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Our mission as a not-for-profit, elite baseball and softball organization is to deliver a structured, affordable and fun opportunity for high performing athletes to learn the necessary skills personally and professionally to excel in life.  York Young Revolution's vision is to be recognized as the premier elite not-for-profit baseball and softball organization within Central Pennsylvania by providing an opportunity for athletes to learn the necessary skills and core values on and off the field, and to help meet the requirements for eligibility to participate in college athletics.

2014 Season Titles

 12u REVOLUTION CLASSIC (YORK, PA) RUNNER-UP

 

9u CHOCOLATETOWN CLASSIC (HERSHEY, PA)  RUNNER-UP

LADY REVS MAY CHALLENGE (CHAMBERSBURG, PA)  RUNNER-UP

12U RIPKEN ARMED FORCES DAY CHAMPIONS

 

9U TRIPLE CROWN MEMORIAL DAY TOURNAMENT (LANCASTER, PA) RUNNER-UP

9U SPORTS AT THE BEACH TOP GUN CLASSIC (REHOBOTH BEACH, DE) RUNNER-UP

12U SPORTS AT THE BEACH TOP GUN CLASSIC (REHOBOTH BEACH, DE) CHAMPIONS

 

14U LADY REVS JUNE BASH (CHAMBERSBURG, PA)  CHAMPIONS

16U TRIPLE CROWN FATHER'S DAY CHALLENGE (HARRISBURG, PA)  RUNNER-UP

9U FATHER'S DAY SUMMER CHALLENGE-10U OPEN DIV (ESSEX, MD)  RUNNER-UP

16U LANCASTER ELITE BASEBALL TOURNAMENT (LANCASTER, PA) CHAMPIONS

9U BATTLE AT GETTYSBURG II (GETTYSBURG, PA) RUNNER-UP

12U CRAB LEAGUE DIVISIONAL CHAMPIONS & CRAB LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIPS RUNNER-UP

14U LADY REVS ANDREA GANTT MEMORIAL TOURNAMENT (CHAMBERSBURG, PA)  RUNNER-UP

14U BLUE REVOLUTION CLASSIC (YORK, PA) RUNNER-UP

 


 

blogtoblogchamps From Paul Braverman & Darrell Henry

Remembering 2013: “Young Revolution” continues to grow

By Paul Braverman

A huge aspect of the York Revolution’s community outreach is to grow the game of baseball and softball in York County. That starts with having league nights for almost every youth baseball league in the county, and the annual “Girl’s Softball Night” event, one of the largest annual theme nights at Sovereign Bank Stadium. Through these nights and other special events, the Revs support youth players of every interest and ability.

At the elite level, the Revolution has taken it a step further by partnering with an independent non-profit organization to form the “Young” Revolution, the youth and teenage baseball program competing in high-level tournaments throughout the mid-Atlantic region.  Founded as the Revolution was also playing their inaugural season in 2007, the program now has teams beginning at eight and under, through 15 and under.  The long term goal is to provide players with a place to play during the summer months from ages eight to 18, and they’ve also expanded into girl’s softball, with 12 and under and 14 and under teams.

But if you think this is some type of intramural exercise to kill time until school starts…think again.

 “We’re looking for a player who is passionate about the game and has a tremendous work ethic, on the field and off.  We want to see someone that comes out to the a tryout that hustles, gives 150% and you can feel the passion about wanting to play at this level,” says Dave Pridgen, director of the York Young Revolution.

While it’s difficult for baseball to not be fun, Pridgen and his various coaches are looking for players for whom baseball is more than just a hobby.  The group’s ultimate goal is to make better baseball players, win along the way and prepare their players to excel at a high school, and hopefully college level.  There are few restrictions on where the team will travel to find the best competition, and no restrictions on where players can come from to join their teams.

Furthermore, in some of the age groups there are two teams, almost a Triple-A and Major League structure, where players may be moved up or down.  The players may be young, but if they’re aspiring professionals, they’re introduced early to how competitive advancing your career can be.

“If we have young men that aren’t quite at the top level, but want to aspire to get there, we give them a path do to that,” said Pridgen. But we also want the kids at the top level to understand that if they don’t maintain their work ethic and don’t continue to play well, they could be bumped down a level.  There’s that accountability there.”

As you can see, this is hardly an “everyone gets a trophy” youth sports program.

Most of the Young Revs players are from York County, but they also draw players from Lancaster, Dauphin and even Perry Counties, as well as players as far away as Hagerstown, MD.  It’s a feather in the organization’s cap to share the Revolution brand, and draw players from other nearby minor league markets.  There are no “Young” Barnstormers, Senators or Suns elite travel teams.

“I tell a lot of parents coming into the organization for the first time, ‘think about when you first started in little league and they put a Mets, Yankees or Orioles cap on your head, you felt like part of a bigger community.’  But for us, the York Revolution is our professional ball club.  Any name besides ‘York Young Revolution’ doesn’t give us the credibility, and wouldn’t give our players as much sense of community,” says Pridgen.

The Young Revolution hosts tournaments in York County, including at Sovereign Bank Stadium, and travels for similar events.  The furthest they’ve traveled as a group is eight to nine hours to North Carolina for a tournament with their 11 and under squad.  This year however, they formed a loose league structure to coincide with their tournament travels.  Several of the Young Revs’ nearby competitors in Pennsylvania and Maryland have formed what they’re calling the “Crab League,” a nod to the center of the new arrangement being around the Chesapeake.  The “ad-hoc” leagues for each age group as Pridgen calls them, allow for further competition between teams of similar caliber throughout the summer.

One more thing we should mention about the Young Revolution before we get too much further…they’re also good.

