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5th Annual Wasatch Chill Lax Tournament Slated for March 27-28, 2015

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The 5th Annual Wasatch Chill Lax Tournament will be played on March 27-28, 2015 at the Art Dye Park in American Fork. The tournament focuses on freshman and sophomore players.
“We want to give younger high school players a venue to develop and have a tournament experience early in the season,” said Jason Matheny, tournament director. “Many programs put so much emphasis on varsity players that some of the younger players get overlooked.  We want to keep the cost down to make it affordable for all teams to participate.  It is expensive to run a tournament for referees and field space but we are fortunate that we have great AFHS booster and players to volunteer their time to help make this tournament successful.”
Chill LaxThe tournament is a great way for younger players to get familiar with their teammates, get great game experience and to simply learn the game.
“We have made two adjustments to the tournament to meet growth and requests from teams over the last few years.  One is regarding player eligibility,” Matheny said. “Besides allowing any freshman and sophomores to play, up to three juniors and seniors are allowed to play on a team as long as they haven’t played in any varsity games.  This change was made to allow teams with older, but new to the game players, to play and have this type of experience. The second adjustment is a change in the format to add an additional bracket for the play-off portion of the tournament.  We will now have a Gold, Silver and Bronze division comprising 10 or 11 teams.”
“The tournament was started by AFHS as there was no freshman/sophomore tournaments five years ago,” said Matheny. “Former board President Bruce Tucker was instrumental the first year in organizing it and helping give it initial traction the first year. Last year was the best-attended tournament with 23 teams competing from Utah, Idaho and Nevada.  This year we have 32 committed from 28 different programs.  We already have a wait list and will cap it at 28 or 32 teams, depending on available fields.”
This years lineup includes: Alta, American Fork, Brighton, Copper Hills, Corner Canyon, Davis, East, Faith Lutheran (NV), Fremont, Juan Diego, Herriman, Logan, Lone Peak, Olympus, Park City, Pleasant Grove, Spanish Fork, Sky View, Syracuse, Westlake, Timpanogos, and Viewmont.
More info found at: www.ChillLax.info

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