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Congrats to our 2015 Sand Storm BOYS Champs!
High School Elite – Kings Lax Gold
High School Open – 212 Select HS
2017 – Jr Black Rhinos
2018 – Team 18 CO
2019 – WCS 19 Yellow
2020 – WCS 20 Yellow
2021 – Mad Dog West 21
2022 – OC Crush 22
Check out pictures on our facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/synapsesports
 
Sand Storm 2015 – what a way to start the New Year! 
 
SCORING RULES:    •  Girls Scoring Rules         Boys Scoring Rules   Helmet Policy
 
SCHEDULE:  Master Schedule UPDATE!!!
To view your teams individual schedule follow the directions below:
  • Hover over SCHEDULES then click on SCHEDULES
  • Click on your DIVISION (listed in blue)
  • Click on STANDINGS Scroll down until you see your team listed & click your Team Name
    • To go to a different division hover your mouse over "GIRLS/BOYS", a drop down menu with the
      divisions listed will appear, click on the one you want, then on STANDINGS to find your team.
 
VENUE: Empire Polo Club - 81/800 Avenue 51, Indio, CA 92201 - www.empirepoloevents.com
 
SAND STORM SITE MAP:  Under the Information Tab   Site Map
 
PROHIBITED ITEMS:
  • NO DOGS - please leave them at home!
  • NO COOLERS - of any kind
  • NO OUTSIDE FOOD/DRINK - plenty of onsite concession options! 
 
NO KIDDING! The venue requires us to fully enforce these rules. Signs will be posted and entrances from parking lots
will be manned - anyone with a cooler or a dog will be turned away.  If you somehow make it into the venue, our staff
will kindly escort you back to your vehicle with prohibited item. Saying you were unaware of policy won’t fly!      
 
SYNAPSE SPORTS APP:  Download today!
This is the best way to access up-to-date tournament info and scores throughout the weekend!  
 Available at Itunes  & Google Play
 
PARKING: Lots Open at 6:30 AM!!  Complimentary parking!
Look for the Lax Tournament Parking signs and the colored balloons up in the sky denoting specific lots!
 
PLEASE AVOID AVE 50 BETWEEN MADISON & MONROE – use alternate routes noted below!
*There is a crosswalk on Avenue 50 between Madison & Monroe that will cause significant delays for vehicles.
*Ave 51 will be one-way going East to West between Madison & Monroe, with entrance on Monroe & exit on Madison.    
 
BEST ROUTES into each lot to AVOID TRAFFIC:
 
GREEN Lot•  
Avenue 48 EAST, Monroe SOUTH, Crossover Avenue 50 – RIGHT into Green Lot
NOTE:  this lot will fill up FAST/FIRST, overflow will be either Blue or White lots
 
BLUE & PURPLE Lot •
FROM West/ South: Jefferson SOUTH, Avenue 52 EAST, Monroe NORTH – LEFT into Blue/ Purple parking lot
FROM North/ East: Monroe SOUTH – Right into Blue/ Purple parking lot
 
WHITE Lot• (Oversized vehicles/RV’s – ALL OVERFLOW PARKING)
FROM North: Avenue 48 EAST, Monroe SOUTH, Right onto Avenue 49 / into White parking lot
FROM West: Avenue 50 EAST, Madison NORTH, Right onto Avenue 49 / into White parking lot
 
ONSITE TRAMS: Trams will run continuously to move you easily around the venue. 
                Look for designated stops on the site map and the 20’ signs that will mark each tram stop.
 
FRIDAY PRACTICE: Only teams that have pre-registered with Synapse Sports to practice will be allowed                                      on the fields on Friday. All other teams will be escorted off the fields.
 
TEAM COACH CHECK-IN: MANDATORY at Sand Storm!
Pick up your team bag and Gatorade sports drink bottles. 
 
Check in at Hacienda Main Registration/Vending Tent – across from Field 13, next to GREEN lot.
 
FRIDAY: 3:00 – 5:00 PM; Back by popular demand, for those who will already be in town.
 Enter venue from Monroe Ave and park in adjacent GREEN Parking lot.
                                         -OR-
SATURDAY: Prior to your 1st game • Same place – make your way there!
 
**THIS IS FOR TEAM COACH ONLY!**
 
The coach of each team/club MUST CHECK-IN at the Synapse Sports Registration table prior to your first game
to check the status of the team and get any last minute information/directions. If coach doesn’t check-in, team will not play!    
 
