The USA Baseball 10U Futures Invitational is an elite youth championship event, exclusively reserved for top 10-and-under teams and athletes. The four-day, championship tournament will feature some of the top youth talent in the country and will be hosted at the USA Baseball National Training Complex, the official training site of Team USA and adjoining Thomas Brooks Park in Cary, North Carolina.
Teams at the Futures Invitational will have the opportunity to interact with the nation's best collegiate talent (Collegiate National Team) who will also be working out at the National Training Complex. This unique opportunity will also include unprecedented access to national team coaches and staff throughout the tournament.
Please click here to view the event schedule.
Schedules will be updated daily on the USA Baseball Futures Invitational information page. Also, follow @USABaseball12U on Twitter, for updates.
Please review the 2017 USA Baseball Futures Invitational Rules.
Additionally, please review the 2017 Futures Invitational Pitcher Use Limitations.
Admission to Thomas Brooks Park and the Futures Invitational will be free of charge.
There will, however, be gate fees at the USA Baseball National Training Complex for the Collegiate National Team games. All Futures Invitational players and coaches will be given a USA Baseball credential which will allow entrance into the National Training Complex free of charge. Family and other guests in attendance with Futures Invitational participants will be able to pick up a complimentary credential at the entrance gates of Thomas Brooks Park (while supplies last) that will allow them admission into the National Training Complex should they choose to go over to that side of the park.
Gates at Thomas Brooks Park will open one hour prior to the first scheduled game time on any given day.
Event programs will be available at the entrance gates of Thomas Brooks Park free of charge while supplies last.
On Saturday, June 24, players will take individual and team photos at Bill Coleman Field of the National Training Complex. Following the event, players and coaches will receive these photos at no charge via email. The email will contain a link where players are able to download the pictures.
Additionally, throughout the event there will be professional photographers taking action photos. These photos will be available for purchase on USABaseballPhotos.com following the event. Players and families wishing to look through the photos will need to use the password "FS" in order to access the gallery on USABaseballPhotos.com.
All games at the Futures Invitational will be available through the GameChanger scoring app (Apple and Android). Links will be available on USABaseball.com.
Media and Press:
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Cameras & Video Equipment:
USA Baseball has also adopted the following policy regarding camera lenses (including telephoto and zoom lenses) for any of the organization's events. Spectators are not permitted to bring telephoto or zoom camera lenses into the Futures Invitational venue. Cameras may be brought in to the venues 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.
Thomas Brooks Park is located at:
9008 Green Level Church Road
Cary, NC 27519
There is no cost for parking at Thomas Brooks Park or the USA Baseball National Training Complex.
Prohibited actions and items at both Thomas Brooks Park and the USA Baseball National Training Complex are as follows:
- Outside food or drink is prohibited
- Smoking is prohibited
- Animals are not permitted except for service animals
- Weapons of any kind are prohibited
- Alcoholic beverages are prohibited
Please be aware of foul balls at all times.
All bags are subject to a bag search upon entering Thomas Brooks Park or the USA Baseball National Training Complex.
At Thomas Brooks Park and the USA Baseball National Training Complex there will be concession available. Therefore, outside food, beverages and coolers will not be permitted.
Lost and Found:
The tower at Thomas Brooks Park will serve as the lost and found for the event.
A certified athletic trainer will be on-site at the Futures Invitational throughout the entire event.
USA Baseball has a Team Store on site at the USA Baseball National Training 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.
ADDITIONAL USA BASEBALL INFORMATION:
||Gatorade: Athletes will have access to Gatorade Thirst Quencher in the dugouts of each game during the Futures Invitational 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.Gatorade.com.
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.
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 Play Sun Smart program can be found here. The site offers information about skin cancer, community programs and events, ways to get involved, and free resources. 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.
Coaches Education Program:
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 and launched "Coaching Baseball," the latest online sport-specific course in its Coaches Education Program. The course is now available online at www.nfhslearn.com. USA Baseball is recommending that all coaches participating in its events use the course as a resource to improve their skills. Course completion is strongly recommended for all USA Baseball events.
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 are free of charge and can be found at www.nfhslearn.com.
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, log on to www.safesport.org.
Amateur Resource Center:
The Amateur Resource Center (The ARC) is home to USA Baseball's educational resources for coaches, umpires, parents, and players. Other resources offered through The ARC include online education courses, health and safety articles, support programs and championship principles.
The ARC features the following:
- Online Education courses hosted on the Online Education Center focused on various aspects of the game of baseball
- The USA Baseball Mobile Coach application as an on-the-go practice planning tool for coaches at any level
- A variety of health and safety resources that offer advice on best practices for baseball related health and safety concerns
For more information, please visit www.USABaseball.com/arc.