8th Annual Patriot Games
July 18-19, 2015
We look forward to seeing you next year at the 8th Annual Patriot Games — July 18-19, 2015.
Thanks to all the coaches, players, officials, parents, fans, staff, vendors and sponsors who participated in the 2014 Patriot Games. The Tournament featured 164 teams, representing 11 states. The event was staged at our three host sites in beautiful Bucks County, PA, featuring 22 fields in total.
RESULTS/TEAM PICTURES ARE POSTED: We have posted the winners and finalist in each bracket on the Tournament website, see http://www.patriotgameslax.com/results/. Congratulations to our winners. Scores for all games are posted on a bracket-by-bracket basis. For game results for all teams and all brackets, please visit http://www.patriotgameslax.com/schedule/. We heard from many coaches, teams and parents that the competition was generally strong, with many games decided by a goal or two, and many in overtime or Braveheart situations.
The Patriot Games is an Official Qualifying Tournament for the Dick’s Sporting Goods-sponsored National Tournament of Champions, which will take place in Wesley Chapel, Florida in January 2015. Based on their success in our event, we will be in contact with certain teams who are eligible for an invitation and hope they will mobilize their group to take advantage of the opportunity. Several of us have coached teams in the event and can attest to the quality of the competition and the overall experience with sons, friends and family.
SPORTSMANSHIP: As we hoped, the competition was strong and materially consistent with our Honor the Game philosophy. We are grateful to the coaches, players, teams and those in their retinue who generally adhered to high standards of play and sportsmanship on and off the field. Some teams were exceptional in that regard based largely on the sportsmanship scorecards that were completed by our officials after each game, taking into account conduct on both sides of the field, including spectators. Please note that game results include the sportsmanship scores for each team on a game-by-game basis, they are located in the “Notes” section. No other tournament we are aware of collects or posts sportsmanship data in such a transparent manner. Our goal, in part, is not only to acknowledge compliant teams but to identify outliers, so those teams (and coaches, player, parents and program directors) are apprised and aware of perceptions, all hopefully to influence behavior in a positive way. Thanks to all of you who take sportsmanship seriously and for your role in helping to foster a positive and enjoyable tournament experience for everyone. We believe lacrosse is a special game and we care about the culture and the community. We know most of you do too.
NOTES OF APPRECIATION: As always, a special note of thanks to Central Bucks Athletic Association for permitting us to use their wonderful Herbst Field Complex for the event, as well as to the adjacent property owners for making portions of their land available for off-site parking. And special thanks as well to Palisades and New Hope-Solebury School Districts and their respective boosters for allowing us to use their top notch facilities and for their enthusiastic support in general for our event! AND FINALLY, A HEARTFELT “THANK YOU” TO ALL PLAYERS, COACHES, OFFICIALS, PARENTS, FANS, VENDORS AND SPONSORS FOR PARTICIPATING IN OUR EVENT!
FEEDBACK: We welcome your feedback and invite you to contact us with any comments and suggestions. We are always looking to address any issues that come to our attention, whether in a remedial way or otherwise to improve the event going forward. To provide feedback or comments, please click here: https://mytournamentregistration.com/patriotgames/feedback.php.
On behalf of the Tournament organizers and the Bucks County Visitor’s Bureau, we appreciate your participation and sportsmanship and hope you had a fun and festive time Cradling in the Cradle of Liberty!© We look forward to seeing you again at the Patriot Games Lacrosse Showcase and Festival the weekend of July 18-19, 2015. Please mark your calendars and spread the word; registration will open in the fall. We will notify all the teams that participated this year so you can reserve your spot.
In the meantime, please wear those 2014 Tournament and “Caution Flying Balls” T-shirts proudly and, as our native forbears did, keep playing for the joy of the Creator! Remember, as our indigenous predecessors knew very well, the ball is the medicine. Keeping moving the medicine and shooting the pill!