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Announcing Our Hot Highlight Weekend Winners

We were blown away by your highlights submitted April 11-15 for our first 2019 Hot Highlight Weekend Contest. It was tough to pick just three winners, so we decided to award four! Each of our HiCast Users will receive a Rawlings Sackpack thanks to Rawlings Sporting Goods.

HiCast User: @cora for an over-the-fence home run by #1 in the USA Softball of SC tourney at Tiger River Park on 4/13/19

HiCast User: @adam.haber27 for Adam Saber’s diving catch at center field at East Cobb Baseball Complex on 4/11/19

HiCast User: @Paulmaida1 for Ryan Maida’s walk-off home run for the Long Island Hurricanse 11U in the Baseball Heaven Swing Into Spring Championship game on 4/14/19.

HiCast User: @Eagles007 for a fantastic double-play featuring two tags by the catcher on Field 6 at Diamond Nation on 4/14/19

Congratulations to our winners! Stay tuned for our next contest and keep sharing your Moments That Matter™ to our app’s HiCast Feed as it’s the source for our contest entries including our second annual 2019 Most Valuable Play Awards coming at the end of the year.

Central Georgia Umpires Are Improving Their Game with the HiCast Sports Network

Central Georgia Umpires, lead by founder John Turner, is using HiCast Sports Network technology at East Cobb Baseball Complex to improve their game. We sat it on their annual Barry Suttle Memorial Camp for umpires to learn more about how they were using our solution to train new umpires and coach more experienced umpires. John uses our mobile app to make sure that his umpires are in place on the fields and reviews game footage as needed when tournament directors express issues or concerns. He shares highlights to visually communicate issues and positives to his team of umpires for coaching purposes.

The first person that I watched when I turned the cameras on was myself. It was a huge eye opener. It’s a great way to get yourself back in the groove... and a great tool to be able to show (my team of umpires) what they look like. Having the ability to see ourselves on TV really gives us a huge advantage on looking more professional and doing it the right way.
— John Turner, Founder of Central Georgia Umpires

John started playing baseball at age five. His father, JP Turner, an umpire for youth and high school baseball for more than 40 years helped foster John’s appreciation and understanding of the game. At age 15, John transitioned from player to umpire, following in his father and older brother’s footsteps. He’s been an umpire for the bulk of his career and founded Central Georgia Umpires to share his love for baseball and improve the quality of umpires in Georgia. The Central Georgia Umpires team of 100 umpires officiates all games at East Cobb Baseball Complex including Perfect Game and Triple Crown tournaments, and ECB-hosted events. They also umpire southeast regional collegiate showcases.

John shares that the most difficult part of being an umpire is similar to that of most leaders in that the role requires one to take full responsible for moving the game forward and communicating direction to the teams, while maintaining a good rapport with players, coaches and fans.

Most of us played the game with the same goal, which was to hit the game-winning run in the final game of the World Series. These kids today are trying to live that same dream. For some kids they’re going to get as close to that dream as they ever will, so they deserve to have every game officiated like it’s game seven of the World Series. That’s what I like doing. I feel like I’m giving back to the game when I’m out there.”
— John Turner, Founder of Central Georgia Umpires

His advice to parents and fans on how to better support the game? “Read the rulebook and understand how it’s applied to the game. Some people look for loopholes to gain an advantage, but it’s our job to make sure neither team gains an advantage so that the game can be played fairly by everyone.”

Maritime Privateer's Catcher Jake Vera's Play at the Plate Goes Viral!

SUNY Maritime College Privateer catcher Jake Vera tags the runner at home for the out in their dramatic 5-4 win against Plattsburgh State on February 24, 2019 at Baseball Heaven in Yaphank, NY, a venue covered by our HiCast Sports Network.

We shared this highlight on the morning of Tuesday, February 27 following the Maritime vs. Plattsburgh State double-header on a tip from the pitcher Matt Paghidas’ mom Ellen and it’s been retweeted, reposted, and shared ever since attracting hundreds of thousands of views from fans worldwide including the MLB Network, ESPN Sports Center, CBS Sports and Sports Illustrated followers.

Photo by Maritime Athletics

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We caught up with catcher Jake Vera to hear more about this Moment That Matters™…

“It’s kinda crazy, we were just watching MLB Hot Stove and saw it,” said Jake Vera, the catcher who made the play at the plate, a junior at SUNY Maritime.

The Maritime Privateers typically play on their home field, but due to weather conditions during the early portion of their season, they are known to play at Baseball Heaven, a venue in our HiCast Sports Network where we cover all games.

