Tournament Note

2022 18th Annual Vernon Hills Cougar Kickoff "A-Team" Tournament (4/28/22 - 5/1/22)
Come to Vernon Hills to play at one of the best baseball facilities in the Midwest. We are limiting the number of teams at each age group to 8 to 10 total teams including teams from the Vernon Hills travel program. In order for registrations to be considered complete payment must be turned in within 7 days of registration. Registrations and payment will be processed based on the order in which online registrations are completed. If we receive more interest than the 8 to 10 spots available at a particular age group we will start a wait list. If you have any questions about the tournament format or with registration please email us at

NOTE: This tournament is open to community & club based first tier travel programs (i.e. "A-Teams") or towns sharing the same high school that play in an "A" league. No elite teams will be allowed. The Cougar Kick-Off provides the best competitive play to area towns and border states that run community-based programs. Please click on the documents button below for the tournament rules. By registering for our tournament you are agreeing with the rules that have been presented.

- Individual Trophies for 1st and 2nd place teams ( max 12)
- The fields have dugouts, (most) grass infields, scoreboards and lights.
- Certified umpires officiate each game.
- Onsite restrooms
- Tournament game schedule posted no later than 4 days before start of the tournament.
- Please bring copies of birth certificates for your roster. They will be reviewed if a discrepancy exists. Upon request, teams must prove they are not an elite team or they will not be allowed to advance to the playoffs.
- Coaches must provide waivers and rosters a minimum of a week prior to the start of the tournament.
- No charge for admission. Spectators will not be allowed to sit directly behind backstops.
- All games will be played at the Vernon Hills Athletic Complex.
- A coin toss will be used to determine the home and visiting team for pool play games. For elimination games the higher seed will be the home team.
- The home team must provide a scoreboard operator.
- Tournament Central will be located at the gazebo by fields 1-4.
- Updated tournament results and weather updates will be handled through Tourney Machine.
- All tournament correspondence will be done via Tourney Machine app. Please instruct parents to download the tourney machine app.
- Trophy Presentation will take place after the championship game on the field.
- No Smoking
- No Dogs
- The tournament committee reserves the right to enforce additional rules at the time of the tournament depending on the current state of the COVID-19 pandemic or other public health restrictions.

Refund Policy:
If tourney is canceled for any reason before any of the games have been played, then a FULL refund will be issued minus a $50 service fee. If only one game is started but not finished, then a $200 refund will be issued. If one game or more are finished, no refunds will be issued for any reason.


Policy Regarding Public Health Issues such as COVID-19: The tournament committee reserves the right to reschedule/postpone this tournament due to public health restrictions such as COVID-19. If this happens, the committee will do its best to reschedule your team into the new tournament date or move you to a different tournament that better aligns with your schedule. If no new tournament/date can be worked out we will offer you a credit for a future tournament or a full refund minus a $50 service fee. We will do our best to avoid this at all costs, however this is outside of our ultimate control.

18th Annual Vernon Hills Cougar Kickoff "A-Team" Tournament

Apr 28 - May 1, 2022
Tourney Machine

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