Where will the games be played?
All venues will be first class facilities within an approximate 30 min. radius of the city of Buffalo including Coca-Cola Park (Home of the AAA Buffalo Bison’s) and several Division I College sites.
Where will the competing teams come from?
The teams will come from across the United States and Canada. Teams participated from across the United States as well as several Canadian provinces.
How Do I Determine my Teams Age?
As with nearly all US based tournaments, age is determined by the cutoff date of April 30, 2018. The age of the oldest player on your team as of that date is considered the age of your team. Canadian based teams, this age calculation is different than the January 1st date used throughout most of Canada. Please be sure you calculate your teams age correctly prior to registering.
What are the age requirements for the High School Showcase Division?
Any player who has not played their final year of High School baseball is eligible regardless of age. High School graduates are not eligible - no exceptions!
Who will Umpire the games?
We will be using the regions best umpire crews. All officials will be certified professionals.
What is included in the event?
Besides the top notch competitive atmosphere of the tournament itself and “FREE” customized caps for their team, there will be verious events each weekend, including a welcome reception, a Showcase Combine for the High School age division that will be scouted by College and Pros. Each participant will also receive a gift pack that will provide opportunities to enjoy the area attractions.
Where do I Send my Payment?
Only after successfully completing your online registration, checks should be made payable to New Era Park and sent to: New Era Park, Attn: New Era Cap Classic, 3950 Broadway, Depew, NY 14043. Only payments accompanied by an online registration invoice will be accepted.
Is there a Payment Deadline?
Teams that successfully register online and make payment by credit card will be confirmed for the tournament immediately. Teams that pay by check will have their tournament registration held for 14 days to provide payment. If payment does not reach us within 14 days, the team will be placed on a waiting list pending payment and space availability. This 14 day grace period is not guaranteed multiple times should a team reregister for the tournament after their initial registration was dropped for failure to make payment. On subsequent registrations for the same team, a team spot may be dropped at any time and is only guaranteed when payment is received and space remains.
Will this tournament sell out?
Divisions typically sold out starting on October. Nearly all age divisions are sold out by January. Waiting lists exist in all age divisions by tournament kickoff.
Can I hold a spot with a deposit?
Due to the high demand for entry in this tournament, only payment in full can confirm your participation.
I'm from Canada - How do I pay for the tournament?
Canadian teams electing to pay by other than credit card must pay by check or bank draft in US Funds Only. Your Bank can help you provide this payment.
Who do we contact for accommodations?
To reserve your hotel, see our hotel link on the menu above.
How do I order my free caps?
A representative from New Era Park will contact you as soon as your team payment is received and registration confirmed. New Era caps are required for game play during this tournament.
Can I order additional caps beyond the free 15 I will receive?
Absolutely. An additional cost, based on cap style, will be charged to you for each additional cap ordered.
What is your refund policy?
Prior to your cap order being placed and before June 1 - your refund will be your full tournament registration less a $75 administrative fee. Once your cap order has been placed and prior to June 1 - you will receive your team caps plus your registration fee less $350. After June 1 - no refund will be given. Your will receive your team caps. In the event your team ordered additional caps beyond the 15 included with the tournament registration, no refund will be issued while any outstanding balance for additional caps remains. Refunds will be issued approximately 60 days after completion of the event.
Are New Era caps Required for all players and coaches?
This is a New Era Sponsored event and as such all participants by rule will be required to wear New Era Caps. Be sure your team sizes are correct when your order is placed!
Do I have to come to Headquarters to check-in?
Yes. There will be forms that need to be turned in at tournament check-in prior to your participation. No paperwork can be handed in at the field. We will also have your tournament packet that will contain final information.
Can I call in?
No. There are items to be picked up at registration and documents that need to be turned in that must be done in person.
Are rain-outs made up?
We have back-up fields available and will do everything to get the games played. In the event of a larger rain event, the schedule will be modified to insure a valid playoff structure can be maintained.
How many games will be played in the tournament?
There will be approximately 350 games played.
How many games are we guaranteed to play?
The 10U thru 14U divisions will play a minimum of 4 games. 15U and High School Showcase divisions will play a minimum of 5 games - weather permitting.
What can you tell me about the schedule tournament weekend?
Game schedules will be available approximately 10 days prior to tournament start. Coaches/parents should plan on the following for the tournament weekend: Pre-Tournament Check-in and optional team and individual events will occur Thursday morning and afternoon. Required team check-in will occur Thursday late afternoon. Games will start promptly at 8AM Friday morning. All teams MUST be checked in Thursday evening and ready to play at 8AM Friday. NO EXCEPTIONS! Team will need to be prepared to play 2 games Friday and 2 games Saturday. Playoffs and consolation round on Sunday.
Can I make a scheduling request?
Unfortunately due to the large number of teams and facilities being coordinated for this event, it is impossible for us to address individual team requests. All teams must be prepared to play baseball starting 8am Friday morning.
Is there an individual Showcase or Combine for the High School showcase division players to participate in for the attending scouts?
Yes. As your team registers for the High School Showcase Division of the NECC you will be sent applications with a special rate for all tournament participants. The individual evaluation program and combine will be on Thursday before the high school tournament opens. See the showcase link on our home page.
What paperwork is required at check-in?
The following paperwork will be required at team check-in. Player Birth Certificates, Team Roster and Waiver form, Insurance certificate with proper additional insured of tournament host and sponsor. Further details and forms will be provided in a mailing in May.