17U Champs

2013 Nat'l Team Championships dates announced

October 23, 2012

USA Baseball is excited to announce the 2013 dates and locations for the organization's 14U, 15U and 17U National Team Championships. Formerly the Junior Olympic Baseball Championships, USA Baseball has hosted these premier amateur baseball tournaments since 1996, and the events serve as identification events for the USA Baseball 15U National Team and the primary identification events for the 14U and 17U National Team Development Programs (NTDP). The USA Baseball National Team Development Program was instituted in 2012 and serves as a National Team-level training program.

Once again, USA Baseball will host the National Team Championships at various sites in Arizona and Florida including Palm Beach County (14U and 17U East) and Lee County (15U East), Fla., and Glendale, Peoria and Goodyear (14U, 15U and 17U West), Ariz.
2013 USA Baseball National Team Championships Dates and Locations
14U East National Team Championships   
Palm Beach County, Fla.   
June 18-23, 2013   
15U East National Team Championships
Ft. Myers, Fla.
June 12-20, 2013   
17U East National Team Championships
Palm Beach County, Fla.   
June 18-26, 2013   
14U West National Team Championships
Glendale, Goodyear and Peoria, Ariz.
June 30-July 5, 2013
15U West National Team Championships
Goodyear, Glendale and Peoria, Ariz.
June 21-29, 2013
17U West National Team Championships
Goodyear, Glendale and Peoria, Ariz.
June 21-29, 2013
Registration for the 2013 USA Baseball National Team Championships will open online via beginning in mid-November.
Teams which have an interest in submitting their team for consideration for any of the events prior to the opening of registration may email Please include your team names and events of interest in your email.
On a final note, congratulations again to the 2012 USA Baseball Championships gold-medal winners:
14U East Champions: Evoshield Canes (N.C.)
14U West Champions: Norcal Baseball 14 Black (Calif.)
15U East Champions: Team IMPACT (Fla.)
15U West Champions: SGV Arsenal (Calif.)
17U East Champions: Palm Beach PAL (Fla.)
17U West Champions: Trombly Baseball (Calif.)
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14U Champs

TB SoCal Blanks PBA to win 14U West Gold Medal

July 7, 2017

PEORIA, Ariz. - Following suit of their 17U team, who also won gold in 2017, TB SoCal put up a five-spot in the third inning and never looked back as they defeated PBA, 8-0, on Friday afternoon at the Peoria Sports Complex.

Aidan Berger and Myles Smith led the charge for TB SoCal, with both contributing with two hits on the afternoon. Jonah Storey added three RBI in the victory to clinch gold for the southern California team.

Pitching was a strength early on for both teams, as the offenses were held in check. It wasn't until the third inning that TB SoCal showed some promise, loading the bases with one out. It started when Cooper Rons took the seventh pitch of his at-bat and laced a single to get the ball rolling. Four singles, an error and a walk later, TB found themselves with a 5-0 lead.

TB SoCal tacked on three more runs the following inning, starting off with a line drive straight up the middle for a leadoff baserunner. Through four innings, TB held a comfortable eight run lead.

On the bump, Rons was lights out for his team, scattering just one hit in four innings while striking out two. TB called to the bullpen to begin their fifth and final frame, with Yuretich making the jog to the bump. He too shut down the potent PBA bats, tossing one inning while allowing just one hit to clinch the program's second gold medal of the tournament.

TB SoCal's 17U team defeated Team California 2018 by a final of 7-4 just two weeks ago to clinch a gold as well.

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14U Champs

Gibbs, McKay Leads BPA at the National Team Championships (West)

July 2, 2017

PHOENIX, Ariz. - They lace up their cleats, zip up their pants and throw on their jerseys with "BPA" emblazoned in bright yellow font across their chest just like their teammates. They buckle their shin guards, slide their chest protectors over their heads and pull their masks on just like any other catcher. There's just one slight difference between them and the other 1,000 athletes in the 2017 14U National Team Championships West.

They're girls.

Maycen Gibbs and Jamie MacKay both play behind the dish for BPA 14U, a team hailing from California. The two have been playing the sport since t-ball, with their fathers playing big roles in their starting and eventual continuation of playing baseball, despite most young girls normally transitioning to softball.

