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Update From The Directors #3: Saratoga Shootout Final Plan

By SLS Staff, 06/25/20, 3:45PM EDT

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Hello All,

Thank you for your patience and communication amidst challenging circumstances. It has been great to directly connect with many of you. We appreciate your support and involvement tremendously and have taken all feedback into consideration as best possible given our circumstances.

To follow is the plan for the 2020 Saratoga Lacrosse Shootout, to the best of our knowledge and intentions as of today. We are pleased to inform you that this plan has received community support from Saratoga, but we remain subject to NY State Guidelines surrounding recreational events and group activity. On/around July 1st, it is anticipated that Saratoga (Capital Region) will enter Phase 4, and NYS will issue guidance accordingly.

If you are willing and able to stick with us, to follow are our planned parameters:

Player-Focused Game Format:
 

  • Saratoga 2020 will not be a typical experience. Our simple goal is to get players playing lacrosse in a beautiful place with significant off-field, outdoor opportunity. 
     
  • Total 4 games; no championship format is anticipated, subject to how circumstances evolve. Games will be scheduled in advance without TBD games. Schedule to be condensed into back-to-back games (with rest) as possible.
     
  • We anticipate a limited number of attendees per field to include staff/officials, players, coaches, and spectators. We are targeting a 125-person limit per field (5 staff, 60 persons per team). Exact quantity is subject to future guidance.
     
  • We anticipate that teams may find themselves with a partial group of families who are able to participate. If you find your team in this position, please let us know, and we will connect groups to potentially combine / join forces.
     

All Divisions Final Decision Date: 7/8/20

Balance Charge Date: 7/15/20

Safety Operating Plan: With guidance, we are developing a plan which will require various modifications on behalf of us as operators and you as participants, to include pre-event screening, social distancing, face coverings, hygiene/sanitization procedures, adjusted game play, etc. This plan will be published in advance, and staff/attendees will be required to comply.


Player Registration: We are in the process of rebuilding player registration to factor COVID-related guidelines. We will roll out this system on/around 7/8, and it will be necessary that 100% of players complete this process, in advance, to play. Everyone’s cooperation will be essential. 
 

We believe this is the only potential path forward in 2020. We are hopeful to receive enough information and guidance between now and 7/8 to feel comfortable hosting the 8th Annual Saratoga Lacrosse Shootout. While we continue to do everything in our power to make it happen this summer, it is our highest priority to make sure we can continue to operate in future years as well, and will/would never risk the well-being of our lacrosse community, or the Wilton/Saratoga Springs community. 

Please let us know if you do not plan to join us, and we will process and remove you from subsequent communications. If you do still plan to join us, we will be in touch as soon as any further information becomes available, and no later than 7/8. Further, the website has been adjusted to reflect our new plan forward, so please continue to use the site a tool for information and updates.

With gratitude,

Kevin, Ryan & the Saratoga Team