FAN GUIDE: NATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL INVITATIONAL
The USA Baseball National High School Invitational presented by the Greater Raleigh Sports Alliance and Town of Cary brings together 16 of the top prep teams in the country to compete against each other in what has become the premier 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.
Dates as well as the full schedule for the 2024 National High School Invitational will be announced at a later date.
For schedule updates, changes due to inclement weather and general event information, follow USA Baseball on Twitter @USABEvents. Schedule updates will be communicated to team coaches and team personnel as soon as they become available. USA Baseball will also send a nightly email to participants and their parents with the following day's schedule.
- Games will take place Wednesday - Saturday (weather permitting)
- Teams will be scheduled to take infield/outfield prior to each game (team decision)
- Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday will be designated for on-field batting practice on Field 2 or Field 3 prior to each team's game
- Saturday - Teams will take batting practice in their assigned batting cages. The teams that are playing in the championship game will have the opportunity to take on-field batting practice.
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 to assign home and away for the teams during the first two days of NHSI action. For the final two days of the event, the committee will determine home and away by first giving preference to teams who may not have been the home team previously. If both teams have spent an equal amount of games as the home or away team the committee will flip a coin to decide.
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.
Live scoring for all games at the National High School Invitational will be available through SIDEARM Stats. Scoring information for each game can be found below as well as on USA Baseball's social media platforms.
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.
General Ticket Info:
There are no advance ticket sales for the National High School Invitational. Tickets can be purchased during the event on-site at the gate using electronic payments only. USA Baseball accepts Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover Card.
Kids under 12:
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As official event participants, players and staff members listed on the team roster will be credentialed for the event upon their arrival to Cary.
Fans can re-enter the National Training Complex by showing their daily pass wristband or tournament pass.
Officially licensed USA Baseball merchandise will be available during the entire event at the USA Baseball Team Store at the National Training Complex. 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. All major credit cards are accepted: Visa, Master Card, American Express, and Discover Card.
Event Program (coming soon):
The USA Baseball National High School Invitational program is produced by USA Baseball and will be available online only. The program will include full team rosters, information on the participating teams and their players, messages from our sponsors and more!
Event photos will be available for purchase on www.USABaseballPhotos.com. To access your team gallery, use the password: nhsi
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.
There is no cost for parking at the National Training Complex.
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
- 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.
Outside Food and Beverage:
No outside food, beverage or coolers will be permitted.
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.
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.
All bags are subject to a bag search upon entering the National Training Complex.
Concessions will be open for the duration of the event.
Lost and Found:
Fans can 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.
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
Balfour is the Official Championship Ring Supplier of USA Baseball. Balfour is offering customized rings to all teams, coaches, players, and parents at USA Baseball events. To view product offerings and to order your official ring, visit https://usabaseballrings.com/. Diamond Kinetics' sensor-based technology and mobile apps help players track their performance, develop their skills, and have more fun playing the game. DK's SwingTracker Bat Sensor and PitchTracker Smart Baseball are used by USA Baseball for player evaluation and development in both the Prospect Development Pipeline and across its family of national teams. Gatorade wants to make sure your team is properly fueled to perform at their best throughout the National Team Championships North Carolina. 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. The Greater Raleigh Sports Alliance (GRSA), a division of the Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau, is a proud partner of USA Baseball. 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. 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 over 20 years, NCSA has helped 200,000+ student-athletes commit to the school of their choice. For more information, visit ncsasports.org. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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
(919) 474-8721 x213
- Lauren Rhyne
Senior Director, Athlete Safety & Education
(919) 474-8721 x242
- Lisa Braxton
Director, Athlete Safety
Or any USA Baseball Staff member you feel comfortable with. For more information on BASE, please visit USABASE.org.
- Background Check