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  • The foremost authority on Lacrosse History, Thomas Vennum, Jr., a Dutchman, will be the Master of Ceremonies at this year's tournament. Meet him, talk to him, get a book signed and perhaps even take home the Thomas Vennum Trophy if your team wins the tournament! Vennum will be christening and presenting the first ever Thomas Vennum Cup to the winners and to the Hurley Club where it will record the names of Amsterdam Tournament Champions for 100 years to come. Vennum, the game's most famous Dutchman, is retired from the Smithsonian Institute but still travels the world studying native music and culture. He has made many cultural music recordings, some with the help of Grateful Dead band members and others. He will also host slideshows about Iroqouis stickmaking and Ojibwe canoe making (his latest book) upstairs at the clubhouse. Native American Culture entusiasts in Germany and Holland should not miss this once in a lifetime opportunity. Times of the slideshows will be posted here. We are thrilled to have Tom at this year's party!

  • EurolaxTM is a 2004 Amsterdam Tournament sponsor! The tournament will be using only Eurolax balls. You'll have a chance to see all of the excellent Eurolax products, including german made shafts, at the games!

  • You can pay NOW to reserve a spot by using a credit card online!

  • Read our tournament specific All Abut Amsterdam Guide with Hotels - This is the html version of what we send registrants.

  • Do some trip research with these walking around Amsterdam and Tournament photographs from February 2003, July 2002, and August 2003 (Gallery 1 and Gallery 2)


    WHEN: August 10-14, 2004

    WHERE: The Hurley Hockey Grounds & Club, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

    WHO: At least 16 Men's and 16 Women's teams from all over. Individuals from Europe, the United States, Australia and Asia!

    PURPOSE: 2003's tournament was the first of its kind and magnitude to be held in the Netherlands. Our primary purpose is to fuel the enthusiasm and interest for Lacrosse in the Netherlands and Europe. The Amsterdam tournament is an invitation to those who want to help introduce and grow lacrosse here and have some fun doing it. Secondly, because Amsterdam is one of the most visited Cities in the World and August is the peak of tourist season, the tournament and the promotion around it will leave a trail of interest throughout the world. In a nutshell; a Vail-like tournament for the Dutch, Europeans and anyone who will join us!

    CONTACTS: Questions and correspondence concerning the tournament can be directed to: European/Worldwide teams can e-mail Co-Director Edouard Dopper in Holland. North American Teams can e-mail Co-Director John Weaver.

    HOST: Maastricht Lacrosse (Maaslax) is a club team representing Maastricht University and was the first team in the Netherlands. Maaslax will be heavily involved in daily operations of the tournament and are primarily responsible for providing a smooth and enjoyable experience for all tournament participants. Check out the Maaslax website.

    COST: Teams will be charged 1000 Euro ($1,247 US) as the entry fee. A 300 Euro ($374 US) check or charge will be accepted as a deposit to hold a team's spot until July 1, 2004. The 700 Euro ($872 US) remainder must be paid by then to assure your place in the tournament is held. Deposits are non-refundable. We are also accepting individual player registrations for mixed independent teams at 100 euro ($112 US) per player (includes team organization and a jersey). THESE SPACES ARE VERY LIMITED! E-Mail us with any questions, and to let us know if your check is on the way BUT teams and individuals will be confirmed as payment (or deposit) is RECEIVED via credit card online or Check at the following address:

    E-Lacrosse Tournaments
    P.O. Box 442
    Glen Echo, MD 20816

    Make check or money order payable to E-Lacrosse in Euros or U.S. Dollars (or values).

    If paying by check, include a sheet of paper with the following information. If paying with a credit card, e-mail the same information to :

    Team Name
    Team Home
    Jersey Colors
    Team Manager or responsible party (ha!)
    Manager's Phone and e-mail
    Does the team speak some english? (for the purpose of assigning refs)

    Years of play
    Do you speak english? (for the purpose of assigning refs)

    Entry fees pay for fields, locker room and shower facilities, clubhouse use, referee and trainer fees, administrative, setup and clean up services and a party on Saturday night at the club after the finals. Travel, hotel and local transportation is to be arranged separately by the teams or players. The tournament will send registrants a package which will help them a great deal when making arrangements, including some discounts from sponsors and recommended airlines, hotels, neighborhoods, restaurants, etc.