ATHLETE WAIVERS
Individual electronic Athlete Waivers must be completed ONLINE by ALL rostered players or the team will not be permitted to take the field. If you have any outstanding issues please contact Amy at waivers@synapsesports.com immediately! Please . . . no sob-stories : NO paper waivers will be available onsite!
 
WOMEN’S COLLEGE COACHES: Under the Colleges TAB  GIRLS COLLEGE LIST
 
MEN’S COLLEGE COACHES: Under the Colleges TAB  BOYS COLLEGE LIST
 
SPORTSMANSHIP
Sportsmanship RULES at Synapse Sports events. Anyone violating the good sportsmanship expected of all players,
coaches, fans and parents will be promptly presented with a Purple Card and escorted from the venue.
 
SAFETY & CONVENIENCES:
 
  • A field marshal will be on EACH field and can communicate with event staff, security and trainers in cases of emergency. Please feel free to ask any questions or request emergency assistance.
  • Toilets are plentiful and strategically located near the fields.
  • Trash cans will be everywhere – please use them!  Be sure to pick up gear & trash from sidelines when changing fields.          
  • Trainers are on the field for first aid only- NOT FOR TAPING.
  • Team Tents will only be permitted on the perimeter of the venue, away from all fields, buildings & walkways, as directed by Tournament Officials. No Tents may be erected between fields or in high traffic areas. 
  • Don’t forget the sunscreen!
 
INCLEMENT WEATHER:
While we are expecting glorious weather in the desert, understand that there is no Plan B in the event of inclement weather.
  • As with any outdoor event, competition is subject to the elements. Tournament play may be suspended or cancelled as a result of inclement weather or field safety conditions.
  • Safety dictates that competition will cease if thunder is heard or lightning is spotted.
  • Games will re-start, in real time, 20 minutes after the last bolt was sighted or sooner if the sky clears.
  • Games will not be re-scheduled.
 
FOOD / ENTERTAINMENT:
Food or drinks may NOT be brought to the fields, but will be available for purchase in the Hacienda Main Registration/Vending Tent as designated on site map near field 13 as well as the Forum and 50 Horses fields, near the Synapse Sports Black Star tents.  Check the program for menu offerings at each concession area.  Beverage carts will be strategically located throughout the venue. NO COOLERS PERMITTED on the Polo Club grounds – no kidding!  
 
The Tack Room Tavern (full service on-site restaurant) will be open at 8:30 AM - 11PM each day serving breakfast, lunch and dinner.  Great appetizers, burgers and sandwiches along with NFL coverage!
 
The Tack Rooms is offering a Taco Dinner Buffet in the Rose Garden Saturday night with hourly seating from 4:00 – 7:00 PM.  Reservations required; accepted for teams and/or individual families on a first come, first serve basis.  See Reservation Form for menu: $20/person for reservations made by 1/11/15; $25/person thereafter/day of event.
 
SPONSORS:
UNDER ARMOUR, the official sponsor & supplier of athletic apparel, footwear and equipment, will be providing all of the division winner prizes.  YOU KNOW US. WE WERE BORN HERE. And for 17 years the best lacrosse players on the planet have been shredding fields decked out in innovation from Under Armour®. Our cleats are the fastest in the game. Our apparel changed the way athletes dress forever. And our uniforms keep you cooler and more focused than you’ve ever been. Best of all…you can get everything right now. Call 888-828-1547 for Team Sales and GET BETTER NOW.
 
GATORADE, the official sports fuel provider, will be providing each athlete with a Gatorade squeeze bottle to refill all your hydration needs throughout the event! Coolers filled with Gatorade will also be on the sideline for athletes & fans alike to replenish throughout the tournament.
 

LOCKS of LOVE: 

Synapse Sports annually supports the Locks of Love charity initiative that provides hairpieces to children with medical hair loss at Sand Storm. Countless hair donations have been made onsite over the year by the athletes, their sisters, mothers and friends.  We encourage athletes and fans alike to donate their locks to this worthy cause!  
 
Saturday: 11AM – 3 PM • Stylists from DG Hair Stories of Palm Desert will be at Hacienda Registration/Vending Tent!
 
