About the USA Baseball Cups

The 2018 USA Baseball's 14U and 16U Cups are open-invitation tournaments composed of 32 teams. The 14U and 16U Cups will be comprised of 16 teams each. Each team is guaranteed four games (weather permitting). The events will be held in Cary, North Carolina, at the USA Baseball National Training Complex from July 6-8 (14U Cup) and July 13-15 (16U Cup). USA Baseball will award 32 teams the right to participate based on an application approval process. The timely submission of complete application information and the receipt of appropriate fees are essential to registration.

USA Baseball 14U Cup

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When: July 6 - 8, 2018
Where: USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, N.C.
Roster Limits: Minimum of 12 players, maximum of 25 players
Age Limit: May 1, 2003 (earliest birthdate of eligible participant)
Bat Rules: USA Bat Guidelines
Schedule: Minimum of four scheduled games (weather permitting) 
Cost: $1,200 ($300 deposit due with application and $900 team fee due by May 27, 2018)
Teams are required to book all housing through the USA Baseball Travel Services department. A complete list of hotel options as well as additional details will be provided upon acceptance into the event.

USA Baseball 16U Cup

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When: July 13 - 15, 2018
Where: USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, N.C.
Roster Limits: Minimum of 12 players, maximum of 25 players
Age Limit: May 1, 2001 (earliest birthdate of eligible participant)
Bat Rules: Wood bats only
Schedule: Minimum of four scheduled games (weather permitting)
Cost: $1,200 ($300 deposit due with application and $900 team fee due by May 27, 2018)
Teams are required to book all housing through the USA Baseball Travel Services department. A complete list of hotel options as well as additional details will be provided upon acceptance into the event.

Application Process

Due to the popularity of these events, USA Baseball will receive many more applications than spaces available for the USA Baseball Cup events. It is not first come, first serve. However, the sooner your team applies, the better its chances of ultimate acceptance. All completed applications (online registration accompanied by a $300 deposit in the form of either a check received at our offices in Durham, N.C., or a credit card* charged online) submitted by the deadline of May 27 will be reviewed, and teams will either be accepted or wait-listed in the following days. Deposit checks will not be cashed, and credit cards will not be charged until the team is accepted into the final tournament field. Deposits for accepted teams are refundable until May 27.

*Credit card charges will include a 5 percent convenience fee in addition to the standard registration fee.

Once accepted, teams must submit the remaining fee as well as a roster with a maximum of 25 players (minimum of 12) and a maximum of five coaches or adult personnel to USA Baseball no later than May 27. After May 27, each team will have the right to make a maximum of two roster changes by June 23.

For further information about the 2018 Cup events, please email USA Baseball.