June 2019


Florida State League All Star Game, June 15th

Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium will host the Florida State League All-Star Game on June 15th, 2019.  Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium, which is home to the Jupiter Hammerheads and Palm Beach Cardinals of the Florida State League, will host the Florida State League All Star Game for the first time since 2000. It will be the 58th time that the rising stars from the Florida State League's North and South divisions face off against each other. The league will be celebrating its 100th anniversary throughout the 2019 season, and Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium will be at the forefront of the celebration during the All-Star weekend.

The Florida State League has undergone tremendous changes since the last time the all-star game was in Jupiter. Since the millennium, there have been multiple organizations that have joined the historic league with the Reds, Braves, Cardinals and the Pirates all bringing their Advanced-A affiliates to the Florida State League.

Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium opened in 1998 and has served as the Florida State League home to the Jupiter Hammerheads since 1998 and the Palm Beach Cardinals since 2003. Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium is the only Minor League stadium in the country to play home to two separate teams.

The annual spectacle puts all of tomorrow's Major League Baseball (MLB) stars in the same stadium for one night. There have been many Major League All-Stars that participated in an all-star game during their stint in the Florida State League. Players such as Gary Sanchez, Noah Syndergaard, Marcell Ozuna and many others have all donned a Florida State League All-Star uniform at one point in their career.

Minor League Baseball fans from across Florida are expected to visit The Palm Beaches for the Florida State League All Star Game.  Minor League Baseball fans from across Florida are expected to visit The Palm Beaches for the Florida State League All Star Game.

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Prospect Select Palm Beach Classic a Grand Slam for
The Palm Beahes

Prospect Select Baseball brought one of the largest high school baseball tournaments to The Palm Beaches this past weekend.  The Palm Beach County Sports Commission partnered with FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches, Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium, and Palm Beach County Parks and Recreation to host the Prospect Select Baseball - Palm Beach Classic for the third consecutive year.   Prospect Select Baseball is a high caliber amateur sports organization that owns a variety of robust baseball events taking place throughout the nation.  The Palm Beach Classic, took place June 7-12, 2019 and featured 225 teams consisting of more than 4,500 athletes. Palm Beach County’s premier baseball venues, FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches, Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium, and the Santaluces Athletic Complex joined Tradition Field in Port St. Lucie to offer over 30 diamonds to accommodate this tournament.

The Palm Beach Classic attracts elite travel teams from across the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, Venezuela, Dominican Republic, and the Bahamas. These teams compete in a wood bat only format, featuring three age groups (14U, 16U, & 18U). 

Located in West Palm Beach, FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches is Florida’s newest Major League Baseball (MLB) spring training facility and is home to the Houston Astros and Washington Nationals. The facility opened in 2017 and features a 7,500-seat stadium in addition to 12 supplementary diamonds built to MLB specifications. Prospect Select Baseball also brought its prestigious TOPPS Showcase to Palm Beach County.  The TOPPS Showcase took place in conjunction with the Palm Beach Classic and featured 80 of the most talented high school baseball players in the country.  These players compete in a variety of skills competitions before playing in the TOPPS Showcase game.   

“FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches is thrilled to host Prospect Select’s Palm Beach Classic in coordination with Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium, the Santaluces Athletic Complex, Tradition Field, and the Palm Beach County Sports Commission”, said Brady Ballard, FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches’ General Manager.  “With four premier facilities for amateur baseball, the experience these athletes and families enjoy alongside the many great tourism elements will showcase why Palm Beach County is such a great destination.”

Located in Jupiter, Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium is the MLB spring training home for the Miami Marlins and the St. Louis Cardinals.  Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium is comprised of 12 MLB baseball diamonds in addition to its 7,000-seat stadium field.

"We are excited to host Prospect Select" said Mike Bauer, the General Manager of Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium. "The Palm Beach Classic represents a partnership between both of Palm Beach County’s spring training facilities. This collaborative effort will grow sports tourism in Palm Beach County."

The Santaluces Athletic Complex, located in Lantana, was the former spring training facility for the Montreal Expos. The complex is owned and operated by Palm Beach County Parks and Recreation and maintains four lighted baseball diamonds of professional dimensions.

 

 

“For many years, Palm Beach County has been a premier destination for baseball events and we’re excited about the opportunity to partner with our Sports Commission, Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium and FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches to facilitate Prospect Select and its Palm Beach Classic,” remarked Eric Call, Director of Palm Beach County Parks and Recreation.  “We’re pleased to be able to present our award-winning park system and sports venues to visitors and I know that all of the participants will enjoy their experience.”

