Two softball names with staying power in the Southeast will help players get in front of college coaches with a valuable fall event.
The Louisiana Thunderbolts club program will work in association with Triple Crown Sports to produce the inaugural Top Tier Exposure on the Bayou tournament, set for Oct. 29-31, 2021 in and around Monroe, LA. The event features a five-game guarantee and will be held in three field complexes, including on campus at the University of Louisiana-Monroe.
Teams will play four pool games and then be seeded into a single-elim championship bracket; the intention is to keep the competitive environment of the tournament high while still providing useful exposure to the colleges that have traveled in for recruiting.
"I am so excited to bring the highest level of talent to Monroe for this exposure tournament,” said Renada Davis, tournament director, 14u Thunderbolts head coach and former star at NC State, where she ended her career as the all-time leader in home runs in the ACC. “It is an ideal location with the best facilities to offer a great experience to teams and college coaches alike."
Plans include locating a metrics/measuring station at one of the fields, where athletes can get updated numbers on various topics including throwing velocity, agility and speed, batted-ball exit velocity, and more.
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.
“College programs will spend almost all of 2021 trying to get on top of their recruiting needs after the disruptions of the pandemic,” said Sean Hardy, chief operating officer of Triple Crown Sports. “We are very happy to join the Thunderbolts in producing an event that will put skilled and enthusiastic student-athletes in an easy-to-see setting for college coaches on the hunt for talent.”
There is an early-bird discount on the entry fee, which expires Sept. 24.
Go HERE to register.