Sixteenth Annual Denver Shootout Draws Estimated 6500 Attendees as 20 Champions Are Crowned at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park
DENVER — Lacrosse took over Dick’s Sporting Goods Park for an annual celebration of the sport as more than 6,500 people made their way to the sixteenth annual Denver Shootout hosted by 3d Lacrosse on June 14 to 16.
A lacrosse tournament for youth and scholastic boys and girls teams, the Denver Shootout started in 2004 and has grown into one of the largest in the nation and one of the most popular event stops for teams from the west.
Over the course of the weekend, more than 110 men’s and women’s college coaches checked in and spent time watching many of the teams and student-athletes competing across the scholastic divisions.
As is customary at the Denver Shootout, each team’s coach presented a “DSO MVP Ball” to a standout player from the opposing team following every single game at the tournament.
“Over the course of sixteen years, we’ve hosted a lot of lacrosse games at the Denver Shootout,” said Mike Bartlett, 3d Lacrosse’s Director of Events.
“We want to ensure that good sportsmanship and a family atmosphere are part of the experience for everyone who attends this event. We want to build that into what we offer each year.”
Another tradition at the Denver Shootout, Saturday night featured the annual Colorado Unified Lacrosse game. Unified Lacrosse, founded by students from nearby Cherry Creek High School, gives special-needs student-athletes the chance to experience the Creator’s Game.
As Unified student-athletes exited the field, they were greeted by the Denver Shootout All-Stars, who cheered them on along with families as well as college coaches who have taken to watching the game each year leading up to the All-Star Games.
One of the weekend’s most anticipated events, the DSO All-Star Games for boys in the 2020, 2021 and 2022 classes packed the sidelines as a large portion of the college coaches in attendance were on the sidelines for the games.
Players from as far away as British Columbia, Florida and North Carolina comprised this year’s All-Star rosters.
“We continue to see the Denver Shootout evolving into one of the most popular events for clubs from the West Coast, and it’s been a huge opportunity for many players from the west and Canada to get seen by a huge number of college coaches as they start their recruiting path or are looking to wrap it up,” Bartlett said.
Throughout Sunday afternoon, the 20 division-winning teams gathered at “champions plaza,” where each squad was presented with custom-carved Denver Shootout plaques and each player and coach received a commemorative Denver Shootout 2019 Champions hat.
Teams posed for photos and then, in celebration of Father’s Day, the fathers of the players hopped up on the plaza for larger group photos with their sons or daughters.
“We want to keep finding ways to make this weekend special for all the teams, players and families who travel here,” Bartlett said. “It’s all about the experience and we will keep looking to improve it each year.”
One of the weekend’s big winners, SoCal Express took home three championships, as the Southern California-based program claimed the Boys 2023 A and 2025 A crowns, as well as the Girls 2023 title.
“We’ve been attending the Denver Shootout for a long time,” said Glen Miles, a Director for SoCal Express. Miles, a National Lacrosse Hall of Fame inductee and a longtime coach in California, also coaches several of the SoCal Express teams.
“Love Denver and seeing the lacrosse community come together for a very competitive event. All of our families had fun and the tournament was very well run,” he said.
On site, attendees and families enjoyed the Denver Shootout vendor village, which featured both lacrosse and non-lacrosse businesses, as well as 3d Lacrosse’s official retail partner Lax.com, and Stylax, the official tournament apparel provider and All-Star uniform designer.
The Dick’s Sporting Goods Park grounds, home to a number of large sporting events and music concerts throughout the year, were filled with families tailgating or picnicking on the grassy hillsides lining the fields. During games, sidelines were jammed packed from end line to end line with families cheering on teams as well as college coaches observing and taking notes.
“We know the impact on the area is significant as our DSO guests and their families fill nearby hotels, dine at restaurants and visit shops during the course of the weekend,” Bartlett said.
“But most importantly, we know we deliver an outstanding lacrosse experience from start to finish, and we’re never going to be settled as we try to keep evolving and enhancing our events every year.”
To learn more about 3d Lacrosse and its lineup of national and regional tournaments, visit 3dlacrosse.com/tournaments.
2019 DSO Champions
Boys 2020 AA: Texas Cowboys
Boys 2020 A: 3d Texas
Boys 2021 AA: Denver Elite
Boys 2021 A: Royal Bay
Boys 2022 AA: 3d Colorado
Boys 2022 A: Blue Label
Boys 2023 AA: Team Carolina
Boys 2023 A: SoCal Express
Boys 2024 AA: Georgia Tigers Elite
Boys 2024 A: Westlake Chaps Lacrosse
Boys 2025 AA: Sixers Lacrosse
Boys 2025 A: SoCal Express
Boys 2026: Tommyknockers
Boys 2027: Tommyknockers
Girls High School Elite: Outlaws Lacrosse Academy
Girls High School Rising: 3d Oregon
Girls 2023: SoCal Express
Girls 2024: True Colorado
Girls 2025: Grit Dallas
Girls 2026/2027: True Colorado
2019 DSO All-Stars
About 3d Lacrosse
3d Lacrosse is the nation’s fastest-growing lacrosse services company, offering innovative training, premier events, select travel teams, showcases and leagues for boys and girls ages six through 18 at all levels of organized competition. Founded in 2009, the Company trains more than 35,000 athletes annually using its proprietary Box-Field Hybrid™ Development System that combines the tight stick-handling and ball control of box lacrosse with the team-based field strategies used in Division I college programs. In addition to lacrosse-specific training, professional coaches help players develop lifelong skills, including dedication, teamwork and critical thinking under pressure. Based in Denver, 3d Lacrosse also has offices in Annapolis, Atlanta, Boston, Dallas, Hartford, Houston, New York, Portland, Rochester, San Diego, San Francisco, Tampa and Westfield, N.J. Learn more at 3dLacrosse.com.
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