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BASEBALL YOUTH ALL-AMERICAN GAMES Over 300 of the top travel ball players in the country were honored at the second annual Baseball Youth All-American Summer Games.
BASEBALL YOUTH ALL-STAR CHALLENGE
BASEBALL YOUTH MAJORS
North Myrtle Beach, Indianapolis and Vero Beach all had the distinct honor of hosting Baseball Youth Majors this summer, and each was a week full of extraordinary action and fun.
East wins Baseball Youth All-Star Challenge featuring 50 of the nation’s best 12U players at Baseball Heaven in Yaphank, New York.
RIPKEN EXPERIENCE IN THE LAND OF MORE The Ripken Baseball tradition continues with a brand new tournament destination set to open in 2016. A $22.5 million facility nestled in the Smoky Mountains of Pigeon Forge, Tennesse.
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BASEBALL YOUTH FUTURE GAMES
BASEBALL YOUTH NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS
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CALEB “SMALLS” AICH Age: 10 Team: Central Arkansas Blue Sox Positions: 2B, SS, C, P Hometown: Greenbrier, Ark. Caleb started playing baseball when he was 4 years old. He loves playing middle infield and after a win he is known for flipping across the field. He was selected to play in the Travelball AllAmerican Classic. He really enjoys playing because he gets to meet and play the game he loves with kids from all over the nation. He has played in the Baseball Youth All-American Summer and Winter Games, on the Baseball Youth Elite teams that went to Disney, and the teams that competed in the Baseball Youth Majors. Off the field Caleb can be found playing soccer, football, basketball, and competing with his level 2 Cheer Force Arkansas squad, the Thunderbirds.
MAX SOLIZ JR. Age: 13 Team: Team Citius Positions: C, 3B, 1B, P Hometown: Houston, Texas Max’s work ethic is through the roof. He loves to be in the cage working on getting better as a ballplayer and in the classroom as a straight A student. He’s utilizing this fall to focus on getting bigger, faster and stronger. Max’s favorite position is catcher, he spends a lot of time on receiving, blocking and transfer drills. Max recently participated this past summer in the 14U USA Baseball National Championships in Florida and Arizona and the 13U USA Baseball American Elite Championships. One of Max’s favorite national tournaments that he played in was the Baseball Youth All-American Games in Vero Beach.
DENALI RIVERA Age: 10 Team: Phenom Positions: C, P, SS Hometown: Brooklyn, New York Denali has been playing the game since he was three years old. His passion for the game has grown tremendously. He has been playing travel baseball since the age of 6 and since then, has been chosen to play on several travel teams and has traveled in and out of the United States as far as Puerto Rico. His favorite slogan is hard work and dedication and he sure shows that on the field!
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Age: 14 Team: VBBA Navy Positions: OF, 3B Hometown: Vero Beach, Florida Entering his 11th year playing the game, CJ’s passion continues and his thirst to grow and become a better player is even stronger. He works hard at maintaining a strong bat. He was recently recognized and selected to participate in the Power Showcase/Home Run Derby in Miami this December. His dream is to one day play in the MLB and he wants to go to college to be an athletic trainer. Although his favorite, baseball is not his only sport, CJ also plays football and basketball, and let’s not forget his love for playing the sax in honor and jazz band at school. Lastly, CJ has a newly acquired love for beef jerky after a recent Baseball Youth tournament in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
Age: 12 Team: Florida Eagles Positions: C, 1B, P Hometown: Davenport, Florida KJ began his baseball career at three years old and continues to impress Youth All-American Games later this year. This past summer at Coopercoaches by playing in older more competitive divisions. In addition to stown Dreams Park his team finished 16th out of 104 teams. KJ finished playing for the Florida Eagles, KJ has played with Baseball Youth in fifth in the Home Run Derby contest. KJ looks forward to building on his the Baseball Youth Majors in Vero Beach and the Baseball Youth Future passion and talent for the game to compete at higher levels in the future. Games in North Myrtle Beach. He was also invited to play in the Baseball
