When the Triple Crown SlumpBuster youth baseball tournament topped 500 teams for the first time in 2012, it felt like an amazing threshold had been broken, alone the lines of the 4-minute mile.
But with the 2019 SlumpBuster ready to roll, even Usain Bolt might have trouble keeping up.
More than 725 teams are making the trip into Omaha this year (it’s the 17th edition of the tourney), further anchoring the fact that it’s become an essential part of the youth baseball experience. More than 40 states end up being represented over the four sessions, with the tournament beginning June 13 and taking over the calendar until June 27.
Session 1 and 3 are the largest of the event; both of them have dedicated Festival Nights at the Council Bluffs Recreation Complex, just over the Missouri River in Council Bluffs, IA. Those Festival Nights are incredibly popular convergence moments for the event, as the hotly anticipated Burning of the Bats show (with YouTube baseball legend Domingo Ayala handling the MC task) highlights a night packed with vendors, pin trading, skills challenges and assorted games (including a sea of inflatable diversions).
No question, one of the big draws of the SlumpBuster is the chance to attend a College World Series game in the sublimely beautiful setting of TD Ameritrade Stadium. A team registration includes 20 general admission tickets to the CWS, and the schedule is tailored so teams have a reasonable window to make their way to the stadium. Triple Crown is the largest purchaser of CWS tickets with more than 21,000 being distributed to teams this year.
Another evolution in the event is the TCSB Division I Invitational; while there’s plenty of good competition throughout the brackets, the D-I invite targets the most high-achieving club organizations. This year, Session 1 will feature a D-I invite bracket in 11u, 12u and 13u.
As you might imagine, interest in the 2020 SlumpBuster is already percolating:
By the Numbers: