The Cooperstown Dreams Park Experience is a highlight of the childhoods of its participants. It is a unique event in that for entire summers, it consistently draws in baseball teams and organizations from all over the country to not play baseball and compete for a championship, but also to meet individuals from and learn about different walks of life.
A major aspect to think about as teams and families plan for the events is the overall schedule. Organizations are able to enjoy sights and activities around the village of Cooperstown, including the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, so it’s important to have an idea of the schedule and be able to plan accordingly. Here are some answers that should help attendees as they get ready for the event:
Q: What is the overall schedule for the tournament?
A: Each session begins on a Friday evening (check-in) and runs through the following Friday morning (check-out).
Q: So the team will be playing games for 7 straight days?
A: No. Game play begins on Sunday and runs through Thursday.
Q: OK, since the games are the most important thing, I need to be there starting Sunday, right?
A: No, there are key parts to the schedule that take place Friday and Saturday that teams and families need to plan for.
Q: What day should I plan to arrive with my team and players for the Cooperstown Dreams Park Experience?
Q: What takes place on Friday?
A: Coaches and Managers can begin the check-in process for teams starting on Friday. Parents and players can attend this, but move-in does not start until Saturday. All teams are encouraged to take advantage of early check-in on Friday evening beginning at 6:00 p.m
Q: OK, when do the players move in to the clubhouses?
A: Players and teams move in to the clubhouses on Saturday morning.
Q: Does anything else happen that I need to plan for on Saturday?
A: Yes. Saturday is full day of activity, for teams and families alike. Here are some featured events:
- Player move-in
- Player Orientation
- Parent Orientation
- Opening Ceremonies / Parade
- Skills Competitions
Q: Wow! Is every day this busy for everyone?
A: No. Sunday through Wednesday have an almost-exclusive focus on baseball. Teams will be playing their pool games Sunday-through Tuesday, and bracket play starts on Wednesday.
Q: OK so since Cooperstown Dreams Park doesn’t have anything specific planned outside of games, that might be a good time to schedule team gatherings, dinners, outings, etc.
A: Yes. Once the pool play schedule is set, teams and families can fill up their itinerary however they see fit.
Q: When it comes to the players staying in the clubhouses, what are some key times they need to keep in mind as part of the schedule?
A: Meal times and Lights Out are important:
- 6:30 a.m. -9:30 a.m. Breakfast
- 11:00 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Lunch
- 5:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Dinner
- 10:30 p.m. Lights Out
Q: What times do pool games start each day?
A: 8:30 a.m. / 11:00 a.m. / 1:45 p.m. / 4:30 p.m. / 7:00 p.m.
Q: Are there any days besides Saturday when I need to plan for multiple activities?
A: Thursday is another big day in this regard. The following events take place that day:
- Tournament Finals and Championships
- Family BBQ Dinner
- Procession of Athletes, Closing Ceremony and Hall of Fame Ring Presentation
- Fireworks and Championship Game
Q: What time is check out on the second Friday?
A: Players and teams must move out of the clubhouses by 9:00 a.m.
Q: OK, that’s a lot of info to drink in about the schedule for the Cooperstwon Dreams Park Experience? Can you summarize it?
A: Sure. Here are the highlights:
- Friday – Plan to arrive, teams should take advantage of early check-in
- Saturday – Move-in, Player/Parent Orientation, Skills Competitions, Opening Ceremonies
- Sunday – Pool Play Day 1
- Monday – Pool Play Day 2
- Tuesday – Pool Play Day 3
- Wednesday – Bracket Play Day 1
- Thursday – Bracket Play Day 2, Family BBQ Dinner, Closing Ceremonies, Championship Game
- Friday – Move-out
This should provide some guidance for players, teams, and families about what the Cooperstown Dreams Park Schedule entails. How free time is used is often determined by the coach or manager and can include outings, team meals, and other activities.
Additional resources for info about the Cooperstown Dreams Park Experience can be found at www.cooperstowndreamspark.com:
- Coaches Kit (2016) – Includes multiple required forms as well as rules for the tournament
- Coaches Corner – Includes weekly and daily itineraries along with other resources
- Parent/Camper Kit – Includes waiver forms, rules for the facility, and guidelines on what players should bring with them