All-Star Ballpark Heaven and the Baseball Factory have announced a collaborative effort to offer a “unique” baseball tournament experience in Dyersville beginning in 2021.
According to a press release, the new tournament, dubbed the Baseball Factory Iowa Dreams Experience, will host games within the City of Dyersville, allowing families to visit the iconic Field of Dreams Movie Site located just minutes away.
“Baseball Factory Iowa Dreams Experience tournaments will be offered for 25 weeks spanning from May through October 2021,” the releases states. “Five-day Summer tournaments will be held Wednesday through Sunday while three-day weekend Spring and Fall tournaments will take place Friday through Sunday. In addition to playing games at City of Dyersville venues, players and their families will also be able to experience nightly public festivities at the Field of Dreams Movie Site. Vintage 1919 baseball apparel will be included in each player’s tournament package.”
The tournament hopes to bring people together through baseball while also providing locals with the chance to learn and meet new people.
“We are excited to announce our collaboration with Baseball Factory who is committed to providing tournaments while preparing youth for college. Their values and those of All-Star Ballpark Heaven, LLC dovetail perfectly. Both companies are focused on bringing people together as well as growing strength of character and commitment through sports and leadership programs. The full schedule of tournaments and programming offered will create positive change in the lives of participants, their families, and their communities,” Tom Mietzel, CEO of Go The Distance Baseball, LLC., said. “The City of Dyersville has been great to work with since we first approached them with this concept. We are thrilled they share our vision and look forward to tournaments being held in the City for years to come.”
Steve Sclafani, CEO and founder of the Baseball Factory, believes the partnership will bring lasting benefits to the area.
“We look forward to making a positive long-term impact on the lives of so many by offering our world-class instruction and tournaments in the idyllic setting of Dyersville,” Sclafani said. “In addition, we are excited to make a commitment to the Dyersville youth by donating our college placement guidance to local players looking to further their academic and baseball careers.”
From the City of Dyersville’s perspective, the tournament will provide a host of opportunities to showcase the community and boost the local economy.
“One of the city’s responsibilities is to create opportunities for the next generation,” Dyersville City Administrator Mick Michel said. “I am confident these youth tournaments next year will be a welcome addition to our community, and will also generate additional tourism dollars for our local businesses. A win-win for everyone.”
Executive Director of the Dyersville Economic Development Corporation Jacque Rahe also believes the collaboration spells nothing but good things for the community at large.
“We are thrilled about the collaboration between Baseball Factory and All-Star Ballpark Heaven and excited to showcase our little slice of heaven to all of the tournament participants and their families,” Rahe said. “We have been so impressed with the high caliber of professionalism and integrity of the Baseball Factory organization. We know they are the perfect partner to grow this endeavor.”
Dates and pricing details can be found by visiting h\ps://www.teamonebaseball.com/youth-tournaments/. Early-bird special discounts are available for teams or players who register by Nov. 15.