Baltimore, MD (February 25, 2020) – Ripken Baseball, the premier company bringing Big League experiences to youth baseball announced an innovative new partnership today with National Sports ID to ensure safer play for all ballplayers at their four facilities. Hosting over 5,000 teams a year with over 100,000 participants a year, Ripken Baseball welcomes a much more efficient way to ensure it’s providing equal play among all participants.
National Sports ID operates a youth sports age & grade verification platform where parents submit proof of a child’s age & grade via secure interface to be validated prior to any competition, eliminating the need for players and teams to travel with birth certificates or proof of age and handle on site before play commences.
“At Ripken Baseball, we provide our customers unforgettable top-level youth baseball tournaments and experiences,” said Executive Vice President, Michael Kenney. “For a tournament to be fun, it first has to be safe. It’s of the utmost importance that we provide a safe environment by ensuring all ballplayers are competing against those of the same age. One of our core values of ‘The Ripken Way’ is playing fair.”
As part of the agreement, National Sports ID will verify the ages of participants in Ripken Baseball’s 3 & 4-Game Tournaments in 2020, expanding to all of their youth programming in 2021.
“National Sports ID is leveling the playing field in the youth sports world,” said National Sports ID founder and CEO Ryan Tremblay.
“Organizations like Ripken Baseball are leading the way in preserving the safety and integrity of their tournaments by stepping up their game in age verification.”
National Sports ID has previously worked with the Jr. NBA World Championship, USA Basketball, and U.S. Open Championships. Ripken will make the mark as NSID’s first national baseball partner.
“Integrity is one of our core pillars at Ripken Baseball, so we’re proud to know we are leading the way in youth baseball,” says Kenney. “We hope tournament operators and facilities across the country will follow our lead.”
A full list of 2020 tournaments at The Ripken Experience locations are currently on sale at ripkenbaseball.com.
About Ripken Baseball
Ripken Baseball brings teammates, coaches and families together through its Big League Experiences, while teaching the values of the game, and how to play it the right way - the Ripken Way. Ripken Baseball continues to innovate the game through onsite tournaments, camps and clinics hosted at their state-of-the-art baseball and softball facilities - The Ripken Experience Aberdeen Powered by Under Armour (Maryland), The Ripken Experience Myrtle Beach (South Carolina), The Ripken Experience Pigeon Forge (Tennessee), and The Ripken Experience at Walt Disney World® Resort (opening in May 2020).
About National Sports ID
National Sports ID, headquartered in Mahwah, New Jersey, is a leader in age and grade verification in youth sports. National Sports ID has partnered with elite sports organizations such as AAU Basketball, Jr. NBA World Championship, FBU National Championship, United States Basketball Association, and numerous other organizations to deliver a safe and secure age verification platform.
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