TAMPA - After completing a year that saw Prospect Wire grow from 8 events to 16 events across the country, most would think it earned some well deserved time off following the completion of the PW Fall National Championships in October. As the holiday season approaches, Prospect Wire is already fast at work on the 2014 season. With a schedule that already includes 11 events already locked in (4 of them brand new events to PW), you could say the "off-season" is anything but a slow time.
"There is no question 2013 was our biggest year, and probably the most chellenging," said Prospect Wire President Matt Bomeisl. "We expanded to places like Baltimore, Battle Creek (MI), Champaign (IL) and Johnstown (PA). While it was a challenge for us, we also felt like 2013 was a huge learning experience that will be critical in our growth as we move forward into 2014. We will be making important changes that we feel will only enhance the experience each team has when they come to a Prospect Wire or World Scout League event."
Prospect Wire's National Events Director Brian Werner, along with National Director Corey Goldfarb & Matt Bomeisl, are already fast at work, marketing the upcoming 2014 schedule to both our past attending teams, as well as reaching out to new teams around the country.
"One of the things we discussed as the 2013 schedule came to a close, was how we could better market our events and get the word out quicker, and more often, to the teams in areas we plan to be in 2014. Many coaches expressed interest in our 2014 schedule early in the fall. We knew to get new teams, we had to spread the word early on. Through twitter updates, Facebook and even Instagram, we have been able to expand our market, which will hopefully pay off in the form of record numbers at our events next year," remarked Brian Werner. "We have a goal to increase our numbers at all our events. Last year we reached 120 teams at our Florida State Finals, which was a huge accomplishment for us in 6 short years. Our West Coast Finals has grown up to 76 teams last year in just 3 years, and we look to reach 90-100 in 2014."
One of the things that excites Prospect Wire's staff the most is the addition of some new events, and new venues.
"I can't wait to see how the new Chicago Cubs facility in Mesa, AZ turns out. To have that as an addition to our West Coast Finals is going to be great," said Werner. "Getting to go to new places is always fun for us as a staff. It usually means new teams & players, which helps our rankings & reports. Univ. of Tennesee, Ohio State & George Washington are great venues. We are excited & priviledged to be using first class facilities like these."
"We are always looking to get better teams to our events, which in turn draws better talent for the college recruiters & pro scouts to see," stated National Director Corey Goldfarb. "What everyone wants to see is rankings & scouting reports. By running events at top level facilities like Wrigley West, Goodyear, Tradition Field and D1 Facilities like Illinois (2013) & Cal State Fullerton, & USF, we increase the teams we draw in. Teams want to play good talent, on good fields. We are working to make sure we always have the best facilities we can for our events. Last year we added sponsorships and we have big things planned in 2014 because of those sponsorships. It's going to be a very exciting year."
Prospect Wire also knows that teams want to travel less. In 2014, by adding new venues like Ohio State, University of Tennessee & George Washington University, as well as bringing a summer event to the Virginia Sports Complex in 2014, Prospect Wire continues to find ways to make travel baseball easier for the participating teams.
"I am really excited that we are already working on 2014," exclaimed Werner. "I can't wait for Memorial Weekend to get here so we can get back to baseball!"
If you are interested in registering for any Prospect Wire event in 2014, please send an email to Brian Werner at firstname.lastname@example.org