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USA Baseball Adds New Assets to Online Education Center

November 17, 2017

DURHAM, N.C. - USA Baseball announced on Thursday the addition of four new educational assets, featuring content provided by the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA), in an effort to promote continuing education throughout the baseball coaching community.

USA Baseball has produced four new online coaching modules, each of which include clinic videos from recent ABCA National Conventions. These modules are now available on the USA Baseball Online Education Center, at no cost to users.

The USA Baseball Online Education Center currently includes - among other resources - a catalog of online courses and modules for players, coaches, parents and umpires, hosted by some of baseball's most esteemed professionals. These are completely free of charge and aim to provide a positive baseball experience for all those involved. The four new modules featuring premier ABCA content are:

  • Managing Players, featuring Andy Green, Manager of the San Diego Padres, and Chris Burke, former MLB player and current TV analyst
  • Coaching Philosophy and Approach, featuring Jack Thomson, Head Baseball Coach at Sierra HS (Calif.), and Dave Jauss, Coach for the Pittsburgh Pirates
  • Infield Development, featuring Marty Lees, Head Baseball Coach at Washington State University, and Eddie Smith, Head Baseball Coach at Lower Columbia College
  • Outfield Development, featuring Jake Boss, Head Baseball Coach at Michigan State University, and Matt Bragga, Head Baseball Coach at Tennessee Tech

 

These modules, like the rest of the course offerings on the USA Baseball Online Education Center, are equipped with a functionality that allows the user to select their preferred language (English or Spanish) upon launching the module. When the user selects Spanish as their preferred language, the course will automatically be delivered entirely in Spanish, including videos with Spanish subtitles.

"Today's launch marks another important step in the build out of our Online Education Center," said Rick Riccobono, USA Baseball's Chief Development Officer. "With the support of the ABCA, we're proud to add these developmentally focused resources which will not only impact technical teachings, but also serve to reinforce our commitment to building a positive culture across all levels of our game."

The introduction of the new modules is in alignment with the Quality Coaching Framework unveiled by the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) in October 2017. The Quality Coaching Framework is the latest in a series of efforts by the USOC to advance the coaching profession in the United States by improving the standard of coaching education and developing high-quality resources to support National Governing Bodies (NGBs). The Quality Coaching Framework is available on the USOC's website, TeamUSA.org, as well as the USA Baseball Online Education Center.

The four new coaching development modules and the USOC's Quality Coaching Framework can be found by accessing the USA Baseball Online Education Center at USABaseball.Education.

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USA Baseball Reveals 2018 Tournament of Stars Dates

November 3, 2017

DURHAM, N.C. - The 2018 USA Baseball Tournament of Stars will take place from June 18-23, at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina, the organization revealed on Thursday.

Players will arrive on Sunday, June 17 and participate in a newly added team practice on Monday, June 18. The teams will then play games June 19-21, take part in an evaluation day on Friday, June 22, followed by the gold and bronze medal games on Saturday, June 23. All the athletes will depart on Sunday, June 24.

The bronze and gold games will once again be streamed live on MLB.com and USABaseball.com.

The Tournament of Stars is made up of 80 of the best baseball players in the country that are international age-eligible (Born January 1, 2000 or 2001) for 18U National Team consideration. The event serves as the primary pool of talent from which USA Baseball will select its team to compete in the 2018 COPABE Pan Am 'AAA' Championships.

Team USA is the four-time defending Pan Am champion and will look to add a fifth consecutive gold medal in 2018. The program's last gold came at the 2016 event, as Team USA claimed the title with a 6-1 victory over Cuba in the gold medal game.

The 2016 squad featured four players that were selected in the first round of the 2017 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft, including Royce Lewis, who was selected first overall by the Minnesota Twins, and Hunter Greene, who was taken second overall by the Cincinnati Reds.

More information on the international event schedule for the 2018 18U National Team will be released at a later date on USABaseball.com.

