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Team USA to Kick-Start Olympic Qualifying in Arizona

January 31, 2020

MEXICO CITY -- The World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) announced the groups and the schedule for the Americas Baseball Olympic Qualifier on Thursday. The event will take place from March 22-27 at Surprise Stadium (Surprise, Ariz.) and Tempe Diable Stadium (Tempe, Ariz.).

Visit www.wbsc.org, the official tournament website, for more information. The website is available in six languages: English, French, Japanese, Korean, Spanish and Traditional Chinese.

Team USA is currently ranked No. 2 in the WBSC World Baseball Rankings and will look to join host-country Japan, Korea, Israel and Mexico in the six-team Olympic baseball tournament. The U.S. will open the tournament in Group A with the Dominican Republic, Nicaragua and Puerto Rico.

The top two teams from Group A and Group B will advance to the Super Round. The winner of the tournament will earn a spot in Tokyo 2020. The second and third place teams will advance to the WBSC Final Olympic Qualifier in Taiwan.

The opening round schedule for Team USA is as follows:

March 22: USA vs. Nicaragua (7 p.m. MT)
March 23: USA vs. Dominican Republic (7 p.m. MT)
March 24: USA vs. Puerto Rico (7 p.m. MT)

Stay tuned to USABaseball.com and follow @USABaseball on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for the most up-to-date information on the USA Baseball Professional National Team and Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games qualifying.

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Develops

USA Baseball to Host Coaches Clinics Online

The online clinics will occur on Saturday, April 4, and Wednesday, April 8
March 31, 2020

DURHAM, N.C. - USA Baseball announced today it will host two online Community Clinics in an effort to support coaches and parents currently enrolled in its Coaches Certification pathway. The free clinics will take place on Saturday, April 4, and Wednesday, April 8, from 12-3 p.m. ET. Registration for each clinic is now open with limited spots available on CoachClinics.org.

The Coaches Certification pathway is a free three-tiered program consisting of ascending levels: "A" Certification, "B" Certification and "C" Certification. All of the levels contain a series of courses that cover topics such as health and safety, creating a positive team environment, recognizing and responding to misconduct, practice planning, game management and skill-specific development.

This program requires the participation in a Community or Regional Clinic in order to obtain a "C" Certification. The clinics are typically held year-round at facilities nationwide in partnership with the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association and GameChanger, but will be hosted online for the first time ever in 2020. The clinics are run by veteran coaches from all levels of baseball in order to proliferate a culture of continuing education, development and mentorship.

Committed to co-host the online clinics are six coaches affiliated with MLB Clubs. Additionally, coaches from Campbell University, Duke University, Georgia Gwinnett College, Paris Junior College, Swarthmore College and the University of Central Florida will also participate in the clinic.

"USA Baseball is excited to virtually host two Community Clinics as we continue to support the amateur baseball community by delivering free quality educational resources directly to coaches," said USA Baseball Director of Coaching Development Andrew Bartman. "As we continue to embrace the unprecedented situation surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, we are proud to provide alternative solutions to the coaches who are enrolled in our Coaches Certification program so that they will be able to continue enhancing our game for the millions of children who play baseball in the United States."

Upon completion of the certification, coaches simultaneously satisfy the training requirements set forth by Senate Bill 534 (SB 534) and also begin the process of becoming Pure Baseball compliant. In November 2018, USA Baseball announced Pure Baseball, a zero-tolerance policy regarding abuse constructed in cooperation with SB 534 and the policies created by the U.S. Center for SafeSport. To concurrently become Pure Baseball compliant, coaches need only submit to and pass an annual background check, which can be done at USABDevelops.com through USA Baseball's service provider, JD Palatine.

For more information on the Coaches Certification program and to begin the courses required to complete certification, visit CoachClinics.org. In addition to this new program, all courses and resources for players, coaches, parents and umpires on USABDevelops.com are available at no cost to users and aim to provide a positive baseball experience for all.

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NHSI

USA Baseball to Stream Past NHSI Championship Games

March 28, 2020

Beginning on Wednesday, April 1, USA Baseball will re-air all eight of its previous National High School Invitational (NHSI) championship games across its social platforms on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. The replaying of past NHSI games continues the organization's dedication to the celebration and promotion of high school baseball in the United States.

 

The ninth edition of the annual NHSI tournament was scheduled to occur from April 1-4 before being cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. The 2020 NHSI will not be postponed to another date but will recommence in 2021.

