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)
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