 

The Palm Beach Classic will be one of the largest amateur sporting events taking place in Palm Beach County during the summer of 2019.  In addition to home runs and great catches, this event will bring tremendous economic benefits.  The influx of visitors will create an estimated $4 million in visitor spending while generating a strong boost to hotel occupancy levels.  

 

"We are extremely excited about the 2019 Palm Beach Classic. The nation’s best travel organizations in amateur baseball and the nation’s premier baseball players will be on display at world class venues in The Palm Beaches,” said Prospect Select Baseball Regional Director, Jeremy Plexico.


Catch Some Fun at The Ballpark

Palm Beach County will be home to one of the most admired amateur baseball events in the United States. In partnership with the Palm Beach County Sports Commission, USA Baseball will host its National Team Championships at Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium, the Spring Training home of the Cardinals and Marlins and FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches, the Spring Training home of the Houston Astros and the Washington Nationals from June 14-30, 2019.  Nearly 100 teams consisting of approximately 2,000 athletes will contend for championships in the 14U, 15U, and 16U age groups.  This event serves as the East National Team Championship, which takes place simultaneously with the USA Baseball’s West National Team Championship in Arizona. 

USA Baseball will conduct its National Team Championships over 14 days in 2019.  The 15U tournament will be the first stage of the National Team Championships from June 14-19. The 16U age group will conduct its tournament from June 20-25.  The 14U age group will conclude the tournament from June 26-30.  More than 300 baseball games will take place at Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium and FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches during the two-week stretch.   The 2019 edition of this event represents the 6th consecutive year that USA Baseball will bring its National Team Championships for all its age groups to The Palm Beaches. 

The USA Baseball brand creates a sense of patriotism and national pride. USA Baseball uses their National Team Championships to select individuals for the USA Baseball 15U National Team, and the 14U and 16U National Team Development Program.  The USA Baseball National Teams for each age group will be selected from the pool of athletes recruited during the National Team Championships.  

The USA Baseball National Team Championships will be one the largest amateur baseball tournaments taking place in Palm Beach County this summer.  In addition to home runs, great catches and fastballs, the USA Baseball National Team Championships will bring a tremendous economic impact to Palm Beach County.  The two weeks of baseball games are expected to generate over 5,500 hotel room nights and $4 million in direct visitor spending.  Since 2001, USA Baseball hosted an event in The Palm Beaches.  A total of 77,424 hotel room nights have been tracked from these events.


Palm Beach County Hosts One of The Oldest Sports Events in The Nation -  102nd Amateur Championship”

 

The Florida State Amateur Championship is one of the oldest and most prestigious amateur golf championships in the country. This year the Amateur will head to The Loxahatchee Club & Jonathan's Landing - The Fazio at Old Trail, in Jupiter, from June 20-23. The Fazio Course at Old Trail was just redone in the summer of 2018 and will be give players an exciting fresh look at a local favorite as the companion course.  The 102nd edition of the Amateur Championship will feature 168 golfers competing in 72 holes of individual gross stroke play.  All golfers play 18 holes at The Loxahatchee Club and 18 holes at Jonathan’s Landing Golf Club before the 36-hole cut. The final 36 holes will be played at The Loxahatchee Club. The courses will be sure to provide a test to the top amateurs in the state!

Golfers must qualify to compete at this prestigious event.  The FSGA stages fourteen (14) qualifying events that are gateways to competing at the Amateur Championship.  

The Amateur Championship is one of the oldest and most prestigious amateur golf tournaments in the country. The Amateur Championship has a rich history dating back to 1913 with A.C. Ulmer winning the first of four titles. Other past champions include: Carl Dann Jr. (5-time champion & Hall of Fame inductee), Don Bisplinghoff (4-time champion & Hall of Fame inductee), Bob Murphy, Doug Sanders, Gary Koch, Jerry Pate, Buddy Alexander, and Blayne Barber. Palm Beach County has hosted the Amateur Championship on two previously occasions (100th Amateur Championship in 2018 and the 96th Amateur Championship in 2013).

The Florida State Golf Association (FSGA) conducts more than 520 tournament days each year, including 38 state championships, and over 45 days of United States Golf Association (USGA) qualifying events.  The FSGA includes more than 800 member clubs and 260,000 individual members.

