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Jeff Dutiel
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Mark Gessner
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Brandon Gessner
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Chad Dutiel
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Val Dutiel
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Brandon Gessner
(740) 618 - 8000

Buckeye Elite Showcase
Tournament Sign-Up

Please complete the form below and click the submit button

U15, U16, U18: $1095.00
U14: $825.00

Team Name: Bracket:
Manager First Name: Manager Last Name:
Home Phone Number: Cell Phone Number:
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Email Address:

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Parent Email Address:

Please provide an email address for 1 parent who has a child on your team. This will help us better communicate information on the tournament and other events.


you will need this to complete your roster form, hotel form and insurance form.

Rules & Policies
Insurance verification - All teams must submit proof of insurance for each team participating in this tournament. This is the responsibility of the head coach or team manager. No team will play without proof of insurance.
Each team is required to stay at a Buckeye Elite Sponsoring Hotel. The hotels can be found under "Elite Hotels" on the Buckeye Elite website or by clicking this link: Buckeye Elite Hotels. Each team must be registered and confirmed at a sponsoring hotel and rooms picked up as a prerequisite to play in the tournament. Local teams are not required to stay when playing in the tournament.

Please contact hotel coordinator at or (740) 618-8000 for assistance with hotel reservations if you have problems booking a hotel.
Right to modify and amend - Buckeye Elite retains exclusive right to modify and/or amend these Rules and Regulations for Buckeye Elite Tournament. Each team is required to review the Rules and Regulations prior and during this tournament.
Acknowledgement of rules and policies - Your electronic signature on your applications acknowledges that you have reviewed and accepted The Buckeye Elite Showcase Tournament Inc. Rules and Policies as posted on the website.
Team Name Change - The Buckeye Elite Will NOT change a teams name on the web site unless these following things happen. First: the head coach must reregister the team's new name on the application page of the Buckeye Elite web site. Second: we will need to receive a letter ( US POSTMASTER POST MARKED ) requesting the change with the new signed application. We will not change a teams name from a fax or e-mail. If this is not done within 20 days of the tournament all mailings, tournament information, and T-shirts will reflect the original name that was posted by the teams manager or coach. There are NO exceptions!
Rules and Tournament Schedule. - In the event there are any changes and/or modifications to the Rules and/or Schedule, said changes/modifications will be posted on the website ( and it is the responsibility of all coaches to regularly check for any changes and/or modifications.
Change in tournament format - Due to any last minute changes in teams, weather or any other reasons, the Buckeye Elite Tournament Directors reserves the right to modify the format of this event. Any changes of the format will be posted as soon as possible on-line, announced to the teams during the tournament.
Tournament admissions- Admissions will be charged at some field locations but not all. Admission fee will be up to the individual site. The Buckeye Elite Tournament does not set the gate fee nor do they get any of the gate fees. All money will go to that particular school’s baseball program. Tell your parents that if play is in doubt due to inclement whether, wait to enter the park because no gate refunds or rain checks will be issued. There is “Zero” tolerance for any verbal or physical abuse between parents, coaches, players and the particular volunteer working at that location. Any altercation of this nature will result in the removal of all fans of that team, as well as the team and the coaches themselves form the ball park, the tournament, and all future tournaments. This not only includes that team, but the whole organization with whom they are affiliated with.
Outside food and beverage - No outside food and/or beverage is permitted within the ball park Please request that your fans comply with this rule.
NOTE - If a facility does not have concessions, then you may bring in outside food and/or beverages. Please check with the facility.
NO ALCOHOL PERMITTED in the parking lots or fields at any time!
Field Use: If you have a team in the Central Ohio area that has access to a local high school or college field and would like to participate in the Buckeye Elite Tournament for free, you may donate your field, free of charge, to the Buckeye Elite Showcase Tournament for use during the tournament. If you would like to do so, just sign and mail in your application indicating your wish to donate your field and your tournament fee will be waived.
Teams that do not meet deadlines for required Hotel information, Rosters, Insurance forms will not be eligible to participate in the Buckeye Elite Showcase Tournament! Teams that are removed from the tournament, because of their inability to meet the set deadlines will not receive a refund of their fee's. The deadline are as follow
Insurance forms dealine: June 15th
Roster forms deadline: June 10th
If the Buckeye Elite is canceled due to inclement weather, refunds will be issued as follows: If no games are played a full credit for next year’s Buckeye Elite Tournament will be issued. This credit will be carried over to the following year only. If one game is played a half credit towards the Buckeye Elite Tournament will be issued for next year’s Buckeye Elite Tournament. If two are games played there will be no credits, transfers or refunds for the next years Buckeye Elite Tournament.
