Baseball is rooted in Omaha, NE, and no tournament solidifies all aspects of America’s Game like the Triple Crown Omaha SlumpBuster. From June 15-29, over 500 teams ages 9-14 and representing over 35 states across the nation, converge on one of the nation’s great Meccas of baseball.
“We are excited to be back in Omaha, Council Bluffs and surrounding areas for the 2017 Omaha SlumpBuster,” said Event Director Brandon Hardy. “It seems like every year the event continues to get bigger and better. Everything about the event is first class with unbelievable lodging partners, facilities, restaurants and of course the CWS.”
Throughout the near half-month of youth baseball, each participating team once again is provided access to the College World Series® at the unequalled TD Ameritrade Park. Home to the Creighton Blue Jays and the Omaha Mammoth the majority of the year, the best at the collegiate level take residence at TD Ameritrade in late June. Entry into the SlumpBuster includes 20 general admission tickets to the CWS, allowing each youngster a peak at some of the stars of the college game.
“For over 15 years we’ve enjoyed a successful partnership with Slumpbuster® and watched this tournament grow from 150 participating teams to more than 500 teams who now travel to Omaha from 37 different states,” said Mark Rath, CSEE, Visit Omaha Director of Sales.
Of course, no SlumpBuster would be complete without the proud tradition of the exploding bats. Those attending session one and three will have their names and memories seared into the history of the tournament. For an even higher probability of ending a mid-season slump, the bat signing parties at Dave and Buster’s on June 15 for session one and June 23 for session three provide an excellent atmosphere for a night of family fun before game-play begins.
Enjoy luxuries Triple Crown and Dave and Buster’s have put together including 14 feet projection televisions, a chef-crafted buffet, and $10 Power Card good for all their video games all in one package for just under $20. For just $5 more per person, you can upgrade to unlimited video game access.
Festival Night (sessions one and three only) feature a giant slate of activities and fun for the whole family. Outside of championship Sunday, skills contests, vendors, food and pin-trading all make Festival Night a “can’t miss” opportunity for teams, coaches, parents and siblings alike.
New to Festival Night in 2017, the Pro Player Workout hosted by Iowa Western Community College, brings an elite level of instruction to Council Bluffs. Marc Rardin has led the Reivers to three National Championships and a laundry list of outstanding accomplishments. In 2015 alone, Rardin produced three NJCAA All-Americans, five All-District performers, seven All-Region performers, and 12 NCAA Division I signees.
Headed by Rardin, this workout is a perfect opportunity for any youngsters ages 13-14 to experience a workout at the pace of a college athlete. The workout will run 6-8:30 p.m. on fields seven and eight at both session one and three Festival Night.
A keen eye might spot noted comedian Domingo Ayala roaming around the complex in Council Bluffs early and often. Ayala will make performances at both session one and three, each of which are worthy of everyone’s attendance. You never know what kind of laughable moments may occur with one of social media’s biggest stars.
Back once again is Triple Crown’s second year format, the TCSB Division I Baseball Championships. Mimicking the format of the College World Series just miles away, the TCSB format elicited some of the most competitive games a year ago and is certain to bring the best teams from division 10u-14u toe-to-toe.
From College World Series® experiences, to an unforgettable Festival Night, to a week of terrific baseball featuring a diverse field of teams, the Triple Crown SlumpBuster is a mainstay on any team’s calendar. Those that make the trek to the holy grail of youth baseball are never left empty handed in invaluable memories.
For more information on the Omaha SlumpBuster visit www.triplecrownsports.com and follow the event on Twitter @TCSlumpbuster.