NYBC Organization of the Month – Scorpions Baseball Academy
30 Nov

NYBC Organization of the Month – Scorpions Baseball Academy

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!

To learn more about the Scorpions Baseball Academy, go to ScorpionsBaseballAcademy.com or find them on Facebook. If your program wants to be featured as a future NYBC Organization of the Month, e-mail us at [email protected].

End of April Concludes with 5 NYBC Qualifiers Nationwide
04 May

End of April Concludes with 5 NYBC Qualifiers Nationwide

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

NYBC Powered by Brita to Celebrate its 10th Year in 2017
18 Oct

NYBC Powered by Brita to Celebrate its 10th Year in 2017

The National Youth Baseball Championships powered by Brita will celebrate its 10th anniversary in 2017 as travel baseball teams from around the country will meet on July 24-30 at Baseball Heaven in Yaphank, N.Y.

Steel Sports is teaming up with top tournament organizations and venues on 18 qualifiers spread around the United States from January-June. All World Baseball, Baseball Heaven, Game Day USA, The Baseball Legends, Travel Sports Baseball and Xtreme Diamond Sports will operate qualifiers nationwide. With the inclusion of first class venues in Louisiana’s Cypress Mounds Baseball Complex, Iowa’s All-Star Ballpark Heaven and Missouri’s Ballparks of America on the qualifier schedule, the NYBC will feature events in 12 states, the most in its 10-year history.

“Steel Sports is honored to carry the National Youth Baseball Championships into its 10th year,” Steel Sports CEO David Shapiro said. “We are committed to creating a major league experience on and off the field when it comes to the competition, venue, national television, social media coverage, educational opportunities and interaction with MLB alumni. With the help of outstanding partners like Brita, the NYBC will host more youth players and teams than ever before in 2017 and continue to shine as one of the premier youth events in the country.”

CBS Sports Network will nationally televise 12 games during NYBC’s championship week, and MLB.com will live stream all 12 broadcasts online. The week will also feature an opening ceremonies, a televised 12U All-Star Game, appearances from Major League Baseball celebrities and a festival throughout the week to commemorate the 10th anniversary.

“Having traveled to youth baseball events all over the country, I can say the National Youth Baseball Championships is unlike anything I have experienced,” former Major League Baseball player and manager Bobby Valentine said. “The NYBC is everything youth baseball should be about, a positive and fun experience that offers much more than high level competition on the field. I’ve been fortunate to be a part of the NYBC the last two years, and it’s something I want to continue being a part of for as long as I can.”

NYBC qualifying begins on Martin Luther King Jr. weekend (Jan. 14-16) with events in Arizona, California and Florida. Additional qualifiers will be held later in the year in Illinois, Iowa, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, New Mexico, New York and Texas.

Click to see the full list of 2017 NYBC Qualifiers!