2014 Boulder IDT
Louisville Slugger Independence Day Tournament!
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The 2014 Louisville Slugger Independence Day Tournament is full and we are no longer accepting entries. 2014 entries were accepted until Friday, September 20, 2013 and all teams will be notified of their status, via email, in mid October.
The 2014 tournament will run from Wednesday, July 2nd through Sunday, July 6th. The 2014 tournament will mark the 18th year for the event to be held in Boulder and the surrounding area. The event has a national tournament flavor and level of competition. This year we will have one hundred twelve 18U and forty eight 16U teams competing. Teams will represent all regions of the country, from coast to coast and border to border. One of the main objectives of the tournament is to provide participating girls an opportunity to perform for those college coaches in attendance. In 2013, 360 coaches checked in at the tournament, representing all levels of collegiate softball.
In 2014 we will host three separate events as follows:
BOULDER will host an 80 team 18U tournament to be played at the Stazio Complex (7 fields) and the East Mapleton Complex (3 fields) in Boulder. Fields are provided and maintained by the City of Boulder, Parks and Recreation Department.
LOUISVILLE will host a separate 32 team 18U tournament which will be played at the Louisville Sports Complex, fields provided and maintained by the City of Louisville. The top six finishers will earn spots in the 2015 Boulder tournament.
LONGMONT will host the 16U 48 team tournament. Games will be played at the Garden Acres Complex and Clark Centennial Park in Longmont. The fields are provided and maintained by the city of Longmont.
There is a seven game guarantee for all participating teams. All teams will play two pool games per day on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Pool play results are used to seed teams into a single elimination bracket to be played on Saturday and Sunday. Sunday games for all three tournaments will be played in Boulder at the Stazio Complex.
College players will not be allowed to participate in the tournament.
Teams will not be allowed to "play up" in either age group.
A $25 tournament admission pass will be available at the gate for adults and children 12 years old and older. The daily admission is $10. Coaches and players admitted free.
Please address any tournament related issues, questions or concerns to:
Dan Burns Tournament Director 303-442-7373 firstname.lastname@example.org
HEALTH AND SAFETY
Stadium Medical, Inc. will be providing EMT and paramedic support at all playing sites. Please seek them out for help with any injuries and advice on prevention. At this altitude it's important to avoid dehydration by drinking lots of fluids and to avoid sunburn by using sun screen.
MOSQUITO CONTROL. In the past, the mosquito-borne West Nile virus has been present in Colorado. You should protect yourself. Especially during the dusk and evening hours, use DEET-enhanced mosquito repellent and wear long sleeves and pants.
One of the very attractive aspects of the tournament is the locale -- the City of Boulder. Boulder is a special place to visit. It sits at the base of the Rocky Mountain foothills with a population of about 100,000 and is the home of the University of Colorado. Rocky Mountain National Park is about an hourís drive to the northwest (you can throw snowballs in July) and Denver is about 30 minutes southeast. The pedestrian-only, outdoor downtown mall offers local culture from street performers to outdoor cafes. The many recreational opportunities range from inline skating or jogging along the Boulder Creek path to riding the many mountain bike trails in the foothills.
We are pleased that Louisville Slugger is again our primary sponsor, as it has been since the inception of the tournament. Diamond Sports provides the optic yellow tournament balls. The tournament is organized and hosted by the Boulder Competitive Girls Softball Organization, an all-volunteer organization. All profits derived from the tournament go to support girls softball in Boulder.
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