2021 4th of July Showcase Tournament

July 8th – 11th, 2021 | Providence, RI

College Showcase Camp

TBA

Social Events

PawSox BBQ/Fireworks Night

2021 Colleges attending

2021 Tournament Information

The 1st Annual “4th of July Showcase” presented by Firecracker Sports will be held July 8-11th, 2021

College Showcase Camp: Thursday, July 8th, 2021

Age groups: 12U; 14U; 16U; 18U (4 Divisions)

Pool Play: Friday, July 9th – Saturday, July 10th, 2021
Playoffs/Championships: 12U; 14U; 16U; 18U: Sunday, July 11th, 2021
  • This will be a sellout like our previous 13 years of running Firecracker Sports events! Don’t wait to get your spot…
  • Last year we hosted 170 teams and were sold out by Christmas, this year we are anticipating 48 teams for softball; 210+ total teams with baseball combined!
  • Registration for this tournament is $849.00 (12U only); 999.00 (14U; 16U & 18U).
  • We offer multi-team/event discounts, please inquire for more savings!
  • Softballs are provided by Firecracker Softball as part of your team’s registration.
  • 5 game guarantee: Pool play format will be used for all teams competing (weather permitting).
  • Teams will be placed in pools, based solely on where they are from. We place teams from different areas against each other to allow the kids to play new teams.
  • All Umpires are High School board certified and we supply 2 for every game.
  • Preliminary round games will take place at area high school and collegiate fields with the playoffs and championship games at college facilities.
  • We use the top fields in the Providence, RI area such as Providence College, Brown University, Bryant University, Rhode Island College and more.
  • We also hire college and professional coaches to evaluate the teams at the prime recruiting age groups during our events. This past summer we had over 130+ representatives from college and professional programs at all our of events including Creighton University, St. John’s University, Bryant University, Salve Regina University, Pace University; Skidmore College, Fairleigh Dickinson University and Concordia College.
  • What else could we offer…well! We offer player and team video packages for programs looking to have their scout days during our event but also evaluations and “live in game video” of their players complied.
  • Want more….let’s discuss that we do on-field reporting/interviewing with players/coaches, live streaming of “highlight” pool play games and all playoff/championships on You Tube TV, social media exposure along with more exciting news to be announced shortly.

2021 Hotels

BOOK YOUR ROOMS NOW!

*UPDATED NOTE 2.1.20* PLEASE DO NOT CONTACT THE HOTELS DIRECTLY AS THIS CONFUSED ROOM NUMBERS, BLOCKS AND ALSO THE OVERALL RATES THAT THE TOURNAMENT NEGOTIATES ON EVERYONE’S BEHALF. IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS PLEASE CONTACT OPERATIONS@FIRECRACKERSPORTS.COM FOR MORE DETAILS!

ALL TRAVELING TEAM MANAGERS/CLUB ADMINISTRATORS MUST REVIEW OUR HOTEL POLICY & RULES BELOW. FAILURE TO KNOW OUR POLICY COULD SUBJECT YOUR TEAM TO NON-ACCEPTANCE OR REMOVAL FROM THE TOURNAMENT

To insure the quality of service provided during Firecracker Sports events, there is a Hotel Obligation Policy.

WHAT IS A “HOTEL OBLIGATION” TOURNAMENT?

Simply stated, if your team requires hotel accommodations (team traveling 75 miles or more to the event’s destination city) your team MUST stay at one of the approved participating tournament partner hotels. These participating hotels are reviewable by clicking on the “hotel” links on the tournament event page or on the main page of Firecracker Sports. Reservations can be made prior to being accepted and should be made ASAP as the hotels fill up quick.

WHY DOES THIS TOURNAMENT HAVE A “HOTEL OBLIGATION?”

We work very hard to keep our costs down and also balance the economic impact a tournament like ours can have towards the communities and programs we serve. The approved hotels on this website assist with both concerns and the following are the benefits to our programs:

  • To make it manageable we have room nights “blocked” for our out-of-town teams from our participating tournament partner hotels.
  • Because we do not use a Third Party Housing Group and we negotiate large blocks of rooms with the hotels directly, you’ll find a wide variety of best pricing and amenities from our hotels.
  • Care in selecting location and proximity to our playing field. See our “fields/facilities” tab to find out where your team most likely will be playing so you can lock down hotels near your fields.
  • All of our tournament hotels have been approved due to their quality and desire to give our guests the best event experience.
  • Room inventory which is shared with the tournament to ensure that room demands can be met from year to year.
  • By using participating tournament partner hotels, Firecracker Sports can offer our “Act of God” Clause. This states “Should this event be cancelled for reasons beyond the Event Organizer’s control (including weather), all outstanding reservations will be released at no charge to the participants.”

