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The Opener

The Opener

Division:

Youth, Middle School, High School

Date:

November 3 & 4, 2018

Where:

Diamond Nation, 129 River Rd, Flemington, NJ 08822, United States

Girls Divisions:

Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018

Graduation years 2023, 2024, and 2025/2026

Sunday, Nov. 4, 2018

Graduation years 2019, 2020, 2021 and 2022

Team Registration NOW OPEN!

Click to register for The Opener.

  • $1,350.00 Team Fee
    • $350.00 deposit due at registration. Deposit required to hold spot for your team.
    • $1,000.00 balance due July 1st

 

Tournament Format:

  • 2019, 2020, 2021, and 2022 Divisions will be following the guidelines for college recruiting event
  • Player profile handbooks including academic information will be supplied to all college coaches in attendance. College coach viewing towers, and coaches boxes on each HS field
  • All games on TURF FIELDS!!!
  • Certified officials, weighted brackets
  • All players must be members of US Lacrosse
  • Team managers rate strength of team to optimize competitive level of pools in divisions
  • Onsite parking, indoor restrooms, onsite concessions and vendors

The Opener Game Schedule

The Opener Schedule will be released in Fall 2018

College Coaches Register to Recruit at The Opener!

College Coaches click here to register here to recruit at the 2018 The Opener

 

Final College Coach List at 2017 The Opener

Albertus Magnus College
Albright College
Arcadia University
Arizona State
Centenary University
Chatham University
Delaware Valley University
DeSales University
Drew University
Fairleigh Dickinson University – Florham
Felician University
Georgian Court University
Lebanon Valley College
Lycoming College
Medaille College
Monmouth University
Muhlenberg College
Palm Beach Atlantic University
Purchase College
Quinnipiac University
Rutgers University
Shippensburg University
SUNY Cortland
Temple University
UMass Lowell
University of Scranton
University of Vermont
Ursinus College

The Opener lacrosse tournament is a US Lacrosse Pilot Sanctioned Event.

The US Lacrosse Sanctioning Program provides best practices for tournament operators in order to create a more safe and consistent event. Through the adoption of the Sanctioned Tournament Standards, tournaments commit to providing the best possible lacrosse experience.

All tournament participants must be current US Lacrosse members in order to participate. US Lacrosse membership numbers will be collected and verified when completing tournament waivers. If you are not currently a member, or your membership is set to expire during the event, please visit US Lacrosse to register.

All players are required to roster prior to the event.

Completed rosters and waivers are due by October 5!
When clicking the link below you will enter the player rostering and waiver process and also check who has completed this process for your team! Follow the instructions under Online Rostering and Waivering header.

 

Online rostering and waivering opens: Fall 2018

Completed rosters and waivers are due by October 5!

 

 

Diamond Nation

129 River Road
Flemington, NJ 08822

Important! Please Read Diamond Nation’s Cooler Policy!

Diamond Nation is an all turf facility. Teams are only allowed 1 cooler per team. Team coolers are required to be checked in at Diamond Nation headquarters, which is located directly inside the facility gates and will be tagged. Personal coolers are NOT allowed. Diamond Nation facility staff will check while entering the facility and personal coolers are not allowed inside. Waters should be put in players bags.  No drinks or food will be allowed on the turf playing fields other than water. Food will be available on site.

 

 

 

Important! Please Read Diamond Nation’s Cooler Policy!

Diamond Nation is an all turf facility. Teams are only allowed 1 cooler per team. Team coolers are required to be checked in at Diamond Nation headquarters, which is located directly inside the facility gates and will be tagged. Personal coolers are NOT allowed. Diamond Nation facility staff will check while entering the facility and personal coolers are not allowed inside. Waters should be put in players bags.  No drinks or food will be allowed on the turf playing fields other than water. Food will be available on site.

 

Tournament Rules and Regulations

  • All Divisions play 3 games on full fields.  Two 20-minute halves with 2 minute half time, and 3 minutes in between games.
  • All teams will play in flighted pools based on competition level that is chosen by the club rep when registering.
  • Central horn will be used to start all games, start half time, end half time, end game.

 

US Lacrosse rules will apply as it pertains to each age group with following tournament specific modifications:

  • Time outs will not be permitted unless there is an injury.  During an injury timeout, the clock will run.
  • 8 meter free positions will be played out if foul occurs before time expiries (at half or end of game). Player must go directly to goal, no pass and play ends with shot.
  • If the 8-meter is already in play when the game horn sounds, the game is done when the horn sounds.  The ball must cross the goal line before the horn sounds to be considered a goal.
  • Alternate possession – the team listed first on the schedule receives the first alternate possessions.
    • After initial possession is awarded, the possession will then alternate
  • Yellow and Red Cards will be in effect.
    • 1 yellow card – player must sit out for 2 minutes, running clock
    • 2 yellow cards – player must sit out remaining of game, but can play next game
    • Red Card (Player) – player must sit out the remainder of the game and the next game
    • Red Card (Coach) – coach is required to leave for remainder of the game

5th/6th Division Rules

  • Modified checking, and three second rule for good defense
  • 1 pass rule not used
  • 4 goal rule not used

7th/8th Division Rules

  • Full checking (US Lacrosse Level FC)
  • 4 goal rule not used

 

High School Division Rules

  • US Lacrosse Womens Rules will be used

Possession Rule

Players below the restraining lines on the draw may not cross the lines until possession has been established. Once clear possession has been established the official will call out “Possession!” at which time other players may cross the restraining lines. Players on the restraining lines are still permitted to move behind the restraining lines when the whistle blows, but they are not permitted to cross until they here “Possession!”