Wednesday, April 1

1 p.m. ET: Mater Dei vs. Harvard-Westlake (2012)
6 p.m. ET: Mater Dei vs. Harvard-Westlake (2013)

Thursday, April 2

1 p.m. ET: The First Academy vs. Clovis (2014)
6 p.m. ET: San Clemente vs. College Park (2015)

Friday, April 3

1 p.m. ET: Huntington Beach vs. Chaminade Prep (2016)
6 p.m. ET: Orange Lutheran vs. Dana Hills (2017)

Saturday, April 4

1 p.m. ET: Orange Lutheran vs. Green Hope (2018)
6 p.m. ET: Orange Lutheran vs. Harvard-Westlake (2019)

The NHSI was designed to bring together 16 of the top prep teams in the country to compete against each other in what has become the premiere event on the high school baseball calendar. As no event currently brings in a level of talent from top to bottom that the NHSI promises, the eventual tournament champion earns the recognition as the top high school baseball team in the country as they head into their season.

Each year, the tournament is played at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina, and has featured 100 schools from 20 states across the country.

Since its inception, the NHSI has been a part of the journey for countless players who have gone on to become first-round draft picks and play in both Minor and Major League Baseball. Cody Bellinger, Max Fried, Joey Gallo and Austin Riley make up some of the top names to have gone on to play in the majors, as well as Jordyn Adams, Brady Aiken, Triston Casas and Brady Aiken, who, among others, went on to be first round draft picks.

Orange Lutheran High School (Orange, Calif.) was in search of its fourth consecutive NHSI title in 2020 and leads all schools in the U.S. with three championships. The Lancers have won its last 13 games at the event dating back to 2014 and holds a 15-4 all-time record.

Other past winners include Huntington Beach (Calif.), two-time champion Mater Dei (Calif.), San Clemente (Calif.) and The First Academy (Fla.), who is the lone team not from California to win the NHSI.

The NHSI Rewind can be viewed on @USABaseball, USA Baseball's Facebook and Periscope (Twitter) profiles, as well as its YouTube channel, @USABaseballTV.

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USA Baseball Coronavirus Updates

March 24, 2020

 Important Links

Centers for Disease Control COVID-19
United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee Coronavirus Updates


March 24, 2020

USA Baseball distributes communication to participants in the Futures Invitational (10U & 11U), Futures Series and the National Team Championships in Arizona, Florida and North Carolina. Read more:

Futures Invitational
Futures Series
National Team Championships


March 16, 2020

USA Baseball suspends all events until May 15 pursuant to guidelines provided by the Centers for Disease Control.


March 13, 2020

USA Baseball announced that the 2020 National High School Invitational (NHSI), the Futures Series in Melissa, Texas, and all USA Baseball Coaches Clinics and National Team Identification Series (NTIS) regional tryouts through April 15 have been cancelled or postponed amid concerns surrounding the rapid spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus) across the United States. READ


March 12, 2020

USA Baseball's executive offices in Durham, North Carolina, and its National Training Comlex in Cary, North Carolina, are closed until further notice. Currently, both locations are expected to be closed until at least April 10.

The World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC), in collaboration with event-host USA Baseball, announced the postponing of the WBSC Baseball Americas Qualifier for the Games of the XXXII Olympiad Tokyo 2020 due to player, personnel and spectator health and safety measures amid concerns surrounding the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. READ

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The Futures

Updates Regarding The Futures and the National Team Championships

March 24, 2020

Members of the USA Baseball staff held a conference call on Monday to discuss our collective concerns regarding the coronavirus pandemic and its effect on the Futures Invitational tournaments, Futures Series in Irvine, as well as all of our events, and we wanted to provide you an update:

2020 National Team Championships in Arizona

2020 National Team Championships in Florida

2020 National Team Championships in North Carolina

2020 Futures Invitational Update (10U and 11U)

2020 Futures Series Update (Irvine, Calif.)

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The Futures

A Letter Regarding the 2020 Futures Invitational and Futures Series Tournaments

March 24, 2020

Members of the USA Baseball staff held a conference call on Monday to discuss our collective concerns regarding the coronavirus pandemic and its effect on the Futures Invitational tournaments, Futures Series in Irvine, as well as all of our events, and we wanted to provide you an update:

2020 Futures Invitational Update (10U and 11U)

2020 Futures Series Update (Irvine, Calif.)

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The Futures

A Letter Regarding the 2020 Futures Series Tournaments

March 24, 2020

Futures Series Registered Teams,

Members of the USA Baseball staff held a conference call on Monday to discuss our collective concerns regarding the coronavirus pandemic and its effect on the Futures Series in Irvine, as well as all of our events, and we wanted to provide you an update.

As you may be aware, USA Baseball suspended all of its events until May 15 in cooperation with the guidelines set by the Centers for Disease Control, and we will continue to uphold that decision in order to protect the athletes and your staff.

We are continuing to monitor the guidelines by the CDC and the USOPC, and will evaluate the status of our programming, as well as all of its events, on a daily basis. As of this time, no decisions have been made about the Futures Series. All decisions will continue to be made with respect to the safety and well-being of all the participating athletes, coaches and fans.

