Steel Sports hosted the 11th annual National Youth Baseball Championships on July 23-29 at Baseball Heaven in Yaphank, N.Y., as over 70 teams from a dozen states competed for national titles in the 10U-14U age divisions.
The 74 teams were the most to ever compete in one NYBC Championship Week, and the NYBC also welcomed two international teams, Dominicana and IPL Caribbean All-Stars, for the first time in its history. CBS Sports Network provided live television coverage of 10 games during the week, and each of the 10 games were streamed online at MLB.com.
One of the highlights of the week came off the field during the NYBC Festival Day when New York Yankees pitcher and 2018 American League All-Star Luis Severino visited Baseball Heaven along with MLB legend and Steel Sports advisory board member Dusty Baker. Severino and Baker joined New York radio host Ed Randall for the annual MLB Roundtable and spoke to the players, coaches and families in attendance about a variety of topics. The two also spent time taking photos and meeting with teams.
On the field, the five national championships were won by teams from four different states. California’s La Mirada Coyotes and MVP Hustle Garcia took the 10U and 12U divisions, respectively. New Jersey Select won 11U, North Carolina’s Canes Gallaher captured the 13U title, and the Bronx Bombers from New York took home the 14U championship.
The NYBC also hosted its first Showcase Invitational featuring 40 top 2019-2020 high school graduates who excel on and off the field. The players went through a morning showcase in front of college coaches and then played an East vs. West game on national TV. Former MLB managers Dusty Baker and Bobby Valentine took their familiar place in the dugouts once again and coached the two teams.
2018 NYBC Champions and Finalists 10U Champions – La Mirada Coyotes (CA)
10U Finalists – New Jersey Axemen (NJ)
11U Champions – New Jersey Select (NJ)
11U Finalists – HDMH Titans (NY)
12U Champions – MVP Hustle Garcia (CA)
12U Finalists – Crawdads by YETI Baseball Club (TX)
13U Champions – Canes NC Gallaher (NC)
13U Finalists – Tri State Arsenal National (NJ)
14U Champions – Bronx Bombers (NY)
14U Finalists – Team Citius Northeast (NY)
The National Youth Baseball Championships is excited to welcome Baseball Lifestyle 101 as a content partner for the 2018 season as the popular social media community will be attending select Qualifiers and Championship Week.
Baseball Lifestyle 101 will be attending qualifiers in Las Vegas (March 29-31), Myrtle Beach (April 14-15), Dallas (April 20-22) and Raleigh (April 28-29) and then the Championship Week in Yaphank, NY on July 23-29. While at the events, Baseball Lifestyle 101 will be working with NYBC to interact with teams and post exclusive content on their social media channels featuring over 500,000 followers.
“Enhancing the experience at NYBC events is something we’re continually striving for every year, and working together with Baseball Lifestyle 101 is a tremendous opportunity,” NYBC Director Nathan Clinkenbeard said. “Baseball Lifestyle 101 will help give our events, teams and players an unparalleled level of exposure.”
“We are excited to partner with National Youth Baseball Championships as they express the same love for baseball as we do here at Baseball Lifestyle 101,” said Baseball Lifestyle 101 CEO Josh Shapiro.
Baseball Lifestyle 101 will have a branded booth on site with merchandise available as well so everyone can be treated to the full experience. Be sure to follow them on Instagram at @baseball_lifestyle101 and visit them online by clicking HERE!
Beginning this month, the National Youth Baseball Championships will select one travel ball program to feature as its Organization of the Month. The goal is to take an in-depth look into organizations around the country to understand what makes them unique and successful.
The Scorpions Baseball Academy starts us off as the NYBC Organization of the Month for November 2017. Based out of Reno, Nevada, the Scorpions have become a major player in the west with teams in 7U-18U. The 13U Scorpions qualified last spring for the 2017 NYBC and made the trip to New York where they went all the way to the semifinals.
We caught up with Scorpions Baseball Academy President/Owner Pat Flury to take us behind the scenes and share what it’s like to be a Scorpion.
