ANNA – Anna’s Jamison Adams, 11, has his “Golden Ticket” to the Select30 Championships, July 30-August 5, at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Kissimmee, Florida. He was one of three baseball players chosen out of about 400 11U participants at the Select30 Super NIT Qualifier in Kansas City, Missouri, in May. Jamison is the son of Jason and Jennifer Adams.
Jamison is a pitcher, catcher and center-fielder for the North Texas Eagles Select club out of Allen, and last year the team won the Travel Sports World Series.
“We’re trying to stay humble and everything,” Jason Adams said of Jamison’s selection, “but we’re pretty excited at the same time. He’s still young, but it was pretty impressive to be picked out of that group.”
Jason Adams has coached Jamison up until about two years ago.
After his son’s final game at Kansas City, Jason Adams was approached by a Select30 scout who inquired about a couple of players on the team — and one happened to be Jamison.
“That’s my kid,” Jason Adams replied.
“We’ve been watching him for a couple of days,” the scout said. “He’s got all the tangibles. We really like him. We’d like to offer him a spot as an All-American Youth Prospect.”
That Jamison’s team was on scouts’s radar at KC is not surprising.
“The week before we’d beaten the No. 1 out of Louisiana,” Jason Adams said. “And that weekend we beat the No. 1 team out of Oklahoma.”
The Select30 program is managed by former professional players through the Amateur All-American Scouting Network. It’s one of the most complete player-identification programs in the country. The organization offers opportunities for elite amateur players to display their skills against top competition and also provides educational programs for athletes, parents and coaches.
Jamison said he learned of his selection from his father right after the Super NIT.
“I was excited,” he said. “I think it will be fun and exciting to go and play with the major league players.”
Select30 Super NIT qualifiers are held across the country each year in preparation for the Championships. At these qualifiers, scouts evaluate players during real-game situations on the five tools of baseball: speed, power, arm strength, hitting-for-average and fielding. Chosen players are issued “Golden Tickets” as official invitations to the Select 30 Championships.
At the Championships, players — 9U to 14U — receive more training and evaluation. At the conclusion of this portion of the week, participants will play in a tournament from which two 15-player teams from each age group will be picked to play in the Select 30 All-American Top Prospect Game.
Jamison said this will be his first visit to Florida.