2017 Youth National Championships
- Published on Monday, 10 February 2014 13:00
- Written by Baseball New Zealand
The Baseball New Zealand Youth National Championships at U16 and U19 grades will be held in Auckland from 14 to 17 April 2017
The National Championships is one of Baseball New Zealand's longest-standing events, and with the sport growing at such a rapid pace, 2012 saw the splitting of the age grades, and the establishment of the Youth National Championships (YNC).
The tournament will attract over 200 players and hundreds of supporters to each host venue, as well as national baseball scouts.
This event is the pinnacle of the youth aspect of baseball in New Zealand and competition is expected to be tight.
The U16 championships will be hosted by the Howick Pakuranga Baseball Club and will be played at Lloyd Elsmore Park in Pakuranga, while the U19 championships will be played at Crossfields Reserve in Glendowie, with round robin games played on Sat 15th and Sunday 16th, followed by the final at Lloyd Elsmore Park on Easter Monday (17th).
The best players in each youth age group from clubs throughout the country converge on the diamonds for one of the biggest date on the New Zealand club's baseball calendar.
Players will represent their clubs to compete in a tournament format to become the best club in the country.
Games begin on Good Friday 14 April and run through to the Finals Day on Easter Monday 17 April, with a full programme of baseball on the cards with back-to-back games each day.
The New Zealand National Club Championship was first contested in 2005, and remains the pinnacle event for New Zealand players with many of the players hoping to secure a place in New Zealand national teams to go to various upcoming events.
Fans can expect the battle on the diamond for club pride to be enhanced by the individual quest for National team selection across all grades.
Deadline for entries - 3 April 2017
DOWNLOAD: Tournament Forms
Pick-up Player Form (To be completed by all players not attached to a team, wanting to play at National Tournament)
Pick-up Players for Draft (Click on Player name for detailed information)