SINT MAARTEN (GREAT BAY) - The International Caribbean Sports Tournament (ICST), in collaboration with the Open Borders Sports Foundation (OBSF), National Amateur Baseball Federation (NABF), and Sint Maarten Baseball-Softball Federation (SMBSF), convened in a momentous press conference on Friday, November 17th, 2023, to unveil an exciting announcement. They proudly introduced the inception of the First Annual International High School Baseball Classic Tournament.
Scheduled to commence from June 28th to July 5th, 2024, the tournament will unfold on the vibrant grounds of Sint Maarten, inviting sixteen esteemed teams to participate in this groundbreaking event. Among the participating teams will be representatives from Sint Maarten/Saint Martin comprising a Dutch high school team and a French high school team.
An extraordinary opportunity awaits the triumphant team of this inaugural tournament, as the winner secures an exclusive chance to partake in the prestigious NABF High School World Series. The event is poised to draw attention from scouts, high school enthusiasts, and aspiring college athletes, promising a stage where talent and dedication will shine brightly.
In a significant stride toward bolstering baseball development, Sint Maarten's affiliation with the National Amateur Baseball Federation (NABF) marks a pivotal moment. As part of this alliance, the NABF has initiated an equipment drive, with plans to dispatch a container of sporting equipment to schools across the island in the forthcoming weeks.
"We're thrilled to unveil this remarkable tournament, uniting nations through the spirit of sportsmanship and camaraderie," expressed representatives from ICST, OBSF, NABF, and SMBSF. "This event not only celebrates the passion for baseball but also serves as a platform for young talents to showcase their skills on an international stage."
The organizers extend their heartfelt gratitude to Honorable Minister Rodolphe Samuel and his dedicated team for their pivotal role in organizing this momentous press conference.
This inaugural event stands as a testament to the power of sports in fostering unity and excellence, destined to etch its mark in the annals of high school baseball worldwide.