Duquette Sports Initiative Tournament FAQ's
How Do I Enroll My Team
Coaches can reserve a guaranteed spot for your team with payment of the team fee: $725 for most Weekend Tournaments / or $850 for Memorial Day & Holiday Tournaments. Payments for the per person weekend fees are not due until one month in advance of each event, which allows teams and families plenty of time to plan and fundraise. Space is limited – so we strongly suggest that you plan ahead and reserve your space early. Payment of your team fee is a firm commitment to attend the tournament and is none refundable.
For more information or to register your team, Call Alec Maurer at (772) 466-4099
Who Can Participate
Our tournaments are open to all teams: AAU, American Legion, Babe Ruth, Cal Ripken, Independent, Little League, Pony, Senior Babe Ruth, and Travel teams who meet the age requirement for each tournament.
Participant & Coaches Registration
All participants (players & coaches) are required to pay the tournament participation fee at least one month prior to your tournament date. This fee ($149 for weekend tournaments, $199 for Memorial Day & Holiday) includes 2 or 3 overnight accommodations, 6 or 9 meals and use of Sports Academy amenities for the weekend.
We offer two ways for your team to pay these fees:
1. Online Registration will be available soon
Parents and Coaches can register and pay individually under the Participant Registration tab for your specific age group and Tournament weekend date.
2. Coaches can mail a team check payable to “Dan Duquette Sports Academy”. Please account for all players, coaches, and parents who are staying over. All teams are required to stay on-site and required to bring a minimum 12 players and 2 adult coaches.
Checks should be mailed along with your team roster, and liability waivers to:
Teams stay on site at the Dan Duquette Sports Academy during our popular weekend tournaments. Each team is assigned a cabin which sleeps up to 18 people. Bathrooms and sinks are located within each cabin and showers are centrally located in our Major League Clubhouse locker room facility.
Buffet style meals are provided at our on-site cafeteria and 6 meals are included in the weekend package. Friday night dinner is the first meal, with 3 meals on Saturday, and breakfast and lunch on Sunday included. The Memorial Day and Holiday tournaments include 9 meals. Meal times will be posted upon arrival. Individual Meals and concessions are available for purchase for fans and families not staying on-site.
What Do I Need To Bring With Me
Bedding-Twin sheets & blanket or sleeping bag (recommended)
Pillow and pillow case
Shower / Bath towel
Sneakers & beach shoes
Bathing Suit and Swim towel
Flashlight & Alarm Clock (optional)
Warm cloths and bedding for early & late summer tournaments as it can be cool at night
Fans for mid summer tournaments.
Team Rosters, Player Forms and Insurance
Team paperwork is due 4 weeks in advance of your tournament. Please submit the following:
1. Team Roster
2. Accident Release Form for each Participant
3. Certificate of Insurance
Our team roster form is available at the link below. Teams are required to bring a minimum of 12 players and 2 coaches. Our cabins hold up to 18 unless prior arrangement are made for a larger group.
A Dan Duquette Sports Academy Accident & Release form is also required for all coaches, players and parents staying onsite. These forms are available at the link below. Please note that one form is for minors (under 18 yrs) and must be signed by Parent or Guardian. The Adult form (18 & over) can be signed by the coach or participant themselves. All waivers can be submitted with your team roster.
The Certificate of Insurance should be mailed in advance and name DDD Baseball, LLC as additional insured. The insurance policy should be an All Risk policy in the amount of not less than $1 million per occurrence.
Tournament schedules will be completed after all participant fees and paperwork have been received. These items are due in our office at least 1 month before your tournament start date. We will make our best effort to email and post schedules 2 weeks in advance.
Memorial Day Weekend – All teams will be scheduled to play 5 games and possibly a 6th game. Teams are required to arrive on Friday night but not all teams will play on Friday. All other 1st games will be scheduled for early Saturday morning. All teams will play on Monday and the championship games will take place on Monday afternoon.