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RANKINGS Baseball Youth’s Elite 25 Rankings are back for the final time in 2015 where we have some fun and rank the top 25 travel baseball teams in age groups 9U-13U. Teams are judged based on overall record, previous tournaments, championships won, competition faced, record against ranked teams and recent performances. Below the top 25 in each age group are honorable mention teams that just missed the cut. These teams and others will have the chance to jump up into the rankings next season with strong performances in upcoming tournaments or missteps by any of the ranked teams. The rankings are updated during the year, but you can stay current on BaseballYouth.com. Just click the Rankings tab on the menu to view each age group of our Elite 25. We will provide new rankings every two weeks, starting next spring. Should your team be on the list? Should we be watching out for your team for next season? Let us know about your team on Instagram by tagging @baseballyouth and #Elite25! *Rankings as of October 15, 2015
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WILSON MVP (NORWALK, CALIFORNIA) LIDS INDIANA BULLS (INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA) CALI GAMERS (LA PALMA, CALIFORNIA) ASSAULT ORANGE (PEARLAND, TEXAS) SAN DIEGO STARS (SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA) GEORGIA YARD DOGS (ATLANTA, GEORGIA) BRONCOS (RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS) CHINO HILLS THUNDER (CHINO HILLS, CALIFORNIA) SIMI PATRIOTS (SIMI VALLEY, CALIFORNIA) MCBC HIT DOGS (ROCHESTER HILLS, MICHIGAN) NEW TAMPA PREDATORS ELITE (TAMPA, FLORIDA) ELITE GAMERS RWB (M DONOUGH, GEORGIA) TEAM EASTON (MENIFEE, CALIFORNIA) FIVE STAR TIGERS EASTON (JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA) SGV HUSTLE (AZUSA, CALIFORNIA) TAMPA DIAMOND KINGS (TAMPA, FLORIDA) RICO KNIGHTS BASEBALL (KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI) MVP H.A.A. ELITE (HIALEAH, FLORIDA) DALLAS TEXANS (ROCKWALL, TEXAS) MIDLAND SEMINOLES (CINCINNATI, OHIO) TEAM MIAMI (MIAMI, FLORIDA) OTC BEARCATS (LOCUST GROVE, GEORGIA) BROOKLYN BLUE STORM THUNDER (BROOKLYN, NEW YORK) OKLAHOMA MUDCATS (CHOCTAW, OKLAHOMA) MIAMI PROSPECTS (WEST COLUMBIA, FLORIDA) c
Honorable Mention: Team Minion (Indian Trail, N.C.); Tigers Elite (Miami, Florida); Gameday Shockwave (West Columbia, S.C.); Cincy Flames (Cincinnati, Ohio); West Tennessee Indians (Ramer, Tennessee). (More teams listed on baseballyouth.com)
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MLB SANDCRABS (SINTON, TEXAS) MVP (SANTA FE SPRINGS, CALIFORNIA) MIAMI PHENOMS (MIAMI, FLORIDA) PICO PRIDE (PICO RIVERA, CALIFORNIA) LBC BRONCOS (RICHMOND, TEXAS) SGV HUSTLE (WEST COVINA, CALIFORNIA) MVP OUTLAWS ELITE (MIAMI, FLORIDA) TEXAS PATRIOTS (SPRING, TEXAS) WEST BOYNTON COBRAS (BOYNTON BEACH, FLORIDA) MOTOR CITY HIT DOGS (DETROIT, MICHIGAN) SAN DIEGO SHOW BLACK (SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA) MIAMI BASEBALL (MIAMI, FLORIDA) TEAM CITIUS AUSTIN (TAYLOR, TEXAS) BANDITOS (HOUSTON, TEXAS) MGBA BULLDOGS (PEACHTREE CITY, GEORGIA) YALOBUSHA GIANTS (WATER VALLEY, MISSISSIPPI) LIDS INDIANA BULLS (CINCINNATI, INDIANA) TEAM XTREME (PACE, FLORIDA) SAN DIEGO STARS (SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA) TEAM TAMPA (TAMPA, FLORIDA) UNITED POWER OKLAHOMA (EDMOND, OKLAHOMA) UTAH YARD DAWGS (DRAPER, UTAH) 3D GOLD (CLIVE, IOWA) CHINO HILLS THUNDER (CHINO HILLS, CALIFORNIA) COLUMBUS COBRAS (COLUMBUS, OHIO)
Honorable Mention: Midland Blackhawks (Cincinnati, Ohio); Mississippi Expos (North Mississippi, Mississippi); NTX Eagles (Allen, Texas); Valley Commandos (West Hill, California); South Texas Bravos (Rio Grande Valley, Texas).
MVP (WHITTIER, CALIFORNIA) ARKANSAS STORM (JONESBORO, ARKANSAS) TEXAS PATRIOTS BLACK (SPRING, TEXAS) TEAM VICTORY (VALENCIA, CALIFORNIA) SANDLOT BASEBALL (CHANDLER, TEXAS) FLORIDA STEALTH (DELRAY BEACH, FLORIDA) BC PHENOM (BERGEN COUNTY, NEW JERSEY) TEAM MVP LEGENDS (MIAMI, FLORIDA) VIPERS BASEBALL (MIDDLETOWN, DELAWARE) EAST COBB ASTROS (MARIETTA, GEORGIA) CENTRAL FLORIDA WOLVERINES (ORLANDO, FLORIDA) MVP CASILLAS (NORWALK, CALIFORNIA) SLAM BASEBALL (CORPUS CHRISTI, TEXAS) LIDS INDIANA BULLS (INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA) TEAM RAWLINGS (CYPRESS, TEXAS) 6-4-3 DP COUGARS (BROOKLYN, GEORGIA) SOUTHERN INDIANA LEGENDS (EVANSVILLE, INDIANA) HOME PLATE CHILIDOGS (PEACHTREE CITY, GEORGIA) MIZUNO TGBA ACES (ALPHARETTA, GEORGIA) FIVE STAR TIGERS EASTON (JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA) SAN DIEGO SHOW (SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA) ALABAMA ELITE (M CALLA, ALABAMA) DALLAS TIGERS (DALLAS, TEXAS) NJ CHARGERS BASEBALL (KENILWORTH, NEW JERSEY) LAMORINDA TROJANS (WALNUT CREEK, NEVADA) c
Honorable Mention: Orlando Scorpions (Orlando, Florida); Team California (Riverside, California); Ironman Baseball (Sellersburg, Indiana); Brooklyn Blue Storm (Brooklyn, New York); Southern Nevada Baseball (Las Vegas, Nevada).
