I repeated over and again last year how I wanted to be as transparent as possible with everything that is this tournament. This year is no exception.
As was the case last year, I am once again waiting on the city. I have been advised (although not directly from the city to this point) Platte Purchase is not available for me to use this year. While I’m saddened (and frustrated) at the news, we push on. I have a contact with Tiffany Springs who I am awaiting to hear back from, and I have reached out to Fountain Bluff as well. Happy Rock is too expensive; they’re very proud of their fields, concession stands and ‘dues they will collect,’ as well as no access to pitching mounds. Pleasant Valley is an option, but they’re run by...you guessed it...the city.
Dates wise, my ideal scenario is for August 10 and 11, with Friday the 9th being an option if necessary and/or we get a plethora of teams and need the extra night OR we are limited on fields for multiple age groups. Worst case, I could look at having it the 17-18 of August, however the fall season of NKCA will most likely start that weekend.
What have you learned from this? Probably not much, but I want to keep you all in the loop. I appreciate everyone’s support as always, and I am beyond determined to make this happen again for my little 👼.
If anyone has any avenues, contacts, or ideas/suggestions please don’t hesitate to reach out to me! 💚
Updates from the tournament organizer, Ryan's dad, Matt Hampel, and his amazing wife, Heather.