National Team Championships - North Carolina Fan Guide

USA Baseball hosts the 13U, 14U, 15U, 16U and 17U National Team Championships in Cary, North Carolina, at the USA Baseball National Training Complex for the fifth time in 2024. These events provide an opportunity for players to be evaluated by college coaches, professional scouts, and USA Baseball Task Force members, whose goal is to identify players for the 15U National Team Program, the 13U/14U Athlete Development Program, and the 16U/17U National Team Development Program. The tournament dates for the National Team Championships North Carolina are listed below by age division.

13U: June 16-20, 2024
14U: June 27-July 1, 2024
15U: July 8-12, 2024
16U: June 22-25, 2024
17U: June 11-14, 2024

Click HERE for a full list of teams participating in this year's 13U, 14U, 15U, 16U, and 17U events.

PDP Testing

During the National Team Championships, USA Baseball will offer PDP Testing for teams in each age division. PDP Testing is an athletic assessment that features a 30-yard sprint, counter movement jump and man-in-the-box exercise. Data collected from PDP Testing will be used internally by USA Baseball scouts and will be shared with the MLB scouting community. Each team will be assigned a PDP Testing time on the following days of each event (2024 dates to be announced later):

  • 13U: TBD
  • 14U: TBD
  • 15U: TBD
  • 16U: TBD
  • 17U: TBD

Staff Information

Ben Kelley
Director, 15U National Team Program
BenKelley@usabaseball.com

Schedule

Event Schedule:
The 2024 event schedules for every age division will be announced at a later date.

  • 13U National Team Championships Schedule - Coming Soon
  • 14U National Team Championships Schedule - Coming Soon
  • 15U National Team Championships Schedule - Coming Soon
  • 16U National Team Championships Schedule - Coming Soon
  • 17U National Team Championships Schedule - Coming Soon

Schedule Updates:
For schedule updates due to inclement weather, and for general event information, follow us on Twitter at @USABChamps_NC.

Event Information

Batting Cage Policy:
Batting cages at the National Training Complex are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Batting cages will be available once the gates have been opened. USA Baseball asks that teams move quickly through the cages to ensure that as many teams as possible are able to warm-up before their game.

Batting cages can be found between Coleman Field and Field 2, between Field 2 and Field 3, and between Field 3 and Field 4.

The batting cages will be self-monitored, however, we ask you utilize proper discretion if teams are waiting.

Merchandise:
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 in 2024. All major credit cards are accepted: Visa, Master Card, American Express and Discover Card.

Event Photos:
Event photos will be available for purchase on www.USABaseballPhotos.com. To access your team gallery, use the password: ntc (case sensitive).

Event Program:The official National Team Championships program is produced by USA Baseball and will be available online at USABaseball.com at no cost to fans. the 2024 edition will be released at a later date.

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 National Team Championships North Carolina is @USABChamps_NC. You can also follow along on Instagram at @USABChamps.

Fans can follow @USABScores for in-game updates.

Game Streaming:
All games of the National Team Championships North Carolina will be streamed on USABaseball.TV or our YouTube channel, @USABaseballTV. To access content on USABaseball.TV, fans must create a FREE account.

Live Scoring:
All games at the 2024 USA Baseball National Team Championships will be scored through the GameChanger scoring app. Links to live stats will be available on USABaseball.com and shared from our social media accounts. Links to live stats throughout the National Team Championships can also be found below:

  • 13U National Team Championships - Coming Soon
  • 14U National Team Championships - Coming Soon
  • 15U National Team Championships - Coming Soon
  • 16U National Team Championships - Coming Soon
  • 17U National Team Championships - Coming Soon

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 National Team Championships:

Spectators are not permitted to bring telephoto or zoom camera lenses greater than 135 mm 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:

Weekly and daily tournament passes can be purchased onsite each day of the event at the ticket booth to the left of the main entrance. Only electronic payments will be accepted. All major credit cards are accepted: Visa, Master Card, American Express and Discover Card.

Guests over the age of 12 must have a pass to enter the National Training Complex. Children 12 and under will be admitted for free.

Ticket Prices (subject to change)

13U 14U 15U 16U 17U
WEEKLY TOURNAMENT PASSES $30 $30 $30 $30 $30
DAILY TOURNAMENT PASS $10 $10 $10 $10 $10

+ SALES TAX

Re-Entry Policy:
Fans can re-enter the National Team Championships' venues by showing their tournament pass.

*Ticket Policy - Inclement Weather:
*
Patrons who have purchased a tournament pass at the start of the National Team Championships will be readmitted into the National Training Complex at any time, should a game be delayed/postponed. If a game is cancelled due to weather and cannot be made up or completed, there will be no refund for those who purchased a tournament pass.

Games are considered final if:

  • By the umpire's judgment, weather or darkness interferes with play AND...
  • Five full innings have been played, so long as the home team has been given the chance to bat (If the home team is winning in the bottom of the fifth inning, the game can be called complete)

Facility Information

USA Baseball National Training Complex
7445 Green Hope School Rd.
Cary, NC 27519
Google Maps
- 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.

Government-Mandated Guidelines
USA Baseball will follow all current federal, state and local government-mandated guidelines regarding COVID-19 with relation to the location of the facilities hosting its events. Guidelines may differ or change from one USA Baseball event to another due to location or timing.

Parking
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.

Local Information:
Visit the Greater Raleigh Sports Alliance for more information.

Prohibited Actions & Items at the Facilities:
The following actions and items are prohibited at the National Training Complex :
• Smoking
• Animals (exceptions are given for service animals)
• Alcoholic beverages
• Weapons
• Skateboards, rollerblades and scooters
• Tailgating is not permitted in the parking lots
• 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 of the National Training Complex.

Outside Food and Beverages:
Outside food, beverages and coolers will not be permitted in the National Training Complex. The facility's concession stands will be open during the event.

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

Foul Balls:
Please be aware of foul balls at all times while at the National Training Complex. USA Baseball asks that all foul balls are returned to the greeter at the front entrance.

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 search upon entering the facilities.

Concessions:
Concessions will be open for the duration of the event at the National Training Complex.

Lost and Found:
Please check the Ticket Booths at the entrance of the National Training Complex for any lost items.

First-Aid:
A certified athletic trainer will be on site throughout the entire event. In case of emergency, the closest hospital is:

Wake Med Cary
1900 Kildaire Farm Road
Cary, NC 27518
919-350-2300
Google Map

Additional USA Baseball Information

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 High School Invitational. 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 more than 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.

Restaurant Sponsors

Education

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.

Coaches Clinics
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.

Develops Blog
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.

Mobile Coach
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
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.

Baseball Manuals
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.

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
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.

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).

Or any USA Baseball Staff member you feel comfortable with. For more information on BASE, please visit USABASE.org.