About USA Baseball

Since 1978, USA Baseball has been the national governing body for amateur baseball. It represents the sport in the United States as a member of the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee (USOPC) 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 15.6 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.

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SafeSport

USA Baseball is passionate about raising awareness of the SafeSport initiative and providing our athletes unparalleled development and competitive opportunity in a safe environment.

The U.S. Center for SafeSport is a 501(c)(3) non-profit focused on preventing physical, emotional and sexual abuse in sport. The Center, initially chartered by the U.S. Olympic Committee, is an independent organization with a nine-member board of directors, including subject-matter experts in abuse prevention, child abuse and sexual assault investigation, ethics compliance and sport administration.

Additionally, USA Baseball launched Pure Baseball in 2018. The policies and procedures created by USA Baseball as part of this program model those set forth by the U.S. Center for SafeSport, and also contain supplementary guidelines to further safeguard minor athletes and their interactions with adults, and account for baseball-specific situations that may occur. as its zero-tolerance campaign for any type of abuse within the sport of baseball.

For more information, visit the U.S. Center for SafeSport page, visit the USA Baseball SafeSport page, or visit PureBaseball.org.

PROFESSIONAL TEAMS

Since 1999, USA Baseball has been selecting teams of professional-level Minor and Major League players to represent the United States in various international competitions, including the World Baseball Classic.

Among the first teams of professional players that USA Baseball fielded was the 2000 U.S. Olympic Baseball Team, managed by Tommy Lasorda at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. Led by Ben Sheets, the team of Minor League players defeated Cuba for the gold medal. In 2008, a Davey Johnson-led U.S. team featuring Dexter Fowler, Matt LaPorta and Stephen Strasburg took home the bronze medal from the Beijing Games, which currently stands as the last Olympic Games featuring a baseball competition.

For the inaugural 2006 World Baseball Classic, USA Baseball selected its first team comprised of Major League baseball players. The team featured such stars as Chase Utley, Derek Jeter and Chipper Jones. In the second installment of the WBC in 2009, with players like Dustin Pedroia, Jimmy Rollins and Jeter donning the red, white and blue, the U.S. team finished fourth, losing to Japan in the semifinals.

Most recently, the 2017 World Baseball Classic Team was managed by Jim Leyland and led by the likes of Brandon Crawford, Marcus Stroman and Christian Yelich. Team USA won its first-ever gold medal in the WBC in 2017, defeating Puerto Rico 8-0 in the final.

COLLEGIATE NATIONAL TEAM

The USA Baseball Collegiate National Team is comprised of the top collegiate baseball players in the country. The team competes each summer in friendship series domestically and internationally against the world's top baseball talent. As part of this schedule, the U.S. and squares off in international friendship series against Chinese Taipei, Cuba and Japan.

The Collegiate National Team program has witnessed great success in recent years. In 2016, the red, white and blue secured its first-ever series victory in Cuba against the host nation. Additionally, Team USA swept all three of its international friendship series against Chinese Taipei, Cuba and Japan in both 2017 and 2018.

In 2019, the Collegiate National Team earned its fifth consecutive series win over Cuba when it claimed the 8th Annual USA vs. Cuba International Friendship Series, 4-1. The stars and stripes also brought home a 2-1 series win against Chinese Taipei in the 19th USA vs. Chinese Taipei International Friendship Series in 2019.

The 2020 Collegiate National Team's schedule will once again be highlighted by an international friendship series against Cuba when Team USA travels to Cuba for the 9th Annual USA vs. Cuba International Friendship series, as well as a Red vs. Blue intrasquad series.

Players who have taken the field for the Collegiate National Team and have gone on to play in Major League Baseball include such notables as Jim Abbott, Kris Bryant, Walker Buehler, Matt Chapman, Troy Glaus, Todd Helton, Ryan Howard, Barry Larkin, Tino Martinez, Dustin Pedroia, David Price, Huston Street, Dansby Swanson, Mark Teixeira, Troy Tulowitzki, Trea Turner, Jason Varitek and Ryan Zimmerman.

