2021 Columbus Day Bash Softball Tournament

Saturday, October 9th – Monday, October 11th | Hartford/Norwich, Connecticut

Colleges/Organizations Who Attended This Event In The Past

2021 Tournament Information

4th Annual “Columbus Day Bash” presented by Firecracker Sports will be held October 9th-11th, 2021

Age groups: 16U and 18U (2 Divisions)

Pool play: Saturday, October 9th and Sunday, October 10th, 2021

Playoffs & Championships: Monday, October 11th, 2021

  • Please Note: – Teams will be accepted on a “First paid-First accepted” basis and entries will be limited only to the first 20 paid registrations.
  • Registration Fee: $949.00
  • 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*).
  • Softballs 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, parks and collegiate fields with the playoffs and championship games being held at a college venue. We use the top fields in the area such as Eastern Connecticut State University; Trinity College, Chelsey Park in New Britain, East Catholic High School and others.
  • Current and past college and professional coaches are employed to evaluate the teams at the prime recruiting age groups during our events.
  • Above and Beyond our Competition…We provide 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!

2021 Pro & College Coaches Attending

Please check out our website regularly as we approach the 2021 calendar year for confirmed attendance of coaches, schools and scouts. Our rotator above will show you the quality of programs who attended this event previously and several who have expressed interest in being a part of this event moving forward. Below is the list of schools and personnel who are expected in attendance for this year including our previous years attendance as well.

  1. College of the Holy Cross
  2. Quinnipiac University
  3. American International College
  4. Clark University
  5. Trinity College
  6. Mitchell College
  7. Eastern Connecticut State University
  8. Springfield College
  9. Rhode Island College
  10. Salve Regina University
  11. Worcester State University
  12. University of St. Joseph’s

2021 Teams Registered

We started this event in 2018 and we are very excited about the interest entering our 4th year because of the addition of softball as part of this event. Hartford, Connecticut is a great place to visit during the fall with the Six Flags close by, Columbus Day festivals and awesome autumn sunsets! We have opened up this event to include more teams with the 16U and 18U Divisions. If you are interested in participating in one of the fall’s best events, please register today or inquire at operations@firecrackersports.com for more details.

See who is coming!

2021 Hotels

ALL TRAVELING TEAM MANAGERS/CLUB ADMINISTRATORS MUST REVIEW OUR HOTEL POLICY & RULES PRESENTED 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 a Firecracker Sports event this organization has put in place 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 Website or on the home 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 Partner Tournament 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 fields (see our field age group/field location chart 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 tournament 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 state’s “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 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 in the Hartford and the Norwich, Connecticut areas. 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 and premier professional stadiums including playoffs and Championships for our 16U and 18U 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 2021 but until schedules are finalized please inquire about your location before securing your hotels and travel plans.

18U Division(s): Pool Play Fields (Playoffs & Championships at Eastern Connecticut State University)

2021 Tournament Rules

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

2021 TOURNAMENT RULES

2021 Team Roster Forms

Thank you for your interest and support of our Firecracker Sports 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 fall tournaments is September 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.

  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 Hartford, Connecticut area. This allows everyone to plan in advance their hotels, social events but also let the college programs you are interested in, know your playing times 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 Tournament Schedule

2021 Playoff Schedule

18U Division

  • We will have 2 pools for this event with the pool winners advancing to the championship on Monday, October 11th.
  • The 18U Championship is being held at Eastern Connecticut State University on Monday, October 11th at 12PM.
  • here will be a short award and trophy presentation at the end of the championship game.
  • Team trophies along with an MVP trophy will be awarded for each division.

16U Division

  • We will have 2 pools for this event with the pool winners advancing to the championship on Monday, October 11th.
  • The 16U Championship is being held at Eastern Connecticut State University on Monday, October 11th at 10AM.
  • here will be a short award and trophy presentation at the end of the championship game.
  • Team trophies along with an MVP trophy will be awarded for each division.

Columbus Day Bash Scores & Standings

We have partnered with another valued member in the baseball industry, Playbook 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 mobile app, Firecracker Sports, 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 Hartford and Norwich, Connecticut communities.

2021 RESULTS

2021 Columbus Day Bash 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. You MUST be an active college coach or pro scout to have access to our database!

2021 Scout Book

2021 Columbus Day Bash Scouting Report

Coming soon!

Area Attractions and Visitor’s Guide

Coming soon from our friends at the Connecticut Visitor’s and Sports Bureau