FuturesFanGuide2019

2021 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 10U Futures Invitational will be hosted at Thomas Brooks Park, which is home to the USA Baseball National Training Complex, the official training site of Team USA, in Cary, North Carolina. The 11U Futures Invitational will be hosted at both Thomas Brooks Park and Middle Creek Park in Apex, 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 2021 12U National Team.


SCHEDULE:

10U Futures Invitational: June 17-20, 2021
11U Futures Invitational: June 24-27, 2021

Event Schedule:

The 2021 Futures Invitational schedules can be viewed here:

10U Futures Invitational schedule
11U Futures Invitational schedule

Schedule Updates:
Schedules will be updated daily on the USA Baseball Futures Invitational information page. Also, follow @USABEvents and @USABaseball on Twitter for updates.

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RULES:

2021 10U & 11U Futures Invitational Rules

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TICKETS:

Admission to the Futures Invitational at Thomas Brooks Park and Middle Creek Park will be free of charge.

There will, however, be gate fees at the USA Baseball National Training Complex for the National Team Championships and the MLB Combine. 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 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 to the National Training Complex.

All guests over the age of 12 must purchase a pass to enter the National Training Complex. Children 12 and under will be admitted for free. Only electronic payments will be accepted at the Team Store in 2021, and all major credit cards are accepted: Visa, Master Card, American Express and Discover Card.

Gates at Thomas Brooks Park will open one hour prior to the first scheduled game time on any given day.

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EVENT PROGRAMS:

The official program for the Futures Invitational is produced by USA Baseball and is available online at no cost to fans:

10U & 11U Futures Invitational Program

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EVENT PHOTOS:

10U Photo Day: Friday, June 18
11U Photo Day: Thursday, June 27, and Friday, June 28

Players will take individual and team photos at Thomas Brooks Park. 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.

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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.

Social Media:
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 @USABEvents.

Streamed Games:
The 2021 USA Baseball 11U Futures Invitational gold and bronze medal games will be streamed on USABaseball.com and Facebook Live.

Live Scoring:
All games at the 2021 USA Baseball Futures Invitational will be available through the GameChanger scoring app (Apple and Android). Links to live stats throughout the Futures Invitational can be found via @USABEvents on Twitter and below:

10U Futures Invitational
11U Futures Invitational

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.

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FACILITY INFORMATION:

10U Futures Invitational
Thomas Brooks Park
200 Brooks Park Ln.
Cary, NC 27519
Google Map

  • 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.

11U Futures Invitational
Thomas Brooks Park
200 Brooks Park Ln.
Cary, NC 27519
Google Map

  • 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.

Middle Creek Park
151 Middle Creek Ave
Apex, NC 27539
Google Map


Parking:
There is no cost for parking at Thomas Brooks Park, Middle Creek 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
  • Smoking
  • Animals except for service animals
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Weapons
  • Skateboards, rollerblades and scooters
  • Umbrellas are limited to grass seating
  • Tents

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.

Foul Balls:
Please be aware of foul balls at all times while at the National Training Complex, Thomas Brooks Park, and Middle Creek Park.

Bag Search:
All bags are subject to a bag search upon entering the National Training Complex.

Concessions:
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

Merchandise:
USA Baseball's team store will be open at the National Training Complex during the entire event. To ensure the health and safety of all event participants, fans, and staff, there will be a 20-person limit within the Team Store at all times throughout 2021. Face coverings will also be required to enter and shop in the Team Store. For additional Team USA merchandise please check out the official online shop at USABaseballShop.com.

Only electronic payments will be accepted at the Team Store in 2021. All major credit cards are accepted: Visa, Master Card, American Express and Discover Card.

First-Aid:
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
919-350-2300
Google Map

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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.

RESTAURANT SPONSORS:

PDQ

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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 SportDev.org.

USA Baseball Online Educational Resources:
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 USA Baseball Sport Development Website at SportDev.org. Online Education 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 include:

  • Twenty-eight 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 SportDev.org.

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.

USA Baseball Online Education 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 SportDev.org.

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 SportDev.org.

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 SportDev.org.

USA Baseball Coaches Certification 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 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. Coaches Certification is for all members of the baseball coaching community, regardless of age, level, or experience and can be accessed at SportDev.org.

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

  • Standard, Comprehensive or Medical Professional background checks through USA Baseball’s national service provider, JD Palatine, are required depending on the participant’s involvement with minor athletes and type of event.
  • For more information regarding background checks, click here.

 

Online Abuse Awareness Training

  • All Adult Participants of USA Baseball 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.
  • All other event participants who are not Adult Participants of USA Baseball must complete the Abuse Awareness for Adults course.
  • To view the courses, click here.
  • To view parent and athlete U.S. Center for SafeSport resources and courses, click here.

 

Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention Policies (MAAPPs)

  • All Adult Participants of USA Baseball 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
[email protected]
(919) 474-8721 x213

Lauren Rhyne
Senior Director, Athlete Safety & Education
[email protected]
(919) 474-8721 x242

Lisa Braxton
Assistant Director, Athlete Safety
[email protected]
(919)-474-8721 x243

Or any USA Baseball Staff member you feel comfortable with.

For more information on BASE, please visit USABASE.org.

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