18U NATIONAL TEAM

Comprised of the nation's top players ages 16 to 18, the USA Baseball 18U National Team is a perennial power on the international baseball scene. The team competes in two major events in bi-yearly cycles -- the COPABE AAA/18U Pan American Championships and the WSBC 18U World Cup. The 2014 18U National Team continued its recent run of dominance on the international stage by repeating as Pan American champions, posting a perfect 8-0 record. The 18U National Team has now won four consecutive international gold medals: two 18U Pan American Championships (2011, 2014) and two WBSC World Cups (2012, 2013).

USA Baseball invites the top high school-aged players in America to the Tournament of Stars presented by Major League Baseball, an all-star tournament featuring the top 18U players in the country. The event is held at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, N.C., and is used as the primary selection vehicle for the 18U National Team. Additionally, players are evaluated and selected for the 18U National Team Trials via the 17U National Team Identification Series and 17U National Team Development Program.

In addition to the 2015 Tournament of Stars, the 18U National team will compete in the WBSC 18U World Cup in Nishinomiya, Japan.

Current Major Leaguers Matt Holliday, Bryce Harper, Clayton Kershaw, Buster Posey, Eric Hosmer, Freddie Freeman and B.J. and Justin Upton have all worn the USA jersey as 18U players.

17U NATIONAL TEAM DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM

In 2012, USA Baseball fielded its first ever 17U National Team Development Program. Members of the 17U NTDP are identified through the 17U East and West National Team Championships and the National Team Identification Series. The players take part in skill-development sessions, listen to various guest speakers and compete in intrasquad games. The 17U NTDP serves as a tool for USA Baseball to prepare the players for future competition at the national-team level.

In 2014, three athletes from the 2013 17U NTDP made the final 20-man roster for the 18U National Team that won gold at the COPABE 18U Pan American Championships in La Paz, Mexico.

Cal State Fullerton head coach Rick Vanderhook and Appalachian State University head coach Billy Jones served as intrasquad managers for the 2014 17U NTDP and were joined on the coaching staff by USA Baseball alumni and former Major League Baseball players Ernie Young, Brad Wilkerson and John Gall.

15U NATIONAL TEAM

In 2012, USA Baseball rolled out its first-ever 15U National Team. The club, which is comprised of some of the most talented young players across the county, played four games in the Dominican Republic against the Dominicans and Puerto Rico. Team USA went 4-0 abroad, outscoring their opponents, 31-3.

In 2013, the 15U National Team traveled to Baranquilla, Colombia, for the COPABE 'AA'/15U Pan Am Championships, where it brought home the gold medal for the first time. En route to defeating Cuba, 6-1, in the championship game, the 15U squad amassed a perfect record, finishing 8-0 in the event.

Competing in its first WBSC 'AA' 15U World Cup in 2014, Team USA traveled to Mazatlan, Mexico, and went 9-1 overall en route to claiming a silver medal. The 2014 campaign also saw the 15U National Team's Brice Turang bring home the 15U's first ever USA Baseball Richard "Dick" Case Player of the Year Award.

A staple on the 15U baseball community's calendar going forward, USA Baseball's 15U National Team Championships and National Team Identification Series help the organization identify players for the 15U National Team. The National Team Championships are held in two regions -- East (Florida) and West (Arizona) -- and up to 72 teams compete in each region. USA Baseball representatives and scouts select the top players from each event, and from there the National Team is chosen.

Following the NTIS and National Team Championships, the 15U National Team will travel to Aguascalientes, Mexico, where it will look to defend its 2013 Pan Am gold medal at the COPABE 'AA' Pan Am Championships.

13/14U ATHLETE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM

The 13U Athlete Development Program (ADP) launched in 2019 before adding the 14U age group to the program in 2020. Members of the 13/14U ADP will be identified through the National Team Identification Series as well as the National Team Championships in Arizona, Florida and North Carolina. The players will take part in skill-development sessions, listen to various guest speakers and compete in intrasquad games. The 13/14U ADP serves as a tool for USA Baseball to prepare its players for future competition at the national-team level.

