Clearwater based Team Florida played in the New Era National Youth Baseball Championships in Memphis, Tennessee this past week. This is the largest youth Tournament in the United States for competitive baseball players.
The New Era National Youth Baseball Championship pits eight of the leading national organizations against each other to determine who truly has the best 12U and 10U team in the nation. AAU, AABC, Babe Ruth, Dixie, NABF, PONY, USSSA, and Super Series each send their National Championship team in the 12U and 10U age divisions to Memphis to settle once and for all who has the best team in the country for the season. Former MLB players Harold Reynolds and Jeff Nelson served as the NYBC Tournaments announcers as it was hosted by MLB Network.
The AAU 10U National Champions, Team Florida, had an outstanding showing in Memphis, coming in 3rd place. Team Florida beat Super Series’ Banditos Black 5-3, Dixie’s Shreveport 12-2, and PONY’s William S. Hart 12-1, before falling in the semi-finals to NABF’s DQ Crushers 5-2. The Crushers moved on to the championship game where they defeated the Banditos Black to win the 10U division.
Rob Ciaravino, Team Florida Coach and Owner of The Hitting Academy explained, “These young players went up against the best teams in the Country and showed their skills”, said Ciaravino. “When you have the 8 best 10U Teams playing for a title, anything can happen. We just came up against a tough pitcher from Arkansas who kept us off balance. Nonetheless, these kids had the time of their lives playing in front of a national audience”.