 

 

 


Judo Competitors Get Ready For 2019 Judo Championships

Now in its 40th year of providing Floridians amateur sports opportunities, the Sunshine State Games is the longest continuously-running State Games in the United States. The Florida Sports Foundation is partnering with the Palm Beach County Sports Commission to bring the Sunshine State Games (SSG) Judo Championships to Congress Middle School on June 14-15.  The Sunshine State Games is an Olympic-Style competition, which hosts various events throughot the state of Florida. The Sunshine State Games Judo Championships is expected to attract over 200 competitors from across the state participating in a variety of age divisions, (youth and adults), which feature both a Shiai and Kata competition for boys and girls.  Both, male and female athletes will compete.

The Sunshine State Games are the nation’s oldest State Games and Florida’s largest and longest standing multi-sport festival. The Sunshine State Games are conducted under the auspices of the Florida Sports Foundation, a direct-support organization of the State of Florida.  Most competitions are sanctioned or recognized by the Olympic Governing Body for that sport and some serve as Governing Body State Championships or national qualifiers. The Florida Sports Foundation is a member of the National Congress of State Games, a member organization consisting of 29 State Games programs from throughout the nation.  The Sunshine State Games serves as a qualifier for the State Games of America held every odd numbered year. 

 


 

Palm Beach County Sports Commission Takes Home Two Florida Sports Tourism Awards

The Florida Sports Foundation, which is the official sports promotion and development organization for the State of Florida, presented the Palm Beach County Sports Commission with two (2) of its six (6) Florida Sports Tourism Awards at the annual Florida Sports Summit in Pensacola on May 21, 2019.  

The Florida Sports Foundation awarded the Palm Beach County Sports Commission and Winter Equestrian Festival as “Florida’s Sports Event of the Year”.  The Winter Equestrian Festival prevailed over many of the nation’s premier sports events taking place in Florida.  Not only is the Winter Equestrian Festival the largest annual sporting event in The Palm Beaches, it is the longest running equestrian event in the world, attracting both national and international athletes. The Winter Equestrian Festival consists thousands of horses and riders from all 50 U.S. states and 52 different nations. The Festival starts in early January and concludes at the end of March.  An estimated $89 million in visitor spending was created in 2018 due to this marquee equestrian event, which represents the largest economic output of any sports event taking place in Palm Beach County. The Palm Beach County Sports Commission has supported the Winter Equestrian Festival through direct investments, marketing and public relation campaigns, and a collaborative effort and strategies to expand the equestrian sports season in The Palm Beaches

 

The Palm Beach County Sports Commission and PGA National Resort & Spa were awarded “Florida’s Sports Venue of the Year”.  The Palm Beach County Sports Commission hosted 20 sports events this past year, which generated 22,502 room nights and $56 million in economic impact.  This list includes The Honda Classic, which is the only PGA TOUR event in South Florida.   In addition to The Honda Classic, the globe’s largest amateur golf tournaments, a variety of amateur tennis tournaments, and marquee sports conferences also took place at PGA National Resort & Spa.  The Palm Beach County Sports Commission and PGA National Resort & Spa joined forces to transform The Palm Beaches into an elite destination for collegiate national championships.  After hosting the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Women’s Golf National Championship for the past two years, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) awarded an unprecedented collection of its golf championships to the Palm Beach County Sports Commission and PGA National.  In total, the NCAA delivered five (5) golf championships that will take place in a four (4) year span (2019-2022). The NCAA Division II Women’s Golf Championship just occurred this past May. 

Finally, the Florida Sports Foundation recognized the Palm Beach County Sports Commission for organizing the Governor’s Baseball Dinner on February 17, 2019 at the Kravis Center.   Attendees from across Florida joined, Governor Ron DeSantis, including Palm Beach County Commissioners and elected officials, state legislatures, and representatives from teams that compete in the Grapefruit League. Major League Baseball Commissioner, Rob Manfred, also participated and promoted spring training baseball during this special event.  The dinner was a symbolic celebration of the mark that baseball has made in Palm Beach County and the state of Florida.  The Florida Sports Foundation marked the 2019 Governor’s Baseball Dinner as their best in the event’s illustrious history.


Palm Beach County became a championship cycling destination this May. The Palm Beach County Sports Commission partnered with Extreme Sports Productions to host the 2019 Bill Bone Florida State Criterium Championships. Take a look at
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