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26th Annual Ronald McDonald Tournament- 2018

26th Annual Ronald McDonald Tournament- 2018

For over 25 years, the softball community has looked forward to the Ronald McDonald tournament in Houston, Texas as an opportunity to get college coach exposure and give back to charity. This is one of Triple Crown’s finest fall events, long ago becoming a mandatory stop for college coaches from all levels looking to recruit quality athletes.

In addition, this event benefits the Ronald McDonald House (Houston), an organization that helps families with seriously ill children stay close together during difficult times by providing a “home away from home” while their child receives the treatment they need. In 2017, we donated $26,000 and plan to top this amount in 2018. The event assists the charity by donating $100.00 per team, along with 10% of vendor revenue and T-shirt sales.

The 2018 Ronald McDonald format for 14U, 16U and 18U consists of six showcase games played on standout facilities in greater Houston. All showcase games begin on Saturday, October 20th. There will also be practice games offered Friday, where teams will have the option of 1-2 games for $100 each (umpires included). There will also be three Power Pool groups per 16U and 18U at the Scrap Yard. These will be chosen by TCS National Club Rankings.

The following weekend will host the 10u and 12u teams in Woodlands, Texas. The 4-game guarantee begins Saturday, October 27th.

For more details and to register, visit https://www.tcronaldmcdonald.com/.

 

Southwest Summer Nationals

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Austin provides perfect backdrop for inaugural Southwest Summer Nationals

From July 22-26, Triple Crown is introducing a completely new event, the TC Summer Southwest Nationals in Austin, Texas. The Triple Crown name has attracted some of the best names in club softball from this region of the United States. In its inaugural year, the tournament has brought over 200 teams across 10 different states (Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Illinois, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas).

Each team is guaranteed a minimum of five games, including pool-play and the double elimination bracket format. Throughout the five divisions (10u, 12u, 14u, 16u and 18u), each club has equal opportunity to carry home a Triple Crown title.

Jennie Finch, the two-time Olympian and a 2004 gold medalist from the Games in Athens, Greece, will kick off the week of festivities at the Opening Ceremonies, July 22, courtesy of Mizuno USA. Speaking in front of hundreds, Finch will undoubtedly enlighten and inspire these future stars of softball. Finch will also offer an autograph session directly following her speech.

Austin is known for its exuberant culture, and true to that spirit, the Austin Convention and Visitors Bureau has booked the Aaron Navarro Band to rock the Krieg Complex in Austin. Of course, anyone looking for additional entertainment can make their way into vibrant downtown Austin. Players and their families can engulf themselves in the festivities around world famous 6th Street, bravely watch the thousands of bats take flight into the night sky at the Congress Avenue Bridge, fly down a zip line over in Lake Travis, or gander at the Baylor Street Art Wall.

Also in the maiden event, head coach of The University of Texas, Connie Clark, will conduct a special player clinic on Thursday evening at the Krieg Complex. With her reputation as one of the most dynamic coaches in college softball, Clark will provide priceless instruction for girls wishing for a future in fastpitch.

Exceptional talent will flock to Austin and its surrounding areas, and so too will college coaches looking to fill future roster spots in hopes of their own success. The impressive list of attendees continues to grow, featuring NCAA Division I teams such as Houston Baptist University and smaller programs like Blinn College (NJCAA).

The end of July marks what is sure to be one of the most competitive fastpitch tournaments of the summer. With Austin providing the flavor, the TCS Southwest Summer Nationals will be cherished by everyone, deep in the heart of Texas.

2015 TC/USA Nationals

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Over 185 teams headed to Reno/Tahoe for TC/USA Nationals

The 2015 TC/USA Nationals, one of the most competitive fastpitch softball events of the year, arrives in Nevada from July 14-17. Over 185 teams will be attending, and the 2015 field features some of the most elite teams in the 14, 16 and 18 Open divisions.

“The TC/USA Nationals brings together elite softball clubs from across the country to compete for a national championship,” said tournament director Krista Crawford.  “Each year the event is played in a different region of the U.S. This year we are excited to be playing the event in Reno and Tahoe, Nevada, due to the area’s premier facilities, excellent lodging partners and ease of access for teams either driving or flying.”

Twenty-two states and Canada are represented in the field this year (Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Mississippi, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and Washington). Both Texas and California are bringing 55 teams, respectively. Arizona will bring 11 teams of their own and host state Nevada has six teams competing in the tournament.

As the only team from Nevada in the 18 Open division, the hometown Reno Heat will have their work cut out for them. According to usclubrankings.com, 58 of the top 100 teams in the nation will be competing including five of the top 10 and 31 of the top 50.

On Friday, July 17, CBS Sports Network will televise both the 16u and 18u title games. The 16u championship game is slated for 6:00pm ET, and the 18u championship is scheduled for 8:30pm ET and will be played at the University of Nevada-Reno campus.

Triple Crown veteran Thad Anderson (play-by-pay) and gold medalist in the 2004 Athens Olympics, Amanda Freed (analyst) will have the call for both games Friday. Viewers will be able to watch elite teams duke it out on CBSSN which is available on local cable, video and telco providers, and via satellite on DirecTV Channel 221 and Dish Network Channel 158.

About TC/USA Nationals:

Triple Crown Sports created the event in 2012 using the U.S. Club Rankings (www.usclubrankings.com) to help target the top 14U, 16U and 18U teams in the country. TCS takes the top 100 teams listed on the NCR and gives an automatic berth to a program’s 18 Gold, 16U and 14U teams, along with the top five regionally ranked teams from 13 regions around the country. Invites are not passed down if a team chooses not come.  Instead, TCS fills all open spots with at-large selections.  At-large teams fill out an application listing reasons why TCS should select them to fill the remaining spots.

In 2014, Triple Crown’s USA Nationals was held in Cumming, Georgia. After two years of domination, the Firecrackers-Rico were left out of the championship game, leaving the EC Bullets and the Corona Angels to duke it out for the title. With the game tied in the bottom of the 7th inning, the Angels needed some late game magic to walk away as champions. After a few hits, the Angels executed a perfect squeeze play that scored the winning run and gave them the title.


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