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How to Become a USA Baseball Coach - Part One: The Handshake

July 31, 2020
You go to a USA Baseball national team identification event. You play your best. You get noticed. You get invited to the chance of a lifetime: An opportunity to represent your country as a player on the USA Baseball national team.That's the common path for a player.But what about the
You go to a USA Baseball national team identification event. You play your best. You get noticed. You get invited to the chance of a lifetime: An opportunity to represent your country as a player on the USA Baseball national team.
That's the common path for a player.
But what about the coaches for the USA Baseball national teams? A coach cannot go 8-for-19 with three home runs over the course of a weekend tournament. So, what do they do? What is their path? How do you become a coach for USA Baseball?
It is a question we get asked a lot.
The answer: Honestly, there is no "path" for the best coaches in the country to carefully weave through, marking off accomplishments from a cultivated list in order to get closer to their coaching dreams. The answer is more complex than that. There are any number of ways someone with the right heart, attitude and abilities can end up wearing U-S-A across their chest and, hopefully, a gold medal around their neck.
For proof of this, look no further than the 2018 15U World Cup champion coaching staff. Four men with wildly different paths to our coaching ranks found themselves all sharing a medal stand in Panama.
The Handshake: Manager Jason Maxwell
Jason Maxwell played professional baseball for 12 years, started a high school program from scratch in Tennessee, and went on to lead Team USA to their first-ever U-15 Baseball World Cup title. But how did Maxwell get his start with USA Baseball? From the way he tells it: A handshake.
"You never know what a handshake will mean down the road." This is a philosophy Jason lives by and instills in his two sons. And it is a philosophy that set Jason on a path to what he calls his 'number one without a doubt' personal achievement in the game of baseball.
The handshake in this instance was with Jan Weisberg. Jan is the head coach of a college program that was recruiting one of Jason's high school players back in 2013. That college program was Birmingham-Southern, which was also the alma mater of Brooks Webb, former Senior Director of Baseball Operations at USA Baseball.
One day, Brooks called his former college manager asking if he knew of any coaches that showed the heart and ability to join the newest crop of USA Baseball coaches.
Jan sent him to Jason Maxwell.
Jason started his USA Baseball coaching career where most coaches do, working as a member of the task force at the National Team Championships and the National Team Identification Series. Hundreds of kids packed into ballparks across the country, all with the same goal as each other, all with the same goal as Jason Maxwell: A chance to represent the United States of America.
His passion for the game and his drive to help these young athletes reach their potential was obvious to everyone around him. Jason was suddenly at any event USA Baseball needed an extra hand.
After three short years, he was named to his first national team staff, and traveled to Japan as an assistant coach with the 2016 15U National Team. The team placed third in the tournament. But Jason left wanting more.
In 2017 Jason was named the field manager for the 14U National Team Development Program (NTDP). A group of young players stacked with talent. Enough to have a chance at history, to be the first team in U.S. history to bring home the U-15 World Cup championship the following year.
Over the next two summers, Jason led that group of young athletes, helped them develop and earned their trust. And in 2018, history was made.
"When you are standing in another country with a gold medal around your neck, and the national anthem starts to play," Jason remembered. "There is nothing like it."
From a handshake, to a phone call, to a gold medal.
Now if this sounds like fate, and something impossible for an everyday coach, that is not the case. Yes, Jason played big league baseball, but Jason was the head coach of a team coming off a 13-16 record when he received that phone call. A moment in which his first instinct was 'Just let it ring. We aren't going to be in the National High School Invitational' when he saw that his caller ID read "USA Baseball." 
But the call was for him. Because his passion, drive and ability were obvious to anyone around him. Obvious to Jan Weisberg, then obvious to Brooks Webb and eventually obvious to new Senior Director of Baseball Operations at USA Baseball, Ashley Bratcher, who served as the program director for the world championship 15U National Team in 2018.
"Jason epitomizes the character, leadership and personal qualities we look for to be a USA Baseball national team coach," said Bratcher. "In every facet of his life, both personal and professional, he does everything the right way and is a perfect representation of our game, our organization and our country.
"Without a doubt, he was truly an obvious and deserving choice to lead a USA Baseball national team and it was an honor to witness his direct impact on our athletes and his fellow coaches on the 2018 squad. It surprised nobody whom has ever had the privilege of working with him that he led our 15U National Team to unprecedented heights, winning its first-ever world championship title."
Every coach makes connections every day. And you never know what a handshake will mean down the road. And you'll never know when the right impression on the right person might lead to glory.
Jason Maxwell's story is the first of a four-part series on "How to Become a USA Baseball Coach." The remaining three stories of the series will be released on USABaseball.com and @USABaseball on Facebook, Instgram and Twitter.
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How to Become a USA Baseball Coach - Part Four: The Career Coach

