February 4, 2014

Thousands of the most talented youth baseball players and their families from around the country will gather in East Point, Ga., over Memorial Day weekend for the 2014 All-American Wood Bat Classic. Hosted by the Youth Amateur Travel Sports Association (YATSA), teams ages 8-14 from more than 15 states will convene for a weekend of fun and sportsmanship.

Participants of the All-American Wood Bat Classic, a premier national youth tournament, get a taste of playing like the pros with wooden bats and high-level competition. Games will be played at the John Milner Sports Complex from May 23-26, 2014.

With an established national presence, the event will return to East Point following a three-year rotation to introduce the tournament to teams throughout the U.S. The event was previously held in East Point from 2003-2010, producing millions in estimated economic impact over the course of eight years.

“We are delighted to bring the All-American Wood Bat Classic back to East Point. We have been very successful in this market and look forward to having a great event this year,” said Rebecca Davis, executive director, Youth and Amateur Travel Sports Association. “Our participants have had such an awesome time in past years here in Atlanta that we have been asked time and time again when the All-American Wood Bat Classic would be back in Metro Atlanta.” Davis expressed that “YATSA is pleased to be back and extremely excited to be working with the Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau and Visit East Point.”

The city has ideal infrastructure for youth sports with ample green space and sporting facilities, high value hotels and group-friendly restaurants. Over the next 10 years, East Point will invest approximately $73 million into its parks and green space including upgrades for some of the city’s sports complexes.

“We're excited to welcome the 2014 All-American Wood Bat Classic to East Point,” said Jannquell Peters, East Point mayor. “From the fields where they swing the bats to the hotels and restaurants, we want to provide an unforgettable experience for the players, coaches and their families in our city.”

The All-American Wood Bat Classic is about more than just wins and losses. Players, coaches and families will have the opportunity to participate in events hosted by the Atlanta Braves and other Atlanta area attractions, facilitating an environment that promotes sportsmanship on and off the field.

Teams interested in participating in the 2014 All-American Wood Bat Classic can register at www.woodbatclassic.net.

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