USSSA Great Lakes National Championships

  • Tournament Date
    Jul 15 - Jul 21 2024
  • Entry Fee

Lodging Notice

Please be advised that the USSSA Great Lakes National Championships has a "stay to play" requirement, meaning that all participating teams and attendees must book their accommodations through the designated housing provider(s) affiliated with the event.

  • Stature
    National Championships
  • Age Groups
    12U - 18U
  • Event Details

    3 Pool/Double Elim.
    Game times Tuesday begin: 8:00am

  • Admission

    Adult- $50 Event
    Child- $30 Event

    Players (full team) & coaches (3/team) DO NOT need to pay admission.

Tournament Division

Division Entry Fee Gate Fee Max Entries Teams

Event Ballparks

Venue Name Address Maps link
EastSide Centre (ESC) 1 EastSide Drive, East Peoria, IL, 61611 Open in Maps
LSSC 8400 N Orange Prarie Rd, Peoria, IL, 61615 Open in Maps
Venue Name
EastSide Centre (ESC)
1 EastSide Drive, East Peoria, IL, 61611
Venue Name
8400 N Orange Prarie Rd, Peoria, IL, 61615

Event Lodging

Note: If you don't know which venue you'll be playing at and want to book in advance, click here to find hotels that are geographically centered between all venues.

Venue Name Address Dates Details
EastSide Centre (ESC) 1 EastSide Drive, East Peoria, IL, 61611 Jul 15-21 Find Hotels
LSSC 8400 N Orange Prarie Rd, Peoria, IL, 61615 Jul 15-21 Find Hotels
Venue Name
EastSide Centre (ESC)
1 EastSide Drive, East Peoria, IL, 61611
Jul 15-21
Venue Name
8400 N Orange Prarie Rd, Peoria, IL, 61615
Jul 15-21

Event Updates


Great Lakes National Championships 2024

Event Agenda

Monday, July 15th

2PM – 5PM – Coach’s Check In (more information below)

3PM – 6PM – Skills Competition (more information below)

5PM – 5:30PM – Mandatory Coach’s Meeting (more information below)

5:30PM – 9PM – Opening Ceremonies

5:30PM – 6:30PM – Food Trucks, entertainment, games, and pin trading

6:30PM – 6:55PM – Line up for parade – please have form filled out and turned into LSSC representative so we are able to announce your team correctly.  Lineup will take place behind the 3rd base dugout on Stadium 1

7PM – Parade on Stadium 1

7:40PM – 8PM – Welcome/Speaker

8PM – 9PM – Food Trucks, entertainment, games, and pin trading continued       

Tuesday, July 16th – Senior Night Game

            We want to say a final farewell to all of the High School Seniors as they get ready to start the next chapter in their lives.  These young ladies have given many years to softball and to USSSA and we want to thank them properly for continuing to move the game of softball forward.  We will be playing a softball game (possibly two depending on how many players sign up) under the lights on Tuesday night at 7:15PM on the Stadium fields (there will be no 18U game going on at this time).  This is for players who graduated Spring of 2024.  It will be a 5 inning scrimmage of teams that we put together to play a final game as a “senior”.  If you have players, that want to play in this game, please fill out the information through the link below by Sunday, July 14th at 8PM.  This will be a great opportunity to bring teams together and hang out while giving the seniors a proper goodbye.   We will have a raffle for all of the seniors who play in this game.  One lucky senior will be taking home a mini fridge for their college dorm!


Gift Exchange:  Please fill out this form by Friday, July 12th at 3pm if your team would like to participate!  If you choose to participate please bring 15 gift bags to exchange.  You will get your team assignment upon check in.


Additional Information

            Coaches Check In:  Coaches check in will take place in the stadium parking lot from 2PM-5PM on Monday, July 15th.   Please make sure all of your players and guest players are on your online USSSA roster.  Anyone not online will not be permitted to play in the tournament.  If you do not have USSSA insurance, please bring a copy to turn in.  You will receive 3 coaches’ wristbands at check in.  If you have additional coaches, they will need to purchase a wristband.  In order to receive your coaches’ gift, you will need to check your team in on Monday!

            Coaches Meeting:  Coaches Meeting will take place at 5PM on Stadium 1 to go over rules, expectations, and any further questions that you might have.  Please have at least 1 representative from your team present.   If none of the coaches are available, please send a parent representative.

Preorder Wristbands & Preorder Tournament shirts:  You can pick these up on Monday, July 15th from 5PM to 7PM at the Stadium.  If you do not pick them up on Monday, you will need to follow the signs at the complex to get them on Tuesday.

            Preorder Wristbands: https://bit.ly/GLNC_WB24

            Preorder Tournament Shirts: https://bit.ly/GLNC_TS24

Wristbands & Tournament Shirts:  If you did not preorder, you can still skip the wait on Tuesday and purchase these at the Stadium from 5PM to 7PM on Monday, July 15th.

Schedules:  The schedule will be released by Friday, July 12th at 6PM.  All divisions will begin pool play games on Tuesday, July 16th at 8AM.  Bracket Games will begin on Thursday, July 18th at 8AM. 

Skills Competition – Monday, July 15th 

The skills competition will take place in Quad 1-4 from 3PM to 6PM.  Show up with your team to participate in this event.  Winners will be announced after the parade. 

Diamond Dusters- Team Speed Relay around the bases involving 4 team members

EVERYONE STARTS AT HOME PLATE! First Runner- The clock will start on runners first step over the start line.
1strunner runs thru 1stbase(home to first)

Second Runner- 2ndrunner starts when first runner touches First Base. 
2ndrunner runs thru 2ndbase(home to second) 

Third Runner- 3rdrunner starts when 2ndrunner touches Second Base.
3rdrunner runs thru 3rdbase(home to third) 

Fourth Runner- 4thrunner starts when 3rdrunner touches Third Base. 
The clock will stop when the 4thrunner steps on Home Plate. 
All bases must be touched (5 sec. penalty each missed) Fastest time is the Champion!

Around the Horn-Team relay involving all 9 defensive positions including the coach.

·       Throw down bases will mark baseless positions in OF and SS

·       Each fielder must step on the base before throwing to next position

·       The clock will start on the ball being hit by the coach to pitcher

·       The clock will stop when the catcher has the ball and steps on home plate

·       Any bases missed or balls thrown out of play is a 5 sec. penalty

·       Lowest team time is the champion

Throwing Progression

1.     Coach hits the ground ball to pitcher

2.     Pitcher to Catcher

3.     Catcher to shortstop

4.     Shortstop to First Base

5.     First Base to Third Base

6.     Third Base to Second Base

7.     Second Base to Right Field

8.     Right Field to Left Field

9.     Left Field to Center Field

10.   Throwing Progression

July 08, 2024 - 04:01pm


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