For more than 15 years, Triple Crown Baseball has laid the groundwork and opened the doors for youth baseball programs to launch the season with a purpose, and with a sense of perspective.
The 2019 Arizona Spring Championships, held over two sessions (March 7-10 and 14-17) in greater Phoenix, flexes a lot of muscle on the tournament calendar by offering competitive brackets while giving teams and families a vacation-friendly setting when away from the fields. The tournament will feature 280 teams overall (up 30 from last year), from 12 states, the District of Columbia and Mexico; logically, the western half of the country is all in, but the event also welcomes teams from Wisconsin, Iowa, Oklahoma, Texas and Kansas.
“There’s a lot of history and momentum that makes this event a priority for teams as they figure out how to start their seasons,” said event director Matt Pilcher. “But Triple Crown is careful and respectful with the enthusiasm our teams bring, as we are constantly working with field complexes, umpire groups and hotels to make sure the fundamental pieces of each session are solid.”
The event format includes the Cactus Bracket, which gives teams two extra games and adds enormous value to teams that are trying out players in new positions, or maybe exploring options for the pitching staff. The Arizona Spring Championships help take away some of mystery and unknowns within each roster.
Session 2 will feature an appearance from noted YouTube personality Domingo Ayala; his show will start at 6 p.m. Saturday, March 16 at Chaparral Park, 5401 N. Hayden Road, Scottsdale, AZ.
While Phoenix has no shortage of places to explore, the balance of the youth teams coming to town make a point to check out MLB Spring Training games – there are 15 MLB franchises that work out the winter kinks in the Cactus League, playing within a radius of 50 miles of each other. There’s always a good fit if you’re looking to catch a game.
Follow the scores and brackets of the Arizona Spring Championships on Tourney Machine: