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Firestone Frenzy Tournament

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FIRESTONE FRENZY SOFTBALL TOURNAMENT

10U, 12U

Firestone Stadium, Pony Field, Diamond Crystal, Logan Fields in Akron, Ohio
May 19 - 21, 2017

Tournament fee: ­­­­$425.00

(Includes a non-refundable administrative fee of $100.00)

 

Deadlines:  Registration ­­­­May 3, 2017/ Payment Due May 12, 2017

To register your team for the Firestone Frenzy go to 

­­­­­Go to http://usssa.com/fastpitch/ISTSIDCreation to create an USSSA account and sanction your team.  After you do this you will be able to register for this tournament.

To register go to http://bit.ly/2fgBv1I

 

TOURNAMENT INFORMATION

The Akron Racers Foundation Firestone Frenzy tournament provides an opportunity for area softball teams to compete at a high level of play at Firestone Stadium and surrounding Akron area fields. 

  •          4-Game Guarantee (3 game pool play; one game single elimination)
  •          20-team maximum
  •          Two umpires per game
  •          USSSA game balls will be provided.         
  •          Tournament trophies awarded
  •          Tournament t-shirts available (pre-order only)

***As an additional bonus: Your team will receive 15 stadium tickets for one of two select Akron Racers Games and will be announced and recognized on the field prior to the game!***

 

Registration

­­­­­Go to http://usssa.com/fastpitch/ISTSIDCreation to create an USSSA account and sanction your team.  After you do this you will be able to register for this tournament.

To register go to http://bit.ly/2fgBv1I

 

Payment Options

  •          Mail Check/Money Order to:

Akron Racers Foundation

Attn:  Jill Williams

1575 Firestone Parkway

Akron, OH  44301

  •          On-Line Payment:  Pay on-line through the USSSA website.  (An additional 5% processing fee is required)

 

*Tournament registration fee must be received in full by the deadline listed to guarantee a spot in the tournament.

 

Refund Policy

  •          Registration fees will not be refunded after 30 days prior to the tournament date unless a replacement team has been secured.
  •          Refunds will be issued if games are cancelled due to weather. Game times will be reduced to one hour until we catch up with the game schedule and then we will return to the 1 hour and 15-minute time frame.  A $75 per game(s) not played will be refunded.

 

Tournament Rules

  •          Check-In with tournament director at Firestone Stadium at least 30 minutes prior to your first game (bring a copy of your signed USSSA roster and proof of insurance BEFORE your first scheduled game)
  •          Teams must be ready to play 30 minutes prior to game time.
  •          Game time is 75 minutes, complete the inning (unless the home team is winning).  No new inning after 70 minutes. Championship games will be 90 minutes – finish the inning Participants will be expected to hustle on and off the playing field.  The run rule will be implemented as needed (see below/rulebook)
  •          Run Rule – 12 runs after 3 innings, 2½ if home team leads.  10 runs after 4, 3½ if home team leads, and 8 after 5, 4½ if home team leads
  •          Guest Player1 guest player per team is allowed.  A guest player form must be filled out and turned in with the signed roster prior to your first scheduled game.  You can find this form at www.usssaohiofastpitch.com under the form tab.
  •          Ties – Pool playremain tied, Bracket and Championship play- we will use the international tiebreaker.
  •          In the event of rain delay, all games will be on a 60 minutes finish the inning once play resumes and will stay on that schedule for the remaining games played that day.  The game time will go back to 75 minutes on the following day only if the tournament is back on schedule. If it is not on schedule, we will remain on the 60-minutes time schedule for the remainder of that day to make it fair to all teams.
  •          Home/Away - before the start of each pool play game a representative from each team will meet the umpire at home plate for the coin toss.  The winner will choose to be the home or away team.  For the championship game/bracket play the higher seed will get their choice of home or away.  If the seeding is a tie, then a coin toss will occur.  
  •          Game Rules - the rules in the USSSA handbook will apply.  To review the rules and regulations go to www.usssaohiofastpitch.com and click on the RULES AND REGULATIONS link in the middle of the page on the right.
  •          Reporting Scores­ - Immediately following each game, umpires will confirm scores and send to the UIC.  Coaches, if a score was reported/entered incorrectly, text the correct score of the game to Jill Williams at (330)265-6804. Brackets will be updated on the USSSA website and posted at Firestone Stadium Concourse.  In order to keep the pools and brackets updated, it is extremely important that the score is reported immediately so it can be updated on the USSSA website.