If a team wishes to transfer or sell their tournament credit to another team it must be in writing with all correspondents to be sent to the Buckeye Elite. This team must be approval by the Buckeye Elite Tournament before a credit is issued or transferred. If a team wishes to list their credit on the Buckeye Elite web site it will be at no charge to that team. All funds, monies or fee’s to transfer credit to another team will be between those two teams only. The Buckeye Elite will not be responsible for any financial transactions between teams. The Buckeye Elite Tournament will only be responsible to post the team’s information or credits on the web site.
Refund Policy: -Withdrawal more than 45 days prior to the tournament- In all cases, a team must provide written notice to Buckeye Elite about their intent to withdraw from the tournament. If this notice is received at least 46 days prior to the tournament, Buckeye Elite will refund the entry fee less a One hundred and Fifty Dollars ($ 150.00) administrative fee. Withdrawal less than 45 days prior to the tournament - There are NO refunds for any withdrawal within forty five (45) days of the Buckeye Elite Tournament.
Deposit Policy The Buckeye Elite will take a deposit to hold a spot for your team until April 30th. You must complete and sign the tournament application then mail the application with your $200.00 deposit. We will place your team on the confirmed list once signed application and deposit is received. The Buckeye Elite will hold your teams spot open until May 1st if total fee's are not received by this date we will open your spot to other teams. Your team will forfeit the whole deposit once your team is removed from conformed list.
The Buckeye Elite Showcase Tournament Inc and it's agents and affiliates are not responsible for any information collected through the Buckeye Elite website.
By submitting the electronic tournament application, you are accepting and agreeing to abide by all rules and policies, created by the tournament directors, which are listed on this form. Your electronic signature will be applied to your application upon submission of your form on The Buckeye Elite Showcase Tournament website.
For Olentangy Liberty, Mount Vernon Nazarene, Bill Davis Stadium and St. Charles fields there will be no metal cleats allowed since the fields are turf, all players and coaches must wear either molded cleats or turf shoes
Pool play standings will be decided by head to head play and then by runs allowed. Once all pool play games are completed, the 1st place team will play in the Platinum bracket, the 2nd place team will play in the Gold bracket, the 3rd place team will play in the Silver bracket and the 4th place team will play in the Bronze bracket. Once bracket play begins, it's a "win or go home" format.
Hotel Cancellation: Teams on waiting list are responsible for canceling rooms 7 days from start date of tournament. This is to avoid hotel charging to your account for rooms not used. If rooms are not canceled in this time frame The Buckeye Elite can not be held responsible for cost.
FLYING OBJECTS: As with all other sporting events, all participants, spectators, coaches, players, volunteers and all others assume full personal risk of harm or death from flying objects. It’s everyone’s responsibility to be aware at all times of the danger of flying objects (bats, balls or any other projectile objects). This remains in affect for the entirety of the Buckeye Elite Showcase Tournament INC. If you choose to participate in any form in the Buckeye Elite Showcase tournament, you have waived all legal rights towards action or claims against The Buckeye Elite Showcase Tournament Inc. its officers, staff or volunteers if injured during the tournament by a flying object.
Tryout Dates: Posted on the Buckeye Elite website just send your organizations tryout link to we will attach it to our site link within a couple days. If you have questions please attach it to the email.
Teams must be at the field 45 minutes before their game. If the previous games end early, the next game will start in exactly 15 minutes. Teams must be ready to play or they forfeit.
The Buckeye Elite Tournament may remove an organization from future events. If your team or organization has a history of verbal and/or physical abuse toward umpires, players, fans, coaches, high school volunteers or tournament employees or a history of players, fans or coaches being ejected from games on a regular basis, your team or organization will not be invited to play in our tournament. The final decision will be up to the tournament directors. All decisions are final. No exceptions. No appeals. No refunds.
Home team will be determined by coin flip only during the Pool Play games. During the Championship and/or Elimination Rounds, the "home" team will always be the higher seed. If both teams are the same seed, then a coin flip will take place. If the teams have previously played, a "head-to-head" tie-breaker will be used to determine the "home team”. The umpires do not need to be present for the coin flip.
Games suspended by rain will be handled by the umpire.
Emergency contact number - Each team must have, at least, one (1) emergency contact number where they can be easily reached during the tournament.
Tie game after two hour time limit (Shoot- Out Rule): After the two hour time limit, if the teams are tied, a “Shoot Out will occur. The visiting team will place the player who made the last out on second base. Each batter will begin with a pitch count of 3 balls and 2 strikes. Both teams will bat until a winner is determined. At that point, the game is completed. Treat this like extra innings in a game. The home team cannot run up the score once they advance. There are no ties. A winner must be determined at the end of the inning and game! "Note if an inning starts before the 2 hour time limit ends, that inning must be completed before "the shoot-out". Exception: there is no time limit on championship and semifinal games.
All Teams will play 3 pool play games. These teams may or may not be in your pool. Your team’s win / loss record will determine the championship pool division in which you play.
The tournament will follow the ‘Ohio High School Rules’ with exceptions list in Buckeye Elite tournament rules.
