Triple Crown Schedule
June 9 to 11 - Triple Crown girls fast-pitch Mountain Magic Camp
June 12 to 15 - Girls fast-pitch Mountain Magic
June 20 to 22 - Steamboat Mountain Magic
June 27 to 29 - Steamboat Mountain Magic
July 4 to 6 - Triple Crown Mountain Magic (slow pitch softball)
July 21 to 27 - Triple Crown World Series session one
July 28 to Aug. 3 - Triple Crown World Series session two
Aug. 4 to 9 - Triple Crown World Series session three
Steamboat Springs Steamboat Springs will play host to seven Triple Crown tournaments and one camp this summer.
From June 9 to 11, Triple Crown will hold a girls fast-pitch Mountain Magic Camp. After that, there are seven tournaments - including three World Series sessions - throughout a two-month stretch.
Last year, there were four World Series sessions.
"I'm guessing for that three-week stretch we're looking at about 375 teams," said Matt Van Alsburg, Triple Crown World Series director. "That's about 25 teams more than we've had up there."
Besides the World Series sessions scheduled at the end of July and beginning of August, there also is a girls fast-pitch tournament, two youth baseball tournaments and a slow-pitch softball tournament.
This will be the last year for the slow-pitch softball tournament in Steamboat.
Van Alsburg said most of the tournaments will see an increase in participating teams. The World Series sessions will feature teams from as far as Vermont and Florida and will be represented by 22 states.
Teams first must qualify for Triple Crown regional tournaments before being selected to play in destination national championships such as the ones that take place in Steamboat.
Of the 4,000 teams participating in regional and local qualifying tournaments nationwide, only a small percentage of premier teams are selected for national series play.
National champions will be determined in 8-, 9-, 10-, 11-, 12-, 13- and 14-and-under age divisions.
Play for the World Series sessions begins Tuesdays with a parade of teams and a skills competition. Pool play then determines playoff seeding.
Playoff rounds usually begin Fridays with consolation and championship games on Sundays at the Howelsen Hill fields. Last year's championship games were televised on Altitude Sports & Entertainment on a tape delay. This year's session two World Series games will be broadcast.
For more information about Triple Crown, visit www.triplecrownsports.com.
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