Leading up to the infamous play, the Maritime Privateers were up 5-3 in the final inning of the game. Jake’s roomate Matt Paghidas took the mound and was throwing harder than usual that day. “He blew the first two strikes by the kid and I guess the kid at second was trying to get to third. We ended up having the pick off and the throw went into center field after the ball got past our shortstop. When I saw the throw coming in (to home plate), I knew it was going to be a close play. So I just tried to jump up and make the play but obviously it was way too high. When I turned around, I just saw the ball bounce right back to me and the kid trying to get back to home plate. As I saw the throw go over my head, I just figured we’re going to have to win in a different way, but when I tagged him it was just crazy. Everyone was just going nuts and it was pretty cool.” shared Jake.

Jake Vera grew up in Plainview, NY and has been play baseball for as long as he can remember. He started with T-ball and played baseball for his town team in Bethpage, New York as a child before moving on to travel teams during his teen years and then on to the collegiate level.

Jake knew that the HiCast Sports Network recorded games at Baseball Heaven, but shared that he “honestly didn’t know it would go crazy like this. I can’t even put it into words right now how awesome this is – not just for me – but everyone on our team is really pumped about it. Even our coach texted in our team group chat, ‘sorry about the late practice schedule today, I was re-watching MLB network a couple of times.’ He’s pumped about it too. Overall, it’s a really awesome moment for us.” Read the Maritime College Athletics press release for more.

2019 Calendar of Coverage for Venues Across our HiCast Sports Network

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We’re beginning to warm up for the 2019 season across our network and getting fired up to see your Moments That Matter™! Check out our up-to-date for tournaments and games across our network. Here are some key opening days and first tourneys coming up at our venues playing now through March (weather permitting):

Baseball USA Powered by Marucci – TX USSSA Tourneys underway

Traction Sportsplex, Baton Rouge, LA – First tourney, 300 Point Tiger Showdown XVII, kicks off on Feb 16

The Shipyard Park, Charleston, SC – First tourney, PBR Showdown, kicks off Feb 22

East Cobb Baseball Complex, Marietta, GA – First tourney, Perfect Game Spring Kick Off, kicks off March 1

Diamond Nation, Flemington, NJ – First tourney, Spring Fever, kicks off March 9

Tyger River Park, Spartanburg, SC – First tourneys, USA Softball of SC and NSA Slow Pitch Softball, kick off March 9

Sports at the Beach, Georgetown, DE – First tourney, Lucky Charm Challenge, kicks off March 16

Buckhead Baseball, Atlanta, GA – Opening Day on March 16

Baseball Heaven, Yaphank, NY –First tourney, Pre-Season Bash, kicks off March 22

Be sure to share your highlights all year long in our app’s HiCast Feed. This is the source of our contest entries and where we find and promote your best highlights. Who’s ready to play ball?

Announcing the Winners of Our 2018 HiCast Sports MVP Awards Presented by Rawlings

December 10, 2018 – HiCast Sports Network in partnership with Rawlings Sporting Goods is proud to announce the grand prize winners of the HiCast Sports 2018 Awards for Youth Baseball chosen by our judge, Legendary Hall of Fame Shortstop Ozzie Smith. His comments follow each winning highlight below.

Most Valuable Defensive Plays

  1. Jeremy Payne’s Diving Catch for Sta-Mo Storm Major Baseball 13U at Shortstop at Baseball USA in Houston, TX shared by HiCast user: divalishish24 from TX – “He had to range far to his left and go airborne. Showed great athleticism.”

  2. Mitchell Kahlenberg’s Diving Catch in Right Field for SBA - Mendez 14U at Shipyard Park in Charleston, SC shared by HiCast user: tctiger33 from SC – “He made a great recovery on a ball that was hard to judge off the bat.”

  3. Lukas Loring’s Diving Stop and Throw at Short Stop for the Out for Bagel Bombers 12U at Sports at the Beach in Georgetown, DE shared by HiCast user: Mloring from MD – “Good instincts and good reaction.”

Most Valuable Offensive Plays

  1. Erick Diaz’s 2-Run Home Run for Jersey Storm 12U at Diamond Nation in Flemington, NJ shared by HiCast user: heriberto from NJ – “Very big league.”

  2. Kevin Henrich’s 2-Run Home Run for Bellringers National 13U at Baseball Heaven in Yaphank, NY shared by HiCast user: Henrich_kevin from PA – “He had great approach and a great swing.”

  3. Zach Turko’s Inside-the-Park Grand Slam for Diamond Studs 15U at Diamond Nation in Flemington, NJ shared by HiCast user: eturko from NJ – “Ran hard right off the bat which forced the defense to make a play.

