The Mountain West girls fastpitch club, based just north of Salt Lake City, has announced it will run five 2021 tournaments in association with Triple Crown Sports.
Mountain West was founded in the fall of 2019 and fielded two teams in the challenging atmosphere of COVID in 2020, expanding to seven teams in 2021. All five of the events mentioned are four-game guarantees:
“Mountain West is excited to be hosting tournaments in association with Triple Crown. We have loved playing in Triple Crown tournaments and can't wait to work alongside of them to bring more tournaments to Utah,” said Tiffani Jackson, co-owner of Mountain West and co-head coach of the 14u team. “Softball is growing in this area, and we believe Triple Crown can help us keep that momentum even in these challenging times.”
“We are thrilled to have this agreement in place with Mountain West, which is proving to be a leader in the region’s softball scene,” said Katrina Magaro, event director at Triple Crown Sports. “These five events will be attractive to local teams as well as ones looking for a great road trip and the chance to play against a competitive field.”
Triple Crown Sports has been producing youth, high school and college events for nearly 40 years and has a coast-to-coast presence in youth softball. TCS runs the Colorado 4th of July event, which draws close to 900 teams in a typical year, as well at the TC Nationals, a highly competitive national championship tournament slated for July 2021 in southern California.
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Making our way through 2021 means Triple Crown Fastpitch looks forward to new opportunities, including one that should precisely fit the concerns of East Coast teams, parents and players.
The inaugural Myrtle Beach Fall Showcase will be held Nov. 12-14 at two superior field facilities, the Grand Park and Ned Donkle complexes. It’s a perfect time window to draw college coaches, and we will deliver with camps and clinics throughout Nov. 12 and then showcase games over the weekend.
One thing you can count on is a variety of college programs that will be coming to town. From NAIA and JUCO all the way up through NCAA D-I, coaches will be looking for those ideal roster additions.
Triple Crown has a long history of producing high-impact showcase events from coast to coast; we’re also in town for the East Coast Summer Nationals in July, so we’re more than ready to serve the needs of East Coast clubs looking to get players in front of colleges.
“Triple Crown Fastpitch is the ideal solution for recruiting and showcase needs in the fall along the East Coast. The city of Myrtle Beach has been a great partner, and we look forward to executing another top event in the region,” said TCS event director Carrie Rivera. “College coaches are hoping 2021 is less difficult and disrupted than 2020, and Triple Crown is excited to be a part of the solution.”
by Kyle Koso
When pondering how to help people in pain and those needing a boost to the spirits, Major League Baseball umpires have been making the right call for longer than you might imagine.
In a grass-roots effort initiated by MLB umpires themselves, UMPS CARE charities has a 15-year history of using its connections in the sport to support various causes. That includes the Protect The Game (Veterans in Sport Officiating) initiative, where military veterans are trained and equipped to become officials, primarily in youth sports.
UMPS CARE and Protect The Game are hosting a benefit event with two MLB umpires who served in the Marines, Laz Diaz and Mark Carlson — the talk will come via ZOOM call on Feb. 9 at 7 p.m. ET, and will be hosted by Jerry Schemmel, former radio voice of the Denver Nuggets and Colorado Rockies and host of the Amazing American radio broadcast.
Ticketholders can submit questions to the umpires in advance of the ZOOM event. Tickets are $25 and available at this link:
Connections to the military run deeply for both umpires. Diaz’s father and son both served in the US Army, and his son-in-law is currency in the Marines. Carlson’s wife served four years in the Army, and his grandfather fought in World War II in the Army. Both umpires worked in the 2020 World Series.
The UMPS CARE charity was founded in 2006 and evolved to create opportunities for primarily youth-based organizations to ease the burden on those in need. While the COVID pandemic has altered normal plans, UMPS CARE has in the past brought people to MLB ballparks for an intimate look at the big-league experience; umpires have also delivered modified Build-A-Bear Workshop experiences to the bedside of children undergoing significant medical procedures in hospitals. Those hospital visits happen in 15-18 MLB markets annually (pre-COVID), with more than 18,000 Build-A-Bear kits distributed so far.
Groups like the USO, Big Brothers and Big Sisters, and foster-care alliances are also served by UMPS CARE, as umpires invite such organizations to meet um[ires at Major Leahie and minor league games. In addition, UMPS CARE also has a scholarship trigram that sends children adopted later in life (age 13 and older) to college.
