Fan Guide: National High School Invitational

EVENT OVERVIEW:

The USA Baseball National High School Invitational presented by the Greater Raleigh Sports Alliance brings together 16 of the top prep teams in the country to compete against each other in what has become the premiere event on the high school baseball calendar. No event currently brings in the level of talent from top to bottom that the NHSI promises, and the eventual tournament champion will kick off their respective season with recognition as the top high school baseball team in the country. The Greater Raleigh Sports Alliance (GRSA) and The Town of Cary are partnering with USA Baseball in the hosting of the event.

OPENING CEREMONY:

The NHSI Opening Ceremony will take place Wednesday, March 28, prior to the first-round game between Walton High School (Ga.) and Green Hope High School (N.C.). The opening ceremony will include an on-field presentation introducing the 16 participating teams at the NHSI. USA Baseball will also be hosting a Food Truck Rodeo prior to the night game on Coleman Field. The food trucks will open at 4:30 p.m. in the parking lot. All NHSI Participants will be given vouchers for the food trucks. Fans and spectators will be able to purchase from the food trucks as well.

SCHEDULE:

Event Schedule:
Please click here to view the event schedule: 2018 NHSI Schedule.

Schedule Updates:
For schedule updates, changes due to inclement weather and general event information please follow USA Baseball on Twitter @USABEvents.

Schedule Notes:

  • Teams will compete Wednesday - Saturday (weather pending) in games
  • Teams will be scheduled to take infield/outfield prior to each game (team decision)
  • Wednesday and Thursday will be designated for on-field batting practice on Field 2 prior to each team's game
  • Friday and Saturday - Teams will take batting practice in their assigned batting cages


Due to the rules and regulations of multiple state high school associations that govern the dates and times for which certain teams are permitted to compete, after the round of 16, the daily schedule cannot be communicated until the end of play on the previous day. Specifically, Georgia teams may not compete before school dismissal. At the request of the coaches participating in the event, the consolation matchups will be adjusted to the best of the USA Baseball staff's ability to ensure that teams from the same state do not match up. The NHSI tournament committee will flip a coin for home/away prior to releasing the schedule for all games throughout the event.

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 NHSI is @USABEvents.

Streamed Games:
Seven of the 2018 USA Baseball National High School Invitational games will be streamed on USABaseball.com, MLB.com, Facebook Live and YouTube. Please visit USABaseball.com for complete schedule and streaming information.

Live Scoring:
All games at the 2018 USA Baseball National High School Invitational will be available through the GameChanger scoring app. Links will be available on USABaseball.com.

Photos:
Official team or event photos will be available for purchase on www.USABaseballPhotos.com. The password is: nhsi 

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.

TICKETS:

General Ticket Info:
There are no advance ticket sales for the National High School Invitational. Tickets can be purchased on-site, at the gate. Cash or credit cards are accepted. USA Baseball accepts Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover Card.

Ticket Prices:

Daily Pass: $10
Tournament Pass: $40
Scout Pack: $50
High School students*
Daily Pass:
$5
Kids under 12: Free

*must show a valid Student ID

As official event participants, players and staff members listed on the team roster will be credentialed for the event upon their arrival to Cary.

Re-Entry Policy:
Fans can re-enter the National Training Complex by showing their daily pass wristband or tournament pass.

EVENT INFORMATION:

Merchandise:
USA Baseball's team store will be open 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.

Event Program:
Event Program: The 2018 USA Baseball National High School Invitational program is produced by USA Baseball and will be available at the USA Baseball Team Store for $1.

Photos:
Official team or event photos will be available for purchase on USABaseballPhotos.com. Participants will receive a password via email to gain access to the event album.

Facility Information

USA Baseball National Training Complex (NTC)
200 Brooks Park Lane
Cary, NC 27519
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General Directions

GPS Address:
7445 Green Hope School Road; Cary, NC 27519

  • Specific directions from team hotels to the National Training Complex will be available at hotel information tables.
  • 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.


Parking:
There is no cost for parking at the National Training Complex.

Local Information:
Information tables with local area guides and directions will be available at team hotels.

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.

Outside Food and Beverage:
No outside food, beverage or coolers will be permitted.

Foul Balls:
Please be aware of foul balls at all times while at the National Training Complex. USA Baseball will be offering a pack of baseball cards from Panini in exchange for each foul ball returned to the USA Baseball Team Store.

ATM:
There is no ATM on-site at the National Training Complex.

Wireless Internet Access:
There is no wireless internet access available on-site at the National Training Complex.

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.

Lost and Found:
Please check the USA Baseball Team Store or the on-site Town of Cary offices (located inside the First Aid building, on the 1st base side of the Stadium Field) for any lost items.

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
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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 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.

ADDITIONAL USA BASEBALL INFORMATION:

Gatorade Prime Energy Chews, Gatorade Prime Fuel Bars, Gatorade Thirst Quencher and Gatorade Recover Protein Bars will be available to athletes for the duration of the National High School Invitational to help fuel their 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.
The Greater Raleigh Sports Alliance (GRSA), a division of the Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau, is a proud partner of USA Baseball and is the presenting sponsor of the NHSI. The GRSA markets and promotes Wake County as a premier sports event destination for the purpose of economic development, while working with its community partners to generate new sports business and to support and enhance existing events. For information on events happening in the Triangle, check out visitraleigh.com.
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The Town of Cary has been the official home of the National Training Complex (NTC) and the NHSI since the event's inception in 2012. 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.