It is with a heavy heart to hear the passing of Denny Jones, a legend in the Omaha baseball community.
Denny was the UIC for Metro Umpires, the organization that has supported the Battle of Omaha with umpires for over the last 18 years. Denny was more than a business partner, he was a close friend and a man with great integrity. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his wife Jan and the entire Jones' family.
Update as of April 24, 2021
Since my last post to the website in regard to the NCAA’s recommendation on stadium capacity, the 50% capacity for attendance to the CWS has been approved by the NCAA.
So what does this mean? Based on conditions here in Omaha, and they stay the same or better, we will see this 50% rule stay in effect… it may go higher or lower based on any changes from now to June.
After my conversation with CWS Omaha, they are still putting together what that looks like for reserved seating and GA seating. My gut feeling is due to the limited capacity approved and announced, the chances of GA seating opportunity is very slim to none. I know they are going to take care of the season ticket holders as best they can as a priority. Furthermore, the chances of any single game reserved tickets availability may be the same. I wish I had a crystal ball but I don’t. Through other outlets there may be an opportunity to purchase tickets as well. I know around the stadium they are working on variety of venues to allow fans to watch and enjoy the games if they cannot get inside the stadium.
An email has been sent to all participants in regard to their options going forward.
February 22, 2021
The following updates are subject to change due to the uncertainty of COVID-19.
What this means for teams competing in the Battle of Omaha:
Your entry fee included 10 GA Tickets at a cost of $95.00. This cost can be refunded if GA tickets are not available. For information on the 10U-14U Rules and Refund Policy, please hover over the Connect tab, then click on For Coaches.
We continue to monitor this weekly and will update the website once we have additional information to share.
Registration is now online for our high school aged players. Nebraska plays American Legion baseball and abide by Legion rules, however we will accept all affiliations of teams.
17u is a 4 day tourney (June 17-20), with the Championship round taking place June 20. Teams will get 5 pool play games.
15u and 19u midweek- 3 day tourney (June 21-23) Teams will get 3 pool play games and will be matched up on June 23. Could play 5 games if in championship
19u potentially 5 days if you make Championship (June 24-28) Teams play 5 pool games and as many as 8 if in Championship
All teams will have the a night to catch a CWS game. Teams competing in the midweek will be able to take in as many as 4 games during their stay
Check out the Events Icon for all the information for this age group ; click the Events Icon, then "Tournaments", then "My Tournament".
Registration now open! You may pay by credit card* as an added convenience .
Check back frequently to our website and join us on twitter @battleofomahaNE.
*a processing fee will be added to your shopping cart for the use of credit card.
For 10U - 14U only, please use the online registration link below that is highlighted in black. If you do not have a current sportsengine account, it is very simple to create one. You can also hover over the Connect icon on the Home Page, then "For Coaches" to locate the paper registration form, tournament rules for ages 10U - 14U.
*July 6, 2020*
About the 2021 Battle of Omaha Youth Tournament
2021 Battle of Omaha is pleased to offer a non-sanctioning tournament for ages 10 - 14. We offer 4 games for all ages, weather permitting. We do our best to ensure everyone is able to attend the CWS each and every night as we do our best to be off the field by 5pm. Regardless of weather, we do not play into the evening.
The tournament cost of $900.00 for all age group’s includes your entry fee, gate fee for players, coaches and fans, 1 book of 10 General Admission Tickets to the College World Series, and Nebraska State Sales Tax. We do offer the option to all teams to purchase additional General Admission ticket books at cost.
As mentioned, you do not need to be sanctioned to any affiliation (CABA, USSSA, Babe Ruth, Cal Ripken, etc.) to play in the Battle of Omaha. The tournament will aligned with each team playing 2 pool games then being split up by either playing in a Single Elimination Championship Bracket or a Single Elimination Consolation Bracket. If a team loses its first bracket play game, they will get one more game. Each pool of 4 will have a mix of Gold teams, Silver teams, and Bronze teams, based on what the mix is by age group. We will do our best with what we have and try to keep states separate as well. Awards will be given to the 1st and 2nd place teams from the championship bracket and consolation bracket. (the tournament format may be altered due to the number of teams entered in a specific age group) We have sold-out all ages the last four years.
To help you to define the strength of your team, we provide you this example:
Check out the Events icon for all the information for the 10U-14U age group ; click the Events icon, then "Tournaments", then "My Tournament". Follow us on twitter @battleofomahaNE
The Battle of Omaha enters its 19th year of offering a competitive but yet affordable tournament option when teams and families alike travel to Omaha to become part of the College World Series experience and play some baseball as well.
2021 Battle of Omaha Youth Tournament Dates
Session 1 - 10u/12u/14u/17u (June 17-19)
Session 2 - 11u/13u/15u/19 (June 21-23)
Session 3 - 10u/12u/13u/19u (June 24-26)
Here in Nebraska we play Legion baseball for our 17 and 19uu groups. Although we are under the Legion umbrella, we take teams of all affiliations for the Battle of Omaha. The one cavat that we have is birthdate eligibility that we go by for these events.
The 15u is a freshman / reserve type of event although we do have a lot of select teams that participate. This past year we had 12 teams that competed. Teams will play 3 pool play games with pool winners advancing to championship round. Other teams will play a consolation game
The 17u, which is considered more of a JV type of tourney had 36 teams this past year. A majority of the teams that play in this event are 15/16 year olds, Teams will play 5 pool play games with the pool winners advancing to the championship round
The 19u is a varsity style tourney. This past year the midweek had 12 teams while the weekend event had 44. Teams participating in the midweek will play 3 pool games while teams in the weekend event will play 5 pool games. Pool winners in both events advance to the championship round
Read some of the comments from the teams that participated in the 2019 Battle of Omaha...
"Great tournament, we had a blast!" (CA)
"Thanks for hosting our team this year at the Battle of Omaha, they had a really good time (MN)
"We appreciate all your help during the tournament, everything ran smooth even with the rain! (MN)
"We cannot tell you enough how well this tournament is put together; from the fields, to the umpires, and the site directors, everyone had the best interest in the kids; we will definitely be back (TX)
"Thanks for having us in your tournament, the boys had a great time!" (WI)
"I want to thank you for a great tournament, we had a great time". (CO)
"Great tournament! We had a blast. One of the best tournaments we have ever been to. (IN)
"Thanks for the great experience. Very organized and the hotel choice was perfect! (TX)
"My son's had a wonderful time at the tournament. With my youngest son turning 11 this year we look forward coming to Omaha again" (AK)