Learn more about our 2018 HiCast Sports MVP Awards Presented by Rawlings and be sure to save your highlights in our app’s HiCast Feed throughout 2019 to be automatically entered in our contests and chances to be featured this year.

Announcing the Top 10 Finalists for Best Offensive and Defensive Plays in the HiCast Sports 2018 MVP Awards Presented by Rawlings

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On December 1, 2018 at 12:00am ET, the polls closed for the online voting phase of the HiCast Sports 2018 MVP Awards for Youth Baseball Presented by Rawlings. The Top 25 Semi-Finalists (selected from more than 4,000 eligible highlights shared in the HiCast Sports Network from venues across America) representing the Most Valuable Plays for Offensive and Defense that received the highest number of votes secured their spots as Top 10 Finalists and now move on to the judging phase of our contest.

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The contest is now in the hands of our judge, Legendary Hall of Fame Shortstop Ozzie Smith. Former MLB player for the San Diego Padres and St. Louis Cardinals from 1978 to 1996, Ozzie Smith set major league records for career assists and double plays by a shortstop, as well as the National League record with 2,511 career games at the position. He won the Rawlings Gold Glove Award for play at shortstop for 13 consecutive seasons (1980–92) and was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility in 2002. He will select our Top 3 Best Offensive Plays and Top 3 Best Defensive Plays and we’ll announce the winners on Monday, December 10.

All prizes are provided by Rawlings Sporting Goods. Offensive MVP Winners receive custom gloves and Defensive MVP Winners receive the new 2019 Quatro bats. All Finalists receive the new Mach batting helmet.

Congratulations to our HiCast Sports 2018 MVP Award Finalists! Tap to view each award-winning highlight covered by the HiCast Sports Network.

Top 10 Best Offensive Plays

  1. Jared Scharlat inside-the-park grand slam at Baseball Heaven shared by HiCast user caryscharlat

  2. Kyle Urban Grand Slam. Bethpage Eagles 17U at Sports at the Beach shared by HiCast user kylurban

  3. Doron Griffin's First Home Run. DE Diamond Kings 11U at Sports at the Beach shared by HiCast user doritrg

  4. Ulisses' Base Running Skills Sends the Runner Home to Score. Jersey Boyz Baseball Club at Diamond Nation shared by HiCast User Jax61904

  5. Connor's Grand Slam at Sports at the Beach shared by HiCast user lorjas

  6. Erick Diaz's 2-Run Home Run. Jersey Storm 12U at Diamond Nation shared by HiCast user heriberto

  7. Jacoby Harnen First Out-of-the-Park Home Run. MVP Bluejackets 11U at Diamond Nation shared by HiCast user ajharnen

  8. Kingsten Davis' Grand Slam. Houston 24K at Traction Sportspex shared by HiCast user Kingsten8

  9. Kevin Henrich's 2-Run Home Run. Bellringers National 13U in the NYBC at Baseball Heaven shared by HiCast user Henrich_kevin

  10. Zach Tutko Inside-the-Park Grand Slam. Diamond Studs 15U at Diamond Nation shared by HiCast user etutko

Top 10 Best Defensive Plays

  1. Michael Scotto's Diving Catch in Left Field. South Shore Sharks 10U at Sports at the Beach shared by HiCast user rscotto

  2. Vincent Fattore's Diving Catch in Center Field. Diamond Jacks 14U at Diamond Nation shared by HiCast user lisapooh9

  3. Mitchel Kahlenburn's Diving Catch in Right Field. SBA - Mendez 14U at Shipyard Park shared by HiCast user tctiger33

  4. Shortstop Lukas Loring's Diving Stop & Throw for the Out. Bagel Bombers 12U at Sports at the Beach shared by HiCast user Mloring

  5. Jeremy Payne's Diving Catch at Shortstop. Stamo Storm Major Baseball 13U at Baseball USA shared by HiCast user divalishish24

  6. Jonah James Rocha makes the game-winning catch that took the 8U Texas Mizuno into the semi-final game at Baseball USA shared by HiCast user rubtar

  7. DP by Forrest Mitterbauer 1st, Pitcher Vince Cannizzaro, Catcher Joshua Nachmann. SKD Aces 10U at Diamond Nation shared by HiCast user mauracarland

  8. Brayden Cole's Diving Catch in Center Field. Scorpions 10U at Baseball USA shared by HiCast user Pcole1128

  9. Catcher Jacob Fontenot and Pitcher Conley Goodlife Play at the Plate. Leopard Dawgs 9U at Traction Sportsplex shared by HiCast user leoparddawg2018

  10. Nate Spingler's Diving Catch at Shortstop. All Out Pack 9U at Diamond Nation shared by HiCast user dollardave96

We’ll announced the winners right here on Monday, December 10!

