Start planning now for the 2021 Omaha SlumpBuster!
We are expecting a sell out much earlier this year as more than 140 teams have already transferred their 2020 registration to the 2021 SlumpBuster.
After losing the 2020 College World Series and 95% of the Omaha SlumpBuster tournament field due to COVID-19, you can bet teams will be chomping at the bit to attend the 2021 SlumpBuster and CWS!
Dates and details are now posted for all four sessions!
June 17-20, 2021
9u - 14u
4 or 6 Game Options
June 21-23, 2021
11u - 14u
4 Game Guarantee
June 24-27, 2021
9u - 14u
4 or 6 Game Options
June 29 - July 1, 2021
13u, 15u/16u & 17u/18u
4 Game Guarantee
The College World Series won’t play this year but Triple Crown Sports is proud to produce the 2020 Omaha SlumpBuster.
Twenty teams from Colorado, Illinois, Iowa and Nebraska will compete from June 18-21 in a four-game guarantee format. Games will take place at the Council Bluff Recreational Sports Complex in Council Bluffs, Iowa.
“The SlumpBuster is excited to be able to provide baseball once again and get the kids back on the field this coming week in Council Bluffs (Iowa),” said Triple Crown Baseball event director Brandon Hardy.
This year marks the 18th year of the event, and though it won’t feature the same pomp and circumstance as a normal year, teams can still expect to sign the signature 10-foot bats during a team party at the Mattress Factory near TD Ameritrade Ballpark. The bats will burn during the 2021 event.
In conjunction with Sports UAC (United Against COVID), Triple Crown Sports has worked diligently to create a set of protocols to ensure the safety of athletes, coaches and fans. The guidelines have been vetted by other governing bodies, municipalities, event managers, public health sectors, coaches and more. In addition to these new rules, TCS is also following strict CDC recommendations.
“We are thrilled to have a contingent of teams arrive at the Council Bluffs Recreational Complex this week and participate in the SlumpBuster,” said Triple Crown CEO Keri King. “Without the CWS as the main attraction, the event is much smaller but we’re still excited for a great weekend of ball.”
On March 12, the NCAA announced the cancellation of the D-I spring sports schedule, which means there will be no 2020 College World Series in Omaha this June.
Triple Crown appreciates the hundreds of teams registered in the SlumpBuster looking forward to seeing CWS games. While Triple Crown sorts through new options to add value to the event, we’re hoping teams can hold off on requesting refunds, to give us time to come up with alternative options. We will be extending the deadline for refunds (minus the 10% administrative fee) from April 1 to April 15.
We are already in contact with our hotel partners in expectation that we can secure significant discounts on room rates now that the NCAA won’t be in town. Ideas are already in motion as the City of Omaha and TCS look for ways to work together to make the SlumpBuster memorable.
A vast number of teams come to the SlumpBuster for baseball, and we are ready to deliver, with 40-plus states represented – large brackets (Session 1 & 3) and varied competition against teams you’d never see otherwise.
In the meantime, please let TC’s hard-working staff make progress on these issues over the next few days. Event directors will keep your coach in step with developments as we work to make the 2020 Omaha SlumpBuster an event you’ll treasure forever.
*Parents, please communicate with your Head Coach in regards to event questions and updates.
FORT COLLINS, Colo. – Baseball superstar Domingo Ayala has always been a gracious champion, ready to share critical insight on how to play the game even if the mortals in the audience would be lucky to even approach his skill set.
But rather than retire early, sit back and wait for his Hall of Fame wing to be built, the YouTube and social media All-Star is back in action, as Triple Crown Sports has announced details for the six stops of the 2020 TC Baseball Domingo Ayala Tour.
This will be the fifth year TC baseball and Domingo have joined forces. He has performed in a variety of settings, from indoor sports facilities, sports complexes, youth baseball fundraisers, corporate events and even in MLB locker rooms. Ayala’s unconventional journey to excellence provides a great deal of comedic material that scores of fans, even those outside the diamond sports, have embraced over the years.