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USA Baseball Announces Changes to National Team Championships, Addition of 16U NTDP

November 2, 2017

DURHAM, N.C. - USA Baseball announced on Thursday multiple changes to the National Team Championships, including the addition of a 16U age group at the annual event in Arizona, as well as the addition of a 16U National Team Development Program (NTDP) to the national team programming slate for 2018.

The 2018 National Team Championships in Arizona will start on June 15 and will now feature a 16U age group in addition to its 14U, 15U and 17U age groups. The 17U tournament will take place from June 15-22, followed by the 15U age group from June 22-29, and finally, the 14U and 16U tournaments will be played concurrently from June 30-July 7.

"We are excited to enhance the National Team Championships with the inclusion of the 16U age group starting in 2018," Senior Director of Baseball Operations Ashley Bratcher said, "Given USA Baseball's history with this age group, we know the talent is outstanding at this level, so we look forward to adding it to the already-elite National Team Championships player-pool."

USA Baseball had a long successful history at the 16U level through its 16U National Team, which competed from 1997-2011 before the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) changed its youth championships age discipline to 15U. In the fifteen-year history of the program, Team USA made it to the championship game of every international tournament it appeared in, taking home 11 gold medals - including nine in World Championships - and three silvers. In addition, eight of those teams went undefeated in international play.

In connection with the addition of a 16U age group at the National Team Championships, USA Baseball has also added a 16U discipline to its National Team Development Program for the 2018 season; providing national team-level opportunities to all youth players ages 14-18.

The 16U NTDP will feature athletes selected from the 15U National Team Identification Series (NTIS), the newly created 16U National Team Championships and through recommendations from professional scouts, USA Baseball task force members and collegiate, high school and youth coaches. Like the existing 14U and 17U NTDPs, the 16U program will invite 40 athletes to participate in skill development sessions, which include guest speakers/instructors and Stars vs. Stripes intrasquad games.

"The National Team Development Program provides an unparalleled national team-level experience and we're excited to expand that opportunity to players at the 16U age level," said Paul Seiler, Executive Director and CEO of USA Baseball. "This addition will also allow athletes to stay in touch with the USA Baseball organization between the national team age levels, developing their skills before possible consideration on a future national team.

"The exposure to future national team staffs, as well as college and professional scouts, the NTDP offers is invaluable for these athletes as they look to grow their game and compete internationally in the future."

At age levels where there are not international competitions, the National Team Development Program offers an unmatched developmental opportunity to better prepare athletes for potential future national teams and ingrain them in the USA Baseball organization. It also serves to help young players accelerate their maturation and readiness for the next step in their respective baseball careers.

Since the program's inception in 2012, 64 national team development program attendees have earned spots on national team rosters at the 15U, 18U and Collegiate national team levels. Additionally, in the five years that NTDP participants have been eligible, 21 players have been selected in the first five rounds of the MLB First Year Player Draft.

In addition to the changes at the National Team Championships in Arizona, the event in Florida will feature an enhanced schedule in 2018. The 14U, 15U and 17U tournaments will now be played in separate weeks, reducing the total number of days each age group will participate than in previous years however still providing teams the same amount of games.

The National Team Championships in Florida will also start on June 15 with its 15U tournament from June 15-20. The 17U age group will follow, competing from June 21-26, and the event will finish with the 14U age group, which will run from June 27-July 1.

For more information on the National Team Championships and the NTDP, check USABaseball.com and follow @USABChamps_East, @USABChamps_West and @USABaseballNTDP on Twitter. Registration for the 2018 National Team Championships will open on Friday, November 10.

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Seven Alumni Win 2017 World Series with Astros

November 2, 2017

DURHAM, N.C. - Seven USA Baseball alumni won the 2017 Major League Baseball World Series with the Houston Astros on Wednesday, including World Series MVP George Springer, who was a member of the 2010 Collegiate National Team. Springer hit .292 with 18 RBI and seven doubles for the stars and stripes.

2017 ALCS MVP, Justin Verlander, also played for the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team. Verlander recorded a 1.34 ERA with Team USA in 2003 as he allowed just six runs and struck out 41 in 40.1 innings of work.

