Amateur baseball in the United States
Amateur baseball is a form of baseball in which the players either are not paid for playing, or (as in Town Team Baseball) receive only a modest stipend or employment arranged by the team's boosters. Amateur baseball is played in the United States by players of all ages, from young children to adults.
- 1 Varieties of amateur baseball in the United States
- 2 International level
- 3 See also
- 4 Footnotes
- 5 External links
Varieties of amateur baseball in the United States
Leagues for various skill levels and age groups exist throughout the US. In ascending order of age participation, here are a few examples:
Youth baseball is played by elementary-school-age and high-school-age children of both genders. Of the various leagues listed below, Little League baseball is the most widespread and the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, draws participants from around the world and is televised in the US on ESPN.
- Babe Ruth Leagues (ages 13–18)
- BPA - Baseball Players Association (ages 6–18)
- Dixie Boys Baseball (ages 13–19)
- Dixie Youth Baseball (ages 12 and under)
- Dizzy Dean Baseball (ages 5–19)
- Khoury League
- Little League Baseball (including Little, Junior, Senior & Big League Baseball) (ages 5–18)
- PONY Baseball and Softball (ages 5 to 18)
- American Legion Baseball (ages 14 to 18). www.legion.org/basball
- Sam Bat Fall League Baseball (ages 12 to 18) Wood bat fall leagues designed to help players develop their skills. Leagues are sponsored by Sam Bat.
- USSSA Baseball
- American Amateur Baseball Congress (AABC) is for players above junior-baseball age. It provides progressive and continuous organized competition from pre-teens to adults. National tournament play is organized by leagues, with successful teams advancing to higher levels of tournament play, instead of the "all-star" procedure used by Little League Baseball.
National Youth Baseball Championship
- See footnote
The first annual National Youth Baseball Championships (NYBC) tournament was held in August 2008 for players in two divisions: 10U and 12U. The purpose of the tournament is to recognize one team as the "National Youth Baseball Champion." The tournament organizer is the Major Youth Baseball Alliance, LLC, which was formed by eight major national youth baseball organizations, whose programs have more than eight million participants. The eight organizations are: AABC (American Amateur Baseball Congress), AAU (Amateur Athletic Union of the United States), Babe Ruth Baseball, Dixie Youth Baseball, NABF (National Amateur Baseball Federation), Pony Baseball, Super Series Baseball of America, and USSSA (United States Specialty Sports Association).
- 12U Youth Majors NYB champions: Juice 12s (Orlando, Florida) (AAU)
- 10U Youth Majors NYB champions: Tomateros de California (Paramount, California) (USSSA)
- 12U Youth Majors NYB champions: Team Rattlers (Spring, Texas) (Super Series)
- 10U Youth Majors NYB champions: N. Texas Bulldogs (AAU)
- 12U Youth Majors NYB champions: Banditos Black (Tomball, Texas) (Super Series)
- 10U Youth Majors NYB champions: Oakley Stingrays (Norwalk, California) (USSSA)
National all-stars tournament
From 1998 (or earlier) through 2010 (or later), there has been an annual, national all-stars tournament each June — the USA Baseball Tournament of Stars; its predecessor was the National Amateur All-Star Baseball Tournament (NAABT). The tournament features the top 16- to 18-year-old players from various baseball organizations, including the American Amateur Baseball Congress (AABC), American Legion, Babe Ruth Baseball, Dixie Baseball, National Amateur Baseball Federation (NABF), PONY baseball, Major League Baseball's Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI), and at-large teams from USA Baseball (the governing body of amateur baseball).
American Legion Baseball
American Legion Baseball is popular with junior-high- and senior-high-school students from ages 13 to 19. American Legion also provides regional, state, and national playoffs.
College baseball is sanctioned by the NCAA, NAIA, and NCBA. At the highest level — NCAA Division I — over the past two years the College World Series has grossed more than 1.2 million dollars in television ratings and merchandise sales. College baseball players, especially professional prospects, often play in "collegiate summer baseball leagues", where their lodging and meals are provided by their host team, but no money changes hands.
- Town Team Baseball is another area of broad participation of sports institution in the Upper Midwest, particularly in Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota.
- The National Adult Baseball Association (NABA) and the Men's Senior Baseball League (MSBL) are the two largest organizations, sponsoring leagues and tournaments for a variety of age groups (e.g. 18+, 28+, 38+, 48+, 55+, etc.). Both leagues play regular-season games, playoffs and host tournaments on both a regional and national level.
