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The Brewtown Showdown  for 2017 will be held Saturday and Sunday, June 24th & 25th.
The Brewtown Showdown, a.k.a is also known as the Milwaukee Lacrosse Festival is entering is sixteenth year.  This is a wonderful tournament atmosphere with lacrosse players, outfitters, concessions, competitive games, fun times and awards for the victors. The event coincides with the Cedarburg Strawberry Festival and the  to the north and the Kite Festival at Milwaukee's lakefront.
We hope to see you in Milwaukee in June!

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What's the story of the Brewtown Showdown?

2017 marks the 18th Annual Milwaukee Lacrosse Festival - Brewtown Showdown
The Brewtown Showdown was started in 1999 as men's tournament in order to bring teams from nearby regions together to play against the newly established Milwaukee Lacrosse Team. There were six teams involved in the first year with teams coming from Chicago, Michigan and even Toronto. We held the first youth game with what later became players that established the Verona and University School teams.

Over the years we have added a youth component in conjunction with the Milwaukee Area Youth Lacrosse Association and most recently the girl's high school portion. It is truely a festival atmoshpere. 
Play hard, have fun and honor the game!

Game Format 
Games will start Saturday morning at 8:00 AM and run all day until 6:00 PM. Games will continue Sunday morning and teams will play for a championship.

  • Games will consist of two 22 minute running halves
  • Five minutes at half time
  • One 60 second timeout per game
  • Penalties start on the restart whistle when the player is in the box
  • Each team will play a minimum of four games – two/three Saturday and one/two on Sunday
  • Trophies will be awarded to top youth, high school and adult division teams.

2017 Divisional fees & age brackets.

Team divisions have changed from past years to adapt to the US Lacrosse bracketing. In past years we have had teams based on grade level ( i.e 5/6, 7/8, high school, post high school). We will continue to offer those grade levels, but we will also have age based teams. 
The age based teams for men's lacrosse will be divided as follows: 

  • U11 born after 8/31/2004
  • U13 born after 8/31/2002
  • U15 born after 8/31/2000
  • High School - Graduated seniors are allowed to play at this level and should play
  • Men's - High School Senior, College club, post-college club
  • Women's Open - high school, post high school and club level
The age based teams for women will be: 3-5th grade, 6-8th grade, high school, women's (high school seniors, college and post college).

Early bird online registration deposits of $300 are due by March 31st. The team deposit will be $350. This is non-refundable.

Balance is due by May 31sh. 
*Entry fee on May 31st will increase by $100.*
  • High School division - $1,000
  • Men's division - $1,000
Team Balance can be paid by check and mailed to:
Hot4Lax Lacrosse
2236 W. Bluemound Road, Suite G
Waukesha, WI 53186

Tournament Waivers

Each Player will need to complete and sign a tournament waiver and medical release form before competing. Coaches can turn in their teams waivers on Friday night or Saturday morning at the Festival tent in the vendor village.

Brewtown Showdown Waiver/Medical Release 2016


We want to thank our hotel participants  by alotting blocks of rooms to accommadate the teams participating in the Brewtown Showdown. Please consider our hotel sponsors when you make your reservations.

Howard Schumacher - Raddisosson Northshore

If you need assistance with rooms, please contact Robin Buckley at 262-717-9996.

Brewtown Showdown Rules - 2017



All games shall be played in accordance with the Laws of the Game as issued by US Lacrosse. The following rules supplement the Laws of the Game. 


All teams are required to check-in. Check in will be at least 30 min. prior to the first game at the tournament playing fields..

At check-in the team representative must submit the Official Brewtown Showdown Team

Roster (even if you have previously emailed them) and have copies of each player’s signed Brewtown Showdown –The Milwaukee Lacrosse Festival Waiver and Medical Release Form. These documents are required to participate in the tournament. Failure to check-in will result in a disqualification from tournament play without a refund.


Any schedules released in advance are subject to change. Please reconfirm your schedule at Tournament Headquarters prior to your first game. 


All levels:

  • All games will start on the hour. There will be 10 minutes between games.
  • Games will consist of two 22 minute running halves
  • Five minutes at half time
  • One 60 second timeout per game.
  • Each team will play a minimum of four games - two/three Saturday and one/two on Sunday. 


Penalties will be regular time served. Penalty time begins when referee restarts the game and the player is taking a knee in the penalty box.


Colored mouth guard, NOCSAE approved lacrosse helmet, shoulder pads, arm pads & gloves. Goalies also require a throat guard, cup and chest protector. Goalies may wear shin guards.


