From talking to coaches and parents on travel teams I hear a lot about which fields they like and which ones disappoint. So I thought I’d mention some of the best in the country, but I’m depending on you to let me know your favorites. Here are few to get started, ones that have gotten great reviews from folks around the country.
The El Pomar Youth Sports Complex in Colorado Springs, CO, is an eye-popper. It includes 18 fields spread across 58 acres – 9 baseball/softball fields, 8 soccer/lacrosse fields, a championship-size artificial turf field and even an in-line hockey rink. The top-shelf facilities are surrounded by beautiful mountains, and there is a lot to do in Colorado Springs when the games aren’t being played. A major trailhead to the Pike’s Peak Greenway Trail, for example, is located right next to the complex. If you’re looking for a beautiful place to play your next tournament, keep El Pomar Youth Sports Complex in mind.
If you’re in the Northwest – or are interested in traveling there – check out the field complex at US Cellular Community Park in Medford, OR. The 132-acre park offers 11 lighted fields for baseball, softball, soccer, football, lacrosse and other youth sports. The picnic and play areas can keep the family busy before and after the games, as will the Nature Center. For other family activities in Medford, including Crater Lake National Park, check out this link. US Cellular Community Park provides the breath-taking natural beauty as well as the conveniences and amenities to showcase youth sports.
The Midwest offers a number of great places to play ball, but for this post let’s look at one of the best – Mid-America Sports Complex in Johnson County, KS, which is located in suburban Kansas City. Ten lighted softball/baseball fields and two multipurpose fields are spread across 70 acres of park land, along with 10 batting cages, concessions, a restaurant, a clubhouse and a pro shop. A popular tournament spot, Mid-America Sports Complex hosts thousands of players every year. Though the complex features a bucolic setting ideal for youth sports, nearby Kansas City offers the many activities you’d expect from a metropolitan area.
For those east of the Mississippi, check out the Ripken Experience Complex in Myrtle Beach, SC. Run by former MLB brothers Cal and Billy Ripken, the Myrtle Beach complex is a young baseball player’s dream world. From the impressive Welcome Center to the fountains and ponds throughout the complex, to the synthetic turf on all the fields, which are designed to look like historic ballparks, the place is nothing but first class. Details about how to turn the trip into a family vacation shouldn’t be necessary, given the renown of Myrtle Beach, but here are some to get you started. This is baseball tournament heaven.
Watch for more Coach Hub recommendations for youth sports tournament sites. And please let us know your favorites so we can spread the word.