The next Santa Barbara Shootout will be February 16 - 18, 2018 at the Santa Barbara Polo Club. The 2017 event was flooded out during Tropical Storm Lucifer. Great losses were experienced on all sides and the facility owner, ERG Polo Fields, did not refund the $25,0000 facility fee nor did he honor a credit toward a future use. Then he sold the property so there's nothing more can be done about it.
Plans for the future include the following.
- Move high school divisions to an earlier weekend. High school teams may play in the Santa Barbara Winter Showdown. The next one is February 10 - 11, 2018 at the Santa Barbara Polo Club.
- The SB Shootout is now a WCLA only team event for WCLA DI and DII teams. A smaller number of teams will be accommodated and it will be more the size of the U.S. Lacrosse WCLA Tournament in May.
- With a smaller number of teams comes some flexibility if there's need for backup artificial turf fields. If it's not a 12 field event then it won't need 12 backup turf fields.
- The new SB Shootout entry fee will include tournament insurance that covers expenses and not just medical liability. Different plan options, costs and coverages are under review. Even though the chances of another storm like Tropical Storm Lucifer are slim such an occurrence will now be covered.
Mark your calendar for February 16 - 18, 2018 and stay tuned for additional information.