August 21, 2020
You go to a USA Baseball national team identification event. You play your best. You get noticed. You get invited to the chance of a lifetime: An opportunity to represent your country as a player on the USA Baseball national team. That's the common path for a player. But what

You go to a USA Baseball national team identification event. You play your best. You get noticed. You get invited to the chance of a lifetime: An opportunity to represent your country as a player on the USA Baseball national team.

That's the common path for a player.

But what about the coaches for the USA Baseball national teams? A coach cannot go 8-for-19 with three home runs over the course of a weekend tournament. So, what do they do? What is their path? How do you become a coach for USA Baseball?

It is a question we get asked a lot.

The answer: Honestly, there is no "path" for the best coaches in the country to carefully weave through, marking off accomplishments from a cultivated list in order to get closer to their coaching dreams. The answer is more complex than that. There are any number of ways someone with the right heart, attitude and abilities can end up wearing U-S-A across their chest and, hopefully, a gold medal around their neck.

For proof of this, look no further than the 2018 15U World Cup champion coaching staff. Four men with wildly different paths to our coaching ranks found themselves all sharing a medal stand in Panama.

The Career Coach: Pitching Coach Adam Moseley

Adam Moseley is the head baseball coach at Hoover High School (Hoover, Ala.). As of 2020 he has been leading a big-time high school baseball program for thirteen years, spending the last six at Hoover. But his path to becoming a decorated head coach was set much earlier in life.

A pitcher by trade, Adam played baseball at Birmingham Southern College. But the on-field opportunity wasn't the main factor that drew him to the NAIA school; it was a coach.

"I knew I wanted to coach when I was in high school," Adam remembered. "It actually affected where I went to college. I wanted to play for someone who really taught the game."

That someone was Coach Brian Shoop. Shoop built a program at Birmingham Southern, turning the small school into an NAIA national champion and eventually an NCAA Division I conference champion and NCAA tournament threat.

Moseley studied under Shoop both as a player and ex-player, returning to camps to help out his mentor. He wanted to one day build his own program into a winner the same way Shoop had.

"We talked coaching all the time," Adam remembered of his time as a collegiate player. "He has been a constant source for me."

After graduating from Birmingham Southern in 1998, Adam started coaching high school baseball while taking graduate school classes. After grad school he began teaching and kept coaching before he eventually got a call from his hometown school, Grissom High School.

Adam would join Grissom as an assistant coach for three years before he took over the program. He led the Tigers for eight years and took the school to new heights, reaching the Alabama state quarterfinals four times in five years and an overall record of 224-153.

In 2014, Adam was hired to be the new head coach at Hoover High School. That same year, he was contacted by then USA Baseball Director of Baseball Operations Brooks Webb.

Why was Adam Moseley on USA Baseball's radar? He was an up-and-coming coach with drive and passion for the game, he already owned a track record of success in a major high school setting and was vouched for by a current USA Baseball coach, David Sharp. He checked all the boxes.

Moseley's insight to USA Baseball came from his relationship with David Sharp, the head coach of another big-time Alabama baseball program: Huntsville High School (Huntsville, Ala.). Sharp had helped with several USA Baseball identification events for the 12U National Team and shared his experiences with Moseley, and also recommended the career coach to USA Baseball.

"Brooks Webb called me and asked if I was interested [in working with USA Baseball]," Moseley remembered. "And I said yes, but I'd be a whole lot more comfortable if the pitchers were 60 feet, six inches away from the plate and the base paths were 90 feet apart."

