I have no issue with the big national tournaments - world series type events - running in July, but outside of that, I feel the local tournament organizers are doing a disservice to our baseball community by hosting money grab tourneys in the dead of the summer heat.
Last year was one thing, all teams were not playing for a few months in the spring because of COVID, so many were ready to jump back into the fray and brave the Arizona heat in the middle of August. But now we are back to normal.
There has always been a natural break from late June to late August for almost all teams in the Valley. For starters, there is no compelling reason kids need to be out practicing and playing tournaments in 110 degree temperatures.
Secondly, parents and coaches need a mental break from the grind of holding practices, hauling kids around, maneuvering work schedules, etc. Many baseball families I have talked to are pretty burned out at this point and look forward to having a handful of weeks off for family vacations, other activities, or simply just relaxing.
Finally, and most importantly, these kids have been throwing for almost twelve consecutive months now. They need to shut down their arms. Coaches are irresponsible if they continue to have their teams practice and tournament organizers should respect the need for kids to have a rest and come back strong in the fall.
I don't recall Vegas Valley and Nevada Baseball Tournaments ever running summer tournaments in years past. It is my hope that local teams shun these summer tournaments for the sake of the kids. Honestly, I'd like to see national organizations such as Perfect Game and USSSA have a mandated break period for at least six weeks after worlds to force their sanctioned organizers from trying to do money grabs.