Palm Beach Challenge
College and International Edition
Welcome to the annual Palm Beach Challenge, a thrilling event that brings together the best baseball teams from all over the world for a extravaganza of fun, competition, and camaraderie! The tournament takes place in Palm Beach County, Florida, at the beautiful Santaluces Athletic Complex. The teams participating in the tournament include teams from across the United States, as well as international teams from countries like the Dominican Republic. Each team is made up of skilled athletes who are passionate about the sport and eager to show off their talent on the field. Enjoy non-stop action on the field, and fun activities for the whole team. Sign up now!
Santaluces Athletic Complex, Palm Beach
Palm Beach County Parks and Recreation owns and manages the complex, which has four well-maintained fields with professional measurements of 325/400/325 from left to right field. Additionally, there are two batting cages, a covered seating area, and a convenient concession stand. Many significant events and tournaments, including USA Baseball, the Perfect Game WWBA Championship, and the Palm Beach Challenge College Baseball Spring Training event, have all taken place at Santaluces.
Over 70 MLB Players & Florida Governor Ron Desantis (Yale-01) have participated in the Palm Beach Challenge College & International Baseball Festival since 1997 produced by the Caribbean Baseball Organization.
The "Challenge" started in 1997 at Homestead Sports Complex (HSC), originally planned as the Cleveland Indians' Spring Training home before Hurricane Andrew in 1992 disrupted those plans. In 1996, Mario Signorello took over and decided to focus on college baseball.
On March 10, 1997 Barry (FL) University defeated Lewis (IL) in the first game, Joe Spano (now Mercyhurst ,PA head coach) got the first hit.
The Challenge is still going nearly 3000 games later. The event was moved to the Palm Beach County's Santaluces Sports Complex the former Minor League Spring Training site of the Montreal Expos in 2005. With over 70 of the players having gone on to play Major League Baseball.
Over 70 Participants In The MLB
New York Yankees
Toronto Blue Jays
Tampa Bay Rays
San Francisco Giants