Back on the diamond and back in action, Triple Crown Sports will kick off its signature 4th of July event on Wednesday, July 1. Normally held across the Front Range of Colorado, this year’s tournament has been split into three distinct regions (Colorado, Tennessee and Texas).
The three-region concept has allowed teams the flexibility to travel drive-radius distances, making summer navigation as comfortable as possible for youth softball programs during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“I am grateful for all of the coaches and teams who have supported us through these difficult times,” said 4th of July Event Director Stephanie Klaviter. “Good luck and stay safe.”
Throughout all regions, teams are guaranteed at least six games and a stellar field of competition. Each location is also equipped with All-Academic and Showcase games, open to all individual participants of the tournament.
In Colorado, the 4th of July event will represent the third of four weeks in the newly-formed TC Youth Fastpitch League. More than 100 teams from the Rocky Mountain state will compete in separate pools throughout the week, filtering into others depending on their records during the event.
The Tennessee region will feature 180 teams from 23 states, while Texas will host over 100 clubs from the surrounding states, including Oklahoma, Louisiana, Missouri, Mississippi and others. The event’s infamous Power Pools have remained intact across each region, detailing the strength and depth of talent across the country.
“We can’t wait to get started,” said fastpitch Event Director Alyson Carter. “We know how much teams look forward to this event year in and year out. I’m glad that our hard work has paid off and we can get each of them on the diamond this week!”
In conjunction with Sports UAC (United Against COVID), Triple Crown Sports has worked diligently to create a set of protocols to ensure the safety of athletes, coaches and fans. The guidelines have been vetted by other governing bodies, municipalities, event managers, public health sectors, coaches and more. In addition to these new rules, TCS is also following strict CDC recommendations.
“It certainly isn’t going to look like the same 4th of July that we’ve grown accustomed to,” said Triple Crown founder Dave King. “But we have a stacked field, we’re all excited to be playing again and we’re looking forward to watching some ball!”
Triple Crown Sports’ signature fastpitch event, the Colorado 4th of July tournament, will take on a different shape in 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and making summer travel as comfortable as possible for youth softball programs.
There will be four distinct regional 4th of July events this year, all of them with the same format of a 6-game guarantee in the 18u/16u/14u/12u age groups. The date range is expected to be June 29-July 7 (depending on team count and facility availability), with Power Pools and Open Divisions at each setting:
Southern California (Riverside/Chino Hills)
Colorado (Denver Metro)
Texas (Houston/The Woodlands)
As of mid-May, different parts of the United States are approaching the return of sports with different timelines. Triple Crown will be monitoring the situation at these four regions on a daily basis and communicating with teams when there is news to share.
Triple Crown has multiple plans under consideration that will be dedicated to ensuring the safety and health of athletes, coaches and fans. Each 4th of July event will be run while keeping teams and spectators at the heart of our safety protocols.
The four-region concept allows teams to start making plans now for their 4th of July experience, which will feature terrific competition and thus attract, as always, a variety of college programs who will use the event as a key piece of their strategy for recruiting future players. This is also a great opportunity for teams that don't usually travel to Colorado to play in the event.
“After reaching out to hundreds of club programs, we know that traveling this summer is a concern for teams. Triple Crown has the contacts and connections to make a regional 4th of July happen,” said event director Stephanie Klaviter. “There are ways to get back on the field safely, and we see various complexes coming back and ready to open. With multiple regions, teams can pick the best fit and also ease some of the travel demands in a time where being closer to home might feel more comfortable.”
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by Sergio Santistevan
There is truly no offseason in softball, and as Triple Crown summer fastpitch individual events prove, recruiting is a 24/7 job.
“Triple Crown, in my experience, I know (has) extremely good tournaments to go to,” said team manager Michele Waters of the Arctic Heat 18u, who credits these events for helping many of her players get recruited.
The first recruiting event of the year, Zoom into June, will take place on June 4-8 in West Covina, Riverside and Hemet, CA. Entering its 10th year, Zoom into June is the largest recruiting showcase on the West Coast and is widely viewed as the best early recruiting showcase on the calendar.
Zoom into June offers five days of jam-packed action for players to get noticed by various college coaches. The event provides a plethora of showcase games, such as Organizational Workouts, Uncommitted 2020 and 2021 Workout, OnDeck Camp, All-Star and All-Academic games.
On top of all the individual showcase action, teams get the opportunity to compete in a five-game guarantee format, so college programs get to see players in real-game situations.
In 2019, more than 200 college coaches attended Zoom Into June and recruited plenty of talent as over 400 teams competed in the games and over 450 individuals attended extra showcase and camp opportunities.
If Zoom into June doesn’t fit into the calendar, workouts at the Valley Invite on June 19 in Portland marks another opportunity for players to get noticed by college programs.
In previous years, college representatives from major DI colleges were in attendance along with JUCO and NAIA representatives. Last year, over 200 teams registered in the five-game guarantee tournament; this year, the Valley Invite format will be different than in previous years, but coaches and players can still expect a high-level tournament, individual events and college coaches with recruiting on their mind.
One of Triple Crown signature fastpitch events lights up Colorado through June 28- July 5. Teams throughout the United States will participate in the annual Colorado 4th of July Sparkler & Fireworks. The tournament consists of a six-game guarantee and modified elimination formats.
“The Colorado Sparkler & Fireworks have been around for a very long time. They are extremely organized and extremely beneficial. If anybody can get their teams to those tournaments, we would recommend it,” said Waters. “That’s where the girls get the scholarships from. Ninety percent of our girls get our scholarships from those tournaments.”
This year the 2020 Power Pool playoff system will be enhanced, as the top teams in the U.S. Club Rankings and certain at-large teams will be invited to participate.
