The Perfect Game World Championships On Deck In Palm Beach County
Palm Beach County continues to be the premier destination for amateur baseball in the state of Florida. Over 1,500 athletes participating on 85 elite travel baseball teams will visit Palm Beach County to compete in one of the most competitive high school age baseball tournaments in the world. The Perfect Game World Wood Bat Association (WWBA) World Championships will be returning for the 13th time in 14 years. This event, which has experienced tremendous growth in team and player participation, is conducted under Perfect Game USA and will take place at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter, FL from October 23-27, 2014. Roger Dean Stadium is a world class baseball complex and is home to the Jupiter Hammerheads and Palm Beach Cardinals minor league teams and the Miami Marlins and St. Louis Cardinals Major League Baseball teams during spring training.
The Perfect Game WWBA World Championships is known simply as “Jupiter” amongst the amateur baseball community. This elite tournament has seen 410 of its alumni move on to the major leagues; 3,338 of them drafted and more than 9,000 make college commitments. The Perfect Game WWBA World Championships provides a showcase for prospects while they perform in front of nearly 1,000 professional scouts and college recruiters over the course of five days. Furthermore, this is also Perfect Game’s premier national team tournament. The top travel ball organizations from across the United States, Puerto Rico and Canada will have teams at the premier, invitation-only event.
This is a pool play tournament where each team is guaranteed a minimum of four games. Pool play starts on Thursday. The semi-final round starts Sunday with the finals played on Monday when only one team will be fiited for championship rings.
In addition to showcasing an array of exciting baseball games, this event will bring Palm Beach County significant economic benefits. With the anticipated number of teams projected to stay a minimum of three nights each, the event is expected to generate over 3,500 room nights and $1.2 million in direct visitor spending for Palm Beach County.
Perfect Game USA is the largest amateur baseball scouting service, hosting more than 100 showcases and tournaments each year. The majority of the players scouted within Perfect Game USA are high school baseball players from the age of 14-18. However, college players and free agents are invited to attend showcases to hone their talents and abilities and have a better opportunity to play in the majors.
Perfect Game attracts the most talented amateur players in the nation and the proof is in the results. Many of today’s top MLB players have come from Perfect Game USA. A few of these players include: Jason Heyward (Atlanta Braves), Drew Storen (Washington Nationals), Brian McCann (New York Yankees), Domonic Brown (Philadelphia Phillies), Cameron Maybin (San Diego Padres), BJ Upton (Atlanta Braves), and David Wright (New York Mets), among other very talented players. A total of 7,572 Major League Baseball players have participated in a Perfect Game tournament or showcase. In fact, of the 75 first picks of the 2013 MLB Draft 35 had previously attended a Perfect Game National Showcase.
For more information, visit www.perfectgame.org