A Summer Tradition



Important Notice: Our staff is currently communicating with Team Contacts. In an effort to effectively respond to all calls, we request that Parents direct all phone calls, emails, and questions to their "Team Contact". Refund Policy: Full refund for non-participating teams. All Refund Requests must be in writing from the Team Contact and be received by no later than April 19th. Non-participating teams current Grandfather Certificate and tournament date opening will be transferred to a new waiting list or registered team that will be assigned to the new tournament date opening. New team placements will receive an official tournament date placement confirmation letter in the mail. Teams choosing to rollover to the 2022 season will receive a 2022 season tournament date confirmation letter and full credit for current deposits. Cooperstown Dreams Park staff will continue to communicate with Team Contacts to address all questions.


Coaches Corner

Please refer to this page to help organize your team's play at Cooperstown Dreams Park.

Please check this page periodically for updated information.

  • The 2021 Coach Kit will be available soon. 
  • To help you or your parents obtain room accommodations please visit our Links page or Family Guide page.
  • If you have questions please feel free to contact us at 704-630-0050.

Directory

Click below to obtain information that is available to help you in your stay at Cooperstown Dreams Park.

SKILLS COMPETITIONS RULES AND REGULATIONS

The Skills Competitions will be held immediately following the Cooperstown Dreams Park Opening Ceremony.

ROADRUNNER

Fastest time Wins

One player from each team is timed running the bases from home to home. EACH MISSED BASE, INCLUDING HOME PLATE, WILL RESULT IN A 5 SECOND PENALTY.

(Top qualifiers from preliminary round will participate on "Little Majors Stadium" for the championship trophy.)

GOLDEN ARM

Most Points Wins

One player from each team gets 3 throws from the centerfield area, approximately 125 feet, to home plate. Each throw will receive a score based upon accuracy and distance.

(Top qualifiers from preliminary round will participate on "Little Majors Stadium" for the championship trophy.)

KING OF SWAT

Most Home Runs Wins

One player from each team gets to face the single-wheel JUGGS® pitching machine. Each player gets five swings (ten in the finals).

(Top qualifiers from preliminary round will participate on "Little Majors Stadium" for the championship trophy.)

Cooperstown Dreams Park will provide bat for both preliminary and final.

A SPECIAL COOPERSTOWN DREAMS PARK TROPHY WILL BE PRESENTED
TO THE WINNING PARTICIPANT AT THE END OF EACH OF THE
ABOVE INDIVIDUAL CONTESTS.

AROUND THE HORN PLUS

FASTEST TIME WINS

Eight (8) or nine (9) players will compete from each team in this contest (pitcher optional). Each base must be tagged, outfiled bases are placed 135 feet from home plate. Teams will compete in alphabetical order. NO PASSING WILL BE ALLOWED.

(Top qualifiers from preliminary round will participate on "Little Majors Stadium" for the championship trophy.)

(Players may tag base with glove or any part of the body!)

  • The PITCHER throws the baseball to the CATCHER. (The team's time begins when the CATCHER tags home plate and releases the baseball.) If the catcher misses home plate, time begins when the baseball is released + a 5 second penalty is assessed.
  • The CATCHER must throw the ball to the THIRD BASEMAN tagging third base.
  • The THIRD BASEMAN must throw the ball to the SECOND BASEMAN tagging second base.
  • The SECOND BASEMAN must throw the ball to the FIRST BASEMAN tagging first base.
  • The FIRST BASEMAN must throw the ball to the CATCHER tagging home plate.
  • The CATCHER must throw the ball to the SHORTSTOP tagging second base.
  • THE SHORTSTOP must throw the ball to the RIGHT FIELDER tagging the outfield spot in right field and throwing the ball to the SECOND BASEMAN tagging second base.
  • THE SECOND BASEMAN must throw the ball to the CENTER FIELDER who must tag the outfield spot in centerfield and throw the ball to the THIRD BASEMAN tagging third base.
  • THE THIRD BASEMAN must throw the ball to the LEFT FIELDER who must tag the outfield spot in leftfield and throw the ball to the CATCHER covering home plate. (The team's time ends when the CATCHER tags home plate.)
  • A five second penalty will be assessed for each umpire-assisted overthrow and each missed base including home plate.

A SPECIAL COOPERSTOWN DREAMS PARK TROPHY WILL BE PRESENTED
TO THE TEAM THAT WINS THE "AROUND THE HORN PLUS" CONTEST.

EACH HEAD COACH MUST SELECT ONE DIFFERENT PLAYER FOR EACH OF THE INDIVIDUAL EVENTS AND NINE (9) DIFFERENT MEMBERS OF HIS/HER TEAM FOR THE "AROUND THE HORN PLUS" CONTEST. NO PASSING WILL BE ALLOWED IN ANY EVENT.




2021 OFFICIAL TOURNAMENT RULES

The 2021 Official Tournament Rules will be available soon, please check back at a later date.



