What better way to fulfill a career than working in one’s life passion…baseball.
I won’t bore you with a personal resume, but I will say, while I played and enjoy most major sports, baseball has always been my first love. And, I’ll give away my age by admitting Tony Conigliaro was my favorite player. Young readers will need to Google that name.
After decades of working in the Sporting Goods Industry, I was finally able to turn to baseball full-time in 2009 – and have not looked back. Now, I take on my greatest career challenge and, hopefully, my best reward – developing Youth Baseball Network.
A few colleagues asked why I would get involved in an industry that’s in slight decline. I say…that’s exactly why! Baseball has been in my blood since I was a young boy, and it’s heart-wrenching to see America’s youth move away from this great game. If Youth Baseball Network can help keep our young people in baseball – and, hopefully, entice new players to enroll – we’ll fulfill our mission.
Youth Baseball Network, or YBN (the acronym you’ll see throughout the website), will take time to develop, so we ask for your patience. Our objectives are multiple and our vision is grandiose, so bear with us. YBN will use 2015 as a ‘soft-launch’ stage for our site. We plan to be fully-functional by the 2016 baseball season.
However, YBN will frequently add content – with an early emphasis on our exciting 2015 YBN National Championship. Be sure to log on to the Championship page to learn more about our annual ‘Tournament of Champions’ in beautiful Branson, Missouri. The tournament will feature the 12U Champions of multiple major youth baseball organizations. Our plan is to develop the Championship week into an important event for the entire Youth Baseball Industry, so stay tuned.
This year will be the first step at working toward fulfilling the message in our tag line, “Bringing the Youth Baseball Industry Together”.
So, come along for the ride and tell your friends. Youth Baseball Network has arrived.
Gil Vieira is the Founder and CEO of Youth Baseball Network. He has served as editor and publisher of multiple publications and has led several major Sporting Goods Companies, including Rod Carew Baseball. Gil will provide an ‘insiders’ look at baseball in his “YBNsider” Blog.