The Omaha SlumpBuster is a 'Stay To Play' Event
*New for the 2022 SlumpBuster, paid teams will receive a personalized booking link allowing them to reserve rooms on-line. Penciled teams will not have access to
hotels or their personalized booking link until the entry fee is paid in full.
HOTELS WILL NO LONGER TAKE BOOKINGS OVER THE PHONE! EVERY TEAM WILL NEED TO USE THE PERSONALIZED BOOKING LINK!
Triple Crown’s SlumpBuster® has become a fixture on the youth circuit, entering its 20th year as a tournament dedicated to building memories and bringing families together around the great game of baseball. More than 40 states from coast to coast send teams to Omaha in June for the opportunity to play unique competition and sharpen their skills for the summer campaign.
By playing in the SlumpBuster®, teams have an opportunity to attend a College World Series game. Triple Crown schedules the tournament so teams can make their way to beautiful TD Ameritrade Stadium and watch the best programs in the NCAA compete for a national title. Immerse your kids in the excitement, check out the activities downtown and see baseball how it was meant to be played!
EXACT PLAY DATES for SlumpBuster (Vary by Age Group) 9's, 10's, 11's and 12's
4-Game Option: Friday, June 17th - Sunday, June 19th (3 Days)
6-Game Option: Thursday, June 16th - Sunday, June 19th (4 Days)
EXACT PLAY DATES for SlumpBuster (Vary by Age Group) 13's and 14's:
4-Game Option: Thursday, June 16th - Sunday, June 19th (4 Days)
6-Game Option: Wednesday, June 15th - Sunday, June 19th (5 Days)
Game Times Available: May 20, 2022
Equipment: Bring 1 used and 2 new baseballs per game. Get your baseballs back after the game. All teams will receive 1 dozen baseballs during team check-in.
Baseballs will only be distributed at check-in (Embassy Suites La Vista, NE, 12520 Westport Pkwy, 68128). Baseballs will not be handed out at facilities.
Age Cutoff Date: May 1, 2022
New Age Cutoff information for 13u & 14u teams:
*13u Division players who turn 14 prior to May 1st of the current season are not eligible unless they are in the 7th grade. Also, any player turning 15 prior to May 1st will not be eligible.
*14u Division players who turn 15 prior to May 1st of the current season are not eligible unless they are in the 8th grade. Also, any player turning 16 prior to May 1st will not be eligible.
**Additional verification (report card) will be needed for players using grade based eligibility.
SlumpBuster Awards: 1st Place Championship Brackets - Team Plaque and Championship Rings, 2nd Place Championship Brackets - Team Plaque and Runner Up Rings, 3rd Place Championship Brackets - Team Plaque and 4th Place Championship Brackets - Team Plaque.
For general information about the CWS please visit www.cwsomaha.com. The Triple Crown SlumpBuster® and the NCAA® College World Series® are separate, non-related events running at the same time.
SlumpBuster Lightning Round Bracket:
*Teams will be combined between D1/D2/D3 (Majors/AAA/AA)
*13u & 14u teams play 2 exhibition games on Wed, June 15th, while 9u-12u teams will play 2 exhibition games on Thurs, June 16th.
*All teams need to be prepared to play at 8am.
*The results of these games will NOT count toward pool play standings, but innings pitched WILL be recorded.
*Lightning Round bracket game times are reduced (1hr 45min NO NEW INNING time limit for all ages).
*Lightning Round bracket teams will merge into the same bracket as all 4-Game bracket teams for pool play beginning Thursday, June 16th (13u & 14u) and Friday, June 17th (9u - 12u).
Please consider before signing up:
*Your team could play between 4-9 games while in Omaha. Be aware of your pitching depth and overall wear and tear on the team.
*Extra travel days would be required. Factor in vacation time for parents, coaches and players.
Drive note: All teams may play up to 1 hour away from Omaha (Ft. Calhoun, Syracuse etc). Majority of the games will be in the Greater Omaha/Council Bluffs with possible overflow fields (depending on final team numbers).
