Fun Facts about the Firecracker Tournament
· The tournament was started in 2008 to get more games for the Junior Legion teams in northern Rhode Island.
· The tournament started with only 6 teams in 2008 and has grown to now include well over 50 teams in 2015.
· The Senior Division (19U) only entered into the tournament in 2010 and began with 18 teams in it's first year. It currenlty boasts a 75% return rate annually.
· 2016's 9th Annual Tournament was the first to have a 15U division. It had 16 teams in its first year.
· 2016 also had a showcase that was the day before the tournament. In its first year, it had over 100 participants!
· Each year our popularity with college and professional scouts has grown. As recent as 2015, the tournament featured 25 scouts throughout. Colleges in attendance include but are not limited to:
-Bryant University, Wheaton College, Johnson & Wales University, Boston College, Stoney Brook University, and URI.
· One of the only baseball tournaments in the Northeast that plays on at least three (3) college fields throughout the tournament.
- In 2016 the tournament was played on 7 college fields!
· It takes over 50 volunteers each year to run this tournament!
· Plans for 2017 (our 10th year!) include but are not limited to:
-Live streaming of Playoff and Championship games, real-time scoring and playoff updates, 17U and 19U divisions play on 100% college fields, and sponsorships.