The Elite 50 National Invitational Showcase is coming to Montgomery, AL. This event is for ages 10u-18u. The idea behind this event is to bring full softball games and competition back to the game. For 12u-18u the format is 5 pool into double elimination. All pool games will be 105 minutes finish the inning with all bracket games being a full 7 innings. For the 10u we will do a 3 pool into double elimination. The time for the 10u will be 80 minutes finish the inning for all games.
The idea behind the Elite 50 is to bring in the top 50 teams we can for each age group. The application process provides the ability for each team to provide their teams resume and the Elite 50 staff to review the application for entry.
The ELITE 50 is going STRONG and is every teams' chance to prove their place among the Elite teams in the entire country. So as I stated "WE" have gotten a great event coming next 6/5-6/9. Who is "WE"?
Let me introduce you to the Elite 50 staff.
Matt Adams - Co-Director of Elite 50 and Co-Owner of MJ Events: Matt and Jason Packard make up MJ Events LLC and the Prospex Softball Organization. Matt and Jason have built one of the premier travel organizations in the country while establishing some of the most prestigious showcase events the softball circuit has seen. With strong relationships built with tons of college coaches throughout the country they are able to provide a recruiting opportunity for players/teams that few others can match.
Tom McCluskey - Co-Director of Elite 50 and Owner of AK Sports: Tom and his wife Sabrina have established one of the Premier travel softball organizations in the southeast with the Kraze. They have also have an annual tourney that is a great event, Tri State Exposure in Florence, Alabama. This is the 12th year for their event. Sabrina does a great job with the hospitality and organization of this event. Tom provides a level of experience and success that very few can match. The experience they both add in various aspects of the tourney world is going to be a huge addition to this event.
Anthony Ellison - Co-Director of Elite 50 and owner of Southeastern Elite Sports Promotion. Anthony has been part of the Kraze organization for several years as a coach/assistant coach. He has been very active in developing relationships with great venues all over the country for some of our top events to be held at. Anthony works religiously to help with development of these great events. Anyone who has been to our events knows how hard he works for all teams to have a great experience.
We also have a great support staff to go along with the Directors of this event. Without our great support staff this top event would not be possible.
Matt Jones: Matt also runs the Elite Trail side of MJ Events where we bring in 15-20 teams for smaller tourneys on college campuses. Matt helps us with social media public relations as well as distributing of advertisement aspects for all tourneys. Matt serves many roles for these events and provides energy and a work ethic that has been vital to the to the tourneys development.
Brian Shollenberger: Current Head softball coach at Florence High School. Brian has been Tom's "right hand man" for years and provides an extensive background in tourney directing at both the travel and school ball level.
Tonia Martin: Owner of the Tennessee Illusions organization. Tonia has developed one of the top organizations around and created a great recruiting platform for all her kids in her organization. She will be a great asset to the event with her relationships with so many college coaches. Tonia is a wonderful person and a great addition to the Elite 50 staff.
Now I wanna take time and introduce my right hand man. Johnny Franklin will head the directing of this event and coordinate schedules. Johnny has been great friend of mine for years. I have learned a lot about hosting these events from him as his experience is second to none. Johnny has been in charge of running all of my previous events and I would not be able to be a successful without him. His value to this event is unquestioned but extremely appreciated.
This shows that every aspect needed to hold the top tourney in the country is in place. The teams are flying in and we expect to be full around the first of the year.
We will be hosting a camp the day before the beginning of the tourney. This camp will be from 9 am - 2pm. The cost will be $125 per player. We will have a minimum of 25 college staffs working this camp. We will open registration for this camp after the first of the year. Do not miss this elite opportunity to work with and learn from these coaches. This will also allow players to play in front of these same coaches throughout the week as all coaches at the camp are committed to be in attendance through Friday at minimum.
Opening Ceremonies will be at 6 p.m. on 6/4. We will have food, vendors, guest speakers, and a live performance. You will not want to miss this event. We will announce exact details of the opening ceremonies in the coming months.
We will be using multiple parks in the Montgomery area as well as a couple college fields. We will announce exact field assignments soon.
