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2017 Curve Classic

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The 15th Annual Curve Classic high school baseball tournament will be held from Friday, April 21 to Sunday, April 23 at Peoples Natural Gas Field, the home of the Pittsburgh Pirates' Double-A affiliate, the Altoona Curve.

The eight schools participating in this year's tournament are: Altoona, Bishop Guilfoyle, Central (Martinsburg), Hollidaysburg, Philipsburg, Claysburg-Kimmel, Juniata Valley and St. Marys. .

The format of the tournament will be as follows: Four (4) Quarterfinal match-ups will take place on Friday, April 21; Two (2) Semifinal contests will be played on Saturday, April 22; and the Championship Game will be held on Sunday, April 23. In addition, the losing schools from the quarterfinal round will play consolation games on Saturday, April 22 (NOTE: All schools are GUARANTEED two games in the tournament... schools advancing to the Championship Game will play three games) .

2017 Curve Classic Schedule

Friday, April 21, 2017: Quarterfinal #1, 10 AM (Bishop Guilfoyle vs. Claysburg-Kimmel)
Quarterfinal #2, 12:30 PM (Altoona vs. Philipsburg)
Quarterfinal #3, 3 PM (Central vs. Juniata Valley) Quarterfinal #4, 5:30 PM (Hollidaysburg vs. St. Marys) .

Saturday, April 22, 2017: Quarterfinal Loser #1 vs. Quarterfinal Loser #3, 10 AM
Quarterfinal Loser #2 vs. Quarterfinal Loser #4, 12:30 PM
Quarterfinal Winner #1 vs. Quarterfinal Winner #3, 3 PM
Quarterfinal Winner #2 vs. Quarterfinal Winner #4, 5:30 PM

Sunday, April 23, 2017: 2017 Championship Game, 1 PM

TOURNAMENT ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: There is no cost for schools to participate in the Curve Classic, presented by McDonalds. However, schools are required to participate in a 200-ticket Altoona Curve fundraiser, which in the end earns money for each school's baseball program or athletic department. Schools are given a minimum of 200 Curve tickets at a cost of $5 and players can sell the tickets for up to the face value of $8 each. When a school sells all 200 tickets at $8 per ticket, it will receive a profit of $600. Schools are also encouraged to sell more than 200 tickets because the more tickets sold means the more money raised. A 25% deposit is due to ensure admission into the tournament and the balance is due April 7, 2017 or two weeks before the game. If additional tickets are needed past the 200 let us know at the two-week-before deadline. The Curve will assign a ticket sales specialist to each participating school to assist in the ticket fundraising process. Tickets will be sold only for the Curve's game on Saturday, April 15, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. vs. Akron RubberDucks (Cleveland Indians affiliate). Players/Coaches/Bus Driver will need a ticket for the Curve game on April 15, 2017.

USE OF PEOPLES NATURAL GAS FIELD FACILITIES: Prior to each Curve Classic, presented by McDonalds game, participating schools will be assigned use of Peoples Natural Gas Field's indoor batting tunnel. Beginning 30 minutes prior to each game or at an earlier time determined by the Curve Grounds Crew, teams will be permitted use of the outfield area and bullpen mounds for warm up purposes. No batting or infield practice will be taken on the field because of the short time between games. Teams will be permitted use of the dugout areas, but the Altoona Curve and Visiting Clubhouse areas will not be available to Curve Classic, presented by McDonalds, teams. Each participating school is required to provide four baseballs for each game. Teams may use the Curve Bullpens to warm up pitchers, before and during the game. The Curve asks during warm up that all teams please stay off the foul lines in the outfield while warming up pregame. PLEASE NO SEEDS IN THE DUGOUT OR INDOOR BATTING TUNNELS.

DETERMINATION OF HOME/VISITING TEAM: For quarterfinal round contests, the home team will be the school which was originally scheduled to play at home, in the event the game was previously scheduled and moved into the Curve Classic, presented my McDonalds. Otherwise, a coin toss shall determine the home team for any quarterfinal, semifinal or championship contest. The home team will use the Altoona Curve dugout (first base), while the visiting club will use the third-base dugout.

UMPIRES: PIAA umpires are selected and compensated by the Altoona Curve. Two umpires will be used for each game. .

PROMOTIONAL EVENTS: .

Saturday, April 15, 2017,12:30-12:50 p.m. - Team Introductions: Players and coaches will be introduced individually in an on-field ceremony prior to the Curve's 1:00 PM game. (PLEASE CHECK IN AT CUSTOMER SERVICE AT 12:15 PM TO GO DOWN TO THE FIELD FOR THE RECOGNITION ON THE FIELD). Please let us know if you'd like to participate in a tour of the facilities. I'd prefer to do tours around 11:30 am. .

CURVE CLASSIC, presented by McDonalds, MVP SCHOLARSHIP FUND: There will be $1,000 donated to the Most Valuable Player's Team's Athletic Fund. .

DONATIONS: Throughout the tournament, representatives from the Altoona Curve will collect monetary donations for the Ronald McDonald house as a special Thank You to the Curve Classic's Presenting Sponsor, McDonalds. .

TICKET/PARKING INFORMATION: Admission and parking to all Curve Classic games is free, but fans attending the tournament are asked to be considerate and donate to the Athletic Fund. Fans should park in the VIP Parking Lot at Peoples Natural Gas Field and enter through the lower-level VIP entrance. .

If you have any further questions, please call Corey Homan of the Altoona Curve at (814) 943-5400 or e-mail choman@altoonacurve.com.