2020 Tournament Information
6th Annual “Labor Day Classic” presented by Firecracker Sports will be held September 5th – 7th, 2020
Age groups: 13U/14U; 15U/16U; 17U/18U (3 Divisions)
Pool play: Saturday, September 5th – Sunday, September 6th, 2020
Playoffs & Championships: Monday, September 7th, 2020
- Participation is limited to 24 teams.
- Registration for this tournament is $900.00 which includes bringing a box of brand new game NFHS baseballs.
- We offer multi-team/event discounts, please inquire for more savings!
- 3 game guarantee: Pool play format will be used with all teams (weather permitting).
- Teams will be placed in pools, based solely on where they are from. We place teams from different areas against each other to allow the kids to play new teams.
- All Umpires are High School board certified and we supply 2 for every game.
- Preliminary round games will take place at area high school and collegiate fields with the playoffs and championship games at college facilities.
- We use the top fields in the Providence, RI area such as University of Rhode Island, Cumberland HS and more.
- While this event falls into the “Quiet” period for the NCAA recruiting calendar, we do have scouts and coaches watching the games but understand there is no contact during this event. This past summer we had over 100+ representatives from college and professional programs at all our of events, including Wheaton College, Boston College, Bryant University, Salve Regina University, Fairleigh Dickinson University and Concordia College.
- What else could we offer…well! We offer player and team video packages for programs looking to have their scout days during our event but also evaluations and “live in game video” of their players complied.
- Want more….let’s discuss that we do on-field reporting/interviewing with players/coaches, live streaming of pool play games, in-game stats, all playoff/championships on You Tube TV, social media exposure, All Tournament Teams along with more exciting news to be announced shortly.
2020 Pro & College Coaches Attending
Please check out our website regularly as we approach the 2020 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 were confirmed in attendance for 2019 event.
- University of Rhode Island
- Rhode Island College
- Salve Regina University
- Bridgewater State University
- Southern Maine Community College
- Springfield College
- Johnson & Wales University
- Husson University
- Texas Rangers – MLB Organization
- Community College of Rhode Island
- Worcester State University
We started this event 6 years ago and it’s always been a great way to either finish your summer schedule or kick start your Fall preparations. We have opened up this event to include more teams with the 13U/14U Division for those transitioning to the big diamond. Championships will be held at the University of Rhode Island for all divisions in 2020! If you are interested in participating in one of the fall’s best events, please register today or inquire at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
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.
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 Providence, Rhode Island area. 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 including playoffs and Championships for our 13U/14U, 15U/16U and 17U/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 2019 but until schedules are finalized please inquire about your location before securing your hotels and travel plans.
17U/18U College Prep Division: Pool Play Fields (Championship is at the University of Rhode Island)
All teams MUST bring 1 box of 12 game baseballs, NFHS stamped & approved, to the site supervisor before their 1st game. If baseballs are not provided, then
- At 1st game, team will forfeit the right to coin flip (to pick home or away).
- At 2nd game, team will forfeit their game (even if it’s on the 1st day of games).
- At 3rd game, team will forfeit their game and be banned from future tournaments.
A coin toss administered by the umpire or the site supervisor at each field will be used to determine home team for each game during pool play games.
3. AGE REQUIREMENTS (Date of Birth is NOT used for age eligibility for our events)
- 19U Division: Class of 2018 or younger
- 18U Division: Class of 2019 or younger (Fall only events)
- 17U Division: Class of 2020 or younger
- 16U Division: Class of 2021 or younger (Fall only events)
- 15U Division: Class of 2022 or younger
- 14U Division: Class of 2023 or younger including our Fall events
- 13U Division: Class of 2024 or younger
4. TIME LIMITS:
There is a 2-hour time limit on all games except for the championship games. This rule means that no inning can start after 2 hours, it is NOT drop-dead timing. This allows the tournament to stay on track for the entire day. We do allow extra innings, as long as the time limit is still in play. We, at Firecracker Baseball want to see all ties broken WHEN possible so “Firecracker Baseball” tie-breaker will begin in 8th inning (see details, rule #5).
