Our summer season is in the books. This summer, NET Elite tackled its biggest and most ambitious schedule ever, and we could not have done it without the coaches, parents and everyone else involved with the many fine teams and organizations that frequented our events.
We averaged 75 teams per weekend this summer—our highest average ever. Mother Nature provided a few challenges... Tennessee saw record rain during the months of May and June, but our teams and staff weathered the storm—no pun intended—to provide as much competition as possible. Even with the deluges of rain, we only had to cancel fewer than 10 games this summer out of more than 1,400 total contests that were scheduled. Our summer schedule featured seven Perfect Game Regional tournaments, something that will continue next summer. Our 2018 schedule will be even bigger, along with a few new locations to hold events.
The summer schedule culminated with the Smokies Showcase, which featured a host of players who had two goals—seeking to improve and aspiring for a college scholarship. Fifteen different colleges and universities sent represenatives to our scouting showcase, and two professional scouts also came to the workout. Player results from the Showcase have been emailed out, and also uploaded to our PointsDriven scouting system.
What is PointsDriven? Designed as a comparative tool for evaluating the skills and abilities of baseball players against their colleagues, this system evaluates players in a wide variety of areas, including hitting, running, intangibles, defense, and arm. We constantly are seeking the opinion of scouts, many of whom are in attendance at each tournament and showcase performing on-site evaluations. Our system operates in a scale where 2.0 is considered the average varsity high-school player, with 3.0 representing a college-level talent, 4.0 a professional-level player, and 5.0 a Major League Baseball competitor.
We're not done yet in 2017, however, as we have a full docket of tournaments and showcases set for the fall. Remember, any team that signs up at least a month prior to one of our tournaments receives a dozen free baseballs. This is just one of the many reasons your youth team should take part in NET Elite events. We offer competition on the finest professional, collegiate and high school fields in the region, while also offering our PointsDriven scouting system.
Our fall schedule also includes the inaugural season of the Knoxville Fall Baseball League for high school players. Each team will consist of players of all four grade levels, and abide by TSSAA guidelines. The league opens Sept. 19, with regsitration open Aug. 7. Registration to compete in the team is $225. All registered players will be assigned to teams, and parents will receive the league schedules on Sept. 11. The schedule will be eight games, weather permitting, played on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
We anticipate the league to field four to six teams, each of which will have 13-15 players on its roster. No team will have more than five players from the same high school on its roster, and all fall league squads will be coached by a former professional or college player.
Here is our complete fall schedule:
Sept. 16-17: Chattanooga Fall Classic (15/16U & 17/18U), Chattanooga, TN, $650 per team
Sept. 16-17: Chattanooga Fall Classic (14U), Chattanooga, TN, $525 per team
Sept. 19: Knoxville Fall League opening night
Sept. 16-17: EKU Classic (15/16U & 17/18U), Richmond, KY, $725 per team
Sept. 23-24: River City Rascals Classic (15/16U & 17/18U), St. Louis, MO, $1,095 per team
Sept. 23-24: Fall Classic (15/16U & 17/18U), Lebanon and Nashville, TN, $700 per team
Sept. 30-Oct. 1: Fall Appy Classic (14U), Johnson City, TN, $575 per team
Sept. 30-Oct. 1: ETSU Fall Classic (17/18U), Johnson City, TN, $700 per team
Sept. 30-Oct. 1: Smokies Fall Classic (15/16U), Sevierville, TN, $700 per team
Oct. 7-8: Hickory Crawdads (15/16U), Hickory, NC, $1,050 per team
Oct. 14-15: ETSU Fall Classic (15/16U), Johnson City, TN, $700 per team
Oct. 14-15: Smokies Fall Classic (17/18U), Sevierville, TN, $700 per team
Oct. 14-15: Belmont U Rose Park, Nashville, TN, $600 per team
Oct. 28-29: Gateway Grizzlies (15/16U, 17/18U), St. Louis, MO, $900 per team
Oct. 29: NET Elite Fall Individual Showcase, Walters State, Morristown, TN, $75 for pitchers, $100 for position players
Nov. 11: Tennessee Perfect Game Series Showcase Skills Event, Gallatin, TN