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This year’s NYBC will be contested on July 20-26 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.
All age divisions will begin pool play on Tuesday, July 21. 10U, 11U, and 14U will play their championship games on Saturday, July 25. 12U and 13U will play their championship games on Sunday, July 26.
PLEASE NOTE: Monday, July 20 is reserved for team check-in, coaches meeting and a special event. This will all take place late afternoon / early evening at Baseball Heaven.
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 is a five-game guarantee with all teams receiving four pool play games. After pool play, single elimination championship and silver brackets will be established. NYBC places a premium on pool play so teams must perform their best all week long 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.
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 for the eighth consecutive year. MLB.com will also be live streaming the TV games online. The 11U, 12U, 13U and 14U championships will be televised along with other select games during the week.
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 ensure you don’t miss a moment of the action.
There are four 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. Newark (EWR) in New Jersey is another option, but keep in mind it is east of NYC, and you’ll have to battle additional traffic to get out to Long Island.
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. Last year, AL All-Star pitcher Luis Severino came out to Baseball Heaven and took part in our roundtable! Dusty Baker and Bobby Valentine have been frequent visitors, 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.