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A Message From the Executive Director (Post-season, 2018)

By Charles M. Blackburn, Jr., 08/22/18, 2:00PM EDT

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All of us in the NABF-our officers, directors, and members-are so very grateful and extend our special thanks to all sponsors of our NABF national program:  Hoosier Bat Company, Village Trophy Company, Sports Factory, Baseball Factory, Major League Baseball, USA Baseball, Diamond Baseball (our official NABF baseball), MTM Recognition (NABF’s only official champion rings provider), and Frazier Insurance Company (NABF team liability and medical coverage), and to all of those numerous individuals that contributed their time and resources to make our season a success.

Congratulations to all participating NABF franchised member league organizations that took part in our 105th consecutive season, and all the teams representing their league and state, having advanced through Regional and NABF National Championship Tournaments.  Each of our age groups provided an excellent field of teams, providing outstanding competition. 

None of our member leagues or champion tournament events starts or finishes without the good work of many volunteers, planning well in advance, and their management of the game-by-game league play required to have a successful program.

To those organizations hosting our Regional and World Series tourney play, hats off and many thanks to you and your members.  You keep this game alive and well at the grassroots level, providing the opportunities for so many young players to be recognized by colleges and MLB scouts.  But most of all, thanks to our baseball players’ families-the grassroots level support of sandlot baseball. 

Special thanks also to Rockland Baseball Association for hosting the Rookie and Freshman Division World Series; Youngstown Class B Baseball League and family of Bob Cene, Sr. for hosting the Sophomore, Junior, and Senior Division World Series; Maryland State Baseball Association and Howard County Youth Program (HCYP) for hosting the High School Division World Series; City of Toledo, Ohio and Greater Toledo Amateur Sports Foundation for hosting the College Division World Series; City of Battle Creek, Michigan and South Michigan Amateur Baseball Association for hosting the Major Division World Series; and all those NABF franchise members, businesses, and individuals too numerous to list, having contributed their time and resources for NABF sandlot baseball for all ages.

Again, our many thanks to all the volunteers for having made this season a success.  We welcome the coming season with each of you, as loyal members of NABF baseball, looking forward to our 106th consecutive year of operation.

 

Kind regards to all,

Charles M. Blackburn, Jr.

Executive Director, NABF