WHY ARE THERE PENALTIES FOR NOT ABIDING BY OUR HOTEL “HOTEL OBLIGATION” POLICY?

In order to best serve our out-of-town teams we need this to be a win-win for our guest teams and our hotel partners…If the rules are not followed then we jeopardize our relationships with these hotels and this could potentially add more costs to the teams.

WHAT ARE THE PENALTIES FOR NOT FOLLOWING OUR POLICY?

  • Any accepted team to the 2020 tournament(s) who requires overnight accommodations and does not stay in one of our approved partner hotels will not be accepted to the tournament.
  • An accepted team to the 2020 tournament(s) who requires overnight accommodations and double books their team at more than one hotel will not be accepted to the tournament or will be removed from the tournament.
  • Teams who do not stay in our partner hotels will risk forfeiting their games and not be allowed to return to the tournament next year.

WHAT IF OUR TEAM DOES NOT GET ACCEPTED AND WE HAVE A HOTEL RESERVATION?

Teams will be able to cancel their hotel reservation if they are not accepted to the tournament.

2021 Teams Registered

We are very excited about this year’s event as we have exceeded 157+ teams for all divisions in baseball including another 40+ teams on wait lists. We had teams coming from Canada, New Jersey, New York, Vermont, Maine, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Who’s next? We have more plans to expand for 2021 with both baseball and softball as dates are set for this event through 2023! If you are interested in participating in one of the East Coast’s biggest and most scouted events, please register today or inquire at operations@firecrackersports.com for more details!

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2021 Pro & College Coaches Attending

Please check out our website regularly as we approach this summer’s events and confirmed attendance of coaches, schools and scouts. Our rotator above will show you the quality of programs who have confirmed attendance for the 2021 4th of July Showcase Tournament here in Providence, Rhode Island.

2021 Fields & Facilities

We try to give all our student athletes and their families a first class experience by securing and enabling all our teams to play on the top facilities here in Rhode Island and Massachusetts. We are getting close to our goal of securing all college fields for every age group! We would like to see all our teams play all their pool play and playoff games on top fields including collegiately.

As you can see from the list below most of our divisions are exclusively played on collegiate fields including playoffs and Championships for our 12U and 14U Divisions. These younger divisions are given these unique playing opportunities which has become increasingly rare for other tournament providers. These fields and facilities are tentatively scheduled to host in 2019 but until schedules are finalized please inquire about your location before securing your hotels and travel plans.

18U Division: Pool Play Fields (Playoffs on collegiate facilities; Championship is at Rhode Island College)

2021 Pawtucket Red Sox BBQ/Fireworks Night

Open to all participants, families, coaches and friends of the 4th of July Showcase Tournament, presented by Firecracker Sports.

We have partnered with the Pawtucket Red Sox to bring you our 4th Annual Barbecue/Fireworks night on July 1st! We love to hold social events during our tournaments, to allow us to interact and get to know our coaches, student athletes and families. This isn’t always about the play on the field that brings us together for these tournaments, but the mutual love for the game of baseball.
Monday, July 1st’s Schedule of events
4:00PM-6:15PM: All you can eat barbecue/drinks
5:45PM: Pre game ceremonies with teams represented on the field.
6:00PM Ceremonial 1st pitch presented by a special guest of the
4th of July Showcase Tournament (look for that special contest soon!)
6:15PM Pawtucket Red Sox vs. Scranton Wilkes-Barre Red Barons game begins
9:00PM-9:30PM: Game ends and you will be able to enter the field area to watch the fireworks display from beyond the RF grandstands.

More details to come for our 2021 event!

2021 Tournament Rules

1. SOFTBALLS:

Softballs are provided at no additional cost per team by Firecracker Sports. All balls are NFHS stamped & approved for our events.

2. HOME/AWAY

A coin toss administered by the umpire or the site supervisor at each field will be used to determine home team for each game during pool play games.