Luckily, Webb was calling to fill a need at the National Team Championships in Florida, specifically with the 14U and 17U tournaments. Adam admits his first experience at a USA Baseball event was "a little overwhelming" due to the pressure of helping select a national team and the 14-hour days in hot and humid southern Florida. But, once he got settled in, it was "non-stop watching good baseball and learning."

Even though he wasn't coaching, Adam was determined to work as hard as he could at this new opportunity. His goal was to provide the best information possible, and let his dedication and drive show through his work.

He loved it, but it wasn't coaching. And Adam Moseley is a coach. He had known that since he was in high school.

The following year, even though it wasn't coaching, Adam once again returned to the National Team Championships event in Florida to give his time and expertise to USA Baseball and young players from across the country. And it was then that he was asked to lend his services to the 14U National Team Development Program.

"I thought the National Team Development Program was the coolest thing ever," said Moseley. At the National Team Development Program he was back where he felt most at home, back on the field coaching some of the most talented kids in the country. This is where he belonged.

Being back on the field and spending time with these players was something Adam took to heart. "I was there to coach pitchers, but I was there to coach them about life as well," he said.

Adam continued to coach USA Baseball players about pitching and life and "The USA Way" at any event he was asked to attend. And in 2017 he was named head pitching coordinator for the 14U National Team Development Program.

"You look around at these players and you think, well they are going to win a world championship next year," Moseley said. He didn't know it at the time, but he would be right there with them when they did. It was the plan all along.

"It was clear during the 14U National Team Development Program that Adam was meticulous and organized when it came to pitchers," said Ashley Bratcher, USA Baseball Senior Director of Baseball Operations and the 15U National Team program director. "He knew every detail about each player on the field and he created a thorough and development plan for all of them.

"Making him the pitching coach on the 15U National Team in 2018 was one of our easier decisions. He displayed an appreciation to the game, to his craft as a pitcher and to developing the athletes that told us he was the right guy to for the job. It is not an easy task to lead a pitching staff at a World Cup, especially when you were still searching for your first world title, and his experience and dedication to competing that helped lead our program to new heights."

The pitching staff he led in the 2018 U-15 Baseball World Cup posted a combined 1.24 ERA in the nine-game tournament. They outscored their opponents 88-13 on their way to winning the first U-15 Baseball World Cup in USA Baseball history. Adam Moseley returned home from the first international trip of his life with a gold medal.

That gold medal came just one year after he led the Buccaneers to an Alabama State Championship in 2017. It's safe to say the high school player looking at colleges knew exactly what he was meant to do with his life. He chose the right path and USA Baseball is thankful for it.

Adam Moseley's story is the fourth and final story of a four-part series on "How to Become a USA Baseball Coach." The remaining three stories of the series can be found on USABaseball.com.

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How to Become a USA Baseball Coach - Part Three: Unfinished Business

