National Youth Baseball Championships Returning to New York in 2015
Travel baseball’s best 12U teams and players are returning to New York in 2015. Baseball Heaven in Yaphank, N.Y., will host next summer’s National Youth Baseball Championships and Baseball Youth All-Star Challenge on July 28-Aug. 3.
Baseball Heaven, located just an hour east of New York City in Long Island, hosted the NYBC this past August as California’s SGV Hustle took home the title over the Banditos Black from Houston, Texas.
“The National Youth Baseball Championships is the biggest event in youth travel baseball, and we feel there’s no better stage for these kids and teams than New York and Baseball Heaven,” Frank Zitaglio, Baseball Heaven general manager, said. “We’re excited to bring the event back to Baseball Heaven, and we’re going to work hard to make it an even better show in 2015.”
CBS Sports Network will continue their national television coverage of the event in 2015 with 12 telecasts, and MLB.com will again provide online streaming. Last year, CBS Sports Network televised 12 total games between the NYBC and Baseball Youth All-Star Challenge to a nationwide audience, and MLB.com streamed each of those games online. Fans can go to MLB.com/NYBC to view full game replays and highlights from 2014’s event.
Baseball Youth, the leader in youth baseball events, marketing and media, will produce, organize and promote the 2015 NYBC as they did in 2014. Baseball Youth hosts several national tournaments around the country throughout the year and publishes a bi-monthly magazine dedicated to travel baseball.
The NYBC will remain a five-day event with the Opening Ceremonies and Skills Competition evening kicking things off on Thursday, July 30, 2015. Pool play will begin the following morning, and the National Championship game will be Monday evening Aug. 3.
The Baseball Youth All-Star Challenge will feature the top 12U players from around the country in a regional competition format on July 28-30. The regional teams – East, South, Central and West – play each other in a round-robin and bracket play to determine a regional champion. The South All-Stars beat the East All-Stars in this past summer’s championship, 11-7. CBS Sports Network and MLB.com will broadcast four All-Star Challenge games in 2015.
“I am delighted that the 2015 NYBC will return to Baseball Heaven where we had such a successful experience last year,” said NYBC CEO Alan Lubell. “Many parents and coaches told me how they combined the tournament with a family vacation in nearby New York City, and it became a win-win for the whole family.”
Baseball Heaven is a state-of-the-art, 28-acre baseball facility that hosts 34 tournaments annually and features a 12,000 square-foot indoor facility, four full-sized and three youth sized fields, each of which is equipped with all the amenities of a professional ballpark including below grade dugouts, connecting bullpens, warning tracks, electronic scoreboards and state-of-the-art artificial turf. Baseball Heaven also accommodates spectators with ballpark seating, concessions, an on-site pro shop, a restaurant and a picnic area.
Eddie Einhorn, Vice Chairman of the Chicago White Sox, created the NYBC so kids playing under Major League rules could have a national audience to showcase their talents. In 2014, two players from the 2008 inaugural championship team out of Orlando, Fla., became first round MLB Draft choices.
Said Lubell: “I want to thank our partners at the CBS Sports Network, MLB.com, Baseball Youth and Baseball Heaven for continuing their support and resources to build the NYBC into the most important event in travel baseball.”