3. AGE REQUIREMENTS (Date of Birth is NOT used for age eligibility for our events)

  1. 18U Division: Class of 2020 or younger
  2. 16U Division: Class of 2022 or younger
  3. 14U Division: Class of 2024 or younger
  4. 12U Division: Class of 2026 or younger

4. TIME LIMITS:

There is a 1 hour and 30 minute time limit on all games except for the playoffs/championship games. This rule means that no inning can start after 1 hour 30 minutes, it is NOT drop-dead timing. This allows the tournament to stay on track for the entire day. We do allow extra innings, as long as the time limit is still in play. We, at Firecracker Sports want to see all ties broken WHEN possible so “Firecracker Sports” tie-breaker will begin in 8th inning (see details, rule #5).

5. FIRECRACKER SOFTBALL TIE-BREAKER RULE:(Only when within time limit for pool play or game will be determined a tie; all playoff/championship games will start with this rule in the 8th inning)

  1. 8th inning: Runner on 2nd with no outs (Runner on 2nd was last batter of previous inning).
  2. 9th inning: Runner on 1st and 2nd with no outs (Runners on 1st& 2nd were last 2 batters of previous innings, placed accordingly i.e. last batter on 1st base and previous batter on 2nd base).
  3. 10th inning: Runners on 1st, 2nd and 3rd with no outs (Runner on 1st, 2nd& 3rd were last 3 batters of previous inning, placed accordingly i.e. last batter on 1st, previous batter on 2nd base and so on).

6. METAL CLEATS:

Metal cleats are not allowed for 12U divisions. 14U and older players are allowed to use metal cleats, if they choose, during tournament action.

7. PLAYING RULES:

  1. USA Softball rules will be used throughout the tournament.
  2. You can re-entry for the starter one time, each game, in the same batting spot. Any substitute entering the game, if replaced at a later point, is out for the remainder of the game.
  3. Pitchers when removed from the game as a pitcher, can NOT return as a pitcher in that game.
  4. Courtesy Runners are allowed for Pitcher and Catcher ONLY! Must be player on your bench or last out from previous inning.
  5. ALL substitutions and changes must go through the home plate umpire & the official scorer at each field.
  6. Mound visits are limited to 1 per inning. After 1st visit, each time the coach visits the mound in that same inning, the pitcher needs to be replaced.

8. STARTING LINEUPS:

Any team can start 9, 10, or 11 players. The lineup must stay with the same number of batters for the entire game. Once the first pitch has been thrown the lineup is locked and the lineup can NOT be reduced or added. If a player gets hurt and there are no substitutes available, that team will occur an out in that injured player’s spot in the lineup.

The 10th and 11th hitter, if used, will be designated as an Extra Hitter and Super Hitter in the lineup. The EH and Super Hitter may bat at any spot in the order. The EH and SH is the same as any position on the field as far as substitutions are concerned.

9. MERCY RULES:

There is a mercy rule for our Firecracker Softball events.

  1. 12 runs after 3 innings
  2. 10 runs after 4 innings
  3. 8 runs after 5 innings

10. COACH’S ATTIRE:

All coaches must be in professionally dressedWe do not allow coaches on the field in flip flops or beach attire. You will be confined to the dugout by the umpires; site supervisor(s) or tournament administration. NO EXCEPTIONS!

11. EJECTIONS:

Any coach or player that is ejected from a game is automatically suspended for the next game of the tournament.

12. FORFEITS/CANCELATIONS:

Any team that forfeits a game because of lack of players in attendance for their scheduled game or for lack of arrival on time (45 minutes prior to game or 15 minutes grace period from the scheduled start time) will be banned for 2 years from any future tournaments at that point (Updated: 7/1/2016)

13. PROTESTS:

Any protests will be handled at the time of incident. We do NOT charge for protests like other organizations, if there is an issue we would like to resolve it for the greater good of the game of softball. There are site supervisors at all fields and will handle any protests brought by a manager and will decide in a timely and appropriate manner.

14. WEATHER POLICY/CANCELATIONS 

Due to unforeseen issues or mother nature, there are times games will be canceled because of rain, thunderstorms and poor field conditions beyond our control here at Firecracker Sports. We will always try out best to get games in, move games around so EVERYONE has the same opportunity as others in our events but in the case, this does NOT happen, our policy is in place to protect our products and your programs.

