2018 Florence Freedom Youth Tournament Schedule

The historic Florence Water Tower is a landmark here in Florence, KY.        Photo Credit: Allen Burt


Image of the Cincinnati Skyline, just 13 miles north of Florence.          Photo Credit:


UC Health Stadium: 
The 100% turf field (and mound) at UC Health Stadium (located 10 minutes south of Cincinnati just off of I-75 in Florence, Kentucky) enables baseball games when normal grass and dirt fields are unplayable, meaning those early Spring games in March and April on your schedule can actually be played!





Matt Blankenship
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Tournament Profile: Ideal teams for Freedom Tourneys are competitive travel teams that would typically play in the American Gold or National Divisions of competitive leagues like SWOL. Stronger Silver teams can also be competitive in our tournaments; however, recreational Knothole, Little League, and NKB teams would probably not be a good fit. 


All are 4-game minimum tournaments.

Click each tournament name to be directed to the tournament pool and schedule.

*The 14U and 15U tournaments on July 5-8 are separate tournaments hosted on the same weekend*

*The 16U and 17U tournaments on July 19-22 are separate tournaments hosted on the same weekend*

Tournament by Age



Entry Cost

13U Rustbuster 

April 12th - 15th 2018


12U Rustbuster 

April 19th - 22nd 2018


11U Rustbuster(SOLD OUT)

April 26th - 29th 2018


13U Spring Fling

May 24th - 27th 2018


 15U Summer Classic

June 7th - 10th 2018


14U Summer Classic

June 21st - June 24th 2018


16U Summer Classic

June 28th - July 1st 2018


18U Summer Classic

June 28th - July 1st 2018


 14U Summer Sizzler

July 5th - July 8th 2018


15U Summer Sizzler(SOLD OUT)

 July 5th - July 8th 2018 $825

16U Summer Sizzler

July 19th - July 22nd 2018


17U Summer Sizzler 

July 19th - July 22nd 2018


 **Will accept teams to be waitlisted, as we might explore expanding the field.**

Discount Options:

SWOL Intro: 11U age only. $50 off if registered and deposit paid by March 1st.

Early Pay: $50 if registered and paid in full by November 23, 2017(Thanksgiving).

Returning 2017 Tournament Participant: $50 off if registered/$200 deposit paid by February 1st.

Multi Team Discount: 2 teams registered from same organization receive $25 off per team, 3 teams= $50 off, etc. Max of $100 off. Deadline March 1st.

Teams may combine discounts but the MAX discount from all sources for any one team is $100.


Click here to view our list of hotel partners for amateur tournaments.


Download the Tournament Registration Form here.

Download the Tournament Liability Waiver here. (Form must be filled out and mail/emailed to us prior to tournament)


Fee Notes:
*Completed registration holds spot for 7 days
*$200 deposit holds spot indefinitely
*Balance due 60 days prior to tournament opening date
*Payment in full by January 1st, 2018 provides 1-hour of comp time in Freedom Academy ($80 value) during the tournament in addition to favorable scheduling
*$5 daily entry fee (12 & under free) at UC Health Stadium
*All players and up to 3 coaches are comped on the entry fee (please specify which coaches are comped)
*2 Umpires used for all games 13U & Up/All other age groups use 1 Ump (2 Umps for 12U Single Elimination games only)
*Tournament Fee includes baseballs and umpire expenses

Stadium Rules:
*Typically, all tourney games are played on 100% turf fields at UC Health Stadium, but we also use grass & dirt fields at Ryle High School and other fine high school fields for some tourneys for older age groups.
*No steel cleats at UC Health Stadium (violators ejected for game)
*No seeds on field or in stands (violators ejected)
*UC Health Stadium is allergy friendly so no peanuts permitted
*Concessions will be open at UC Health Stadium so no outside food & beverages permitted in the ballpark (No Exceptions)
*No coolers permitted as water will be provided in dugouts
*Official high school baseballs provided


Tournament Policies:
*Fencing: Due to the size of the venue, portable fences will be used at UC Health for 12U & younger tourneys. No portable fences will be used at high school fields.

*Sponsor Hotels: All out-of-town teams must stay in one of our approved hotels who have provided discounts on their usual rates for our participants. These are sponsors of our organization and their partnerships are based on expectation of this business.

*Schedule: Tournaments typically begin on Thursdays and all teams are expected to be ready to play on that day, though we attempt to schedule local teams in the early timeslots whenever possible. We try to avoid back to back games and balance the number of games played on each field.  We will do our best to accommodate schedule requests but cannot guarantee success.

*Format: Typically pool play followed by single elimination championship bracket. The number of teams that qualify for the championship bracket is determined by the total number of entrants. With an odd number of teams, we sometimes use a "double pool approach". We reserve the right to re-format a tourney to accommodate unforeseen events.

*Consolation Games: Such games can often cause frustration when teams fail to play them without warning.  All teams must notify the Tournament Coordinator by email/text by 9 PM Friday whether or not they will play in Consolation games if they fail to advance to championship play. All teams opting out of Consolation by this deadline play will receive $50 refund ($25 for 12 & Under). We will assume teams that do not notify us in writing are NOT playing in Consolation games.

*Refund Policy: Our turf fields drain quickly and limit rainouts. There are no refunds on tournament fees regardless of the number of games canceled due to inclement weather.

*Tobacco: No tobacco products of any kind may be used by coaches or players on the field or in the dugouts. There is a designated smoking area at UC Health Stadium for fans.

*Unruly Behavior: Physical confrontations or loud, abusive language targeting other players, coaches and/or umpires are not tolerated. Violators may be ejected for just that game or possibly the entire tournament per our discretion.


For a printable version of these policies, click here.