August 14, 2020
You go to a USA Baseball national team identification event. You play your best. You get noticed. You get invited to the chance of a lifetime: An opportunity to represent your country as a player on the USA Baseball national team.That's the common path for a player.But what about the
You go to a USA Baseball national team identification event. You play your best. You get noticed. You get invited to the chance of a lifetime: An opportunity to represent your country as a player on the USA Baseball national team.
That's the common path for a player.
But what about the coaches for the USA Baseball national teams? A coach cannot go 8-for-19 with three home runs over the course of a weekend tournament. So, what do they do? What is their path? How do you become a coach for USA Baseball?
It is a question we get asked a lot.
The answer: Honestly, there is no "path" for the best coaches in the country to carefully weave through, marking off accomplishments from a cultivated list in order to get closer to their coaching dreams. The answer is more complex than that. There are any number of ways someone with the right heart, attitude and abilities can end up wearing U-S-A across their chest and, hopefully, a gold medal around their neck.
For proof of this, look no further than the 2018 15U World Cup champion coaching staff. Four men with wildly different paths to our coaching ranks found themselves all sharing a medal stand in Panama.
The Alum With Unfinished Business: Assistant Coach Manny Crespo
In 1984, USA Baseball won silver at the Los Angeles Olympic Games and that team was led by a southern California native, Mark McGwire. In 1984, Manny Crespo was five years old. He still remembers the baseball card of a young Mark McGwire sporting a USA-branded hat and jersey that put USA Baseball into the consciousness of young Manny and many others.
Nine years later, a then 14-year-old Manny was invited to try out for Team USA, just like the athletes he watched on the field during the Olympics in L.A., but fate would not favor Manny during his first tryout.
"A couple days into Trials, I caught a line drive off my leg, and that pretty much eliminated me for that year," Manny remembered. "But I got another shot. And in 1997 I made the team."
He was drafted in the 12th round of the 1997 MLB Draft after his senior season at Westminster Christian, but elected to forego his immediate professional opportunity to instead attend the University of Miami.
In the Fall of 1997, Manny was selected to the 18U National Team. He played in five of the six games at the Junior World Championships, where he batted .365 and hit a pair of home runs. But, the team had to settle for a bronze medal.
The following school year, Manny headed to campus to play for the University of Miami where he enjoyed a decorated career where he was Freshman of the Year and a two-time All-American. And in 1999, he achieved another career milestone as the Hurricanes won the College World Series. Manny was named to the All-Tournament Team.
But the College World Series celebration was short-lived, because the next morning Manny was on a plane to join his new teammates on the 1999 Collegiate National Team.
Another year, a new team, similar results for Manny. He batted .320 with a pair of homers over 17 games with Team USA. But with no World Cup that season, a gold medal still eluded him.
1999 would be Manny's last season representing USA Baseball on the field as a player, but, according to Manny, "Once you're a USA guy, you're always a USA guy."
Over the next ten years, life happened to Manny Crespo. After a few minor league seasons, he left the game of baseball and became a teacher. Baseball was no longer a part of his professional life, until 2009 when another Hurricanes baseball alum asked Manny to help out coaching baseball at Gulliver Prep.
That Gulliver Prep head coach was Javy Rodriguez, and Manny joined his staff as an assistant. But Javy had a side gig as well. He had been working on the task force at the USA Baseball National Team Championships for a few years.
By 2014, Manny had been coaching alongside Javy for five years, all the while hearing stories of the talent he had seen while coaching at USA Baseball events. Already familiar with the organization, Manny decided he wanted an opportunity to return USA Baseball, and give back some of the lessons he learned, so he joined Javy to help out at the National Team Championships in 2014.
"I never won gold as a player, so in the back of my mind I think it was always there. I always wanted to come back. And I was happy to give back to an organization that provided so much for me," said Manny.
Back in the fold with USA Baseball, Manny was hooked again.
After helping out at the National Team Championships, Manny made it clear he wanted to help with any event or team that his help was needed. Over the next couple of years, he returned to the National Team Championships and also helped out at the National Team Identification Series (NTIS).
His next step up the ladder came in 2016 when USA Baseball Senior Director of Baseball Operations Ashley Bratcher needed an extra coach at the Women's National Team Trials, preferably one with catching experience.
Manny was the fit.
"Having been a player himself, Manny knew what it took to play for Team USA and the honor associated with getting to wear the uniform," recalled Bratcher "He is as passionate about the experience as anyone. He wanted to help players not just realize their dream of playing for Team USA, but to see them win for their country.
"He didn't care if they were women, 15-year-olds or professional athletes."
"That experience…" Manny said. "I would recommend it to anybody."
Getting on the field and coaching this group of women as they worked to get selected to the USA Baseball Women's National Team put Manny in an even smaller tier of coaches aiming to be a USA Baseball coach. He was on the short list of possible national team coaches and his willingness to coach any age group and any team only increased his odds to put that USA jersey on again and go for the gold medal he just missed out on as a player.
In preparation for the 2017 USA Baseball season, the baseball operations staff was putting together collections of coaches that made sense for each age group. The 14U National Team Development Program prospects looked to be immensely talented, good enough to challenge for a first World Cup title for the 15U National Team the following year.
So, who would be given the reigns to help groom these boys at age 14 towards a possible World Cup showing the following year? Manny Crespo was one of those coaches selected to coach at the 14U NTDP that season.
"Manny is a player's coach, it is as simple as that. He brings an successful baseball background to the field that athletes of any age can relate to. His selection to that coaching staff was a no-brainer," said Bratcher.
Throughout that 2017 14U NTDP, relationships were built with his fellow coaches, trust was established and players' talents flourished. And heading into the 2018 season and the U-15 Baseball World Cup, Manny was ultimately one of four coaches selected to lead the 15U National Team and go to Panama, once again putting him in the grasp of winning a gold medal.
"I was in Panama, the birthplace of my mother, playing against Panama for the World Championship," Manny remembered. "That's when it got surreal."
The 15U National Team in 2018 had a motto: Leave no doubt. And the team did just that. The team outscored their opponents 88-13 over nine games, bringing the WBSC U-15 Baseball World Cup championship to the United States for the first time in history.
It was the gold medal-dream finally realized for Manny Crespo. A gold medal-dream that he was able to share with his fellow coaches and with a group of kids still beginning their baseball careers.
Manny Crespo's story is the third of a four-part series on "How to Become a USA Baseball Coach." The final story of the series will be released on USABaseball.com and @USABaseball on Facebook, Instgram and Twitter.
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How to Become a USA Baseball Coach - Part Two: The Scorekeeper