NYBC: Give us some background of how the Scorpions Baseball Academy got started, the mission behind what you’re doing and the current status of your program. Pat Flury: The Scorpions organization started out with three 9U players. Four months later, we opened up a building and issued ourselves with several time bound goals. We held ourselves accountable and hit every single goal. Some of those benchmarks were about the number of players and teams. Others were about equipment and technology. Within two years, we were the largest academy in the state. It doesn’t end there for us either. When we’ve hit our marks, we just keep adding new marks and experiences for our players. One of those was our trip to New York and qualifying for the NYBC in 2017.
Our overall mission is to develop players for the next level (whatever their goals are), help them to have some poise under pressure and to teach them enough about this game to help them create memories and experiences. More specifically, we want to be a program that everyone is proud of and that is thought highly of on a national scale.
Our current status includes having 23 teams seasonally ranging from ages 7 to 18. We have a stable of educated and motivated coaches. We’ve created separation from others in our market by having a very professional coaching staff. From top to bottom our coaching staff has real experience from coaching in high school, university and at national team and Olympic qualifying levels. In addition our coaches have had both professional and collegiate playing experience too. Our equipment goes beyond what any program near us uses and we take advantage of cutting edge methods, technology and maximize our practice time. Our sessions are amped with a well above average energy level and atmosphere.
NYBC: What does it mean to be a Scorpions Baseball player? What type of character do your players have? PF: First rule of a Scorpion is to never give up. This allows us to always be competing and driven. In just a short time we’ve had many come from behind victories and have come from the low depths of pool play to battle through to finals. We truly have a battle cry of “you gotta battle” and our players love that approach. We live for the come from behind victories and upsets. Our guys want to be there and you can’t ever write us off.
We have a range of characters. We have plenty of laughs but we also maintain our competitive drive and keep our eyes on the prize. There’s a very typical range of personalities for kids in these age groups. We don’t cookie cut them to fit a style of play. Rather, we are aggressive in letting them reach their personal potential and encourage them to reach their own skill ceiling. In short, we don’t have any one “type” of player, we have a huge range of kids with their own personalities and skill sets. If there is a common ground they all share it is that they will battle and handle adversity.
NYBC: What are some of the goals your teams have for the 2018 season? PF: Naturally we want to have a strong level of competitiveness within all of our teams. We want to watch all of our athletes continue to be better baseball players. We have been very consistent as an organization that if we have an age group that struggles, they will find their way if they follow the rules. Ultimately you have to do two out of three between playing catch, throwing strikes and putting the ball in play. Through the players’ and coaches’ hard work, we want to continue to find a combination for them as ball players and as a team to have success. We’d love to find our way back to New York for two of our age groups and start expanding to further regions. Already we’ve forged ahead including in Carson City, Nevada and in San Francisco to reach our lofty goals for 2018.
NYBC: Looking into the crystal ball, where do you see the Scorpions Baseball Academy five years down the road? PF: We would love to have expanded to two other states, compete on a national level at all of our age groups and to keep improving through utilizing cutting edge technology.
NYBC: Your 13U team qualified and participated in the 2017 NYBC. What made you want to be a part of the NYBC and take your team all the way across country from Reno to New York? PF: We wanted to hit the ground running in 2017. That included giving our athletes an experience they would never forget and to compete against some of the best players in the country. We looked at the NYBC qualifying tournament the year before with our 12U team having just missed out and thought we’d raise the bar for them. That same team flew the flag for our organization and won out against brutally good competition to win three straight games. They didn’t do it the easy way, but they weathered the adversity storm and didn’t give up. Ultimately, because they didn’t give up and battled they had an experience none of them would ever forget. Scorpion mission accomplished. Its a great time to be a Scorpion!
New York’s Baseball Heaven hosted the final 2017 NYBC Qualifier on June 23-25 as over 40 teams competed in 11U and 12U. Two champions were crowned and awarded free berths into next month’s NYBC Finals in both age divisions.
Top teams from around the Northeast competed in 11U and 12U with New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maryland and Pennsylvania represented.
In the 12U division, two familiar faces took the two championships and NYBC berths. Tri State Arsenal Prime and Long Island Body Armor Titans won their title games on June 25 after battling it out on national television in the 2016 NYBC 11U championship. The two teams will be back at Baseball Heaven next month ready to fight for the chance at another national title.