Alex Bregman and Luke Gregerson celebrated a championship at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday night for the second time in 2017. Both were members of the U.S.'s gold medal-winning World Baseball Classic team that claimed the title at Dodger Stadium in May.

Both players have made multiple appearances for Team USA, with Bregman playing for Team USA five times and Gregerson competing twice for the stars and stripes.

Including the 2017 WBC, the seven alumni have taken home six gold medals and three silvers in their time with USA Baseball. Bregman alone won four gold medals with his five teams.

In addition, six-time Team USA alum A.J. Hinch led the Astros to their first World Series title in franchise history as the team's manager.

The full list of alumni on the World Series Champion Houston Astros roster is as follows:

Alex Bregman - 2010 16U National Team, 2011 18U National Team, 2013 & 2014 Collegiate National Teams, 2017 World Baseball Classic Team
Evan Gattis - 2002 16U National Team
Luke Gregerson - 2013 & 2017 World Baseball Classic Teams
Brian McCann - 2009 World Baseball Classic Team
Lance McCullers Jr. - 2010 18U National Team
George Springer - 2010 Collegiate National Team
Justin Verlander - 2003 Collegiate National Team

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USA Baseball Announces New Spanish Language Resources

October 27, 2017

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DURHAM, N.C. - USA Baseball announced on Thursday an expansion of its Spanish language assets, with all course offerings on the USA Baseball Online Education Center now available in both English and Spanish.

These additional resources were made possible via the support of the MLB-MLBPA Youth Development Foundation. The Youth Development Foundation was established in 2015 to advance the development of amateur players, and their enjoyment of the sport, by focusing on improving the caliber, effectiveness and availability of amateur baseball and softball programs across the United States and Canada. The mission of the foundation is to enhance the quality of baseball and softball education, address overall youth participation in baseball and softball and help youth, including those from underserved communities, and strengthen connections to the game.

The USA Baseball Online Education Center currently includes - among other resources - 11 online courses for players, coaches, parents and umpires, hosted by some of baseball's most esteemed professionals, including the managers of both teams competing in the 2017 World Series. These courses are completely free of charge and aim to provide a positive baseball experience for all those involved.

The course offerings on the Online Education Center include five culture, health and safety-based courses and six shorter, skill-specific modules hosted by current and former Major League personnel. These modules provide keys for teaching players the fundamental skills of the game, including hitting, pitching, catching, base running, infield and outfield. Courses and modules of note include:

  • Baserunning Fundamentals, hosted by Dave Roberts, Manager of the 2017 National League Champion Los Angeles Dodgers
  • Catching Stances, Receiving, and Blocking, hosted by A.J. Hinch, Manager of the 2017 American League Champion Houston Astros
  • The Confident Baseball Coach, hosted by Joe Maddon, Manager of the Chicago Cubs
  • The Play Ball Parent, hosted by Dayton Moore, General Manager of the Kansas City Royals
  • Introduction to Pitch Smart, hosted by John Smoltz, Hall of Fame pitcher

The course offerings on the Online Education Center are now equipped with a functionality that allows the user to select their preferred language (English or Spanish) upon launching the course. When the user selects Spanish as their preferred language, the course will automatically be delivered entirely in Spanish, including videos with Spanish subtitles.

Following the launch of this new functionality, all future courses and modules on the Online Education Center will now be released in both English and Spanish from the outset. This initiative marks the latest in a series of efforts by USA Baseball to expand its Spanish language offerings, which include a Twitter account (@usabaseball_esp) and a section on the Sport Development Blog entitled "USA Baseball en Español." The all-Spanish Twitter account regularly features educational content in Spanish from the blog, which contains over 50 pieces written in Spanish for players, coaches, parents and umpires, with more posts being added regularly.

"Providing our online courses in Spanish is part of the continuation of USA Baseball's efforts to make educational resources universally available within the game," said Rick Riccobono, USA Baseball's Chief Development Officer. "We identified the gap in Spanish-ready education early on, and we are proud to add these courses to our educational offerings and expand our reach into the Spanish-speaking baseball community. We look forward to promoting these resources both domestically and abroad."