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WILSON MVP (NORWALK, CALIFORNIA) LAMORINDA KNIGHTS (MORAGA, CALIFORNIA) NORTH TEXAS BANDITOS (RICHARDSON, TEXAS) ACADEMY SELECT SUN DEVILS (PLANO, TEXAS) ARKANSAS EXPRESS (CONWAY, ARKANSAS) TEAM CITIUS (CORPUS CHRISTI, TEXAS) CLUB ALL-STAR BLUE (STOCKTON, CALIFORNIA) CHINO HILLS STORM (CHINO HILLS, CALIFORNIA) SBA CANES BLACK (MATTHEWS, NORTH CAROLINA) DALLAS TIGERS (COPPELL, TEXAS) DUBLIN DODGERS (LAKELAND, TENNESSEE) TEAM HALO (ATLANTA, GEORGIA) BRONCOS (HOUSTON, TEXAS) STRIKE FORCE (TAMPA, FLORIDA) MOTOR CITY HIT DOGS (ROCHESTER HILLS, MICHIGAN) SOUTHERN UTAH WOLFPACK (SAINT GEORGE, UTAH) BANDITOS ELITE (HOUSTON, TEXAS) TEAM AVALANCHE ELITE (EAGLE LAKE, FLORIDA) BEAVER VALLEY RED (BEAVER VALLEY, PENNSYLVANIA) DKSA ELITE (THOMASVILLE, GEORGIA) EAST COBB ASTROS (MARIETTA, GEORGIA) INDIANA BASEBALL CLUB (MOORESVILLE, INDIANA) WISCONSIN VIPERS (VERONA, WISCONSIN) EAST TENNESSEE CRUSADERS RED (TRI-CITIES, TENNESSEE) LOUISVILLE STING (LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY)
Honorable Mention: Elite National (Atlanta, Georgia); PL Bulldogs Red (Pembroke Pines, Florida); Spartans Pro (Tampa, Florida); MLP (Jensen Beach, Florida); Sheets Baseball (Lecompte, Louisiana).
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TEXAS BOMBERS ELITE (WACO, TEXAS) MVP BANDITOS (MIAMI, FLORIDA) SGV HUSTLE (AZUSA, CALIFORNIA) TOTAL BASEBALL VIPERS (SAN FERNANDO VALLEY, CALIFORNIA) FLORIDA STEALTH RED (DELRAY BEACH, FLORIDA) SADDLEBACK COWBOYS (DANA POINT, CALIFORNIA) SAN DIEGO SHOW (SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA) LVR (LAS VEGAS, NEVADA) OKLAHOMA ELITE (OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA) SADDLEBACK COWBOYS (DANA POINT, CALIFORNIA) MOTOR CITY HIT DOGS (ROCHESTER HILLS, MICHIGAN) TEAM PANAMA (MIAMI, FLORIDA) OHIO ELITE (DUBLIN, OHIO) SAN DIEGO STARS (SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA) AUSTIN BANDITOS (AUSTIN, TEXAS) EAST COBB ASTROS (MARIETTA, GEORGIA) MEMPHIS TIGERS (MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE) YALOBUSHA GIANTS (OXFORD, MISSISSIPPI) NEBRASKA NATURALS (OMAHA, NEBRASKA) DBAT ELITE NORTH (PROSPER, TEXAS) DALLAS MUSTANGS (DALLAS, TEXAS) TEXAS STIX BLACK (EULESS, TEXAS) CLEARWATER REDS (CLEARWATER, FLORIDA) DYNASTY JACKS (KINGWOOD, TEXAS) TEAM BEAST BLACK (COMMACK, NEW YORK)
Honorable Mention: RBI Rangers (Knoxville, Tennessee); Midwest Elite (Oklahoma City, Oklahoma); Ohio Bombers (Akron, Ohio); Sandlot (Chandler, Arizona); Clearwater Reds (Clearwater, Florida).
BASEBALL YOUTH ALL-AMERICAN GAMES HONORS OVER 300 TOP BALLPLAYERS
ver 300 of the top travel ball players in the country from over 35 states were honored at the second annual Baseball Youth All-American Summer Games on July 20-22 at Grand Park in Westfield, Indiana. Players were placed on teams within their age divisions and competed against each other in a four-game guarantee format. The event got underway on Monday, July 20 with Opening Ceremonies at Grand Parkâ€™s Championship Field as all players were recognized for achieving All-American status. Teams practiced during the day to prepare for the start of pool play on Tuesday, July 21, and everyone participated in the skills competition on Tuesday evening. Team Grey won the 13U/14U division over Team Navy, 14-8. Team Navy won over Team Red, 13-9, in 12U. Both championship teams went undefeated over the two days of play. In 8U/9U, Team Navy won 11-9 over Team Grey in a thrilling title game. Both 10U and 11U divisions competed in a round robin format as Team Grey won 10U with a 4-0 record and Team Red won 11U with a 3-1 record. Players were selected as Baseball Youth All-Americans through national tryouts held around the country during the winter, spring and summer. Those who couldnâ€™t attend a tryout were able to submit video nominations to the Baseball Youth scouting staff for evaluation. The next Baseball Youth All-American Games are set for this winter on Dec. 30-Jan. 2 at Historic Dodgertown in Vero Beach, Florida.
