Established in 2001, the Midwest Nationals started with one goal in mind, to help young players in Southwest Missouri gain exposure to collegiate schools as well as professional organizations. Randy Merryman started the organization with just one team and over the years this has grown to over thirteen youth teams and six high school teams that play all over the United States. Scott Elbert has now created the Southwest Nationals with the same goal in mind, helping some of the best players in the Southwest develop and gain exposure.