National Team Championships - Arizona Fan Guide

USA Baseball hosts the 14U, 15U, 16U and 17U National Team Championships in Arizona in 2024, utilizing various Major League Baseball Spring Training facilities. These events provide an opportunity for players to be evaluated by college coaches, professional scouts, and USA Baseball Task Force members, whose goal is to fill the rosters for the 15U National Team Program, the 13U/14U Athlete Development Program and the 16U/17U National Team Development Program. The tournament dates for the National Team Championships in Arizona for 2024 are as follows:

14U: July 2-7, 2024
15U: June 19-24, 2024
16U: June 26-July 1, 2024
17U: June 12-17, 2024

Staff Information

Ann Claire Roberson
Director, Baseball Operations
AnnClaireRoberson@USABaseball.com

Jeff Feltman
Coordinator, Baseball Operations
JeffFeltman@USABaseball.com

Schedule

Event Schedule:
The 2024 event schedules for every age division will be announced at a later date.

Schedule Updates:
For schedule updates due to inclement weather, and for general event information, follow us on Twitter at @USABChamps_AZ.

Event Information

Batting Cage Policy:

Batting cages at the facilities are available on a first-come, first-serve basis at Peoria Sports Complex, Sunrise Mountain High School and Surprise Recreation Campus.

Batting cages will be available once the gates have been opened. USA Baseball asks that teams move quickly through the cages to ensure that as many teams as possible are able to warm-up before their game.

The batting cages will be self-monitored. USA Baseball staff reserves the right to rotate teams should teams be uncooperative or have spent more than one (1) rotation in the cages while another team is waiting.

Merchandise:

The USA Baseball satellite Team Store will be located at the Peoria Sports Complex. The store will be open on days in which games are scheduled, including registration and championship game days.

Only electronic payments will be accepted at the satellite team store in 2024. All major credit cards are accepted: Visa, Master Card, American Express and Discover.

For a greater selection of sizes and gear, be sure to visit USA Baseball's online store, USABaseballShop.com.

Event Program:

The official National Team Championships program is produced by USA Baseball and will be available online at USABaseball.com at no cost to fans. The 2024 program will be released at a later date.

Media and Press

If you are an accredited member of the press and wish to obtain a USA Baseball media credential, visit the USA Baseball Media Services page.

Social Media:

Keep up to date on USA Baseball via social media on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

The official Twitter handle for the National Team Championships Arizona is @USABChamps_AZ. You can also follow along on Instagram at @USABEvents.

Live Scoring:

All games at the 2024 USA Baseball National Team Championships will be scored through the GameChanger scoring app. Links to live stats will be available on USABaseball.com and shared from our social media accounts. Links to live stats throughout the National Team Championships can also be found below:

• 14U National Team Championships (Coming Soon)
• 15U National Team Championships (Coming Soon)
• 16U National Team Championships (Coming Soon)
• 17U National Team Championships (Coming Soon)

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 at the National Team Championships:

Spectators are not permitted to bring telephoto or zoom camera lenses into Peoria Sports Complex, Riverview Baseball Complex, Surprise Recreation Campus or Sunrise Mountain High School. Cameras may be brought in to the facility 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.

Tickets

General Ticket Info:

There are no advance ticket sales for the National Team Championships in Arizona. Ticket sales will be available at the USA Baseball satellite Team Store located at the Peoria Sports Complex. Tickets will go on sale for each age group on the following dates:

14U: TBD
15U: TBD
16U: TBD
17U: TBD

Once the tournament has begun, tickets can be purchased on-site at all gates with a credit card. USA Baseball accepts Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover. Only electronic payments will be accepted.

Children 12 and under will be admitted for free.

TICKET PRICES - SUBJECT TO CHANGE

14U 15U 16U 17U
DAILY PASS $10 $10 $10 $10
TOURNAMENT PASS $50 $50 $50 $50

+ SALES TAX

Re-Entry Policy:

Fans can re-enter Peoria Sports Complex, Riverview Baseball Complex, Sunrise Mountain High School or Surprise Stadium by showing their daily pass or tournament pass wristband.

Ticket Policy - Inclement Weather:

Weekly Pass: Patrons who have purchased a weekly pass at the start of the National Team Championships will be readmitted into the original ballpark - or new ballpark - at any time, should a game be delayed/postponed. If a game is cancelled due to weather and cannot be made up or completed, there will be no refund of a daily fee ($10) for those who purchased a weekly pass.

Daily Pass: The following policies are in place for patrons who have purchased a daily pass/wristband and a game has been cancelled or postponed due to inclement weather:

  • If the game is final (through the fifth inning, so long as the home team has been given at-bats if needed) then there is no refund for the daily pass
  • If a game is postponed prior to the completion of the game (through the fifth inning, so long as the home team has been given at-bats if needed), the game will recommence at the point in which it left off. In this case, patrons who bought a daily pass will need to cut their wristband and return it to the gate staff in exchange for $10. Please note that this game may be played at the same location; however, may be moved to accommodate field scheduling.
  • If the game has been postponed prior to the start of the game and will be made up on a different day, all patrons will need to return to the gate staff to exchange their wristband for $10.
  • If a game is canceled prior to the start of the game due to weather, patrons can receive a full refund.

