FAN GUIDE: NATIONAL TEAM IDENTIFICATION SERIES
All information below is subject to change.
The USA Baseball National Team Identification Series (NTIS) is the most comprehensive player identification program offered by Team USA. Players from across the country will participate in selection events and tryouts on the regional level with the aim of ultimately being named to their All-Regional team. Those regional teams will then compete in their respective age groups against the five other regions from across the country at the culminating National Team Identification Series Champions Cup event at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina.
The program includes six separate age groups - 11U, 12U 13U, 14U, 15U, and 16U. From the final NTIS event, USA Baseball will invite a minimum of 72 players to future National Team Trials and National Team Development Program (NTDP) opportunities with the ultimate goal of being selected to represent our country as a part of Team USA.
Check-in and Registration
Check-In and Registration will take place on the first day of the event (Wednesday) at the National Training Complex.
Gates Open: 5:30 pm
Player Check-In: 5:30-6:00 pm
Opening Ceremony*: 6:15 pm
*The Opening Ceremony will take place on Coleman Field
2024 11U, 12U, 13U, 14U, 15U and 16U National Team Identification Series Rules - Coming Soon
To check out the game schedules for each weekend of the 2024 USA Baseball NTIS Champions Cup, visit the schedule pages below:
11U Champions Cup - Coming Soon
12U Champions Cup - Coming Soon
13U Champions Cup - Coming Soon
14U Champions Cup - Coming Soon
15U Champions Cup - Coming Soon
16U Champions Cup - Coming Soon
For schedule updates, changes due to inclement weather, and general event information, follow USA Baseball on Twitter @USABaseballNTIS.
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.
All games of the NTIS Champions Cup played at the National Training Complex will be streamed on USABaseball.TV or our YouTube channel, @USABaseballTV. To access content on USABaseball.TV, fans must create a FREE account.
Games played at Thomas Brooks Park will not be streamed.
Keep up to date on USA Baseball via social media on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. The official Twitter handle for the NTIS is @USABaseballNTIS. Fans can follow @USABEvents on Instagram for daily NTIS Champions Cup updates as well!
Official team or event photos will be available for purchase on www.USABaseballPhotos.com. The password is: ntis (case sensitive)
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 Team Identification Series. Tickets can be purchased on-site, at the gate. Only electronic payments will be accepted. USA Baseball accepts Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover Card.
Ticket Prices (SALES TAX NOT INCLUDED):
Tournament Pass: $30 Kids under 12: Free
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. 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 at USABaseballShop.com.
Event Program: The 2024 USA Baseball National Team Identification Series program is produced by USA Baseball and will be available via digital format online. Check out the 2024 National Team Identification Series event program (coming soon).
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.
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 is free at the USA Baseball National Training Complex and is available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Due to the construction in progress at the facility, parking will be limited.
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:
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.
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
Gatorade 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.
Next College Student Athlete (NCSA)
At NCSA, we understand that the recruiting process can be stressful for families, college coaches and high school/club coaches alike. We provide the tools and support each group needs, while giving them an easy way to connect with each other. Our digital products and the expertise of our people work hand-in-hand to help each of these groups be successful in their roles and make the recruiting process a little easier for everyone. For more information, visit ncsasports.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. 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.