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What is USA Baseball?

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.

What is the current international age determination date?

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

What are the rules for bat specifications at NTIS events?

For a complete listing of the bat specifications on all USA Baseball events including the NTIS Regional Selection Process please click here.

Official Cancellation Policy for all USA Baseball NTIS events

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.

Age/Birth Year Description

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)

Who should I contact with questions about merchandise I purchased?

If you have any questions about merchandise that you have purchased, please contact by email: cs@usabaseball.com  or by phone: 844-703-8178.

If my son attends an identification tryout when do we find out if he made the next round in the region?

Players selected from the identification tryouts will be notified of their advancement to Round #2. Players will be notified via email or text and will also be announced on the Southern California Twitter feed @SoCalNTIS.

How will this year’s 15U/16U/17U identification and selection process work?

Round #1:  All age eligible players are welcomed to attend one or more identification tryouts within the Southern California NTIS territory. These identification tryouts will be a blend of a combine style format and college level practice. Workouts will include 60 yd run, 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 otherteam 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 invited 15U/16U/17U players from the various Round #1 identification tryouts will advance to a final Southern California NTIS Regional Tryout on Thursday, June 28, 2018 orMonday, July 9, 2018 at Hart Park in Orange, CA (invited players will be allowed to choose the tryout date that best fits their schedule). Out of this final event the top 18 players for 15U, top 18 players for 16U and top 10 players for 17U will be selected to represent Team Southern California in Cary, NC.

Round #3: These final 18 15U and final 18 16U selected players will then compete against other regions from across the country at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, NC on August 16-19, 2018.

The final 10 17U players selected will be invited to a 4 daydevelopment event at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, NC on August 23-26, 2018. This event will feature a pro-style instructional format inclusive of game play as well as on fieldinstruction break-out sessions with Team USA coaching staff.

From these final events in Cary, NC, USA Baseball will invite the top players to future National Team Trials, National Team Development Program, and Tournament of Stars opportunities with the ultimate goal of being selected to represent our country as part of Team USA in 2019.

If my son is selected to participate in the Round #2 Southern California NTIS Regional Tryout, will there be any additional fee?

There is a $150.00 fee for each 15U, 16U and 17U player selected to participate in Round #2 Southern California NTIS Regional Tryout.

If my son is selected to participate in Round #3 and travel to Cary, NC as a final member of Team Southern California, will there be any additional fee?

There is a final $300.00 fee for each 15U, 16U and 17U player selected to represent Team Southern California. This fee will cover their uniform, however, all players will then need to book rooms and cover their travel to Cary, NC through the Southern California team room blocks.

If my son is selected to travel to Cary, NC as a final member of Team Southern California, does he play with them the whole year or does he only play with them for the USA Baseball NTIS event?

Players who make Team Southern California only play with Team Southern California for the 4 day period of the NTIS. The program is designed to make minimal impact on the players other commitments.

What will players wear when they travel to Cary, NC if selected to Team Southern California?

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.