What is Premier Sports Tournaments?
In an exciting move to unite the youth baseball community in the Pacific Northwest, the region’s four leading tournament companies – Seattle Elite Baseball, Seattle Premier League, West Coast Premier Tournaments, and GSL Tournaments – have forged an alliance that will be known as Premier Sports Tournaments (PST).
The goal of the alliance is for each individual tournament provider to collaborate in improving and streamlining the opportunities for all youth baseball teams, creating the best possible experience for athletes, families and coaches. This will also enable them to focus on all the career- and character-building benefits of high-level team sports competition. Premier Sports Tournaments is hoping that other like-minded tournament providers will join this alliance.
“We’re coming together for the betterment of the baseball community in the Northwest and beyond,” said Seattle Elite director Derek Bingham. “Planning for tournaments is hard work for everyone because of all the elements involved in running a successful event. With this alliance, we can eliminate a lot of the confusion and pain points.”
This alliance will afford the opportunity for all of its tournament companies to work together closely on improving the overall baseball culture, both on and off the field. For example, they will focus on enhancing the competitive landscape of youth baseball through better consistency and quality of rules, synergy with umpire associations, and raising coach and player expectations. PST will also work toward solving another significant issue within the world of tournaments – constant shifting of team rosters – with a new a fee-based roster integrity program. This will require teams to play with fixed rosters and will incentivize families by the waiving of gate fees for all PST events in the Pacific Northwest and with discounts from Elysian Sports Enterprises partners.
The tournament companies are all opening up registration for their 2022 tournaments in mid-September. Their websites will be crosslinked, along with the launch of a new PremierSportsTournaments.com website, and over the coming weeks and months there will be further efforts to bring the companies in closer coordination.
Elysian Sports Enterprises
Elysian Sports Enterprises is a leading national company that offers training, instruction, camps, clinics, and support for young athletes, coaches, and parents. We also provide administrative services for youth sports teams, organizations, tournaments, and events. It is the parent company of Softball University, the Los Angeles Dodgers Training Academy, EL1 Sports, RISE Football, and Premier Sports Tournaments.
Together, Seattle Elite, West Coast Premier and GSL already account for more than three-quarters of all the baseball tournaments in the Pacific Northwest – including major events such as the Art Wright Memorial Day Tournament in Seattle, the Northwest Club Championships in Vancouver, WA/Portland, OR, and the GSL College Showcase in Centralia, WA. They also operate large destination tournaments throughout the West, such as the Arizona Elite Championships and the Desert Fall Classic in Las Vegas.