American Amateur Baseball Congress (AABC) is the largest amateur baseball organization in the United States for players above junior baseball age and the only amateur baseball program, which provides progressive and continuous organized competition - sub teens through adults. It is coordinated with other programs through USA Baseball and the American Baseball Coaches Association.
Founded in 1935, it is now composed of seven (7) different age divisions in the states, Puerto Rico and Canada. Play is also conducted in four (4) single age divisions; 9's, 11,s, 13's and 15's.
Once again PG set a new record for the 7th consecutive year. 1164 players who attended Perfect Game events were picked among the 1504 players selected in the 2008 draft. This adds up to a total of 77.4% of the entire draft class of 2008 who were players that attended Perfect Game events.
46 players were drafted in the 1st round and 1st comp. 41 of those players had attended a PG event. Several of those players had attended many PG events.
In the past 7 years, 5293 players who attended PG events have been selected/drafted by Major League clubs.
2008 Quick Facts:
First 30 picks- 27 of 30 players had attended PG events
First 100 picks- 87 of 100 players had attended PG events
First 10 rounds- 273 of 322 players had attended PG events
Nearly 82% of all players picked in the first 10 rounds had attended PG events
Total for 50 rounds- 1164 of 1504 players drafted had attended PG events.
77.4% of all players drafted in 2008 had attended PG events
By the Numbers:
In 2008: 1164 draft picks were PG participants
In 2007: 1048 draft picks were PG participants
In 2006: 952 draft picks were PG participants
In 2005: 823 draft picks were PG participants
In 2004: 533 draft picks were PG participants
In 2003: 409 draft picks were PG participants
In 2002: 364 draft picks were PG participants
It has been estimated by the year 2009 over half of all the players on Major League rosters will have attended Perfect Game events.
The World Wood Bat Association is a natural extension of Perfect Game USA, the nation's leading scouting service for elite level baseball players. Perfect Game has built its reputation primarily around individual showcase events but, following the national trend towards select and national travel teams, it began adding team events in recent years.
The success in particular of the Perfect Game/Baseball America Championship held annually in late October in Jupiter, Florida led to the creation of the World Wood Bat Association as the organizing body f or the team events. Because of the demand for spots in the Championship in 2002, three qualifying tournaments under the WWBA umbrella were set up. 2002 also saw the introduction of the WWBA Senior Championship in early July at Marietta, GA, an event that quickly become one of the highlights of the professional scouts and college coaches summer schedule. 2003 has already seen the establishment of a WWBA Junior Championship in mid-July in Marietta and numerous other regional events.
The World Wood Bat Association doesn't seek to supplant the efforts of organizations such as American Legion, Connie Mack, CABA or Babe Ruth. The WWBA's purpose is to add a layer at the top of expanding youth baseball market to ensure that the top baseball players have a chance to compete against each other and in front of professional scouts and college coaches.