There is a mandatory 8 room minimum per team. If you are inside the 60 mile radius please make sure to notify a director of this so we can exempt you from the stay to play. There will be no exceptions of the stay to play for teams outside of the 60 mile radius.
Below is the link for the hotel requests for the stay to play through traveling teams:
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|Prospex 08 - Jonseof||Jacksonville Storm 06||AL Batbusters 14u - Ellison||Florida Premier||Georgia Prime - Jones|
|Adidas Show Elite||HTX Bombers Gold||EC Bullets 05 AL - Segrest||TN Ballhawks 21/22||5 Star Elite|
|S.A. Sharks 10u||AL Batbusters 06||Birmingham Vipers 05 - Dickerson||Prospex Gold 03 - Adams||TN Illusions - Martin|
|Texas Glory 2526||AL Firecrackers 06||Team Kansas - Grissom||Prospex Gold 02 - White||Armory 18u|
|Texas Blaze Elite - Slimp||American Freedom - Whitfield||AL Firecrackers 21/22 - White||Prospex 18u|
|Adidas Show Elite 06||Fearless Elite||MOJO - Lewis||MS Express - Westbrook|
|AL Kraze 2024||South Texas Venom 04||TN Bombers Elite 16u||Birmingham Mustangs 01|
|Tuscaloosa Titans 06||Prospex Gold 05 - Clark||EC Bullets - Scarborough||All Out 18u|
|Fury Premier 2024||Diamond Fury Elite 05||AL Kraze 02||AL Kraze 01 - McCluskey|
|American Freedom - Weems||DS Hotshots - Rojas||Birmingham Vipers||Adidas Show Elite Gold|
|Prospex Gold 06 - Watts||Pro Impact||TN Bombers Gold 02||AL Kraze 18u - Tittle|
|12u Firecrackers AL - Jordan||Georgia Athletics 05 Smith||MS Elite - Gatlin||AL Firecrackers - Hanson|
|Texas Bombers Gold - Hays||AL Batbusters 04 - Dismuke/Ellison||Texas Glory Adkins Gold - Martin||Force Elite Mizuno - Moore|
|Xplosion 12u||AL Twisters 04||Armory 16u||So Cal Athletics|
|Birmingham Mustangs 07||Marucci Patriots SE Gold||Marucci Patriots Select||Louisville Lady Sluggers - Swiderski|
|DS Hotshots Alabama 06||Lady Stix 14u||MS Express 03||Freedom Fastpitch TN 01|
|Hotshots 2025 - Louisiana||Prospex Geter||New Orleans Nightmares||Ascension Outlaws 18u|
|Birmingham Fillies||TN Ballhawks 04||Atlanta Premier - Thompson/Cothern||Montgomery Hurricanes|
|Diamond Fury Elite - Stamper||Hotshots Ashcraft HTX||AL Kraze 02 - McCluskey||Adidas Show Elite 18u|
|Hotshots 2025 - Louisiana||Adidas Show Elite 04||AL Bombers 16u||AL Firecrackers - Parks|
|Motion 06 - Cain||Texas Bombers Gold Elite||Nike Elite 16u|
|Hotshots 2025 - Louisiana||Quad City Firebirds 04||High Intensity - Pate|
|EC Bullets - Hollifield||TN Kraze 04||Limestone Flash|
|Hotshots Futures - Perez||AL Kraze 16u - Tittle|
|Mayhem Gold 03|
|AL Firecrackers - Payne|
|Marucci Patriots SE Gold|
|TN Illusions - Ott|
|Prospex 02 - Brown|
|Lightning Elite 03|
|Atlanta Premier 20/21 - Ryman|
|MVP Fastpitch Gold|
|Adidas Show Elite - Alexander|
|Glory Adkins 2021 - Locke|
|Texas Glory TPA - National|
|Freedom Fastpitch TN - Kidd|
|Florida Impact 2021 - Page|
|Texas Glory 16u - Bowman|
|Xtreme Softball - Johns|
|Firecrackers GA - Sims|
|AL Kraze 2020|
|Adidas Show Elite 16u - Hall|