Baseball Youth All-American Games Showcase Top Talent from Across the U.S.
By Casey Ryans
What better way to bring in the New Year than by playing some baseball? Over 385 players started 2015 by competing in the Baseball Youth All-American Games at Historic Dodgertown in Vero Beach, Florida. These players represented over 35 states as far north as New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island and as far west as Alaska, California, Washington and Oregon and everywhere in between.
The BY All-American Games got kicked off on January 1st with an eventful Opening Ceremonies. Teams and players paraded around the Opening Ceremonies field while being introduced. David Martin, former Minor League and Division I coach, threw the first pitch and spoke to the teams, coaches and parents. After leaving the minors, Martin spent time as a head baseball coach at three NCAA Division I schools, University of Miami-Florida, Bowling Green State University and Eastern Michigan University, and managed professionally in several leagues including the Great Lakes League and the Frontier Professional Baseball League. Martin offered insight on what it takes to be an athlete and inspired players to take advantage of every opportunity they are given. To end the first night, players and coaches competed in a friendly dance competition. The best dance moves were showcased, and many players and coaches walked away with “Best Dancer” bragging rights.
Baseball Youth National Tryouts were conducted after the first day of pool play. Over 170 players gained valuable experience in a showcase setting in front of Baseball Youth scouts and coaches. Players were evaluated on hitting, throwing, fielding, running, agility and pitching. Feedback, along with tips and drills, were provided to players to take home. As the BY National Tryouts progress, many players will be selected for future Baseball Youth events.
After the second day of pool play, players competed in the Skills Competition under the lights. The Home Run Derby, Fastest Feet and Around the Horn were competitions used to find the strongest and fastest athletes of each age division.
The 8U/9U division teams battled for two days before entering bracket play. Heading into the championship game with tied records, Majestic Red and Majestic Navy squared off to determine a champion. As a result, Majestic Navy came out on top and was named the Baseball Youth All-American Games Winter Session 8U/9U champions.
Majestic Red led the 10U division from start to finish. Other teams in the division equally battled for a chance to compete against Red in the championship game. Majestic Navy faced Majestic Red in the final game, which resulted in Majestic Red winning the championship.
During the last game of pool play for the 11U division, Majestic Grey and Majestic Yellow fought to a tie. After climbing their way to the top on different sides of the bracket, the teams met for the second time in the championship game. After battling back and forth, Majestic Grey earned the 11U championship crown.
Undefeated Majestic Orange led the 12U division during pool play up to the final game. Majestic Navy fought their way to the championship game after two days of pool play and one-day bracket play. During a thrilling championship game that went into 9 innings, Majestic Navy was crowned the 12U champions.
The 13U/14U division was the largest of the BY All-American Games. After two days of pool play, two teams finished out undefeated. During bracket play, Majestic Red came from behind to eliminate an undefeated team. The championship game featured Majestic Red and the other undefeated team, Majestic Coastal Blue. In the end, Majestic Red claimed the 12U championship.
The All-American Games are a great opportunity for elite athletes of each age group to compete together. If you are interested in competing with fellow athletes around the nation and being named an All-American, take a look at the Baseball Youth National Tryouts schedule on BaseballYouth.com!