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2023 Showcase Battle at the Borders Tournament

Thursday, July 13th – Sunday, July 16th, 2023 | Saratoga/Schenectady, NY

College Showcase Camp

Wednesday, July 12th 2023

College of Saint Rose; Albany, NY

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Lake George Fireworks

Six Flags Great Escape &

Amsterdam Mohawks Game

Colleges/Organizations who have attended this event in the past!

2023 Tournament Information

 

College Showcase Camp: Wednesday, July 12th, 2023

Age groups: 12U (New for 2023); 13U, 14U, 15U, 16U/17U and 18U/19U (6 Divisions)

Pool play: Thursday, July 13th - Saturday, July 15th, 2023

Playoffs & Championships: Sunday, July 16th, 2023

  • Please Note: - Teams will be accepted on a "First Paid-First Accepted" basis and entries will be limited only to the first 80 paid registrations. (*Past Showcase Battle at the Borders tournaments typically have filled up before December 31st.*)
  • Registration Fee: $1,199.00 - $1599.00 depending on age group.
  • Teams who register, but do not pay are not in the tournament and placed on the waiting list until payment is received. To avoid being placed on the waiting list and secure entry, payment must be made.
  • 4 Game Guarantee: Pool play format will be used with all teams entered (*weather permitting*).
  • Baseballs and lineup cards are included for this event as an added bonus to all teams and programs.
  • Two (2) High School board certified Umpires are supplied 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 Saratoga/Schenectady, NY area such as Shuttleworth Park, East Field,  Skidmore College, Central Park Diamonds, Ballston Spa HS and more.
  • Current and past college and professional coaches are employed to evaluate the teams at the prime recruiting age groups during our events.
  • NO GATE FEES EVER!
  • Above and Beyond our Competition...We provide on-field reporting, pre and post game interviews with players and coaches, social media staff to promote players and teams, live in game statistics, player assessments and videos which get added to our player database and much much more!

Weather/Event Updates

 

We understand weather and mother nature can impact your event experience unfortunately. We strive to provide communication before you leave your home or hotel, when possible.

There are many factors that go into running events including the weather, leasing fields from private schools, town officials that get these fields ready along other "outside factors" that can determine delays, shortening of games or unfortunately cancelations as well. Please click on this link or the yellow button on our schedule page "Event/Weather Updates" for updates daily when weather can be an impact to your event.

Weather/Event Updates

2023 Pro & College Coaches Attending

 

Please check out our website regularly as we approach the our summer events for confirmed attendance of coaches, schools and scouts. Our rotator above will show you the quality of programs who attended this event previously and have expressed their interest in attending again this year.

Colleges/Organizations who are expected to attend in 2023!

  1. Amherst College (MA)
  2. Assumption College (MA)
  3. Bridgewater State University (MA)
  4. Bryant Stratton College (NY)
  5. Central Maine Community College (ME)
  6. College of the Holy Cross (MA)
  7. Dean College (MA)
  8. Eastern Connecticut State University (CT)
  9. Eastern Nazarene College (MA)
  10. Elmira College (NY)
  11. Hudson Valley Community College (NY)
  12. Husson University (ME)
  13. Manhattanville College (NY)
  14. Mount Saint Mary's College (NY)
  15. Nichols College (MA)
  16. NY Mets (MLB Organization)
  17. Post University (CT)
  18. Rhode Island College (RI)
  19. Rivier University (NH)
  20. Rochester Institute of Technology (NY)
  21. Salve Regina University (RI)
  22. Skidmore College (NY)
  23. St. Michael's College (VT)
  24. SUNY-Adirondack (NY)
  25. SUNY-Brockport (NY)
  26. SUNY-Oneonta (NY)
  27. SUNY-Plattsburgh (NY)
  28. Texas Rangers (MLB organization)
  29. Union College (NY)
  30. University of Albany (NY)
  31. University of Massachusetts - Boston (MA)
  32. Western Connecticut State University (CT)
  33. Westfield State University (MA)
  34. Wheaton College (MA)

2023 Teams Registered

 

We started this event in 2018 and had 40+ teams our first year. 2nd year we had 60+ teams... Now... we are going to exceed 85+ teams for all divisions. Whats next? We have teams coming from Canada, Vermont, New York, New Hampshire, Maine, Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island in this one. If you are interested in participating in one of the Northeast's biggest and most traveled event, please secure your spot now or inquire at operations@firecrackersports.com for more details.

See who is coming!

2023 Hotel Policy

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

BOOK HOTELS NOW!

 

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 a 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 a 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.

Six Flags Great Escape

 

Whether you're looking for thrills or fun rides for the kids, you'll find an attraction at The Great Escape Theme Park that's just right! Some of the country's fastest, tallest, and wildest rides are at this theme park! Check out the Comet, the Steamin' Demon, the Sasquatch, and more. Want to get wet and wild this summer? The Great Escape's popular outdoor water park is called Hurricane Harbor, and it's located on site. There are a wide range of amazing water attractions at this tropical paradise to enjoy while competing in the Showcase Battle at the Borders event this summer!

We are offering exclusive discount tickets through our website for all tournament participants, families, coaches and friends to enjoy. Use the following code "FIRECRACKER" to buy your exclusive discounted tickets, which include 1 day passes, 2 day flex passes and free parking!

Purchase Tickets Today!

