Sunday, August 31, 2008

14U USA Team Announcement

After a three-day showcase at Major League Baseball's Urban Youth Academy over Labor Day weekend, the CCYB-USA team completed its three games in top fashion.

Highlights of the game included a hustle play by starting short stop Christopher Rivera who tried to stop a ball hit sharply up the middle.

There were six West Coast teams consisting of 108 players who participated in the USA National Identification Series held at MLB's Urban Youth Academy in Compton, CA.

The teams gathered in the outfield to await USA's announcements.

USA Announced (pictured) Christopher Rivera and Jeremy Martinez, along with Cody Poteet (not pictured) from Southern California's CCYB-USA made the team.

Papo and Jeremy after the 14U USA team's announcement.

Cody Poteet, Christopher Rivera and Jeremy Martinez take a breather After the 14U USA team's announcement. The team will travel to Guatemala over the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday to compete in an international tournament. Congratulations boys!

Todd Rogers, director of CCYB and Christopher Rivera after the 14U USA Team's announcement - a select nine elite players and five alternates will represent the West Coast players.

Our family (pictured left to right: Steve, Annie, Christopher, Elysse, Ariana and Aaron) proudly congratulate our son and brother on his accomplishments and achievements on making the 14U USA Team.

Christopher and big sis Elysse embrace after USA's announcement of those players making the 14U USA team.

Siblings, Ariana, Christopher, Elysse and Aaron after the 14U USA team was announced.

My proud moment (Christopher and mom) after the 14U USA Team was announced.

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Opening Day - Skills Test

The 14U USA National Identification Team selection has begun. Each respective team had time to warm up, stretch, get loose, throw a little, sprint a little and then sprint a lot during the start of their skills testing.

CCYB took the field for around the horn and in-field practice. They looked strong and confident, displaying each of their abilities at their positions.

Pictured in this sequence, Christopher fields ground balls hit to him at short stop and makes each play look "easy" while executing routine plays and turning two (double plays).

Friday, August 29, 2008


We are pleased to announce the schedule for the upcoming Labor Day weekend 14U National Team Identification Series. Six teams from the West will showcase at the Urban Youth Academy in Compton, CA. Six teams from the East will hold a similar showcase at Roger Dean Stadium Complex in Jupiter, FL. Christopher has the privilege of being selected to the USA-CCYB Southern California team. The National 14U Team will then select those players to advance to the National Team tryouts, held separately and at a later date. (It is uncertain how many roster spots are open at this time). The festivities and games will be held at:
Urban Youth Academy
901 E. Artesia Blvd.
Compton, Ca 90221
Schedule: Friday, August 29 Opening Ceremony begins at 4 p.m.
Saturday, August 30 CCYB 1:30 game vs NCTB at UYA Stadium
Sunday, August 31 12:30 game vs Mountain West; and 3:30 game vs Texas Stars at UYA Stadium
Sunday, August 31 at 6:30 pm Sunday they will announce the NT trials invitees
You are invited to join us during this very special weekend.

Click HERE for more information.

Saturday, August 23, 2008

During last night's USA-CCYB practice at Cal State Fullerton, Christopher gets a good jump stealing 2nd base. A showcase bonanza will occur over the Labor Day weekend at MLB Urban Youth Academy in Compton. Six teams from the west regionals will battle for a prestigious roster spot on the National Team USA. Likewise, the east coast teams will conduct a similar showcase.Team USA is looking for that "diamond in the rough." Ultimately, Team USA will play in an international tournament in Guatemala this semester. Good luck Christopher!