August 7, 2020
You go to a USA Baseball national team identification event. You play your best. You get noticed. You get invited to the chance of a lifetime: An opportunity to represent your country as a player on the USA Baseball national team.That's the common path for a player.But what about the
You go to a USA Baseball national team identification event. You play your best. You get noticed. You get invited to the chance of a lifetime: An opportunity to represent your country as a player on the USA Baseball national team.
That's the common path for a player.
But what about the coaches for the USA Baseball national teams? A coach cannot go 8-for-19 with three home runs over the course of a weekend tournament. So, what do they do? What is their path? How do you become a coach for USA Baseball?
It is a question we get asked a lot.
The answer: Honestly, there is no "path" for the best coaches in the country to carefully weave through, marking off accomplishments from a cultivated list in order to get closer to their coaching dreams. The answer is more complex than that. There are any number of ways someone with the right heart, attitude and abilities can end up wearing U-S-A across their chest and, hopefully, a gold medal around their neck.
For proof of this, look no further than the 2018 15U World Cup champion coaching staff. Four men with wildly different paths to our coaching ranks found themselves all sharing a medal stand in Panama.
The Scorekeeper: Assistant Coach Troy Gerlach
Troy Gerlach is the head baseball coach at Chaparral High School in Scottsdale, Arizona. Before that, he held the same position at Arcadia High School in Phoenix. Being around the game his entire life, Troy was drawn to USA Baseball and what it represented as the leading youth baseball federation in the country and the world. He needed to be a part of it, and he'd be honored to help in any way possible. Literally.
In 2012, USA Baseball needed a scorekeeper at the National Team Championships in Arizona. For Troy, living and coaching close by, it seemed like an easy fit.
Troy was an astute scorekeeper, keeping track of players that impressed him and putting down hand written notes on a separate sheet of paper. He wanted to have information at the ready in case any scouts came by asking for his input. So he wrote down pop times and velocity numbers that stood out among all these players fighting for the opportunity to play for a national team.
And those scouts did come by, asking Troy if any players caught his eye throughout the day that started at 7:00 a.m. and featured 110-degree heat beating down from the Arizona sun.
"I had this stuff all written down. Guys would look at it and I think just having that info down and knowing that I was putting in that effort, when I told them 'Hey there is this guy over here, he looks pretty good,' I think they trusted that I did know what I was talking about and they would go check him out."
The scouting bug had caught Troy, and he wanted to help in an even more direct way. One day, atop the field tower, Senior Director of Baseball Operations Ashley Bratcher was talking to Troy about what he had seen that week. During the conversation, Troy told Ashley he was honored to do anything USA Baseball wanted him to do, but if there was ever an opportunity to do more, to scout one of the tournaments, he would love a shot.
"Troy expressed to me that he would like to help out with scouting or be on a task force if there was ever an opportunity. So, the last week of the tournament, something happened with one of the guys who was supposed to scout that week and so we had an opening. I asked Troy if he wanted to do it," Bratcher remembered.
For one tournament, Troy had graduated from scorekeeper to scout. A tournament of 14-year-old ball players working to be seen by the right scout, to get invited to that next step, to have a chance to put on a jersey that read U-S-A across the front. And as one of those scouts, Troy had a similar opportunity.
"I think I wrote every single thing down that week. I was in panic mode. I didn't want to screw this up," said Troy.
At these tournaments, each scout on the USA Baseball task force handles one field per day. Watching four games each day, scouting all eight teams at once. At the end of the day, the four members of the task force get together with national team coaches and USA Baseball personnel to discuss their day's worth of findings.
"The other guys said he did a great job and that he was fully committed, so the next year, instead of hiring him as a scorekeeper, we hired him back as a scout," said Bratcher.
A week of scouting turned into a year of scouting, which turned into years of scouting. From National Team Championships to National Team Identification Series (NTIS) to National Team Development Programs (NTDP) to National Team Trials, Troy kept up with the grind and never lost passion for the gig, the players, and the ultimate goal of winning a World Cup.
And then in 2017, Troy was asked to be on the staff for the 14U NTDP. Also working the NTDP that year, Jason Maxwell, who would go on to be named the manager of the 2018 15U National Team.
"The relationships we built in that 14U National Team Development Program year, those relationships played a huge role in winning the World Cup," Maxwell said of the two-year process. And those relationships went from coach to player, player to player, and coach to coach. "When Ashley had asked me to be the manager for the World Cup team, she asked who I wanted to be the coaches, and the three coaches we took came from that National Team Development Program."
Passion. Hard work. Selflessness. Relationships. These things are invaluable to a coach on a journey to becoming a representative of USA Baseball, and all are attainable for anyone that has that dream. Doesn't matter if you are a former big leaguer, or a former scorekeeper.
Troy Gerlach's story is the second of a four-part series on "How to Become a USA Baseball Coach." The remaining two stories of the series will be released on USABaseball.com and @USABaseball on Facebook, Instgram and Twitter.
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USA Baseball Modifies On-Field Programming Schedule

