FAQ

Tournament information and answers to important questions

Coaches, Families, and Visitors

Frequently Asked Questions

  • General FAQ
  • Coaches FAQ

What age groups will be able to play at Ballparks of America?

10U -14U youth baseball teams

What supplies do the players need when they are staying in the Team Suites?

See packing list in the tournament prep kit

How many games is my team guaranteed in your weeklong tournaments?

7 games total (6 pool play games and a minimum of one single-elimination tournament game).

When can my team check-in to our team suite?

Teams may check into their team suite starting at 12:00 PM on Friday of their tournament week.

Where can I find my teams tournament schedule and results?

Schedules and scores will be posted and updated via your EventConnect team portal. Schedules are subject to change due to weather, so please check the app daily during the tournament.

When will the tournament schedule be available?

Approximately one week before the tournament via your EventConnect team portal. Schedules are subject to change, so please check the website or app daily during the tournament.

When will the game results be posted?

We will post standings and results on your EventConnect team portal as soon as each game ends.

How will I know which seed my team is prior to single-elimination tournament play?

All information regarding results, standings and seeding will be pushed out to all participants through your EventConnect team portal.

Do I have to provide an umpire for the week?

No. Ballparks of America provides all tournament umpires. There is no additional fee to your team for this.

How many umpires are there for each game?

All age groups will have two umpires for each pool play game. Semi-finals and tournament championship games may have up to 4 umpires.

Do we need to bring baseballs?

Game balls will be provided by Ballparks of America. Teams should bring their own practice balls.

What happens if it rains?

Our first priority is the safety of everyone at the facility. If the fields are judged unsafe, we will suspend, postpone, reschedule or cancel games as needed. There are numerous factors in deciding when games are allowed to continue, and we weigh each of those carefully before making a decision.

In the event of rain, we will do everything within our power to stay as close to the game schedule as possible. However, because of limited field availability, we may have to deviate from the posted times. If we need to alter the schedule, we will use the following priorities as our guide:

– Our first priority will always be to make sure each team plays its minimum number of games.
– We will attempt to have a championship game.
– We will never name a champion of a tournament without a championship game.
– We may eliminate the quarter-final or semi-final round to ensure a championship game.

Do I receive any discounts or free access to any of the attractions?

Every player will receive a packet of coupons for discounts at area attractions.

Is there pin trading among teams?

Yes, there is pin trading among teams. Teams are encouraged to come ready to trade by bringing their own pins or ordering them in advance from our partner BJ's Trophy. Visit their website bjstrophy.com or call 1-800-951-7822.

Do we need to bring water for the dugouts?

Yes. As a result of COVID-19 Ballparks can no longer supply water in dugouts. Teams are welcome to bring coolers of non-alcoholic beverages into the dugouts. Ice is available for purchase in the gift shop. Drinking fountains are available in the team suites.

What is the age cut-off date?

All tournaments are based on the standard April 30 age determination date. For example, all players in a 12U division must be no older than age 12 on April 30 of the year of the tournament. For 13U Division, players who turn 14 before May 1 are eligible if they are in 7th grade. We also make the grade-level exception. If a player ages out before the cutoff, but can provide a valid school record indicating they are in the same grade as their peers, they are eligible for the age division.

Is proof of age required?

Yes, Ballparks of America must verify the age of every player prior to the beginning of the tournament. Parent or guardian must provide acceptable proof of age for each player that participates in a tournament. Acceptable forms of verification include an official certified copy of the players birth certificate, a valid passport, or state ID card.

Players who do not complete age verification process will not be allowed to participate in any tournaments.

Age verification documents will be submitted through the EventConnect Team Dashboard.

Do the Birth Certificates need to be originals or copies?

Photocopies are acceptable.

What size bats are legal for our age group?

For metal bat tournaments: Bats must have the BPF 1.15 stamped on the bat. There is no restriction on the drop or barrel circumference.

For wood bat tournaments: Wood, wood composite, and bamboo bats are permitted. No metal bats. All 14U and select 13U and 12U events are wood bat only. Check your tournament detail page to confirm wood bat only events.

What rules will govern the tournaments?

Ballparks of America uses MLB official rules with a youth modifications. For a complete list of our rules, click here.

What is the time limit for games?

For Ballparks of America's Summer events, pool play games are 1 hour and 40 minutes. Bracket games are 1 hour and 45 minutes. Championship games are untimed. If time limit is reached, the inning will finish as needed. For our Spring and Summer partner events, game times will vary.

What is the maximum number of players we can have on a roster?

