YEAR EIGHT AND WE ARE TAKING YOU ACROSS THE MID-ATLANTIC REGION
BELMONT ABBEY UNIVERSITY
“Virginia & Carolinas Only Individual Showcase Series”
With a seven year record of success, the Battle of the Border Showcase Series (BOB) is ready to once again provide quality, affordable, showcase opportunities to high school baseball players. The Only Individual Showcase Series that takes you into both Carolina’s and Virginia will be providing opportunities for players up and down the east coast to show off their skills at Belmont Abbey University, Appalachian State University and James Madison University. Our proven track record of quality events, professional communication and dedicated customer service has provided Battle of the Border Showcase student-athletes an event they can depend on year after year.
Battle of the Border
Belmont Abbey University
This event will offer games for members of the 2017-2021 classes. The 2017, 2018 and 2019 classes will play two nine-inning games and participate in extended “In and Out’s” for college coaches and professional scouts. Opportunities will be provided to all student-athletes to network and ask questions on the college recruiting process. Once again, the 2020 and 2021 classes will also have the opportunity to participate in a one-day doubleheader. Our event will be hosted at Belmont Abbey University to kick off our eighth season.
Battle on the Blue Ridge
Appalachian State University
The Battle of the Border Showcase will make its fourth trip to the campus of Appalachian State University. The Battle on the Blue Ridge has proven to be a huge success for both the student-athletes and college coaches that attend. The 2017, 2018 and 2019 classes will play two nine inning games and participate in extended “In and Out’s” for college coaches and professional scouts. Opportunities will be provided to all student-athletes to network and ask questions on the college recruiting process
Battle of the Shenandoah Valley
James Madison University
The Battle of the Border Showcase makes its debut appearance on the campus of James Madison University. This event promises to be loaded with talent from the Commonwealth of Virginia, North Carolina, Maryland, West Virginia, Pennsylvania and beyond. The 2017, 2018 and 2019 classes will play two nine inning games and participate in extended “In and Out’s” for college coaches and professional scouts. Opportunities will be provided to all student-athletes to network and ask questions on the college recruiting process
The Battle of the Border Showcase brand was founded in 2009 to provide top level baseball players the opportunity to showcase their skills in the Greater Charlotte region. The annual showcase event has been an outstanding success to date with an alumni list filled with nearly 3 dozen major league draft choices and over 400 successful NCAA student-athletes. Eight players in the 2013 College World Series participated in the Battle of the Border Showcase Games as high school players.
The Battle of the Border Showcase Games are designed to place these highly skilled baseball players in front of college coaches and professional scouts. In the six year history of the Battle of the Border Showcase Games, an average of over 25 colleges and professional scouts have attended each event.
“Jeff Schaefer and I are very excited to bring the Battle of the Border Showcase Games brand to such first-class college baseball venues. We take great pride in delivering a quality, affordable event with a strong focus on communication and customer service. We are very proud of all the baseball players that we have helped find college baseball opportunities for through the Battle of the Border Showcases.” said Battle of the Border Co-Founder Tripp Roakes.
“We have spoken to so many college coaches and student-athletes in NC and across the Mid-Atlantic region that enjoy participating in the Battle of the Border Showcase Games. Our main goal with four events is to provide additional exposure for the student-athletes to the colleges located across the entire region. We also know that other schools across the entire Eastern Seaboard are interested in recruiting kids from these regions,” said Battle of the Border Showcase Games Co-Founder Jeff Schaefer, a lifelong member of the baseball community, having played 14 years professionally, 5 in the MLB with the Seattle Mariners, Chicago White Sox and Oakland Athletics.
“From the beginning of the Battle of the Border Showcase Games our purpose was to create opportunities for the high school baseball players who dreamt of playing at the college or professional levels. The quality name brand of Battle of the Border has spread up and down the East Coast; I’m really proud of this event because it continues to prove what Tripp and I meant it to be…a show of talent and a great opportunity. We started with players from two states (NC & SC). Last year had players from 17 different states and Canada to participate. We are looking forward to another great summer of helping kids to land a college playing opportunity.”
The Battle of the Border Showcase Games is not a first come-first selected series. You have to be nominated and then selected to make the rosters. Interested baseball players may now apply to be selected to play in the Battle of the Border Showcase at www.battleofthebordershowcase.com. High school coaches, parents and other officials are invited to submit nominations as well. Invitations will be extended on a rolling basis beginning, so don’t delay in submitting your nomination for any or all of the events.
The Battle of the Border Showcase Games is coming your way! If you have the skill set to play college baseball and are looking for a high profile event to truly showcase your abilities, please visit www.battleofthebordershowcase.com to learn more and to complete your nomination form.