"I started playing when I was young a lot younger, and I just fell in love with it and never switched over," Gibbs said. "I just kept competing at this level and it's really fun."

Participating in a sport dominated by men, the two love the game, but don't have many female figures to look up to. However, they do have one group they admire: the USA Baseball Women's National Team. Last summer, MacKay and Gibbs attended a development camp put on by the Women's National Team in California.

"Last summer, I did a camp they have and it turned out to be a lot of fun," MacKay said. "I really hope to try out for them one day because they inspire me to keeping going."

And keep on going they will.

Neither Gibbs nor MacKay have any intention of hanging up their cleats after graduating from high school. With their sights set on college ball, both hope to gain exposure through playing in travel ball tournaments just like the National Team Championships West.

"As a scout, gender doesn't matter to me," said Steve Butler, a national team scout and once coach for the 14U National Team Development Program (NTDP) and 15U National Team Trials. The ultimate goal is to bring home a gold for the United States, and whether they're a boy or a girl, if they can help us win gold, they'll take the field for us."

Confidence has been a key factor for the girls, as their road to the tournament hasn't been paved smooth. Both have experienced hardships, whether it be from teammates, coaches or opponents. MacKay offered a piece of advice to younger girls who are struggling to keep going:

"Never give up, and don't let other people push you around," MacKay said. "Do what you love and stick with it, because I did, and I love coming here and playing in tournaments like these because it's a ton of fun."

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One Single Constant: National Team Scouts

June 26, 2017

PEORIA, Ariz. - Amidst the chaos of families shuffling to-and-from stadiums, coordinators zooming by in their golf carts and umpires switching fields at the 2017 USA Baseball National Team Championships West, there lies a single constant. Glance toward the silver platform behind each home plate and one would see it.

A national team scout.

Donned in tan t-shirts with "STAFF" written in black between the shoulder blades, national team scouts have one mission: find the best of the best.

Now, sure. Most believe scouts define "the best" as a pitcher with an electric fastball and knee-buckling curve, or an infielder with a slick glove and cannon for an arm. However, this isn't always the case.

"Being a good teammate, hustling, being active on the bench and coachability are just as important as having skill," said Vesely. "Those are things that a person can control, and those are all things we look for that have nothing to do with how you play on the field."

The experienced scouts come from all over the country, including Tanner Vesely, a five-time national team coaching alum who played collegiate baseball at the University of Arizona. Joining Vesely are veterans like Tom Succow, a four-time USA Baseball coaching alum and current assistant coach at Yavapai College in Arizona.

According to the scouts, it's the small things that really matter when deciding if an athlete is national team worthy. Running out every ground and fly ball, keeping your head up when striking out or making an error and giving your best effort all game are tendencies scouts look for while at the National Team Championships West.

Of the thousands of athletes to participate in the tournament every year, only a miniscule fraction of that are chosen to move on to the USA Baseball National Team Development Program (NTDP) at the 14U and 17U levels and the USA Baseball 15U National Team Trials.

The NTDP is a one week long program that assists the national team coaching staff in further narrowing their choices for their final roster. Taking place in Chicago, the NTDP offers on-field skill development programs, various off-field educational components including guest speakers and intrasquad games.

"The NTDP is a big event in regard to choosing kids for the national team," Vesely continued. "We want the best kids who can succeed, but also know how to deal with failure."

Moving past those hurdles is no easy task, but the payoff of getting to don a Team USA jersey is worth the hard work and dedication.

"When you're in another country, you're representing the program, you're representing your country, your home," Vesely added. "Everywhere you go, you're watched. Having good sportsmanship and a good attitude is a key part to representing your country."

Taking place from July 22-28 in Chicago, the 17U NTDP will feature intrasquad scrimmages at Northwestern University and Wrigley Field.

The 14U NTDP will take place at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina, from July 24-29. For the first time in program history, 18 members of the 14U NTDP will be invited to this year's 15U National Team Trials, ensuring an immediate opportunity to play on a national team.