5. FIRECRACKER BASEBALL TIE-BREAKER RULE:(Only when within time limit for pool play or game will be determined a tie; all playoff/championship games will start with this rule in the 8th inning)
- 8th inning: Runner on 2nd with no outs (Runner on 2nd was last batter of previous inning).
- 9th inning: Runner on 1st and 2nd with no outs (Runners on 1st& 2nd were last 2 batters of previous innings, placed accordingly i.e. last batter on 1st base and previous batter on 2nd base).
- 10th inning: Runners on 1st, 2nd and 3rd with no outs (Runner on 1st, 2nd& 3rd were last 3 batters of previous inning, placed accordingly i.e. last batter on 1st, previous batter on 2nd base and so on).
6. WOOD BAT/METAL BAT:
This is a wood bat tournament. 13U Division is allowed to follow NFHS standards for metal bats, which is BBCOR (-3), which is only age allowed to do so. NO COMPOSITE BATS ALLOWED THAT ARE EITHER METAL OR WOOD!!!
7. PLAYING RULES:
- Major League rules will be used throughout the tournament.
- You can re-entry for the starter one time, each game, in the same batting spot. Any substitute entering the game, if replaced at a later point, is out for the remainder of the game.
- Pitchers when removed from the game as a pitcher, can NOT return as a pitcher in that game.
- Courtesy Runners are allowed for Pitcher and Catcher ONLY! Must be a player on your bench. If there are no substitutes, you can use your player who made the last out from previous inning.
- ALL substitutions and changes must go through the home plate umpire & the official scorer at each field.
- Mound visits are limited to 1 per inning. After 1st visit, each time the coach visits the mound in that same inning, the pitcher needs to be replaced.
8. STARTING LINEUPS:
Any team can start 9, 10, or 11 players. YOU CAN NOT START THE GAME WITH LESS THAN 9 PLAYERS! It will be a forfeit….The lineup must stay with the same number of batters for the entire game. Once the first pitch has been thrown the lineup is locked and the lineup can NOT be reduced or added. If a player gets hurt and there are no substitutes available, that team will occur an out in that injured player’s spot in the lineup.
The 10th and 11th hitter, if used, will be designated as an Extra Hitter and Super Hitter in the lineup. The EH and Super Hitter may bat at any spot in the order. The EH and SH is the same as any position on the field as far as substitutions are concerned. The starting pitcher is allowed to DH for himself and bat in any spot in the order but must be listed a P/DH on the lineup card.
9. MERCY RULES:
There is a mercy rule for our Firecracker Baseball events.
- 12 runs after 3 innings
- 10 runs after 4 innings
- 8 runs after 5 innings
10. DEFINITION OF AN OFFICIAL GAME:
Our events can be impacted by weather and field conditions from time to time. Our games are based on time (2 hour time limits, while most games finish complete, we can NOT base this decision on an official game based on innings). Any game that has played more than 1 hour 30 minutes (75%) of the time allocated will be determined official and final. No games will be suspended, made up or rescheduled at that time frame. Any game that is suspended before the 1 hour 30 minutes, will be ATTEMPTED to be rescheduled and picked up from point of delay. If a game is determined official and the inning is NOT complete, we will revert back to the last complete inning played for score, stats and determination of winner/loser or a tie. This decision is finalized with Tournament officials to maintain safe, proper and efficient field conditions and event schedules.
11. COACH’S ATTIRE:
All coaches must be in professionally dressed. We do not allow coaches on the field in flip flops or beach attire. You will be confined to the dugout by the umpires; site supervisor(s) or tournament administration. NO EXCEPTIONS!
Any coach or player that is ejected from a game is automatically suspended for the next game of the tournament.
