TAMPA, Fla. - The National Club Baseball Association is excited to announce that Tampa, Florida will serve as the major market host area for the 2008 NCBA Spring Training Showcase. The decision comes after successful events in 2006 and 2007 that produced an increase from 10 to 26 participating teams in 2006 and from 26 to 39 in 2007. During the month long event in 2007, more than 1,000 participants and fans made their way to the Tampa area to enjoy the warm weather and great baseball. The result was an economic impact of over one million dollars for the area. This year, the NCBA is anticipating that 50 club baseball and softball teams will be making the trip to the Tampa area during their spring break to play at Mike Sansone Park in Plant City, Florida.
NCBA Director of Tournaments and Championships, Kyle Buchmann, had this to say about the decision: â€œThe amount of planning that it takes to host an event of this size is greatly reduced when you can return to a quality location year after year. The Tampa Sports Commission has been extremely helpful in making this tournament a success each year with their dedication to a quality experience for the players and fans of this event. Working with the local sponsors, hotels, field crews and umpires has been such a positive experience that I look forward to the future of this event in the Tampa area.
Tampa Bay Sports Commission’s Sales and Events Manager, Jason Aughey, commented on the decision by saying, â€œOn behalf of everyone here at the Sports Commission and CVB, we cannot tell you how excited we are that the NCBA will be returning to Plant City for the third straight year. It has been an absolute pleasure working with your organization and we look forward to continuing this relationship and growing the event in the future.
More information about the NCBA, teams and ways to get involved as sponsors and volunteers can be found atwww.clubbaseball.org or by emailing Kyle Buchmann at: firstname.lastname@example.org and by phone at 412.321.1797.