On Sunday evening, April 30, McKinney Baseball Association (MBA) won its 2nd consecutive Collin County Classic youth baseball tournament, overcoming hard-fought efforts by its fellow county challengers, Plano (PSA) and Frisco (FBSA). The final battle was a championship bracket win by the 11u McKinney Originals at 6:45pm, ending the successful tournament on a high note for the MBA, as the players each hoisted up the large traveling trophy cup at Gabe Nesbitt Community Park in McKinney, TX.
Teams and fans battled hot temperatures early in the tournament, dodged thunderstorms on Saturday, and persisted through gusty, cool conditions on Sunday. The final city standings were: MBA 99, PSA 74, FBSA 31. MBA took home 2 of the 5 age division championships, and PSA took home the other 3.
The annual Collin County Classic tournament is a unique event organized and jointly-managed by the MBA, PSA, and FBSA the three major baseball organizations of Collin County, Texas. It has been held the last weekend of April since 2016 on city fields in McKinney, Plano, and Frisco. Only teams and players registered in the Spring recreational leagues offered by these organizations are allowed to participate in the tournament.
The unique tournament format allows recreational youth baseball teams, ages 9 through 14, to play at least one game in their home city against a team from the neighboring city, and at least one game in a neighboring city against a team from that city. Teams are divided by age group and then placed into pools of teams--a pool for each city, in each age group. Each team plays their two pool games to determine the pool standings, which then determine who will represent their city in the championship bracket. All teams not making the championship bracket get the chance to compete once again against teams from a neighboring city in consolation games.
Each time a team wins a game during the tournament, they accumulate points for their city. Pool Play (1 point), Consolation Play (2 points), Bracket Play (2 points), and Championship Game (3 bonus points). The city with the most points wins the Collin County Classic, keeps the traveling Cup for the year, and has bragging rights up and down the Sam Rayburn Tollway.
The Collin County Classic gave recreational baseball players a little taste of youth tournament baseball while further developing community pride in a competitive, but friendly, environment. Players in McKinney found themselves cheering for their traditional league-rival teams as a result of the tournament format which further enhanced organizational pride in the MBA.
Support for the tournament came from the City of McKinney, as well as Frisco and Plano. Game balls were provided by Dick's Sporting Goods. Through the generosity of its supporters, tremendous volunteer support from board members, and community volunteers from the local high school baseball teams, the cost of the tournament was kept very low for the parents. The cost was only roughly one-third the cost of participating in a typical youth baseball tournament.
Visit www.collincountyclassic.org for further information about the Collin County Classic.
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About McKinney Baseball Association (MBA)
McKinney Baseball Association operates under the motto "for the kids." Established in 1955 to foster good sportsmanship and promote interest in the game of baseball in McKinney and the surrounding area, this 501(c)(3) organization is the oldest and largest baseball organization in McKinney, TX. There are no paid positions within the MBA, as the league commissioner, board of directors, and all coaches are unpaid volunteers dedicated to helping children. The league requires background checks for all coaches, surveys its parents and coaches after every season for feedback, maintains an Integrity and Discipline Committee to handle issues immediately if they should arise, and offers financial assistance to parents in need. Widely recognized in North Texas for its well-run organization and value for the money, the McKinney Baseball Association provides both true recreational divisions (where players are assigned to teams) in addition to competitive divisions (where coaches may form teams).