All events continue to be subject to cancellation or postponement
May 18, 2020
CARY, N.C. - USA Baseball announced today a modified schedule of events for its 2020 summer season due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Created in adherence to the regulations set forth by the appropriate federal, state and local governments, the updated schedule is tentatively set to begin with
CARY, N.C. - USA Baseball announced today a modified schedule of events for its 2020 summer season due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Created in adherence to the regulations set forth by the appropriate federal, state and local governments, the updated schedule is tentatively set to begin with the 14U Cup from July 24-26 at the National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina.
All of these events continue to be subject to cancellation or postponement based on the future state of the evolving coronavirus situation. The organization will monitor the guidelines set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee (USOPC), as well as consult its Medical/Safety Advisory Committee in order to evaluate the status of its upcoming tournaments.
All further decisions will be made in as timely a manner as possible with respect to the safety and well-being of all the participating athletes, coaches and fans. If these tournaments run as scheduled, teams and fans will be required to follow a series of return to play guidelines developed by USA Baseball. These guidelines will be shared with all participants within an appropriate timeframe leading up to the event.
"As the national governing body for baseball in the United States, we feel it is in the best interest of the thousands of baseball athletes in our country to postpone our return to the field due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic," said USA Baseball Executive Director/CEO Paul Seiler. "We share in the longing for baseball's return, but we believe it is prudent to continue assessing the situation and finalizing a course of action that prioritizes the overall health and safety of our participants and their families in light of the continued transmission of this disease.
"This schedule was structured in an effort to secure as many opportunities as possible for athletes who hope to one day play for Team USA. We will remain steadfast in our commitment to this charge; however, we will continue to evaluate the situation on a daily basis and monitor the guidelines set forth by the CDC and the USOPC in case additional modifications need to be made."
The following events have been tentatively rescheduled on the 2020 calendar:
• 17U National Team Championships North Carolina (July 27-30)
• 14U and 15U National Team Championships Arizona (July 27-30)
• 16U and 17U National Team Championships Arizona (July 31-August 3)
• 15U National Team Championships North Carolina (August 4-9)
• 10U Futures Invitational (August 6-9)
• 16U National Team Championships North Carolina (August 11-16)
• 11U, 12U, 13U and 14U NTIS Champions Cup (August 19-23)
• 15U and 16U NTIS Champions Cup (August 26-30)
The following events and national team programming have been cancelled:
• 11U Futures Invitational
• 13U/14U Athlete Development Program (ADP)
• 16U/17U National Team Development Program (NTDP)
• National Team Championships Florida
The 14U Cup (July 24-26) and 11U/13U Futures Series Irvine (August 28-30) are set to take place as originally scheduled.
Additionally, USA Baseball continues to work closely with the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) with respect to the international baseball calendar. To date, the WBSC has postponed the Americas Baseball Olympic Qualifier, U-15 Baseball World Cup and the Women's Baseball World Cup until further notice. The U-12 Baseball World Cup Americas Qualifier has also been postponed but will not take place this year.
"USA Baseball fully supports the WBSC and its decision to indefinitely postpone the events on the baseball calendar in an effort to protect our national team athletes at this time," continued Seiler. "When the time comes for Team USA to return to the field, we will be ready to continue our longstanding tradition of excellence on the international stage."
Corresponding to the status of the international baseball calendar, USA Baseball has cancelled all 12U National Team programming events for 2020, meanwhile any future events planned for the 15U National Team, 18U National Team, Collegiate National Team and Women's National Team this year will be announced as necessary.
The Medical/Safety Advisory Committee has published a free Athlete Preparation Plan that provides a series of at-home exercises aimed to prepare young athletes for their return to the diamond following a prolonged disruption from on-field activity. To access this plan and to read its recommendations for baseball players during the COVID-19 pandemic, click here.
Further information on USA Baseball updates relating to COVID-19 can be found here. For up-to-the-minute updates on the organization and its events, follow @USABaseball on social media.
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16U NTDP Concludes on Monday

