The Sparkler Juniors is a 'Stay to Play' event
Coaches of registered and paid teams receive a custom team booking link to our convenient online lodging portal. You can VIEW our approved lodging partners with real time pricing and availability, but you will need this link to BOOK rooms. Teams are required to book via this portal and can’t book directly with the hotel or any other 3rd party site. This online lodging platform will also track and report your lodging automatically.
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2023 marks the 21st year for the Sparkler Juniors, which continues to be a magnet for the nation's most competitive and promising young talent in club softball. In 2022, 1100 teams played in the Colorado 4th of July event and more than 500 college coaches made sure to be on site to scout the deep base of skilled players.
Format: 6-game guarantee pool to elimination bracket. College exposure with 500 college coaches in town recruiting. We will once again evaluate 14U teams for placement in the following divisions: Power Pool, Supplemental Power Pool and Open Division. 14U will play in Northern CO and 12U will play in Colorado Springs.
Age Cutoff Date: Dec. 31, 2022
Awards: 1st-4th place team awards. 1st & 2nd place individual awards.
Game Times Available: June 6, 2023 after 5 p.m. MST.
All Star Games: We will once again have special games for 12U and 14U divisions on Monday, June 26. These will be open for you to register after the first of the year.
Elite College Camps: On Monday, June 26 we will host 8 instructional clinics each run by an entire staff of a university. We will list these camps after the 1st of the year on this website.
14 & Under - all play will once again take place in Northern Colorado with The Ballpark at Erie being our hub for Power Pools and Barnes in Loveland serving as our base for all other 14U divisions.
12 & Under - will play their games in Colorado Springs!
MONDAY, June 26
8:00 am - 12:00 pm
14 & UNDER
MONDAY, JUNE 26 EVENTS @ Barnes Park, 405 S Cleveland Ave, Loveland, CO 80537
12 & UNDER
MONDAY, JUNE 26 EVENTS @ Skyview Complex, 2890 Resnik, Colorado Springs, CO 80916
TUESDAY, June 27
WEDNESDAY, June 28
THURSDAY, June 29
FRIDAY- SUNDAY June 30-July 2
12U finals will finish no later than 10:00 pm Saturday, July 1 for travel planning purposes
14U finals will finish no later than 4:00 pm Sunday, July 2 for travel planning purposes.
14U Open & Supplemental Power Pool Fields- Northern Colorado - Rolland Moore, Twin Silos, Fossil Creek, Lee Martinez, Twin Rivers, Nelson Farms, Barnes, Centennial, Diamond Valley, Chimney Park
14U Supplemental Power Pool Fields- Loveland & Erie
14U Power Pool Fields-Erie & Westminster
12U Fields- Colorado Springs - El Pomar, Goose Gossage, Leon Young, Skyview
COLLEGE COACHES ATTENDING
College Coaches Only: CLICK HERE to register and be added to the College Coaches Attending List.
Colleges Attending in 2022:
*List will be updated frequently.
Aquinas College - NAIA - MI
Arlington Baptist University - NCAA DII - TX
Barstow College - JUCO - CA
Caldwell University - NCAA DII - NJ
California State University - San Marcos - NCAA DII - CA
Calumet College - NAIA - IN
Carroll College (Montana) - NAIA - MT
Embry-Riddle University - NAIA - AZ
Emerson College - NCAA DIII - MA
Felician University - NCAA DII - NJ
Gettysburg College - NCAA DIII - PA
Goshen College - NAIA - IN
Hamline University - NCAA DIII - MN
Herkimer College - JUCO - NY
Judson University - NAIA - IL
Knox College - NCAA DIII - IL
Lane College - NCAA DII - TN
Lincoln Trail College - JUCO - IL
Louisiana Tech University - NCAA DI - LA
Luna Community College - JUCO - NM
Midland University - NAIA - NE
Minot State University - NCAA DII - ND
Morehead State University - NCAA DI - KY
Mount Marty University - NAIA - SD
Northern Illinois University - NCAA DI - IL
Oberlin College - NCAA DIII - OH
Odessa College - JUCO - TX
Onondaga Community College - JUCO - NY
Ouachita Baptist University - NCAA DII - AR
Saint Michaels College - NCAA DII - VT
Sam Houston University - NCAA DI - TX
Sterling College - NAIA - KS
Tennessee State University - NCAA DI - TN
University of Hawaii - NCAA DI - HI
Western New Mexico University - NCAA DII - NM
York College - NAIA - NE
14u Power Pool -- Texas Riptide (Humble, TX)
14u Supplemental -- Arizona Storm Sheehan (Chandler, AZ)
14u Open Gold -- Athletics Jendro Premier (Winchester, CA)
14u Open Silver -- Texas Eclipse Moonshots (Manvel, TX)
14u Open Bronze -- Wasatch Fastpitch (Clearfield, UT)
12u Open -- Impact Gold National 2K9 (Mont Belvieu, TX)
12u Silver -- Warrior Academy-McDonald (San Mateo, CA)
12u Bronze -- Excel Elite Maloney (Irving, TX)
14u Power Pool -- Birmingham Thunderbolts Premier-Kaplan
14u Elite -- Carolina Elite SC-Genovese/Duzan
14u Open Gold -- Indiana Gators-Bishop North
14u Open Silver -- Athletics Mercado AMA 2024
14u Open Bronze -- OC Hustlers 2006
12u Gold -- Beverly Bandits Demarini
12u Silver -- Texas Bombers Rogers National
DNP due to COVID-19
14u Power Pool -- Texas Bombers Gold HTX-Burgess
14u Gold -- All Out 04 (AL)
12u Gold -- Texas Glory 2006 RWB
14u Power Pool -- Mizuno Storm
12u Gold -- Athletics Mercado 2023
"I continue to be amazed by TCS Tournaments as whole. TCS runs the best tournaments from start to finish than any other organization. The Sparkler specifically is quite an undertaking, and every year I walk away amazed at how well the tournament is run. From games times you can count on, to professionalism by the staff, to education of the college recruiting process. EXCELLENT!!" --Lady Hustle, CA
"I have to let you know that this was the first time I had been to the Sparkler and it was everything the people said it was. It was the best-run tournament I have been involved with in 10 years of coaching. I was very impressed with everything from the fields, the umpires and the people at the fields to answer questions." --Anonymous