Thursday, June 16th (5pm - 9pm) Council Bluffs Rec Complex (2900 Richard Downing Ave): This event will include the Golden Arm (throwing), All IN (throwing), Pass the BATon (base running) and Bunting Challenge (bunting); all which will test your team’s baseball fundamentals. Teams compete against each other to earn points in each of the four events. Teams will have their points tallied from each event to determine the winner in each age group. Fundamentals Team Challenge Champion T-shirts will be awarded to one team per age group. 15 minute time slots will be allocated for each team on a single field to complete all three skills challenges. This will allow teams the opportunity to coordinate their festival activities around their designated skills time. If your team would like to participate in the Fundamentals Challenge, you will need to pre-order on our tournament home page (to guarantee your team's spot - limited spots available) purchase a team package for $200.00 or onsite (if team spots are available). The tournament entry fee doesn't include participation.
Team Participation for the Fundamentals Challenge includes: 3 players for the Golden Arm , 9 players and 1 coach for All IN , 6 players for Pass the BATon and 3 players for the Bunting Challenge.
Three players will test their throwing accuracy by throwing from different age appropriate distances. All participants will be given two attempts at each throwing distance to throw a total of 6 balls at a target to earn team points. Points will be awarded for throws making contact with a target as follows:
All nine position players and their coach will participate in a competition that measures a team’s ability to hit the cut-off man and throw the ball around the infield. Each player must touch the ball by following the designated throwing sequence, described in the illustration below.
Pass the BatOn
Six players will test their base running ability in a relay-style competition by racing from Home Plate to 2nd Base, and 2nd Base to Home Plate.
Three players will test their bunting skills by bunting for accuracy. Participants will be given 8 pitches or 5 bunts (whichever comes first). Participants will attempt to bunt into a grid mapped on the field with designated points. All balls must be fair to score points.
The Triple Crown SlumpBuster® and the NCAA® College World Series® are separate, non-related events that coincide in June.
SlumpBuster Philosophy: Score Early, Win Early, Stay Winning. If weather hits we may revert back to first Pool Play game or ½ of official game time for playoff seedings. We will give awards based off pool play seeding only in an emergency where games played without elimination finish due to inclement weather. The ultimate goal of the event is to play ball not “Crown a Champion.” Play to win every game!
SlumpBuster® Bat Signing Parties: Starting at 6:00pm on June 14th - June 23rd
Triple Crown Sports will be hosting SlumpBuster Bat Signing Parties where your team can sign the legendary 10' bonfire bat! Location TBA.
Tuesday, June 14th
Wednesday, June 15th
Thursday, June 16th
Saturday, June 18th
Sunday, June 19th
The 2022 event marks the 20th year of the SlumpBuster® -- the World's Largest Youth Baseball Tournament. Sessions #1 and #3 will have 275+ teams that will collide on these weekends in Omaha, NE during the College World Series. Expect 20-48 team divisions to be the new norm in Omaha!
