Registration will begin on Sunday March 9th at 2:00 PM through 9:00 PM Monday.
The Opening Ceremony with a special speaker will also be held on March 9th.
The Varsity and 14u teams – (possibly the 16u too, depending on the number of teams) will start their games on Monday March 10th at 8:30 AM
The 10u, 12u (and possibly the 16u, depending on the number of teams) will begin their games Tuesday March 11th.
Championship Friday will be on the 14th and will include the all of the final games and the Awards Ceremony.
We have committed to find a way to recognize all 350 teams in the Awards Ceremony and keep the ceremony to one hour.
We have been looking for an opportunity to make this change for a number of years as the Nationals families are forced to be away from their local churches for two Sundays. Additionally, it causes for a “rush situation” at the end of a very busy week as teams that are within 2-6 hours are trying to get out of town as quick as they can.
This change will mean that the first weekend the older team will have to be in town, but the younger teams still don’t have to be in town until Monday night.
It is our hope that virtually everyone will take the advantage of the Friday Schedule and will plan to stay in Springfield on Friday night. This will allow families to relax Friday evening and enjoy some great Gold Ball Showdowns, the All American Games and the Awards Ceremony. Then get a good night sleep and have a good travel day on Saturday and for the families that want to take their time they can have a nice weekend in Springfield.