Palmetto Lacrosse Classic opens today at Hyde Park in Ravenel

Forty teams are scheduled to participate in the inaugural Palmetto Lacrosse Classic, which will be played today and Sunday at Hyde Park Farm and Polo Club in Ravenel.

“This is our first event in the southeast,” said E.W. Bitter, whose family business, Bitter Lacrosse out of Stowe, Vt., is staging the tournament. “Our goal is to grow it and make this our premier event in the southeast.”

Bitter said a tournament they run in Stowe, Vt., began with 40 teams but quickly grew to 250 the next year.

“Lacrosse is a fast-paced, high-energy, high-impact, physical game,” Bitter said. “Kids like to play it because it is fun and fast-paced.”

This year’s event will have teams from throughout South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia, the northeast and even some players from Canada.

There will be five divisions with players ranging from fifth grade through high school. Each team will play three games today and two Sunday. Games begin at 8:15 a.m. each day, with competition expected to wrap up around 6:10 p.m. today and 2:50 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free.

In addition to concessions, there also will be stick stringing sessions, a fun zone and a post-game shootout with Billy Bitter, a professional soccer star.

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