Palm Beach County Sports Commission
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 20, 2010
Contact: Kimberly Whetsel, Director of Marketing
Perfect Game Baseball Tournament Bringing Major League Baseball Scouts and
$1 Million in Economic Impact to Palm Beach County
WEST PALM BEACH, FL – Over 1,500 athletes participating on 80 of the top elite travel baseball teams from across the U.S., Canada and Latin America will visit Palm Beach County to compete in one of the most competitive amateur baseball tournaments in the country. The Palm Beach County Sports Commission has a long-standing relationship with the Perfect Game World Wood Bat Association (WWBA) World Championships and has secured the event to return to Palm Beach County for the ninth time in 10 years. This event is a property of Perfect Game USA and will take place at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter, FL from October 21 – 25, 2010. Roger Dean Stadium is a world class training facility and the home to the Jupiter Hammerheads and Palm Beach Cardinals minor league teams and the Florida Marlins and St. Louis Cardinals spring training teams.
The tournament attracts a strong following of major league baseball scouts due to the high level of talent that will compete. This is a pool play tournament where each team is guaranteed a four game minimum. Pool play starts on Thursday with games played on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Playoffs begin on Sunday with semi finals and the final championship game played on Monday. With the anticipated number of teams projected to stay a minimum of three nights each, the event is expected to generate over 2,500 room nights and $1 million in economic impact for Palm Beach County.
Thursday’s first game will start at 3pm with the last game starting at 8:15pm. The games on Friday will begin at 8am, with the last game starting at 7:40pm. Tournament play will commence again at 8am on Saturday, with the last games starting at 5:40pm. Sunday’s play will begin at 8am and conclude with quarter final games starting at 7:40pm. The semi final games will begin at 9:40am on Monday, concluding with the championship game starting at 11:30am. For the complete tournament schedule and additional information, visit www.perfectgame.org or www.rogerdeanstadium.com.
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.
Many of today’s top MLB players have competed in the Perfect Game WWBA World Championships. A few of these players include: Jason Heyward (Atlanta Braves), Drew Storen (Washington Nationals), Brian McCann (Atlanta Braves), Domonic Brown (Philadelphia Phillies), Cameron Maybin (Florida Marlins), BJ Upton (Tampa Bay Rays), and David Wright (New York Mets), among other very talented players.
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 and awards. For more information on the Palm Beach County Sports Commission go to www.palmbeachsports.com.