Lonestars - the time has come to turn our attention to the 11 July Central Regional 18s tournament in Racine, Wisconsin.
A lot of strong teams are already confirmed, so the tournament will be a great opportunity to benchmark ourselves against key rivals and work on our game plan ahead of Nationals. We want to encourage as many players (and family/friends) as possible to come up and put in a good showing at the tournament whilst enjoying a fun a weekend away together.
A BIT ABOUT RACINE, WISCONSIN
Situated on Lake Michigan, Racine is closer to Milwaulkee (30 mins) however we have looked into flights and there are only non-stop flights to Chicago. Racine is 1.5hrs from Chicago Midway airport (South West) and 1 hour from Chicago O'Hare (All Other Airlines).
Real Racine Tourism is hosting the event for the USAFL and will provide such freebies as breakfast at the USAFL affiliated hotels, a Saturday night after-party with transport and other extras.
TOURNAMENT & LOCATION
The game schedule will be finalised as we get closer and confirmed numbers, but it is looking like 2 men's divisions of 6 teams and a women's division of 3 teams. First games will likely begin at 10am with finals likely at 4:30pm.
Field AdddresSCORe Soccer Complex
(Note--the lower case "e" is intentional.)
9509 Dunkelow Road
Franksville, WI 53126
*Games will be played on the north end of the complex. There is plenty of on-site parking. Indoor restrooms and a concession stand will be available.
Real Racine will proudly host the post-tournament buffet dinner and party for players, coaches, officials and staff on Saturday night.
Route 20 Outhouse
14001 Washington Ave
Sturtevant, WI 53177
*Located just a few minutes from both partner hotels.
Real Racine will provide complimentary shuttles to and from the partner hotels starting at 7:30 p.m. A complimentary dinner buffet will begin at 8:30 p.m. Drink specials will be available throughout the night. A band will come on about 9:30 pm.
FLIGHTS TO CHICAGO
The recomended plan is to fly into Chicago on Friday evening and fly back either Sunday evening or Monday morning.
We have narrowed down 5 flight options travelling IN Friday and OUT Sunday to allow for ease of ground transport to and from Racine. If you wish to travel outside of these flight times significantly then you may be on your own with transport. If enough people are interested in staying Sunday night we will put out some Monday return flights.
At this stage you are in charge of booking your own flights. If we have 10 or more interested in South West then we can look at a group booking but need to know in the next week.
||IN FRI 7/10
||OUT SUN 7/12
|South West 1 (Midway)
||$375 (Inc 2 x Checked bags)
|South West 2 (Midaway)
||$410 (Inc 2 x Checked bags)
||$435 (Checked extra)
||$405 (Checked extra)
||$388 (Inc 1 x Carry On, Checked extra)
*Prices as at 5/11/15.
We will wait to co-ordinate this once flights are booked so if you wish to share ground transport please don't book anything yet.
ACCOMODATION IN RACINE
Due to Real Racine sponsoring the event, it is mandatory to stay at the USAFL tournament hotels, so we will be staying as a team Saturday night in Racine and we encourage you to stay Friday night. If you do not stay Friday then you will need to plan to be at the grounds no later than Saturday 8.30am. We will be letting you know the hotel soon.
*As per Nationals, the club will be supplementing share accommodation as much as possible and this amount will be confirmed soon or when we have a better idea of how many players are going. Supplements only apply to Players and not extra travellers.
If you would like to extend your trip either side of the tournament please feel free and we are polling people of whether they would be interested in staying in Chicago on Thurs or Sun night together.
TRAVEL DOC - PLEASE FILL OUT ASAP!
Please complete the Google spreadsheet to let us know if you are Playing; preferred Flights and Accom or if you will be making your own travel arrangments.
Flights will only get more expensive, so please confirm your availability ASAP.
Don't forget all partners, kids, friends welcome!!!!