The full collection of online courses and the Sport Development Blog can be found by accessing the USA Baseball Online Education Center at USABaseball.Education.

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2017 World Series to Feature 12 USA Baseball Alumni

October 24, 2017

DURHAM, N.C. - The 2017 Major League Baseball World Series will feature 12 USA Baseball alumni across the two rosters.

The Houston Astros boast seven alums of Team USA on their roster, including newly acquired ace and ALCS MVP, Justin Verlander. An alum of the 2003 Collegiate National Team, Verlander recorded a 1.34 ERA with Team USA as he allowed just six earned runs and struck out 41 in 40.1 innings of work.

In the opposite dugout, five alumni will appear in the 2017 Fall Classic for the Los Angeles Dodgers. Clayton Kershaw, who will take the mound for the Dodgers in Game 1, played for the 2005 18U National Team and did not allow a single run in his time with Team USA.

Alex Bregman and Luke Gregerson, two members of the U.S.'s gold medal-winning World Baseball Classic (WBC) team will also head to the World Series with the Astros. Both players have made multiple appearances for the red, white and blue, with Bregman playing for Team USA five times and Gregerson competing twice for the stars and stripes.

In addition to the 2017 WBC gold medal, the 12 alumni have taken home 8 gold medals and three silvers. Bregman alone has won four gold medals with his five teams.

The 2017 World Series starts with Game 1 on Tuesday, October 24, at 8 p.m. ET at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California.

The full list of alumni in the 2017 MLB World Series is as follows:

Houston Astros (7):
Alex Bregman - 2010 16U National Team, 2011 18U National Team, 2013 & 2014 Collegiate National Teams, 2017 World Baseball Classic Team
Evan Gattis - 2002 16U National Team
Luke Gregerson - 2013 & 2017 World Baseball Classic Teams
Brian McCann - 2009 World Baseball Classic Team
Lance McCullers Jr. - 2010 18U National Team
George Springer - 2010 Collegiate National Team
Justin Verlander - 2003 Collegiate National Team

Los Angeles Dodgers (5):
Yasmani Grandal - 2009 Collegiate National Team
Logan Forsythe - 2007 Collegiate National Team
Clayton Kershaw - 2005 18U National Team
Corey Seager - 2010 16U National Team
Chase Utley - 2006 World Baseball Classic Team

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USA Baseball Names Paul Mainieri 2018 Collegiate National Team Manager

October 17, 2017

DURHAM, N.C. - USA Baseball named LSU Head Coach Paul Mainieri the manager for the 2018 Collegiate National Team on Friday. An American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) Hall of Famer, Mainieri led LSU to a national championship in 2009 and five NCAA College World Series appearances overall, including a runner-up finish in 2017.

2018 will be Mainieri's second coaching stint for Team USA after serving as an assistant coach on the Collegiate National Team in 2015, and he will be tasked with continuing an exceptional run of success. USA Baseball is coming off its 2017 season where it became the first federation in history to sweep its international competitions, highlighted by a World Baseball Classic title, two World Baseball Softball Confederation Baseball World Championships and three international friendship series victories by the Collegiate National Team over Chinese Taipei, Cuba and Japan.

"USA Baseball is delighted to welcome Paul Mainieri to the USA Baseball coaching ranks in 2018," said Paul Seiler, Executive Director and CEO of USA Baseball. "Paul has done an outstanding job over his thirty-five seasons coaching collegiate baseball and we are excited to have him bring his exceptional resume of success to our Collegiate National Team as we look to build off last season's unprecedented achievements."

Mainieri begins his 12th season at the helm of LSU and has posted a 512-202-3 record (.716) since arriving in Baton Rouge in 1997. He was named the Southeastern Conference (SEC) Coach of the Year in 2009 and 2015, and has led the Tigers to 29 team championships, including an NCAA title, five Super Regional championships, seven NCAA Regional championships, six SEC Tournament titles, four SEC championships and six SEC Western Division crowns.

Baseball America and Collegiate Baseball tabbed Mainieri as the National Coach of the Year in 2009 and he was also honored with national coach of the year honors by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, in addition to being awarded the Skip Bertman trophy, in 2015.