Another useful result stemming from UMPS CARE activities is the humanizing of the umpires, who like a lot of sports officials have come to expect a range of behavior from coaches, players and fans as they execute their job. Rather than just be known as targets of abuse (just YouTube some videos featuring Earl Weaver or Billy Martin to get a taste of what MLB umpires might experience), those behind UMPS CARE want a fuller picture to develop.
“We have tried to bridge that a little bit. That’s one reason why, when we bring groups to the ballparks, we want people to see the umpires working in a professional environment and what it takes to be an umpire, how they handle themselves,” said Amy Rosewater, marketing manager at UMPS CARE. “Beginning this year, we are starting a program where we look to have umpires at the Major League level mentor high school kids who might not have even thought that umpiring could be an occupation and a career.
“There’s so much in line with the military, the values of leadership, professionalism, dedication, sacrifice … all of that is very similar. Major League umpires spend anything from eight to 15 years (in the minors), so they understand commitment. They have to show up on time, in uniform, follow the rules. Everyone here is excited to have two umpires who understand both officiating and the military to connect with veterans via Protect The Game and encourage them to think about this profession.”
Protect The Game took shape in 2019 and has seen 26 former veterans complete the training, which had to be shut down during the pandemic. Dozens more are in line for training in 2021, tentatively set for locations in Colorado, North Carolina, Nebraska and a military base in California, among others.
“In the beginning days of Protect The Game, we had an intuition that veterans of military service would profile as positive forces in the world of sports officials, and the example of Laz Diaz and Mark Carlson makes that point even more forcefully,” said Jordan Cohen, executive director of Protect The Game. “We appreciate the support of UMPS CARE to our mission, which is to grow the roster of sports officials and help veterans succeed as they pivot into a civilian role in their life.”
In an exciting evolution for the world of youth softball, The Alliance Fastpitch’s slate of national championship events in 2021 will include a 10u/12u event scheduled for late July to be produced by Triple Crown Sports, a longtime leader and visionary in the fastpitch arena.
The Alliance Fastpitch, formed in summer 2020, has established six regional leagues, where member teams accrue points toward qualifying for a championship run in age groups 10u through 18u in two tiers that are determined by competitive level. Triple Crown will execute multiple regional league events as well as the 10u/12u Alliance Fastpitch Championship Series, July 26-31, 2021, in the southern California area including Riverside, Chino Hills and West Covina.
Here is an in-progress list of tournaments Triple Crown will produce where teams can earn Alliance points (more events could be added in 2021):
Spring Stampede, May 8-9 (Northern Colorado, RMFL)
Memorial Day Weekend, May 29-31 (Northern Colorado, RMFL)
Zoom Into June, June 10-13 (Southern California, PCFL)
Mountain Magic, June 10-13 (Steamboat Springs, CO, RMFL)
Texas State Championships, June 11-13 (Dallas, TX, TFL)
Valley Invite, June 18-20 (Portland, OR, PCFL)
Additionally, Triple Crown will provide event and marketing support for the RMFL Super Regionals where top finishers in all ages will earn a berth to the AFCS.
The Alliance Fastpitch was established in the wake of 2020’s disruptions due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with an eye to bringing together competitive teams in a regional setting, cutting down on travel while still providing growth opportunities for players and coaches. Two other national fastpitch event providers, USA Softball and USSSA, will produce certain regional league tournaments as well as national championship events in the other age groups.
The Alliance Fastpitch Championship Series will rotate between the three event providers, with Triple Crown hosting the 14u finals in 2022 and the 16u/18u event in 2023, then back to 10u/12u in 2024, all on the West Coast.
“The Alliance Fastpitch was built upon the core values of purposeful play and collaboration in the industry,” said Alliance Fastpitch Executive Director Jami Lobpries. “We are honored and excited about this partnership with Triple Crown Sports as they bring a wealth of experience and professionalism in hosting great events throughout the country. This partnership exemplifies the desire to work together and leverage our best resources to provide a better experience for our athletes. We look forward to a long partnership at the league and national level.”
Triple Crown Sports has been producing youth, high school and college events for nearly 40 years and has a coast-to-coast presence in youth softball. TCS runs the Colorado 4th of July event, which draws close to 900 teams in a typical year, as well as the TC Nationals, a highly competitive national championship tournament slated for July 2021 in southern California.
