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adidas Double Pump Best of Summer
Tournament Info Grid--(July 21, 2001)

bestsum1.gif (6136 bytes) What:  adidas Double Pump "Best of Summer"

Who:  124 Top Travel and HS Teams

When: July 29-Aug. 1, 2001

Where: LMU & Lynwood HS

We just received the complete schedules, pool assignments, list of teams and first game assignments for the adidas Double Pump "Best of Summer" tournament, and it looks like it will be loaded.  This year's tournament will run from July 29, 2001 through August 1, 2001, and it will be played at Loyola Marymount University in Westchester and at Lynwood High School.   There will be 8 separate courts going at once, and while it's nowhere near as big as the adidas Las Vegas Big Time which precedes it, there's little doubt that this is the biggest and best tournament in SoCal and on the West Coast next to the gargantuan Big Time.

Because of a quirk in scheduling with the NCAA open evaluation period, the Best of Summer will actually start the same day as the last day of the Big Time, but that won't cause problems for most teams, because by the last day of the Big Time, only about 16 teams left anyway, so everyone else will have moved on by then and will be ready for the start of the next tournament in the traveling sideshow that is summer travel ball. 

This is the first year that the tournament will not be held at Cal State Dominguez Hills but at Loyola Marymount University in Westchester instead,  but frankly, we're looking forward to a change of scenery even if there is slightly heavier traffic getting to and from the west side of Los Angeles during peak traffic hours.  One benefit is that LMU is a lot closer to LAX than CSUDH, so visiting teams who are flying from Vegas, and the college coaches should be a lot happier given the large number of hotels near the airport.  And the 105 Fwy makes it easy to get back and forth between LMU and Lynwood, so that should make for an easier trip than the often crowded 91 and 710 routes that we've usually had to travel between CSUDH and Lynwood.

The Best of Summer is set up for 124 teams, and there are some excellent teams including just about every top team from California, Washington, Colorado, Oregon,  New York, Alaska, Arizona, Ohio, Illinois, Texas, Louisiana, Pennsylvania, and Minnesota. like the Big Time, there will be two days of pool play in which each team will play three games, and then, starting later on July 31, single elimination play will begin. Depending on the order of finish in pool play, first place teams will play in the Gold Bracket, second place in the Silver, third in the Bronze, and fourth in the Platinum brackets.  Single elimination will continue through July 31 and will conclude on August 1, 2001, which of course is after the end of the NCAA summer evaluation period, so college coaches won't be there to see who wins.   But they will certainly hear about it....

Anyway, we've got all the information you'll need to follow the tournament.  Here's what you'll need to know:

Team Assignments By Pools
First Game Schedule Reference List (Find out where each team is playing its first game)
Complete Schedules: 
Day One:      Sunday, July 29, 2001
Day Two:     Monday, July 30, 2001
Day Three:  Tuesday, July 31, 2001
Day Four:    Wednesday, August 1, 2001
Directions to Game Facilities

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