Split into two phases, the 15U National Team Trials span from July 30 - August 4 at the USA Baseball National Training Complex. The first phase will feature 72 players identified from the 2016 NTIS, 2016 14U NTDP, the 2017 National Team Championships and the 2017 NTDP. The roster will be trimmed to 34 for the second phase and then 20 upon its completion. The 2017 15U National Team will then travel to Cartagena, Colombia from August 11-20 to compete in the 2017 COPABE Pan Am "AA" Championships.

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14U Champs

Team Citius USA - Roland Wins USA Baseball 14U National Team Championships (East)

June 22, 2017
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Florida Stealth 2021 0 1 0 2 2 0 0 4 6 6
Team Citius USA - Roland 0 2 1 0 0 2 X 5 5 3

PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla. - Team Citius USA - Roland rallied to score two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to overcome a late deficit and defeat Florida Stealth 2021, 5-4, at Roger Dean Stadium in the gold medal game of the USA Baseball 14U National Team Championships (East).

Florida Stealth 2021 was the first team on the board after Everette Cooper crossed the plate on an RBI-single by Jason L'Etoile, but Team Citius USA - Roland quickly followed with two runs of its own. Chris Bernal walked to begin the inning and advanced to second on a throwing error by the pitcher before back-to-back RBI-singles by Jorge Cuevas and Luke Smith put them in front, 2-1, after the second inning.

Florida Stealth 2021 tied the game at three in the fourth inning and added an a fourth run in the fifth inning to take a one-run lead into the final two frames. But for the second time, Team Citius USA - Roland would respond.

Emmanuel Garza, one of Team Citius USA - Roland's strongest hitters, sparked the comeback with a single to start the bottom of the sixth inning and a walk to Jose Valdez put runners on first and second with two outs. With the pressure mounting, Team Citius USA - Roland put the ball in play and tied the game on a fielding error by the shortstop. After a walk loaded the bases, Team Citius USA - Roland eventually scored the gold-medal winning run on a passed ball on the first pitch of the next at-bat.

With the one-run lead, Gerardo Cuevas shut down any chance of a comeback by Florida Stealth 2021, striking out two of the final three batters of the game, and won its first National Team Championship (East) title.

Team Citius USA - Roland finished the tournament with a 6-1 record. Leading up to the championship game, Team Citius USA - Roland outscored its opponents 37-0 and surrendered only 5 total hits in the three games following its only loss of the tournament.

The team hit .367 (65-177) and tallied a 1.019 OPS, meanwhile its pitching staff held a 0.89 ERA and limited its opponents to a .165 batting average for the entire tournament.

Both teams ended with accolades as they both led the tournament in runs scored and total hits. Florida Stealth 2021 made its mark at the top of the overall leaderboard with 30 walks and 21 stolen bases. Team Citius USA - Roland's pitching staff racked up 36 strikeouts to lead all teams.

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2017 West Championships Digital Fan Guide

June 5, 2017


USA Baseball National Team Championships West

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Event Overview

USA Baseball hosts the 14U, 15U and 17U National Team Championships in both Arizona and Florida at various locations. These events provide an opportunity for over 350 teams to showcase their abilities, providing opportunities for players to be considered for both the 15U National Team and14U and 17U National Team Development Programs.

Event Schedule:

West Itinerary

Schedule Updates:

For schedule updates, changes due to inclement weather and general event information please follow the West Championships on Twitter @USABChamps_West. You can also follow along on our Social Media Wall found HERE -- COMING SOON!


14U West Championships
15U West Championships
17U West Championships

Bat Guidelines:

  • 14U bat requirements will be any BBCOR -3 bat
  • 15U bat requirements will be any BBCOR -3 bat
  • 17U bat requirements will be any solid (one peice) wood bat and NFHS approved BBCOR wood barrel baseball bat

Approved bat list is reflected in the Washington State Approved bat list is reflected in the Washington State University: Sports Science Lab, NCAA and NFHS BBCOR Approved Baseball Bats

USA Baseball's 2017 Bat Guidelines


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Post event: to unsubscribe from text updates, please text OFF @USABChamps_West, to 40404 (no quotes, and please note USABCHAMPS_WEST is one word). You will then receive a confirmation text immediately after confirming you have unsubscribed.
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Media and Press:

If you are an accredited member of the press and wish to obtain a USA Baseball media credential, please fill out the Credential Request Form or email

Social Media:

Keep up to date on USA Baseball via social media on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

West Championships specific social media can be found on InstagramTwitter and on the USA Baseball Social Media Wall.

