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One Year Later, Belisle's LLWS Speech Still Inspires

One Year Later, Belisle's LLWS Speech Still Inspires

When David Belisle heard he had gone viral, the first thing he had to determine was whether that was a good thing or a bad thing. The 2014 Little League World Series had ended for his Cumberland, R.I., team the night before, but Belisle’s impact on the event had just begun.  The next day in our dorm, the boys wer...

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Back to the Future: Wes Burnette

Back to the Future: Wes Burnette

Trapped in the past on Junior Diamond Prospects...Wes Burnette made a name for himself several times over the years as a member of the Carolina Flames on our site.  Year What Junior Diamond Prospects had to say about Wes Burnette 2008 Burnette (pictured right) is a left-handed pitcher wit...

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Why Youth Sports Team-Hopping is a Bad Idea

Why Youth Sports Team-Hopping is a Bad Idea

When things get uncomfortable on a youth sports team, many parents and athletes resort to team-hopping. Let me explain first what team-hopping is not. It is not when your child finishes a season and moves on to the next level of competition. It is not when your child changes club teams because he or she is ready for...

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Ben Rollins

Ben Rollins

Our next guest in the Junior Diamond Spotlight is nicknamed "Rocket". How fast is he? Well, this summer he set the all-time record for the "Road Runner" competition at Cooperstown Dream Park. Ben Rollins is one of the top athletes we have had the privilege of covering over the years. His athleticism has allowed him to ...

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Northwood set to take on the World (2015 LLWS)

Northwood set to take on the World (2015 LLWS)

Northwood does today what no other sanctioned Little League program in South Carolina has done in quite some time, take the field at Lamade Stadium in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, as the Southeast representative in the 2015 Little League World Series. Northwood, based in Taylors, South Carolina, went undefeated in the S...

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John Smoltz's Advice to Young Pitchers

John Smoltz's Advice to Young Pitchers

The Hall of Fame ceremonies July 26 in Cooperstown, N.Y., were about celebrating the careers of John Smoltz and other new inductees. Smoltz, however, took the time in his remarks to include another issue during his time at the podium. An Atlanta Brave for 20 of his 21 major league seasons, Smoltz chose to look ahead r...

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No-hitter leads Taylors team to Williamsport and the Little League World Series

No-hitter leads Taylors team to Williamsport and the Little League World Series

WARNER ROBINS, Ga. — A no-hitter and two home runs helped send the Northwood Little League team from Taylors to the Little League World Series. Battling through wins against North Carolina, Tennessee, and Florida to send them to the Southeast Regional finals in Warner Robbins, Georgia, the team looked to make Virginia...

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Charlie Bussey III

Charlie Bussey III

The next featured prospect in the Junior Diamond Spotlight leaped onto our radar about two years ago. He is not likely to get off. If you have talent and play travel ball long enough, we like to think we have a fair chance of finding you wherever you call home and this young man caught our eye playing at age 9. Charlie...

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2015 Diamond Gems

2015 Diamond Gems

Junior Diamond Prospects scouting director Richard Edwards has seen quite a bit of youth baseball in the eight years of this site's existence. To commemorate the seventh anniversary of JrDP going live, he reveals his "Diamond Gems", the top 25 players still active in youth divisions he has...

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Area Scouts Wanted!

Area Scouts Wanted!

Would you like to have some extra cash in your back pocket? Do you consider your baseball background good enough to cover USSSA, AAU, Little League or Dixie Youth games? If so, we could use your help to write up contests and identify the top talent in the 9-14 age groups across South Carolina. The 2015 season is&n...

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Jr DP Spotlight

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Connor Droze

Connor Droze

There are not a lot of players in the 11U division that you can call true "power" hitters. Our next guest in the Ju...

Zach Overholt

Zach Overholt

Baseball talent seems to run in the Overholt family tree. Earlier this year, we spotlighted Tyler Overholt, a LHP/C...

Rawlings Stars

Rawlings Stars

It is not general practice that we at Junior Diamond Prospects cover 8U teams. In fact, we set out to cover 9U thro...

Davis Wilson

Davis Wilson

His last name is Wilson but he plays for Rawlings and boy, does he play. Our next prospect in the Junior Diamond Sp...

SC Hooks

SC Hooks

The 11U SC Hooks, currently registered as a 12U team, have been around since 2011. The Midlands (Irmo/Chapin) ...

Tyler Overholt

Tyler Overholt

11U Team Rawlings, based out of Greenwood, is one of if not the top team regardless of age division, in South Carol...

Bryton Ward

Bryton Ward

The Junior Diamond Spotlight returns this week to feature another of the bright (or "bryte") young prospects in the...

Matt Farrar

Matt Farrar

Junior Diamond Prospects has always prided itself on leaving no stone unturned in finding the best young baseball p...

Nathan Smith

Nathan Smith

Former South Carolina standout and recent inductee into the USC Athletic Hall of Fame and MLB'er, Landon Powell, ha...

Cameron Weston

Cameron Weston

The Palmetto Diamondbacks took home five U.S.S.S.A. titles during the fall season and currently are ranked #2 in th...

Cameron Williams

Cameron Williams

Our next guest in the Junior Diamond Spotlight is currently a “Wrenegade” but one day he hopes to be wearing the bl...

Xavier Anderson

Xavier Anderson

The "X-Factor" has been called the "undefineable something that makes for star quality". It may not be a single thi...

