Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 1/12/19
Registration remains open for several spots in the 3rd Annual Gait Heritage Girls Winter Classic – a 5v5 girls’ lacrosse clinic and tournament on Monday, January 21st (MLK Holiday) at Maplezone Sports Institute in Aston, PA.
The popular event, presented by Heritage Lacrosse, will feature player clinic sessions conducted by Gary Gait, Head Women’s Lacrosse Coach at Syracuse University – perhaps the mostly highly credentialed player/coach in the sport, followed by a competitive and fast-faced 5v5 tournament played in a championship format.
Space in this exclusive event is limited to six (6) teams per bracket.
• Top youth, middle school and high school players, clubs and teams from the region and beyond.
• 5v5 half-court play (4 field players and a goalie); 6 field players/team minimum; 9 field players/team maximum.
• 3-station field player clinic (and goalie clinic) conducted by Coach Gait and former Syracuse players will precede tournament play.
• Multiple 10 to 12 minutes games (lots of touches, lots of action).
• Team coaches are welcome to attend clinics and pick up any tips or pointers on drills and techniques.
Brackets Organized by Grade/Graduation Year (registrations will be accepted and brackets formed based on interest on a “first come first served” basis until brackets and/or the event is full):
• 6th Grade (2025);
• 7th Grade (2024);
• 8th Grade (2023);
• High School A (2022/2021/2020/2019);
• High School AA Varsity/Elite (2021/2020/2019)
• $525/team ($475 “Early Bird Special” if registered and paid in full by 12/31/18)
• Multiple Team Discounts (3 plus) –contact us.
• $30/individual for 1 hour Clinic Session only (click here to register)
Stick/Gear Donation Challenge: Participating girls and teams are asked to collect used or surplus lacrosse sticks/eye gear/pinnies (boys/girls items; check in the basement or garage!) and bring them to the Registration Desk during the event. The Philadelphia Lacrosse Association will arrange to have the sticks recycled as part of the HEADstring Project to support lacrosse in the City of Philadelphia and elsewhere in Eastern PA.
About Gary Gait: Gait is a 10-time NCAA champion, having won 3 titles as a player for the Orange (1988-90) and 7 as an assistant women’s lacrosse coach at Maryland (1995-01). At Maryland, he helped build one of the most impressive college sports dynasties in NCAA history. The team compiled a remarkable 164-16 overall record in his 9 years on staff, including 4 undefeated seasons and 7 consecutive NCAA championships (1995-01). Since taking the helm at Syracuse, he has compiled an overall record of 150-48, while coaching his teams to berths in 2 national championship games and 7 national semifinals. Gait’s success as a coach might only be surpassed by his accomplishments as a player. He has won every major collegiate, professional and international championship in the sport during his career, including his 3 NCAA championships with the Orange, 3 NLL titles (1991, 1994-95), 3 MLL titles (2001-02, 2005), and the International Lacrosse Federation (ILF) World Championship (2006). Gait and his twin brother, Paul, began their playing careers at Syracuse in 1987. There the duo revolutionized lacrosse, bringing a sense of style and excitement to the game that had never been seen before. At no time was that more evident than in the 1988 national semifinal against Penn at the Carrier Dome when Gary unveiled the “Air Gait,” scoring twice by dunking over the top of the goal from behind. Individually, he earned All-America honors four times, won the Lt. Raymond Enners Award (National Player of the Year) twice (1988, 1990) and was awarded the Lt. Donald C. MacLaughlin Jr. Award (Midfielder of the Year) in 1988 and 1990.