2003 featured 24 Teams from 5 States
2004 featured 60 Teams from 12 States
2005 featured 115 Teams from 21 States
2006 featured 258 Teams from 31 States
2007 featured 273 Teams from 36 States
2008 featured 462 Teams from 37 States
2009 featured 495 Teams from 36 States
2010 featured 484 Teams from 39 States
2011 featured 462 Teams from 39 States
2012 featured 503 Teams from 35 States
2013 featured 421 Teams from 32 States
2014 featured 495 Teams from 35 States
2015 featured 527 Teams from 37 States
2016 featured 575 Teams from 39 States
2017 featured 508 Teams from 37 States
2018 featured 556 Teams from 42 States
2019 featured 736 Teams (Record High) from 40 States
2020 featured 19 Teams from 4 States - Note: 671 Teams were registered prior to COVID-19 concerns
2021 featured 384 Teams from 32 States - Note: 535 teams were registered prior to CWS stadium capacity limits due to COVID-19
2021 Champions - Session #1:
14uD1 -- Northstar (Shakopee, MN)
13uD1 -- Millard United Elite (Omaha, NE)
12uD1 -- Colorado Jets (Parker, CO)
11uD1 -- Millard United Elite (Omaha, NE)
10uD1 -- Omaha Tigers - Anderson (Omaha, NE)
9uD1 -- Prime 27:17 Ryherd (Overland Park, KS)
The SlumpBuster will feature:
~ Teams from around the country (30+ states)
~ Fundamentals Challenge (Team Skills Competition)
~ Pin Trading ~ Giant 10' Wooden Bat Bonfire
~ A positive, lifetime experience for players
~ 4 or 6 game minimum tournament
~ Lightning Round Games
~ Great Baseball
Teams in the 14u Division 1 Championship Bracket attending Session #1 of the Omaha SlumpBuster will have an opportunity to have the Don Reynold's Professional Baseball Group complete an individual player scouting report for the Triple Crown Top Prospects event in Arizona this fall. This group of evaluators is comprised of former veteran MLB scouts and players that are very well connected and respected in the professional baseball community. Players will be chosen for the Top Prospects event based on the scouting reports received from these ex-MLB scouts. Please feel free to reach out to the event directors with any additional questions.
SLUMPBUSTER FESTIVAL - THURSDAY, JUNE 16TH: 5pm-9pm at the Council Bluffs Sports Complex in Council Bluffs, IA. The festival will include Fundamental Team Challenge, Giant Wooden Bat Bonfire, fireworks, pin trading, inflatables, tournament merchandise and vendor row.
Pin Trading: All teams are encouraged to bring their team pins for trading. Event will feature teams from 35+ different states and will be a great opportunity to collect pins from various regions. Players from all ages will trade with each other, it's not limited to just your age group. The best day to trade will be during the SlumpBuster™ Festivities, Thursday, June 16th from 5pm-9pm at Council Bluffs Rec Complex (2900 Richard Downing Ave). However, you can Trade pins before, after and in-between games during the event. NOTE: Every year the tournament experiences a great deal of pin trading. Thousands of small, plastic pin bags are left scattered around the park and take days to clean up. Please do NOT leave your pin bags on the ground! Remove your pin bags before arriving to the park.
Bat Signing Parties SlumpBuster® Bat Signing Parties from June 14th - June 23th Location TBA.
Check In: You may pick up your baseballs, Fundamentals Skills Challenge team ticket and merchandise on-line pre-orders at the Embassy Suites La Vista (12520 Westport Parkway, La Vista, NE) during the following times:
We had a lot of fun. Well run tournament. Great communication prior to our arrival and throughout the tournament. Skills competition was organized and had enough events that everyone on our team could participate. Umpires overall were really good. Overall great experience. We are hoping to come back next year. Omaha is a great venue. – 10u Dynasty Black (TX)
First class event! – 12u North American Storm Chasers (NC)
Good, responsive communication. Fields were in good playable condition despite the weather. Hotel was in a great location for families, and schedule allowed time to catch a CWS game. Overall a great experience. – 11u Warhawks Baseball (CA)
Facilities were nice and communication excellent. – 14u Indiana Bulls Grey (IN)
Great event team had a blast. All good, CWS game was fun and tourney ran great! – 11u Tinley Park Bulldogs (IL)
Our team's experience with the Slumpbuster tournament was very positive. Great tournament! Wonderful memories for our players. Great job with the festival. Awesome hotel location. Solid competition with some great sportsmanship from teams all over the country – 12u Lake Elmo Lions (MN)
Very well organized and considering how the rain continually came down, the staff were on top of things. Fields we played at were in great shape. – 13u Palatine Legends (IL)