Jersey Storm was dominant in 11U, going undefeated and winning their title game 12-2 over the Long Island Storm. They will be joined in July’s NYBC by Team Francisco Notorious 9 who also went undefeated and won their final 9-6 over the New York Phenoms.
The 2017 NYBC is set for July 24-30 at Baseball Heaven with two games per day televised on CBS Sports Network and MLB.com. Stay tuned to NYBCbaseball.com throughout July for updates on the championship week.
The April 28-30 weekend was a busy one for the National Youth Baseball Championships, as five qualifiers were held nationwide with 22 teams earning paid berths into this summer’s finals.
Qualifiers were held in Nevada, Michigan, South Carolina, New York and Connecticut with a combined 200 teams.
All World Baseball hosted the NYBC Nevada Qualifier at the Golden Eagle Sports Complex in Reno. Game Day USA ran the Great Lakes Qualifier at Art Van Sports Complex in Grand Rapids, Michigan. First-time NYBC partner Top Gun Sports hosted the Southeast Qualifier at the North Myrtle Beach Sports Complex in North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Another first-time NYBC partner Super East Tournaments hosted their qualifier in Hartford, Connecticut, and Baseball Heaven, site of the 2017 NYBC, hosted a 13U-14U qualifier.
NYBC Nevada Qualifier with All World Sports
9U – Kali Bees
10U – Golden Spikes Bruins
11U – NorCal Scorpions
12U – Lamorinda Vikings
13U – Scorpions Baseball
14U – Team Marucci Fresno
NYBC Southeast Qualifier with Top Gun Sports
9U – Richmond Rockies
10U – Evoshield Canes – Simpson
11U – Rock Solid Red
12U – Evoshield Canes – Gallaher
13U – Battalion by Under Armour
14U – Bengals Baseball
NYBC New England Qualifier with Super East Tournaments
10U – New England Knights
12U – Adirondack Heat
NYBC Northeast Qualifier with Steel Sports
13U – Brooklyn Blue Storm Elite
13U – Black Sox Elite
13U – Legends Prospects
14U – Legends Prospects
NYBC Great Lakes Qualifier with Game Day USA
*event shortened due to rain
For the first time in NYBC history, New Mexico hosted a qualifier with 53 teams vying for six berths to the summer championship in New York. The Baseball Legends organized a first class event with teams from several states and even Mexico.
The LBC Broncos came away from the weekend with two championships in 12U and 13U. Both teams went undefeated and put on impressive displays with a combined 77 runs scored and only three allowed in pool play. The 12U Broncos defeated another Texas powerhouse, Sandcrabs Baseball, in the championship game, while the 13U Broncos took down WTX Hitting Factory.
The Sandcrabs organization wasn’t denied in the 9U division punching its ticket to New York. Mexico’s Academia Gonzalez won the 14U division, ATP Elite claimed 11U, and the Tucson Royals took home the 10U crown.
Nearly every champion will be making the trip to New York to compete for their respective age division’s title. After hosting a popular event with teams following up their berth to play in New York, New Mexico’s first taste of the NYBC was a major success.
The National Youth Baseball Championships enjoyed sun and warmth in Cocoa, Florida on April 1-2 as six champions in 9U-14U earned berths to the finals in New York.
Cocoa Expo Sports Center hosted the qualifier with 35 teams coming from all over Florida. The Southwest Oakland Warriors 13U team even came down from Michigan to compete and enjoy some warm weather.
Kangaroo Court Baseball Club had a dominating weekend, winning two championships in 12U and 13U and going a combined 12-1 between the three teams that competed. The 12U team allowed just one run in pool play and made quick work of their two opponents in bracket play through power on the mound and at the plate. The 13U Roos were just as strong allowing only two runs in pool play and winning three straight to earn the title.
Central Florida Select won the 11U championship over Under Armour Florida, completing a perfect 4-0 weekend. The Elite City Grays and Strikers Baseball played a terrific 14U title game with the Grays coming out on top in the end.
