2018 NATIONAL YOUTH BASEBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS - FAQ
This year’s NYBC will be contested on July 23-29 at Baseball Heaven in Yaphank, NY. Located just 60 miles east of New York City, Baseball Heaven is a seven-field, all-turf complex with all the amenities of a professional ballpark.
10U: Tuesday, July 24 – Saturday, July 28
11U: Monday, July 23 – Friday, July 27
12U: Tuesday, July 24 – Sunday, July 29
13U: Tuesday, July 24 – Saturday, July 28
14U: Tuesday, July 24 – Saturday, July 28
Yes, the NYBC is a stay-to-play event, and teams are required to use onPeak for their lodging needs. Please click HERE to begin the search for rooms. Your team can reserve a block of rooms, and then parents can pay individually on the site. Please contact Jessica Vazquez at onPeak for help with the booking process.
The NYBC has been televised every year since it started in 2008, and this year CBS Sports Network will be providing the national television coverage. MLB.com will also be streaming the TV games online. The 11U, 12U, 13U and 14U championships will be televised along with other select games, 2 per day from Wednesday-Sunday.
Yes! Baseball Heaven is equipped with HiCast cameras on every field, meaning you can watch every NYBC game on your computer, tablet or mobile phone. Click HERE to join HiCast and receive a 1-hour free trial. After the trial, the 7-day pass would be perfect for you to watch this year’s NYBC and make sure you don’t miss a moment of the action.
There are three airport options for teams flying in for the NYBC. The most frequently used airports are JFK and LaGuardia (LGA) in the New York City area. Both are about an hour west of Baseball Heaven and serve all the major airlines. Long Island MacArthur Airport (ISP) is just 20 minutes from Baseball Heaven and serves American, Southwest and Frontier airlines.
Festival Day is a celebration of all the hard work players, coaches and families put into the season and another element that makes the NYBC the ultimate travel ball championship experience. The crown jewel of Festival Day is the MLB Roundtable where past and present MLBers come to Baseball Heaven, meet the players and discuss a variety of on and off the field topics. Baseball Heaven’s concourse will be transformed with a stage, DJ, games, vendor booths and more. Plans for other activities are currently in the works and will be announced closer to Championship Week.
Yes! Sometimes you never know who you’ll run into at the NYBC. Dusty Baker and Bobby Valentine will be attending this year, and we are always working on getting others out to Baseball Heaven. In year’s past we have had Hall of Famers Tommy Lasorda, Frank Thomas and Tony LaRussa along with a number of other past MLBers. You’ll also get a chance to meet four-time World Series champion Jeff Nelson who is a part of the CBS Sports Network broadcast team.
The NYBC uses a four-game guarantee with all teams receiving four pool play games. After pool play, not everyone will make the single elimination bracket. NYBC places a premium on pool play so teams must perform their best to have a chance to win the championship.
NYBC uses Major League Baseball’s Pitch Smart for its pitching rules which implements pitch count guidelines for each age division. At the plate, 10U-13U teams can use bats that are USSSA 1.15 BPF and USABat approved, while the 14U division is BBCOR only. The 13U division allows -5 bats.
The NYBC 13U division uses 60/90 pitching and base dimensions.