Exception: A two (2) hour time limit will be in effect. If an inning starts and the home team is behind, the inning will be completed.
There is a two (2) hour time limit which starts on the delivery of first pitch. Teams may play up to 9 innings within the 2 hour limit before starting the shoot-out. Exception: there is no time limit on championship and semifinal games.
Exception Run Rule: The Run Rule is as follows: 15 runs after 3 innings, 12 runs after 4 innings, and 8 runs after 5 innings. These parameters are in place and active in all games throughout the Buckeye Elite Showcase Tournament.
Exception: DH and EH may be used. However, if you choose to use an EH, you must have 10 players bat the entire game. If you lose a player and only have 9 players left in the batting order, the 10th batter will be an out or you may replace that player with another player that has not yet played in the game.
Exception: Game Speed up Rule - A runner may be used for the pitcher and catcher upon reaching base (mandatory with 2 outs). This player must be someone not in the game or the team’s last batted out.
Each team will be required to check the website daily for updates on standings during the tournament. On Friday, after 8:00 PM, each team will be required to check website for Saturday’s championship bracket schedule.
Keep the games moving, on deck batters must retrieve all balls at backstop.
Legion teams only will be allowed to play one player over the age 19. No player at this age will be allowed to pitch.
In the event of rain or other matters beyond the control of the Tournament Director, the Tournament Director reserves the right to change the tournament format as he sees fit in order to complete the tournament in the scheduled time period.
Baseballs - All teams must provide two (2) new baseballs to the home plate umpire prior to the start of the game. The baseballs should be of high school baseball quality. Each team must provide used baseballs as needed during the course of the game. Coaches, please see that each team retrieves foul balls on their respective sides.
Saturday scores will not be posted for championship rounds. In championship games it’s win or go home.
Physical confrontation - This tournament has "zero tolerance" for any physical confrontations by players, coaches, fans or anyone else. Upon the first violation, the violating party shall be removed from the facility and the tournament. Once again, absolutely no physical confrontations will be tolerated.
No pre game warm up is allowed on the in field.
Team using an illegal bat at home plate will receive an out
Score Verification during Game - It is the responsibility of the home team to maintain the score book. At the end of each inning, the home team is required to provide the score to the umpire. Any score disputes should be resolved at this time. Once the next inning starts, the score for the previous inning is final.
Teams may not share players. A shared player will result in an out for each at bat. Additionally, if this happens more than once, both the player and the teams will be removed from the tournament
All teams need to be prepared to play Thursday morning
Pool Play will be completed by Friday night, weather permitting. All teams will advance to championship play depending on pool positions. Check tie breaking rules in the event of a tie in pool play. Note all teams are required to check the web site after 8:00 on Friday to locate their game schedule for Saturday. The higher seeded team will be home team during championship games.
In the event of a tie in pool play to determine a pool winner or wild card team, (1st) tie-breaker is head to head, (2nd) lowest runs allowed, (3rd) Run differential, (4th) Flip of a coin. In the case of a three-way tie, head to head will be eliminated.
No Jewelry - Exception Phiten Necklaces
BBCORE Bats THIS APPLIES TO 14U DIVISION ONLY: We understand that Ohio High School rules require teams to use BBCORE -3 bats. We also understand that many summer leagues/tournaments allow 14U teams to use BBCORE -5 bats during the summer. If both teams can agree before the game, with the umpire as a witness, the use of BBCORE -5 bats will be acceptable for that game. If the teams cannot BOTH agree before the game, BBCORE -3 bats must be used. This is only for the 14U division.
Pinch Runner - A runner can be used for the pitcher and catcher upon reaching base (mandatory with 2 outs). This player must be someone not in the game or the team’s last batted out.
All decisions made by the umpire are final. Any player, coach or fan who verbally abuses an umpire will be ejected from that game and the next game. A second ejection of a player, coach or fan means removal from the tournament! If a coach, player or fan physically assaults an umpire, the team and its fans will be removed from the tournament and the local authorities will be contacted to file charges. Team forfeiture: in the event an ejection is made and the ejected party refuses to leave the playing facility, the Tournament Director, at his sole discretion, may elect to declare a forfeiture of the game and/or tournament. The tournament director shall have final decision on all tournament ejections.
Coaches must wear tennis shoes or cleats on field. (No Sandals) Coaches must also wear team shirt with logo or team jersey.
* For Olentangy Liberty, Mount Vernon Nazarene, Bill Davis Stadium and St. Charles fields there will be no metal cleats allowed since the fields are turf, all players and coaches must wear either molded cleats or turf shoes
Final Score Verification: A tournament site manual will be located inside the concession stand. In the absence of a concession stand, it will be inside one of the dugouts or inside the information tent at the site. At the end of each game both teams are required to record their score in the site manual and sign it. After scores are posted on the website, teams have up to four hours to dispute the posted score. After four hours the posted score is final.
All forfeits result in a 7 to 0 victory in the score book.
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