The Ripken Experience Myrtle Beach Celebrates America’s Favorite Pasttime

Posted by Sharon McCants

Baseball’s Youth Learn the Ripken Way

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Team welcomes Myrtle Beach Angel Ashton McCants home after he hits his first homerun at The Ripken Experience Myrtle Beach.

Watch top-notched baseball at historic ballparks like Griffith Field, Navin Field or The Polo Grounds right here in Myrtle Beach. Thanks to the designers of The Ripken Experience these state-of-the-art replicas of America’s most celebrated baseball fields host hundreds of youth baseball teams from all across the nation.

Steeped in rich baseball history, the Ripken Experience gets its name from founder, Cal Ripken Jr. who relies on the support of family members such as his father, Cal Ripken, Sr., and son, Cal Ripken, to continue to inspire athletes through remarkable experiences, the Ripken Way.

The Ripken Way is a system of nine values extoled in the game of baseball: perseverance, integrity, community, passion, character, teamwork, fun, family and commitment. The Ripken’s believe these values helped shaped the game of baseball into being America’s favorite pastime and, thereby, are the foundation for readying kids for competition while preparing them for life off the field.

At the Ripken Experience, the goal is to leave players, coaches and parents better than they were when they arrived. Teams are invited to play their best in the best of facilities. From the covered dugouts and lighted fields to the incredible practice fields and on-site ponds and fountains, Ripken tournaments present youth baseball at its finest, on the field and off.

“I like playing baseball at the Ripken Experience. Playing against teams from different places was fun and I got to meet new people. I still keep in contact with some of the players I met when I played five years ago,” says Ashton McCants, a former player for the Myrtle Beach Angels travel team. “Besides, I could never forget playing there because it’s where I hit my first homerun.”

With two-day, three-day and week-long tournaments to choose from, there’s a package to fit every team’s budget and schedule. Though Myrtlewood Villas is listed as host lodging, teams can choose to stay at any of the Myrtle Beach Hotels in the area. Most hotels offer discounted group rates for teams and their families.

A well-stocked concession stand that features, you guessed it, hot dogs, nachos and burgers is on site. And, you may have guessed, Gatorade is the top-selling beverage. There’s also candy bars, chips and bottled water.

Team moms don’t have to sit through every inning as shopping and entertainment venues are but a stone’s throw away from the baseball facility. Myrtle Beach’s wide assortment of entertainment venues is perfect for providing post-game activities for children and adults.

Photographers on every field capture the games in action. A photo desk allows prints to be purchased in an instant. “I have a photo of me laying down a tag when a guy tried to steal second base,” said McCants. “It’s a great shot. And, more importantly, it showed he was out.”

Making plans to play in a Ripken tournament? Be your team’s MVP (most valuable planner) by booking any of our Myrtle Beach Hotels to accommodate teams and their family members. Click here to visit our 18 top-notched resorts.

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