The Arizona Classic events were created in 1995 to provide opportunities for youth baseball players to improve their skills by playing against top-level competition from all over the USA and Canada.
These newly formed “Classic” events have created a lot of excitement within the scouting and college recruiting communities and the Arizona Fall Classic’s are now considered by many to be the top Fall Showcase events West of the Mississippi.
Many of the Classic Baseball events are set up to maximize the player’s exposure to both the Professional Scout and College recruiter.
As recruiting budgets dwindle for many schools, the opportunity for coaches and scouts to see numerous prospects in one location has become imperative.
Use of wood bats, no scores kept and limiting the number of hitters per inning are ways of creating more “scouting” opportunities for the player. Although having no winners or losers can be difficult for parents, who are brought up in the “win at all cost” world of travel ball, the format has proven extremely successful over the years.
Classic Baseball is directed and managed by Tracy Heid and family. Her husband, Ted Heid, is the Coordinator of Special Projects International for the Seattle Mariners. The Heid family takes pride in creating a family friendly environment with the focus on helping facilitate a player’s dream of playing baseball beyond High School.