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8U-9U DIVISION TEAM NAVY Jackson Terry Aden Wallace Preston Adams Tadre’ Spurlock Ian Fuchs Griffin Scheiderer Alec Lanning Ethan Pribramsky Breven Anderson Matthew Fontana TEAM RED Caynan Sizemore Jesiah Andrade Dakoda Ackerman Reed Frazier Narumi Mori Braden Thomas Billy Bourk Adam Stewart Tate Murphy Zachary Fleming TEAM GREY Hayes Weller Cole Medsker Sawyer Wickstrom Caleb DeLeon Ashton Bultron Jax Noller Matthew Gannon Finley Burke Sam Pemberton Kendall Gregg George Trimigliozzi TEAM SKY BLUE Kruz Schoolcraft Caleb Ruger Chandler Adams Gavin Flood Jaden Garcia Tyler Garcia Kamden Laudenslager Stephen Stricker Landon Brown Mark Rutherford Aidan Petrocco TEAM GOLD Javier Cuevas Juan Diego Amescua Nash Skelton Phillip Jeffries
2015 8U-9U DIVISION continued Casey Blevins James Wimsatt Cade Priester Joshua Shropshire Daniel Arambula Tate Schmidt TEAM GREEN Austin Shreve Caden Fox Jordan Wilson Nicholas Rodriguez Randy Balceiro Ryan Tayman Gilbert Pacheco Owen Sarna Jullian Jarrett Zigen Kodama
10U DIVISION TEAM SKY BLUE Jeremy Comer Andrew Stuart Marcus Hernandez Zachary Wager Trevor Cowan Joshua Truax Nathaniel Horten Jake Searles Maui Schwartz Jaden Harge Joshua Garcia Matthew Rowlett TEAM RED Logan Churchill Austin Hurr AJ Jones Cale Comeaux Hunter Azemar Ethan Giangiulio Max Bond Mitchell Dean Nathan Hellein TJ Turner Julio Estrada Landon Hemard TEAM GREY Adolph Sykes Jamaal Cherry
ALL-AMERICAN PARTICIPANTS 10U DIVISION continued Brody Hofen Easton Moore James Bell Ashton Larson Dylan Smith Matthew McCurdy Silas Ward Bryce Barton Caleb Aich Caleb Brown
11U DIVISION TEAM NAVY Corbin Bassham Zach Brink Dante Sanchez Cameron Hunter Tanner Hudspeth Luke Preston Alex Fiorillo Zachary Reese Griffin Tunison Bailey Wickstrom Alex Curry Jacob Ross TEAM RED Zach Hollister Ethan Seipts Eli Anderson Max Reyes Braden Clark Maddox Mihalakis Jace Herrera Nicholas Tarhanick-Luna Peyton Niksch Jack Perdue Michael Wayne TEAM GREY Jordan Fricks Stephen Palermo Tony Calvo Caden Contant Eric Efland Kendall Kendrick George Reichart Logan Watts Jacob Bryant John Janco Ethan Chuck
12U DIVISION TEAM NAVY Carson Kelly Joseph Ruger Nathan Coulter Grady Higgins Andrew Imthurn Evan Johnson Jeremy Feder Charlie Ely Ryan Lothschutz Grant Aycock Mason Everhart TEAM RED Matt Pelcher Lucas Hopson Bobby Babcock Charlie Jones Reese Weaks Austin Abernathy Thomas Ward Ryan Guerra Malakai Roberts Connor Dearman Triston Hensley TEAM ROYAL Eli Sizemore Asa Runge Nick Morgan Anthony Gonzalez Leo Guida James Schutte Christopher Long TJ Pound Brendan Davis Parker Brock Reed Marcum TEAM SKY BLUE Thomas Kirker Colton Hurlburt Matthew Hunzinger Drew Martin Jasper Stanfield Tristan Pacheco Sean Esquivel Jr. Dylan Scott Alexander Griffin Rocco Frisco
12U DIVISION continued
13U-14U DIVISION cont’d
TEAM GOLD Travis White Salvatore Ramirez Dalton Strickland Zach Kempfer Justin Jimenez Hunter Rivera Frankie Collora Tyler Smith Austin Cook Heath Mann Sean Shook TEAM GREEN Chase Havener Ben Cheek Drew Franchok Zack Weaver Michael Tragesser Von Taylor Joshua Deslauriers Nicholas Duran Justin Sonzone Nate Bingman Colton Wallace
Zachary Thibodeau TEAM GREY Jordan Andrade Aidan Longwell Sam Contacos Andrew Russell Peyton Harris Pat Corrigan Peyton Gillispie Devyn Fahnestock Dillon Sabathe Jack Gannon Corbin Harrison TEAM SKY BLUE Zach Taylor Kyle Cortner Quinton Roach Avery Swigart Devin Francois Dylan Jester Sol Rainey Cooper Thacker Todd Kelly Jacob Ferry Michael Cauble TEAM GOLD Evan Landrum Brennan Murphy Jordan Smith Jason Sanchez Matthew Misturini Jake Stadler Giani Gilch Tanner Parvin Logan Jernigan Dean Massari Jace Wilson TEAM GREEN Isaac Watson Zachary Common Hunter Fergsuon Cody Finke Koby Burdett Matthew Macy Jordan Parker Dylan Bragg Steven Poff Jonny Crowel Cade Howard
13U-14U DIVISION TEAM NAVY Christopher Auger Austin Johnson Ethan Imel Kolby Bryant Mason Rhone Seth Wright Steven Rizzo EJ Exposito Tyler Jacobs AJ Hacker Brandon Tucker TEAM RED Cade Vernetti Rylan Metz Bryce Parish Chase Smith Hunter Jones Ryan Shanian Gage Goddard Ian Evans Jonathan Ireland Matthew Gluck
aseball Youth wrapped up another Baseball Youth Future Games in sunny North Myrtle Beach this past September. Players from all over the nation joined the Baseball Youth staff as we introduced a new exciting addition to the Baseball Youth Future Games. Not only did the players get to play a weekend filled with competitive baseball, they were also introduced to
the new elite Baseball Youth exposure and skills training that will now be included in upcoming individual showcase events. Over 30 states were represented in North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina the September 4th â€“ 6th weekend. The event was broken up in to three different age divisions allowing players to develop and challenge their skill set as they begin playing their 2016 age.
