Dizzy Dean Affiliation
The Germantown Baseball League is affiliated with Dizzy Dean Baseball which promotes traditional recreation leagues concepts of:
- Every kid is placed on a league team.
- Player Talent is evenly distributed among league teams
- League games are played spread through the week with one game a day as the norm
- Postseason competition includes all teams from all divisions age 6 and up.
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The primary benefit of this affiliation is that it provides an opportunity for GBL players to compete at a higher level after the regular season is completed. Each Dizzy Dean affiliated league enters “Allstar” teams in Dizzy Dean sanctioned competition that ultimately leads to the crowning of a World Series Champions in age groups from 6 to 18. Prior to the Dizzy Dean sanctioned competition, the Allstar teams compete in warm-up tournaments which have weekend schedules similar to competitive tournaments.
Dizzy Dean Allstar Team Selection
In the past, GBL has fielded teams in the following age categories: 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, and 14. Teams for 15-16 and 17-18 could be added. Open tryouts are held in late April or early May for any league player who wants to play on a Dizzy Dean Allstar team also known as the Germantown Blue Devils. The head coach of each respective team evaluates each player based on the tryout and in-game performance and then makes selections. The teams are officially announced at the respective league Allstar Games during Championship Week.
Cost of participation has historically been between $200 and $250. This covers tournament fees, uniforms and insurance.
Dizzy Dean All-Star Team Schedule
The month of June consists of weekday practices and weekend tournaments. In the past few years, GBL Dizzy Dean teams have played in tournaments in Olive Branch, MS, Horn Lake, MS, Batesville, MS, and Starkville, MS. The teams generally take time off around the Independence Day holiday. Dizzy Dean sanctioned State and World Series competition takes place in July. Recently the State completion has been in Bolivar, TN, and Germantown followed by the Dizzy Dean World Series at Snowden Grove in Southaven, MS.
Why Dizzy Dean?
There are other youth baseball organizations such as Little League, Dixie Youth, and Babe Ruth/Cal Ripken that also promote traditional recreational baseball concepts. However, the GBL Board chose to affiliate with Dizzy Dean because its by-laws allow for significant local autonomy without strict residential boundaries for players. Additionally, the close proximity of many Dizzy Dean leagues in North Mississippi and the Dizzy Dean World Series in Southaven allows Allstar team to compete without significant travel.
Tryouts Info 2020
Information on 2020 tryouts will be coming soon...