Live Scoring:

All games at the 2017 West Championships will be available through the GameChanger scoring app. Please click the below event link for the most up-to-date scores:

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 West Championships. Spectators are not permitted to bring telephoto or zoom camera lenses into Camelback Ranch, Goodyear Ballpark or Peoria Sports 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 advanced ticket sales for the National Team Championships - West. Ticket sales will be at the Team Store, located at the Peoria Sports Complex, starting June 16 for the 17U tournament, June 23 for the 15U tournament and July 1 for the 14U tournament. For the remainder of each tournament, tickets can be purchased on-site at all gates with cash or credit card. USA Baseball accepts Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover Card.

Ticket Prices:

  • Daily Pass: $10
  • Tournament Pass: $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 Arizona.

Re-Entry Policy:
Fans can re-enter either Cambelback Ranch, Goodyear Ballpark and the Peoria Sports Complex by showing their daily pass wristband or tournament pass.

Ticket Policy - Inclement Weather:

Weekly Pass: Patrons who have purchased a weekly pass at the start of the National Team Championships West will be readmitted into the original ballpark or new ballpark should a game be delayed/postponed and the patron decides to exit the ballpark. Should weather postpone an already started game, anyone with a weekly pass will be readmitted at no extra cost. If a game is cancelled due to weather and cannot be made up, there will be no daily refund of $10 given to those with a weekly pass. If the game is final (through the 5th, pending the home team has a chance, if needed, to bat in the bottom of the 4th) then there is no refund.

Daily Pass: Patrons who have purchased a daily pass/wristband for the day will need to comply with the following in the case of inclement weather affecting games:

  • If the game is final then there is no refunded for a daily pass.
  • If we postpone prior to the 5th inning (Top 1st to Bottom 4th, pending the home team is either tied or behind and needing their at-bats), we will have to pick the game back up where it left off, at the same or different location. At that point, those who bought a daily pass will need to cut their wristband, return it to the gate staff in exchange for $10.
  • If the game has been postponed prior to the start of the game and will have to be made up on a different day, all patrons will need to return to the gate and exchange their daily wristband for their $10.
  • If a game is canceled prior to the start of the game due to weather, patrons can receive a full refund of their $10.

Games are considered final if:

  • Weather or darkness interferes with play so that the game is called (ended) by the umpire
  • 5 full innings have been played, or if the home team has score an equal or greater number of runs in 4 or 4 and a fraction turns at bat than the visiting team has scored in 5 turns at bat
  • Play has gone beyond 5 full innings


National Team Announcement Dates

The final player selections for 2017 National Teams will be announced on the below dates:

Players who are selected will be contacted by the National Team's Director within 2 days following the release.


Event Information

Batting Cage Policy

Batting cages at the facilities are to be used on a first-come, first-serve basis at the Peoria Sports Complex and Goodyear Ballpark. Batting cages are not available for player use at Camelback Ranch.

The cages will become available once gates open. We ask that teams move quickly through the cages to ensure as many teams as possible are able to get swings in before their game.

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


USA Baseball's team store will be open during the entire event at the Peoria Sports Complex. 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:

The official West Championships program is produced by USA Baseball and will be available at the USA Baseball Team Store and the Peoria Sports Complex gates for $5.

Facility Information

Peoria Sports Complex
16101 North 83rd Avenue
Peoria, Arizona 85382
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Goodyear Ballpark
1933 South Ballpark Way
Goodyear, Arizona 85338
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Camelback Ranch
10710 West Camelback Road
Phoenix, Arizona 85037
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West Championships Field Maps


There is no cost for parking at Camelback Ranch, Goodyear Ballpark and the Peoria Sports Complex.

Prohibited Actions & Items at the facilities:

The following are prohibited at Camelback Ranch, Goodyear Ballpark and the Peoria Sports 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

Foul Balls:

Please be aware of foul balls at all times while at Camelback Ranch, Goodyear Ballpark and the Peoria Sports Complex. 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 bag search upon entering the facilities.


