The upcoming Niles All-Star Tournament isn't about how much money is going to be raised.
The tournament, which has been going on for at least four decades, has nothing to do with teams coming from long distances.
The area businesses won't feel the impact of the youth baseball players coming to Waddell Park.
The tournament, which is scheduled to start this Saturday (weather pending), has nothing to do with any of those.
It, plain and simple, has to do with baseball in all its fundamental glory.
"The reason we continue to have it is we want kids to continue to play baseball through the summer and give them more opportunities to have some competition and keep playing," tournament director Bob Swogger said. "It doesn't do anything as far as raising money. We break even. It's not about making money. It's all about the kids playing baseball."
Swogger said nine teams will be in the 7-8 age group, 11 are in the 9-10, while eight are slated for the 11-12 pairing.
There are teams from Canfield, Mill Creek, Austintown, Howland, Lakeview and host Niles participating.
"It's grown a little bit over the years," Swogger said.
The latest start for any game, pending on the weather, should be 7:30 p.m.
"We don't make it too late for them," Swogger said.
There will be two games played each weekday and four games on Saturday and Sunday - starting at 10 a.m. The tournament should last through the following weekend.
As for the Niles' players, the Red Dragons have an opportunity to keep playing baseball.
"You give the kids an opportunity to play," Swogger said. "Baseball is dwindling as you go to other communities. When I played, a long time ago, there were a lot more team in the all-stars. Right now, there are a limited number of teams that can generate kids that have teams that want to come in and play. It's nice we give them the opportunity to play and get some more games in and, hopefully, have kids continue to play baseball because it is dwindling right now."
However, Niles has a strong baseball base because of Red Dragons varsity baseball coach Mike Guarnieri and his brother T.C. Guarnieri, who is an assistant coach.
The two brothers run a youth baseball camp in early June.
"It helps them a lot because they get the high school coaches coming out and giving them instructions, and giving them a different perspective," Swogger said. "We have parent volunteers that coach our team. It's great to have the actual high school coaching staff involved and giving them a different perspective, giving them the basic skills they can learn and hone in on so they can learn to get better and better at baseball."