As the head coach at LSU, he has coached 11 First Team All-Americans and 15 players who have played in Major League Baseball. Additionally, he has coached five players who have participated on the Collegiate National Team: Micah Gibbs (2008), Mikie Mahtook (2010), Kevin Gausman (2011), Alex Bregman (2013, 2014) and Alex Lange (2016).

"Words cannot adequately describe how honored and proud I am to have the opportunity to lead the USA Collegiate National Team in the summer of 2018," said Mainieri. "It has been a goal of mine since I went in to coaching thirty-six years ago to one day coach our nation's team and to now have that dream realized is almost overwhelming. When you pull that jersey on over your head and it says 'USA' across the front, your emotions are impossible to describe. We live in the greatest country in the world and I am so proud to be an American, and I also love college baseball. To combine those two things is as good as it gets for me.

"My three mentors throughout my coaching life - Tommy Lasorda, Ron Maestri, and my father, Demie Mainieri - all took their turn in coaching Team USA. And now I get the opportunity to follow in their footsteps. I'm thrilled beyond words to have this wonderful experience."

Mainieri currently sits at No. 4 on the career wins list for active NCAA coaches, No. 10 in all-time NCAA wins and is one of only seven coaches in NCAA baseball history to have won over 1,300 games and a national championship. He has led the Tigers to the nation's highest win total over the last 10 seasons with 484 victories.

The remaining Collegiate National Team staff and schedule will be announced at a later time on USABaseball.com.

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Casas and Stankiewicz Honored, Seiler Elected Vice Chairman at WBSC Congress

October 16, 2017

DURHAM, N.C. - USA Baseball 18U National Team member Triston Casas and manager Andy Stankiewicz were honored by the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) at its annual Congress on Sunday when they were named Player of the Year (Baseball) and National Team Coach of the Year (Baseball), respectively. Casas is the first Team USA athlete to win the international Player of the Year award since the then-International Baseball Federation named Zach Collins the Junior Athlete of the Year in 2011.

In addition to the two awards, USA Baseball Executive Director and CEO, Paul Seiler, was elected the 2nd Vice Chairman for the baseball division of the WBSC during its election on Friday.

"We are very pleased that our international partners recognize the achievements of USA Baseball in 2017 with the naming of Triston Casas as their Player of the Year and Andy Stankiewicz as the Manager of the Year," said Mike Gaski, USA Baseball President. "We are also delighted that the WBSC appreciates the importance of having the USA, and in particular Paul Seiler, as a member of the leadership team. Paul's experience and expertise will help the WBSC prepare for baseball's return to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and navigate the difficult qualifying process."

These honors came after USA Baseball had its most successful year in international baseball history after sweeping through its international competition with gold medals at the World Baseball Classic, WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup, COPABE Pan Am "AA" Championships and the WBSC U-12 Baseball World Cup; in addition to the Collegiate National Team winning all three of its international friendship series against Chinese Taipei, Cuba and Japan.

Triston Casas was named the MVP of the 2017 WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup in Thunder Bay, Canada, after leading Team USA to its fourth consecutive world championship title. A stalwart at first base, his bat did the most damage, collecting tournament-highs with 13 RBIs and three home runs, including a two-run shot in the gold medal game.

Under the guidance of manager Andy Stankiewicz, Team USA finished the competition with an undefeated record (9-0) for the first time since 1989. The U.S. outscored its opponents 61-5 and held a miniscule cumulative team ERA of 0.47 in 77 innings pitched.

"We are honored and excited that both Andy and Triston were recognized for their success this year at the 18U World Cup," said Matt Blood, Director of the 18U National Team. "Coach Stankiewicz has vast experience and knowledge of the game and manages with positive energy and a steady demeanor. He and his staff were able to bring this team together over a short period of time and prepare them for success while in Canada but also in their future careers.

"Triston has been a force in the middle of Team USA's lineup for the past three summers. He prides himself on being patient and consistent across all aspects of his game, which allows him to stay calm and produce in big moments. He was one of the leaders on this year's team and he did it by example both on and off the field."