Participating athletes will be provided with an individual player assessment report by the coaching staff following the four-day event and be evaluated for the opportunity to be invited to the 15U National Team Trials.

USA Baseball welcomes staff from the high school, college and professional levels to work these development programs. Davidson College head coach Rucker Taylor and Florida Atlantic University head coach John McCormack served as intrasquad managers for the 2019 13/14U ADP and were joined on the coaching staff by USA Baseball alumni and former Major League Baseball players Doug Creek and Roger Kieschnick as well as former USA Baseball coaches Butch Chaffin and Tanner Vesely.

12U NATIONAL TEAM

USA Baseball launched its 12U National Team program in 2013. That year, the team traveled to Taipei City, Taiwan, and came home with its first International Baseball Federation (IBAF) World Cup gold medal. After lengthy pool play, the 12U National Team defeated the host, Chinese Taipei, in the World Cup final, 8-1. The game was attended by over 10,000 home fans and was broadcast throughout parts of Asia and online.

The 12U National Team followed its inaugural campaign with three more gold medals, including successfully defending its world championship title in both the 2015 and 2017 World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-12 Baseball World Cup. Team USA also claimed its first WBSC U-12 Baseball World Cup Americas Qualifier gold medal in 2018.

In 2020, the 12U National Team will be comprised of some of the best young talent in the country selected from the 2019 National Team Identification Series (NTIS), the 2020 USA Baseball Futures Series and the 2020 USA Baseball 11U Futures Invitational as it looks to defend its 2018 Americas Qualifier title.

WOMEN'S NATIONAL TEAM

The USA Baseball Women's National Team was established in 2004, when an 18-player team was chosen following open tryouts across the nation. The team went on to capture the gold medal in the first-ever International Baseball Federation (IBAF) Women's World Cup in Edmonton, Canada. Team USA repeated as world champions in 2006 in Taiwan, before taking home the bronze medal at the 2008 and 2010 IBAF Women's World Cup.

In 2012 and 2014, the Women's National Team won the silver medal at the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Women's Baseball World Cup in Edmonton, Canada, and Miyazaki, Japan, respectively. The 2015 Women's National Team competed in the Toronto 2015 Pan American Games and claimed gold, defeating Canada 11-3 to the championship.

Most recently, the Women's National Team claimed its first gold medal since 2015 at the 2019 COPABE Women's Pan-American Championships. The team went undefeated en route to the championship, outscoring opponents 124-20 while holding a cumulative .500 batting average and hitting 11 home runs. The dominating performance earned the Women's National Team the 2019 USA Baseball Team of the Year Award.

Following her managerial debut with the 2019 Women's National Team, Veronica Alvarez became the first female to be named the Rod Dedeaux Coach of the Year, while two-time Team USA alum Alex Hugo was named the Sportswoman of the Year after earning MVP honors at the Pan-American Championships and leading Team USA in six offensive categories.

When not competing in the World Cup, the Women's National Team hosts a Women's National Team Development Program. It also helps to lead youth clinics and works to grow the game of baseball among women in the U.S in part through Major League Baseball and USA Baseball's joint girl's baseball development opportunities, created to foster the next generation of female baseball players in the United States, including the Girls Breakthrough Series and Development Camp, the MLB GRIT Invitational and the Trailblazer Series.

USA Baseball will kick off its 2020 on-field programming with the third Women's National Open, to be held July 3-5 at The First Academy in Orlando, Fla. Players will participate in a series of skill sessions and games in an effort to be selected as one of the 40 athletes chosen to attend the Women's National Team Trials, to be held July 6-9. The final 20-player Women's National Team will be selected from Trials to compete at the 2020 WBSC Women's Baseball World Cup in Monterrey, Mexico, September 11-20.

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