Since 1978, USA Baseball has been the national governing body for the sport of baseball. It represents the sport in the United States as a member of the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) and internationally as a member federation of the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC).
Nearly every major national amateur baseball organization in America is united as a USA Baseball National Member Organization. As a result, USA Baseball governs more than 12 million amateur players in ballparks and playgrounds across the country. As the commissioner’s office for amateur baseball, USA Baseball is a resource center for its various membership groups, fans, and players. USA Baseball is also responsible for promoting and developing the game of baseball on the grassroots level, both nationally and internationally.
The current international age determination date rule states your birthday must fall on January 1 or later of a specified year to be eligible for particular age groups. The age a player reaches during the calendar year of the international competition will serve as his competition age.
(For example, if your son/daughter wants to play on the 15U National team in 2018, he/she must be 15 years old or younger during the entire calendar year. If your son/daughter would turn 16 on December 1 of 2018, he/she would not be eligible to participate with the 15U National Team because his/her competition age would be 16, regardless of his/her age during the time of the tournament.)
• 2018 17U NTIS: born in 2001, for the 2019 18U National Team
• 2018 16U NTIS: born in 2002 for the 2019 17U NTDP
• 2018 15U NTIS: born in 2003 for the 2019 16U NTDP
• 2018 14U NTIS: born in 2004 for the 2019 15U National Team
• 2018 13U NTIS: born in 2005 or 2006, for the 2019 14U NTDP
• 2018 11U NTIS: born in 2007 for the 2019 12U National Team
Cancellations up to 14 days prior to the start of the event will receive a 100% refund of the registration fee. Cancellations within 14 days of the start of the event will receive a 50% refund. No exceptions will be made. The participating player or team will receive their refund back to the credit card on file within 30 days of the time of cancellation.
17u (Players born in 2001)
16u (Players born in 2002)
15u (Players born in 2003)
14u (Players born in 2004)
13u (Players born in 2005)
11u (Players born in 2007)
Round #1: All age eligible players are welcomed to attend one or more identification tryouts within the Southwest NTIS territory. These identification tryouts will be an individual player combine style format and workouts will include 60 yd run (30 yd for younger ages), defensive skills assessment, batting practice, home to 1B times, pop times and arm velocities. Pitchers will perform a 20-25 pitch bullpen as well as pitchers fielding practice (PFP) and other team oriented defensive drills. NO LIVE GAMES will occur during these identification tryouts. In addition, NO PLAYER will be allowed to bypass Round #1.
Round #2: The top players from the various Round #1 identification tryouts will be named to the final Team Southwest for their age group. Final teams will be made up of the following:
11U: 16 to 18 players will compete in Cary, NC on August 23-26, 2018
13U: 16 to 18 players will compete in Cary, NC on August 9-12, 2018
14U: 16 to 18 players will compete in Cary, NC on August 23-26, 2018
15U: 18 players will compete in Cary, NC on August 16-19, 2018
16U: 18 players will compete in Cary, NC on August 16-19, 2018
17U: 10 players will compete in Cary, NC on August 23-26, 2018
Team Southwest teams will compete against other regions from across the country at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, NC over the 4 day events listed above. From these final events in Cary, NC, USA Baseball will invite the top players to future National Team Trials, National Team Development Programs, and Tournament of Stars opportunities with the ultimate goal of being selected to represent our country as part of Team USA in 2019.
There is a final $300.00 fee for each 11U, 13U, 14U, 15U, 16U and 17U player selected to represent Team Southwest. This fee will cover their uniform, however, all players will then need to book rooms and cover their travel to Cary, NC through the Southwest team room blocks.
Players who make Team Southwest only play with Team Southwest for the 4 day period of the NTIS. The program is designed to make minimal impact on the players other commitments.
Players will receive (1) numbered regional jersey, (1) pair of socks, (1) belt, and (1) game hat. Pants color will be determined by USA Baseball and all players will need to bring their own pants.