August 4, 2019
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CARY, N.C. - Game three of the 2019 16U NTDP Stars vs. Stripes series ended in a stalemate, as both teams scored nine runs on Monday at Coleman Field in Cary, North Carolina.
Offensively, both teams were effective at the plate, with both teams combining for nine runs and nine hits. The Stripes were led by Devin Obee (Nashville, Tenn.), who went 1-for-4 with three RBI's, and Lorenzo Carrier (Bear, Del.), who went 1-for-3 with two RBI's. The Stars logged nine runs on just four RBI's. Three different players had two or more hits, while four players registered one RBI. 
Both teams struggled from the mound on Monday morning, with a combined total of 18 hits given up in the contest, nine from each team, along with 14 total walks.
Key Moments:
• In the bottom of the first and after stealing third base, the Stars' Chase Spencer (Plano, Texas) scored the first run of the game on a wild pitch from Gavin Ochoa (Rohnert Park, Calif.).
• The Stripes' Ochoa beat Sal Stewart (Miami, Fl.) in an 11-pitch at bat in the bottom of the first with a runner on third to end the inning.
• The Stars added two more runs in the top of the third after Michael Saumell (Spring, Texas) and Spencer both reached home on wild pitches in consecutive at bats to put the Stars up 4-2.
• In the bottom of the fourth, the Stripes' Carrier hit an RBI-single to left, bringing Boyd home and cutting the deficit to two and bringing the score to 6-4.
• Down by three in the bottom of the fifth, Obee doubled on a liner to right that drove in two runs, bringing the Stripes within one run at 7-6.
• The Stripes tied the game up once again in the bottom of the seventh when Obee hit a sacrifice-fly to deep right-field, allowing Clifford to score safely and tie the game up at eight runs apiece.
• The Stars were able to respond in the top of the eighth and tie the game at nine runs apiece thanks to Spencer crossing the plate on a wild pitch. The game would end in a tie due to time constraints. 
Notable Information:
• There were a combined 18 hits and 18 runs in game three, nine from each side.
• No pitcher threw more than two innings in the contest.
• Game three was the first game played in a double header scheduled for Monday, August 5.
• There were a combined 18 hits and 18 runs in game three, nine from each side.
 