  1. No Games Played = Full Credit towards 2021
  2. 1 Game Played = $400 Credit towards 2021
  3. 2 Games Played = $200 Credit towards 2021
  4. 3 or more Games Played = No Refund

2021 Playoffs/Tie-Breaker System

1. 12U High School Prep Division

  • The top team in each pool will advance to the playoffs on Sunday, July 11th, 2021.
  • Championship Game will take place on Sunday, July 11th at 9:00AM.
  • There will be a short award and trophy presentation at the end of the championship game, allowing for pictures and on field celebrations.
  • Team trophies along with an MVP trophy will be awarded for each division.

2. 14U High School Division

  • The top team in each pool will advance to the playoffs on Sunday, July 11th, 2021.
  • Championship Game will take place on Sunday, July 11th at 11:00AM.
  • There will be a short award and trophy presentation at the end of the championship game, allowing for pictures and on field celebrations.
  • Team trophies along with an MVP trophy will be awarded for each division.

4. 16U College Prep Division

  • The top team in each pool will advance to the playoffs on Sunday, July 11th, 2021.
  • Championship Game will take place on Sunday, July 11th at 1:00PM.
  • There will be a short award and trophy presentation at the end of the championship game, allowing for pictures and on field celebrations.
  • Team trophies along with an MVP trophy will be awarded for each division.

5. 18U College Select Division

  • The top team in each pool will advance to the playoffs on Sunday, July 11th, 2021.
  • Championship Game will take place on Sunday, July 11th at 3:00PM.
  • There will be a short award and trophy presentation at the end of the championship game, allowing for pictures and on field celebrations.
  • Team trophies along with an MVP trophy will be awarded for each division.

Tiebreaker System

1. Overall Record in Tournament

2. If two teams are tied, Head to Head winner. If three teams are tied, if one of the teams has defeated other 2 teams, that team advances. If not we proceed to #3.

3. Runs Allowed

4. Run Differential (Maximum differential of 10 runs per game, either way)

5. Runs Scored

6. Coin Flip

2021 Team Roster Forms

Thank you for your interest and support of our Firecracker Softball events.  In order to provide you the best experience possible, we request the entry of your team’s roster via the link below.  The deadline for all 2021 summer tournaments is April 1st.  This will allow us to promote your student athletes to the attending college coaches ahead of time along with promote the players who have committed to play in college, giving an extra boast not only to the student athletes but your programs as well!

We have created a brand new and innovative website that is user-friendly for our parents, players and coaches. With this exciting new addition, we have created a one-stop shop for all your showcase softball needs. You can create a user account, setup your teams, register for any event, make payments plus enter your roster one time and being done for the entire calendar year! This platform also will be where you see hotels, shopping, schedules, scores, standings and playoff implications right from your mobile device. We hope you enjoy this special benefit and make your life easier.

  1. First and Last Name
  2. Jersey Number
  3. Position(s)
  4. High School
  5. Graduation Year
  6. Email Address of a Parent or Player
  7. College Commitment (not required but asked)
ENTER 2021 TEAM ROSTER INFORMATION HERE

2021 Tournament Schedule

We work on releasing our schedules 2 MONTHS prior to any event we host and run throughout the calendar year. Once our event becomes full we begin to put the teams, fields and pool play together so you can plan your trip better to Providence, Rhode Island. This allows everyone to plan in advance their hotels, social events but also let the college programs you’re interested in, the playing times of your team if they are interested in attending.

We try to maintain first class customer service from the point of registration, all the way through our final Championship game of our events, so your experience always remains first class!

2021 SCHEDULES, SCORES & STANDINGS

2021 Scores and Standings

We have partnered with another valued member in the baseball industry, Tournament Machine to make your experience even better. Now you can see scores, schedules and standings right from your mobile device as soon as the games are concluded. No more calls, emails to find out where, when and who you are playing. Through our app and Tournament Machine, you can find the GPS location of fields, get notified of time changes, incase of inclement weather but more importantly know where your team is placed for standings after your wins or unfortunately, losses.

Please check out the latest scores and standings of our events, past and present, held in Providence, Rhode Island

2021 4th of July Showcase Tournament Scout Books

College coaches and professional scouts we provide up to the date scout books for your recruiting needs. There is no extra charges with Firecracker Sports to get these books or have them right on your phone at our events. Just click on the button below and download each event/division you are looking for. For password protection, please contact operations@firecrackersports.com for this password. You MUST be an active college coach or a pro scout to have access to our database!

2021 SCOUT BOOKS