FUTURE GAMES ON THE COAST
9U/10U PLAYERS TEAM 1
BASEBALL YOUTH FUTURE GAMES NORTH MYRTLE BEACH CHAMPIONS 9U/10U 11U/12U 13U/14U
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Cade Currin Andrew DeRose Breven Anderson Finley Burke Andrew Keller Brayden Studebaker Ty Mainolfi Gavin Aldredge Andre Medina Chandler Adams Liam Schilling
TEAM 2 NC NY OH GA NC SC NY NC NC SC IN
Owen Sarna Dylan Conder Gabriel Barker Nicholas Rodriguez Braden Mauro Luke Johnson Michael Benoit Michael Bartkowski Cooper Brackett Carter Blankinship
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Hunter Carroll Andrew Bernard Ethan George Konner Daughriety Gregory Diaz IV Ty Moses Narumi Mori Isaiah Green Korbin Dietrich John Cobb
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UPCOMING BASEBALL YOUTH FUTURE GAMES Jan. 29-31 Feb. 19-21 March 11-13 March 25-27 April 1-3
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TEAM 3 Cody Acosta Rush Lanigan Colby Roy Gavyn Byrd Joey Yura Austin Cook Lucas Hopson Justin Jimenez Landon Blackwell Will Trapp
11U/12U PLAYERS TEAM 1 Allen Farish Wade Farish Dakota Wagner I単aki Hutchinson Shuler Hayden Hayden Mileski Carson Bacheller Bryson Reid Jaden Harge Matthew McCurdy Spencer Simpson Walker Dickerson
TEAM 2 AR AR WI GA TN MN SC NC KY KY TX GA
Michael Overton Zachary Reese Brendan Henn Joshua Mciver Marcus Smith Ethan Chuck Matthew Rowlett Jeremiah McLemore Brooks Brannon Bryce Barton Hayden Johnson Jaylen Williams
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Jordan Fricks Nicholas Tarhanick-Luna Michael Wayne Jace Herrera Jaden Madrid Dante Sanchez Luke Taylor Jordan Archer Cadyn Graves Aaron Miller Andrew Brock
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TEAM 4 Manuel Lopez Walker Parks Christopher Auger Tyler Grice Tristan Taylor Joseph Maples Jonathan Ireland Nicholas Duran Travis White KJ Rivera Zach Saxton
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BASEBALL YOUTH MAJORS WEEKS RECAP
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orth Myrtle Beach, South Carolina had the distinct honor of hosting the first Baseball Youth Majors on June 7-12, and it was a week full of extraordinary action and fun on the diamond. Teams from as far away as Kansas and Texas made the trip to the Atlantic coast for this incredible week-long tournament at the North Myrtle Beach Park & Sports Complex. The excitement started Sunday, June 7 with a huge opening ceremonies to go along with the Baseball Youth FanFest. The crowd was rocking all night long as the Baseball Youth Game Day Experience stage got everyone in a frenzy. Giveaways were thrown out into the crowd, the music was loud, and there were even special guest appearances from the Ripley’s Ruckus drumline and Sharkee the Shark! Fans got to enjoy a Home Run Derby contest at the Whiffle Ball field, speed pitch and more at the FanFest. On the field, perhaps no team was as impressive as the WPB Chargers from Canton, Georgia. They steamrolled their 14U competition on the way to a perfect 8-0 record on the week. Their closest game was an 11-5 win over Outlawz Baseball in both teams’ final pool play game. The Chargers defeated the local Myrtle Beach Pelicans in the championship, 20-5.
The TCAA Wildcats Xtreme put on an impressive showing in winning the 12U division with a perfect 8-0 record. The Wildcats out of Port St. Lucie, Florida dominated on the mound allowing just eight runs in their five pool play games. In the title game, the Wildcats were too much for the TBSA Patriots to handle as TCAA won 10-2. The 10U and 13U divisions featured exciting championship games that came down to the final innings. In 10U, the West Boynton Cobras surrendered a 6-1 lead in the bottom of the sixth to the GoWags Crusaders, but they were able to get the run they needed in extras to win, 7-6. GoWags lost only three games all week, and all three came against the Cobras. In 13U, the RBI Rangers and West Boynton Cobras went toe-to-toe in a slugfest. Neither team could put the other one away, and it was the Rangers earning the tight 12-11 victory for the Majors title.
In 11U, the Orlando Scorpions and Jupiter Hammerheads didn’t disappoint either. This game was close all the way with the Scorpions picking up the 4-3 win. The Miami Prospects, an 8U team playing up in the 9U division, earned an impressive championship win over the TBSA Patriots, 5-3. Every team attending the Baseball Youth Majors experienced a ring ceremony at the end of the event where all players and coaches were presented a huge ring commemorating their trip to South Carolina. Championship teams earned medals, championship shirts and a team trophy.
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BASEBALL YOUTH MAJORS NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. CHAMPIONS 8U/9U – MIAMI PROSPECTS (FL) 10U – WEST BOYNTON COBRAS (FL) 11U – ORLANDO SCORPIONS (FL) 12U – TCAA WILDCATS XTREME (FL) 13U – RBI RANGERS (TN) 14U – WPB CHARGERS (GA)
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aseball Youth hosted its second Majors weeklong event of the summer on June 28-July 3 in Westfield, Indiana, a suburb just 30 minutes north of downtown Indianapolis. Grand Park, a 26-field mega complex that opened in 2014, was the site of the tournament as teams from all over the Midwest and as far away as Texas and Canada participated in the Majors. The week got started on Sunday, June 28 with an exciting opening ceremonies under perfect weather conditions. Teams got to enjoy the Baseball Youth FanFest before taking part in the Parade of Teams. A DJ pumped music through the stadium, and players, teams, coaches and parents showed off their dance moves. The evening concluded with everyone singing “Take Me Out to the Ballgame.”
