In the fall of the 2014-2015 season, Luther hosted its first on-campus tournament. The tournament was a success, providing visiting teams with a productive weekend of fun and development. Since then, the Luther Invite has been back each fall for it's annual installment. The following is information about our 2017 tournament to help give you an idea of what to expect from us in the future. Keep an eye out for details on our 2018 tournament to be announced!
Our 2017 tournament was held over two separate weekends, both on campus at Luther: October 21-22 for men's and open teams, and October 28-29 for women's teams. Bid fees for the tournament were $275 for a single team, or $500 for a split squad.
For the first time, we were happy to announce that high school teams are welcome to attend! We had several slots reserved both weekends for high school squads that wanted to come get some valuable fall experience against some quality opponents. This is also a great opportunity to check out Luther! We understand that high school teams may have a tighter budget, so we offered bid fees of $225 for high school squads.
We have limited field space at Luther, which caused us to have to turn away several teams from the 2016 tournament as we simply didn't have enough fields to host everyone. By holding the men's and women's divisions over two separate weekends, we doubled the number of fields we had available, in an effort to allow as many teams as possible to attend. We also heard from a few teams in 2016 that had a bit of trouble finding a place to stay in Decorah- Spacing things out over two weekends made it easier for teams to find hotel availability in town.
Both weekends, the tournament guaranteed at least 7 games per team on painted fields, had certified athletic trainers available all day long, provided food and water for teams, and had portapotties nearby. Additionally, we will be teaming with an ultimate apparel provider to give players the option of purchasing an assortment of gear.
Registration for the 2017 tournament is now closed. Keep an eye on this page for 2018 tournament information to be announced later this year!
If you have any questions or need more information, please contact Matt Smith at [email protected].