    HARDWARE: European and General Champions medals on blue and orange ribbons, the Dutch national colors, are awarded. A trophy will be awarded to each winning team, as well. A large trophy bowl will be kept at the Hurley Club over the years with the champions engraved. 2003's winners, The Crease Monkeys and UK Lacrosse will be the first of many placed on the bowl that one day will be a part of European lacrosse history!

    FIELDS: Hurley is one of the top Field Hockey clubs in the Netherlands where it is the national sport. On a map it is in the neighborhood of Amstelveen just southwest of the city. The tournament will be played on up to 8 astroturf fields which are used by some of the greatest hockey clubs in the world each year at tournaments held at the Hurley and Amsterdam Club next door. Practice areas and full changing and shower facilities are also available.

    FOOD: The full Hurley kitchen will be operating in 2004 offering a full lunch menu. Food will also be sold by cuisine sponsors vending in the clubhouse and beer, soda, etc. will be served all day. The bar has Juices, beer, tea, coffee, soft drinks and light fare and will serve into the night for campers. Prices are almost identical to those in the US.

    TIMES: Games will begin at 9 or 10 am and wrap up each day with a 6 o'clock game. Your team will play two 1-hour games per day. It gets dark at 10:30 pm in August in Amsterdam so the party starts late. There will be a full day off on Thursday. Enjoy!

    AGE LIMIT: This is an 18 AND OVER tournament. All team members must be over 18. No exceptions.

    HOTELS: There are so many great neighborhoods in Amsterdam. We'll include lots of info in the registration package we send out, but there's something for everyone in Amsterdam. August is tourist season in Holland so book flights and Hotels early to save money!

    CAMPING ON-SITE: There will be free camping on the tournament grounds. We are looking into finding tent rentals in the area. The campgrounds, which sit only yards from the Hurley fields, will basically become a 96-hour lacrosse field party! The Clubhouse will remain open 24 hours for socializing, showers, locker rooms, vending machines, etc.

    THE CITY: Amsterdam is a cultural, art, leisure, culinary and party center and a weekend vacation spot for many Europeans. The museums are second to none, the jazz, techno and house music play until 5 am, the sidewalk cafes are buzzing and shopping is a sport. The locals speak perfect english, and American too. They love Field Hockey and Soccer and loved lacrosse when they got a chance to see it in 2003. Be nice to them and they will be very nice to you. Welcome to the coolest city and the hottest tournament on the planet!

    TOURNAMENT BUS: We are attempting to hire an hourly express bus from two common stops downtown to the fields and back. One way passage will likely cost about 2 bucks, but this will be very convenient to those staying on Rembrandtplein, Leidseplein or towards Central Station. More on this later.

    DIRECTIONS: Directions to the Hurley Club in english! The address is:

    THC Hurley
    Nieuwe Kalfjeslaan 21
    1182 AA Amstelveen

    The phone number at the club is 020-6454468. The club is located on the "Nieuwe Kalfjeslaan" in the "Amsterdamse Bos", 500 meters past the Wagener hockey stadium. If coming by car:

    From the Centrum, get onto Amstelveenseweg southward at the bottom of town. Go approximately 4 km and turn left onto "Nieuwe Kalfjeslaan". Take a left at the entrance of the "Amsterdamse Bos" (a bos is a forest), then you go straight till you come to a big left curve, you will find the entrance to Hurley on your left.

    From The Hague, Haarlem or Schiphol, take the A9 toward Utrecht, take the Amstelveen exit (not amstelveen-zuid), take a right taking you under the highway, then go straight on the "Keizer Karelweg", then the "Amsterdamseweg" and finally the "Kalfjeslaan". Take a left at the entrance of the "Amsterdamse Bos", then you go straight till you come to a big left curve, you will find the entrance to Hurley on your left.

