About 210 teams from 15 states and Canada are scheduled to play in the eighth annual Buckeye Elite Showcase Tournament that will be held Wednesday, July 6, through July 10 in central Ohio.

About 210 teams from 15 states and Canada are scheduled to play in the eighth annual Buckeye Elite Showcase Tournament that will be held Wednesday, July 6, through July 10 in central Ohio.

The tournament is divided into four divisions: Under-14, U-15, U-16 and U-18. More than 40 area high school and college fields will play host to games, said Jeff Dutiel, the chief financial officer for the tournament.

The event begins with a skills showcase on July 6 at Dublin Coffman, where athletes will test their abilities in front of college coaches and pro scouts. Worthington-based Big League Baseball School will conduct the invitation-only event.

"Our biggest thing is to get the kids looks for colleges," Dutiel said.

The competition also will feature a Buckeye Elite Night on July 8 at Huntington Park.

Before the Columbus Clippers' game against the Toledo Mud Hens, the teams in the tournament will parade onto the field and players will participate in on-field contests.

Players also will have a chance to be honorary bat boys and throw out the first pitch.

In tournament play, each division will be divided into pools: 20 four-team pools in U-18, 16 four-team pools in U-16, 14 three-team pools in U-15 and four five-team pools in U-14.

In U-18, the winner of each pool will advance to gold championship single-elimination play, leading up to the gold championship game on July 10 at Huntington Park. The second-place team in each pool will compete in silver championship play, with the title game to be played at Olentangy High School on July 10.

In U-16, the gold championship game will be at Huntington Park and the silver championship game will be at Dublin Coffman on July 10. In U-15, the gold and silver championship games will be at Dublin Jerome on July 10. In U-14, the gold and silver championship games will be at Don Edwards Park in Newark on July 9.

Each team that does not qualify for gold or silver championship play will compete in a consolation game on July 9.

The Ohio Elite baseball program is expected to field teams in the U-14, U-15 and U-18 divisions.

Dublin Jerome coach Chris Huesman will guide his U-17 team in the U-18 division.

"The Under-17 is the most critical time for a high school player in summer ball because that's where all the college coaches are," Huesman said. "All the college coaches are recruiting for their 2012 class and this is the most important time for these kids, so you want to take them to all the showcases or tournaments that will have the most exposure, and Buckeye Elite is one of those."

The Columbus Cobras baseball program will enter teams in the U-14 and U-18 divisions. Harry Huskey will coach the U-18 team, which won the tournament in 2009.

"The caliber of this tournament is really good," Huskey said. "There are teams from all over the Midwest. We use this tournament to see where we're at before we head off to the World Series."

Grove City coach Ryan Alexander said competing in summer tournaments are key to the program's success. He led the Greyhounds to a Division I state semifinal this spring, losing to Liberty Township Lakota East 7-2 on June 2 at Huntington Park.

Grove City will have teams in the U-16 and U-18 divisions.

"This is a tournament that has some of the best teams in the state and best teams in the nation," Alexander said. "It's a great summer tournament. These kids end up seeing a lot of the same guys that they've seen already all year long playing on these summer travel teams."