Where to Play Baseball
Looking for a place to play baseball? The Dallas/Ft. Worth Metroplex is full of opportunities to play baseball for youth players from Tee-Ball to 18U.
We will update the list of programs on an ongoing basis however, here are some local recreations/entry level programs and some Elite level programs.
Get in where you or your child fit in:
Recreational/Entry Level (no previous knowledge):
This program is a partnership between the Lancaster Baseball Association and the City of Lancaster as well as RBI.
Note: They even have year around baseball on Mondays
Note: Jr. Reviving Baseball in the Inner Cities (RBI) (Jr. RBI: 12 and under) (RBI: 13 and up) is a Major League Baseball program that partners with various organizations
Note: The City of Dallas partners with the Major League Baseball RBI program.
Former NY Yankee and Dallas Baptist Baseball player John Darjean oversees this program which mixes academic and baseball.
This is the official nationally known and televised Little League Baseball League.
This program is a Major League Baseball program which is new to Dallas for 2016. New construction is happening currently with the rollout of the program forthcoming in late 2016. Program Director Lee Jackson of Mercy Street is now adding RBI baseball to the leagues (includes Little League West Dallas also) that he oversees. When finished there will be youth fields of 12 and under and also high school field/college (all turf) to be added to the Mercy Street field which was built about 5 years ago and serves as Pinkston High School’s home field. The Urban Youth Academy will also have an indoor training facility and will join Academies in Houston, Compton (the orginal), Cincinnati, New Orleans, Puerto Rico and Philadelphia. The Academy utilizes the RBI League as its base. There are opportunities for national exposure through this program as teams play for a international championship in the ages from 13-18.
This two partner organizations house two types of programs: A recreational program called Best Southwest Baseball and then there is a select level called Southwest Classic. There are teams from multiple cities that participate in both leagues. There are approximately 150 teams (ages 3U to 14U) in Best Southwest and usually around 50 or so in Southwest Classic. The following cities participate in the both leagues: Palmer, Duncanville, Cedar Hill, Mansfield, Grand Prairie, DeSoto, Midlothian, Ferris and Waxahachie. You can find Spring and Summer baseball being played. As you can see, this is a program that caters to southern Dallas County and thereabout. Both leagues play through USSSA.
This, like Best Southwest/Southwest Classic is a USSSA affiliated program.
SELECT PROGRAMS (normally requires prior experience)
This is the longest running select baseball program in the Metroplex. Run by national legend Sam Carpenter, you can expect local and travel baseball from 9U to 18U. Lots of pros and college players originate from this program.
Created by R. Lamar Brooks, Mike Smith and Anthony Coleman, this program began in 2011 and carries a mission statement that states: “To provide a platform on a national level for predominantly African American Baseball players to promote cultural unity and showcase their abilities through the sport of baseball.” In only their 2nd year of existence, Texas Elite was ranked #17 in nation by Baseball Youth Magazine in its final national rankings. Currently have a 14U and 17U team.
It’s not easy putting a great program together and certainly not easy to sustain greatness over a long period of time, in a place like the Dallas Metroplex where top teams in the nation are the norm. The Dallas Tigers are consistently one of the nation’s top programs.
One of the top programs in the Metroplex. Travels, is known nationally and has lots of skins on the wall.
Under the tutelage of Omar Washington, Team Citius has grown from a dream to a nationally known brand with lots of great players coming out of the program.