Games are considered final if:

  • By the umpire's judgment, weather or darkness interferes with play AND...
    Five full innings have been played, so long as the home team has been given the chance to bat (If the home team is winning in the bottom of the fifth inning, the game can be called complete)

Facility Information

Peoria Sports Complex (Mariners and Padres):
16101 N. 83rd
Peoria, AZ 85382
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Riverview Baseball Complex
2560 W. Rio Salado Parkway
Mesa, AZ 85201
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Sunrise Mountain High School
21200 N. 83rd Ave.
Peoria, AZ 85382
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Surprise Stadium (Royals and Rangers):
15930 North Bullard Ave.
Surprise, AZ 85374
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Government-Mandated Guidelines
USA Baseball will follow all current federal, state and local government-mandated guidelines regarding COVID-19 with relation to the location of the facilities hosting its events. Guidelines may differ or change from one USA Baseball event to another due to location or timing.

Parking:
Parking is free at Peoria Sports Complex, Riverview Baseball Complex, Sunrise Mountain High School and the Surprise Recreation Campus.

Prohibited Actions & Items at the Facilities:
The following actions and items are prohibited at Peoria Sports Complex, Riverview Baseball Complex, Sunrise Mountain High School and Surprise Recreation Campus:

• Smoking
• Animals (exceptions are given for service animals)
• Alcoholic beverages
• Weapons
• Skateboards, rollerblades and scooters
• Tailgating is not permitted in the parking lots
• Umbrellas are limited to grass seating
• Tents

*Please note that tents are allowed at the complexes; however, stakes are not allowed to be used to secure the tents

*Please note that the use of umbrellas is limited to grass seating and are prohibited from use in the stands.

Outside Food and Beverages:
Outside food and drink will not be allowed inside the primary stadiums of each complex.

Foul Balls:
Please be aware of foul balls at all times while at Peoria Sports Complex, Riverview Baseball Complex, Sunrise Mountain High School and Surprise Stadium. USA Baseball asks that all foul balls are returned to the fields' tower as quantities for the event are limited.

Wireless Internet Access:
There is no wireless internet access available on-site.

Bag Search:
All bags are subject to a search upon entering the facilities.

Concessions:
Concession stands will be open throughout the duration of the tournaments. All prices are set by each facility, respectively.

Lost and Found:
Lost and Found can be found at the following locations:

Peoria Sports Complex: USA Baseball satellite Team Store
• Riverview Baseball Complex: Front gate
Sunrise Mountain High School: Front gate
Surprise Recreation Campus: Rangers and Royals Tower

First-Aid:
A certified athletic trainer will be on site throughout the entire event. In case of emergency, the closest hospital is:

Peoria Sports Complex & Sunrise Mountain High School
Banner Boswell Medical Center
10401 West Thunderbird Boulevard
Sun City, Arizona 85351
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Riverview Baseball Complex
Banner Desert Medical Center
1400 S Dobson Rd
Mesa, AZ 85202
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Surprise Stadium
Banner Del E. Webb Medical Center
14502 West Meeker Blvd
Sun City West, Arizona 85375
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Additional USA Baseball Information

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Gatorade wants to make sure your team is properly fueled to perform at their best throughout the National High School Invitational. Your athletes will have access to Gatorade Thirst Quencher on the sidelines of each game to help keep them hydrated. Gatorade Thirst Quencher has fluids to rehydrate, electrolytes to replenish, and carbs to refuel. To learn more about the science behind Gatorade, visit www.gssiweb.org.

Recruiting can be complicated–and costly–which is why we’ve teamed up with NCSA College Recruiting to make it easier for student-athletes to find their best college match, regardless of their financial situation. As a leader in the recruiting education industry, spanning more than 20 years, NCSA has helped 200,000+ student-athletes commit to the school of their choice. For more information, visit ncsasports.org.

Education

Providing educational resources for coaches, parents, players, and umpires continues to be a priority for strengthening the game at the grassroots level by raising the standard of education. Online education courses, certification pathways, sample practice plans, a drill library, youth and high school baseball manuals, the American Development Model, Develops Blog, and more can all be found on the USA Baseball Develops website at USABDevelops.com.

American Development Model

The American Development Model (ADM) is a multi-stage training and recovery pathway that guides an individual’s experience in sport and physical activity through all developmental phases from infancy to adulthood. The ADM provides a framework for systematically developing sporting excellence and increasing active participation in local, regional, and national sport organizations.

Online Educational Resources

Education is one of the fundamental building blocks of the game. As such, USA Baseball's educational resources emphasize a culture of development, safety, and fun within the sport through online training courses and programs for players, parents, coaches, and umpires. Content is available in both English and Spanish.