Legendary Hall of Fame Shortstop Ozzie Smith to Judge HiCast Sports 2018 MVP Awards Presented by Rawlings

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We’re honored and thrilled to announce that one of the greatest pro ballplayers of all time, Ozzie Smith, will judge our HiCast Sports MVP Awards for Youth Baseball. Former MLB player for the San Diego Padres and St. Louis Cardinals from 1978 to 1996, Ozzie Smith set major league records for career assists and double plays by a shortstop, as well as the National League record with 2,511 career games at the position. He won the Rawlings Gold Glove Award for play at shortstop for 13 consecutive seasons (1980–92) and was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility in 2002.

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On November 5th, we selected the Top 25 Semi-Finalists for Best Offensive Play and Top 25 for Best Defensive from more than 4,000 highlights shared across our HiCast Sports Network of venues. On that day, the online voting phase of our contest began as we invited the general public to cast their votes for one or more of their favorite plays to help determine the Top 10 Finalists in each category. This Friday, November 30th is our final day to cast votes, and on December 1st at 12:00am, the Top 10 Plays in each category with the most votes will go before our judge, Legendary Hall of Fame Shortstop Ozzie Smith. He will award our Top 3 Winners for Best Offensive Play and Best Defensive Play on Monday, December 10.

This contest wouldn’t be possible without the generosity of our partner, Rawlings Sporting Goods. They’ve provided an incredible lineup of prizes for our winners including new 2019 Quatro Bats for the three Best Offensive Play winners, custom gloves for the three Best Defensive Play winners; new Mach batting helmets for the finalists; and sackpacks for all semi-finalists.

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HiCast Sports Network Partners with Rawlings® to Award the Most Valuable Plays in Youth Baseball

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ATLANTA – November 19, 2018 – HiCast Sports Network, a game-changing, subscription-based social broadcast company which allows youth athletes, their coaches, families and friends to view and engage with sporting events at top venues across the nation anywhere, anytime, on any device, is proud to host the HiCast Sports 2018 MVP Awards recognizing the most valuable offensive and defensive plays in youth baseball in partnership with Rawlings. From more than 4,000 video highlight entries saved and shared by HiCast Sports mobile app users from top ballparks across the country, the HiCast Sports team selected and announced the Top 50 Semi-Finalists on November 5th. These impressive plays include a runner’s leap over the catcher to score, diving catches, first home runs, stellar base stealing, an unassisted double play, a game-winning grand slam and more. Featured youth baseball players range from age eight to 18 and reside across America.

The contest is currently in its online voting phase, whereby anyone can cast a vote for one or more of their favorite plays from the 50 Semi-Finalists by November 30, 2018 at: http://www.hicastsports.com/vote. Highlights receiving the most votes secure spots among the Top 10 Finalists for Best Offensive Play and Top 10 Finalists for Best Defensive Play on December 1, 2018. Finalists will go before a professional ballplayer judge, provided by Rawlings. He will choose three winners in each category, and winners will be announced on the HiCast Sports website on December 10, 2018.

For the HiCast Sports MVP Awards, Rawlings provides a powerful lineup of prizes. These include the new 2019 Quatro Bats for the three Best Offensive Play winners and custom gloves for the three Best Defensive Play winners; new Mach batting helmets for the finalists; and sackpacks for all semi-finalists.

“We really value the opportunity to celebrate these young players and their Moments That Matter™. We’ve enjoyed watching and sharing their highlights in our app and in social media all year long, and felt that this contest would be a really fun and meaningful way to elevate some of their most memorable moments with a broader audience and to reward them. Teaming up with Rawlings took our initial idea for the contest to the next level, and we’re thrilled with the response we’ve had from our users and the general public’s support of these youth athletes. Tens of thousands of fans have viewed our Semi-Finalists’ highlights within the first week of the online voting phase of the contest,” said Stephanie Calabrese, HiCast Sports Network Co-Founder and Chief Brand Officer.

“Youth sports is important to us. Teaming up with the HiCast Sports Network to honor these young athletes and reward their achievements on the playing field is exciting. Capturing and sharing memorable moments like these 50 Semi-Finalists’ highlights not only builds confidence for these kids, but it brings people together around a game we love. We’re happy to be a part of that,” shared Mark Kraemer, Director, Sports Marketing for Rawlings Sporting Goods.