 

Kicking The Ball

Players are now permitted to kick the ball as part of field play on any non-shooting effort.   Kicking the ball into the goal is NOT permitted.

Coaching

All coaches have complete responsibility for the conduct of their players, substitutes and spectators at all times. Coaching from the sidelines (giving direction to one’s own team on points of strategy and position) is encouraged, providing:

  • Each coach or substitute remains on their own half of the field between the substitution area and the restraining line.
  • No coach, substitute or spectator makes derogatory remarks or gestures to the umpires, other coaches, players, substitutes, or spectators.
  • No coach, substitute, or spectator uses profanity, participates in or incites any manner or disruptive behavior.
  • Officials have the right to stop a game at any time and to eject a coach based on their behavior, and the behavior of fans or players.
    All ejections will be at the discretion of the tournament directors and their decision will be final.

 

Inclement Weather Policy

  • We will play rain or shine. The fields are turf, so they will not close.
  • In case of thunder/lightning, all games will be suspended and fields will be cleared by sounding an air horn (three long blasts).
  • Games will resume 30 minutes after the last thunder/bolt was heard/seen.
  • Games will resume according to the actual time of the day – missed time/games will not be made up. Scores will be recorded as they stood when game ended as long as teams played at least 10 minutes.
  • Cancellation of the games is at the discretion of site managers, tournament directors and officials. Keeping everyone safe is our first concern. Partial refunds due to inclement weather are at the discretion of the tournament directors.

The Opener Partners with the 28 Days Project!

The 28 Days Project is a non-profit with a simple mission to collect feminine hygiene products and deodorant to support girls and women in need. Being an all girls club, T3 believes this is a great opportunity to take part in and support a donation drive that benefits females only.

All tournament participants are invited to support the cause. Please read the following on how to get involved:

Bring donations to The Opener and drop them off in the 28 Days tent (near the Tournament Headquarters tent located at Diamond Nation)

Vendor Village is organized and managed by MVP Team Gear.

If you are interested in vending at The Opener please contact, London Jones ().

 

Athletic Training Provided By:

JAG Physical Therapy

 

We are not a stay to play tournament. All hotels are recommendations only for your convenience!

You may book your rooms online through our travel agent, HBC Event Services.

Recommended The Opener hotels

More hotel options will be added regularly!

If you have specific requests or have questions regarding the hotel reservation process,
Please contact Sarah Stultz, HBC Event Services at or 505-908-3429.

What if it rains during the tournament?

Game play continues in the rain as long as the weather does not interfere with player safety. If there is thunder or lightning, all play is suspended for 30 minutes. Play may resume when the storm clears. The availability of shelter from rain varies by location.

If there is continuous heavy rain, facilities may close the fields. If fields are closed in advance of a tournament’s start time, an email and text alert will be sent to all registered players. An announcement will be posted on the homepage of the tournament website.

How are tournament schedules organized?

Each tournament is divided into brackets based on level of play. Team coaches are asked in advance of the tournament to rank their team’s performance level. This ranking is then used to determine the game day schedules.

When will the tournament schedule be posted?

Tournament schedules are posted as far in advance as possible. At the latest, a tournament schedule will be posted the week of the tournament.

How do I get to the fields?

A field map will be located on each tournament’s website that will have directions and specific locations of each field. Once at the field location, fields are marked with large blue and orange flags.

Can animals be brought to the tournament?

Many facilities have strict policies regarding allowing animals on the property. Diamond Nation prohibits non-service animals.

Do you have medical supervision at your events?

T3 Lacrosse contracts with certified medical trainers for every tournament. The trainer tent is located near the T3 event headquarters tent and is connected to field staff via radio. Trainers are provided access to golf carts to allow for a quick response to any medical emergency.

Can a team set-up a team tent?

Yes, T3 encourages teams to bring tents and make the most of the tournament experience. Diamond Nation enforces a strict one cooler per team policy and all team coolers need to be checked in prior to admission.

What type of footwear is recommended?

Diamond Nation has all turf fields so footwear appropriate for turf is recommended.

What activities are close to Flemington?

Below is a list of activities you can enjoy outside of tournament hours:

Other Questions?

If you have a question that is not covered here, please feel free to contact the T3 Lacrosse office at 908-766-4664.

 
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