Play Ball! Detroit Tigers Foundation Co-Presents the 21st Annual Detroit Tigers Hometown Championship July 28 - August 6

Over 1,800 Girls and Boys to Participate

DETROIT - The Detroit Tigers Hometown Championship is a competitive, end-of-the-season tournament that has grown from 28 teams to 98 teams in 2016. The double elimination tournament will take place Thursday, July 28 through Saturday, August 6 that features over 1,800 players and coaches from nine age divisions, including Boys - 8U (Machine Pitch), 10U, 12U, 14U, 16U and 18U and Girls: 12U, 14U and 18U and is hosted in partnership with the Detroit Tigers Foundation, an affiliate of Ilitch Charities, the Youth Development Commission and the city of Detroit Recreation Department. 

The Detroit Tigers Hometown Championship is part of Play Baseball Detroit, a comprehensive youth baseball outreach program dedicated to expanding and strengthening youth baseball and softball programs throughout the greater Detroit region. 

The schedule of events will begin on Thursday, July 28 with the boys baseball showcase, hosted by Wayne State University and girls softball development clinic, hosted by U of D Mercy. Following the showcase and clinic the events activities will recommence with opening ceremonies, tournament play, skills challenge competitions, a community FUNday, divisional championship games and three divisional All-Star Classics. A complete schedule of events are included below.

Tournament play will take place at various locations throughout the City of Detroit, including Balduck Park, Belle Isle, Clark Park, Martin Luther King Jr, High School, Maheras Gentry Playfield and Stopel Park #1. Championship games will be held UAW Ford Field, U of D Mercy and Martin Luther King Jr, High School. Lastly, the All- Star Classics will be held at William Clay Ford Field and U of D Mercy.

For more information regarding the Detroit Tigers Hometown Championship please visit www.detroittigershometownchampionship.com or contact Sam Abrams, Detroit Tigers Manager, Player Relations and Youth Sports Programs at sam.abrams@tigers.com. For media inquiries please contact Michele Wysocki at michele.wysocki@tigers.com or 313-471-2114.

Tournament Schedule: Thursday, July 28

  • Boys Baseball Showcase
    • King High School, (16U and 18U)
    • 8:15 Check-In Program 9:00 a.m.
    • The Boys Baseball Showcase is designed for players who have the ability to play baseball at the collegiate or professional level. Players will be guided and evaluated by Wayne State University coaches and players.
  • Girls Softball College Development Program
    • University of Detroit - Mercy, (14U and 18U Girls Softball Divisions)
    • 8:15 Check-In Program 9:00 a.m.
    • Select individuals are invited to participate in a softball showcase and clinic hosted by University of Detroit-Mercy's Softball coaches and student athletes. Players will have the opportunity to showcase their talent and skills. The clinic will feature an educational component that discusses NCAA rules and regulations, the admission process, and general college information. Girls will learn the necessary actions to take their softball career to the college level, what it means to be a student athlete at a Division 1 university, and develop new skills on the field.
  • Opening Ceremonies
    • Balduck Park, Belle Isle, Maheras Gentry Playfield, and Stoepel Park: 5:00 p.m.
    • The Opening Ceremonies will feature:
      • Boys Scout and Girl Scout Honor Guards
      • Parade of tournament teams
      • Drum lines and marching bands
      • Ceremonial first pitches
  • Tournament Play
  • Balduck Park, Belle Isle, King High School, Maheras Gentry Playfield, and Stoepel Park 5:45 p.m.

Friday, July 29

  • Tournament Play- Various fields in use (See website for brackets)
  • Pitch, Hit, and Run Competition: The Pitch, Hit, and Run Competition will allow select boys and girls, age 7 to 18 the opportunity to display their pitching, hitting and running abilities.
    • Balduck Park (10:00 a.m. - 12 p.m. 10U Division)
    • Belle Isle Park (10:00 a.m. - 12 p.m. 12U, 14U and 18U Softball)
    • Maheras Gentry Playfield (10:00 a.m. - 12 p.m. 12U Division)

Saturday, July 30

  • Tournament Play- Various fields in use (See website for brackets)
  • Home Run Challenge: Similar to Major League Baseball's Home Run Derby, the Detroit Tigers Home Run Challenge allows players the opportunity to compete to see who can hit the most home runs. Open to two players per team.
    • Stoepel Park (9:00 a.m.: Baseball: 14U Division)
  • Pitch, Hit, and Run Competition
    • Balduck Park (12:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. 8U Machine Pitch Division)
  • Community FUNday. FREE and open to the public. The Community Fun Day, hosted by the Youth Development Commission will include face painting, bounce houses, arts and crafts and more.
    • Balduck Park (11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.)

Sunday, July 31

  • Tournament Play- Various fields in use (See website for brackets)

Monday, August 1

  • Tournament Play- Various fields in use if needed (See website for brackets)
  • Championship Games
    • University of Detroit Mercy
    • 4:00 p.m. 8U (Machine Pitch)
    • 6:00 p.m. 12U Girls Softball

Tuesday, August 2

  • Championship Games
    • King High School (6:00 p.m. 14U Baseball Division Championship)
  • University of Detroit Mercy
    • 4:00 p.m. 14U Softball Division Championship Game
  • 6:00 p.m. 18U Softball Division Championship Game

Wednesday, August 3

  • Championship Games
    • King High School
      • 3:30 p.m. 16U Baseball Division Championship
      • 6:00 p.m. 18U Baseball Division Championship
  • UAW Ford Field at Balduck Park
    • 6:00 p.m. 10U Baseball Division Championship Game
    • 8:00 p.m. 12U Baseball Division Championship Game

Saturday, August 6

  • All-Star Classic
    • William Clay Ford Field
      • 10U Baseball 4:08 p.m.
      • 12U Baseball 7:08 p.m.
  • U of D Mercy
    • 18U Softball 4:08 p.m.

Tuesday, August 16

  • Closing Ceremony
    • Comerica Park
      • All participating tournament teams will parade around the warning track at Comerica Park. Winning teams will be recognized on field during a special pre-game ceremony before the Detroit Tigers game.