Yay!!! We are going to Nationals again!!!! This time it is for my youngest daughter 10U division. Congratulations to all the teams that made it to the Nationals happening at Arnaiz Stadium in Stockton, CA the first week of August 2016.
Here is the Official page to the 10U Nationals. Here you can find all the activities and events and pool brackets, Hotel recommendations etc and will be the go to place to get updates on the latest. Hilton Stockton is listed as the Hotel choice and if you want to read more about our experience at Hilton Stockton, click the link.
Here are the teams which made it to the Nationals. As of today, the following teams are in.
- Firecrackers Central California-Busch (10A)
- Nor Cal Her-Icanes (10A)
- NorCal Firecracker (10A)
- CA Breeze (10A)
- Nor Cal Tremors (10A)
- Oregon Panthers (10A)
- Strike Zone (10A)
- Universal Fastpitch (10A)
- NorCal Xperience (10A)
- Norcal Batbusters 05 (10A)
- Arsenal Fastpitch (10A)
- Salt Lake Pegasus Newell (10A)
- Bownet Marcia (10A)
- Grapettes- Ward (10A)
- California Riptide (10A)
- Dirtdogs – Tillery (10A)
The links above are not the greatest for some teams. So if you know better links to any of these teams please contact me and I will update it. Usually at this 10U level, teams do not travel far to go play at the Nationals.
If you remember, last year (2015)we went to the 12 U Nationals, we had 55 teams and we tied for the 13th spot. As the kids get older the number of teams quadruple as the teams and parents are willing to travel far and spend a LOT of $$$. It is definitely an experience to be had.
We have played many regular games at Arnaiz Stadium where every first game of the day starts with a National Anthem and an announcement of their world famous Root Beer Float 😉
They have a decent snack shack and real restrooms (not just porta pottys) which is good. Here is a look of the snack shack and a pic of their menu. Nothing fancy, just regular ball park food. There are a couple of places (subway, Starbucks etc) near by that you can go to get something a little better. May be they will add more items to their menu for Nationals.
Their menu is also here below…
Most importantly…please lock your valuables or better yet, do not leave anything of value in your car. Almost every time we have played here someones car has been broken into. Remember this is Stockton, not fairy land. They used to have a big sign right at the front gate that I took a pic of several years ago. They have since removed this sign, but the message still stands. You can’t call 911 if your car gets broken into since the city is bankrupt (may be they are out of bankruptcy now) and does not respond to car break-ins. They have to allocate their resources to more important emergencies.
Also if your team goes across the road to practice at the Glacier Point park, be wary since occasionally there are some shady characters (basically thugs or gangs) driving around in motorcycles playing really loud music. Very intimidating the last time it happened when our team was practicing here in between games. Does not make you feel safe.
If I have not scared you enough, then I will see you at the Nationals. Good luck to the teams playing. We have a very young team, so we will definitely struggle but the kids have been improving steadily and we hope to battle it till the end. It will be a great experience for them!!