Palm Beach County Sports Commission
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 27, 2012
Contact: Kayla French
Inaugural Baseball Tournament to attract over
100 teams and millions of dollars to Palm Beach County
The Palm Beach County Sports Commission has partnered with the World Scout League (WSL) to host one of the largest amateur baseball tournaments in Florida during the summer of 2012. The World Scout League Finals, an inaugural 15-day amateur baseball tournament, will take place at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter and the Santaluces Athletic Complex in Lantana from July 27-August 10. This event will be the grand finale of summer baseball tournaments happening in Palm Beach County with more than 220 baseball games being played during the two week stretch.
The World Scout League Finals will field 110 teams, comprised of more than 1,700 athletes from across the nation, competing in 5 age groups: 18u, 17u, 16u, 15u, and 14u. The tournament will be divided into 3 segments (18u & 14u from July 27- August 1, 16u & 15u from August 2-6, and 17u from August 6-10).
WSL created a new concept for travel baseball by establishing a league that is designed to provide consistent levels of competition for teams located in 40 different regions throughout the country. WSL offers approximately 100 leagues (4 to 6 teams) nationwide
This tournament will be one of the largest scouting attractions to take place in the world of amateur baseball. Few scouting events offer athletes the opportunity to perform against competition that has a parallel talent level. This tournament is unique, featuring both wood composite bats for the older age groups (16u-18u) and metal bats for the younger age groups (14u-15u). Scouts will have an opportunity to see a wide array of age groups perform under conditions that form an immensely competitive environment and test skills that are necessary for the highest levels of baseball. More than 100 professional and college baseball scouts are expected to visit Palm Beach County because of the WSL Finals.
Palm Beach County is home to many of the largest and most prestigious amateur baseball tournaments in the nation. However, this is the first national tournament to attract more than 100 teams over a two-week period, during its inaugural year. The future of this tournament is boundless. WSL believes that more than 200 teams could easily be participating during its second year of existence in 2013.
The economic benefits for Palm Beach County will be very significant. The event is expected to generate more than 2,000 hotel room nights and over $1.5 million in direct visitor spending for the local community.
About Palm Beach County Sports Commission
The Palm Beach County Sports Commission is a private, not-for-profit organization contracted by Palm Beach County to promote and market the county as a sports and sports tourism destination. The Commission brings sporting events and activities to the county, enhances economic impact, stimulates bed tax revenues (primarily in the off-season) and maximizes utilization of county facilities. The Commission offers a full range of event service support, corporate partnerships, sponsorships and a local membership program that supports its goals. Local, regional, national and international marketing efforts are ongoing by the Commission with sports organizations and event owners. The Commission also produces sports-related programs for the residents of Palm Beach County including the Palm Beach County Sports Hall of Fame, the Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award and the Kids Fitness Festival of the Palm Beaches. For more information on the Palm Beach County Sports Commission go to www.palmbeachsports.com.