Fan Guide: National Team Identification Series

Check out the 2019 National Team Identification Series event program: COMING SOON!

All information below is subject to change.

EVENT OVERVIEW:

The 2019 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 regional team. Those regional teams will then compete in their respective age groups against the 15 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 68 players to future National Team Trials, National Team Development Program (NTDP) and Tournament of Stars opportunities with the ultimate goal of being selected to represent our country as a part of Team USA in 2019.


CHECK-IN AND REGISTRATION:

NTIS check-in and registration will take place on the first day of each event (Wednesdays) at the USA Baseball National Training Complex. Players should check-in at their region's table under the big tent in the parking lot to receive their jerseys and caps. There will be local food trucks set up in the parking lot for anyone who would like to grab a bite to eat.


SCHEDULE:

Event Schedule:

11U National Team Identification Series: COMING SOON!
12U National Team Identification Series: COMING SOON!
13U National Team Identification Series: COMING SOON!
14U National Team Identification Series: COMING SOON!
15U National Team Identification Series: COMING SOON!
16U National Team Identification Series: COMING SOON!

Schedule Updates:
For schedule updates, changes due to inclement weather and general event information please 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.

Social Media:
Keep up to date on USA Baseball via social media on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. The official Twitter handle for the NTIS is @USABaseballNTIS.

Live Scoring:
All games at the 2019 USA Baseball National Team Identification Series will be available through the GameChanger scoring app. Links will be available on USABaseball.com and Twitter. See below:

11U National Team Identification Series: COMING SOON!
12U National Team Identification Series: COMING SOON!
13U National Team Identification Series: COMING SOON!
14U National Team Identification Series: COMING SOON!
15U National Team Identification Series: COMING SOON!
16U National Team Identification Series: COMING SOON!

Photos:
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.


TICKETS:

General Ticket Info:
There are no advance ticket sales for the National Team Identification Series. 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: $30
Scout Pack: $50
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.

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 2019 USA Baseball National Team Identification Series program is produced by USA Baseball and will be available via digital format online. COMING SOON!

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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Thomas Brooks Park
9008 Green Level Church Rd.
Cary, NC 27519
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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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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 Team Identification Series 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. 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.

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.

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.

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, visit USABaseball.Education.