Any team that forfeits a game because of lack of players in attendance for their scheduled game or for lack of arrival on time (45 minutes prior to game or from the scheduled start time) will be banned for 2 years from any future tournaments at that point (Updated: 7/1/2016)
Any protests will be handled at the time of incident. We do NOT charge for protests like other organizations, if there is an issue we would like to resolve it for the greater good of the game of baseball. There are site supervisors at all fields and will handle any protests brought by a manager and will decide in a timely and appropriate manner.
15. WEATHER POLICY/CANCELATIONS
Due to unforeseen issues or mother nature, there are times games will be canceled because of rain, thunderstorms and poor field conditions beyond our control here at Firecracker Baseball. We will always try out best to get games in, move games around so EVERYONE has the same opportunity as others in our events but in the case, this does NOT happen, our policy is in place to protect our products and your programs.
- No Games Played = Full Credit towards 2020/2021
- 1 Game Played = $200 Credit towards 2020/2021
- 2 Games Played = No Refund
2020 Playoffs/Tie-Breaker System
- The winner of each pool will advance to the Championship Game on Monday, September 7th at the University of Rhode Island; Kingston, RI at 11:15AM.
- There will be a short award and trophy presentation at the end of the championship game, allowing for pictures and on field celebrations.
- Team trophies along with an MVP trophy will be awarded for each division.
- The winner of each pool will advance to the Championship Game on Monday, September 7th at the University of Rhode Island; Kingston, RI at 9:00AM.
- There will be a short award and trophy presentation at the end of the championship game, allowing for pictures and on field celebrations.
- Team trophies along with an MVP trophy will be awarded for each division.
1. Overall Record in Tournament
2. Head to Head (Only if two teams)
3. Runs Allowed
4. Run Differential (Maximum differential of 10 runs per game, either way)
5. Runs Scored
6. Coin Flip
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 this fall tournament is August 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.
- First and Last Name
- Jersey Number
- High School
- Graduation Year
- Email Address of a Parent or Player
- College Commitment (not required but asked)
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 Providence, Rhode Island 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!
Labor Day Classic Scores & Standings
We have partnered with another valued member in the baseball industry, Tournament Machine 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 app and Tournament Machine, 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 Providence, Rhode Island.
2020 Labor Day Classic 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. For password protection, please contact email@example.com for this password. You MUST be an active college coach or MLB scout to have access to our database!
2019 Labor Day Classic Scouting Report
Recently we held our 5th Annual Labor Day Classic Tournament at fields across Rhode Island with the championship hosted at the University of Rhode Island. We hosted some very good quality teams with excellent competition in the 16U division and 18U divisions. Based on evaluations provided by college coaches in attendance, our Firecracker Sports staff and other administrators we will be breaking down for you those teams and players who caught the scouts attention during our event.
Ryan McHugh (EagleBrook School, 2023,RHP/3B) pitched 5 innings in the 16U Championship game, getting the win while giving up 1 run, 2 hits and striking out 7. His FB sat 80-83 (T85) comes out loose and runs away from left-handed batters. SL (72-74) has late tilt that falls out of the zone and creates swings and misses. Athletic 6’ 0” build with plenty left in the tank in terms of velocity
Dylan Rego (Bishop Hendricken, 2021, RHP/C) Rego went 2-3 with 2 RBI and 2 R in the Championship game including an opposite field triple in the gap. Right handed hitter with solid load and stays centered until pitcher’s release; good timing. Build is 5’ 10” athletic for his age. Interesting to see how he will develop at the RI powerhouse Bishop Hendricken.
Connor Kennedy (Bishop Hendricken, 2022, P/1B/3B) Kennedy came into the Championship and pitched 2 shutout innings to keep his team in the game. FB was 74-75 (T76), CB 63-65. True ¾ delivery on the mound with a sweeping curve and progressing slider. Can be a little too stiff on the mound; but has good hip to shoulder separation.
