West National Team Championships

National Team Championships Fan Guide (Arizona)

USA Baseball hosts the 14U, 15U, 16U and 17U National Team Championships in Arizona in 2018, utilizing various Major League Baseball spring training facilities. 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 fill the rosters for the 15U National Team Program and 14U, 16U, and 17U National Team Development Programs. The tournament dates for the National Team Championships in Arizona are listed below by age division.

14U/16U: June 30 to July 7
15U: June 22 to June 29
17U: June 14 to June 21


TESTING DAY:

During the National Team Championships, USA Baseball will host optional testing days for teams in each age division. Testing Day provides an opportunity for players to showcase their skills and gain consideration for both the 15U National Team and 14U, 16U, and 17U National Team Development Programs. Testing days will take place at the Peoria Sports Complex (Padres/Mariners) the day before tournament play begins. The dates and assigned quads for each age division are listed below:

14U: June 30, 2018 - Mariners Quad
15U: June 22, 2018 - Mariners Quad
16U: June 30, 2018 - Mariners Quad
17U: June 14, 2018 - Mariners Quad

*Subject to Change


STAFF INFORMATION:

Brett Curll
Assistant Director, Baseball Operations
BrettCurll@USABaseball.com

Ben Kelley
Assistant Director, Baseball Operations
BenKelley@USABaseball.com

Chris Pharis
Assistant Director, Media Relations
ChrisPharis@USABaseball.com 


SCHEDULE:

Event Schedule:
View the event schedules for every age division:

2019 Schedule
Coming soon

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


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 in Arizona is @USAChamps_West. While you're at it, follow us on Instagram at @USABChamps.

Live Scoring:
All games at the 2018 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 (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 into Camelback Ranch, Goodyear Ballpark, Peoria Sports Complex or Surprise Recreation Campus. 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 Championships in Arizona. Ticket sales will be available at the USA Baseball satellite Team Store located at the Peoria Sports Complex. Tickets will go on sale for each age group on the following dates:

14U/16U: June 30
15U: June 22
17U: June 14

Once the tournament has begun, tickets can be purchased on-site at all gates with cash or credit card. USA Baseball accepts Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover.

Ticket Prices:
Daily Pass: $10
Tournament Pass: $50
Kids under 12: Free

Re-Entry Policy:
Fans can re-enter Camelback Ranch, Goodyear Ballpark, Peoria Sports Complex or Surprise Stadium by showing their daily pass or tournament pass wristband.

Ticket Policy - Inclement Weather:
Weekly Pass: Patrons who have purchased a weekly pass at the start of the National Team Championships will be readmitted into the original ballpark - or new ballpark - 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 of a daily fee ($10) for those who purchased a weekly pass. 

Daily Pass: The following policies are in place for patrons who have purchased a daily pass/wristband and a game has been cancelled or postponed due to inclement weather:

• If the game is final (through the fifth inning, so long as the home team has been given at-bats if needed) then there is no refund for the daily pass
• If a game is postponed prior to the completion of the game (through the fifth inning, so long as the home team has been given at-bats if needed), the game will recommence at the point in which it left off. In this case, patrons who bought a daily pass will need to cut their wristband and return it to the gate staff in exchange for $10. Please note that this game may be played at the same location; however, may be moved to accommodate field scheduling.
• If the game has been postponed prior to the start of the game and will be made up on a different day, all patrons will need to return to the gate staff to exchange their wristband for $10.
• If a game is canceled prior to the start of the game due to weather, patrons can receive a full refund.

Games are considered final if:

• By the umpires 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)


EVENT INFORMATION:

Rules:
To review the tournament rules and pitching guidelines for the 2018 National Team Championships, please click on the links below:

TBA

Batting Cage Policy:
Batting cages at the facilities are available on a first-come, first-serve basis at Peoria Sports Complex, Goodyear Ballpark and Surprise Recreation Campus. Batting cages are not available for use at Camelback Ranch.