 TOURNAMENT ITINERARY

2021 Tournament Itinerary will be available soon, please check back at a later date.
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TOURNAMENT SERVICES

  • 24-Hour medical and first aid staff.
  • 24-Hour security.
  • Free admission to all games.
  • Free family and guest parking.
  • Cooperstown Dreams Park Retail Center (Including Bat Engraving, Baseball Engraving, Clothing & Souvenir Shop and Photo Center).
  • Food is available at all Cooperstown Dreams Park concession stands.
  • Uniform Laundry service is provided for teams and umpires (sign-up at registration is required).
  • Daily Pin Trading - Coaches please ensure all pins are removed from their individual plastic bags before trading.
  • Bagged ice is available for team purchase in the Baseball Village.
  • Daily Webcast (Ceremonies, Skills Competitions, Game Play on Selected Fields and Championship Game)

Cooperstown Dreams Park Retail Center

Clothing & Souvenir Shop - Photo Center - Engraving Shop
Your only source for authentic Dreams Park gear and officially licensed collectible souvenirs

Featuring

  • Tournament Roster T-Shirts
  • Player and Roster Engraved Bats, Custom Engraved Baseballs
  • Souvenir Guide with Tournament information
  • Team Studio, Action and Community Photos

    Cooperstown Dreams Park Concession Stands

    Open daily 8:00 a.m. until the end of the last game

    Enjoy our Healthy & Affordable Menu:

    • BREAKFAST - LUNCH - DINNER
    • Breakfast Sandwiches and Burritos, Pastries, Bagels, Fruit
    • BBQ Pork, Grilled Chicken, Hot Dogs, Hamburgers, Pizza by the Slice and Nachos
    • Enjoy our selection of fresh wraps and salads
    • Pepsi Beverages, Hot Chocolate, Hot or Iced Coffee, Tea, Apple Cider
    • Candy, Ice Cream, Snacks

    *Purchase Six Whole Pizzas & get a 7th Free *

    Daily Itinerary

    2021 Daily Itinerary will be available soon, please check back at a later date.

    COACHES' DISCRETIONS

    • Team warm-up and practice
    • Trips into Cooperstown and surrounding Leatherstocking Area attractions

    Teams and umpires MUST wear their Cooperstown Dreams Park apparel into Cooperstown.

    All meals will be served at scheduled times.  Plan your day around the scheduled meal times. Team representatives may request and complete a Late Team Meal Request Form at the Baseball Operations Center in the Family Pavilion.  Meals are saved only for teams in a game that finishes past a scheduled meal time due to a weather delay situation and must be approved by Baseball Operations.  All team members must eat at the same table and clean up their dining area when finished.

    *This schedule is subject to change!

    THE DREAMS PARK EXPERIENCE ...

    While promoting a high caliber of play, our goal is to have young players experience the purity of baseball as it was meant to be.

    • By stepping up to the plate, regardless of outcome, all players leave with a sense of pride, dignity and accomplishment.

    THE MISSION OF COOPERSTOWN DREAMS PARK

    Our mission is to provide a cultural and life-enriching experience for young boys and girls who love the game of baseball. Cooperstown Dreams Park is a family baseball park featuring fun and excitement; friends and families spend their vacations here, watching teams from around the country play baseball.

    • By visiting the Village of Cooperstown and playing in the legendary home of baseball.
    • By meeting and playing against their peers from around the country.
    • By reaching within themselves to fulfill their ultimate dream.
    " a place in time where they are their own heroes"™

    just imagine ...

    Being a part of history! Each player and coach will be immortalized by being inducted into the prestigious American Youth Baseball Hall of Fame where they will be enshrined. As a part of the Cooperstown Dreams Park Experience, your team members will be awarded the coveted American Youth Baseball Hall of Fame ring - like the champions before them - and granted membership into this distinguished baseball club. All Cooperstown Dreams Park participants share this great honor.

    just imagine ...

    In the town where baseball began ... your place in history with baseball's greats. At no other time in the history of youth baseball has there ever been an invitational tournament quite like Cooperstown Dreams Park, with its unique baseball atmosphere ... where baseball present meets the traditional values of baseball past. Take a step back in time ... with barnstormers of baseball past. Fields cut from the same pastures that have given life to the magical myth of Abner Doubleday. Teams travel far and wide to play on these sacred fields.

    dreams really do come true

    Cooperstown Dreams Park offers today's youth a chance to fulfill childhood dreams. We trust you will agree this is an opportunity of a lifetime. If you love baseball and kids, Cooperstown Dreams Park is the place to be. It is a must for America’s youth.

    America's First and Foremost youth baseball Experience

    Rules of Dreams Park

    *All rules are subject to change.