About HiCast Sports Network

HiCast Sports Network offers an automated, turnkey video technology solution for venue owners and managers who want to provide the ultimate player and fan experience, reach more viewers, engage with fans beyond their stands through shared game highlights via social media, support coaching and player development, and better manage their facility. The app makes it easy for users to not only see the whole game, but to save, trim, zoom and share their Moments That Matter™ in clips or highlight reels.

HiCast operates with a robust network of partners (venues) and promoters (sporting leagues and event organizers) with which they cultivate win-win relationships. In 2018, HiCast Sports Network users from around the world have watched more than 2 million game minutes featuring hundreds of thousands of athletes playing on more than 100 baseball and softball fields at premier venues in Delaware, Georgia, Louisiana, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, South Carolina and Texas.

Find HiCast Sports online at: www.hicastsports.com and cast your vote for the HiCast Sports 2018 MVP Awards Presented by Rawlings at: www.hicastsports.com/vote.

About Rawlings

Rawlings Sporting Goods Company, Inc. is an innovative manufacturer and marketer of sporting goods worldwide. Founded in 1887, Rawlings is an authentic global sports brand, trusted by generations of athletes of all skill levels. Rawlings’ unparalleled quality, innovative engineering and expert craftsmanship are the fundamental reasons why more professional athletes, national governing bodies and sports leagues choose Rawlings. Rawlings is the Official Ball Supplier and Batting Helmet of Major League Baseball®, the official baseball of Minor League Baseball™ and the NCAA®, and the approved baseball, basketball, football and softball of the National High School Federation®. For more information, please visit Rawlings.com or by phone at (314) 819-2800.

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See the Moments That Matter™ from the Cal Ripken Major70 World Series Championship Games

Japan defeats Virginia 6-2 in the Cal Ripken Major70 World Series. Read the game summary by our media partner Youth1.

Virginia rallies in crazy 6th inning winning US National Championship at Cal Ripken Major70 World Series. Ready the game summary from our media partner Youth1.

We're so proud to have partnered with the Babe Ruth League to have covered the entire Cal Ripken Major70 World Series at Ballparks of America in Branson, Missouri, August 3 - 11, 2018. Beyond our standard wide-angle camera view on each field at the ballpark, we integrated the produced feed with pro-level commentary from our media partner Jock Jive for televised games within our HiCast Sports Network. Yep, we used our own HiCast Sports App to save the game highlights you see in the highlight reels above.

This integration of the live televised feed gave families and fans around the world the power to save and share game highlights as they happened on the field live. While we were in Branson, Missouri at the World Series, we could see that players and coaches were focused on each other, their performance, and enjoying this once-in-a-lifetime experience at Ballparks of America. Many teams bunked together in suites at the ballpark and had fun making new friends in the arcade or playing whiffle ball out under the lights in the evenings. But now that the World Series is over, players and coaches can replay their games and relive the memories from the entire tournament any time on-demand and save and share their Moments That Matter™ with the people who matter most.

"The fans were very excited. Every day, people were telling us what a wonderful experience it was to be able talk to the people back home who had just watched their games. We're very proud of our partnership with everyone here in Branson, especially HiCast." – Al Solanik, Tournament Director of the Cal Ripken Major70 World Series

Catch the Cal Ripken Major70 World Series Semi-Finals Today & Tomorrow!

See and hear from folks at the Cal Ripken Major70 World Series at Ballparks of America in Branson, Missouri. Runtime: < 3 mins.

It's been an exciting week across America and around the world for 24 teams battling it out in the Cal Ripken Major70 (12U) World Series Championship at Ballparks of America. Join us!

Get the entire schedule here, or use this cheat sheet to find live Semi-Final and Championship Games in our HiCast Sports Network so you can save and share the Moments That Matter™ using our HiCast Sports App. Local game times are CDT.

Friday, Aug 10 - Iron Bracket Semi-Finals

10:00am Canada vs. Southwest - Boston Field
12:30pm Australia vs. California - Boston Field
3:00pm New England vs. Bracket Winner B45 - Boston Field
5:30pm Dominican Republic vs. Bracket Winner B46 - Boston Field

Friday, Aug 10 - Championship Bracket Semi-Finals

4:30pm Korea vs. Japan - St. Louis Field
7:00pm Virginia vs. Middle Atlantic - St. Louis Field

Saturday, Aug 11 - Finals

10:00am Iron Bracket Championship - St. Louis Field
7:00pm Championship Game - St. Louis Field

High 5 to Our HiCast Hot 10 Highlight Winners

Our hottest tourney week of the year, July 24 - July 31, revealed tons of incredible game highlights from ballparks across our HiCast Sports Network. It was tough to pick our Hot 10, but we're excited to announce and award these HiCast Users for sharing their Moments That Matter™. Follow 'em in our HiCast Sports app to see their winning highlights. And stay tuned for more contests!

