Chicagoland Summer Showcase tourneys drawing from all over

ROCKFORD – Schools from nine states, including Illinois, already have committed to playing in Rockford in the two Chicagoland Summer Showcase tournaments.

Rockford’s four public high schools, Rock Valley College and Belvidere North will be the site of the two tournaments the weekends of June 21-23 and June 28-30.

With several weeks still to sign up, Showcase I on June 21-23 has entries from 31 Illinois schools, five in Wisconsin, two from Ohio, South Dakota, Michigan and Nebraski and one each from Iowa and Florida.

Showcase II has 28 Illinois entries, three from Ohio, Wisconsin and Nebraska and two each from Michigan and Indiana.

The NCAA changed its summer rules after FBI findings last year that shoe companies were illegally funneling hundreds of thousands of dollars to college recruits and their families. Two changes led directly to Rockford’s new tourneys — limiting the number of evaluation days open to Division I coaches for non-school-operated tourneys and moving the two non-scholastic live periods to June, when only schools are allowed to run the events and only school-based teams are allowed to play.

These events in Illinois must be approved by both the Illinois High School Athletic Association and the national governing body, the National Federation of High Schools and held at middle school, high school or college facilities.

Rockford is the only city in the Midwest that will hold tournaments on both NCAA-certified weekends and is also the only one in Illinois to hold a tourney where teams from multiple states are allowed to compete.

Posted on 05.17.19