Showcase Battle of the Borders2020-01-27T11:25:29-05:00

2020 Showcase Battle at the Borders Tournament

Thursday, July 16th – Sunday, July 19th | Saratoga/Lake George, NY

College Showcase Camp

Wednesday, July 15th

6-9PM; East Field; Glens Falls, NY

Social Events

Lake George Fireworks + more

2020 Colleges attending

2020 Tournament Information

2nd Annual “Showcase Battle at the Borders” presented by Firecracker Sports will be held July 16th – July 19th, 2020

College Showcase Camp: Wednesday, July 15th, 2020

Age groups: 13U, 14U/15U, 16U/17U and 18U/19U (4 Divisions)

Pool play: Thursday, July 16th through Saturday, July 18th, 2020

Playoffs & Championships: Sunday, July 19th, 2020

  • Participation is limited to 60 teams and is expected to fill up before December 31st, 2019.
  • Registration for this tournament is $1,049.00 which includes bringing a box of brand new NFHS approved baseballs to your first game.
  • We offer multi-team/event discounts, please inquire for more savings!
  • 4 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 Saratoga/Lake George, NY area such as East Field in Glens Falls; Skidmore College; RPI; Ballston Spa HS and more.
  • We also hire college and professional coaches to evaluate the teams at the prime recruiting age groups during our events. This past summer we had over 80+ 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 and all playoff/championships on You Tube TV, social media exposure, live in game stats along with more exciting news to be announced shortly.

2020 Pro & College Coaches Attending

Please check out our website regularly as we approach the our summer events for confirmed attendance of coaches, schools and scouts. Our rotator above will show you the quality of programs who attended this event previously and have expressed their interest in attending again for 2020.

List of schools/organizations who attended in 2019 (does not include multiple coaches/scouts from same program)

  1. Bryant Stratton University
  2. Castleton State University
  3. Clark University
  4. Colby Sawyer College
  5. College of the Holy Cross
  6. Community College of Rhode Island
  7. Dominican College
  8. Fairleigh Dickinson University
  9. Felician College
  10. Johnson & Wales University
  11. Keuka College
  12. Mitchell College
  13. New Jersey Institute of Technology
  14. New York University
  15. Nichols College
  16. Pace University
  17. Post University
  18. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  19. Rhode Island College
  20. Rivier University
  21. Salem State University
  22. Salve Regina University
  23. Skidmore College
  24. Shenandoah University
  25. Siena College
  26. Southern New Hampshire University
  27. Springfield College
  28. St. John’s University
  29. Stevenson University
  30. Stockton University
  31. Stony Brook University
  32. SUNY Adirondack
  33. SUNY Canton
  34. SUNY Oneonta
  35. SUNY Plattsburgh
  36. University of Albany
  37. University of Houston
  38. University of Rhode Island
  39. Union College
  40. Vassar College
  41. Wells University
  42. Wheaton College
  43. Worcester State University

2020 Teams Registered

We started planning this event in 2018 and we have over 50+ teams in our first year. Now…in 2020 we expecting 60+ teams in all divisions. Whats next? We have teams coming from Canada, Australia, New York, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island. If you are interested in participating in one of the New York’s biggest and most traveled event, please register for our wait lists or inquire at for more details.

  1. Bases Loaded Bulldogs (Williston, VT)
  2. Burnt Hills Baseball Spartans (Burnt Hills, NY)
  3. CT Moose (Burlington, CT)
  4. New England Storm (Shrewsbury, MA)
  5. Northeast Roadrunners (Shrewsbury, MA)
  6. Saratoga Stampede (Saratoga, NY)
  1. Bases Loaded Bulldogs 14U #1 (Williston, VT)
  2. Bases Loaded Bulldogs 14U #2 (Williston, VT)
  3. Bases Loaded Bulldogs 15U (Williston, VT)
  4. Brigade Baseball Club (Lancaster, MA)
  5. CT Moose 14U (Burlington, CT)
  6. CT Moose 15U (Burlington, CT)
  7. Hayner Academy Barnstormers 14U (Halfmoon, NY)
  8. Mass Hurricanes 14U Elite (Medfield, MA)
  9. MWS Devils 14U (Ashland, MA)
  10. MWS Devils 15U (Ashland, MA)
  11. New England Storm (Shrewsbury, MA)
  12. Northeast Roadrunners (Shrewsbury, MA)
  13. Northeast Runbirds (Shrewsbury, MA)
  14. Saratoga Stampede 14U Red (Saratoga, NY)
  15. Saratoga Stampede 14U Blue (Saratoga, NY)
  16. Tri-City Bombers (Rensselaer, NY)
  17. Watson Elite Baseball Academy (Ottawa, Canada)