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@tplatt571 – Germanie Williams' pickle

@Keinsmith07 – Jordan Crosland's 3-run triple, NYBC at Baseball Heaven

@Cujo5 – Lilly Keckler & Karson Cuozzo's double play, USA Softball 12U National Championship at Tyger River Park

@dollardave96 – shortstop Nate Spingler's diving catch at Diamond Nation

@Kday96 – Logan's game-winning home run, NYBC at Baseball Heaven

@brittanypizarro – Lane Mangum's 3-run home run, NYBC at Baseball Heaven

@henrich.kevin – Kevin Henrich's home run, NYBC at Baseball Heaven

@lorjas – Connor's grand slam at Sports at the Beach

@Wells2212 – Orion Hunter Fastpitch Teal 12U 3-Run Shot, USA Softball 12U National Championship at Tyger River Park

@secret2031 – Blake's catch on the mount at Ballparks of America

HiCast Sports Network to Cover the Cal Ripken Major 70 World Series at Ballparks of America

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We're thrilled to be covering and sponsoring the 2018 Cal Ripken Major70 World Series (12U) at Ballparks of America beginning August 3rd through the 11th in Branson, Missouri where teams from around the world will come together to compete and enjoy the experience of a lifetime. In honor of this global event and our shared love for America's Favorite Pastime, we're extending a special invitation for new users to join our HiCast Sports Network Aug 3-11 and enjoy a FREE 7-Day Pass to watch the Cal Ripken World Series and games across our entire HiCast Sports Network.

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You can reference the CRWS Tourney Schedule on Tourney Machine. Use their app to follow teams and find out game days, times and fields, then watch the games live or anytime on-demand in our HiCast Sports Network and use our mobile app to save and share the Moments That Matter™ from the games as they happen. We'll also integrate the produced televised feed within our HiCast Sports mobile app so you've got the power to save and share highlights from the televised games too, offering you more views beyond our standard wide-angle view from behind home plate at each field at Ballparks of America.

Good luck to all teams: Alabama, Australia, Bahamas, California, Canada, Connecticut, Dominican Republic, Idaho, Japan, Kentucky, Republic of Korea, Middle Atlantic, Midwest Plains, Missouri, New England, New York, New Zealand, Ohio Valley, Pacific Northwest, Pacific Southwest, Puerto Rico, Southeast, Southwest, and Virginia.

 

Our Hottest Week of 2018 National Baseball and Softball Tourneys

Today marks the start of three important national championships in play with our partners throughout our HiCast Sports Network this week. We're proud to be covering these important games so teams' family members and friends back home can share in the excitement, and players and coaches can replay and share their Moments That Matter™ after they leave the playing field. Competing in a national championship creates memories these young players and their families will cherish for a lifetime.

July 22 - July 29 – USA Softball Girls Fast Pitch Class A 12U National Championship at Tyger River Park in Spartanburg, SC where 41 of the best girls fast pitch 12U teams from across America will compete for the national title!

July 23 - July 29 – National Youth Baseball Championship Week at Baseball Heaven in Yaphank, NY where 1,025 10U-14U teams from 26 states competed in qualifier tourneys all spring and summer long to earn the top 70 spots in this year's national matchup. Select games will be televised on CBS Sports, but we've got 'em al covered live and on-demand in our HiCast Sports Network.

July 24 - 28 – Triple Crown US Club Nationals at East Cobb Baseball Complex in Marietta, GA where 1,000 athletes from 13 premier baseball organizations from around the country will compete for the crown! Select games will be televised on ESPN3, but we'll have 'em all live and on-demand in our HiCast Sports Network.

We'll be sharing highlights and tagging teams from these tourneys in our HiCast Feed and in our social media feeds, so give us a follow in Instagram, Twitter and Facebook to follow along in the excitement.

Teaming Up for the 2018 Triple Crown US Club Nationals

We're excited and getting ready for the third annual Triple Crown US Club Nationals on July 24-28, 2018 to be hosted at East Cobb Baseball Complex, our venue partner in Marietta, GA.

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Triple Crown Sports has offered exclusive invitations to the country's most highly skilled and rigorously organized baseball clubs to compete in this unique national event. Each club will send 4-6 teams, ages 9u-14u. The individual teams will compete in their division for the age-group title, but the final standings in all divisions will be factored into determining the Organization National Champion.

