Below is a small sampling of pictures from previous tours. These pictures are a preview of the upcoming "North" part of the 2016 tour. The tour stops are listed alphabetically, and these towns represents the last 13 days of the overall tour. For the vast majority of pictures of previous tour events and Potter Baseball in general, click here.
Allison Park (Saturday, July 16) will host probably the biggest event of the 2016 Potter Baseball Tour. This will be the hike in which we are partnering with Cure Search (www.curesearch.org). It will be held on Saturday, July 16, 2016 in beautiful North Park which is located in Allison Park, PA... right outside Pittsburgh. We have already signed up 16 teams, and we expect to end up with well over 100 hikers. All proceeds will go to CureSearch and their work with children's cancer. The Potter Tour has worked withCureSearch for the last five years. To sign up for the hike, click here.
It appears that the town of Butler (Thursday, July 14, Tuesday, July 20, and Wednesday, July 21) may outdo themselves again.
What started out as a tour town that Coach Potter did not know a single person has turned into the most successful tour stop in the first six years. We will be running our 6th consecutive volleyball tournament, East Butler will be hosting us for year #5, we will host a "Paint Night"... and we will work once again with the Lions Club for a day to help beautiful the town with some good old community service.... and find time for a little baseball.
After a year's hiatus in 2014 for the first time since the inception of the Potter Baseball Tour, the tour was back in 2015, and is returning to Clearfield (Wednesday, July 13) for year #7. We will once again work with the CRC (Clearfield Revitalization Corporation) to take on some community service, along with working with the local library. Past tasks have been beautifying of downtown streets and, as shown to the right, the construction of an outside volleyball court in Witmer Park.
After the community service, we will put on a home run derby for charity at the Clearfield Little League fields before heading to Lawrence Memorial Park for our annual tour game.
We can't thank Coach Lansberry and Loretta Wagner, and the people of Clearfield, enough for their continual support of the tour.
One of the player's favorite tour stops is in Cranberry Township (Friday, July 15) as the tour players very much like participating with a bunch of high school and college volleyball players on the sand courts at Cranberry Park.
This year the plan is to make it bigger and better. Donations will once again be taken, and all proceeds go to the Seneca Valley School District for Autism.
Before the tournament, the tour players will compete in a "medicine ball - volleyball tournament".
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Coach Potter grew up in the small town of Ellport right outside of Ellwood City (Sunday, July 17). This is where a lot of childhood memoirs were created, and this is the "magical place" in his book, "Whatever Happened to Baseball?" where he spent all of those summer days playing those pickup games. Pictured to the right is the team from the first Potter Baseball Tour back in 2010. As you can see, it is at Sheeler Field.
The team will return in the summer of 2016 to Sheeler Field for the 7th consecutive year and do what they always do: throw the ball around a little, work with some kids, and listen to Coach Potter reminisce about a "better time".
Freeport (Monday, July 18 ) joins Frederick, Ellwood City, and Pittsburgh (PNC) as the only towns that will be part of the tour for all seven years. Freeport was sought out as a tour stop because that is the birthplace of Coach Potter, and through much hard work and persistence the PBT continues to thrive in this town.
Freeport Park will once again host the activities for the day, with the time being spent running a clinic and pick up game for the Freeport Little League and any other interested ball players in the area.
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Kimberton Baseball (KYLL) is one of a very few new tour stops on the 2016 Potter Baseball Tour. We are very pleased to bring such a great organization into the Potter Baseball family. Chris Guidotti is our main contact with Kimberton and we look forward to working with him and his group. We will spend Sunday, July 24 in their town playing some good old fashioned baseball.
The Kiski Valley tour stop (Monday, July 18) will once again be spearheaded by Kristi Garrone. We will be spending an afternoon and evening at Leechburg Park . The picture to the right shows a tour player leading a moment of silence at the 2014 softball tournament for the heroes of Flight 93.
In 2016 the itinerary will be cleaning up of the park, a baseball clinic, and a tour game.
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Morgantown (Tuesday, July 26) has become one of the favorite tour stops, as the town represents how successful one can be through perseverance. Our first year in this town was four years ago and was created through a brother-in-law's college classmates' instructor at a work out place in a town that Coach Potter never heard of.
Four years later we have worked with several different organizations, and 2016 will be no different.
We will close out our tour in Morgantown, giving out food at the Twin Valley Food Pantry. What a great way to complete this awesome summer journey !!!
North Codorus is also a newcomer to the tour, although we do have past dealings with Spring Grove Baseball, right at the road from them. We will come into town on Friday, July 22 and spend the late afternoon/evening working with the kids from their organization, and other local ball players.
Along with the baseball, there will be plenty of food and fun
The tour will return for a second year to Plowville, PA to work with the coaches, players, and families of the Plowville LL (Saturday, July 24) and other local individuals. We are excited for not only the baseball, but to do some community service around the ball fields. We have selected this organization as one which we would like to have participate in our bench program.
For the seventh consecutive year the tour will spend a day at PNC Park (Thursday, July 21) in Pittsburgh.
As shown to the left the players, coaches, parents, and interns will have an opportunity to tailgate with other Potter Baseball supporters before the Pirates game.
We are very proud of the efforts we put into the Flight 93 Memorial over the last year, as we delivered close to 1,000 articles to Shanksville (Thursday, July 14) during and after the 2014 tour.
There is a special congratulations to Spring Grove as they were the winner of the Flight 93 contest. Kate Werntz, Megan Slothour and their whole group did a great job.
We look forward to returning to Shanksville to once again honor the 40 heroes of Flight 93 with a moment of silence at 10:03 that morning.
Spring Grove (Friday, July 22)is another town that has become a favorite of the Potter Tour. Two years ago the kids and workers at Camp Quest put together an awesome display of things relating to the Flight 93 Memorial contest. Coach Potter's four tenets of PASSION, HARD WORK, RESPECT and SELFLESSNESS were quite evident in their efforts, and because of this fact they won the contest.
Last year we partnered with Spring Grove to raise money for Cure Search through a hike. We look forward to another great tour stop in 2016.
After spending time in the Youngstown area the first couple years of the tour, we are returning! Jaime Fortune has been there from the beginning, and he has been a great inspiration to the tour. He is very involved with the youth of the Youngstown area, and this year we will be visiting Jaime twice; once for some community service, (Sunday, July 17) and the other time to run a clinic and play a tour game (Thursday, July 21. The location for both of these days will be Pemberton Field. We would also like to thank