Waiting List:

  1. Diamond Zone 14U (North Haven, CT)
  2. Kangaroo Court North Roos (Canada)
  3. Ottawa Patriots (Ottawa, Canada)
  4. GST14 (NY)
  5. Saratoga Lightning 15U (Saratoga, NY)
  6. Eagles Baseball Club
  7. Granite State Thunder (Goffstown, NH)
  1. Brigade-Storm Baseball Club (Lancaster, MA)
  2. CT Cadets (Bristol, CT)
  3. CT Crush 16U (Old Lyme, CT)
  4. CT Crush (Old Lyme, CT)
  5. CT Moose (Burlington, CT)
  6. Drillers Baseball NY 16U (New City, NY)
  7. Drillers Baseball NY Titanium 2021 (New City, NY)
  8. East Coast Eagles 16U Blue (Bridgewater, MA)
  9. Freedom 16U Prospect Red (West Boxford, MA)
  10. Freedom 17U Prospect Blue (West Boxford, MA)
  11. Freedom 17U Prospect Red (West Boxford, MA)
  12. GC Outlaws (Coxsackie, NY)
  13. Hayner Academy Barnstormers 16U (Halfmoon, NY)
  14. Hayner Academy Barnstormers 17U (Halfmoon, NY)
  15. Team Boston Academy 17U – Evans (North Reading, MA)
  16. Team Boston Academy 17U – McConnell (North Reading, MA)
  17. Patterson Pirates (Patterson, NY)
  18. Upper Deck (Lincoln, RI)
  19. Saratoga Stampede 16U (Saratoga, NY)
  20. Watson Elite Baseball Academy (Ottawa, Canada)

Waiting List:

  1. Clinton County Mariners (Plattsburgh, NY)
  2. TCB Hammerheads (Hartford, CT)
  3. Methuen Gators (Methuen, MA)
  4. CT Mayhem (Manchester, CT)
  5. Adirondack Warriors (NY)
  6. Somers Baseball (Somers, NY)
  7. LI Dodgers Nation (Massapequa Park, NY)
  8. Capital Renegades (Albany, NY)
  9. Saratoga Lightning 16U (Saratoga, NY)
  10. Marshfield-Swampscott Legion (Marshfield, MA)
  1. Bases Loaded Bulldogs 18U (Williston, VT)
  2. Beekman Gamers (Poughquag, NY)
  3. Capital Renegades (Albany, NY)
  4. Collette Post 10 (Pawtucket, RI)
  5. CT Cadets (Bristol, CT)
  6. CT Crush 18U – Wojick (Old Lyme, CT)
  7. CT Crush 19U – Furber (Old Lyme, CT)
  8. CT Moose (Burlington, CT)
  9. Greenwave Baseball (Farmingdale, NY)
  10. Hayner Academy Barnstormers 18U (Halfmoon, NY)
  11. NE Waves (Old Lyme, CT)
  12. New England Scorpions 18U (Bristol, RI)

Waiting List/Declined spots:

  1. Southern Stars (Strathmore, Victoria, Australia) – Coming in 2021!
  2. Marshfield-Swampscott Legion (Marshfield, MA)

2020 Hotel Policy


To insure the quality of service provided during a Firecracker Sports event this organization has put in a Hotel Obligation Policy.


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 event page or on the main page of Firecracker Sports. Reservations can be made prior to being accepted and should be made ASAP as the hotels fill up quick.  


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 tournament partner 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 field. See our “fields/facilities” tab 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 event 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 states “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.”


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.


  • 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.


Teams will be able to cancel their hotel reservation if they are not accepted to the tournament.

Six Flags Great Escape

Whether you’re looking for thrills or fun rides for the kids, you’ll find an attraction at The Great Escape Theme Park that’s just right!  Some of the country’s fastest, tallest, and wildest rides are at this theme park! Check out the Comet, the Steamin’ Demon, the Sasquatch, and more. Want to get wet and wild this summer? The Great Escape’s popular outdoor water park is called Hurricane Harbor, and it’s located on site. There are a wide range of amazing water attractions at this tropical paradise to enjoy while competing in the Showcase Battle at the Borders event this summer!

We are offering exclusive discount tickets through our website for all tournament participants, families, coaches and friends to enjoy. Use the following code “FIRECRACKER” to buy your exclusive discounted tickets, which include 1 day passes, 2 day flex passes and free parking!