Sean Diaz (Providence Career & Technical, 2022, SS/3B) Smooth stroke at the dish. Defensively, picks the ball well with quiet feet. He works through his fielding progression and uses less with the throw. Plus arm with good IQ on defense.
Daniel Janssen (Portsmouth HS, 2020, RHP/OF) Janssen got the ball for the Bay Sox in game 1 of the Classic and went 6 quality innings. RHP with a wiry frame and straight over the top arm action. FB in the low 70’s was effective when low in the zone. Did a good job of mixing holds and looks with runners on base. CB and CH are + pitches for this level but started to flatten out as the game went on. He occasionally drops down to throw off-speed and spots it low. Could be a potential submarine guy
Jared Reminder (Pilgrim HS, 2021, RHP/1B/3B) was a solid defender all tournament long, playable range and glove in CF. Made an outfield assist in the late innings on a runner tagging to 3B. Struggled a bit with off-speed at the plate especially with 2 strikes. Pitched to 2 batters at the end of the game; FB 80-82 with athletic over the top delivery. Only threw 1 CB at 65. Promising college prospect that’s worth following in 2020 HS season.
Connor Freitas (Portsmouth HS, 2021, 1B) Connor had an impressive day in his second game of day 1, going 3-4 with a double. Aggressive at the plate, looking for his pitch early in counts. Shows barrel control and ability to go the other way with pop. Overall a solid, compact stroke. Average speed but took advantage of pitcher’s pattern and took 2 bases.
Kyle Roche (Braintree HS, 2020, RHP/OF) The Franklin Pierce commit went 5 innings on Day 1 against Providence Sports & Leadership, giving up 1 run on 2 hits while striking out 7. The righty has a clean delivery with a high 3/4 arm slot and throws 4 pitches for strikes. 2 seam FB was at 84 while 4 seam worked from 84-86. CB and CH sat at around 72-74 for a good differential. He kept the ball knee high all day. Bulldog mentality on the mound
Jordan Gorham (Braintree HS, 2022, RHP/IF) looked very athletic at SS all game, showing + glove and footwork with an above average arm. His tall frame may move him over to 3B. He flashed a 3.5 second Home to 1st time. Also handles the bat well with hands to the ball approach; collected 2 hits on the day in big situations. Pitched the final 2 innings with a straight 4 seam 85-86 (T88) and a sweeping CB at 78-80. Huge pro potential for this kid
Ryan Sorgi (Braintree HS, 2020. C/IF) Sorgi caught 3 out of the 4 games for Braintree at the tournament. Helped his pitchers on the corners and received the ball well. Didn’t set up location too early and blocked fairly well. Pop time was 2.20-2.25. ++ contact guy at the plate, collected 6 hits in the tournament.
Tucker Erdody (Braintree HS 2020 RHP/IF) There must be something in the water over in Braintree because these kids can play. Tucker started the second game for Braintree. Stocky RHP with a free and easy 80-82 with arm side run and ++ command. CB was 70-73 and CH 72-75. Had consistent command of the zone, but trusted his off-speed in hitters counts
Wilcar Moreno (Mount Pleasant HS, 2020, OF) was the DH for PSL in their first game, hitting a gapper in his first AB. Right handed batter with big power gap to gap. Gets his hands inside the ball nicely. Keeps his head down on the ball with nice extension.