Coach, Umpire and Parent Certifications

The USA Baseball Certification Pathways are educational programs for all individuals who are currently in the sport of baseball or aspire to learn more. The program aims to create a higher standard of education and enhance the ability of coaches, umpires, and parents to better serve their athletes, their team, and the communities. The program aspires to create a culture of continuing education, professional development, and active mentorship among the baseball community. We are pleased to offer Coach, Umpire, and Parent Certification pathways to help you on your journey in our national pastime. All certification pathways are offered in English and Spanish.

Coaches Clinics

The Coaches Clinics program provides in-person and online training and educational sessions coupled with networking and professional growth opportunities. USA Baseball offers two types of clinics: community and regional.

Develops Blog

The USA Baseball Develops blog offers a variety of content, including baseball play breakdowns, medical information on elbow and shoulder injuries, nutrition insight, parent advice, umpire material, previously recorded virtual coaches’ clinics, and more. Content is offered in both English and Spanish.

Mobile Coach

The Mobile Coach is a revolutionary tool that aims to simplify practice planning for baseball coaches at all levels. These tools include a drill library with over 300 baseball-specific drills, prepopulated practice plans, the ability for coaches to create their own practice plans, Youth Baseball Skills Matrix, and more.

Pitch Smart

Pitch Smart is a joint initiative by Major League Baseball and USA Baseball that provides a series of practical, age-appropriate guidelines to help parents, players, and coaches avoid overuse injuries and foster long, healthy careers for youth pitchers.

Baseball Manuals

USA Baseball offers both a Youth Baseball Manual and a High School Baseball manual to help organizations and schools create successful programs through positive, development-based experiences for their athletes.

USA Baseball App

The USA Baseball App, free for all users, includes practice planning tools, a drill library, information on athlete safety, and all education resources.

BASE

In February of 2018, Senate Bill 534 was implemented. This bill amends the Victims of Child Abuse Act of 1990 to extend the duty to report suspected child abuse, including sexual abuse, to certain adults who are authorized to interact with minor or amateur athletes at a facility under the jurisdiction of a national governing body. This bill also amends the Amateur Sports Act of 1978 to authorize national governing bodies to develop training, practices, policies, and procedures to prevent the abuse of minor or amateur athletes.

In response to Senate Bill 534, USA Baseball has developed the BASE (Baseball Athlete Safety Education) initiative. BASE is USA Baseball's zero-tolerance policy for abuse of any kind in baseball. It is comprised of four areas - reporting, background checks, education and training, and minor athlete safety policies. This initiative ultimately seeks to eliminate all forms of abuse and misconduct in our sport.

All Adult Participants at USA Baseball events are required to undergo a background check, complete a U.S. Center for SafeSport course or an Abuse Awareness course, and sign the Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention Policies (MAAPPs). Adult Participants and other event participants who fail to complete or pass any of these requirements will not be permitted the to participate in a USA Baseball event.

Athlete Safety Requirements

Background Check

  • All coaches participating in USA Baseball events are required to complete a Comprehensive or Medical Professional background check through USA Baseball’s national service provider, JD Palatine.
  • For more information regarding background checks, click here.

Online Abuse Awareness Training

  • All coaches participating in USA Baseball events are required by law to complete the U.S. Center for SafeSport Trained course, or one of the SafeSport Refresher courses if they have previously completed the SafeSport Trained course.
  • To view parent and athlete U.S. Center for SafeSport resources and courses, click here.

Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention Policies (MAAPPs)

  • All coaches participating in USA Baseball events are required to read and sign the MAAPPs.
  • The MAAPPs outline, in detail, acceptable and prohibited interactions between Adult Participants and Minor Athletes.
  • All one-on-one interactions between an Adult Participant and Minor Athlete MUST be observable and interruptible.
  • To read the MAAPPs, click here.

Ineligible List

In addition to background checks and training, USA Baseball publishes a list of banned and suspended individuals from USA Baseball sponsored or sanctioned activities based on being accused, indicted, arrested or convicted of any crimes sexual or violent in nature on our website. The Ineligible List can be found here.

Report Abuse

By law, everyone is a mandatory reporter. If you have experienced abuse or misconduct, or know of abuse or misconduct that has taken place at a USA Baseball event, please report the incident to any of the USA Baseball representatives listed below, or click here to report via USA Baseball’s Online Reporting Form (this can be done anonymously).

Paul Seiler
Executive Director/CEO
PaulSeiler@usabaseball.com (919) 474-8721 x213

Lauren Rhyne
Senior Director, Athlete Safety & Education
LaurenRhyne@usabaseball.com (919) 474-8721 x242

Lisa Braxton
Director, Athlete Safety
LisaBraxton@usabaseball.com (919)-474-8721 x243

Or any USA Baseball Staff member you feel comfortable with. For more information on BASE, please visit USABASE.org.