 

FACILITY/FIELD INFORMATION AND POLICIES

Pre-game warm-up

  •          No pregame warm-up is permitted on the playing fields
  •          Firestone Stadium – batting cage & grass area between the two diamonds can be used for pregame warm-up; the two bullpens located down the left field line at Firestone are to be shared by the teams currently playing; immediately following the conclusion of the game, the next two teams may use the bullpens
  •          Pony Field - hitting warmup is permitted in the grass area between the two diamonds; grass areas outside the playing field can be used for throwing only; no batting practice is permitted in order to protect fans from injury.
  •          Diamond Crystal - hitting warmup is permitted in the grass area behind the homerun fence.
  •          Logan Fields - hitting warmup is permitted in the grass areas behind the homerun fence.

 

Parking and Field AddressesThere is no additional charge for parking

Firestone and Pony Fields – 1575 Firestone Parkway. Akron, Ohio 44301

  •          ALL BUSES - Please park on Wilbeth Road after dropping off players at Firestone/Pony Fields.
  •          Buses are not permitted to park in the surface lot adjacent to Firestone Stadium.

Diamond Crystal Field – 2175 Edwin Ave. Akron, Ohio 44301

Logan Fields – 61 Vaughn Rd. Akron, Ohio 44319

  •          Surface lots, including the IBEW Local 306 office are available.  Parking is not allowed in the grass areas on Vaughn Rd.  If you park in the grass you will be towed at your expense.

Admission This is a ticketed event.

  •          Adults are $3.00 and Students are $1.00.  Tickets allow admission ALL DAY at all fields. Spectators will be asked to present this ticket to enter all field locations.
  •          Coaches will check-in at the ticket table located at each field. (previously submitted coaches list for up to 3 coaches).

 

ConcessionsConcessions will be available at Firestone Stadium/Pony Field providing a variety of concession items throughout the weekend.

Restrooms Handicap accessible restrooms and/or Handicap portable toilets are available at each field.

Facility/Field Policies

  •          NO FOOD, BEVERAGES, OR PETS may be brought into Firestone Stadium/Pony Field complex.
  •          NO Grills or tailgating is permitted in the parking lots or surrounding areas at all playing sites.
  •          Seeds/Nuts are prohibited at Firestone Stadium (It causes issues with our drainage system.)
  •          NO Music at Diamond Crystal Field.  Due to the close proximately to a residential area, no music is permitted.  Please be respectful to our neighboring families.
  •          Bridgestone Property is private property.  We are not permitted on their premises for warm-ups/picnicking/etc.

 

Tournament T-Shirts – Tournament t-shirts will be available for pre-order only and may be picked up the weekend of the tournament in the Merchandise Garage on Saturday of your tournament.  The pre-order shirts order form will be emailed to you after the registration deadline of February 1, 2017.

Hotel Information - Hilton Garden Inn Akron Canton Airport

5251 Landmark Blvd

North Canton, Ohio 44720

  • There are four ways you can book your room(s) under the Akron Racers Foundation official partner rate - The booking link, corporate code, calling in to the Hilton central reservations 1-877-782-9444 or the hotel directly at 330-966-4907 option 2.
  • Booking Link: https://secure3.hilton.com/en_US/gi/reservation/book.htm?ctyhocn=CAKAPGI&corporateCode=3129282&from=lnrlink
  • Directions for using the Corporate Code: log on to the hotel website at www.akroncantonairport.hgi.com, pick dates of stay, click "Add special rates codes", Add Corporate Code ID: 3129282 
  • After booking your block of rooms, please email Justin Garner, Sales Manager, with your team name, dates and the number of rooms your team blocked.
  • All teams that are tax exempt need to call Justin Garner, Sales Manager at the Hilton Garden Inn Akron Canton Airport directly to mark the group rooms tax exempt status.

Airport shuttle service: We offer a 24/7 complimentary shuttle to and from the airport. There is a direct line to our hotel at the phone board by baggage claim.

 

TOURNAMENT CONTACTS

Jill Williams, Director of Amateur Events, jillwilliams@akronracers.us (C) 330.265.6804

Janee Bednarik, Asst. Director of Amateur Events (C) 234-525-8205

Stacy Corp, Director of Ticket Sales  stacycorp@akronracers.us (C) 330.565.7964    

Dave Neal, Director of Northern USSSA, david.neal@usssa.com (C) 330.524.9308

Firestone Stadium - 330.376.8188

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