Tampa, FL - 2016 saw a lot of changes to Prospect Wire events. The introduction of a new, all turf complex in Central FL...the addition of youth events for ages 10-13u...Trackman...HR Derby's...All Tournnament Teams...and our first Invite Only event, which drew well over 65 colleges in Southern California last June.
"In 2017, we are aiming higher" said Prospect Wire President Matt Bomeisl. "We want to change the way people experience our events. We want teams to see the value of attending our events. We are creating the type of events that are 'can't miss'."
While many of the main staple events that shape Prospect Wire's summer & fall schedule are back for another season, many of them are getting a "face lift" this year. Events like the Memorial Weekend Classic, which will feature a more efficient, improved combine & stronger competition as it heads towards 90+ teams this year. The biggest change comes in the form of Prospect Wire's first ever "Tournament of Champions". The event, which will be held August 11-13 in Tampa, FL at the gorgeous USF baseball stadium, will feature an NCAA Regional Style Double Elimination format, with the winners of Prospect Wire's 4 Summer Tournaments that have champions.
The winners of the Underclass (16u/15u) & Upperclass (18u/17u) divisions of these events will advance to the Tournament of Champions event, which will be free to enter for them. There will be music, annoucing players, and special events all weekend long to celebrate our 4 PW Champions this summer.
"We are so excited to finally roll something like this out," said National Tournament Director Brian Werner. "We have discussed this concept for years and finally are at a place with our events where something like this could happen. We are grateful to USF Baseball for allowing us to use their first rate facility this August. I can't wait to see teams load up their rosters to try to win a spot."
The Tournament of Champions, as well as the PW NextGen 30 event at Vanderbilt the same weekend, which will feature the 30 best 14U players from around the country in an all expenses paid 3 game event at Vanderbilt University's baseball stadium, were designed with the idea that teams would come out ready to compete with their best players.
"The idea is to have teams bring their best players. Load up their rosters because for some kids, they will never get a chance to play on a college field," said Werner. "We are trying to do something special. It's not necessarily meant to be a huge 'scouting' event. It's a reward for grinding out 6-7 games in a 4-5 day span. For being the best team in our event that weekend. It's going to be a big show & a lot of fun for the 8 teams that get the chance to play in it."
Another thing you will see at Prospect Wire events this summer are better pool play competition. "After speaking with a lot of coaches this off season, the one thing that stood out with most of them was the fact the idea that teams top priority of winning a tournament has changed. I heard coach after coach tell me that they want to play the best teams possible, early in the event, when college scouts are locked in and fresh. I think you will start to see some of the better teams matched up early on, rather than trying to rate teams and balance out pools evenly across the board. Besides, if you are getting a free entry to an elite event at an elite D1 facility, you should have to earn it," remarked Werner.
With the addition of events like the San Diego Invitational, NextGen Elite Youth Championships, FL State Championships, Junior Classic & several new fall events that will be announced soon...Prospect Wire is definitely working on filling up the calendar with as many quality, well run events as possible. "We have a lot of really interesting ideas & concepts we worked on, and continue to work on," said Bomeisl. "We are constantly brain storming to find out how we can improve our events, and make the experience better for everyone involved. But most important, we want to put our emphasis back on the kids at our events. The players who need to see value for why they are attending our events."