Boston, MA (September 2015) – There’s no rest for those who want to be successful.
With the inaugural Youth Baseball Network (YBN) National Championship completed less than a month ago in Branson, Missouri, YBN has started planning for next year’s championship.
The YBN National Championship is a unique and prestigious tournament. It’s an invitational youth baseball ‘tournament of champions’ consisting of several major youth baseball organization’s 12U national champions.
In 2015, champions from American Amateur Baseball Congress (AABC), Amateur Athletic Union (AAU), Continental Amateur Baseball Association (CABA), Dizzy Dean Baseball, and National Amateur Baseball Federation (NABF) competed for the coveted national championship, along with a host Branson-area all-star team.
Youth Baseball Network Founder and CEO, Gil Vieira, said that the inaugural event was a major success and that Branson was well received by those in attendance.
“We were very pleased with our first YBN National Championship,” said Vieira. “The feedback from organization leaders, coaches, players and families was extremely positive. They all enjoyed and respected the caliber of the competition.”
Vieira said he was also happy to learn that participants enjoyed the city of Branson.
“Many coaches and parents said the kids had the time of their lives in Branson,” said Vieira.
With the success in Branson, Vieira stated that he hopes it will become a long-standing tradition for the YBN Championship.
“Branson is the ideal city for youth sports,” continued Vieira. “Between the family atmosphere, multiple entertainment venues for both children and adults, plus the added beauty of the Ozark Mountains, we hope to call Branson our home for many years to come.”
However, while Vieira is very happy with the inaugural year, he knows there are improvements to be made.
“We’ve begun planning numerous changes and improvements,” Vieira confirmed. “The first order of business is determining the location of the Championship in 2016.”
Current plans are to play the championship at the new Ballparks of America complex in Branson, which is scheduled to open spring 2016. However, backup plans are being discussed should it not be ready.
In addition to finalizing the host complex, YBN hopes to increase the championship to eight teams in 2016. Vieira could not confirm the organizations he’d like to add, though he plans to identify the participants in the coming months.
“Our plans have always been to be an eight-organization championship,” added Vieira. “Like any annual project, getting year one under our belt was important, and I’ll be forever grateful to the organizations and sponsors who made the commitment to participate in 2015. We accomplished most of our first year objectives and now move forward. There are many exciting plans in development.”
Vieira wouldn’t share specifics about the YBN plans or vision, but he did say that year one was only the beginning of some very special plans for the entire Youth Baseball Industry.
About Youth Baseball Network: Youth Baseball Network is a marketing and online media company dedicated to the Youth Baseball Industry. Its website, www.YouthBaseballNetwork.com, will be a multifunctional information source and Internet portal for the industry. It will be a branded, one-stop destination for youth baseball. (It will feature information and stories ranging from T-ball through 18U playing organized ball and travel ball.) In addition, YBN will become a leading media outlet for viewing and purchasing of high-quality youth baseball programming, plus a source for high-definition productions. For more information contact: info@YouthBaseballNetwork.com.