JUNE 30th - JULY 26th
LAKE CHARLES/Southwest Louisiana
McMurry Park - McNeese State
Barbe HS - Legion Field
TRUE MAJOR LEAGUE EVALUATIONS
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Through joint ventures and sponsorships, the Future Stars Series has built solid relationships with several undisputed global brand leaders in amateur and Major League Baseball.
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IN THE NEWS
- Keith Law
"PROGRAM 15 has assembled an enviable staff of longtime industry veterans who bring their experience, scouting acumen, and development expertise to all of their events. They get the right players on the field and they work to help those players improve.”
- Marc Tramuta
NY Mets Scouting Director
"The evaluation staff at the PROGRAM 15 has had their credibility tested daily throughout Major League Baseball. Reading their reports and discussing the players with them directly leaves little doubt as to what you’ll be seeing. It’s easy to look forward to the Future Stars Series Events and the players in them.”
New Balance Baseball Future Stars Series Finds New Home
Visit Lake Charles (VLC) is pleased to announce that New Balance Future Stars Series National Championships, one of the most prestigious high school showcase baseball tournaments in the United States, will call Southwest Louisiana home for the next four years.
Today in downtown Lake Charles, President/CEO of VLC, Kyle Edmiston, and CEO/President of Baseball Operations for NBFSS, Jeremy Booth, told a standing room only crowd of the new partnership.
The first National Championship event will be held in the summer of 2020, taking place over a 4-week period beginning June 30. The total room count in excess of 10,000 room nights and annual estimated economic impact of over $7.5 million, makes the National Championship tournaments the largest single sporting event in the history of Southwest Louisiana, followed only by the 2020 U.S. Olympic Trials for Boxing and USA Boxing National Championships coming to the Lake Area this December.
“This baseball event will bring people from all over the country to Southwest Louisiana, and it is a stay-to-play tournament, meaning that the event is guaranteed to fill hotel rooms and provide a significant boost to the local economy. We could not begin to bring business like this to the Lake Area without strong partnerships and the outpouring of support from local agencies, businesses, the hospitality community, volunteers and the incredible fanbase right here in Calcasieu Parish,” said Eric Zartler, sales director for VLC.
“The City of Lake Charles is proud to welcome teams from across the United States to Southwest Louisiana where they will make lasting memories and friendships on-and-off the field as they strive to become champions. This history-making announcement highlights that the Lake Area is moving in a positive direction with energy and growth from a variety of avenues. We are delighted that the Visit Lake Charles team has worked diligently to secure this substantial piece of sports business, and we are looking forward to see the games begin in the summer of 2020,” said Mayor Nic Hunter of Lake Charles.
Teams that are expected to participate from around the country include the Orlando Scorpions, Arkansas Sticks, Dirtbags Baseball, Ontario Blue Jays, Next Level Baseball, US Elite, Team Dinger, NorCal Baseball, Trombly Baseball and from inside the state are the Louisiana Knights and Team Louisiana.
The event has been hosted in Houston for the past three years and Visit Lake Charles outdueled Las Vegas and Nashville for the right to host over the next four years. The Class of 2021 will play July 7 – 12, the Class of 2022 will be July 21 – 26, the Class of 2023 will be July 14 – 19 and the Class of 2024 will kick off the event on June 30 – July 5.
The National Championship will utilize 3 fields at McMurry Park, and also the fields at Barbe High School, Sam Houston High School, Legion Field and the Joe Miller Ballpark on the campus of McNeese State University. With some of the top talent in the country on display, college coaches and professional scouts from around the country will be in Southwest Louisiana to see these young men perform.
Some of the participants from the National Championship events will be invited to play in the Future Stars Series International Week event that will be held in the fall of 2020 at Fenway Park in Boston pitting the best young players from the United States against a team of the best young players from around the world.
“We couldn’t be more excited to bring the NBFSS National Tournament to Southwest Louisiana and Lake Charles. I’ve had the privilege of building some great relationships in this area over the years. I signed my first big leaguer in Lake Charles, Josh Prince. From Coach Cecchini and the entire Barbe Program, Chad Hebert at Sam Houston High School, and the staff at McNeese State, this community has always treated me like family. MLB veteran and P15 Co-Catching Coordinator Danny Ardoin is here in Lake Charles. Danny is extremely close to P15. I cannot wait to bring the Future Stars Series to this region. I know this will be a unique experience for the NBFSS National Tournament and a great opportunity to share in the culture of this great community,” said Jeremy Booth, Program 15 founder and CEO/President of Baseball Operations for NBFSS.
“The entire team at Visit Lake Charles is pleased to be the host for this world class baseball event in the Youth Sports Capital of Louisiana. We invite all team members, family, friends and the community to enjoy the excitement of the games at our sports facilities along with the attractions, food, culture and the great outdoors that Southwest Louisiana has to offer,” said Kyle Edmiston, President/CEO of Visit Lake Charles. “I also want to encourage the community from around Southwest LA to come out to watch these young men play. I guarantee that several of the participants will be playing major league baseball in the not too distant future.”
WHAT THEY ARE SAYING
"Just a class act event."
"I had scouts around evaluating players, big league guys doing the times... Just all that technology, all the information just leading the pack. I haven’t seen this at any event before”.
- Gabe Gamboa ABD Academy
"Joining forces with PROGRAM 15, the New Balance Future Stars Series and CEO Jeremy Booth made for a fit that just felt right."
"Jeremy’s background and what he’s doing, it’s definitely on the side of what the upper end athlete (wants). That’s been key, trying to find something for the top players in the country to go and do.”"
- Andy Burress Five Star Baseball
"The feedback from the families was tremendous."
"I can tell you it’s great having that staff of guys that have played at the highest level and were successful. I can pick up the phone and call and ask for advice on how to handle certain players or what they would recommend that we do so we can give each player the best experience and maximize their development. "
- Greg Blaesing Rhino Baseball
"The kids are excited. As instructors and as an owner, we’re excited and think huge things are going to happen for the Future Stars Series."
"... what Jeremy Booth has put in place and with his belief system, it’s exactly what we believe with the development of the kids and finding them the right fit for college. Develop your kids, get them to learn at the highest level so they can play at the highest level they’re capable of and that’s exactly the same passion we shared. The kids are excited. "
- Mike Medel Puma Baseball Academy
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