Press Release-Chris Bartholomew Memorial Scholarship Softball Tournament 2013




$150 entry fee + $20 ASA fee if your TEAM NAME is not registered with ASATHIS IS AN ASA SANCTIONED TOURNAMENT.

*You can use ASA, USSSA & NSA BATS

*Rosters & any money owed must be turned in before the start of the 1st game. So please arrive in time to get your rosters signed & turned in! IF YOUR ROSTERS ARE NOT TURNED IN YOU WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO START YOUR 2ND GAME UNTIL IT IS COMPLETE AND TIME TAKEN WILL BE DEDUCTED FROM YOUR GAME TIME

* $5 Home Run Derby

* You can pay $5 for each additional home run over the ASA limit if you do not want to take the out.
Home runs allowed: Men’s C-3; Men’s rec-1; co-ed-1.

*We have some great raffle items!

*1st & 2ND place teams in each division get awards.Here are a few of the ASA rules that we felt were important. We will provide a list at the tournament:
*Count starts with one ball & one strike (1&1)

*Teams must furnish their own ASA approved balls. Men’s: New 12″ optic yellow red-stitched .52 core/300 compression with ASA logo. Women’s: the 11″ 44 core/375 compression ball. Must have men’s & women’s balls for co-ed (balls are sold at the field).

*Men’s teams must start & finish with of 9 players. The open batting positions will not be declared an out unless as a result of an ejection. Same for Co-ed except you must take an out for the missing player.

**New for 2011-the ball must be delivered with a perceptible arc and reach a height of at least 6 feet from the ground while not exceeding a height of 10 feet from the ground.
*All bats must be certified. A current listing is on at


Scholarship Details
The scholarship was established in memory of Chris Bartholomew, a 2004 graduate of North Kansas City High School. Chris was a young man with many goals; one was to work as a police officer. Chris worked a full-time job and when to college, studying Criminal Justice, to make this dream come true. However, on May 20, 2007, a senseless act of violence not only cut Chris’s hopes and dreams short, it cut his life short. Chris played sports beginning at age 5, from t-ball to baseball, football and soccer. He played adult softball up until the time of his death and this is what he loved; any and all sports!

This scholarship will help an area high school student achieve their goals of attending college. The main criteria for the scholarship are that the student be going into the Criminal Justice Field and that they play sports. We also require a short essay, along with transcripts.

In the past 3 years, the scholarship has awarded 2 – $1000.00 scholarships. Our goal for the 2013 Chris Bartholomew Tournament is to raise enough to double this already outstanding achievement and award 2 – $1000.00 scholarships for the years to follow.

Last year’s tournament represented 11 men’s and co-ed teams, and over 200 people. Posters and flyers for the tournament are locally posted on ball fields, businesses, and on several websites to attract as many teams to join as possible.

Last year, players even came from Nebraska to help raise money for our cause.

Acceptable offerings for sponsorships include prizes for the raffle, cash donations, and the opportunity to have your business recognized on the fields. We would be happy to pass along any specials you would like to offer our attendees, such as, flyers or coupons, food or drinks specials, etc. All sponsors receive special acknowledgement for their generous involvement in the sign-up packets provided to each attendee.

In addition, the local media has lent Chris’s cause their support with coverage of the tournament. We send a press release prior to the tournament date to keep Chris’s story alive and help extend our resources to provide individuals with the knowledge of the events to the public.

Would you like to sponsor Chris’s softball tournament? Sponsorships available!


Sponsorship Price Range and Recognition
Field Sponsorship:
$300.00 – 4’ x 8’ Signage on a field and Acknowledgement on Bracket Sheet; 5 fields available
Dugout Sponsorship:
$150.00 – 2’ x 4’ Signage in a dugout and Acknowledgement to players to go to “xyz’s signs dugout;” 10 available (if more than 10 are sold, signage will post on fencing
Outfield Sponsorship:
$200.00 – 3’ x 5’ Signage on the fencing in the outfield; unlimited available
All Signage will be on a quality vinyl banner, professionally printed with your logo.
*Logos must be sent by email in a format that allows editing capabilities for enlarging purposes only.
Contact Misty Kirwan (816) 305-6893
Angi Mattivi (816) 739-9315


Chris Bartholomew Memorial Scholarship Softball Tournament
September 21, 2013
Fountain Bluff Sports Complex, Liberty, MO MAPQUEST DIRECTIONS
Men’s competitive, Rec & Co-Ed divisions
Home run derby with some great prizes!

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