Planning your visit to Six Flags Great Escape during our event, check here for frequently asked questions and hours of operations


2020 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 here in Saratoga and Lake George, NY.  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 and 14U/15U 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 2020 but until schedules are finalized please inquire about your location before securing your hotels and travel plans.

18U/19U Division: Pool Play Fields (Championship Game is at Skidmore College)

2020 Tournament Rules


All teams MUST bring 1 box of 12 game baseballs, NFHS approved, to the site supervisor before their 1st game. If baseballs are not provided, then:

  1. At 1st game, team will forfeit the right to coin flip (to pick home or away).
  2. At 2nd game, team will forfeit their game (even if it’s on the 1st day of games).
  3. 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)

  1. 19U Division: Class of 2018 or younger
  2. 18U Division: Class of 2019 or younger (Fall only events)
  3. 17U Division: Class of 2020 or younger
  4. 16U Division: Class of 2021 or younger (Fall only events)
  5. 15U Division: Class of 2022 or younger
  6. 14U Division: Class of 2023 or younger including our Fall events
  7. 13U Division: Class of 2024 or younger


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)

  1. 8th inning: Runner on 2nd with no outs (Runner on 2nd was last batter of previous inning).
  2. 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).
  3. 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).


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!!!


  1. Major League rules will be used throughout the tournament.
  2. 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.
  3. Pitchers when removed from the game as a pitcher, can NOT return as a pitcher in that game.
  4. Courtesy Runners are allowed for Pitcher and Catcher ONLY! Must be player on your bench or last out from previous inning.
  5. ALL substitutions and changes must go through the home plate umpire & the official scorer at each field.
  6. 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.


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.


There is a mercy rule for our Firecracker Baseball events.

  1. 12 runs after 3 innings
  2. 10 runs after 4 innings
  3. 8 runs after 5 innings


All coaches must be in professionally dressedWe 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 15 minutes grace period 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.


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 Sports. 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.

  1. No Games Played = Full Credit towards 2020/2021
  2. 1 Game Played = $400 Credit towards 2020/2021
  3. 2 Games Played = $200 Credit towards 2020/2021
  4. 3 or more Games Played = No Refund

2020 Playoffs/Tie-Breaker System

13U Division

  • Winner of each pool will advance to their Championship Game on Sunday, July 19th at Skidmore College.
  • Gates will not open until 8:00AM.
  • 13U Championship Game will take place at 9:00AM.
  • There will be a short award and trophy presentation at the end of each championship game, allowing for pictures and on field celebrations.

14U/15U Division

  • Winner of each pool will advance to their Championship Game on Sunday, July 19th at Skidmore College.
  • 14U/15U Championship Game will take place at 11:15AM or roughly 20-25 minutes after conclusion of 1st game.
  • There will be a short award and trophy presentation at the end of each championship game, allowing for pictures and on field celebrations.

16U/17U Division

  • Winner of each pool will advance to their Championship Game on Sunday, July 19th at Skidmore College.
  • 16U/17U Championship Game will take place at 1:30PM or roughly 20-25 minutes after conclusion of 2nd game.
  • There will be a short award and trophy presentation at the end of each championship game, allowing for pictures and on field celebrations.

18U/19U Division

  • Winner of each pool will advance to their Championship Game on Sunday, July 19th at Skidmore College.
  • 18U/19U Championship Game will take place at 3:45PM or roughly 20-25 minutes after conclusion of 3rd game.
  • There will be a short award and trophy presentation at the end of each championship game, allowing for pictures and on field celebrations.

Tiebreaker System

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

2020 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 2020 summer tournaments is March 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)

2020 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 Saratoga and Lake George, NY. This allows everyone to plan in advance their hotels, social events but also let the college programs you’re interested in, the playing times of your team 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!


Showcase Battle at the Borders 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 Saratoga and Lake George, New York.


Showcase Battle at the Borders 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 for this password. You MUST be an active college coach or MLB scout to have access to our database!


Visiting Saratoga/Lake George, NY this summer….

As part of our events, we provide more than just baseball on the field. We like to provide opportunities for the coaches, families and players attending our events to enjoy different social events and activities in these destination communities.

Please find these links helpful in planning your summer travels to our Showcase Battle at the Borders in Saratoga/Lake George, NY this summer. We look forward to seeing you here from July 17th-21st, 2019!
Discover Saratoga: Welcome to Saratoga Springs, NY and Visitors Guide.
Saratoga Horse Race Course: Home of the Travers Stakes and many other races. Opening weekend happening during this year’s tournament!
Lake George Regional Chamber of Commerce and CVB: Area Attractions in Lake George.

Check out this preview of our Saratoga and Lake George, NY events this summer!

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