Overall, Casas was the eighth USA Baseball player to earn international Player of the Year and Stankiewicz is just the fifth Team USA coach to be honored with Coach of the Year award.

USA Baseball International Players of the Year:
Triston Casas, 2017, Player of the Year (WBSC - Baseball)
Zach Collins, 2011, Junior Athlete of the Year (IBAF)
Justin Smoak, 2009 Senior Athlete of the Year (IBAF)
Laura Brenneman, 2004 Woman Player of the Year (IBAF)
Justin Bristow, 2003 Youth Player of the Year (IBAF)
Delmon Young, 2002, IBAF Youth Player of the Year
Jeff Flaig, 2001, Youth Player of the Year (IBAF)
Tony Richie, 1998, Youth Player of the Year (IBAF)

International National Team Coaches of the Year
Andy Stankiewicz, 2017, National Team Coach of the Year (WBSC - Baseball)
Scott Brosius, 2012, Coach of the Year (IBAF)
Frank Cruz, 2004, Coach of the Year (IBAF)
Steve Cohen, 1995, Coach of the Year (IBAF)
Mark Marquess, 1989, Coach of the Year (IBAF)

For more information on the World Baseball Softball Confederation Congress, please visit www.WBSC.org.

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USA Baseball Focuses on Childhood Health and Development

October 16, 2017

Childhood obesity is an epidemic. With more than 12,550,000 American children and adolescents that are obese, it has more than tripled in the last 40 years. Due in part to this trend, 1 in 3 children that were born in the year 2000 will develop Type 2 diabetes at some point in their lifetime. For the first time in two centuries, the current generation of children in the United States may have shorter life expectancies than their parents.

But this epidemic is also preventable. Communities, health professionals, organizations, and families can work together to create opportunities for kids to eat healthier and get more active. That is why USA Baseball joined forces with The Congressional Task Force on Childhood Obesity for their Childhood Obesity Prevention Awareness Expo on October 13. The Task Force is challenged with creating a healthy start in life for children, from infancy through early childhood; empowering parents and caregivers to make healthy choices for their families; serving healthier food in schools; ensuring access to healthy, affordable food; and increasing opportunities for physical activity.

Along with three other sports (soccer, wheelchair basketball, and lacrosse), USA Baseball participated in the Expo as an activity station where attendees received a hands-on learning experience with USA Baseball's newest childhood enrichment initiative, Fun at Bat. Expo attendees included members of Congress and their respective staffs.

Fun At Bat is a bat and ball, entry-level program for kids with an emphasis on character development, functional movement, active play and fun. The initiative stems from meticulous research on introductory youth sport programs and is supported by Major League Baseball (MLB), SHAPE America, Franklin Sports and industry professionals. The curriculum for the program was created in partnership by USA Baseball and SHAPE America to help students meet and exceed the National Physical Education Standards. The program focuses on physical literacy through age appropriate games and activities, as well as character development through USA Baseball Championship Principles. The Championship Principles are a collection of eight positive character traits that are taught to the children throughout the Fun at Bat lessons. Children also receive the Fun at Bat book, which provides a story for each Championship Principle.

USA Baseball has created several other initiatives that raise awareness and provide solutions around the current state of childhood health. Among those initiatives is the Long-Term Athlete Development Plan (LTAD). The LTAD, created with support from MLB, is a multi-stage developmental pathway for an individual's life-long experience within the sport of baseball in the United States. Through developmentally appropriate programs for all ages, the LTAD aims to increase participation, aid in performance, and enhance enjoyment across the sport of baseball at all levels. The LTAD is a culmination of evidence-based information and provides structure around physical literacy, physical development, injury prevention, psychosocial well-being, specialization, periodization and competition.