Last year, travel ball founder Guerry Baldwin and his East Cobb Baseball organization (Georgia) claimed the overall crown, winning age group titles in 12u and 14u. Five Stars Tigers (Florida) won the 9u, 10u and 11u championships, and the Dallas Tigers (Texas) took first place in 13u. (You'll find scenes from the games in our hype video above.)

This year, you'll find 1000 athletes competing for the crown from 13 baseball organizations from around the country including:

6-4-3 DP Baseball (Georgia)

Canes (North Carolina)

Central Alabama Nationals (Alabama)

Dallas Patriots (Texas)

Dallas Raiders (Texas)

Dallas Tigers (Texas)

Dirtbags Baseball (North Carolina)

East Cobb Baseball (Georgia)

Five Star Tigers (Florida)

Georgia Bombers (Georgia)

Lone Star Baseball Club (Texas)

SBA Canes (North Carolina)

Slammers (Colorado)

Select games will be televised on ESPN 3, but you catch all the games live and on-demand on your mobile device or computer in our HiCast Sports Network. Sign up for your free 1-hour trial: http://www.hicastsports.com/triplecrown

 

Atlanta Tech Edge to Feature HiCast Sports Network

We’re pretty darn fired-up to be featured on 11Alive's Atlanta Tech Edge with host Cara Kneer this Sunday, July 1 at 1:30am and 11:30am ET and online. Co-founder and chief brand officer, Stephanie Calabrese, will be rep’ing HiCast and joined by other leading women in tech in this episode. Hope you join us!

Charleston Press Spotlights HiCast Sports Network & Shipyard Park

Big thanks to NBC News 2 (WCBD) Sports anchor/reporter Brianne Welch and Charleston Post & Courier Sports Reporter Jeff Hartsell for sharing stories about our partnership and coverage for The Shipyard Park is the southeast's only waterfront ballpark. Along the Wando River in Mt Pleasant, SC, you'll find teams from all over the country coming to play in tournaments and showcases organized by the ballpark and event organizers including Game Day USATop Gun Sports, Prep Baseball Report, Carolina Prospects, and Atlantic Coast Baseball

Watch the Story - https://www.counton2.com/sports/local-sports/hicast-sports-network-comes-to-shipyard-park/1254437662

Read the Story – https://www.postandcourier.com/sports/can-t-make-junior-s-baseball-game-there-s-an/article_80d38fb0-7589-11e8-8b90-3b233a28f499.html

The Shipyard Park Joins the HiCast Sports Network

HiCast Sports Network, a game-changing, subscription-based social broadcast company which allows youth athletes, their coaches, families and friends to view sporting events at top venues across the nation anywhere, anytime, on any device, is proud to announce Shipyard Park as a new venue partner.

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Shipyard Park is the Southeast’s only waterfront baseball complex.  The 20-acre facility includes five fields located in Charleston, South Carolina.  The premier athletic facility, built by Harbor Contracting and owned by Detyens Shipyards, sits on the banks of the Wando River at the company’s old shipyard site that was shuttered in 2006.  Shipyard Park includes a 17,500 square foot climate-controlled training facility containing retractable batting cages, and basketball &  volleyball court capabilities.  Other highlights include three youth-size fields and two collegiate-size fields and top-of-the-line AstroTurf® specifically designed for baseball play, true bounces and natural speed of the game. The fields are also to host soccer, field hockey, and lacrosse games.

HiCast Sports Network, a game-changing, subscription-based social broadcast company which allows youth athletes, their coaches, families and friends to view sporting events at top venues across the nation anywhere, anytime, on any device, is proud to announce Shipyard Park as a new venue partner.

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Shipyard Park is the Southeast’s only waterfront baseball complex.  The 20-acre facility includes five fields located in Charleston, South Carolina.  The premier athletic facility, built by Harbor Contracting and owned by Detyens Shipyards, sits on the banks of the Wando River at the company’s old shipyard site that was shuttered in 2006.  Shipyard Park includes a 17,500 square foot climate-controlled training facility containing retractable batting cages, and basketball &  volleyball court capabilities.  Other highlights include three youth-size fields and two collegiate-size fields and top-of-the-line AstroTurf® specifically designed for baseball play, true bounces and natural speed of the game. The fields are also to host soccer, field hockey, and lacrosse games.

HiCast offers an automated, turnkey video technology solution for venue owners and managers who want to provide the ultimate player and fan experience, reach more viewers, engage with fans beyond their stands through shared game highlights via social media, support coaching and player development, and better manage their facility. The HiCast Sports Network installs and maintains a fixed, remote-monitored video camera solution that delivers games live and on-demand. Users get to experience game content not covered by traditional media outlets, and delivered through the HiCast Sports mobile app or web viewer. The app makes it easy for users to not only see the whole game, but to save, trim, zoom and share their Moments That Matter™ in the form of clips or highlight reels in the HiCast youth sports social network and beyond. 

