Fan Guide: 17U National Team Championships

USA Baseball hosts the 14U, 15U and 17U National Team Championships in both Arizona and Florida at various locations. These events provide an opportunity for over 340 teams to showcase their abilities, providing opportunities for players to be considered for both the 15U National Team and14U and 17U National Team Development Programs.

15U National Team and 14U and 17U National Team Development Program Selection:
Players will be competing for the opportunity to be named to the 14U and 17U National Team Development Program, as well as the 15U National Team Trials. The invitees to the 14U and 17U National Team Development Programs as well as the selections to the 15U National Team Trials will be announced following the event.


SCHEDULE:

To see the schedule, check out the USA Baseball National Team Championships West Headquarters page.

Schedule Updates:
Schedules will be updated daily on the USA Baseball National Team Championships West Headquarters page. Also, follow @USABChamps_West on Twitter, for updates.

Alerts:
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RULES:

Please review USA Baseball Bat Guidelines for National Team Championships, based on age group.

Additionally, please review the 2016 National Team Championships Event Rules.

TICKETS:

There are no advance ticket sales for the USA Baseball National Team Championships. Daily and tournament passes can be purchased on-site, at the gate or at the Merchandise Store. Cash or credit is accepted at the gate and in the Merchandise Store. USA Baseball accepts Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover Card.

Please note: Daily and weekly passes purchased at ANY of USA Baseball National Team Championship venues will be accepted at ALL National Team Championships venues.

Ticket Prices:
Daily Pass--$10
14U Tournament Pass--$50
15U Tournament Pass--$50
17U Tournament Pass--$50

  • Kids under 12 will be admitted at no cost.
  • As official event participants, players and coaching staff, listed on the team roster, will be admitted at no cost.

Re-Entry Policy:
Fans can re-enter the National Team Championships venues by showing their daily pass or tournament pass.

EVENT PROGRAMS:

Event programs will be available for purchase for the price of $5, at the Merchandise Store.

MEDIA:

Game Streaming:
The gold-medal game of each age group will be broadcast live on USABaseball.com.

Live Scoring:
All games at the 14U, 15U and 17U National Team Championships will be available through the GameChanger scoring app. Links will be available on USABaseball.com.

Media and Press:
If you are an accredited member of the press requesting a credential, please contact mediarelations@usabaseball.com.

Cameras & Video Equipment:
USA Baseball has adopted the following policy regarding camera lenses (including telephoto and zoom lenses) for any of the organization's events. Spectators are not permitted to bring telephoto or zoom camera lenses into the National Team Championships venues. Cameras may be brought in to the venues so long as they are not accompanied by these types of lenses. Only USA Baseball personnel and credentialed members of the media are permitted to have possession of telephoto and zoom lenses. This policy is in place to ensure that all of our players, coaches and fans have a positive experience at our events.

FACILITY INFORMATION:

Camelback Ranch:
10710 West Camelback Rd.
Phoenix, AZ 85382
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Goodyear Ballpark:
1933 S. Ballpark Way
Goodyear, AZ 85037
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Peoria Sports Complex:
16101 N. 83rd
Peoria, AZ 85382
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For a map of all three National Team Championships venues, please click here.

Parking:
There is no cost for parking at any of the National Team Championships facilities.

The following actions and items are prohibited at the National Team Championships venues:

  • Smoking
  • Animals, except for service animals
  • Weapons

Foul Balls:
Please be aware of foul balls at all times while at the National Team Championships venues.

Bag Search:
All bags are subject to a bag search upon entering the National Team Championships venues.

Concessions:
At all USA Baseball National Team Championship venues, concessions will be available at varying degrees. Therefore, outside food, beverages and coolers will be permitted.

Lost and Found:
The tower at each quad of every National Team Championships venue will serve as the lost and found for the event.

First-Aid:
A certified athletic trainer will be on-site at all National Team Championships venues, throughout the entire event.

ADDITIONAL USA BASEBALL INFORMATION:

Gatorade:

Sports Fuel will be provided by Gatorade throughout the duration of USA Baseball events. Gatorade Prime Energy Chews, Gatorade Prime Fuel Bars, Gatorade Thirst Quencher and Gatorade Recover Protein Bars will be available each day to help fuel athletes' performance on the field. Gatorade Prime products provide carbohydrates for energy without caffeine, while Gatorade Thirst Quencher has fluids to rehydrate, electrolytes to replenish, and carbs to refuel. Gatorade Recover Protein Bars have the high quality protein athletes need to help muscles recover. To learn more about the science behind Gatorade, visit Gatorade.com.

Swing XP:

Swing XP is a proud Training Product Supplier of USA Baseball. Swing XP practice bats are science tested, and improve your swing mechanics, resulting in improved bat speed, better and more consistent contact, and more power. Swing XP bats are used by professional players at the Major League and Minor League levels, and by amateur players throughout the country. Visit the Swing XP display outside the USA Baseball Team Store to try out the bats. With one swing you will know why they work. Swing XP bats will be available for purchase at their display at special discounted event only prices. And, if you demo a Swing XP bat you will be able to enter your name in a drawing for a chance to win a FREE Swing XP aluminum bat. You can get more information about Swing XP practice bats at www.SwingXP.com.