    From Utrecht take the A2 toward Amstelveen, Schiphol and Haarlem, exit at Amstelveen Centrum. Take a right onto the "Keizer Karelweg" which becomes "Amsterdamseweg" and the "Kalfjeslaan" (Border of Amsterdam and Amstelveen), then take a left at the entrance of the "Amsterdamse Bos", go straight till a big left curve, the entrance to Hurley will be on your left side.

    If coming by tram or bus (recommended):

    From Central Station in Amsterdam: you can take the following bus numbers 170/171/172 NZH which all take you to the bus stop on the "Kalfjeslaan" 50 meters from the entrance of the "Amsterdamse Bos" Make sure you ask the bus driver for assistance in stopping at the correct place the first time! That is a common courtesy and they will not mind at all. The Dutch appreciate the words "please" and "thank you", just as we do here. Most speak beautiful English.

    From Amsterdam-Amstel Station: take bus 169 NZH till the bus stop "Kalfjeslaan".

    From "Amsterdam Zuid": take bus 63 GVB till the bus stop "Kalfjeslaan".

    From "Haarlemmermeer": station take bus 63 GVB or 170/171/172 NZH till the bus stop "Kalfjeslaan".

    Print each of the five pages on an 8 1/2 by 11 sheet of paper.

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    Maps above are from Maporama. This site accesses maps of European cities starting with an address.

    Maps above are from MapQuest Holland. Get directions from your hotel to the fields.


    The blue flag is thrown to enforce the Geen Gezeik rule. Geen Gezeik means "no bitching" in Dutch. Basically, the Blue Flag is a way to stop players and coaches from abusing refs. Ken Galluccio, Amsterdam's Chief Official (left) loved the Geen Gezeik rule when he heard about it and showed up at the tournament with blue flags and the idea to use them for the unique enforcement mechanism of this mellow Amsterdamesque regulation.
    The "Geen Gezeik" rule explained (from the Amsterdam Tournament Program): The referees are here to mellow out and party in a lacrosse environment just like you. To this end, they have use of a special rule - a "No Tolerance" policy on complaining to the refs. This applies to coaches and players. The first offence is awarded a one minute penalty with a blue flag. The second on the same person is a "that game" suspension to the beer tent for attitude adjustment. Warnings MAY be given first.
    You could call it a "time out" for adults. Whatever you call it, most were pretty happy with the results. It's also an equalizer of sorts as the Europeans almost never yell at officials while it's become prevalent in the U.S. and Canada. It's an idea that will be implemented again in Amsterdam this August and at tourney sites in Washington, York, Rome and London as well.

    PHOTOS: These are photograph galleries from the 2003 Tournament!
    Set-up & Hard Rock Party - E-Lax Staff, 9/1
    Amsterdam Tournament - Day One - E-Lax Staff
    Amsterdam Tournament - Day Two & Three - E-Lax Staff
    Amsterdam Tournament - Championship Day - E-Lax Staff
    Amsterdam Tournament - Assortment - E-Lax Staff
    Around Amsterdam & Trip to Haarlem - E-Lax Staff
    Trips to Haarlem and Zaandvort Beach - E-Lax Staff
    Amsterdam Arts Season Opening - A massive field party with many stages - E-Lax Staff
    Brian DeSpain's Awesome Amsterdam Gallery
    Chuck Westphal's Cleaned-up Amsterdam Gallery
    UKLacrosse's Amsterdam Album - Sandy Boyce

    Q & A:

    Q: How well developed is Dutch lacrosse?

    A: There are currently three clubs in the Netherlands: Maastricht, Amsterdam and Hilversum. The club in Hilversum is a high school team. The club in Maastricht has a girl's and boys' team both competing in German leagues. The Amsterdam Club is brand new. Dutch lacrosse is three years old now and steadily growing. The Amsterdam tournament was featured on national and local news in 2003 and we expect even more attention in 2004.

    Q: Is there a Dutch lacrosse association?

    A: The Netherlands Lacrosse Federation or NLF's mission is to help and sustain lacrosse initiatives in the Netherlands. It promotes the sport and inspire individuals and groups to start clubs throughout the Netherlands. The NLF would like to see a national team compete at the next world championships.