Pool play started on Monday and ran through Wednesday with bracket play on Thursday and Friday. Louisville Sting – Black won the 12U championship over Hurricanes Green, 6-4, and went undefeated on the week. They were one of the most impressive teams in Indianapolis along with the LIDS Indiana Bulls in the 9U division. The Bulls also went undefeated and won every game by 10 runs or more. The Mansfield Mets from Texas played up in the 9U division and competed in kid pitch for the first time. They improved with every game and played a tight game in the 9U semifinals. The 14U division was incredibly competitive through pool play and bracket play. The Louisville Warriors (KY) claimed the No. 1 seed out of pool play with a perfect 5-0 record. The Oswego Panthers Blue (IL) and St. Louis Phillies (MO) were No. 2 and 3, respectively. Those three teams made the semifinals along with Elite Hitmen. The
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St. Louis Phillies scored an 8-5 win over the Panthers setting up a title showdown with the Louisville Warriors. In a well-played title game, the Phillies took a 4-1 lead and never looked back. The Warriors tacked on a run in the late innings but couldn’t mount a big enough comeback as the Phillies won the 14U crown, 4-2. In 11U, the Louisville Phenom and the Cincinnati Reds RBI proved to be the top two teams in the division, and fittingly, they squared off in the championship game. In a pitchers’ duel, the Reds earned a 2-0 win and the 11U title. The Indy Vipers Blue won the 13U division with an 8-1 win over the Ohio Orioles. The Vipers were impressive all week long going undefeated during their championship run.
BASEBALL YOUTH MAJORS INDIANAPOLIS, IND. CHAMPIONS 9U – LIDS INDIANA BULLS (IN) 11U – CINCINNATI REDS RBI (OH) 12U – LOUISVILLE STING – BLACK (KY) 13U – INDY VIPERS BLUE (IN) 14U – ST. LOUIS PHILLIES (MO)
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he Baseball Youth Majors enjoyed its biggest week of the year on July 12-17 as teams from all over the south competed at Historic Dodgertown in Vero Beach, Florida. This week was also unique in that the travel baseball teams on hand were joined by travel softball teams competing in the first Softball Youth Majors. The festivities kicked off on Sunday, July 12 with the opening ceremonies inside Holman Stadium as players and families also got to enjoy the Baseball Youth Fanfest. Historic Dodgertown, the Dodgers Spring Training home for over 50 years, features nine fields and even has rooms on site for teams to stay. Teams dodged pop-up storms and rain all week, but the competition was exciting all
week long. Besides teams from the continental U.S., there were also several teams from Puerto Rico. The six Majors champions were the NTX Bulls (9U), Outlaws Elite (10U), PR Islanders (11U), Elite Stars (12U), Score International (13U) and VBBA (14U). For participating in the Baseball Youth Majors, every player and coach received a huge Majors ring as a keepsake. The Majors will return to Vero Beach and Historic Dodgertown next summer on July 10-15, 2016.
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BASEBALL YOUTH MAJORS VERO BEACH CHAMPIONS 9U – NTX BULLS 10U – OUTLAWS ELITE 11U – PR ISLANDERS 12U – ELITE STARS 13U – SCORE INTERNATIONAL 14U – VBBA
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SAVE THESE DATES! Here are our 2016 Baseball Youth Majors week-long experience dates and locations! June 5-10, 2016 – North Myrtle Beach, S.C. June 12-17, 2016 – North Myrtle Beach, S.C. June 19-24, 2016 – Virginia Beach, Virginia June 26-July 1, 2016 – Kissimmee, Florida June 29-July 3, 2016 – Baton Rouge, Louisiana July 10-15, 2016 – Vero Beach, Florida July 13-17, 2016 – Cincinnati, Ohio Visit baseballyouthmajors.com to learn more! Attention coaches / team moms: Send us an email to email@example.com for a coaches packet! 32 2015 | Winter baseballyouth.com
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s p i h s n o i p m a h C l a n o i t a N h t Baseball You eams From 20 States T 0 0 1 s e r u t Fea IPS RECAP
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he second annual Baseball Youth National Championships were held July 2326 at Grand Park in Westfield, Indiana as 100 teams from 20 states competed in travel ball’s ultimate summer championship. The event kicked off Thursday evening with a huge Opening Ceremonies on Grand Park’s Championship Field. A stage was built on home plate for the teams to walk up on, and a DJ was brought in to party the night in style. Players and families also got to enjoy the Baseball Youth Fanfest in the outfield before the ceremony got underway. Once pool play started on Friday morning, the competition on the diamond was fierce. Teams from all over the Midwest, South and East Coast made the trip to Indiana with the hopes of claiming a Baseball Youth National Championship. In 10U, the Sandcrabs from Texas dominated the competition on their way to the nation-
al title. The Sandcrabs came into the event as the No. 1 team in the nation, and they showed why. They didn’t allow a run until bracket play, and they won the championship game over 3D Gold from Iowa, 14-4. Sandcrabs Baseball also took home the 7U coach pitch title with a 13-3 win over Riley from Indiana. Matching the Sandcrabs with two division titles of their own were the hometown Lids Indiana Bulls in the 8U coach pitch and 9U divisions. The 9U Bulls defended their Baseball Youth National Championships crown from 2014 with a 12-1 win over New York’s Brooklyn Blue Storm Thunder. Both Bulls teams
didn’t drop a single game the entire tournament. The Southern Indiana Legends and Alabama Elite played perhaps the most exciting championship game as the Legends toughed out a 7-6 win in extra innings. The Louisville Sting Yellow took down Evoshield Canes in the 12U division, and the Ohio Bombers Red and Kentucky Prospects earned championships in the 13U and 14U divisions, respectively. Next year’s Baseball Youth National Championships is set for July 28-31 once again at Grand Park in Westfield, Indiana.
