Referring to Ballparks of America as just a “facility” does not do it justice. Located in Branson, MO., Ballparks of America is more of a mecca for youth baseball, founded on the premise that every young ball player who visits will have an experience which will last him or her a lifetime.
Todd Yancey, Director of Sales and Marketing for Ballparks of America, spoke on the traditions created by its founders.
“We are all about baseball, friends and family. We wanted a place that would treat these kids like big leaguers, creating an atmosphere which would bring families together and forge long lasting friendships.” said Yancey.
It all starts with their field. Instead of standard baseball fields, Ballparks boasts five legendary field replicas of actual major league ballparks; Wrigley Field, Fenway Park, Ebbets Field, Busch Stadium and Comerica Park. All of these fields are 2/3rd’s the size of their big league ballpark.
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In addition to the one-of-a kind on-field experience, athletes who compete at this state-of-the-art facility get to experience pro amenities off the diamond as well. Perhaps the most special feature about the facility is the team suites. Each team suite is equipped with custom lockers, flat screen televisions, private showers, all the things a big leaguer has access too. Players who visit and play at Ballparks get treated like they are MLB superstars.
Teams who travel to Branson to play in their tournaments get a lot more than just a great experience; they get great competition.
“We run tournaments and events all year long” said Todd Yancey. “We just finished our summer season which included over a dozen tournaments, featuring the best talent from all over the U.S. and few international teams as well.”
While Ballparks of America wants to be remembered as a destination for all, they are still very focused on high quality baseball and developing players. Teams showcase their skills in multiple challenges, including Around the Horn and the Team Relay, providing players an opportunity to warm up, and for coaches to scout their competition.
Players also have the chance to showcase their power in a Home Run Derby under the lights.
Ballparks of America is also the host facility of The Babe Ruth League/Cal Ripken World Series M70. The Cal Ripken World Series is Ballpark’s premiere event and includes hundreds of young, talented baseball teams from around the world, competing for the title of world champion.
Ballparks of America have accomplished a lot in a short period of time and they are not finished yet. They plan on adding retail shops and stores, along with more family attractions such as laser tag and batting cages to the facility. Their goal of blending world-class baseball facilities with a family friendly environment is everything a young baseball player dreams of.
“An experience like this can have a tremendous effect on a young person down the road in life.” Yancey said. “It is all about giving back to the kids, their families and passing on the game of baseball to that next generation.”