LOCAL BUSINESS SPONSORS: Download under Information tab
 
Restaurants
 
Jackalope Ranch - 15% off food - can accommodate teams! www.restaurantsofpalmsprings.com
Hwy 111, east of Jefferson; (760) 342-1999
 
Las Casuelas – www.lascasuelasquinta.com
78-480 Hwy 111, La Quinta; (760) 777-7715
 
La Quinta Beer Hunter Sports Pub & Grill - 10% off food & drink! www.laquintabeerhunter.com
78483 Hwy 111, La Quinta; (760) 564-7442
 
La Quinta Cliffhouse - 15% off food! www.laquintacliffhouse.com
78250 Hwy 111, La Quinta; (760) 360-5991
 
Pacifica Seafood Restaurant – 15% off food! www.pacificaseafoodrestaurant.com
73505 El Paseo, Palm Desert; 760-674-8666
 
Pueblo Viejo Grill - 15% off food – all 3 locations! www.puebloviejogrill.com
81-931 Highway 111, Indio; (760) 342.5900 / 36-901 Cook St., Palm Desert; (760) 836-1133 / 72-620 El Paseo Dr., Palm Desert; (760) 674-2171
 
Stuft Pizza Bar & Grill - seating for large parties at both locations! www.stuftpizzabarandgrill.com
Old Town La Quinta - 78015 Main St. #100, La Quinta; (760) 777-9989 / Westfield Palm Desert – 72840 Highway 111, Palm Desert; (760) 610-7990
 
Tack Room Tavern – Onsite at Polo Club! www.empirepoloevents.com/tack_room_tavern.php4
Monroe St. between Avenue 50 & 52; Indio; (760) 347-9985
 
Hotels
 
Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa - www.indianwellshyatt.com
44600 Indian Wells Lane, Indian Wells; (760) 341-1000
 
Indio Super 8 & Suites – Call for last-minute rooms! -  www.indiosuper8.com
81753 Hwy 111, Indio; (760) 342-0264
 
La Quinta Resort & Club - www.laquintaresort.com
49-499 Eisenhower Dr., La Quinta; (760) 564-4111
 
ONSITE VENDORS: Under Information tab.    Vendors Sand Storm 2015
 
Located in the Hacienda Main Registration/Vending tent across from Field 13!  Come check them out!
 
Shoplifting is a CRIME and will not be tolerated at Synapse Sports events. NO excuses . . . NO exceptions. Anyone caught shoplifting will be immediately expelled from the tournament and will not be allowed to participate in any future Synapse Sports sponsored events. The continued participation of the shoplifter’s team may also be jeopardized.  Vendors are encouraged to prosecute shoplifters under the full extent of the law.  
 
We strongly suggest that parents and coaches reiterate this policy to players in advance, as a preventative measure.
 
 
DESTINATION INFORMATION: Palm Springs Area Visitor Info:  Click Here     •     City of Indio
 
WEATHER:
Temperature during competition will be in the balmy mid 70’s while the surrounding mountains are snow capped!
What’s not to love about that?!!! Once the sun sets however the temperature drops @ 20 degrees – be prepared!
 
Looking forward to seeing you n the desert!
 
Cory Samaras Griffeth – Girls Tournament Director
 
Michael Watson – Boys Tournament Director
 
2015 Sand Storm Host Hotels
Courtyard Marriott Palm Desert
Desert Princess Palm Springs Golf Resort
Embassy Suites La Quinta Hotel & Spa
Embassy Suites Palm Desert
Fantasy Springs Resort & Casino
Hampton Inn & Suites Palm Desert
Hilton Garden Inn Rancho Mirage
Holiday Inn Express Indio
Homewood Suites Palm Desert
Indio Super 8 & Suites
JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa
La Quinta Resort & Club
Miramonte Resort & Spa
Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa
Quality Inn & Suites Indio
Renaissance Esmeralda Resort & Spa
Residence Inn Palm Desert
The Westin Mission Hills Gold Resort & Spa
 
For more information or to secure a room block contact:
Beth Bracaglia: 410-573-1414 x103; beth@synapsesports.com
 
 
 
 
 

Sand Storm Lacrosse Festival Set to Host 250 Teams

Record Setting 7th Annual Tournament attracts 16,000+ to Valley   

 

Annapolis, MD (January 9, 2014) – Organizers with Synapse Sports and Lax West have announced the seventh annual Sand Storm Lacrosse Festival, being held Jan. 18-19, at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, Cal., has been expanded to include competition on 40 fields. A record 250 boys’ and girls’ teams - comprised of middle and high school players - are slated to compete in the 2014 event co-sponsored by Under Armour and Gatorade.  “We knew when we started Sand Storm in 2008 that it had tremendous potential.  A warm weather location, state-of-the-art facility, top-notch competition and detailed organization are the ingredients for success,” said Cathy Samaras, found and CEO of Synapse Sports.  “Sand Storm lived up to its potential and exceeded expectations since the beginning.  Now it has become a destination event for club teams throughout the country as the premier winter tournament on the West Coast.”
 