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CHAMPIONS & FINALISTS 7U (CP) Champion 7U (CP) Runner-Up 8U (CP) Champion 8U (CP) Runner-Up 9U Champion 9U Runner-Up 10U Champion 10U Runner-Up 11U Champion 11U Runner-Up 12U Champion 12U Runner-Up 13U Champion 13U Runner-Up 14U Champion 14U Runner-Up
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NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS 7U (CP) TEAMS Avon Gold HSE / Fishers Blue Cats Indy Bulldogs Riley Sandcrabs
8U (CP) TEAMS Central Kentucky Mudcats Indy Nitro Kentucky Elite Lids Indiana Bulls Louisville Speed Baseball Louisville Sting Yellow Louisville Vipers Southern Madison Sluggers
11U TEAMS Alabama Elite Brooklyn Blue Storm Nationals CKY Drive Duneland Flyers ECI M-80’S Great Lake Gladiators Indiana Playmakers J Cards Baseball Lids Indiana Bulls White Mizuno Northern Indiana Elite Southern Indiana Legends Warren Park Warriors Zionsville Baseball Club
13U TEAMS AWP SPORTS Cubs Blue Britton’s Bullpen Capital City Kings Red Indiana Baseball Club Indiana Warriors Kentucky Rockers Kentucky Elite Lids Indiana Bulls White Lou Collier Select Michiana Scrappers Midwest Titans Ohio Bombers Red Region Renegades South Shore Bears Team Kansas City Valpo Heat
9U TEAMS Brooklyn Blue Storm Thunder Cincy Flames Indy Nitro Lexington Future Lids Indiana Bulls Louisville Sting Black Michigan Nationals Midland Seminoles Ohio Elite Westfield Indians Woodford Bat Jackets
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14U TEAMS 12U TEAMS 3D Gold Batbusters Batters Box DeMarini Britton’s Bullpen Evoshield Canes Hits Indoor Baseball Indiana Arrows Indiana Playmakers Iowa Hawks Louisville Sting Yellow Michiana Scrappers Michiana Scrappers Orange Owensboro Bulls Plainfield Havoc Sandcrabs Stiks Academy Team Indiana
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THE PREMIER YOUTH BASEBALL PODCAST Youth Baseball Talk has partnered with Baseball Youth to bring you a weekly podcast developed to inform parents, coaches and players about everything happening in the great game of youth baseball. Hosted by Jim Cromer (pictured here with his son Logan and self-described as a baseball dad first - coach second), the show highlights important topics like coaching techniques, health and safety, equipment, and playing philosophy, and features incredible guests from the baseball world, including: St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny, former big leaguer and number-one overall draft pick Andy Benes, top national instructors like Matt Lisle, Troy Silva, Steve Springer, Bob Tewksbary, and Rick Strickland, along with coaches and professionals from every facet of the game. Each week we feature a “Training Tip of the Week” from one of the top baseball gurus in the country, Justin Stone of EliteBaseball.tv. As a weekly contributor to the show, Justin offers some of the most cutting-edge instruction that ranges from technical aspects of the game to development and psychology. Some of our guests have experienced great MLB careers, and some have accumulated a lifetime of coaching knowledge, but they all have one thing in common: a deep-seeded love for youth baseball and a passion to help others navigate the ‘rough waters’ that select baseball has become. Youth Baseball Talk, powered by Baseball Youth, is brought to you by the Lineup Media Group podcast network and is available weekly on our website, iTunes, Stitcher, and all major podcast outlets.
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o much of hitting instruction focuses on the contact portion of the swing. Unfortunately, what determines the output and outcome of the swing happens well before a player strikes the baseball. Through 3D kinematic research we do at Elitebaseball.tv, contact is shown to be a byproduct of how the body gathers and releases energy. We’ve unveiled “Sequential Training” in an easy to follow 12-week course emphasizing a strong foundation, efficient 38 2015 | Winter baseballyouth.com
mechanics, maximum bat speed, and correct bat path. Think of the swing like a long row of dominoes; each one falling sequentially, adding energy for the next. In terms of a high-level swing pattern, energy first has to be gathered correctly, to be released efficiently. This process “loads” from the instep of the back foot, continuing to coil up the body. The earlier an error is made in the loading/unloading sequence, the more the pieces in the chain are affected negatively. This becomes the root cause for ‘You’re pulling your front shoulder!’ and ‘That swing is too long.’ There are many causes for poor sequencing, but a few that occur often are: • The tempo or “speed” the body is gathering energy is too fast. • The timing of body parts loading and unloading is out of order.
The outcome of these flaws is a swing lacking in desired bat speed and quality of contact. Hitting coaches often focus on the contact portion of the swing because it’s the last thing to happen, the easiest to see, and affects the outcome of the at-bat. Instead of trying to fix poor contact outcome at the ball/bat collision, spend more time working these phases of your swing: • Create good rhythm and tempo • Work your load and stride timing • Get anchored to the ground in a strong foundation • Ensure your swing is starting with strong lower body mechanics These are the things that will determine the outcome of your swing and you’ll immediately stop hearing those “contact cues” the bare minimal improvement to hitters. To learn the entire “Sequence” and see our 12 week pitching training, positional videos and hours more of content, visit us at www.elitebaseball.tv. Until next issue, I’m Justin Stone – we’ll see you on the field!
