Baseball Youth All-American Games Winter Recap
All-American Games filled with talent from 35 States
For the third straight year, Baseball Youth invaded Historic Dodgertown in Vero Beach, FL for the Baseball Youth All-American Games. Featuring over 260 players representing 35 states, the Baseball Youth All-American Games allowed players an opportunity to meet new friends, reconnect with old friends, and share their love of the game of baseball. Players were able to showcase their talents at a place where many of the games greats, such as Jackie Robinson, Sandy Koufax, and Clayton Kershaw just to name a few, kicked off their careers.
The week got started on December 30 with player check-in. At check-in players received their gear and got to mingle with their coaches prior to the afternoon’s workouts. Players also participated in a cover shoot with Glossy Finish that allowed players to be featured on their very own cover of Baseball Youth Magazine. In addition to being a cover athlete, players received superstar treatment while being interviewed for Youth Baseball Talk. Youth Baseball Talk is a weekly podcast where host Jim Cromer talks with a variety of guests regarding all aspects of youth baseball: development, coaching, recruiting, health and safety, the physical and mental components of player development, and much more. Following interviews, all players participated in workouts with the Baseball Youth Scouting staff, a staff that includes current Major League Baseball scouts, NCAA Division I umpires, and former college and professional baseball players. Players were tested in the following areas: outfield throwing velocity, infield throwing velocity, bat exit velocity, 60/40 yard dash, and catcher’s pop time. After workouts, the scouts got together and compiled player data. With the compiled player data, the Baseball Youth Scouts held a draft to construct the teams in each age division.
New Years Eve kicked off with an exciting Opening Ceremonies. Players were paraded into Holman Stadium where team rosters were revealed to parents. Each player took to the mic to introduce themselves to the crowd and let everyone know which state they were representing. Following team and player introductions each player was presented with their Baseball Youth All-American Games player ring. Youth Baseball Talk host Jim Cromer then delivered a speech to players and parents on the importance of their role in youth sports and travel baseball.
Competition heated up following Opening Ceremonies. Each team would play four games apiece from December 31 through January 2. In each division, it came down to the final day to determine the champions amongst the fierce competition. The 10U division was won by Team 2, with Konner Daughriety being crowned MVP. The 12U division was won by Team 2, with Marcus Smith being crowned MVP. The 14U division was won by Team 2, with KeiJhuan James being crowned MVP.
On New Years Day, players in each age division competed under the lights in the Baseball Youth All-American Games Home Run Derby. Ten players in each age division were selected by the Baseball Youth Scouts to compete in the Home Run Derby based upon the player workouts and gameplay prior to the Home Run Derby. Players than preceded to blast home runs into the night, with baseballs soaring overtop the palm trees that surrounded the field. Jesus Batista-10U, Pierce Glading-12U, and Drake Wescott-14U walked off as Baseball Youth Home Run Derby champions.
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