All the action kicks off on June 28 with College Camp Sunday, which provides high-tempo workouts and drills from college coaches at the Aurora Sports Park.
On Elite College Camp Monday, nationally recognized college coaching staffs will host workouts for a small group of 40 participants to help refine skills and develop a deeper understanding of the game. Programs that have been confirmed for their camp so far include the University of Oregon, Notre Dame and Texas A&M.
On Tuesday, June 30, uncommitted junior and seniors will run through specific skill stations administered by TCS staff. This event is open to any unsigned graduates in the 2020 or 2021 class and JUCO players. Over the years, this event has hosted over 100 college coaches and had over 50 participants, so it presents a great chance for players to be recruited.
Hundreds of college colleges are attending Colorado 4th of July Sparkler & Fireworks event this year, ranging from DI’s University of New Mexico and the University of Hawaii to NAIA’s Bethel University.
Don’t miss out on getting noticed by college coaches at any of these TCS fastpitch opportunities this summer!
During the CO 4th of July, there will be hundreds of games where college coaches will be in the stands and at the backstop watching the action.
But that’s hardly the only time and place where your daughter can work with, talk with and flex her skills with many college coaches, who have already cleared their schedules to be in Colorado for this important moment on the fastpitch calendar.
Here are 4 ways to guarantee your daughter gets in front of college coaches during the CO 4th of July:
#1 | College Camp Sunday/Elite Camp Monday
Last year we had nearly 30 elite NCAA programs running high-tempo, high-achieving camps that put players and coaches together for critical instruction and skill building. It’s a perfect way to sharpen your game right before tournament play begins.
#2 | Showcase Games
These matchups are segmented by graduation year, which makes it easy for recruiters to hone in on the right fit. Teams will be coached by college coaches, who will share insight and instruction in real time.
#3 | All-Academic Showcases
These games are specifically rostered to put unsigned players in front of the schools that fit a high-achieving academic profile. More than 100 college coaches insist on catching the action, including those coaching the teams.
#4 | Unsigned Senior/JUCO Showcases
Another chance to sharpen skills and turn it loose for players who still hunger for a chance to play after high school. We’ll brings upward of 100 coaches into this part of the event, where deals are often made by the end of the day.
Triple Crown will help you find the best situation when it comes to playing in front of college coaches. Enjoy your time in Colorado, compete with passion in the tournament, and make progress on your dream to play at the next level.
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By Kyle Koso
AURORA, Colo. – With 22 players on the roster, a healthy amount of noise can get generated by the 18u Oro Valley Suncats-Judge when the entire dugout decides to chip in.
And even though it’s one-at-a-time when it comes to swinging the bat, the Suncats can amplify to an impressive volume there, as well.
The Suncats capped off a near-flawless journey in Triple Crown’s Fireworks 18u Power Pool with a top-to-bottom performance in the title game, moving past Tampa Mustangs-TJ by a score of 9-3 on Sunday at the Aurora Sports Park. It took a few innings for the Suncats to get untracked, but bursts of four runs in the fourth inning and five more in the fifth elevated their comfort level and added to the feel of celebration and fun that the team exhibited all afternoon.
Starting pitcher Morgan Leinstock, who is headed to Arizona State this fall, was stellar in the circle, allowing four hits and striking out six, staying out of serious trouble with the Mustangs’ batting order. Madelyn Bejarano (Central Florida) was a terror at the leadoff spot with four RBI and four hits, including a seal-the-deal three-run homer in the fifth.
There’s nothing inevitable about hitting the ball, but the Suncats feel they will usually find a way to create offense.
“I couldn’t be happier for these girls. People don’t know how much they work outside of tournaments and games; we weight train and run together and work real hard,” said Suncats coach Todd Judge. “I’ve had two or three teams a year, and this time I decided to take just one team and put all my efforts there. They have great chemistry.
“They get down, they don’t panic. And I know how good the Tampa Mustangs are; I didn’t get comfortable even with a six-run lead. Morgan is a great kid and her energy … the girls on the team just absolutely love her. She’s just tapping into her potential.”
Leinstock was tough with her drop ball and changeup, and she was about to get real tough on her coach if he hadn’t let her take the ball to the circle for the championship game.
“I was never nervous about the offense; I believe in them and in this team. I knew they could do their thing,” she said. “I don’t get nervous. I always think, go after the batters and attack the zone. It’s the game; you just have to have fun. I told my coach, after I pitched the other games today, and said Coach Todd, I got this. I want this big game. I was so excited to have the chance.”
The Mustangs took a 1-0 lead in the second inning. With two outs, Brooklyn Lucero (North Carolina State) lifted a single to center, that bounced away from the diving centerfielder, and that allowed Avery Goelz (Florida) to score from first base.
Bejarano drove in the Suncats’ third run with a single in the fourth. Her homer in the fifth came with two strikes, an at-bat where she was more excited about the opportunity than worried about being down in the count.
“We know we’re going to come back. I did relax, and we feel we’ve done it before so we will do it again. I’ve never seen our team hit like we did this weekend,” she said. “She was throwing pretty hard, and then I got a bunch of up-balls. I took two hard cuts and said, well with two outs, I might as well go for it. I got another up-ball and just took a swing.
“We were taking it one game at a time, but we knew we could take it all, and it was in our hands.”
The Suncats started Sunday with a 6-4 win over AZ Hotshots Gold-Davis, then they topped the Scrap Yard Internationals, 11-4. In the semis, they beat Atlanta Premier Gold, 7-2. Alynah Torres (Arizona State) homered for the Suncats against the Mustangs to start the fifth inning.
Katelyn Kistler (Florida) walked, doubled and scored for the Mustangs, and Lucero had two hits.