Opening Day

July 8

This information is regarding the check-in and Opening Day Activities.  You can find dates, locations, and times for all activities here.

Check-In/Meetings (players are not required to be in attendance)

Location: TBA

Address:  TBA

Team Check-In (all ages):   9:00 AM 
Manager's Meeting:             10:00 AM 
Team Mom Meeting:            11:00 AM

Opening Day Activities -

Location: TBA

Address:  TBA


Opening Day Activities

Skills Competition Packet  /  Cornhole Sign-Up & Rules

Team Skills Competitions

  • Various Competitions designed to be competitive and FUN held at Pickard Park throughout the day.  Download the Skills Competition Packet to read about all of the contest we will be having.

  • Star Drill/Baserunning Relay/Catcher's Competition/Pitching Velocity/Overhand Velocity/4 Legged Race/Dizzy Bat Race/Dizzy Bat Relay

  • Download forms from menu and complete them prior to arriving at Raccoon River Park.  You will turn in each form to the field that the contest will be completed on.

Selfie Scavenger Hunt

  • Teams will be given a list of items (and rules) or individuals hidden throughout the park that they need to take selfies with.  The contest will be timed, with the fastest team in each age group being named champions.

Cornhole Tournament (Parents & Coaches)

  • We will host a Doubles Cornhole tournament on Wednesday.  Click on the link to the left to register for this event.  (Registration must be done in advance and may be limited due to time constraints, so please register early if you wish to play).

Other Activities at the Park
We will have many more activities going on during the festivities on Wednesday.  Here are some of them.​​

  • Pin Trading (unofficial activity - no scheduled process, free trade during the day) 

  • Tournament Merchandise on Sale

  • Tournament Gate Passes on Sale

  • Additional Vendors

National Championships Opening Ceremony
Valley Stadium 
4440 Mills Civic Pkwy 
West Des Moines, IA 50265

Team Picnic/Meals

Teams will be provided meal tickets for players at check-in.  These will be good for the concession stands at Indianola High School Stadium.

Concessions will be available for purchase for general public.


  • There will be games and activities at Indianola HS Stadium prior to and during the Ceremony.

  • We will be joined by The Miracle League participants and volunteers.

  • Parade of Teams for all in attendance.

July 8 - Tentative Times


Ceremony Begins:        6:00 pm

Gates Open:                  4:30 pm

Food/Team Picnic:       4:30 pm

Opening Ceremony Itinerary (Tentative)

4:30 PM – Gates Open/Entertainment Begins

  • Pre-paid meal lines available for coaches and players (tickets will be handed out at coaches meeting, must present ticket to receive pre-paid meal in line). Pre-paid meal lines will ONLY be open 4:30 PM – 6:15 PM. After that all food must be purchased from concessions for the remainder of the event.

  • Pre-paid meal includes:

    • Choice of – Hot dog

    • Chips

    • Cookie

    • Water

  • Concession stands will be located at the north entrance (food & drink)

  • Activities before the ceremony:

    • Team Photographer area to take pictures of teams

    • Trade pins

    • Purchase passes and merchandise, available on the lower level of the field by the north entrance.

    • DJ.


6:15 PM – DJ will announce that the ceremonies will begin shortly, and for everyone to find their seats.

  • Teams and coaches will sit in the lower level section of the west bleachers, parents and family are welcome to sit in the upper section of the west bleachers.

    • Signs will designate the softball teams and coaches to sit on one side and baseball teams and coaches on the other. (will make things easier to line up for the parade)


6:25 PM – SkyDive Iowa will parachute onto the field with first pitch ball


6:35 PM – First pitch ball is thrown


6:40 PM – National Anthem


6:55 PM – Opening words


7:10 PM – Teams will be dismissed to line up 


7:25 PM – Parade Begins

  • Kiwanis Miracle League – Masters of Ceremony – Miracle League will lead Parade

  • Softball teams parade onto field

  • Baseball teams parade onto field

    • Athletes, families, and coaches can proceed to the concession stands and activities after they have been recognized.


8:30 PM – End of Opening Ceremonies

Contact Us

Central Iowa Sports

Kelly Thorne


B.J. Larson

@2019 by Central Iowa Sports

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