USA Baseball Futures Invitational Fan Guide
The USA Baseball Futures Invitational is an elite youth championship event, exclusively reserved for top 10-and-under and 11-and-under teams and athletes. The four-day, championship tournament will be hosted at the USA Baseball National Training Complex, the official training site of Team USA and adjoining Thomas Brooks Park in Cary, North Carolina. In addition to featuring some of the top youth talent in the country, the 11U Futures Invitational will be a part of the official selection process for the 2018 12U National Team.
Teams at the Futures Invitational will have the opportunity to interact with the nation's top amateur talent participating in either the Tournament of Stars (18U National Team Identification event) or Collegiate National Team who will also be working out at the National Training Complex. This unique opportunity will also include unprecedented access to national team coaches and staff throughout the tournament.
10U Futures Invitational: June 28-July 1, 2018
11U Futures Invitational: June 21-24, 2018
Please click here to view the event schedule: 2018 Futures Invitational Schedule.
Please review the 2018 USA Baseball Futures Invitational Rules and Pitcher Use Limitations:
For more information on Pitch Smart, visit the website www.PitchSmart.org.
Admission to Thomas Brooks Park and the Futures Invitational will be free of charge.
There will, however, be gate fees at the USA Baseball National Training Complex for the Tournament of Stars and Collegiate National Team games. All Futures Invitational players and coaches will be given a USA Baseball credential which will allow entrance into the National Training Complex free of charge. Family and other guests in attendance with Futures Invitational participants will be able to pick up a complimentary credential at the entrance gates of Thomas Brooks Park (while supplies last) that will allow them admission into the National Training Complex should they choose to go over to that side of the park.
Gates at Thomas Brooks Park will open one hour prior to the first scheduled game time on any given day.
Event programs will be available at the entrance gates of Thomas Brooks Park free of charge while supplies last.
10U Photo Day: Friday, June 29
11U Photo Day: Friday, June 22
Players will take individual and team photos at Coleman Field of the National Training Complex. Following the event, players and coaches will receive these photos at no charge via email. The email will contain a link where players are able to download the pictures.
Additionally, throughout the event there will be professional photographers taking action photos. These photos will be available for purchase on USABaseballPhotos.com following the event. Players and families wishing to look through the photos will need to use the password - fi - in order to access the gallery on USABaseballPhotos.com. The password is case sensitive.
MEDIA AND PRESS:
If you are an accredited member of the press and wish to obtain a USA Baseball media credential, please visit the USA Baseball Media Services page.
Keep up to date on USA Baseball via social media on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. The official Twitter handle for the Futures Invitational will be the 12U National Team account, @USABaseball12U.
Select games from the 2018 USA Baseball 11U Futures Invitational games will be streamed on USABaseball.com and Facebook Live. Please visit the Futures Invitational schedule page for complete schedule and streaming information.
All games at the 2018 USA Baseball Futures Invitational will be available through the GameChanger scoring app (Apple and Android). Links will be available via @USABaseball12U on Twitter.
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 USA Baseball National Training Complex. Spectators are not permitted to bring telephoto or zoom camera lenses into the National Training Complex. 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.
Thomas Brooks Park
9008 Green Level Church Rd.
Cary, NC 27519
- Please be advised that I-540 is a toll road. There are no toll booths, all tolls are taken electronically and will be billed via mail. If driving a rental vehicle, please inquire about the specific rental company's toll billing procedure.
There is no cost for parking at Thomas Brooks Park or the National Training Complex
Prohibited Actions & Items at the National Training Complex:
The following are prohibited in the USA Baseball National Training Complex:
- Outside food, beverage and coolers
- Animals except for service animals
- Alcoholic beverages
- Skateboards, rollerblades and scooters
- Umbrellas are limited to grass seating
Smoking Policy at the National Training Complex:
The National Training Complex is a smoke-free facility. Smoking is permitted in the parking lot, outside the National Training Complex gates.
Please be aware of foul balls at all times while at the National Training Complex and Thomas Brooks Park.
All bags are subject to a bag search upon entering the National Training Complex.
Concessions will be open for the duration of the event at both Thomas Brooks Park and the National Training Complex. Therefore, outside food, beverages and coolers will not be permitted.
Lost and Found:
The tower at Thomas Brooks Park will serve as the lost and found for the Futures Invitational
USA Baseball's team store will be open at the National Training Complex during 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.
A certified athletic trainer will be on site through the entire event. In case of emergency, the closest hospital is Wake Med Cary.
Wake Med Cary
1900 Kildaire Farm Road
Cary, NC 27518
ADDITIONAL USA BASEBALL INFORMATION:
|Athletes will have access to Gatorade Thirst Quencher in the dugouts of each game during the Futures Invitational 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 Gatorade.com.|
|Pitch In For Baseball | Baseball Equipment
Prime In an effort to foster philanthropy, USA Baseball is working with long-time partner Pitch In For Baseball (PIFB) to collect new and gently used baseball equipment to help underprivileged kids around the world play ball. USA Baseball has provided special equipment donation bags with prepaid postage in each Future's Invitational participant bag. We ask that you consider supporting this effort by filling the bag with new or gently used baseball equipment and dropping it off at any USPS Post Office. All postage is prepaid by USA Baseball and Pitch In For Baseball. More information on this program can be found here.
|The Town of Cary has been the official home of the National Training Complex (NTC) since 2007. The Town of Cary received the National Gold Medal Grand Plaque Award for Excellence in Park and Recreation Management in 2016. The award honors U.S. communities that demonstrate excellence in parks and recreation through long-range planning, resource management, volunteerism, environmental stewardship, program development, professional development and agency recognition. For more information, visit TownofCary.org.|
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.
USA Baseball Online Education Center:
As the national governing body for baseball in the United States, USA Baseball provides educational resources to all constituents within the game. All of USA Baseball's educational resources are free to all users and can be found on the Online Education Center at USABaseball.Education. The USA Baseball Online Education Center emphasizes a culture of development, safety and fun within the sport through online training courses and programs focused for players, parents, coaches, and umpires. Content is offered in both English and Spanish. Some of the resources that can be found on the Online Education Center include:
- 26 free online courses hosted by some of the most esteemed professionals within the game
- USA Baseball Sport Development Blog Connectivity to all
- USA Baseball educational resources
For more information, visit 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 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.
Additional Coach Education Resources:
The USA Baseball Mobile Coach application, which is free to all users, features the ability for baseball coaches at all levels to plan practices using drills supplied in the application through the practice planning function. The application is available through the Apple and Android application stores, as well as online at USABaseball.Education.
USA Baseball, with support from Major League Baseball (MLB), has generated a Long-Term Athlete Development Plan (LTAD) to provide a multi-stage developmental pathway for an individual's life-long experience within the sport of baseball in the United States. The LTAD can be found at USABaseball.Education.
Baseball ACE is an educational program for any and all individuals who are currently coaching baseball or aspire to coach at any level of the game. The program, offered in partnership by USA Baseball and the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) aims to create a higher standard of coaching education and enhance the ability of coaches to better serve their athletes, their team and the communities. Baseball ACE is for all members of the baseball coaching community, regardless of age, level, or experience and can be accessed at USABaseball.Education.
In partnership with the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS), USA Baseball developed "Coaching Baseball" as another educational resource for baseball coaches. The course is available online through the NFHS platform at www.nfhslearn.com and is a great resource for coaches to improve their skills. 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 can be found at www.nfhslearn.com.
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, visit USABaseball.Education.