The inaugural Palmetto Lacrosse Classic is off to a good start and expected to grow, organizer Ward Bitter said Saturday.

The two-day youth lacrosse tournament being played at Hyde Park Farm and Polo Club in Ravenel drew 40 teams, most of them from the southeast but coming from as far as Canada.

Todays final games begin at 8:15 a.m. and are expected to finish by 3 p.m., with champions crowned in five divisions. Players are fifth grade through high school.

We like to start with about 40 teams and then double, triple or quadruple it the next year, said Bitter, who has children playing professionally and collegiately.

We will try to add a girls division next year.

Bitter said the Charleston area was chosen because of its location and its tourism base.