The All-Ripken Games will expand in 2024 to seven tournaments throughout the country for youth baseball and softball players at six facilities starting in April.
The All-Ripken Games, which debuted in 2023 at four facilities, will culminate with the All-Ripken Futures Games in December, featuring the top players of the season. Players must be nominated by their peers and coaches for the opportunity to play in the All-Ripken Games.
“The first year of All-Ripken Games was a massive success,” said Ripken Baseball Co-Founder Bill Ripken. “The incredible feedback we received last year has led to a tremendous response for the 2024 nomination process, which is already underway.”
Ripken Baseball also confirmed Under Armour will be the presenting sponsor in 2024 and provide custom uniforms and performance wear to participating athletes. In September, Ripken Baseball entered into a multi-year partnership with Under Armour to be the exclusive apparel company for Ripken Baseball as well as having naming rights for the Ripken Experience Aberdeen venue in Maryland.
“We are committed to inspiring the next generation of athletes through platforms like All-Ripken Games,” said Craig Cummings, vice president, team sports and sport performance at Under Armour. “What they accomplished with All-Ripken Games in only one year is remarkable and we look forward to helping them take it to the next level in 2024 and beyond.”
The Ripken Experience Myrtle Beach in South Carolina will host the first All-Ripken Games from April 5–7 and will then host again from August 1–4. Ripken Experience Elizabethtown in Kentucky will see action from July 25–28, while Sports Force Parks at Cedar Point Sports Center in Ohio will have baseball and softball from August 8–11. The final two events are at The Ripken Experience Pigeon Forge in Tennessee (August 15–18) and The Ripken Experience Aberdeen in Maryland (August 29 through September 1).
The Futures Games will take place at the Publix Sports Park in Panama City Beach, Florida, from December 19–22. Players will be evaluated by Baseball Factory scouts, compete in skills challenges and play for the All-Ripken Games Tournament Championship at each location.
“The All-Ripken Futures Games in Panama City Beach will be a significant milestone for our athletes,” said Scott Hacker, president of YTH Sports and director of the All-Ripken Games. “Players participating in the All-Ripken Games from April to August will have the unique opportunity to be selected as the season’s top performers for the December event. It’s not just a celebration of the year’s accomplishments, it’s a platform for outstanding athletes to gain recognition as the season’s top players.”