His fearsome batting and pitching statistics, which might be hard to verify, are right in step with these rock-solid and impressive numbers:
Facebook: 321,000 followers
Instagram: 281,000 followers
YouTube: 191,000 subscribers, 38 million total video views
Twitter: 84,000 followers
Here’s the schedule for the 2020 Domingo Ayala TC Tour:
March 13-14 – Arizona Spring Championships, Session 2
March 20-21 – Arizona Spring Championships, Session 3
June 11-12 – Omaha SlumpBuster, Session 1
June 18-19 – Omaha SlumpBuster, Session 3
July 20 – TCS World Series, Park City, UT
July 28 – TCA World Series, Steamboat Springs, CO
“Triple Crown Baseball knows how to muscle up and give the best experience to the youth baseball market, much like how Domingo Ayala muscles up to blast a home run on pretty much every at-bat,” said Sean Hardy, VP of Sports at TCS. “We are thrilled to have him back for 2020, interacting with our fans, signing autographs and taking pictures that make TCS events even more memorable.”
Look for details on upcoming appearances at www.domingobeisbol.com
About Domingo Ayala
At the age of 2, Domingo Ayala started playing baseball. It wasn't long after that when he became one of the best players in his hometown of Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic. In his pursuit to make it to the MLB, Ayala packed his bags and moved to the United States.
Now, the self-proclaimed best baseball player in the world still claims to be 17 years old. Though many believe him to be slightly older, no one has seen a birth certificate to disprove his claim. As he travels the world teaching baseball, his ultimate goal is still to make it to the big leagues.
About Triple Crown Sports
Based in Fort Collins, CO., Triple Crown Sports has been producing college and youth events for more than 35 years, with more than 90 events scheduled for 2020 in the arenas of youth baseball, fastpitch, basketball, lacrosse and volleyball. The TCS footprint includes both the preseason and postseason WNIT basketball events and the men’s and women’s 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. TCS youth 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.
When the CTX Crusaders Red faced off against the Dulins Dodgers TX in the 12u Platinum Championships of the 2019 Omaha SlumpBuster, the title was guaranteed to belong to the Lone Star State. The Dodgers, head coach Lance Spivey and his boys made sure it was headed to McKinney, slipping past the Crusaders, 3-1.
“I’m super proud of this group,” said Spivey. “They competed all weekend long. We were consistent all weekend long, even when things didn’t go our way. I’m proud of their body language and their energy. It was a great way to end a long week.”
Only minutes after handling Iowa Sticks Red in the semifinals, Dulins wasted little time jumping on the scoreboard in the championship bout. Leadoff hitter Seth Yeamans climbed aboard with a single and quickly scampered around the bases to score on a duo of errors from the Crusaders’ defense.
The runs would not stop there.
Judd White, Jackson Miles and Mason Parsons all recorded hits. Even starting pitcher Brody Walls got in the action with an RBI double. In total, the Dodgers plated three runs, setting the tone early.
“Their pitchers were doing a great job of mixing it up,” said White. “We just had to stay balanced and do what we do best. Play our brand of baseball.”
Lead and momentum in hand, Walls trotted out the mound looking to get his team back to the plate as quickly as he could. Despite giving up a leadoff double and a run scored, Walls settled in, dialing up two popups and a strikeout to end the inning.
“My change-up was really working for me today,” Walls explained. “As it started to rain, my fastball started to slip a ton and dive into the dirt. My change-up came in clutch in the end.”
Two straight 1-2-3 innings at the dish meant Walls had to remain steady as his team clung to its 3-1 lead.
“It’s really relieving when you hang a pitch or miss your spot with a fastball that you can rely on your defense to make a play,” said Walls.
Time and time again, Walls utilized a mix of strikeouts and his defense to keep the Crusaders at bay. In his four innings of work, Walls struck out two, walked only one and surrendered just a single run. Even when a come-backer struck him in the hand in the third inning leading to a highlight-worthy 1-4-3 double play, Walls persevered and stayed in the contest.
“Love the compete factor in a kid like that,” Spivey said. “Takes one off the palm of the hand that was coming in there hot, settles himself back down and finishes off the game.”
Much like the persistence of the Dodgers throughout the SlumpBuster tournament, the rain in Omaha would not let up on Sunday afternoon. With four full innings completed, conditions were too dangerous to move forward and as the Dodgers were in front, 3-1, Dulins grabbed the 12u Platinum championship.
“We came to together as a team this week,” said White. “It’s a huge accomplishment for all of us. All the hard work that we’ve put in at practice paid off this week.”
The SlumpBuster marks the end of the Summer schedule for Spivey and company but a win in the top bracket of the 12u division will make the offseason a little bit sweeter.
“The Dodgers is a storied organization,” Spivey said. “It’s a good win and good for the organization. We’re ending our Summer with this tournament but we want these kids to keep playing baseball well after this.”