“This is the right time for fresh thinking about youth softball, and Triple Crown Sports is pleased to join Alliance Fastpitch in this effort to grow the sport and add value to each tournament,” said Triple Crown CEO Keri King. “With nearly 40 years of experience, we know our dedicated and talented staff will deliver for Alliance Fastpitch teams in both the regional and national arenas.”
About Triple Crown Sports
Based in Fort Collins, CO., Triple Crown Sports has been producing youth, high school and college events for more than 38 years. TCS runs both the preseason and postseason WNIT basketball events and produces the men’s and women’s DI Cancun Challenge tournaments in November. Triple Crown is also powering “WNIT” concept events in D-I softball (NISC) and volleyball (NIVC), with those two events debuting in 2017. Triple Crown’s PV College Challenge features more than 10 of the top DI college softball teams in the country each year in Puerto Vallarta, MX. TC fastpitch tournaments (including the 900-team Sparkler/Fireworks event) draw the nation’s finest club programs, and hundreds of college coaches attend TCS events for recruiting purposes. TCS produces one of the largest youth baseball events in the world with the 750-team Omaha SlumpBuster during the College World Series. The Triple Crown Volleyball NIT has become the top-recruited club volleyball event in the country each February when 650 teams compete in Kansas City, MO.
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About Alliance Fastpitch
Founded in 2020, the Alliance Fastpitch is a cohesive network of regional softball leagues, teams, coaches, athletes and parents. The six Member Leagues within the Alliance Fastpitch include the Pacific Coast Fastpitch League, Heart of America Fastpitch League, Northeast Fastpitch League, Rocky Mountain Fastpitch League, Southeastern Fastpitch League and Texas Fastpitch League. These Leagues provide a purpose of play to existing events with a point structure and ranking system that seed teams into regional League Championships and creates a defined post-season pathway to the Alliance Fastpitch Championship Series. Membership in the Alliance Fastpitch benefits athletes and coaches on and off the field with a goal of creating a community and delivering resources to enhance athlete and coach development on and off the field.
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Two trusted and recognizable names in youth fastpitch softball, the Naperville (IL) Diamonds and Triple Crown Sports, announced they will operate in association for the 2021 Queen of Diamonds tournament, set for June 4-6 (10u through 14u) and June 11-13 (16u and 18u).
The 15th annual Queen of Diamonds event will be held at eight-field Frontier Sports Complex in Naperville, which is about 30 miles west of downtown Chicago. The format is a four-game guarantee with a double-elimination championship bracket.
The Naperville Diamonds were founded in 1994 and have evolved as one of Illinois’ largest and most accomplished travel softball programs, serving the community in divisions from age 7 through 18.
“We couldn’t be any more excited about our association with Triple Crown Sports. For more than a decade the Queen of Diamonds has built a reputation as one of the top summer tournaments in the Midwest,” said Diamonds president Bryan McNamara. “Combining that history with a brand as nationally respected as Triple Crown will continue to grow this event as a can’t-miss stop on everyone’s summer tournament schedule.”
Triple Crown Sports has been producing youth, high school and college events for nearly 40 years and has a coast-to-coast presence in youth softball. TCS runs the Colorado 4th of July event, which draws close to 900 teams in a typical year, as well at the TC Nationals, a highly competitive national championship tournament slated for July 2021 in southern California. Triple Crown has multiple events in the Midwest as well, including the Super 72 NIT, set for Sept. 10-12, 2021, in the Chicago suburbs of Orland Park and Midlothian.
“We’ve always appreciated the skill set and organizational strength of the Naperville Diamonds, who have shown you don’t need to come from the Sun Belt to play superior softball,” said Sean Hardy, chief operating officer for Triple Crown. “We all want 2021 to be a bounce-back year for youth sports, and we are very pleased to be working closely with the Diamonds toward that goal.”
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Triple Crown Sports recently launched a separate, non-profit venture called Protect The Game (Veterans in Sports Officiating), designed to train former members of the military in becoming officials, primarily for youth sports. There is a shortage of officials around the country, and this endeavor can create paid working opportunities for veterans looking for the next chapter of their lives.
TCS Players, Parents, Administrators and Coaches,
This year has been a challenge for athletes all over the world. The memories that Triple Crown desires to make with you were, in most cases, diminished or eliminated. As we adapted to the limitations forced by the pandemic, we noticed your efforts to play and compete, to deal with Zoom practices and to keep families and team connected. Pain was difficult to avoid, as jobs were lost and loved ones became ill; it hurt to watch student athletes be taken away from their friends. We recognize the mental health struggle many are facing.