    Its first president is Edouard Dopper, one of our tournament Directors, whom you can contact for more information at e_dopper@hotmail.com.

    Q: Tell me more about the individual entries. I don't have a team and want to play.

    A: We are accepting individual players as entrants to the tournament. This means that you send a check for 100 Euro or 120 Dollars and we organize a team of independents that you will play on, like an adult lax/party camp. No team will have more than 20 players and everyone plays. We may ask some individuals if they wish to fill in on existing teams with small numbers from europe or elsewhere. It will be a great way to meet many new people from just about everywhere. We have one independent team almost filled and one Dutch team that needs a few guys, preferably of Dutch descendancy. We think that there will be four teams or more of independents so don't hesitate to join in. ALL SKILL LEVELS will be respected at this tournament. THIS WAS VERY POPULAR. ALL OF THE GUYS WHO DID THIS IN 2003 SAID THEY WOULD DO IT AGAIN AND PROBABLY WILL IN 2004!

    Q: How many games will we play?

    A: Two 60 minute running time games per day. Each team will play games on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. Friday match-ups will determine who advances to Saturday's final round games. Friday's losers will have both weekend nights to go nuts 'til the wee hours of the morning while the winners can make their own choices and play accordingly in the Saturday finals. So the minimum number of games played will be 6 and the maximum is 7.

    Q: Will there be awards or trophies?

    A: Of course. There will be an All-Amsterdam team named and a cool apparel item will accompany the honor. There will also be trophies for the top two teams in each division. The tournament winners will also get individual medals. Lots of Amsterdam Tournament gear will be available for sale on-site and even on the E-Lacrosse online store soon.

    Q: Where should we stay?

    A: When we get each team's deposit check or individual's fee we send out an information packet that has the map of the area with all pertinent locations for games and social activity. But for starters, just think about what you want to see in Holland. If it's museums, stay on Museumplein, if its the red light district and coffee shops, then stay in the city center near the Dam Square or Central Station. If you like antiques and quaint canals, the Jordaan is very nice. Dancing and late-night clubbing is done in a huge way on the Leidseplein and Rembrandtplein. If you think far ahead and use the internet, you can find a houseboat or canal house rental for a true Amsterdam experience. All the A'Dam hotels are on the Internet travel service lists. Pick an area and compare prices within similar star ratings.

    Q: When are people coming in and leaving?

    A: The best time to come is the Friday before the tournament. Spend the weekend, Monday and Tuesday seeing the many beautiful sights in Holland and begin playing on Wednesday. The tournament ends on Saturday and Sunday is a great travel day and nothings happening in the city so you miss nothing. Friday and Saturday nights are insane and should not be missed if possible. Or come in for the London Tournament on the 5th, fly to Amsterdam (about 30 minutes) on the 9th and play the Amsterdam Tournament until the 14th and fly out on the 15th. Two world class tournaments back-to-back will make for the trip of a lifetime! Do it as a team, individual or small group!

    Make a 10 day trip out of it and play in the E-Lacrosse London Tournament August 6-8! There is very limited space in London!

    Q: Will there be official tournament social events?

    A: Yes, but not overkill. All of our players will get discounts at the Hard Rock all week. Other Cafes, restaurants and bars will be sponsors and offer various deals to players as well. The Clubhouse, overlooking the fields, is an ongoing party. We will have one big tournament party after the championship that is included in your team or individual fee. There will also be a welcome party the night before games start along with a team managers' meeting.

    Q: Will spectators be charged?

    A: No. Watching any of the action is free on all days!

    Q: How much is the trip for a single person?

    A: It depends on where your coming from but Hotels are 50 to 150 a night (US) and the flight this year will be between 600 and 1000 (US) depending on when you book and which airline. Do the whole trip on the cheap by camping at the fields for free. Most Europeans can drive or take a train for far less. Meals are the same as the US or England in price. A great meal at a pub or Pancake House will be ten bucks without beer or wine. Beer is cheap.

    Q: Is it true what they say about Amsterdam?

    A: Probably. There's no place like it in the world!

    We sent out invitation postcards for the opening party in 2003! You'll get one for 2004 too!

    Posted 2/15/04