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We expect tremendous things as we bring you year 4 of this exciting Chicago-land event! We had 64 teams bracketed in 2021.
Format: 4-Game Guarantee
Awards: PAID Invite to the 2023 July Fireworks in Colorado for winner of 16's and 18's. PAID 2023 Sparkler Juniors invite for the 14u winner. The paid entry is non transferable to another team or age division. The entry is also non transferable to another event and no "refund" of any kind if the entry is not used for the team that won for the Colorado 4th of July.
Age Cutoff Date: August 1, 2022. This event is for 2023 rosters.
Equipment Required: Balls will be provided. All participants/coaches must be listed on the online electronic roster with correct spelling and birth date. All coaches must sign the electronic liability waiver. All players must have the electronic waiver signed by a parent or guardian. Bring snacks, drinks, uniform, playing equipment and a great attitude, ready to have fun!
When Game Times Available: September 5, 2022
Tournament Scheduling: Teams may be required to play three or more games in a day to accommodate the overall number of teams in the tournament. Multiple games, back to back, travel between complexes or longer wait times between games are usual and customary.
Play begins FRIDAY night at 6 p.m., plan accordingly as all teams play on opening night. Space is limited, so please enter early so you don't miss out on what is becoming a Midwest can't-miss Triple Crown event!
This event offers 1:45 finish the inning pool games and bracket games.
15600 West Ave
Orland Park, IL 60462
3250 145th St
Midlothian, IL 60445
Any player who has played on a college roster (JUCO, NAIA, NCAA) or has completed college coursework after high school, is NOT eligible to play in this event.
This is a 2023 roster event. All players must be age eligible August 1, 2022.
General Triple Crown Fastpitch Tournament Rules*:
Effective January 1, 2020 Triple Crown will be using National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Softball rules with a few modifications that are listed below.
While the pitcher takes the signal, her stride foot may be on or behind the pitcher’s plate as far back as desired. Once the pitcher initially sets the toe of her stride foot, she CANNOT move it to increase the distance behind the pitcher’s plate. In addition, the pitcher must take or appear to take a signal while in the pitching and signal-taking positions.
All pitches including a pitch-out must be legally pitched to the catcher and ball is live.
COURTESY RUNNER: We will be using the written NFHS courtesy runner rule, which states the courtesy runner must be an eligible sub that has not been in the game at any capacity.
You may bat up to your lineup during the box bracket games. You must keep the integrity of your original lineup you turn in at the plate meeting, you may not add a batter to the lineup if they were not on the original lineup they would at that time be a sub.
Any option listed below may be used:
Option 1: Straight nine- Those nine can play any position on defense without reporting to the umpire.
Option 2: DP/Flex- 10 players are listed on the line-up, but only 9 bat. The DP can bat for any player that you designate prior to the start of the game. That player is designated as the Flex and should be listed in the 10th spot on the line-up card. Any of the 10 players can play on defense.
Option 3: EH/EP- This gives you the option to bat 10 players and any 9 can play defense. This player can be placed anywhere in the line-up.
Option 4: DP/Flex and the EP/EH- This allows you to have 11 players listed on the lineup, only 10 will bat any 9 of these players can play defensively. The Flex is listed at the bottom of the lineup.
RUN RULES and GAMETIMES:
Run rules and game times used will be per the Event Director’s discretion. The run rules and game times being used will be listed for each event under the rules section of the event website For the Super 72 NIT the run rules are 10-8-6 after 3-4-5
THIS IS A NO PROTEST EVENT
All rule interpretations will be interpreted using COMMON SENSE, the spirit or intent of the rule as written by the governing body or TCS specialty rule.
PLAYERS MAY ONLY PLAY ON ONE ROSTER DURING THE EVENT
Ineligible players will be removed at the time of discovery and suspended for the remainder of the tournament. The head coach will be removed from the game, suspended a minimum of one additional game and UP TO one year at the discretion of Triple Crown Sports.
Any roster protests must be accompanied by a $100.00 fee, be made at the plate by the opposing team’s manager only and presented before the final out has been recorded. Triple Crown will provide due diligence in regards to the player’s eligibility and return the fee in the event of a successful protest.
Any coach or player ejected from a game will sit out a minimum of the following game and UP TO one year at Triple Crown Sports discretion.
The Triple Crown Sportsmanship Committee will be the final arbiter on all ejections and suspensions.
No alcohol or tobacco products allowed on field or in dugout.
A coin flip will determine the home team, with the exception of double elimination championship games. The winners bracket undefeated team will have choice of home or visitor in these games. All IF NECESSARY games will be coin flipped.
Bracket games must have a winner. ITB will be used after seven innings and in all innings beginning after the time limit has expired.
14u -- ESP Elite 07 (Oswego, IL)
16u -- Turnin 2 National Maloney (Macomb, MI)
18u -- Tennessee Mojo Blue 2022 (Chicago, IL)
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 10 or fewer days prior to the start of the event.
Otherwise, if a team cancels 11 days or more 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.