UPDATE: WALDORF, Md. – The Southern Maryland Blue Crabs regretfully announced the cancellation of their First Annual Daryl Thompson Youth Baseball Tournament that was scheduled for September 2020.
In conjunction with Governor Larry Hogan’s latest mandates on COVID-19, and due to the recent surge in COVID-19 cases, the Blue Crabs have decided to cancel their tournament out of an abundance of caution.
Given the rise in cases, the Blue Crabs fear that in hosting a tournament that would draw in teams from all over the east coast, the tournament could potentially endanger Southern Marylanders by bringing in groups from outside of Southern Maryland that may be infected with the virus.
All teams that have put down a deposit will be contacted and promptly reimbursed. “After cancelling the season, we shifted our focus to giving back to the community, giving Southern Marylanders an outlet during this pandemic. We wanted to give back to our youth and bring baseball to our community, but we will not do that if there is an increased risk of endangering that very same community,” said Blue Crabs General Manager, Courtney Knichel.
WALDORF, Md. – July 20, 2020 – The Southern Maryland Blue Crabs announced the first ever Daryl Thompson Invitation Youth Baseball Tournament, hosting ages 8U-18U over the course of two weekends.
In an effort to continue to give back to the community, the Blue Crabs have decided to host a Youth Baseball Tournament. The 8U-12U athletes will play on the weekend of September 18-20, with the 13U-18U athletes playing on the following weekend, September 25-27. 8U-12U teams may register HERE. 13U-18U teams may register HERE.
The tournament will be pool play style, with each team in each age group playing each other once. Pool play games will be played on Friday and Saturday at area fields, as well as at Regency Furniture Stadium. The top two teams in each age group will advance to the championship game at Regency Furniture Stadium on Sunday. Each championship game will have walk-up music, headshots on the videoboard, and all of the amenities that mimic a professional baseball game. Each team is guaranteed at least three games. On Saturday night at Regency Furniture Stadium, all teams are invited to participate in a Skills Challenge and Home Run Derby.
The Blue Crabs will accept four teams in each age group, and will have a waiting list for any additional team. The cost per team will be $750 per team, which includes baseballs and umpires.
“Especially during a year where people need to get out and have fun, hosting this baseball tournament is a no-brainer to give back to our community,” said Blue Crabs General Manager, Courtney Knichel.
About the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs – The Blue Crabs play in the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball. The Blue Crabs, set to kick off their 13th season of baseball, call Regency Furniture Stadium in Waldorf, Maryland home. For more information on the Blue Crabs, please call 301-638-9788 or visit http://www.somdbluecrabs.com for more information.
About the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball (ALPB) – With eight teams in the Mid-Atlantic and Texas, the ALPB is a leader in baseball innovation and a, player gateway to Major League Baseball. Through its exclusive partnership with MLB, the Atlantic League tests Major League Baseball rules and equipment initiatives. The Atlantic League has sent over 950 players to MLB organizations while drawing more than 42 million fans to its affordable, family-friendly ballparks throughout its 22-year history. For more information, please visit www.AtlanticLeague.com.