The appeal and attractions of the Southwest desert in March are a drawing card for many reasons, and there’s a parade of youth baseball teams excited to make their enthusiasm obvious as Triple Crown Sports prepares to deliver the 2023 Arizona Spring Championships, set over five sessions in metro Phoenix during March of 2023.
Baseball fans have found the recipe for the Arizona Spring Championships to suit their taste for 22 years, as games are scheduled early in the day so teams and their families can check out the action at MLB Spring Training games. There are 15 MLB teams that call Arizona home this time of year, with games played in 10 stadiums around the region.
Triple Crown welcomes 620 teams this year from 28 states and Canada. Session 1 fires up from March 2-5, and the event closes with Session 5, running from March 23-26. TCS Baseball will use more than 50 fields to execute the event, with 40 staffers and umpires pulled in from 15 states to keep things moving forward.
“Every year, more and more teams are wanting to descend to the desert in March to duck the cold, play baseball and watch MLB teams getting ready for their regular season,” said event director Matt Pilcher. “It’s an electric combination and every team should try it at least once.”
“We were really just chasing the sun,” said Mark Tyler, head coach of the Elevate NW squad from Woodinville, WA that won the 13u title in 2022. “We were really happy to come down here and play in the sunshine. Awesome group of teams, great tournament, very well put on… It was all about (our kids) today. I didn't coach very much. I told them, ‘Hey, guys, this is your day. Today is your day to go do it.’ And so they did, and I loved it.”