May thru Mid-June Weekends – All teams will be scheduled to play 4 games and possibly a 5th game. Teams are required to arrive on Friday night but not all teams will play on Friday. All other 1st games will be scheduled for early Saturday morning. All teams will play on Sunday and the championship games will take place on Sunday afternoon.
Summer Weekends – All teams will be scheduled to play 4 games and possibly a 5th game. One game on Friday, Two games on Saturday, At least One game on Sunday. Championship games will be played on Sunday afternoons. All teams need to be prepared to play as early as 2PM on Friday. Schedules will take into account travel distance but also preferences for early registrations.
Tournament schedules & additional information will be provided via email to all head coaches approximately two weeks prior to the start of each tournament. Coaches please share the schedule information with your players and parents upon receipt.
Baseballs & Equipment
Game balls will be provided by the Dan Duquette Sports Academy for all games. Teams are required to bring their own practice balls. We will also provide a cooler in each dugout for ice water and cups for each game. All other baseball and safety equipment is the responsibility of each team.
Hotels For Parents
Hotel room blocks have been set aside for our tournament teams at several local hotels in the Pittsfield, Lenox & Lee areas. Most of these properties are 15 – 20 minutes away from our facility and near many of the area restaurants, shops and attractions.
Hotel reservations can be made by contacting the following hotels directly:
- Crowne Plaza 413-499-2000
- Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort 413-738-5500 X 3010
- Days Inn 413-637-3560
- Howard Johnson 413-442-4000
Be sure to mention you will be participating in a Dan Duquette Sports Academy Tournament to be eligible for group rates. We strongly encourage you to have your team parents book hotels early (several months in advance), as space is limited and summer is the peak tourist season in the Berkshires.
2012 Age Determination Chart
Match the month of your birthday with the year in which you were born. Follow the row over to the AGE column to determine your age group for 2012.
Spring & Summer Tournaments: The age of a player on April 30, 2012 will be their eligibility age for spring and summer tournaments up thru August 19th..
Fall Tournaments: All Fall (Sept & Oct) Tournaments will use April 30, 2013 as the cut-off date. This means that players will “move up” one age group for the fall season.
Example: A player born in September of 1999 will play in the 12U age group for the spring and summer tournaments but would “move up” to 13U for the fall tournaments.
Arrival & First Game
Teams should arrive one to two hours before your first game on the arrival day with the normal arrival time of 2PM on Friday unless otherwise specified. Head Coaches are required to check in at the Sports Academy Office (first building on right) upon arrival and prior to your team members moving into your cabin.
All summer teams should be prepared to play as early as 2PM on Friday.
Lakefront & Other Activities
Lakefront swimming and boating are a fun part of our weekend tournaments. Lifeguards are on duty and we ask all coaches to assist with supervising your team at the lake. Lakefront times are assigned for Saturdays so that all teams have the opportunity to access the lake in a safe and manageable environment.
Basketball games, Raffle-ball games, and a campfire by the lake are also popular with the teams.
Tournament admission for adults / parents is $12 per person purchased in advance on-line, or $15 per person at the gate, for the weekend. Admission for kids is free. Tournament passes can be purchased online or upon arrival when parking.
The Dan Duquette Sports Academy is located at: 101 Michaels Road, Hinsdale, MA 01235
We are located ¾ off of Route 8 in Hinsdale, MA and about 10 to 15 minutes east of Pittsfield, MA.
For your convenience, we have mapped out specific directions to our facility which is available on our website. We strongly suggest that you DO NOT use MapQuest directions and GPS systems as many people have gotten lost using these tools due to the mountains in our area.
Emergency Contact Telephone Number
24 HOUR PHONE: (772) 466-4099
Cell Phone coverage in our area may be limited depending on your carrier. We suggest that you leave our office phone as an emergency contact number for parents and families. Our office phone number is (772) 466-4099 and our office staff should answer otherwise families can leave a message for our director who will immediately contact your group leader if we receive a call.
Pets are NOT allowed at the Dan Duquette Sports Academy. While we realize that many families like to travel with their pets, our insurance provider specifically does not allow pets on-site and we also recognize many people are allergic to pets as well. Please leave your pets at home for the weekend.