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!”