Great event, umpires and overall tournament. – 11u Millard United Legends Silver (NE)
Facilities are very good. Fields are groomed well. We had rain out situations as area was hit with huge amounts of rain, but we still played games as event adjusted well. – 14u Wheaton Briarcliffe Blazers (IL)
Umpires were great…..crews did a good job maintaining fields between games – 11u Colorado Crush (CO)
Well run event...staff on site was knowledgeable and obviously had been prepared to handle questions. – 13u Scottsdale Firebirds (AZ)
TCS works very hard to make sure that all games get played. – 11u Premier (IL)
Very well ran tournament. – 12u Enid Astros (OK)
Going to Omaha was an experience the kids on the team will always remember. – 13u South Forsyth Giants (GA)
Playing surface was in excellent shape….staff and umpires would very good, acted professional and engaged with the kids well. – 11u Colorado Rage (CO)
Professional staff, very communicative. – 13u Premier Baseball Futures (TX)
Let me first say that you guys have a great set-up here and get so much of this right. Brandon & Jason are organizational Rockstar’s. Communication from these guys was 100% flawless for us both before the event and at the event, especially in the light of some challenging weather at the start of Session 3. – 11u DBI Bluesox (TX)
Love playing teams from out-of-state. With all the weather issues I was impressed with the communication with the teams. Not an easy thing to do considering all the fields and teams at the event. I appreciate that everything is updated quickly – 14u Bellevue Bruins (NE)
It was a great experience for my 12-year-old son. He had a blast, the CWS game was on the bucket list for all of us, the pin trading was so cool, and the tournament was extremely professional. Fields and umps were great. – 12u Chanhassen Storm (MN)
Great tournament as usual. – 13u I-5 Easton (CA)
Fantastic event, great competition, facilities in Council Bluffs are wonderful. – 12u Millard United Elite (NE)
Great Competition-Great Field Conditions-No More than two games a day! There!!! Quick updates and notifications! Very well organized Would definitely recommend. Great Job! – 11u Naperville Renegades American (IL)
Best run tournament we see all year! – 12u Bellevue Bruins (NE)
Overall, very good communication and well-run event, thank you. Kids and families enjoyed it. – 13u Lemont Lightning (IL)
Thank You for a wonderful tournament. Well done and please keep up the good work. – 12u PAL Vipers Black (MO)
We thought the tournament was very organized and the facilities were good. – 9u Texas Matrix (TX)
Great event, real professional umpires! - 14u SSC Cardinals (NE)
Top-notch every year. This is our organizations 8th time playing in this event. – 11u Lobos Baseball (TX)
Well done! Keep up the good communication. – 10u Thunder Jets (CO)
The 2022 SlumpBuster is open to all teams, with no qualification required.
Each team will receive 1 dozen baseballs. These can be picked up at check-in in addition to merchandise pre-orders that have been ordered online.
Leave No Trace: Participants and spectators please keep the facilities clean by picking up your litter. Do not leave pin bags, food, drinks, lawn chairs, umbrellas or any other items at the facility. Respect the communities and facilities you play at by keeping them clean.
Miscellaneous: Please be prepared to start at 8am on the 1st day. See "Itinerary" for days to arrive and depart. Drive note: 13u and 14u teams may play 1 HR away from Omaha on one day . 9u-12u teams will only play in Greater Omaha/Council Bluffs with possible overflow fields 45min - 1hr away (Depending on final team numbers). The bulk of play will be in Council Bluffs (IA) and Greater Omaha for all divisions.
Tournament Philosophy: Score Early, Win Early, Stay winning. If weather hits then we might revert back to 1st Pool Play game or ½ of official game time for playoff seeding’s. We will award based off pool play seeding’s only in an emergency where games played without elimination finish due to inclement weather. The eventual goal of the event is to play ball not “Crown a Champion.” Play to win every game!
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 30 or fewer days prior to the start of the event.
Otherwise, cancelation up to 60 days prior to the event start date, a team may transfer the registration to another Triple Crown Baseball headquartered event for full value or receive a refund via check minus a 50% admin. fee.
Lastly, cancelation 61 or more days prior to the event start date, a team may transfer the registration to another Triple Crown Baseball headquartered event for full value or receive a refund via check minus a 20% admin. 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.