lacrosse scene,” said Caitlin Schmelz, Elite Tournament’s Director of Lacrosse.

The US Club Lax National Championship will take place in Richmond, VA, convenient for traveling clubs along the I-95 corridor. With Richmond International Airport providing ample flight paths, affordable hotel options, and River City Sportsplex acting as the main hub for tournament activity, the event will be both accessible and affordable for participants.