John Guzman (Evolutions High School 2020 3B) Aggressive defensively, attacks ground balls. Squares up nicely and comes through the ball with a strong arm. Pull side hitter at the plate with compact approach
Alex Ramirez (Central HS, 2019, SS) Committed to the University of Rhode Island. Had no problem against the younger pitching in the tournament, collecting 4 hits. Left handed batter with quick hands and a situational approach at the plate. As solid as they come defensively with ++ arm, range, and glovework. High baseball IQ
Jack Feltovic (Hopkins Academy, 2021, 1B/3B/RHP) Straight up approach at the plate with above average power and lift to the ball. Played 1B but showed good range for 3B. Picks the ball well. Threw 1 inning, FB was 77-79 (T80) with solid command
Trey Faulkner (Sabis School, 2020, INF) is very solid defensively with a good arm for SS, but projects more as a 2B than SS at the next level. Closed RH stance at the plate with a short/compact approach. Plus speed on the bases with a 3.6 home to 1st time
Michael Gadja (New Britain HS, 2020, C) Power hitting catcher with a closed off stance. Right handed pull heavy hitter. Big body with a very good arm but relies on it too much, needs to use legs more. 2.07 was best pop time behind the plate
Jayden Cumbo (Plainville HS, 2021, RHP/1B) Heavy straight FB (75-77 T78) with a High ¾ slider (72-74). Average command of both pitches, struggled early but got stronger as the game went on and kept his team in the game. At 1B he moves well for his size with big boy power. Hit a ball off the wall on Day 2 against Braintree.
Owen Kellington (Union 32 HS, 2021, RHP/IF/OF) the UCONN commit was by far the best and most college-ready pitcher in the tournament. Explosive fastball (84-86 T87) with late run to it. Sharp CB (74-75) was his put away pitch. Went on to start 2 days later in the Championship and battled his way to a victory despite diminished velocity/command. Works quickly on the mound with ++ composure exhibited in the 18U championship. Will look to come in and contribute for UCONN in 2022
Adrian Siravo (Gilford NH, 2020, OF/RHP) Siravo is the 2nd UCONN Commit on the Bandits and is a very intriguing pro prospect both as an outfielder and on the mound. Was a catalyst for his team all tournament from the leadoff spot with a pull-happy, aggressive RH swing (Top Exit Velo: 90) Moves very well with long strides and + athleticism. Had 2 appearances out of the bullpen with a heavy 4 seam (89-92 T93), hammer CB (74-78), and playable CH (70-72). Had solid command of all 3 pitches with a long and explosive delivery.
Levi McAllister (St. Mark’s School, 2022, C) One of the best catching prospects we’ve seen all year. Strong, athletic build with excellent tools behind the plate. Quick transfer (2.00 Pop Time) with a very good arm/ good mobility. RH hitter with pull side tendency; engages his lower half well.
Sam Hill (Algonquin Regional HS, 2021, RHP/OF) Sam did it all for the Bandits in CF, at the plate, and on the mound. Threw the first 4 innings of a mercy rule shortened no hitter in the 1st game, collecting 9 K’s along the way. 5’ 8” toned frame with straight 4 Seam FB sitting 80-82 (T83). Heavy SL (72-75) and progressing CH (70-73). Very athletic kid who gets the most out of his body
Andrew Normandin (Mount Royal Academy, 2021, 2B/SS) Solid defensive MIF, projects at 2B in college. Great situational hitting, especially in the championship. Very consistent barrel control and can hit to all fields. Plate discipline is +
Jelbasio Sacaria (Miami Nationwide Academy, 2020, OF) Sacaria is a legitimate pro prospect. 5 tool player displaying gap to gap power from the right side and hits the ball where it’s pitched. ++ hand placement and lower half engagement. Strong arm in the OF; reads ball off the bat well with solid footwork.
Anliel Gonzalez (English HS, 2020, RHP/IF) Smooth delivery with life on his FB (79-82 T84) Struggles to find the zone with all of his pitches including his SL (70-72). Besides that he got a lot of ground balls and swings and misses. Possesses a 6’ 3” frame that projects well at the next level,
John Pellegrino (Chariho HS, 2020, IF) High baseball IQ; very good glove/hands with solid instincts to go with it at SS. Made every play that came his way in the 2 games he played in. Understands the speed of the runner and how much time he has. At the plate he has a closed lefty stance with an opposite field approach. Very patient hitter; fouls pitches off and draws walks