A “super draft” softball tournament is set to be played in Butte Sept. 10-11.
The event, dubbed “Red Beard Athletics Super Draft No. 2, Hero’s and Villains,” will begin Friday, Sept. 9 with a player meet and greet at the Knights of Columbus Hall.
Jake Larson, an event organizer, said the tournament is hoping to bring 32 teams to Stodden Park for the tournament, which is sponsored by Red Beard Athletics from Great Falls.
A “super draft” tournament is different than your typical tournament. Each player signs up as an individual and for a particular position. After the July 11 registration deadline, teams will be drafted by event organizers to place teams.
Cost is $75 per player, and each player is guaranteed four games and two jerseys. Saturday’s action will include three games of round-robin play. Sunday will feature bracket play.
Larson said the state’s first “super draft” tournament was held in April in Great Falls, and it was a huge success. That tournament, Larson said, drew 24 teams.
“We had people from Alaska, Pennsylvania, Washington and the surrounding areas around here,” Larson said.
With the plan for about 12 players per team, the tournament is looking to dray nearly 400 players. Larson said 80 to 90 percent of those players will be from out of town.
He said the “super draft” tournament is part of a plan to get more people to play softball. He said some teams are afraid to play up against the top teams, and Butte currently only has five or six C League teams.
This tournament will give players with a less experience the chance to play with those who have been playing at a high level.
“It’s for everybody,” Larson said. “That’s part of the deal is trying to get people to play some more.”
The plan is it add more cities in Montana for 2023.
Larson added that a professional photographer will be on hand. For $15, players can get a gallery of photos of themselves playing in the tournament.
Visit the tournament Facebook page for more information or to register for the tournament.