We would like to be as diligent as possible and prepare for all potential scenarios surrounding the impact of the coronavirus on the Futures Series going forward and we, as an organization, have developed the following timeline for the event:

  • A final decision on the Futures Series in Irvine will be made on Wednesday, April 15th.
  • If the Futures Series does occur on schedule, final payments will still be due on Monday, May 4th.
  • If teams drop from the tournament before April 20th, they will receive a full refund of deposits and registration fees that have been made up to that date. Anything after April 20th will be non-refundable. The previous date for deposits becoming non-refundable was March 31st.
  • If the Futures Series does not occur, all teams will receive a full refund of deposits and registration fees.
  • If necessary, USA Baseball will begin to process and send all refund checks the week of April 20th.

 

We understand there are still a lot of unanswered questions and uncertainty moving forward, but we will continue to update everyone regularly to ensure all decisions are made in a timely manner. We very much appreciate your commitment to the organization and we will continue to champion the best possible course of action moving forward with consideration to the best interest of all parties involved.

If there is something that we did not touch on that you would like to discuss, please let us know. We will continue to keep in regular communication with you all as updates become available.

Thank you for your understanding and please stay safe!

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The Futures

A Letter Regarding the 2020 Futures Invitational Tournaments

March 24, 2020

Futures Invitational Registered Teams,

Members of the USA Baseball staff held a conference call on Monday to discuss our collective concerns regarding the coronavirus pandemic and its effect on the Futures Invitational tournaments (10U and 11U) in Cary, as well as all of our events, and we wanted to provide you an update.

As you may be aware, USA Baseball suspended all of its events until May 15 in cooperation with the guidelines set by the Centers for Disease Control, and we will continue to uphold that decision in order to protect the athletes and your staff.

We are continuing to monitor the guidelines by the CDC and the USOPC, and will evaluate the status of our programming, as well as all of its events, on a daily basis. As of this time, no decisions have been made about the Futures Invitational. All decisions will continue to be made with respect to the safety and well-being of all the participating athletes, coaches and fans.

We would like to be as diligent as possible and prepare for all potential scenarios surrounding the impact of the coronavirus on the Futures Invitational going forward and we, as an organization, have developed the following timeline for the event:

  • A final decision on the Futures Invitational tournaments (10U & 11U) will be made on Monday, May 4th.
  • If the Futures Invitational tournaments (10U and 11U) do occur on schedule, final payments will be due on Friday, May 18th. Previously, final payments were due on May 1st.
  • If teams drop from the tournament before May 18th, they will receive a full refund of deposits and registration fees that have been made up to that date. The previous date for deposits becoming non-refundable was March 1st.
  • If the Futures Invitational tournaments (10U and 11U) do not occur, all teams will receive a full refund of deposits and registration fees or event.
  • If necessary, USA Baseball will begin to process and send all refund checks the week of May 25th.

 

We understand there are still a lot of unanswered questions and uncertainty moving forward, but we will continue to update everyone regularly to ensure all decisions are made in a timely manner. We very much appreciate your commitment to the organization and we will continue to champion the best possible course of action moving forward with consideration to the best interest of all parties involved.

If there is something that we did not touch on that you would like to discuss, please let us know. We will continue to keep in regular communication with you all as updates become available.

Thank you for your understanding and please stay safe!

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Nat'l Team Champs

A Letter From USA Baseball Regarding National Team Championships

Final decision on National Team Championships will be made May 4
March 23, 2020

National Team Championships Registered Teams,

Members of the USA Baseball staff held a conference call on Monday to discuss our collective concerns regarding the coronavirus pandemic and its effect on the National Team Championships, as well as all of our events, and we wanted to provide you an update.

As you may be aware, USA Baseball suspended all of its events until May 15 in cooperation with the guidelines set by the Centers for Disease Control, and we will continue to uphold that decision in order to protect the athletes and your staff.

We are continuing to monitor the guidelines by the CDC and the USOPC, and will evaluate the status of our programming, as well as all of its events, on a daily basis. As of this time, no decisions have been made about the National Team Championships. All decisions will continue to be made with respect to the safety and well-being of all the participating athletes, coaches and fans.

We would like to be as diligent as possible and prepare for all potential scenarios surrounding the impact of the coronavirus on the National Team Championships going forward and we, as an organization, have developed the following timeline for the event:

1) A final decision on the National Team Championships (Arizona, Florida and North Carolina) will be made on Monday, May 4th.

2) If the National Team Championships do occur on schedule, final payments will be due on Friday, May 15th. Previously, final payments were due on May 1st.

