How the Lancer Classic Works!

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Tournament Format

The Lancer Classic is a "Tiered" Baseball Tournament. Each team will either be placed in a division or be given a random draw to play three "Seeding" games. The results of these seeeding games will determine where you place for Sunday games.

It is very important to us that each grouping of teams is as balanced as possible, top to bottom, and that is why we ask for some information from your team on the registration form.

The Lancer Classic understands the disparity in Baseball programs. This is what sets us apart from other tournaments who will only take the top 4-8 teams into sunday, or have other teams play meaningless "consolation" games that many teams don't even show up for.

Each Tournament team is placed into a "Tier" on Sunday. That Tier will be made up of teams that have similar records to your team, and ideally, similar talent. Each Tier is a completely seperate championship single elimination tournament on Sunday, with teams in each tier competing for the the exact same Tournament Championship awards and trophies.

Why do we do this?
This allows Academy-level teams to compete against each other on Sunday and it allows All Star level teams compete against each other on Sunday as well. This format give every team a chance to walk away a champion, including B teams, League teams, and great teams.

We understand that sometimes large tournaments can be disheartening for small teams, or teams that are just starting to experience Baseball at a competitive level. This format gives us the chance to give all of the teams meaningful, quality games in a playoff atmosphere that all teams crave!

Lancer Classic Schedule Information

The Lancer Classic is a four day tournament, Thursday through Sunday. However, your team typically plays three out of those four days.

Teams registered from outside of Western New York or the Greater Niagara Falls / Buffalo area will NOT BE ASKED TO PLAY ON THURSDAY. All "Out-of-Town" teams will begin the Tournament on Friday.

Why do we do this?

Simply, to save you money. Hotel stays can be expensive (unless, of course, you choose to stay at a Lancer Classic sponsor hotel!), and in the interest of keeping your trip to the Lancer Classic as cheap as possible, we do not ask that you reserve hotel space for four nights.

Most Western New York teams will begin the tournament on Thursday.