"I wanted to thank you and tell you how grateful we were to participate in the Sparkler this year. It was with out a doubt the most professionally-run tournament we have played all year. We appreciate all that you did to arrange the (off-field) discount fun events and the overall experience of all three of our teams was totally positive! You can count us in for next year at the Sparkler!" --Missouri Revolution
"I am the coach's wife and our daughter went to Virginia Tech on a softball scholarship. We have been to a lot of tournaments through the years, but we have never been to a tournament that has been so informative and helpful with anything and everything, as this one has! You guys have done a great job and I wanted to let you know it. I don't think people stop and think how difficult it is to put on a tournament of this size. We do appreciate all that you have done!! Forward this to the entire committee, our hats are off to you all." --Diamond Dusters, WV
"Extremely well run from all respects. I am an executive with a Fortune 500 company and what you and your staff are able to pull off was nothing short of exceptional. The level of execution to be able to run events across multiple zip codes and involving hundreds of staff, volunteer, site directors, etc. was impressive."--Cal Breeze, CA
LODGING- This is a 100% stay to play event and no buyout is planned. Teams are required to book a minimum of 40 nights within the block to be bracketed into the event. Teams can not book lodging until paid and registered into the event.
OPEN DIVISION LOCATIONS- The 14u division is played in Northern Colorado with the city of LOVELAND serving as the hub. All fields are within 30 minutes of Loveland. The 12u division is played entirely in Colorado Springs with the Skyview Complex serving as the hub. All fields are within 15 minutes of Skyview.
SUPPLEMENTAL POWER POOL LOCATIONS- The 14u Supplemental Power Pools will be played in Loveland and Erie Tuesday- Thursday. Teams who win their pool will advance to the Power Pool Bracket Friday-Sunday. All other teams will play in the Supplemental Power Pool Bracket Friday-Sunday.
POWER POOL LOCATIONS- The 14u Power Pools will be played in Erie and Westminster Tuesday- Thursday. Teams advancing to the TV bracket on Thursday will play at the Aurora Sports Park. Bracket play Friday- Sunday will take place in Erie and Westminster.
PIN TRADING- We will offer formal pin trading as part of the 12u player party. We see pin trading at the 14u party but will not offer it formally. Towels will be available for sale in our Sparkler Juniors merchandise tent.
GATE- There will be NO GATE at all Sparkler Juniors facilities. A gate fee will be in place at the two main complexes (Christopher Fields and the Aurora Sports Park) for 16's, 18's, and specialty events. If you are playing in the 14u Power Pool All Star Games, 14u Power Pool TV Bracket at the Aurora Sports Park, 14U All American Games or just visiting, a gate fee will be charged (coaches and players get in free).
ALL STAR GAMES- 14u Monday, June 26 at Barnes in Loveland for the Open & Supplemental Power Pool Divisions and on Thursday, June 29 at the Aurora Sports Park in Aurora for the Power Pool teams. 12u will be on Monday, June 26 at Skyview in Colorado Springs. All games will be no conflict with your teams tournament games.
DIVISIONS/ FORMATS- 14u will feature several divisions; Open, Supplemental Power Pools, and the Power Pools which require an application if your team did not receive an invite. Power Pool format is 4 games in a modified format to get to the "TV bracket" and then seeded into a double elimination bracket finish. Open division will play four pool seeding into Gold, Silver and Bronze modified double elimination brackets to single elimination championships for each. Supplemental Power Pools will play four pool with top seed playing in the Power Pool bracket. 12u will feature four pool seeding into Gold, Silver, Bronze modified double elimination brackets to single elimination for each.
PLAYING RULES/ BATS- The event uses NFHS rules with a few Triple Crown modifiers. Please refer to the rules section of this web page for details.
COOLERS, CONCESSIONS & FOOD- For the 14u event there are no cooler or outside food restrictions. Some fields will have concessions and some will not. Please plan accordingly. For the 12u event we'll have concessions/ food trucks at all parks. There are no cooler or outside food restrictions at El Pomar, Leon Young or Goose Gossage. The concessionaire at Skyview will often try to enforce a cooler restriction; bring them in and we'll fight the fight with you as best we can.
A 20% non-refundable administration fee will be charged on all registrations.
There are no refunds or transfers if brackets have been posted, your age division is sold out or if a team cancels 30 or fewer days prior to the start of the event.
Otherwise, if a team cancels 90 days prior to the event start date, they may transfer the registration to another Triple Crown Fastpitch headquartered event for full value or receive a refund via check minus the 50% fee.
Lastly, if a team cancels 91 prior to the event start date, they may transfer the registration to another Triple Crown Fastpitch headquartered event for full value or receive a refund via check minus the 20% administration fee.
If an age division does not make you will be entitled to a full refund.
Act of God Refund Policy
If an event is lost due to weather or any Act of God (i.e. COVID-19), the entry fee will be refunded via check minus the 20% administration fee.
If one game is played you will receive 50% of entry fee. If two or more games are played there is no refund.