In terms of COVID-19, obstacles remain, but please know TCS will be here when it’s your time to shine again. We are offering a menu of events in 2021 that will excite your team and keep everyone safe. TCS was able to produce nearly 50% of its 2020 expected team count, and we’re forecasting a return to 80% in 2021. Look for us to be proactive, with a mix of relocated events to open states, some luck in opening from currently closed municipalities, and dedicated formats that prioritize health and safety.
We are so proud of the efforts you’ve made in 2020 to keep sports in the forefront and ensure that athletes have this amazing opportunity to learn resilience through challenge. Sports are what keep TCS going — it runs through our veins to compete, and we will be here when you most need what we do best.
See you in 2021!
Keri King, CEO
The debut of the International Cup, presented by Triple Crown Sports, has been reset for July 2021, just before the start of the prestigious Colorado 4th of July event in Denver.
This one-of-a-kind experience in club softball allows the best players to suit up for their country and represent their nationality in highly competitive games. It’s a powerful opportunity for college coaches to scout future talent, as well as for international coaches looking to stock their own rosters.
Triple Crown had assembled more than 15 teams for the 2020 International Cup, before COVID-19 forced a change in plans. We are thrilled to bring back this concept for 2021!
If you are interested in playing for your country in 2021, visit the link below and fill out the form. A coach will be in contact with you in the near future as we start building each country's roster.
By Kyle Koso
Triple Crown Sports
Once the COVID-19 pandemic began to erase plans for softball teams in spring and summer 2020, there was no more “normal” route for getting club players in front of college coaches. Whatever progress you could make came from whatever you could accomplish in an email or shared video.
The smoke still hasn’t cleared from all this disruption, but there are some signs of the recruiting gears getting back in rhythm. To no one’s surprise, Triple Crown’s Ronald McDonald event has been a beacon of hope and excitement, given how it’s filled that role for 28 years. Over the course of two weekends, more than 400 teams in multiple age divisions will make their stand in and around metro Houston.
Ages 18u, 16u and some 14u will run Oct. 16-18; the 10u, 12u and other 14u will go Oct. 23-25. The event donates $100 per team and a portion of merchandise sales to the Ronald McDonald House charity.
The geographical reach of the event makes this one of the fall’s most dynamic events, as teams from Washington to New Jersey and California to Mississippi are locked in for their five-game guarantee. There’s a real sense of relief that accompanies the 2020 Ronald McDonald, with so many teams determined to get their players back on college radars, while also having the depth of their skills tested.
“Every year we come, the girls loved the tournament. It’s fun, and especially so because we get to leave California,” said Rick LeMaster of the SoCal Athletics, who is bringing three teams this year and has been to the event twice before. “We get to see a lot of coaches and face really good competition. That’s the main thing look for, to see that top-notch competition. I don’t mind getting beat if the other team is better than us.
“(Tournament director) Jonathan (Lampl) is the greatest. He does anything we ask, gets back to us quickly, and that’s almost unheard of. So many places, once they get your money, it’s hard to get questions answered, so that goes a long ways.”
From the college coach side, the Ronald McDonald event is a time-honored way to get in step with available talent when most everyone feels like they are playing catch-up.
“We are big relationship coaches, and we like to see the athletes in person to get a feel for them on and off the field. It’s been tough that way, watching athletes from a distance,” said Juliaclaire Plezbert, head coach at Goshen College, an NAIA program in Indiana, who will be at Ronald McDonald for her second time. “The Ronald McDonald event allows us to see a lot of great talent from all over, which is great for us. It’s got high-level competition, and it’s put on very well. We really enjoy that experience — there are a couple kids we have our eye on already who will be down there, and we are looking to open the door for our 2022 class.”
“There’s been a lack of there events to go to, and a lot of girls out there who aren’t getting recruited. I’m going down there to offer some girls an opportunity, and to see if they want to come to North Dakota to get their education,” said Kevin Gall of the NAIA University of Jamestown, who has been with the program 21 years and is coming to Ronald McDonald for the first time. “It’s a great event; I’ve never been to Houston before, but the opportunity to go is here. We talk about that opportunity to go there, and it’ll be like Christmas for us because we’ll get to watch some ball and see some players. There’s a certain level of joy that brings … taking in some softball when we haven’t been able to do that for a while."
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