Concessions will be open for the duration of the event.

All prices are set by each respective facility.

Lost and Found:

Please check the USA Baseball Team Store at the Peoria Sports Complex, the White Sox and Dogers tower at Camelback Ranch or the Reds and Indians tower at Goodyear Ballpark.


A certified athletic trainer will be on site through 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
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Camelback Ranch
Dignity Health Saint Joseph's Westgate
7300 North 99th Avenue
Glendale, Arizona 85305
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Goodyear Ballpark
Abrazo West Campus
13677 West McDowell Road
Goodyear, Arizona 85395
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Event Partners

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
Chinook Seedery has a fresh take on the timeless, all-American tradition of eating sunflower seeds. Tastefully salted and uniquely flavored, Chinook's non-GMO verified seeds are better tasting and better for you. As a partner and healthy snack purveyor of USA Baseball, Chinook Seedery is proud to supply our nation's elite athletes with sunflower seeds that deliver powerful nutrition and amazing flavor. To learn more about Chinook, please visit
FungoMan, the Automated Baseball Pitching & Fielding Machine, provides accurate, repetitive, and timely practice for all players. This powerful and efficient practice machine allows coaches to be most effective by being next to players in the field while FungoMan executes precise and easy to run practice plans. This is achieved by FungoMan's ability to automatically throw any kind of ground ball, line drive, popup, fastball, curveball, or knuckleball, from 2 to over 400 feet, at speeds from 5 to over 100 mph, to precise places on the field or in the strike zone. These balls can be thrown as quickly as every 3 seconds, using an easy to use manual or wireless controller. This simple to use automated rep machine maximizes training, accelerates development, and ultimately transfers into championship players and teams at every level. Visit FungoMan for more information at
The Backspin Tee is an Edison Award Winning Invention that is Turning Baseball Upside Down. Line drives are hit over the infield, so you must hit the correct part of the ball to do so. Developed by a Professional Pitching Coach, The Backspin batting tee forces you to focus on the middle and bottom half of the baseball. The middle and bottom half of the baseball is the part professional pitchers don't want you to hit, because hitting that part of the baseball means backspin, which equals distance, and distance creates champions!


Pitch Smart:
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. serves as the program's online home and is accessible via and The site offers pitch count and rest recommendations, statistics on Tommy John surgery, risk factors, awareness tips, published research and videos from experts like Dr. James Andrews and USA Baseball's medical safety committee chairman, Dr. Glenn Fleisig. USA Baseball, the national governing body for amateur baseball, will use as a major resource to educate the amateur baseball community on pitcher safety.

USA Baseball has adopted these guidelines for the 2017 NHSI and all coaches, players, and staff will be required to adhere to these rules.

USA Baseball Online Education Center:
Supported by Major League Baseball, the USA Baseball Online Education Center is a new learning platform that emphasizes a culture of development, safety and fun within the sport through free online training courses and programs focused for players, parents, coaches, and umpires. USA Baseball Online Education aims to continue to enhance the game of baseball for all constituents through online educational courses.

Each of the educational courses are hosted by the most-esteemed professionals within the game. The current course offerings include The Confident Baseball Coach, hosted by Manager of the Chicago Cubs, Joe Maddon; Introduction to Pitch Smart, hosted by Hall of Fame pitcher, John Smoltz; Coaching the Fundamentals of Infield, hosted by Hall of Fame shortstop, Barry Larkin; Coaching the Pitching Delivery, hosted by Pitching Coach for the Cleveland Indians, Mickey Callaway; Baserunning Fundamentals, hosted by Manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers, Dave Roberts; and more.

The Online Education center is also home to USA Baseball's Sport Development Blog, The Amateur Resource Center, and the USA Baseball Mobile Coach Application, as well as many more features.

The online training center can be found at USABaseball.Education.

High School Coaches Education Courses:
As the national governing body for baseball in the United States, USA Baseball in partnership with the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS), has developed "Coaching Baseball," an online 1 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 are completely free of charge and can also be found at

In 2010, the 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 United States Olympic Committee (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 building strong self-images among the athlete participants, strives to promote good sportsmanship throughout the organization and encourages qualities of mutual respect, courtesy and tolerance.

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