This season, the Young Revs have captured regional tournament titles with their 8-U, 11-U, 13-U and 15-U teams.  Last season the 12 and under team won an annual tournament in Cooperstown, NY at Doubleday Field, a picturesque “old school” facility adjacent to the National Baseball Hall-of-Fame and museum, a setting that looks like a hybrid of Field of Dreams and Ebbetts Field.

“The Cooperstown trip is really our version of the Little League World Series,” says Pridgen.  “From our 8-U team up to 12-U, that’s what they really look forward to.”

Undoubtedly, there are some wide eyes while touring the Hall of Fame and museum and playing on storied ground.

While the first seven seasons of the program have set a good foundation, the Young Revolution’s main focus is on growth.

“We really want to grow that 16, 17, 18 program, because what we really want to do is transition young men from the Young Revolution to the opportunity to go play at the college level,” says Pridgen.

At the same time, adding girls’ softball, the “Lady Revs” as they’ll be known, is in the works.  Pridgen and David Eckman, who is director of the York County Junior Girls Softball League, are working to make the softball program as successful as the boys’ program by replicating the model that has made the Young Revolution so successful.

“The softball community is growing, there are more girls wanting to come out and play softball.  We’re happy to be forming a partnership with the YCJGSL to give those girls a place to play at an elite level,” said Pridgen.

And so it’s another first for area minor league baseball and the Atlantic League – a women’s sports faction will share the same brand as the local professional club.   The value of that brand is never lost on Pridgen, his coaches, and their players.

“There’s a lot of pride from our players, having that relationship with the York Revolution.  To be wearing that logo, there’s a sense of pride and accountability.  With that name we’re a part of something, something bigger than ourselves.”


 

 

Shout Outs!

2014 Season Yearbook Well-Wishes

 

Colin #19- We can’t wait to see you play this year! Love, Grandma and Grandpa Morrisette

Natasha Foller-28 Lady Revs 14U: Good luck this season. You make us proud! We love you! Mom & Dad

Ben Peterson – Good luck this year! I’m proud of all your hard work and love watching you play. Dee Dee

Garrett McCleary – You are amazing – Have a great season! Love Nana & Pop Pop

Colin Morrisette- Wishing you and your team a great season. Go Young Revs!  Pop-Pop and Mom-Mom

Abigail Krouse – Best wishes for your greatest year yet – We are so proud of you – Our little bombshell – Always playing with all your heart & we know you always give it your all – Luv you Mom & Dad

McKenna – “All you need is faith, trust, and a little pixie dust.” We love you! Mom, Dad, and Emma

Colin “CMorr” Morrisette #19 – Trust your stuff!  Love, Mom and Dad

Roberto #21-14U Gold: Have a great 2014 season. Dad

Wyatt McCleary – We are so proud – Have a great season Love Nana & Pop Pop

Austin Cassatt – Good luck this season #6! Love Mom, Jerry and Kids

Michael #25- Good luck to you & your 12u team!  We are so proud of you!  Do your best and have fun!  Mom & Dad

Abigail Krouse – Best of luck to you & your team! We love you so much! Grandma and Pap Fureman

Your love for baseball deserves the best you can give it. Show’em what you got Ryan Jones! Mom and Dad

Nick Starr- We know you & your 14U team will have another awesome season! We love you! Your “5-0” Fans

Best of luck to the 12u COOPERSTOWN-BOUND YORK YOUNG REVOLUTION!

Go get’em Hank! Have fun and play hard #44! Mom, Dad, and Tess

Have a great season Colin! Love, Mimi

Hank Leighty – Wishing you a fun season with lots of good friends. Love You! Poppa and Nonna

Ben Peterson – Have fun playing with the Young Revs! Proud of your hard work! Mom, Dad, & Ryan

Antonio #13-14U Gold: Have a great 2014 season. Dad

Ben Peterson – Good luck to you as a Young Rev. Pap sure is proud. He was a baseball pitcher too. Love, Maw-Maw & Pap

Luke “Scootch” Greisler – Have a great season! Let’s play two!! U da man! Love, Dad

Bri Hertz – Run fast, play hard, and have fun! Go #2 Lady Rev! Love: Dad, Mom, and Abbey

Abby Krouse & Lady Revs 14U – 2014 is your year. You own it – Best of luck – The Krouses

Bryce Snyder #14 12u Team – Good  Luck!  Always try your best! We are so proud of you and we love you! Mom & Dad & your sisters Kaylee, Makenna and Kelci

 


 

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York Young Revolution is not just about baseball and softball!  We are a non-profit, community based organization that is striving to create well-rounded young men and women that will be successful both on AND off the field of play.  We recognize that the path to collegiate sports and success in the workplace rely on strong academics, a hardy work ethic and the desire to contribute to society.  Our ball players pour a tremendous amount of time in to their sport, and we believe it is important to provide opportunities within the Young Revs organization for them to serve their community.  Whether our athletes are looking to earn community service hours for National Honor Society or for their own personal enrichment, we will continue to promote ways for our young athletes to "give back".  Through the Young Revolution, our players can learn the gratifying importance of giving back to the community...while having fun doing it with their teammates!  Stay tuned opportunities to make a difference in and around York County!


 

Our Young Revolution Athletes sold wristbands at the April 26

York Revolution game at Santander Stadium....and raised

$514 for the Carter N. Bowman Foundation to help

support their mission of helping kids enjoy stress free activities

while undergoing cancer treatments.

Way to go YYR!!

Carter N. Bowman with members of the Lady Revs


 

 

 


 

 

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to help bring a higher caliber of baseball and softball to York County!

 
 
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