    Violations will result in suspension of play and/or revocation of tournament invitation

    1. Coaches/Counselors must be in visual and verbal contact with their team members at all times. The New York State Department of Health mandates that no team or individual shall be left alone at any time. 
    1. Teams must stay together as a unit. Individual players are not to wander around Dreams Park without supervision.
    1. Each Coach/Counselor on the roster is responsible for the safety of campers and must know their whereabouts at all times. Any camper leaving Dreams Park must sign in/out with his/her Coach/Counselor and Security personnel.  Any authorized guardian removing campers, including their own child, will be required to complete a Checkout form (forms are available at Security, Baseball Village Office or Baseball Operations Center).
    1. Cooperstown Dreams Park is a vehicular drive-in facility only for safety and security, no persons will be permitted to enter or leave the facility on foot. Guests attempting to walk into or out of Dreams Park will be turned away.  Repeat offenders will be barred from entering the grounds for the entire week.  Note:  This policy is strictly enforced.  Cooperstown Dreams Park is a controlled environment in accordance with New York State Department of Health (Chapter I State Sanitary Code, Subpart 7-2, Children’s Camps) and for the safety of all guests.
    1. No pets are allowed on the Dreams Park
    1. Bicycles, skateboards, rollerblades, scooters, Heelys (wheeled sneakers) or motorized personal transportation devices (Segways, Hoverboards) are NOT allowed on the Dreams Park property.
    1. Unmanned Aircraft Systems (Drones) are not permitted.
    1. Restricted Area signs are posted throughout Dreams Park. Do not enter restricted areas.
    1. No standing on Cooperstown Dreams Park stone walls.
    1. Plenty of parking is available for guests. Please park in the designated parking areas.  Violators will be towed!
    1. There are specific designated practice areas located next to the batting cages. No ball playing in the Baseball Village area.
    1. Safety comes first at all times. Bathhouses and clubhouses are to be kept clean.  No horseplay or roughhousing of any kind.  Do not jump on bunk beds.  Footlockers are not to be used as step stools or seats!
    1. No bare feet at any time. Use shower shoes for protection; keep articles of clothing out of shower area.  No team or individual is permitted to shower without supervision.
    1. All team members must eat at the same table and clean up their dining area when finished.
    1. Each clubhouse has been equipped with brooms, a dustpan, mattress covers, and footlockers, which must remain in the clubhouse. DO NOT take any of these items when you leave. Teams are responsible for daily cleanup (sweep floor, empty trash and make beds). Emergency exits cannot be blocked at any time.  CLUBHOUSES ARE INSPECTED DAILY.
    1. Cooperstown Dreams Park strives to provide a smoke free facility for the benefit of all players and guests. For that reason smoking will be allowed in designated areas ONLYNO smoking OR SMOKELESS TOBACCO inside of ball fields OR IN THE BASEBALL VILLAGE.  This rule is strictly enforced! Thank you for your cooperation in advance.
    1. No profanity, no fighting.
    1. No standing or sitting on stadium walls, running or crossing through grassy areas. Stay on the asphalt walkways! We ask all campers to respect Cooperstown Dreams Park property and facilities as they would their own home.
    1. In the spirit of good sportsmanship, no horns, music, banging on stadium walls or any other activity that creates excessive noise is permitted.­ All noise should cease when the pitcher toes the pitching rubber.
    1. Alcoholic beverages are prohibited at all times and will be confiscated. Anyone intoxicated and/or possessing alcoholic beverages will be asked to leave the facility.
    1. Outside food or beverages of any kind (except for bottled water) are not permitted on Dreams Park property, in accordance with the NYS Department of Health.
    1. Team Coolers only. Water and ice for the team must be distributed to the coach at the entrance(s) to the Baseball Village. Guests will not be allowed to bring coolers into Cooperstown Dreams Park.
    1. Lost and found items: Please bring all items to the security booth at Baseball Village South Entrance/Security.  (Cooperstown Dreams Park is not responsible for lost items!)
    1. Teams and individuals will be held responsible for damage to Dreams Park
    1. Game balls are provided by Cooperstown Dreams Park. All foul balls must be returned to the umpire or a member of the Baseball Operations staff.
    1. In the event of severe weather, teams will be directed to return to their clubhouses and parents/guests will be directed to their vehicles until further notification. A text service is available for notifications and updates.
    1. No recreational vehicles (RVs) or campers are permitted to enter Cooperstown Dreams Park property.
    1. High voltage electronics such as space heaters and air conditioners are not permitted in the Clubhouses.
    1. Anyone requiring a service animal must identify themselves at the Front Gate Security booth.

     

    Parents and family guests of Cooperstown Dreams Park assume all risk and danger of personal injury, losses, damages to person or property and all hazards arising from or related in any way to, the events at Cooperstown Dreams Park that they are attending.  Cooperstown Dreams Park is private property with 24-hour surveillance and management reserves the right to refuse admission or eject any person whose conduct is deemed by management to be disorderly or who fails to comply with the rules and regulations of Cooperstown Dreams Park.

     

    Please Note: These rules are not all-inclusive.  Common sense should be used at all times. Violations of the Tournament Rules and Rules of Dreams Park may result in cancellation of a team’s placement, revocation of grandfather status, and/or removal from Cooperstown Dreams Park.

    IMPORTANT PIN TRADING INFORMATION

    Pin Trading has become a tradition for teams, umpires, parents and guests. Many teams have custom-made lapel pins, while others utilize pins provided by their communities or sponsors. Building a pin collection provides everyone an extra opportunity to interact. Enjoy the fun of pin trading!