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.
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14U West Championships
15U West Championships
17U West Championships
- 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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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.
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
Peoria Sports Complex
16101 North 83rd Avenue
Peoria, Arizona 85382
1933 South Ballpark Way
Goodyear, Arizona 85338
10710 West Camelback Road
Phoenix, Arizona 85037
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
- Animals except for service animals
- Alcoholic beverages
- Skateboards, rollerblades and scooters
- Umbrellas are limited to grass seating
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.
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
Dignity Health Saint Joseph's Westgate
7300 North 99th Avenue
Glendale, Arizona 85305
Abrazo West Campus
13677 West McDowell Road
Goodyear, Arizona 85395
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||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 FungoMan.com.
||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!
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.
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 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 PitchSmart.org 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 www.nfhslearn.com.
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.
For more information, log on to www.safesport.org