Extra Inning Softball will be live streaming two of the top club events in the nation this weekend, the So Cal A’s Invitational in Irvine, California and the Team1 Elite Championships in Shawnee, Kansas.
The live streaming coverage of the A's Invitational on Friday and Saturday and streaming of the Team1 Championships Friday-Sunday working with our production partner, Illuminate Sports.
Here are the steps to get in and watch one or both of these tourneys:
- Go to www.illuminatesports.com
- Click on the event you want to watch, whether the Team 1 Elite Championships or the So Cal A’s Invitational. Users can click on the Event button on the front page or the Watch Events page - they both go to the same location.
- If you are not already logged into Illuminate, create a profile using the options presented (email or Facebook)
- Once signed in, navigate to the Watch Events page and select the desired tournament to watch.
- Once the games become live/active, they will begin to show-up as clickable links to view on the tournament page.
- The games will be free to watch through June 18, afterwards they will be "On-Demand" and the tournament pricing will be $19.95.
Here’s a quick preview of both events:
So Cal A’s Invitational
Event Director Bruce Richardson knows something about winning national championships: his So Cal A’s 18U team won the first four PGF Premier National Championships at that age group and amazingly has never finished lower than 5th in the nine years of the event.
And every year he's had one main comment and every year he's been right: "The winner of PGF 18U Premier Nationals will come out of this tournament."
Top teams who love to get a jump-start in preparing for PGF Nationals and other top tourneys such as Boulder IDT love to be in the So Cal A’s Invitational, which for years has featured the top 18U teams in the nation and has featured the Who’s Who of not just top teams but also top players.
From Brittany Barnhill to Jocelyn Alo to Sis Bates, this event is a primer for the summer and—pound for pound, player for player—is the most talent-laden tourney you’ll find short of Summer Nationals as it features only 17 teams, but all are loaded with future high D1 players.
As Carlos Arias of SoCalSidelines.com noted this week:
"There are three Gatorade State Players of the Year, the National Player of the Year and 19 PGF High School All-Americans that will be playing at the So Cal A’s Invitational."
"The PGF High School All-Americans that will be in action are Megan Faraimo and Madison Huskey of Corona Angels-Tyson, Kelli Godin of So Cal Athletics-Richardson, Colleen Sullivan of OC Batbusters-Stith, Brooke Vestal, Grace Lyons and Anna Vines of Firecrackers-Rico/Weil, Jazmyn Rollin, Larissa Cesena and Brittany Allen of Explosion-Denio/Jackson, Shea O’Leary and Ally Shipman of So Cal Choppers, Jasmine Sievers and Rachel Cid of Cal Cruisers-Sievers, Lexie Blair of Jersey Intensity-KOD, Skyler Shellmyer of Beverly Bandits-Conroy, Lou Gilbert of DeMarini Aces, Kasey Simpson of Texas Glory and Skylar Wallace of Georgia Impact-Lewis."
Faraimo was the Gatorade National Player of the Year and California Player of the Year, the Firecrackers have Ali Kilponen, the Gatorade State Player of the Year from Colorado, Georgia Impact has Karly Heath, the Gatorade State Player of the Year from South Carolina and the Bandits have Sydney Supple, the Gatorade State Player of the Year from Wisconsin."
Here’s schedule of games for Friday and Saturday which will be on three fields at Harvard Park in Irvine:
*** Note: Games on Field 3 at the So Cal A's Invitational will be tape delayed and available to watch approximately one hour after conclusion of the game ends.
Team1 Elite Club Championships
The Team1 Elite Club Championships tourney is new and run by Greg Dickel of the Iowa Premier and Ryan Taylor of DeMarini Aces—two of the elite programs in the middle of the nation.
Unlike the So Cal A’s Invitational, however, which fields just top 18U teams, the Shawnee, Kansas-based Team1 tourney has three age divisions: 18U, 16U and 14U.
There are teams coming from all over the country including most of the states in the middle of the country: Arizona, Kansas, Iowa, Texas, Illinois, Missouri, Illinois, Nebraska and Oklahoma.
The impressive new event includes well-known programs ranging from the Beverly Bandits to the DeMarini Aces, the Texas Glory to the Tulsa Elite, just to name a few.
And, of course, the host Iowa Premier which has produced such notable alums as Minnesota All-American Kendyl Linderman.
Extra Inning will be live streaming the games on the four-field main complex—the Shawnee Mission School District Complex—which Greg Dickel calls “the best complex in Kansas City.”
More information including the tournament schedule can be find on the event site.
*** Note: Fields 1 & 2 will be live at Team1 and Fields 3 & 4 will be tape delayed and available to watch approximately one hour after conclusion of the game ends.