National Youth Baseball Championships Announces 2015 Qualifiers and Expansion
Elite teams in 8U-14U will compete for the first time together in New York
The eighth annual National Youth Baseball Championships (NYBC) will invite champions of select events across the country to fill its 2015 field and is expanding the event to include 8U-14U.
Eddie Einhorn, vice chairman of the Chicago White Sox, created the NYBC in 2008 because many travel baseball players were playing Major League rules on bigger fields than their Little League counterparts yet there was no national championship for these eight million kids. The NYBC moved to Long Island’s Baseball Heaven in Yaphank, N.Y., in 2014, and it will return there in 2015.
NYBC Week at Baseball Heaven is set for July 28-Aug. 3, 2015 as the Junior NYBC (8U-10U) will be competed July 29-31, the NYBC (11U-12U) on July 30-Aug. 3, and the Senior NYBC (13U-14U) will be Aug. 1-3.
In 2014, Einhorn transferred the trademarked rights to his long-term associate and veteran sports television entrepreneur Alan Lubell to continue to run the event. Lubell’s company, Marathon Entertainment, partnered with Dugout Media and moved the event to New York. Marathon’s other partners, CBS Sports Network provided national live television coverage and MLB.com provided remote facilities and live streaming.
“After creating and developing this tournament into the event that determines the best 12U team in the country, we have established a format for other teams to win their way into the NYBC, which gives every team a chance to compete for this national title,” Lubell said. “This was Eddie’s vision.”
Qualifying events begin this winter in Texas, Florida, and California. The Cecil Fielder Texas Winter National kicks things off in Corpus Christi, Texas on Dec. 6-7, 2014. On the East Coast, teams can head to Gainesville, Fla., for the Baseball Youth Winter Championships on Feb. 6-8, 2015, and the final bids available in the winter will be awarded at The Baseball Legends California President’s Day NIT in Fontana, Calif., on Feb. 14-16, 2015. In all three events, 8U-14U champions will earn NYBC bids.
Baseball Youth, the NYBC’s producer, promoter and organizer, has established the Baseball Youth Elite Series, which will feature four NYBC qualifiers. Champions Park in Newberry, Fla., will host the first Elite Series event on March 20-22, 2015, London, KY North and South Sports Complex will host an Elite Series event Memorial Weekend and Georgetown, S.C., will be the site of another on May 29-31, 2015. The remaining Elite Series event will be announced soon.
“What makes the NYBC such a special event is bringing different groups together to compete as one for the sake of showcasing these amazing teams,” Scott Hacker, president of Dugout Media said. “The qualifiers we’ve identified will no doubt produce a strong field the country will enjoy watching, and we’re excited about expanding the event to other age divisions.”
The Baseball Youth Spring Championships with The Baseball Legends heads to Las Vegas, Nev., on April 2-5, 2015 for the largest projected NYBC spring qualifier with 8U-13U bids up for grabs.
The National Amateur Baseball Federation (NABF) and Amateur Athletic Union (AAU), an integral part of the NYBC since its inception, will again send their 11U and 12U champions to New York. The AAU Grand Nationals is set for June 21-27, 2015 in Kissimmee, Fla., and the NABF World Series in Southaven, Miss., is July 1-5, 2015.
Other qualifiers include the Xtreme Diamond Sports State Championships in San Diego, Calif., on May 23-25, 2015, Travel Sports Baseball’s Texas/Oklahoma Super State in Grapevine, Texas on June 5-7, 2015, and the West Coast Cecil Fielder World Series in California on June 19-24, 2015. The Baseball Youth National Championships in Westfield, Ind., is the final qualifier on July 23-26, 2015.
On top of the main event, Baseball Heaven will host a Northeast Qualifier on two separate weekends. Teams in 8U-10U will compete on June 19-21, 2015, and 11U-12U will play the following weekend on June 26-28, 2015.
Baseball Youth is known nationally as the pioneer of travel baseball media coverage with its bi-monthly publication, growing web platform (baseballyouth.com), and large social media presence boasting over 240,000 fans. The NYBC will be heavily marketed on all media platforms, as well as Baseball Youth’s mobile marketing tours that travel across the nation interacting with over 1.5 million individuals during the summer.
CBS Sports Network will provide national television coverage of 12 games during NYBC Week, and MLB.com will stream the games live on its website.
2015 National Youth Baseball Championships
July 28-August 3, 2015
Baseball Heaven – Yaphank, NY
|Cecil Fielder Texas Winter National||Corpus Christi, TX||Dec. 6-7||8U-14U|
|Baseball Youth Winter Championships||Newberry, FL||Feb. 6-8||8U-14U|
|TBL California Presidents Day NIT||Fontana, CA||Feb. 14-16||8U-14U|
|Baseball Youth Elite Series||Baton Rouge, LA||March 6-8||8U-14U|
|Baseball Youth Elite Series||Newberry, FL||March 20-22||8U-14U|
|Baseball Youth Spring Championships w/ TBL||Las Vegas, NV||April 2-5||8U-13U|
|TBL Best of the Best Central Championships presented by Baseball Youth||San Antonio/Boerne, TX||May 1-3||8U-14U|
|Baseball Youth Elite Series||London, KY||May 22-25||8U-14U|
|Xtreme Diamond Sports Memorial Day Super NIT||San Diego, CA||May 23-25||8U-14U|
|Baseball Youth Elite Series||Georgetown, SC||May 29-31||8U-13U|
|Texas/Oklahoma Super State||Dallas, TX||June 5-7||8U-14U|
|Baseball Heaven NYBC Qualifier||Yaphank, NY||June 12-14||11U-12U|
|Cecil Fielder West Coast World Series||Los Angeles, CA||June 19-24||8U-14U|
|AAU Grand Nationals||Orlando, FL||June 21-27||11U-12U|
|Baseball Heaven Junior NYBC Qualifier||Yaphank, NY||June 26-28||8U-10U|
|NABF World Series||Southaven, MS||July 1-5||11U-12U|
|Baseball Youth National Championships||Westfield, IN||July 23-26||8U-12U|