Ballparks of America BALLPARKS OF AMERICA WILL ALLOW TEAMS TO LIVE THE BIG LEAGUE EXPERIENCE FOR A WEEK, WHILE FAMILIES HAVE THE VACATION OF A LIFETIME.
allparks of America started as a vision of a group of travel baseball dads from the Chicago area. They loved the idea of the all-inclusive, week-long baseball tournament as the pinnacle event of the summer baseball season, but believed they could create a better overall venue. As they brainstormed with coaches, parents, and players they asked the question, “How would you create the ultimate baseball tournament facility?” Ballparks of America is their answer to that question come to life. They have teamed with some of the top minds in youth sports to design a facility that addresses what they heard. The plan is to create the best fields by replicating iconic baseball stadiums on a twothirds scale. Each field will have elements that will create the feel of playing on the real thing. The fields will include the latest in synthetic turf technology to create a consistently excellent playing experience throughout the summer. With the parents in mind, the fields are designed with shaded seating areas and unobstructed views for all of the fans. A new “best in class” concept in on-site team lodging will be included so that kids can have a great bonding experience for their week on campus. The Team Suites will feature a clubhouse and locker room that will make every kid feel like a big leaguer. Each Team Suite is air- conditioned with access to private bathrooms. The close proximity to the fields and practice areas means less down time. The Ballparks of America team chose Branson, Missouri as the best possible venue to provide families a great vacation. Their plans include on site food, shopping, and entertainment options. No other city in America has the amount and quality of family-friendly attractions as Branson, in a safe, easily accessible location. Ranked the #15 Top U.S. Vacation Destination by TripAdvisor, Branson, MO, is truly a one-of-a-kind family vacation destination with dozens of live performance theaters, three pristine lakes, championship golf courses, an international award-winning theme park, dozens of attractions and museums, a Historic Downtown district, shopping galore, a full range of dining options, and a host of hotels, motels, resorts, RV parks, campgrounds and meeting and conference facilities. Ballparks of America will be open for weeklong tournaments in the summer months from Memorial Day through Labor Day starting in the summer of 2016. The five fields in Phase I will accommodate up to 40 teams per week, with teams already registered from across the country. Coaches can get more information and register now at www.ballparksofamerica.com.
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EAST WINS BASEBALL YOUTH ALL-STAR CHALLENGE
ast took advantage of a six-run first inning and never looked back as they captured the Baseball Youth AllStar Challenge championship over the West, 13-6, on July 30 at Baseball Heaven in Yaphank, New York. The game was televised live nationally on CBS Sports Network and MLB.com, and the event featured 50 of the best 12U players in the nation. The West had earned a title game spot on the first day of round robin action with two wins, including a victory over the East, but it was the East who jumped out to a big lead. Long Island native TJ Wachter and Floridaâ€™s Brady Browning both went deep for home runs in the six-run first inning. West chipped away at the lead and had it down to 8-6, but the East piled on runs late to earn the championship. Former MLB player and manager Dusty Baker joined the West region in the dugout, and former players Frank Catalanotto and Keith Osik guest coached for the East. Four of the All-Star Challenge games were broadcasted on CBS Sports Network and MLB.com during the two days of play. South won the consolation game over Central.
Above, Central team members pose for a dugout snapshot. Above middle, former MLB player and manager Dusty Baker with a member of the runner-up West squad. Left, parents of East players show their support for their team. Right, an East batter awaits a pitch from a Central pitcher.
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Upcoming Events July 25-27, 2016
2016 EVENT ROAD MAP
Championship Week Baseball Youth All-American Games at Grand Park Indianapolis, Indiana
July 28-31, 2016 Championship Week: Baseball Youth National Championships (BYNC) at Grand Park Indianapolis, Indiana
March 11-13, 2016 Baseball Youth Future Games at Cypress Mounds Baton Rouge, Louisiana
June 29 - July 3, 2016 Baseball Youth Majors* at Cypress Mounds Baton Rouge, Louisiana
May 6-8, 2016 February 19-21, 2016
Baseball Youth - Road to the BYNC - TEXAS at Franklin Ranch Community Park Franklin, Texas
Baseball Youth Future Games Rio Vista Community Park Rio Vista, Arizona
May 13-15, 2016 Baseball Youth - Road to the BYNC - LOUISIANA at Cypress Mounds Baton Rouge, Louisiana
More events will be added in 2016! To see the complete list, go to baseballyouth.com.
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January 29-31, 2016 Baseball Youth Future Games at Southside Sports Complex Lake City, Florida
April 1-3, 2016 Baseball Youth Future Games at CTC Fields Cincinnati, Ohio
July 13-17, 2016 Baseball Youth Majors* at CTC Fields / Mason Cincinnati, Ohio
June 5-10, 2016 June 12-17, 2016 Baseball Youth Majors* Week 1 and Week 2 at North Myrtle Beach Complex North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
*All Baseball Youth Majors events are week-long experiences.
March 24-27, 2016 Baseball Youth Future Games at Grand Park Athletic Complex Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
June 26 - July 1, 2016 Baseball Youth Majors* at Osceola County Complex Kissimmee, Florida
June 19-24, 2016 Baseball Youth Majors* at Virginia Beach Baseball Complex Virginia Beach, Virginia
April 22-24, 2016 Baseball Youth Future Games at Southside Sports Complex Lake City, Florida
May 20-22, 2016 BY - Road to the BYNC - FLORIDA at Osceola County Complex Kissimmee, Florida
July 10-15, 2016 Baseball Youth Majors* at Historic Dodgertown Vero Beach, Florida
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THE RIPKEN EXPERIENCE IN THE LAND OF MORE R
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new construction. Each diamond features a full synthetic turf, as well as lights on every field. There are also lighted training areas and batting cages around the facility. The Ripken Experience in Pigeon Forge will feature six fields that borrow their designs from well-known professional ballparks. These include Oriole Park at Camden Yards (Baltimore, MD); Isotopes Stadium (Albuquerque, NM); Fluor Field (Greenville, SC); BB&T Ballpark (Winston-Salem, NC); Calfee Park (Pulaski, VA); and Engel Stadium (Chattanooga, TN). Ripken Baseballâ€™s newest facility in Pigeon Forge features all of the big league amenities that teams have come to expect from The Ripken Experience. To learn more about The Ripken Experience in Pigeon Forge, visit www.RipkenBaseball.com.
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