The Border Wars is a 'Stay to Play' event
Since its inception in 2005, the Triple Crown Border Wars is known as a "can't miss" spring tournament for all teams in Virginia and North Carolina. We also welcome teams from New Jersey, Maryland, Pennsylvania and South Carolina for one of the largest and most competitive tournaments in the Eastern Time Zone.
Event Format: 3-Game Guarantee, 6 games possible! Half of all teams will play at least 4 games!
Awards: 1st place will receive a team award, 15 individual awards, 2nd place will receive a team award, 15 individual awards. No Silver/Bronze bracket awards.
Age Cutoff Date: May 1
Important Information: Please submit your roster online and have all parent signatures completed prior to your first game. Each team must show and carry a packet of birth certificates throughout tournament. Provide two new and one used baseball per game. You will get your baseballs back after the game. There is a upfront gate fee that must be paid before the event (found under registration page).
Lodging Policy: Teams are required to stay with one of Triple Crowns lodging partners for a minimum of 10 room nights. If you are within 75 miles from Rocky Mount you are considered local and there is no requirements. If you are outside of 75 miles and choose to stay in alternative lodging, there will be a $250 surcharge.
Pitching and base distances for this event: 13's & 14's will play 60'-90'; 11's-12's will play 50'-70'; 9's-10's will play 46'-65' (NOTE: real baseball for the 9U and 10U divisions -- steals, leadoffs, etc). See Event specific rules for 8u.
PITCHERS ARE PROHIBITED TO USE STEEL/METAL CLEATS ON ALL FIELDS THAT HAVE PORTABLE MOUNDS. Most 13s and 14s will throw off real mounds!
Game Times Available: Monday, April 25th after 6pm EST
Rocky Mount offers some of the best facilities on the East Coast for quality, competitive baseball and features one of the largest complexes in North Carolina. Don't miss out for a chance to be crowned a champion in 2022!
Saturday, April 30th - All teams will play 2 pool play games. Games will begin at 8am and will start no later than 8pm (weather pending).
Sunday, May 1st - Teams will be divided in Championship and Consolation brackets. Games will begin at 8am and played until a champion is crowned.
Triple Crown Sportsmanship Awards
Our Colorado Baseball Series launched its Sportsmanship Program in 2006. This program's goal is to emphasize positives around the ballfield and recognize young players who make it a priority to display positive character traits. Our thanks to GH Pin Company (www.ghpins.com) for partnering with Triple Crown to sponsor the Sportsmanship Program.
Distribution of Triple Crown Sportsmanship Award at the start of each Triple Crown - North Carolina tournament, Head Coaches will be given (2) Sportsmanship Award pins. Coaches will be asked to watch for extraordinary sportsmanlike acts by players on opposing teams (not their own teams) and to award the pins during that weekend's tournament. The pins will be a challenge to get because we should all expect a basic level of Sportsmanship from all players.
If players focus on Sportsmanship but don't get pins during a weekend, the core goals will still be achieved -- the real long-term reward is in playing the game with the right frame of mind. Triple Crown Baseball wants to focus on something positive in the face of increasing talk about negativity in youth sports. Given the fact that our National Baseball Series involves over 4000+ teams, the implementation of the award program is massive. We cannot evaluate every game/player with our own staff. We want the teams to evaluate opposing player behaviors and reward them accordingly.
By having coaches award pins to opposing players, we hope to create an ongoing awareness of, focus on, and respect for Sportsmanship. We are excited to continue the Sportsmanship Program during the 2022 Border Wars.
Parents and Coaches: Please have fun with this and let players know that Sportsmanlike behaviors are as commendable ... no, make that more commendable than base hits, blazing fastballs and diving stops.
Check-in one hour before your first game at your game site to turn in your signed Triple Crown roster and make sure your bracket/schedule has not changed.
2022 Champions (104 teams)
8u -- Wilson Pirates (Elm City, NC)
9u -- Stars Baseball Parsons (Haymarket, VA)
10u -- Canes NC - Land (Wake Forest, NC)
11u -- Five Star Carolina - Ricks (Battleboro, NC)
12u -- Team Virginia (Roanoke, VA)
13u -- Marlins 13u Baseball (Louisburg, NC)
14u -- Blue Ridge Elite (Charlottesville, VA)
2021 Champions (110 teams):
8u -- Area Stars Orange (Godwin, NC)
9u -- 5 Star Carolina RailRoaders (Clayton, NC)
10u -- Carolina Dash Baseball Club (Fuquay Varina, NC)
11u -- Dirtbags Black (Princeton, NC)
12u -- Dirtbags East (Rocky Mount, NC)
13u -- Stars Baseball Camp (Manassas, VA)
14u -- Dirtbags Hard90 (Glen Burnie, MD)
2020 (canceled due to COVID-19)
2019 Champions (142 teams):
8u -- Team Vinci (Ashland, VA)
9u -- Dirtbags Black (Princeton, NC)
10u -- Rock Solid Red (Wilmington, VA)
11u -- Canes NC Foster (Raleigh, NC)
12u -- Canes NC Hood (Apex, NC)
13u -- Canes Eastern NC (Youngsville, NC)
14u -- Canes Gallaher (Fredericksburg, VA)
2018 (playoffs shortened due to weather)
2017 Champions (145 teams):
8u -- MVP Athletics (Zebulon, NC)
9u -- Dirtbags East (Greenville, NC)
10u -- Huguenot Red Legs (Midlothian, VA)
11u -- Canes Eastern NC (Youngsville, NC)
12u -- Canes NC Gallaher (Apex, NC)
13u -- 757 Canes Eason (Chesapeake, VA)
14u -- Dirtbags Black 2021 (Oxford, NC)
DOES BEING PENCILED IN GUARANTEE A SPOT?
No, being penciled-in shows that your team is interested in attending. Only a paid registration in full guarantees your spot into the event.
HOW DO WE COMPLETE THE ONLINE DIGITAL ROSTER?
Whomever has access to your team's Triple Crown Account can log in and click on the roster tab. Add all the players names and birthdates with the parent contact information (name, number and email). Once the roster is complete, click the “Send Parent Authorization” button and it will send out the digital waivers to the parents to sign allowing their son/daughter to participate in the event. Any player that does not have the parent waiver signed, will not be allowed to participate.
DO YOU ALLOW FOR PARTIAL PAYMENTS (A DEPOSIT)?
Triple Crown only accepts full payment to guarantee your team's spot into the event.
WHAT IS REQUIRED TO PARTICIPATE?
Border Wars is open to all teams and does not require qualification. A paid registration in full, a completed online digital roster (no paper rosters), team insurance (other organization/league team insurance will work) and your team has booked lodging with a partner property inside the Triple Crown block (Stay to Play event) or submit the lodging BUYOUT fee.
DO WE NEED TO PAY UMPIRES AT THE PLATE?
No, umpires are including in the team tournament entry fee.
A 20% non-refundable administration fee will be charged on all registrations.
There are no refunds or transfers if brackets have been posted, your age division is sold out or if a team cancels 10 or fewer days prior to the start of the event.
Otherwise, if a team cancels 11 days or more prior to the event start date, they may transfer the registration to another Triple Crown Baseball headquartered event for full value or receive a refund via check minus the 20% administration fee.
If an age division does not make you will be entitled to a full refund.
Act of God Refund Policy
If an event is lost due to weather or any Act of God (i.e. COVID-19), the entry fee will be refunded via check minus the 20% administration fee.
If one game is played you will receive 50% of entry fee. If two or more games are played there is no refund.