2016 Battle of the Border Schedule
Belmont Abbey University June 13-16
June 13 Class of 2021 doubleheader
June 14 Class of 2017, 2018, 2019 (Games 1 of 2)
June 15 Class of 2017, 2018, 2019 (Games 2 of 2)
June 16 Class of 2020 doubleheader
Appalachian State University August 3-4
August 2 Class of 2017, 2018, 2019 (Games 1 of 2)
August 3 Class of 2017, 2018, 2019 (Games 2 of 2)
James Madison University August 16-17
August 16 Class of 2017, 2018, 2019 (Games 1 of 2)
August 17 Class of 2017, 2018, 2019 (Games 2 of 2)
“I was a young player just beginning to catch the eyes of college scouts and winning the Battle of the Border Showcase MVP was one of my steps toward earning college scholarship. It's an event I’ll never forget because I was a last minute addition because someone dropped out. I proved to myself that I could be successful with the best players in North and South Carolina. I verbally committed to NC State six months later." —Jake Fincher, NC State & Chicago White Sox prospect, played in first two Battle of the Border events.
“The Battle of The Border was a great event and showcase and it allowed me to compete with great players from the area while getting second to none exposure. There were a ton of coaches there including Army, so it really helped with giving me the opportunity to play at Army.”—Alex Jensen, Army Baseball games played record holder, played in first three Battle of the Border events.
"The Battle of the Border showcase I attended was well run at the beautiful Appalachian State facility, it attracted some top player talent and gave me a great opportunity to impress schools when I hit three triples in a single game and clocked the fastest 60-time among all prospects. The Division I offers came rolling in not long afterward." —2014 OF/C Trey Bridis of Woodbridge, Va., MVP at 2013 at Battle of the Border Appalachian State, Youngstown State University signee.
What is the history of the Battle of the Border Showcase Games?
“The Battle of the Border Showcase Games were founded in 2009 to create an opportunity for top players in North and South Carolina to showcase their skills in front of dozens of college baseball coaches and professional scouts. The event has been held at Winthrop University all six years and has added events at Appalachian State and Duke the last two seasons. Nearly three dozen Battle of the Border alumni have been drafted in the Major League Baseball Draft and over 400 former players have competed for NCAA baseball teams.”
How many players will be on each team and how is playing time divided?
“Teams will have two players at each position. Players are selected based on their primary position only. Each team will have six pitchers that are selected as pitchers only. Playing time is divided equally and each pitcher will be slated to showcase their skills for three innings.”
What do I do if I want to play in this event?
“Fill out your nomination form immediately. We will begin issuing invitations as the nominations come in for the top players at each position?
Can I play in more than one event if selected?
“Of course, especially if you have a high desire to showcase yourself to colleges located in different regions. While we expect colleges from across the Carolinas and the Southeast to attend each event, there will also be regional colleges at each location. More and more high school baseball players across the country are indicating a desire to attend schools in the Carolinas and Virginia.”
What schools normally attend the Battle of the Border Showcase Games?
“While college recruiters often build their schedule based on where the talent is playing, it is impossible to predict who will be at this event, but we expect a very solid turnout with this being an event with a great history for high level talent. In 2015 over 120 college coaches and pro scouts combined attended the four events.”
What is the cost to play in the 2016-2018 events?
“Events are priced differently at each location but all are among the most affordable showcases in the country. The Battle of the Border participants receive a high level of exposure to college coaches and pro scouts along with participation in two games and an extended “In and Out” Defensive Session for scouts to evaluate your skill level. Our coaches and owners are here to help each player with recruiting advice and contacts to colleges that match their skill set. The Battle of the Border Showcase Series is among the very best values in baseball showcase play. A player could participate in three or four of our events and be seen by over 100 colleges and pro scouts for far less than the cost of attending some of the week long events held during the summer.”
Jeff Schaefer: Jeff has been around the game of baseball his entire life. Following a 14 year professional career, five as a Major Leaguer, Jeff has continued to give back the sport. He is the owner of Virginia Sports Complex, Carolinas Baseball Center and a Regional Director with USA Baseball National Team Identification Series. Jeff was an All-American baseball player at the University of Maryland, A Suffolk County, New York Hall of Fame Inductee (2010) and the only player in Charlotte baseball history to win a championship with the Charlotte O’s and the Charlotte Knights. Jeff’s reputation has been built on helping boys who love the game achieve their dreams
Tripp Roakes: Tripp founded the South Charlotte Sports Report, a youth sports newspaper, events and marketing company in 2006. Over the last nine years he has worked hard to establish opportunities for youth in the Greater Charlotte region and to promote the Student-Athlete concept. Tripp also operates the Greater Charlotte Hot Stove League Awards Banquet, an event that honors the top baseball and softball players in the Greater Charlotte region. He also owns South Charlotte Sports Photography, the Charlotte Football Awards Banquet and operates 15 sports camps annually. Tripp graduated from East Carolina University in 1990.