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AAU Volleyball Classic at ESPN Wide World of Sports

The AAU Volleyball Classic at ESPN Wide World of Sports gets under way on January 29-30, 2011. Over 150 girls’ teams will compete in age divisions from 10 to 18.

Competition will be held in the HP Field House and the Josten’s Center.  Teams check-in on January 28.   Pool play starts at 8am on January 29 and all teams will advance to bracket play on January 30.

For additional information on the 2011 Volleyball Classic:  Click Here

For 2010 Results: Click Here
For 2010 Video:  Click Here

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AAU Baseball Member Inducted into the National Hall of Fame and Museum

Originally found at http://sports.espn.go.com
Written By: Ben Houser

A 13-year-old girl knuckleball pitcher who has thrown two perfect games against Little League boys’ teams was honored Monday by the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.
Chelsea Baker of Plant City, Fla., donated the Brandon Farms jersey she wore in her April 9 perfect game to the Hall of Fame as an artifact noting the importance of women playing baseball. Her jersey joins one in the hall worn by another young female knuckleballer, Eri Yoshida, 18, whose play in the pro Golden Baseball League also earned her the honor this year

Baker’s jersey will be on display in the Today’s Game exhibit before moving eventually to the Diamond Dreams exhibit for the rest of the year. “There are no words to describe how happy I was when I found out they wanted to put my jersey in the Baseball Hall of Fame,” said Baker, the subject of an ESPN E:60 feature story last month.

The museum accepts about 400 artifacts a year from all levels of baseball, including the major leagues. Another female little leaguer, Katie Brownell, donated her jersey to the hall after she threw a perfect game in 2005. “When you look at women in baseball, we thought this was a significant enough contribution that needed to be included in the Baseball Hall of Fame,” said Jeff Idelson, president of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, of Baker’s perfect games. “This is a young girl from Plant City, Fla., who under the counsel of a great major leaguer Joe Niekro, was able to learn a knuckleball and then she was able to take that knowledge and apply it.

“She had two perfect games, she showed you don’t have to be a male to compete successfully, and she holds a flag for all girls in this country that, yeah you can be a girl and succeed in baseball.” Baker pitched her first perfect game during an All-Star Game last year. She predicted she’d throw the second one just before she did so this year. She learned how to pitch the knuckleball from Niekro, who perfected it during a long pro career.

“I think Coach Joe would be so proud of me and happy that his knuckleball got me this far,” Baker said. “I wish he was here today to share this moment with me.”  Baker finished the 2010 season with an unblemished record, the fourth straight year with no losses. This month, she was awarded the key to her hometown and threw out the first pitch for the New York Yankees minor league affiliate, the Tampa Yankees. Her family has received multiple movie pitches to tell her story. Baker’s Little League team lost in the sectional round of the Little League World Series, so for now, she is playing with an all-girls team, the Sparks. She was scheduled pitch Monday night at Dreams Park.The honor of being affiliated with the National Hall of Fame is not lost on Baker: “All I could think about is all the professional players, like Mickey Mantle, Babe Ruth and Jackie Robinson, and me being next to them in the Hall of Fame is amazing.”

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AAU Boys Basketball 16U D2 Video Recap EWWS

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2010 AAU Inline Hockey Tournament

The 2010 AAU Inline Hockey Tournament was a huge success! Over 102 games were played on 2 different rinks located in the ESPN Wide World of Sports Milkhouse. For more information on AAU Inline Hockey please visit aauhockey.org

For 2010 Results Click Here
For 2010 Photo Gallery Click Here
For the 2010 Hockey Recap Playlist Click Here
For the 2010 Elite Video Recap Click Here
For the 2010 Minor Video Recap Click Here
For the AIHL Website Click Here


For the 2010 Schedule / Results Click Here

2010’s biggest In-Line Hockey event is coming!  The 2010 AAU In-Line Hockey National Championships will be taking place May 28th through the 31st in the beautiful Lake Buena Vista, Florida.  This will be the only In-Line Hockey Event hosted at the newly revamped ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex!

The complex features state-of -the-art digital video screens to deliver updates from within the ESPN Wide World of Sports and the greater sports world, as well as an on-site production facility capturing daily competition highlights which are then made available to all ESPN media outlets.

AAU National Championship gold, silver, bronze and copper medals will be given to the top four (4) teams in each age classification, and Team awards will be awarded to the top teams in each division.  Additionally, each coach and player will receive a t-shirt to commemorate their participation in the 2010 AAU In-Line Hockey National Championships.  Each team is guaranteed three games, but many will play four or more!

The 2009 AAU In-Line Hockey National Championships was filled with top competition with teams participating from all over the country.  The expectations for this year’s tournament are even greater!  Come and test your skill against the top teams in the country.

For 2009 Results Click Here
For 2009 Video Recap Click Here
For 2009 Photo Gallery Click Here

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