Sand Storm began as a girls’ club tournament geared primarily towards clubs from Western States. It has since expanded its reach and now includes a significant number of teams from the Midwest, East Coast and even Canada.  The number of Division I, II and III collegiate coaches scouting talent at Sand Storm has also increased significantly in recent years as the talent pool expanded.  Sand Storm added a boys’ component in 2011 and it has grown exponentially under the guidance of Michael Watson of Lax West.  In just four years, the boys’ tournament has grown from 14 to 112 teams.  “It’s a testament to the overall quality of the event.  Every team that participated the past two years had a great experience and it has spread by word of mouth that Sand Storm is a top-notch tournament in terms of a spectacular venue, precise management and strong competition,” Watson said.  “A weekend in Palm Springs is very appealing to the out-of-town teams.  I couldn’t be more thrilled with how quickly this thing has taken off.”
 
Sand Storm enjoys tremendous local support from the Greater Palm Springs Convention and Visitors Bureau and local business community.  Host hotels to the event include resort properties La Quinta Resort and Club, Renaissance Esmeralda, JW Marriott, Hyatt Regency Indian Wells, Desert Princess Golf Resort, Fantasy Springs Resort Casino, Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa and The Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort & Spa, as well as Embassy Suites - La Quinta & Palm Desert, Homewood Suites Palm Desert, Palm Desert’s Marriott Courtyard, Residence Inn & Hampton Inn, Hilton Garden Inn Rancho Mirage and Indio’s Clarion, Royal Plaza Inn and Super 8 & Suites.  Local sponsors of the event include host hotels Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa, Indio Super 8 & Suites and La Quinta Resort & Club as well as restaurants including the Kaiser Restaurant Group’s Jackalope Ranch & Hog’s Breath Inn, Las Casuealas La Quinta, The La Quinta Beer Hunter Pub & Grill, Stuft Pizza Bar & Grill and the Tack Room Tavern.

SYNAPSE SPORTS
Synapse Sports is the premier provider of lacrosse playing opportunities and recruiting events in the U.S.  Founder and CEO Cathy Samaras has been a trailblazer in the sport of lacrosse, working tirelessly for over 20 years to promote the growth and development of the game – from grassroots to global.  To learn more about the exciting events organized by the company visit www.synapsesports.com <http://www.synapsesports.com/> or call 410-573-1414.  

LAX WEST LACROSSE
Founded by former UVA 4-time All American Michael Watson, Lax West is committed to helping its participants reach their full potential as competitive lacrosse players and coaches through a variety of platforms including instructional and competitive camps, clinics and events, as well as coaching clinics and seminars, invitational exhibitions, games and tournaments. Visit www.laxwestlacrosse.com <http://www.laxwestlacrosse.com/> for more information.
 
 

Online Check-In

Online Check-in is now available for this event.

What is Online Check-in?

Online Check-in eliminates the need for your team to show up in person before your first game by allowing you to complete the check-in process online. You will be required to upload .pdf files or images to the secure sincSports cloud. The event will determine which documents are required.

There is a $20 non-refundable fee. You must scan documents or take digital photos to complete this process. We will help you through the rest! Please click the link below to begin:

Begin Online Check-in

 

 
 
Sand Storm 2015
Men's College Coaches

 

Adams State

Arizona State U

Asbury University

Babson College

Bates College

Chapman Colllege

Concordia University

Grand Canyon

Milsaps College

Ottawa University (KS)

Santa Clara University

Sonoma State

Swathmore College

University of CA SB

University of CA SD

University of the Cumberlands

USC

University of the Pacific

Washington & Lee

Wesleyen College

Whittier College

 
 

Palm Springs

Visitor Information
CLICK HERE!




SPONSORS:

Gatorade 
Under Armour
Enterprise

To make reservation, simply click the Synapse
logo once on their site.
IGNORE: member# & password!

 

PARTNERS
   

Tack Room Tavern
 

Kaiser Family Restaurants
Jackalope Ranch




 

 

Click Here

 

 

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Indio Super 8
Need a last minute room close to the venue? 
Call 760-342-0264 – book under “albatross” block code.
Reservations subject to availability. 
www.indiosuper8.com

 

 

Hyatt Regency
Indian Wells

Resort & Spa

www.indianwells.hyatt.com

 

 

2015 Vendors

 

 

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