3) Teams will be allowed to drop from the tournament until May 15th and receive a full refund of deposits and registration fees that have been made up to that date. Previously, those dates were March 30th (deposits) and May 1st (registration)

4) If the National Team Championships do not occur, all teams will have the option of a full refund of deposits and registration fees or applying these fees to guarantee their spot in the 2021 event. In addition, for teams who apply these fees to 2021, USA Baseball will provide a 10% discount on next year's tournament registration fee.

5) If necessary, USA Baseball will begin to process and send all refund checks the week of May 18th.

We understand there are still a lot of unanswered questions and uncertainty moving forward, but we will continue to update everyone regularly to ensure all decisions are made in a timely manner. We very much appreciate your commitment to the organization and we will continue to champion the best possible course of action moving forward with consideration to the best interest of all parties involved.

If there is something that we did not touch on that you would like to discuss, please let us know. We will continue to keep in regular communication with you all as updates become available.

Thank you for your understanding and please stay safe!

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Pro Team

Americas Olympic Baseball Qualifier Postponed

Dates for the rescheduled Americas Qualifier will be announced at a later time
March 12, 2020

CARY, N.C. - The World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC), in collaboration with event-host USA Baseball, today announced the postponing of the WBSC Baseball Americas Qualifier for the Games of the XXXII Olympiad Tokyo 2020 due to player, personnel and spectator health and safety measures amid concerns surrounding the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic.

Dates for the rescheduled Baseball Americas Qualifier in Arizona will be announced at a later time.

The Americas qualifier was set to take place in Surprise and Tempe, Arizona, from March 22-26. After consulting with governmental and medical authorities, as well as following the guidelines set forth by the World Health Organization (WHO), the WBSC and the Local Organizing Committee (USA Baseball) jointly decided to postpone the event.

"The health and safety of our athletes, coaches, staff and fans remain the top priority of USA Baseball, and we applaud the international federation's shared commitment to the overall well-being of athletes globally," said Paul Seiler, USA Baseball Executive Director/CEO. "We will continue to collaborate with the World Baseball Softball Confederation in order to deliver a world-class international baseball event in the future. Additionally, our staff will continue working diligently with our coaches, scouts and Major League Baseball in preparation for this tournament, as we remain dedicated to our goal of representing the United States at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games."

The eight national teams set to compete in the WBSC Baseball Americas Qualifier include host-country USA, Canada, Colombia, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, Puerto Rico and Venezuela.

The winner from the WBSC Baseball Americas Qualifier will earn a berth into the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, while the second- and third-place finishers will have a second chance to qualify for Tokyo 2020 at the Final Qualifier in Taichung and Douliu, Taiwan, which has been rescheduled from April 1-5 to June 17-21.

The winner of the Final Qualifier will earn the sixth and final berth into the Tokyo 2020 Olympic baseball tournament.

Four nations have already qualified for baseball at the 2020 Olympics: host Japan, Israel, Korea and Mexico.

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NHSI

USA Baseball Cancels 2020 National High School Invitational

All USA Baseball events through April 15 have been cancelled or postponed
March 12, 2020

Centers for Disease Control: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

DURHAM, N.C. - USA Baseball announced today that the 2020 National High School Invitational (NHSI), the Futures Series in Melissa, Texas, and all USA Baseball Coaches Clinics and National Team Identification Series (NTIS) regional tryouts through April 15 have been cancelled or postponed amid concerns surrounding the rapid spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus) across the United States.

"We have been working closely with the USA Baseball Medical Safety Committee, as well as monitoring the guidelines and recommendations of the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), to acquire the latest information on this global situation. Given that, and in an effort to protect the health and safety of all those involved, we have decided to cancel the 2020 National High School Invitational, as well as all USA Baseball events through April 15," said Paul Seiler, USA Baseball's Executive Director and CEO. "We are disappointed that we will not be able to hold these tournaments and tryouts, but our top priority continues to be the health and safety of the athletes, fans, parents, coaches and administrators who travel from around the entire country for these events."

The ninth edition of the annual NHSI tournament was scheduled to occur from April 1-4 at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina. The Futures Series was to be held from April 17-19 at the Melissa Sports Complex in Melissa, Texas, while the Coaches Clinics and NTIS tryouts were set to take place throughout six regions in the U.S.

The NHSI will not be postponed to another date in 2020 but will recommence in 2021, and the Futures Series in Melissa, Texas, will also not be rescheduled in 2020.

USA Baseball will continue to closely monitor the ongoing situation regarding the COVID-19 pandemic and diligently evaluate the status of its events scheduled to take place after April 15. All decisions will be made in as timely of a manner as possible with respect to the safety and well-being of all the participating athletes, coaches and fans.

Further information on possible new dates for the NTIS regional tryouts and all additional Coaches Clinics will be announced at a later time.

For more information on the NHSI, Futures Series, Coaches Clinics or the NTIS, visit USABaseball.com.

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