Merchandise:
USA Baseball will have a merchandise store on-site at the Roger Dean Stadium Complex (Blue Quad) throughout the entire event. All major credit cards are accepted; Visa, Master Card, American Express and Discover Card. For additional Team USA merchandise, please check out the official online shop.

EDUCATION:

Pitch Smart:
Major League Baseball and USA Baseball have teamed up to help young players reduce arm injuries through Pitch Smart, a comprehensive resource for safe pitching practices. Pitch Smart offers a series of practical, age-appropriate guidelines to help players, parents and coaches avoid overuse injuries and foster long, healthy careers. The guidelines were developed throughout the 2014 regular season, as MLB and USA Baseball collaboratively sought to pool the recommendations of many leading medical authorities in the sport in conjunction with baseball officials. The program was formally launched in late 2014.

PitchSmart.org serves as the program's online home and is accessible via MLB.com and USABaseball.com. The site offers pitch count and rest recommendations, statistics on Tommy John surgery, risk factors, awareness tips, published research and videos from experts, including Dr. James Andrews and USA Baseball's medical safety committee chairman, Dr. Glenn Fleisig. USA Baseball, the national governing body for amateur baseball, is fully compliant with the Pitch Smart program and will use PitchSmart.org as a major resource to educate the amateur baseball community on pitcher safety. For more information about the Pitch Smart program, take the free introduction to Pitch Smart online course hosted by Hall of Fame Major League pitcher, John Smoltz, at USABaseball.Education.

Play Sun Smart:
Play Sun Smart is a joint skin cancer initiative by Major League Baseball, the Major League Baseball Players Association and the American Academy of Dermatology, and is supported by USA Baseball. The program aims to raise awareness of skin cancer and offer prevention and detection tips to the baseball community. Since 1999, the American Academy of Dermatology has conducted nearly 39,000 screenings through the Play Sun Smart program. More than 1,300 suspicious spots have been detected, including 168 melanomas through these screenings.

The Play Sun Smart program can be found at PlaySunSmart.org. The site offers information about skin cancer, community programs and events, ways to get involved, and free resources. The USA Baseball Online Education Center also provides a free course on the Play Sun Smart program, hosted by team dermatologist for the New York Yankees, Dr. Darrell Rigel. The course can be found at USABaseball.Education.

Coaches Education Program:
As the national governing body for baseball in the United States, USA Baseball, in partnership with the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS), has developed and launched "Coaching Baseball," the latest online sport-specific course in its Coaches Education Program. The course is now available online at www.nfhslearn.com. USA Baseball is recommending that all coaches participating in its events use the course as a resource to improve their skills. Course completion is strongly recommended for all USA Baseball events.

In addition to "Coaching Baseball," USA Baseball would also like to recommend several other NFHS resources for coaches and fans. "Heat Illness Prevention", "Creating a Safe and Respectful Environment", "Positive Sports Parenting" and "Sportsmanship" are courses that can assist in creating a positive environment for your team at USA Baseball events and beyond. All of these courses are free of charge and can be found at www.nfhslearn.com.

SafeSport:
In 2010, the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) convened the Working Group for Safe Training Environments and charged it with the task of developing a set of recommendations concerning misconduct in sport. The diverse group included individuals from the Olympic family as well as outside experts. The SafeSport program is the culmination of the sustained work on the part of these passionate individuals, addressing misconduct in sport by providing information, training, and resources, while focusing on four primary objectives:

  • Addressing sexual and physical misconduct in sport.
  • Reviewing the guidelines across sports and other related organizations for responding to these issues.
  • Assessing the needs of athletes, coaches, staff, National Governing Bodies (NGBs), clubs and other sport organizations.
  • Developing a set of recommendations to promote athlete well-being.

The resources of the USOC have been made available to our sport, and as such USA Baseball is committed to providing a safe environment for its members, participants, coaches, officials and volunteers. Sexual, physical or emotional abuse and harassment in any form by a USA Baseball member, participant, coach, official, or volunteer is unacceptable and will not be tolerated. When any member, participant, coach, official, staff or volunteer is subjected to sexual, physical or emotional abuse or harassment in any form, it undermines the mission and values of USA Baseball. USA Baseball advocates the building of strong self-images among the athlete participants, strives to promote good sportsmanship throughout the organization and encourages qualities of mutual respect, courtesy and tolerance.

For more information, log on to www.safesport.org.

Amateur Resource Center:
The Amateur Resource Center (The ARC) is home to USA Baseball's educational resources for coaches, umpires, parents, and players. Other resources offered through The ARC include online education courses, health and safety articles, support programs and championship principles.

The ARC features the following:

  • Online Education courses hosted on the Online Education Center focused on various aspects of the game of baseball
  • The USA Baseball Mobile Coach application as an on-the-go practice planning tool for coaches at any level
  • A variety of health and safety resources that offer advice on best practices for baseball related health and safety concerns

For more information, please visit USABaseball.com/arc.