- National Baseball Congress
- All-American Amateur Baseball Association
- Northwest Independent Baseball League
- See: USA Baseball
- Baseball awards#U.S. adult & semi-professional baseball
- Baseball awards#U.S. amateur baseball
- Baseball awards#U.S. college baseball
- Baseball awards#U.S. high-school baseball
- Baseball awards#U.S. youth baseball
- South Dakota Amateur Baseball Hall of Fame
- Minnesota Baseball Association
- Category:Amateur baseball teams
- The Cal Ripken World Series tournament includes sixteen teams: 10 from the United States (by way of their respective tournaments) and 6 from outside the U.S. (by way of invitation from the Babe Ruth League). The U.S. champion and the International champion meet in the final game, for the world title. At Ripken Baseball official website, go to "Amateur Baseball" and click on "Cal Ripken World Series". Retrieved 2011-09-05.
- Cal Ripken, Jr.. Babe Ruth League official website. Retrieved 2011-09-05. "... the Cal Ripken World Series ... includes 15 teams of 11 and 12 year olds from all over the world and crowns the champion of the Cal Ripken Division of Babe Ruth League, Inc."
- In 1999, the Babe Ruth League changed its largest division's name to "Cal Ripken Baseball" (from "Bambino"). History: About Ripken Baseball. Ripken Baseball official website. Retrieved 2011-09-05.
- See also: Baseball awards#Dixie Boys Baseball.
- See also: Baseball awards#Dixie Youth Baseball.
- Home page. YouthMajors.com. Retrieved 2011-08-10
- About Us. YouthMajors.com. Retrieved 2011-08-10.
- National Youth Baseball Championship. Weplay, Inc. Retrieved 2011-08-06.
- "Juice 12's dominate 12U championship: Orlando team avenged pool play loss against SE Lexington". YouthMajors.com. August 24, 2008. Retrieved 2011-09-07. "... at Gameday Baseball's First Tennessee Fields in Memphis."
- 2008 NYBC Archive. YouthMajors.com. Retrieved 2011-09-07.
- Gonzalez, Alden (August 23, 2008). "Tomateros crowned 10-and-under kings: Late-inning rally makes youngsters National Youth champs". YouthMajors.com. Retrieved 2011-09-07. "... at Gameday Baseball's First Tennessee Fields in Memphis."
- Britton, Tim (August 30, 2009). "U-12 Rattlers run away with NYBC title: Texas squad dominates opponents to win championship". MLB.com. MLB Advanced Media, L.P. Retrieved 2011-09-07. "... at Mark Neel Field in Memphis, Tenn."
- Go to 2009 NYBC: 12U Schedule & Results and click on "12U Schedule & Results". YouthMajors.com. Retrieved 2011-09-07.
- Grodsky, Jason (August 29, 2009). "N. Texas, Dallas off to U-10 title game: Harris' walk-off homer makes comeback winner of Bulldogs". MLB.com. MLB Advanced Media, L.P. Retrieved 2011-09-07. "... in Cordova, Tenn."
- Go to 2009 NYBC: 10U Schedule & Results and click on "10U Schedule & Results". YouthMajors.com. Retrieved 2011-09-07.
- Miller, Doug. Youth Baseball Championships under way. August 27, 2010. MLB Advanced Media, L.P. Retrieved 2010-08-10.
- AAU wins NYBC Championship, 2-1 (video). August 30, 2010. MLB Advanced Media, L.P. Retrieved 2010-08-10.
- Sanchez, Jesse (August 28, 2011). "Texas squad captures National Youth crown". MLB.com. MLB Advanced Media, L.P. Retrieved 2011-09-07. "... at Mark Neel Field in Memphis, Tenn."
- Go to 2011 NYBC: 12U Schedule and click on "12 Schedule". YouthMajors.com. Retrieved 2011-09-07.
- Miller, Doug (August 28, 2011). "Stingrays win U-10 YMNYB Championship". MLB.com. MLB Advanced Media, L.P. Retrieved 2011-09-07. "... at Campbell Clinic Field in Memphis, Tenn."
- Go to 2011 NYBC: 10U Schedule and click on "10U Schedule". YouthMajors.com. Retrieved 2011-09-07.
- History of RBI. Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities. MLB Advanced Media, L.P. Retrieved 2011-08-10.
- National Adult Baseball Association
- NCAA Baseball Official Site
- NCAA Baseball Rankings
- Men's Senior Baseball Leagues
- NWIBL 18 and older summer Baseball League Portland OR
- American Amateur Baseball Congress Official Site
- Michigan Chapter American Amateur Baseball Congress Official Site
- Youth Baseball. Weplay, Inc.