The National Lacrosse Federation (NLF), the No. 1 provider of instruction, competition and talent at the youth and high school levels of boys’ lacrosse, and its member clubs are excited to announce that they will host the Club National Championships on July 20-22 at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pa.
The best 24 teams in the country in the 2019 through 2026 graduation classes, as chosen using results from the past two years via the TourneyMachine app, coach recommendations and NLF staff feedback, will vie for the inaugural championships. ESPN will broadcast games played in Lehigh’s Goodman Stadium, the 2019 and 2020 championship games will be broadcast on ESPNU and the remaining championship games will be broadcast on ESPN3. The final schedule of games will be organized in conjunction with ESPN’s programming.
There will be AA and A brackets, with the A champions moving up to the AA bracket the following year. There will be no club-wide invitations at the AA level, which means that every graduation year is team-specific. Teams will play full-length games.
“The idea is to allow for as much coaching as possible throughout each game,” NLF and Laxachusetts director Sean Morris said. “A three-day tournament spreads the games out and allows players to be well-rested and better-prepared for every game that they play, because we want to make sure that each team is given its best opportunity to win.”
At the conclusion of the event, the tournament and Ty Xanders of Recruiting Rundown will establish a national ranking registry with teams being slotted based on their performance at the Club National Championships.
The National Lacrosse Federation, comprised of the best clubs in North America, is thrilled to invite the best that the country has to offer and looks forward to the event’s intense competition. After years of debate between club personnel, parents and players, the club lacrosse world will finally be able to determine a true national champion on the field.