While Fun at Bat and the LTAD are centered on athlete development, USA Baseball believes that coach, parent, and umpire education is equally as important in creating a positive experience within the game. With that focus in mind, the USA Baseball Online Education Center was created to provide free educational resources to all constituents of the game, specifically coaches, parents and umpires. The Online Education Center hosts online courses, the Sport Development Blog, and the LTAD, and provides access to the USA Baseball Mobile Coach app and the Amateur Resource Center. The online courses, free to all users, are hosted by some of the most esteemed professionals within the game and can be completed in less than 30 minutes. Courses focus on various topics within the game, such as creating a positive and successful environment, coaching your own child, skill development, and keeping perspective. In addition to the courses, the Sport Development Blog also provides resources on team development, skill development, and coaching philosophy, among other topics.

With the goal to enrich the game of baseball for all participants, USA Baseball continues to provide resources and programs for athletes of all ages, as well as coaches, parents, and umpires within the game. USA Baseball is committed to Our Pastimes Future and helping children lead healthy lives both on and off the diamond.

For more information on USA Baseball's current Sport Development initiatives, please visit the Sport Development homepage.

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Thirty-Five Alumni to Compete in 2017 MLB ALCS and NLCS

October 13, 2017

DURHAM, N.C. - Following the conclusion of the 2017 Major League Baseball American League and National League Division Series, 35 USA Baseball alumni have advanced to the two League Championship Series.

All four of the teams feature at least six alumni on their rosters, with the Chicago Cubs and Houston Astros leading the way with 10 apiece. The Los Angeles Dodgers are close behind with nine former Team USA players, while the New York Yankees boast six.

Ten of the alumni participated on multiple teams for the stars and stripes. Albert Almora, who has appeared on seven teams, and Alex Bregman, who has played for Team USA five times, headline the list of multiple-time alums.

The ALCS starts Friday, October 13, at 8 p.m. ET and the NLCS will get underway Saturday, October 14, at 8 p.m. ET.

The full list of alumni in the 2017 MLB NLCS and ALCS is as follows:

Chicago Cubs (10):
Albert Almora - 2007 & 2008 14U National Teams, 2009 & 2010 16U National Teams, 2010 & 2011 18U National Teams, 2015 Professional National Team
Jake Arrieta - 2006 Collegiate National Team, 2008 Olympic Team
Kris Bryant - 2012 Collegiate National Team
Brian Duensing - 2007 Professional National Team, 2008 Olympic Team
Jon Jay - 2005 Collegiate National Team
Dillon Maples - 2010 18U National Team
Mike Montgomery - 2010 Professional National Team
Addison Russell - 2011 Collegiate National Team
Kyle Schwarber - 2013 Collegiate National Team
Ben Zobrist - 2005 Professional Team, 2013 World Baseball Classic Team

Houston Astros (10):
Alex Bregman - 2010 16U National Team, 2011 18U National Team, 2013 & 2014 Collegiate National Teams, 2017 World Baseball Classic Team
Tyler Clippard - 2017 World Baseball Classic Team
Evan Gattis - 2002 16U National Team
Luke Gregerson - 2013 & 2017 World Baseball Classic Teams
Brian McCann - 2009 World Baseball Classic Team
Lance McCullers Jr. - 2010 18U National Team
George Springer - 2010 Collegiate National Team
Max Stassi - 2006 & 2007 16U National Teams, 2008 18U National Team
Justin Verlander - 2003 Collegiate National Team

Los Angeles Dodgers (9):
Walker Buehler - 2014 Collegiate National Team
Yasmani Grandal - 2009 Collegiate National Team
Curtis Granderson - 2009 World Baseball Classic Team
Kyle Farmer - 2012 Collegiate National Team
Logan Forsythe - 2007 Collegiate National Team
Clayton Kershaw - 2005 18U National Team
Corey Seager - 2010 16U National Team
Chase Utley - 2006 World Baseball Classic Team
Alex Verdugo - 2010 14U National Team

New York Yankees (6):
Dellin Betances - 2005 18U National Team
Todd Frazier - 2006 Collegiate National Team, 2010 Professional National Team
Sonny Gray - 2009 & 2010 Collegiate National Teams
Matt Holliday - 1997 18U National Team, 2003 & 2006 Professional National Teams
Erik Kratz - 2010 Professional National Team
David Robertson - 2017 World Baseball Classic Team

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