“In today’s fast paced instant gratification world, HiCast Sports Network has solved the age old problem of time and space,” said Bradley J. Kerr, Sales & Marketing Director, Detyens Shipyards. “While we can’t always be there for every ballgame our loved ones play, HiCast and their venue partners have made the virtual viewing experience priceless and emotionally gratifying. Now, nobody has to miss out.”

“We’re bringing families and friends together around sporting events no matter where they are located. With HiCast, no one has to miss that great catch or grand slam and we now have a platform to build up our young athletes and celebrate these Moments That Matter™ together,” said Stephanie Calabrese, HiCast co-founder and chief brand officer. 

HiCast Sports Network operates with a robust network of partners (venues) and promoters (sporting leagues and event organizers) with which they cultivate win-win relationships and share up to 25% of net revenue. Currently, the HiCast Sports Network covers hundreds of thousands of athletes playing on more than 100 baseball and softball fields at premier venues in Delaware, Georgia, Louisiana, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, South Carolina and Texas.

HiCast Sports Network Covers Buckhead Baseball

Join us for highlights from Opening Day on March 24, 2018 at Buckhead Baseball in Atlanta, GA where players and families enjoyed good times with special guests including the Atlanta Braves Heavy Hitters Drumline and mascot Blooper, and Children's Healthcare of Atlanta mascots, Hope and Will.

Buckhead Baseball was founded in 1952 with a mission to "develop our players' skills and character, promote good sportsmanship, cultivate lifetime family friendships and HAVE FUN!" We're proud to cover spring and fall seasons and their Moments That Matter™ for these young athletes on seven fields. Each field is dedicated to teams within a specific age group, beginning with T-ball at age 4 up through Majors at age 12. Buckhead Baseball also has a Buddy Baseball program that enables children with special needs to play baseball with support from the 12-year-old Majors.

Nathan Allen, coach and father of four sons playing ball at Buckhead Baseball shares, "We’re out here pretty much every night. What’s been cool for us about HiCast is that we often have kids playing games on different fields at the same time. So just the other day, my oldest had a game on the Majors field and my younger son had a game on the Rookie field. My wife was actually sitting in the stands watching one son on the field and watching our other son's game on the Rookie field on HiCast.” Nathan's father in Ohio uses the HiCast Sports app to watch his grandsons play too.

Valerie Ausband, HiCast user and mother of two sons playing ball at Buckhead Baseball travels frequently for work, but doesn't have to miss her son's games. “To be able to watch the game when I get back to my hotel room, makes me feel like I was there and I can really talk to the boys about the game and who did what. It makes them feel like I was there in spirit because I actually saw them.”

HiCast user and dad Brad Watkins can typically attend his sons' games at the ballpark but “I use HiCast to watch highlights I want to revisit after their games and share them with family and friends, usually through text or email. My older son watches his games to view his performance, as well as other games in his age division… almost using it as a scouting tool.”

We value our partners here at Buckhead Baseball and the family environment they've created and continue to cultivate while developing the skills of these young athletes just beginning to learn the game we love so much.

NBC 11Alive News Features the HiCast Sports Network

Buckhead Baseball dad and coach, Nathan Allen, shares a highlight of his son's home run captured by the HiCast Sports Network with 11Alive reporter Jennifer Leslie.

Buckhead Baseball dad and coach, Nathan Allen, shares a highlight of his son's home run captured by the HiCast Sports Network with 11Alive reporter Jennifer Leslie.

Today, NBC 11Alive featured our HiCast Sports Network with reporter Jennifer Leslie interviewing Co-founder and Chief Brand Officer, Stephanie Calabrese and Buckhead Baseball dad, coach and HiCast Sports Network user, Nathan Allen at Buckhead Baseball in Atlanta, Georgia. Catch the story when it airs today on Atlanta-based 11Alive during 7am, 5pm and 10pm news broadcasts or watch it online here: 

https://www.11alive.com/video/news/atlanta-startup-captures-kids-plays/85-8120809

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HiCast Sports Network to be Featured on Atlanta Tech Edge

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We're pretty fired up to have Stephanie Calabrese, our Co-founder and Chief Brand Officer, featured in an upcoming Startup Sit Down episode with super cool host (and #baseballmom) Cara Kneer on 11Alive's Atlanta Tech Edge. Catch the episode on Sunday, July 1 at 1:30am and 11:30am or watch online here.

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