National champions from multiple major youth baseball organizations will be coming to Branson this summer to compete in a tournament of champions. The 2015 12U Champions from AABC, AAU, CABA, Dizzy Dean and NABF will be competing in the Youth Baseball Network (YBN) National Championship. The tournament will be held August 19-22.

The inaugural YBN Championship will be played at the Branson RecPlex, with future Championships played annually at the new Ballparks of America in Branson.

In addition to the participating champions, a host Branson-area All-Star team will round-out the six team tournament. Youth Baseball Network is planning for additional major youth baseball organizations to join the YBN Championship in 2016.

Youth Baseball Network, a marketing and online media company, developed its YBN National Championship by partnering with many of the largest youth baseball organizations in America. This invitational tournament promises to become the preeminent national youth baseball championship in the country.

“We’re excited to have Branson as the host city of our very prestigious National Championship,” stated Gil Vieira, Founder and CEO of Youth Baseball Network. “Between the City of Branson, Branson CVB, Branson Tourism Center and Ballparks of America, we’ve been able to build partnerships that will help develop Branson into the new ‘capital’ of youth baseball.”

“We are delighted to welcome these teams from across the nation, and their families, to the inaugural YBN National Championship,” said Jeff Seifried, President/CEO, Branson/Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce and Convention & Visitors Bureau. “We look forward to hosting the National Championship for many years to come.”

Branson Landing Hosts Special Opening Ceremony

The YBN Championship begins Wednesday morning, August 19, at 9:00 AM. A special Opening Ceremony will take place that day at 6:30 PM at Branson Landing. The ceremony will feature Missouri State University Head Baseball Coach Keith Guttin as Guest Speaker. Coach Guttin, a member of the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame, was recently named the 2015 Missouri Valley Conference Coach of the Year – an award he has won five times. Coach Guttin will host a question and answer segment and discuss his experiences in baseball.

Additional entertainment at the ceremony will be provided by Branson’s popular ‘Buckets N Boards.’ Matt Levingston and Gareth Sever have crafted a hilarious and high-energy show chock-full of precise percussion, ridiculous songs, spectacular tap dancing, inventive instrumentation and unique musical talent.

The teams will arrive at the Landing via Branson’s famous amphibious craft that resemble the WWII DUKW, courtesy of Ride The Ducks.

Games continue at the RecPlex Thursday and Friday afternoon, with the YBN Championship Finals scheduled for Saturday at 3:00 PM. The Finals will be preceded by a Home Run Derby contest at 1:30 PM.

The full YBN Championship schedule can be seen at www.youthbaseballnetwork.com.

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