(Elizabethtown, Ky. – Sept. 28, 2023) – Baseball For All, a 501(c)3 national organization that builds gender equity in baseball, announced it will bring Baseball For All Nationals back to The Ripken Experience® Elizabethtown in Kentucky from July 7-12, 2024. The 9th annual tournament is the largest girls’ baseball tournament in the United States and will be the 2nd consecutive year in Elizabethtown. Ripken Baseball added The Ripken Experience® Elizabethtown in 2023 through a partnership with Elizabethtown Sports Park.
“Our teams had an incredible experience in 2023 and we’re thrilled to bring our national tournament back to Elizabethtown in 2024,” said Justine Siegal, founder of Baseball For All. “With the support of Ripken Baseball, we continue to accomplish our goal of bringing girls together and providing them with the inspiration, community, and access to keep playing our national pastime.”
Since 2015, Baseball For All has welcomed girls from all over the U.S., Canada, Australia, France, Mexico, and South Korea to compete in its national tournament. In addition to the 2023 tournament, Ripken Baseball previously hosted the Baseball For All Nationals in 2021 when the tournament occurred at The Ripken Experience® Aberdeen in Maryland.
“The 2023 Baseball For All Nationals was a highlight of the summer for our team in Elizabethtown and we’re thrilled to have them return in 2024,” said Amanda Shank, Vice President at Ripken Baseball. “We are aligned with Baseball For All to grow the game for all players, regardless of gender, and we can’t wait to help create more baseball memories next summer.”
Baseball For All is welcoming girls’ baseball players and teams to compete in the following divisions in 2023:
- 8U (46/60)
- 10U (46/60)
- 12U (46/60)
- 12U (50/70)
- 14U (54/80)
- 16U (60/90)
- 18U (60/90)
- 23U (60/90)
Baseball For All began when founder Justine Siegal was told at 13 that she could not play because she was a girl. Instead of feeling discouraged, this sentiment fueled her passion for the game even more, pushing her to grow up and become the first woman to coach professional men’s baseball (Brockton Rox, 2009) and the first female to coach a Major League Baseball organization (Oakland A’s, 2015, Instructional League).
To learn more about BFA Nationals or to join/start a girls’ baseball team of your own, visit baseballforall.com today.
About Baseball for All
Baseball For All is a 501(c)3 national nonprofit building gender equity in baseball by providing girls across the United States with access to opportunities to play, coach, and lead. Featured in hundreds of media outlets, including Newsweek, ESPN, Sports Illustrated, MLB.com, and the New York Times, Baseball for All is the definitive resource for media looking for answers and thoughts on girls and women playing baseball.