Trailing 2-1 heading into the bottom half of the fifth, the PSL Mets put together a four-run inning and defeated Evolution Elite, 5-2, for the 10U championship. The PBG Gamblers went undefeated in 9U on their way to the championship.
The NYBC heads back west next weekend for the New Mexico Qualifier in Las Cruces. Over 80 teams are competing in 9U-14U with six berths up for grabs.
NYBC Florida Qualifier with Cocoa Expo Sports Center Final Results
After two successful events in California, the National Youth Baseball Championships journeyed to the Chicago area on March 25-26 for the next round of qualifying. Game Day USA hosted the two-day event at Heritage Park, a four-field all turf complex in Wheeling, Illinois.
Saturday’s pool play slate was rained out, but the teams were able to play on Sunday despite off and on rain showers. Teams played two games with the champions and runner-ups determined by tiebreakers (head-to-head, runs allowed, runs scored).
The Lincoln-Way Prospects took home two championships with the 11U and 13U Black teams both going 2-0. The 13U Black outscored their two opponents 41-0 in their two games. In a de facto championship game, the 11U Black defeated the Rockford Big Dogs, 5-3, to earn the NYBC berth.
Elite 9 Baseball earned the 12U championship with an 11-1 win over the Schaumburg Flyers. All five teams in the 10U division finished with a 1-1 record, and it was Wisconsin’s STiKS Academy earning the title with the lowest number of runs allowed.
NYBC qualifying heats up in April with 10 events, the first one on April 1-2 at the Cocoa Expo Sports Center in Cocoa, Florida. Check back to NYBCbaseball.com for updates on the Florida Qualifier, and tune in to Facebook for a Live stream of the 12U title game on April 2.
3N2, an Orlando-based designer and manufacturer of high performance athletic footwear and apparel, has been named the official uniform sponsor of National Youth Baseball Championships (NYBC) in a three-year deal with parent company, Steel Sports.
The National Youth Baseball Championships is the country’s premier travel ball championship for ages 9U-14U. Teams must qualify by winning a title at select events around the nation, and those teams then come together at the NYBC where one national champion is crowned.
Frank Zitaglio, National Director of NYBC, is enthusiastic about the possibilities the partnership with 3N2 presents: “We are very excited to partner with 3N2 as an official sponsor of National Youth Baseball Championships. We believe this partnership will not only elevate our organization as a whole, it will benefit our players and coaches on the diamond.”
3N2 will serve as the official uniform supplier of NYBC and feature in television, social media, and online advertising, be the focus of promotions and sweepstakes tourneys, and maintain a visible presence at tournaments in the form of booths and signage.
“3N2 is proud to be affiliated with an organization like Steel Sports and the National Youth Baseball Championships,” says 3N2 CEO Sean Murphy. “We echo their focused dedication to improving the lives of kids through sports.”
All World Sports hosted the National Youth Baseball Championships NorCal Qualifier on March 11-12 as five teams in 10U-14U punched their ticket for this summer’s finals.
The 12U championship was a tremendous game with PBT Combat earning a 2-1 win over the Lamorinda Vikings. Lamorinda scored a 9-7 win over Combat in pool play, but pitching and defense dominated in the rematch.
Perhaps the most impressive performance came from Athletic Edge Red out of Petaluma, California. Playing with just nine players, Athletic Edge steamrolled through the 13U division winning all four of their games, including the championship, by run rule.
The 11U NorCal Scorpions also turned in a strong tournament, going 4-0 and claiming their division championship. The Scorpions scored 38 runs and allowed just seven and defeated Athletic Edge North in the title game, 10-0.
In 10U, the Lamorinda Raiders topped the Tomateros de California, 8-6, in the championship after falling to them the day before in pool play. Show California Baseball took home the 14U title behind a powerful offense that scored 50 runs in four games.
All five division champions have earned paid berths to compete in the NYBC Finals at Baseball Heaven in New York. The championship is set for July 24-30 and will be televised on CBS Sports Network and streamed on MLB.com.
NYBC qualifying moves to the Midwest as Game Day USA hosts in the Chicago area on March 25-26.
NYBC NorCal Qualifier with All World Sports