Ripken Baseball has expanded its All-Ripken brand by creating All-Ripken Softball. The inaugural All-Ripken Softball Games will attract youth players nationwide to compete at The Ripken Experience Elizabethtown in Kentucky from July 27–30, 2023.
Softball players must be nominated by their peers and coaches for the opportunity to train and participate against other elite young athletes. As part of the four-day event, participating players will receive instructional opportunities led by professional softball players from the Florida Vibe, which will face Team Alliance in the Softball Exhibition Series during the event.
“One of our core values at Team Alliance is to bring together multiple generations of players who share a passion for the sport of softball,” said Jami Lobpries, chief executive officer of Alliance Fastpitch. “We are honored to be part of the All-Ripken Softball Games to bring together youth, college, and pro players and grow the sport for the next generation. Softball teaches important lessons on the field that players can apply to all aspects of their lives off of it.”
To be eligible to participate in All-Ripken Softball, players must be in high school graduation classes between the Class of 2026 and the Class of 2033 and exhibit an elevated level of softball knowledge, dedication, sportsmanship and skill. Parents, coaches, and leagues can nominate and register a player for the All-Ripken Softball Games.
“We are witnessing tremendous growth in the professional space of softball as a result of high-profile events at the youth level like the All-Ripken Softball Games,” said Ryan Moore, chief executive officer of Florida Vibe Athletics, Inc. “This event is a shining example of the game’s evolution and we are thankful to Ripken Baseball for creating this platform.”