 

Planning your visit to Six Flags Great Escape during our event, check here for frequently asked questions and hours of operations.

Six Flags Great Escape FAQ

2023 Fields & Facilities

2023 Tournament Rules

 

Thank you for your interest in Firecracker Sports and support for our baseball events. We have updated several rules so there is more clarity to lineups, tie-breakers and other dynamics like home vs. away. We answer all of your biggest questions regarding rules by checking out our "Team Information" section which includes event rules such as age requirements, tie-breakers, lineups and much more like insurance, rosters and payments. Please click on the button below for more advanced details.

If you have any questions or concerns please hit the chat button at the bottom of your screen or email operations@firecrackersports.com for more details.

Official Tournament Rules

 

2023 Team Roster Forms

 

Thank you for your interest in Firecracker Sports and support for our baseball 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 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 baseball 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.

Enter Team Roster Information right here!

2023 Tournament Schedule

 

We work on releasing our schedules 2 MONTHS prior to any event we host and run in a normal 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 the Saratoga and Lake George, NY area. This allows everyone to plan in advance their hotels, social events but also let the college programs you're interested in, know the playing times of your team.

We will release schedules directly to the coaches when they have submitted all paperwork and payments, as early as February 1st. Public release for this event in 2023 will be June 2nd, listed right here. 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!

Please check out the latest scores and standings of our current event held for the Showcase Battle at the Borders.

2023 SCHEDULES/RESULTS

2022 Playoffs/Tie-Breaker System

 

13U Division

  • We will have a championship on Saturday, July 16th at the Christian Plumeri. Sports Complex, home of the College of Saint Rose.
  • All teams will be seeded after pool play is completed. The top 2 teams will advance according to the tie-breaker system, listed below.
  • The championship game will take place at Christian Plumeri Sports Complex at 9am.
  • There will be a short award and trophy presentation at the end of each championship game.

14U Division

  • We will have a championship on Sunday, July 17th at the Christian Plumeri. Sports Complex, home of the College of Saint Rose.
  • All teams will be seeded after pool play is completed. The top 4 teams will advance (3 pool winners and 1 Wild Card) according to the tie-breaker system, listed below.
  • Semi-final games will take place at 830am at Lansingburgh HS and Central Park Diamond "B"
  • The championship game will take place at Christian Plumeri Sports Complex at 11:15am.
  • There will be a short award and trophy presentation at the end of each championship game.

15U Division

  • We will have a championship on Sunday, July 17th at the Christian Plumeri. Sports Complex, home of the College of Saint Rose.
  • All teams will be seeded after pool play is completed. The top 4 teams will advance (3 pool winners and 1 Wild Card) according to the tie-breaker system, listed below.
  • Semi-final games will take place at 10:45am at Lansingburgh HS and Central Park Diamond "B"
  • The championship game will take place at Christian Plumeri Sports Complex at 1:30pm.
  • There will be a short award and trophy presentation at the end of each championship game.

16U/17U Division

  • We will have a championship on Sunday, July 17th at the Christian Plumeri. Sports Complex, home of the College of Saint Rose.
  • All teams will be seeded after pool play is completed. The top 6 teams will advance (6 pool winners) according to the tie-breaker system, listed below.
  • Quarterfinal games will take place at 9am at East Side Recreation and Central Park Diamond "A"
  • Winners will advance to play the higher seed (#1 and #2 receive a bye) at 11:15am at same locations.
  • The championship game will take place at Christian Plumeri Sports Complex at 3:45pm.
  • There will be a short award and trophy presentation at the end of each championship game.

18U/19U Division

  • We will have a championship on Sunday, July 17th at the Christian Plumeri. Sports Complex, home of the College of Saint Rose.
  • All teams will be seeded after pool play is completed. The top 2 teams will advance (Pool winners) according to the tie-breaker system, listed below.
  • The championship game will take place at Christian Plumeri Sports Complex at 9am.
  • There will be a short award and trophy presentation at the end of each championship game.
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TIE-BREAKER SYSTEM (for advancing from pool play to playoffs):

  1. Overall Record (if all teams have played the same amount of games within that pool. If event is impacted by weather, we will use winning percentage instead of overall record)
  2. Head to Head (if all teams have played each other)
  3. Runs allowed
  4. Run Differential
  5. Runs scored
  6. Coin flip

Showcase Battle at the Borders Scores & Standings

 

We have stepped up your tournament experience by launching a mobile friendly scores, standings and brackets application 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, 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 wins or unfortunately, losses.

Please check out the latest scores and standings of our events, past and present, held in Saratoga and Schenectady, New York.

2023 Results/Standings

Visiting Saratoga/Lake George, NY this summer….

 

As part of our events, we provide more than just baseball on the field. We like to provide opportunities for the coaches, families and players attending our events to enjoy different social events and activities in these destination communities.

Please find these links helpful in planning your summer travels to our Showcase Battle at the Borders in Saratoga/Lake George, NY this summer. We look forward to seeing you there!
 
Discover Saratoga: Welcome to Saratoga Springs, NY and Visitors Guide.
 
Saratoga Horse Race Course: Home of the Travers Stakes and many other races. Opening weekend happening during this year’s tournament!
 
Lake George Regional Chamber of Commerce and CVB: Area Attractions in Lake George.
 
Town of Lake George: List of events
 
Discover Schenectady: Area Attractions in Schenectady

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