The South Dakota Amateur Baseball Association is taking a page from the NCAA.
On Sunday, the SDABA will have a selection show to reveal the pairings for the 2021 Class B state baseball tournament. The show starts at 2 p.m. and will be streamed live at www.sportsticketlive.com. There is no cost to view the selection show, which is a first for the SDABA.
Winner’s Jody Brozik, who is the CEO of LiveTicket.TV, said the show will also be available on YouTube and its Facebook page. Brozik anticipates the show will be between 1-to-2 hours long.
“We are trying to drum up as much excitement for this show as we possibly can,” Brozik said. “I am excited to see how it goes. We are going to have the brackets online for people to see as they are drawn in. I applaud them and they are doing it transparently based on the rules they have in place. That’s exciting.”
The idea for the selection show has gained momentum in recent years among managers. Mount Vernon manager Deric Denning submitted a proposal to the SDABA and received support from other managers around the state. It was approved at the annual meeting in February.
“I think more than anything it’s an excitement factor,” Denning said. “The state tournament is kind of the culmination of the summer and everyone loves going out to Cadwell Park (for the state tournament). I think Sunday will be a cool event for the state.”
The selection show has created a buzz as watch parties are being planned among amateur teams. It will also provide some clarity in how the selection process is handled.
“I think transparency is always better,” Denning said. “When you can be transparent and do it like this, I think it just makes for a better process.”
The district tournaments will finish this weekend across the state. The tournament results will help determine the 32 spots for the Class B tournament.
The SDABA has a set of procedures for the selection process and they will be spelled out before the show, said District 3B commissioner Brock Sundall.
“All the district champions will be drawn out as they have in the past -- every fourth slot,” Sundall said. “Something new this year is that the runner-ups and the champions will be on opposite sides of the bracket. That was a proposal brought to us by the membership. After that you just can’t play your own league in round one.”
LiveTicket.TV will again host the pay-per-view live-streaming for 37 games across both Class A and B state tournaments in Mitchell. The fees are $8 for a two-game session or $15 for a day pass and $50 for a tournament pass. The proceeds raised will be given to the SDABA.