Carson Rowland

Carson Rowland

The Carolina Reds organization has been around for more than a decade, developing some of the top baseball talent i...

Travis Elliott

Travis Elliott

So, what is this young man doing playing on a 13U team with one of the top travelball organizations in the state? B...

Charlton Commander

Charlton Commander

The Junior Diamond Spotlight returns today to feature one of the top young players from the Midlands area of South ...

Jordan Beatson

Jordan Beatson

Our next featured player in the Junior Diamond Spotlight comes from the Midlands of South Carolina. Although his fa...

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usssaUSSSA rankings by age division are now updated!

On Deck: 2015 tournament coverage from around the state of South Carolina, Individual player spotlights including Carson Erlewine (Simpsonville Thunder), Jake Eargle (Palmetto Phoenix), Erik Simpson (West End Riverdogs), Bryant Ford (Blue Chip Bulls), Davis Starnes (Team Nike), updated pitcher peak velocities and flamethrower recognition, the JrDP Photo Gallery of the top prospects... and much more!

Upcoming tournaments:

Dates Tournament Name Location Organization Link
Sept 12-13 King of Swing Myrtle Beach USSSA Click here
Sept 12-13 King of Swing Summerville/Walterboro USSSA Click here
Sept 12-13 King of Swing Lexington USSSA Click here
Sept 12-13 Battle of the Bats Moncks Corner Top Gun Click here
Sept 12-13 Battle of the Bats Georgetown Top Gun Click here
Sept 19-20 Carolina Classic Global Qualifier Spartanburg USSSA Click here
Sept 19-20 Carolina Classic Global Qualifier Aiken USSSA Click here
Sept 19-20 Carolina Classic Global Qualifier North Myrtle Beach USSSA Click here
Sept 19-20 Carolina Classic Global Qualifier North Charleston USSSA Click here
Sept 19-20 Carolina Classic Global Qualifier Lexington USSSA Click here
Sept 19-20 Total Control Baseball Mania South Myrtle Beach Top Gun Click here
Sept 19-20 Total Control Baseball Mania Sumter Top Gun Click here
Sept 26-27 Super Regional North Myrtle Beach Top Gun Click here
Sept 26-27 Super Regional Spartanburg Top Gun Click here
Sept 26-27 Super Regional Gaffney Top Gun Click here
Sept 26-27 Super Regional Walterboro Top Gun Click here
Sept 26-27 Fall Classic Summerville/North Charleson USSSA Click here
Sept 26-27 Fall Classic Lexington USSSA Click here
Sept 26-27 Fall Classic Upstate USSSA Click here
Oct 2-4 Jay Criscione Super NIT Spartanburg USSSA Click here
Oct 2-4 Jay Criscione Super NIT Lexington USSSA Click here
Oct 3-4 Coastal Fall Showdown Myrtle Beach USSSA Click here


Travis IshikawaJrDP Quote of the Week: "In baseball, it’s easy to find value in performance. I was so used to being a perfectionist, crushed by all my failures. (And that isn’t healthy in a sport like baseball!) My faith in God has given me freedom from that. Trusting His plan—not hard work or love of the game—has helped me persevere through all the ups and downs of my career. I know who I am in Christ, and that means so much more than whatever my stat line says about me." Travis Ishikawa

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boy_flipping_ball.gifWatch baseball, earn ca$h! JrDP Scouts needed: Do you consider your baseball background good enough to cover USSSA, Nations Baseball, Little League or Dixie Youth games tournament? If so, we could use your help to write up contests in the 9-14 age groups across South Carolina, especially in the Florence, Myrtle Beach, and Charleston areas. The 2014-15 season is upon us with tournaments in every part of the state. What better way to earn some extra spending money than watching Americas pasttime played by the stars of tomorrow. Anyone interested in being an area scout for Junior Diamond Prospects - and being compensated - should contact Richard Edwards at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

heritage_park_scoreboard.jpgJrDP Scoreboard: In our continual efforts to improve the visibility of youth baseball in South Carolina, Junior Diamond Prospects is very excited to introduce the website's newest feature! Subscribers now have the ability to post game information on JrDP's Scoreboard for everyone to view...Go to the scoreboard.

Polls: Tournament brackets are now up. Chime in on who you think will take home the top honors each weekend in our JrDP Polls. These can be found under the advertisement on the right side of each page.

jrdp_logo.pngAdvertise on JrDP: Looking for widespread visibility? Want to sponsor an upcoming Junior Diamond Prospects event? Your business could possibly prosper from our rapidly growing exposure. For more information, click here.

 

Does your team/organization have a web site? Email your link to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we will put it on our team page. To view "Team Links", look under Teams on the front page or click here.

 

Baseball paraphanalia.jpgLooking for players or a team in 2014-15? Are you looking for a player for the 2014-15 season? Are you looking for a team to play with? Maybe Junior DP can help. Send us what you are looking for and we will publish it. Please include city team is based out of or area that you live in, age group of the team or player for the 2014-15 fall season, and contact information (email address and/or phone number). Also, if your local league is having registrations, send us that information and we will publish it as well. Email Richard Edwards at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


JrDP Spotlights:
We've featured many talented players over the past several months, and we plan to bring you more and more spotlights as we move through the 2014-15 season. In this Junior Diamond Prospects feature, our subscribers will learn more about who the better players are, what they like about the game, what they like to do off the playing field, and more. Stay tuned