All parents and spectators are required to sit on one side of the field opposite the players. No

spectators may sit with the players with the exception of up to three coaches. The winning team

is responsible to report the final score to the scoring table so that it can be registered. In the event of a tie, the following criteria will be used to determine semi-final positions:

1. Record in Pool play

2. Head to head competition (if applicable),

3. Goals against

4. Goal differential (capped at 8)

5. Coin flip. The Tournament Directors may change the semi-final bracketing for teams, so that two teams that have already played will not have to play again until the final. 


In the event of a tie, the following will occur: Teams will play one four minute

overtime period. If tie continues, this is followed by a “Braveheart”. The goalie from each team may not cross the midfield line during “Braveheart”.


The tournament committee reserves the right to: Reschedule, relocate or terminate games due to weather conditions. If half of the game has been played before termination for weather conditions or tournament director decision, the game stands as a completed match and is scored accordingly.

NOTE: the referee or Tournament Directors may suspend a game without necessarily being

terminated. The Tournament Directors have the right to change any of these rules or make a decision that would be in the best interest of the participants.


-6 Goal Rule

If a team is losing by six or more goals, then the face-off will be suspended and the ball awarded to the team that is behind, across the midfield line.

-Body Checking

Body checking is permitted at U-15 & U-13, however, no take-out checks are permitted by any player. Take-out checks are checks in which the player lowers his head or shoulder with the force and intent to take out (*put on the ground) the other player. Players may make contact in

an upright position within three yards of the ball.

-Stick Checking

Stick checking should be controlled behavior on the field regarding stick and body. There is to be "limited contact" and no uncontrolled sticks. A one-handed swinging stick check when raised over shoulders (a wind-up) by a defensive player would constitute a slash. 


There will be 20 second count out of the defensive half,  10 second count into the attack area and "Keep It In" rule for the last 2 minutes in the attack area.


Trophies will be awarded to top teams in all divisions.


Team divisions have changed from past years to adapt to the US Lacrosse bracketing. The age based teams for men's lacrosse will be divided as follows:

  • U13 born after 8/31/2002
  • U15 born after 8/31/2000
  • High School teams. Graduated seniors are allowed to play at this level.
  • Men's - High School Senior, College club, post-college club


All referee decisions are final. No protests will be heard on any judgment calls by the referee.

Other protests must be written to the tournament committee within one hour after completion of the game, along with a check for $100. If the protest is not upheld, the protest fee will not be refunded.


No refund will be made to any team that withdraws from the tournament after its entrance fee has been submitted. The Tournament Director, Committee, the Hot4Lax, its Officers, Coaches and volunteers shall not be responsible for expenses incurred by any team that withdraws from the tournament. The Tournament Director has the authority to cancel, reschedule, relocate or abbreviate any game, to include the entire tournament, due to: climatic conditions, other acts of nature or other conditions affecting the tournament. The Tournament Director reserves the right to modify the length and location of any game, or the tournament. The decisions of the Tournament Director are final. No protests allowed. The Brewtown Showdown, its officers, tournament staff, and volunteers will not be responsible for any expenses incurred by any team, including the cost of registration, in the event games are discontinued or cancelled due to inclement weather, adverse field conditions or other conditions affecting the tournament.

In the unfortunate event that the tournament will be unable to proceed, the following guidelines will be used regarding the refund of Entrance Fees:

1. No refunds will be given for shortened games or schedule changes during the Tournament (weather or other reasons).

2. If the entire Tournament is canceled before the start of any games, no more than 80% o team’s entrance fee will be refunded.

3. If the Tournament is canceled before Saturday’s play have been concluded, no more than 50% o teams’ entrance fee will be refunded.

4. If the Tournament is cancelled after Saturday’s play has been concluded, no refund will be provided.


The Tournament Committee reserves the right to decide all matters pertaining to the tournament. The judgment of the Tournament Committee is final. Please remember that the Brewtown Showdown is dedicated to the development of all lacrosse players participating in the tournament, to good sportsmanship and to the “good of lacrosse”. The Tournament Directors may suspend, without recourse or appeal, any players, coaches, or spectators who demonstrate anything less. 

We have a zero tolerance policy for theft of any kind. Theft will be reported to the individual’s coaches, parents, tournament director, and authorities. Punishment may include but will not be limited to immediate expulsion from the tournament and grounds and legal action may be taken based on the tournament directors and authorities’ discretion.


Brewtown Showdown Rules

Team Roster Form

Each Team neeeds to complete a roster for their teams on the attached worsheet. If you have a current form please make adjustments so they are in the same format as this is. This will be used to hand out individual stickers to coaches at check in.

Team Roster


Sponsorship opportunities are available for the Brewtown Showdown. Sponsorships include field sponsors, signage on the website, coaches folders, vendor village, referee uniforms, program guides.
Contact the Hot4Lax office at (262)717-9996 for details.