The player roster will be limited to 14 players and 4 coaches. If teams have additional players or coaches, exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis, but note – Team Suites have a maximum of 18 beds and 14 lockers. Teams can have 4 coaches and one additional scorekeeper in the dugout.

Are there pitching limitations?

For Ballparks of America's Summer events, there are no pitching limitations. Coaches are responsible for monitoring their own pitching staff. For our Spring and Summer partner events, pitching limitations will vary.

My player has a food allergy. How do I inform your meal staff?

Our food and beverage team is aware of many common allergies. We do not use any peanut or tree nut product in any of our provided meals. Meals that include egg or dairy products have additional options for players to choose. Parents will be able to select and pay for special food accommodations for their player - including a gluten free meal plan, an egg and/or dairy free meal plan and other options. These separate meal plans will be registered for and paid for by the requesting family at a cost of $150 for the week.

For any additional allergies or concerns, please email our Food and Beverage Manager, Steven, at scordova@ballparksofamerica.com.

What steps does Ballparks of America take to provide security for all teams and players staying on campus in the dorms?

Ballparks of America is staffed 24 hours to ensure the safety of our guests. Additionally, team suites have key card access at two separate points of entry. Coaches chaperone their teams, bunking in semi-private areas of each team suite for added security.

What is the typical schedule like for a week-long tournament?

Friday: Check in begins at noon and Opening Ceremonies at 8pm

Saturday: Skills Competition and Pool Play begin

Sunday and Monday: Pool Play

Tuesday: Pool Play and HR Derby Championship

Wednesday: Off Day, enjoy Branson!

Thursday: Single Elimination bracket and Championship Game

*Itinerary is subject to change*

Are tournament t-shirts and other Ballparks of America items available for purchase?

Yes. We will have merchandise available at our gift shop throughout the tournament.

Is there handicapped accessible parking available?

Yes, there is plenty of handicapped accessible parking.

Is parking and admission free?

Parking and admission is free for our Ballparks of America summer tournaments (Memorial Day to Labor Day), with the exception of the Major 70 Cal Ripken World Series, which has an admission fee. Our spring and fall partner events typically have an admission fee or parking fee.

Will concessions be available?

Yes, we have concession stands and an on-campus restaurant at Ballparks of America. Hours of operation will vary depending on the daily game start times and the last game of the day.

Are families allowed to bring food and coolers into the Ballparks of America Campus?

No outside coolers are allowed except a team cooler. Please make sure all trash is disposed of properly.

Is there a place to sit at each stadium for parents and fans?

Each field at Ballparks of America features some stadium seating. There are also picnic tables at some fields, but we encourage parents to bring portable chairs or blankets to sit on. Portable tents are also allowed and encouraged for shade.

Can we bring pets to the tournament?

Friendly pets are welcome at Ballparks of America. All pets must be leashed at all times, well-behaved, and cleaned up after. Pets are not allowed on the fields. BoA management reserves the right to remove a pet and their owner at any time.

How do the families book lodging? Do we get a discount?

Booking through EventConnect is required for teams and groups traveling from more than 75 miles from Ballparks of America. The traveling distance is determined from the submitted address at the time of registration. Each team is responsible to book a minimum of 8 hotel room nights by families and friends for each night of the tournament. Any teams that do not meet the minimum booked hotel rooms are subject to an additional fee due prior to team check-in: Weekend Tournaments: $400/Team Weeklong Tournaments: $750/Team Once your team registers for an event at Ballparks of America, you will automatically receive lodging information from EventConnect.

Travel and Lodging Details

Do I have to provide an umpire for the week?

No. Ballparks of America provides all tournament umpires. There is no additional fee to your team for this.

How many umpires are there for each game?

All age groups will have two umpires for each pool play game. Semi-finals and tournament championship games may have up to 4 umpires.

Do we need to bring baseballs?

Game balls will be provided by Ballparks of America. Teams should bring their own practice balls

Is there a dress code for the coaches?

Coaches are expected to dress appropriately. They should wear either team or BoA apparel.

What rules will govern the tournaments?

Ballparks of America uses MLB official rules with a youth modifications. For a complete list of our rules, please click here.

What is the time limit for games?

Pool play games are 1 hour and 40 minutes. Bracket games are 1 hour and 45 minutes. Championship games are untimed. If time limit is reached, the inning will finish as needed.

What is the maximum number of players we can have on a roster?

The player roster will be limited to 14 players and 4 coaches. If teams have additional players or coaches, exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis, but note – Team Suites have a maximum of 18 beds and 14 lockers. Teams can have 4 coaches and one additional scorekeeper in the dugout.

Are there pitching limitations?

There are no pitching limitations. Coaches are responsible for monitoring their own pitching staff.