The RussMatt Central Florida Invitational hosts over 250 colleges annually in all divisions (NCAA D I, II, III, NAIA, and JUCO). Our difference is in lodging, affordability, facilities, customer service, organization, and convenience. In 2019 we will be launching RussMatt Softball, will look forward to showing you all of the advantages RussMatt will bring to the Softball industry.
Why do so many college coaches choose RussMatt for their spring break tournament needs?
1) Scheduling: All scheduling matchups are done by utilizing a scheduling algorithm to find the optimal schedule based on coaches preferences. We have over 80+ years of scheduling experience overseeing the process as well. After receiving the list of participating teams in November, coaches submit an online schedule request form indicating the number of games per day, off day and who they do and do not want to play. In addition to that information, we know who should be matched-up based on previous year’s records and NCAA regions (coaches can request in-region games, a schedule based on win-loss records or a combination of both). Full practices with on-field BP are also available.
2) Lodging: In addition to affordable hotel options ($60-$129 per night), our condo (from $142 per night) and pool home ($135-$185 per night) offerings are very popular choices among college coaches. For the equivalent of $80 per night, quad occupancy in a hotel room, players can have their own bed, 2 full baths with showers, washer dryer, full kitchen, cable TV, heated pool and internet hook-up in our spacious condos and pool homes. (see Team Hotel/Condos tab for more info).
3) Affordability: We don’t bundle fees like other tournaments do (combining game fees, hotel charges and meal expenses) allowing us to offer the lowest rates in the business, saving your team thousands of dollars (see Team Registration tab for more info).
4) Facilities: The RussMatt Central Florida Invitational features some great facilities DiamondPlex (Winter Haven) and Auburndale Softball Complex (see Venue Photo tab for more info).
5) Customer Service: Over 90% of our teams return each year (see testimonial tab here). We have over 80+ combined years of experience running collegiate events with the staff of RussMatt Softball, all of our site directors understand Softball and coaches/players needs. Water and cups are supplied for all games/practices. All fields are maintained by professional grounds crews. On-site locker rooms are available for get-away-day showers at no additional charge.
6) Umpires: Unlike other Florida spring break tournaments that use local umpires or students from nearby umpire schools, RussMatt Softball only hires experienced, northern college umpires that are assigned to northern college conferences, including many who regularly work NCAA DI games. We also solicit feedback from coaches on umpires in order to make improvements every year.
8) Proximity to Major Florida Airports: The 2 main complexes for the RussMatt Central Florida Invitational are located in Winter Haven and Auburndale FL, about an hour’s drive to either Orlando International or Tampa Airport.
Contact: For more information on the 2018 RussMatt Softball Central Florida Invitational contact:
RussMatt Softball Tournament Director