About Us

Florida ScoutBall has been a player in Florida’s travel ball market for many years. In 2018, Florida Scoutball was acquired by DS Holdings with the goal of incorporating data capturing in our summer and fall tournaments. We can help participants establish a presence by capturing data on each player at each game. Tournament participants include premiere teams, such as the Orlando Scorpions, Five Star, and many more.

 

The Florida ScoutBall management team includes former MLB players & executives, college coaches and years of business experience. We have created an event series that is second to none, through our unmatched location, hotel rates, and management experience. We understand the importance of establishing a competitive yet accommodating environment for every coach, parent, and player.

Staff

Bing Tyus

President

Bing Tyus began his tenure at Polk State College in 1983 when he took on the task of revamping
a baseball program that had not existed for seven years. Becoming a baseball coach was a dream
come true for Tyus, who had coached at the high-school level for seven years. The task proved to
be a great challenge as the facilities and budget were lacking.
The 1984 and 1985 teams competed as walk-on teams with no scholarships and ended up with
18-21 and 21-24 records. In 1986, the baseball program had five scholarship players. The 1986
team began the winning tradition at Polk State by posting a 30-20 record. In 1992, Polk won the
state championship, going undefeated in the state tournament. In August of 1998, Tyus became
the Director of Activities and Athletics.
Under Tyus’ leadership at Polk State, the athletic department has already made significant strides
in becoming a national leader in athletics. Tyus has overseen continued success in the classroom
and on the playing field, as well as stunning growth in funding. During his tenure, he has helped
increase community engagement and community awareness, negotiated an all-school contract
agreement with Adidas, organized the annual golf tournament and launched an enhanced web
site.
There have been many significant facility enhancements under Tyus, including a brand-new
baseball field and basketball locker room, renovations to the coaches’ and athletic administration
offices as well the basketball gymnasium floor and the athletic training room.
Since taking over the department, Tyus has helped direct the Polk State athletic program into one
that has created a national and state reputation.
In 2011, the baseball team won a school record of 43 games while claiming its first Suncoast
Conference Championship and has gone on to earn 6 total Conference Championships and a
State Championship in 2012.
The Polk men’s basketball team has also achieved an unprecedented level of success with Tyus
at the director’s desk. The program set a College record with 26 victories in 2008-09, and the
team has a won 4 Suncoast Conference Championships over Tyus’s year as Athletic Director.
In 2011, Polk’s softball team claimed its second Suncoast Conference Championship in three
years, earning four conference championships in his tenure. The team ended the season ranked
#6 in the final FCSAA Softball Coaches Poll and advanced all the way to the state tournament
championship game but fell to a very good Tallahassee Community College. The team also won
40 games during the 2009-2010 and 2010-2011 seasons. 
The soccer team has continued a surge under Tyus as well. In 2010, the team captured its sixth
consecutive Region 8 tile and finished the season ranked 15th nationally.
Also, under Tyus’ direction, the Eagles volleyball team won the Suncoast Conference
championship for the first time in school history during the 2011-12 season and again for the
2018-2019 season. The have gone on to qualify for Five National Championships, finishing as
high as 3 rd .

He also helped revamp the cheerleading program that won the National Cheerleading
Competition in 2010 with one of the best cheerleading teams in the state.   
Tyus played baseball for Florida Southern College under Coach Hal Smeltzly. Coach Smeltzy
won three National Championships with the Moccasins and later served as Athletic Director at
Florida Southern College. Tyus credits Smeltzy for his desire to one day become a coach.
Tyus’ claim to fame is having played for the world-famous Clearwater Bombers, where he
played in three national tournaments – capturing the World Championship once. Tyus and his
wife Debbie reside in Lake Wales, and they have four children, Lance, Tricia and twins Jeremy
and Emily.

Tim Raines Jr.

Director of Opperations

Tim Raines Jr. 

Tim Raines Jr.

Director of Opperations

Timothy Raines Jr. is a former professional baseball outfielder who is the son of Major League Baseball (MLB) Hall of Famer Tim Raines. He was with the Baltimore Orioles organization from 1998-2005, playing for the Orioles major league team in 2001 and 2003-2004.

 

On October 4, 2001, Raines Jr. played center field and his father, Tim Raines Sr., played left field, in an Orioles' 5-4 loss to the Boston Red Sox. They became the second major league father-son duo to play in the same game, matching the feat turned by Ken Griffey Sr. and Ken Griffey Jr. 

 

Coaching experience includes managing for the Cincinnati Reds Organization at the rookie level during the 2013 season. He also coached at IMG Academy from 2014-2017. Raines recently worked for the Baltimore Orioles Organization as a hitting coach at the single A level during the 2017 & 2018 seasons. 

Rob Sitz

Rob's experience with college coaches has been built over the past 16 years. Through College Baseball coaching, running the Florida Collegiate Summer League, and now as the President of RussMatt Baseball

Professional Career:

Rob has been working with the Florida Collegiate Summer League in various capacities including Vice President for 7 years, President for 8 years and currently serving as the Commissioner. Rob also is the President of RussMatt Baseball, which is the largest collegiate spring break event in the country bringing in over 250+ college teams annually. He is also the President of the Central Florida Baseball League. 

Playing & Coaching Career:  

Rob is a local product who attended Lake Brantley High School. As a pitcher in 1997, he earned All-State and All-American honors, was named the Orlando Sentinel Central Florida High School Player of the Year, and won a state championship. He then played baseball at Rollins College where he is top 5 in career strikeouts, and in the top 15 for wins, innings pitched, and strikeouts per 9, he also earned 1st team All-Conference and All-Region recognition in 2002. Upon graduation, he was hired as pitching coach at Rollins from 2003-2006. During his tenure as pitching coach at Rollins, they led the nation in ERA in 2004 and also won the Sunshine State Conference, South Regional, and finished fourth in the NCAA DII World Series. 

Wally Minto

Brooks Robinson

Eric Sexton

Wallace Minto is the Coordinator of Athletics for Polk State College.

His responsibilities include assisting with all compliance for the NJCAA and the FCSAA, and day-to-day operations.

Minto earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Polk State in 2015.

As a student, he was a member of the Eagles baseball team in 2008-2009, and also the student government president for two years.

A native of St. Petersburg, Fla., Minto lives in Winter Haven.

Brooks was born and raised in Orlando, FL, and will be graduating with a degree in Finance. He started working for DS Holdings in August 2017, and is now the Data Collection Coordinator for all events including Florida Scoutball. Brooks' love for baseball stems from his family, and he played from the age of four up until college.

Eric is from Dunedin, Florida, and graduated in the spring of 2018 from Rollins College where he earned a degree in Business Management and Economics. In addition to his academics, he played for the Rollins baseball team for four years as a left handed pitcher. 

Eric started working at DS Holdings as a Baseball Data Operations Intern, and has now become our Director of Operations for Greater Orlando Baseball (Nations Baseball LLC).

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