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All American Family BBQ

As the first day at CASV begins to come to a close, most families and players are beginning to feel the burn in their calves from walking the hilly paths of the facility. All that activity usually stirs up an appetite as well. Saturday evening at CASV has the cure for both in the all American family barbecue.

As a special event held only on Saturday afternoon, CASV holds a large barbecue/picnic event for all of the teams and their families in the fifty state arena which is a large pavilion in the Village mall. All teams and families are encouraged to enjoy some traditional American picnic food together - hamburgers, hot dogs, ribs, corn-on-the-cob, potato salad, etc. Players and coaches eat for free, but any additional family members are required to pay about $14 per meal.

One of the many special things about attending CASV is the interaction between the teams competing there. People from all over the country and all walks of life assembled together around the game of baseball and in support of their youth athletes. Players thrive in developing relationships with other players and teams they meet, even to the point of attending their games when they themselves are not playing. It is baseball summer camp.

Meals

Players and coaches are provided meals throughout the day as part of their tournament fees. All CASV teams eat their meals in an open-air dining pavilion within the Player’s Village. The chow line is buffet style and includes a wide variety of meal choices each day. Players and coaches are free to go through the buffet line as much as they like. Moms are pleased to find out that CASV provides plentiful fruit and vegetable options at every meal, the players seem to be happier with the other options. Coaches do their best to ensure that kids are eating balanced meals in preparation for each day of baseball.

Teams schedule their meals as a group but are encouraged to interact and dine with players from other teams while in the dining pavilion. Meals provide a great opportunity for teams to learn more about the other teams attending, get the scoop on upcoming opponents, recap game highlights, and generally share the love of the game.

Opening Ceremonies

The conclusion of the first day wraps up with the official start of baseball activities on Saturday evening with the open ceremonies. Teams participate in a parade into the 1,000 seat stadium. After a “short” address from the tournament director, CASV has a few fun crowd competitions for willing families to compete in - the team spirit competition, the "New York, New York" song and dance, and the YMCA song and dance (always a crowd favorite).

After the national anthem comes baseball - finally. Players and teams compete in various baseball skills contests including a team fastest relay competition and three competitions for individual players - fastest player, fastest double play, and home run derby.

Pool Play Games (Sunday - Tuesday)

Sunday through Tuesday all teams play two games per day for a total of 6 pool games on CASV’s major league style fields. At a minimum each team will play at least one game under the lights and a game on one of the fields with a “green monster” outfield fence.

Games at CASV begin daily at approximately 8:00 am and run continuously on all fields until 11:00 pm in the evening. Seven or more games in four straight days is a fairly rigorous schedule for 12 year old arms. So, in pool play, teams are limited to only playing two games a day and those games are typically played in the morning/afternoon or mid-day/night. Players prep prior to their games at CASV’s dedicated batting cages and warm-up bullpens located in Player’s Village, just like the pros. Opponents in each of the 6 pool games may be from any of the 50 United States and from other countries as well (Canada).

Seeding & Bracket Play

Following Tuesday’s final pool games, the single elimination championship bracket is formed by the CASV staff. All teams are seeded in the bracket based on their performance in pool play. A coaches meeting is normally held late Tuesday night. It is not uncommon for pool games to go until 11:00 pm on Tuesday evening and for coaches not to find out the time and field of their first bracket game until 2:00 am Wednesday morning.

Bracket play can best be described as "play until you lose." With about 60 teams entered in the bracket, games are played continuously through Wednesday and into Thursday.

Closing Ceremonies

As the day turns to evening on Thursday, bracket play eliminates all but two teams. Prior to the championship game being played, CASV holds its closing ceremonies. Each team and each player is celebrated with their names read over the public address system, taking an individual final walk out on to the field and receiving their own Cooperstown ring along with a firm handshake from the CASV tournament director.

Championship Game

In their last evening together at Cooperstown, players and families can sit on the hill that abuts the outfield fence of Field #29 or in the stadium bleacher to watch a grand fireworks show and the championship game. Contrary to conventional baseball form, CASV puts their fireworks show on prior to the final game being played. Teams who want to get a jump start on packing up and a good night sleep for their journey home on Friday can turn in early, but most try to savor every last moment by staying to watch and honor the two teams that are competing in the championship and the game rarely disappoints.

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