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.

The batting cages will be self-monitored. USA Baseball staff reserves the right to rotate teams should teams be uncooperative or have spent more than one (1) rotation in the cages while another team is waiting.

Merchandise:
The USA Baseball satellite Team Store will be located at the Peoria Sports Complex. The store will be open on days in which games are scheduled, including registration, testing and championship game days. Starting Sunday, July 1, a secondary satellite store will be open at the Surprise Recreation Campus. The final day of operation for both the Peoria and Surprise store locations will be Saturday, July 7.  All major credit cards are accepted: Visa, Master Card, American Express and Discover.

If you have any questions regarding the USA Baseball satellite Team Store, please contact Tayler Gainer at TaylerGainer@USABaseball.com. For a greater selection of sizes and gear, be sure to visit USA Baseball's online store, USABaseballShop.com.

Event Program:
The official National Team Championships program is produced by USA Baseball and will be available online at no cost to fans:

Coming Soon


FACILITY INFORMATION:

Peoria Sports Complex (Mariners and Padres):
16101 N. 83rd
Peoria, AZ 85382
Google Map

Goodyear Ballpark (Reds and Indians):
1933 S. Ballpark Way
Goodyear, AZ 85037
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Camelback Ranch (White Sox and Dodgers):
10710 West Camelback Rd.
Phoenix, AZ 85382
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Surprise Stadium (Royals and Rangers):
15930 North Bullard Ave.
Surprise, AZ 85374
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Parking:
Parking is free at Camelback Ranch, Goodyear Ballpark, Peoria Sports Complex and the Surprise Recreation Campus

Prohibited Actions & Items at the Facilities:
The following actions and items are prohibited at Camelback Ranch, Goodyear Ballpark, Peoria Sports Complex and Surprise Recreation Campus:

• Smoking
• Animals (exceptions are given for service animals)
• Alcoholic beverages
• Weapons
• Skateboards, rollerblades and scooters

*Please note that tents are allowed at the complexes; however, stakes are not allowed to be used to secure the tents
*Please note that the use of umbrellas is limited to grass seating and are prohibited from use in the stands.

Outside Food and Beverages:
Outside food and drinks will be allowed at each of the practice facilities. As previously mentioned, alcoholic beverages will not be allowed on the premises. Coolers are allowed in the practice facilities, but are subject to check upon entering. If a patron is found with alcohol, you will be asked to leave.

Outside food and drink will not be allowed inside the primary stadiums of each complex.

Foul Balls:
Please be aware of foul balls at all times while at Camelback Ranch, Goodyear Ballpark, Peoria Sports Complex and Surprise Stadium. USA Baseball asks that all foul balls are returned to the fields' tower as quantities for the event are limited.

Wireless Internet Access:
There is no wireless internet access available on-site.

Bag Search:
All bags are subject to a search upon entering the facilities.

Concessions:
Concession stands will be open throughout the duration of the tournaments. All prices are set by each facility, respectively.

Lost and Found:
Lost and Found can be found at the following locations:

Camelback Ranch: Dodgers and White Sox Tower
Goodyear Ballpark: Indians and Reds Tower
Peoria Sports Complex: USA Baseball satellite Team Store
Surprise Recreation Campus: Rangers and Royals Tower

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

Peoria Sports Complex
Banner Boswell Medical Center
10401 West Thunderbird Boulevard
Sun City, Arizona 85351
Google Map

Camelback Ranch
Dignity Health Saint Joseph's Westgate
7300 North 99th Avenue
Glendale, Arizona 85305
Google Map

Goodyear Ballpark
Abrazo West Campus
13677 West McDowell Road
Goodyear, Arizona 85395
Google Map

Surprise Stadium
Banner Del E. Webb Medical Center
14502 West Meeker Blvd
Sun City West, Arizona 85375
Google Maps


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 Championships 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.

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.