 

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DURHAM, N.C. - The Stars defeated the Stripes, 7-1, in the final game of the 2019 16U NTDP Stars vs. Stripes series on Monday at Durham Bulls Athletic Park in Durham, North Carolina. 
The Stripes offense was led by Tyree Reed (Vallejo, Calif.), who went 1-for-3 with three RBI's, and Cooper Kinney (Chattanooga, Tenn.), who went 1-for-2 with two RBI's.
The Stars pitching staff was led by Jaron Nevarez (San Ramon, Calif.), who allowed just one hit in two innings pitched along with two punchouts, and Tyler Gough (Perris, Calif.), who registered three strikeouts on and zero runs allowed in two innings pitched.
Key Moments:
• In the top of the first and with a runner on first, the Stars' Nick Kurtz hit an RBI-triple to the right-field corner that scored the game's first run.
• Continuing in the first, Josh Hartle brought Kurtz home with an RBI-groundout to second and made the game 2-1 in favor of the Stars.
• In the top of the second with the bases loaded, Tyree Reed hit a bases-clearing double that put Stars on top 5-2.
• In the top of the third, Cooper Kinney hit a two-run RBI-single to increase the Stars lead to 7-0. 
• The Stripes were able to get on the board off of an RBI-triple hit by Lorenzo Carrier (Bear, Del.), bringing the game to 7-1.
Notable Information:
• The Stripes were held to just four hits against the Stars pitching staff.
• Cooper Kinney finished the 16U NTDP with a series-high six hits.
• Devin Obee led the series with six RBI's over the four-game span.
• Tyler Gough led both teams' pitcher staffs with seven strikeouts over the four-game series.
• No pitcher threw more than two innings in the contest.
• The Stripes finished the 2019 16U NTDP Stars vs. Stripes series 2-1-1.
• The Stars finished the 2019 16U NTDP Stars vs. Stripes series 1-2-1.
• Game Four of the Stars vs. Stripes series was cut short due to inclement weather. 
Social Media:
• Stay tuned to @USABaseballNTDP on Twitter and visit USABaseball.com for the most up-to-date news about the 16U National Team Development Program.  
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Stripes Improve to 2-0 with Win over Stars

Stripes pitching staff holds Stars to just four hits over eight innings
August 3, 2019
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E Stripes 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 2 x 6 8 3 Stars 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 x 1 4 3 Box Score | Play-by-Play     CARY, N.C. - After six
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Stripes 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 2 x 6 8 3
Stars 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 x 1 4 3
 
 
CARY, N.C. - After six scoreless innings, the Stripes plated six runs in the final two innings to defeat the Stars, 6-1, in the second game of the 2019 USA Baseball 16U National Team Development Program (NTDP) Friday evening at Coleman Field in Cary, North Carolina.
It was a classic pitcher's duel for most of the game, as neither team could tally a run until the seventh inning. Devin Obee (Nashville, Tenn.) and David Horn (Murrieta, Calif.) led the Stripes offense, each with two RBIs. Ryan Clifford (Raleigh, N.C.) and Jayson Jones (Savannah, Texas) were each responsible for a run as well. Notably, Davis Diaz earned a walk in all three of his plate appearances. 
Five pitchers spent time on the bump from both teams. Xavier Perez (Corpus Christi, Texas) earned the win for the Stripes, while the rest of the pitching staff combined for seven strikeouts throughout the game. For the Stars, Tyler Gough (Perris, Calif.) was effective, striking out four batters in two innings.
Key Moments:
• In the top of the seventh, Jones earned an RBI-walk to score the game's first run and give the Stripes the lead.
• With the bases loaded, Obee singled on a hard-hit grounder that reached left field and drove in two runs, increasing the Stripes lead to 3-0 in the top of the seventh.
• Later in the seventh, Clifford earned a walk with the bases loaded and gave the Stripes a 4-0 lead. 
• The Stars got on the board in the bottom of the seventh after Gabriel Miranda (Orange, Calif.) scored from third on a wild pitch, bringing the score to 4-1.
• In the top of the eight, Horn ripped a hard grounder up the middle and brought home the Stripes final two runs of the game, giving the Stripes a 6-1 lead.
Notable Information:
• Perez earned the win for the Stripes after two innings pitched and added four punch-outs.
• Nick Kurtz suffered the loss for the Stars after three runs allowed in his appearance.
• The Stripes now take a 2-0 series lead with two games left to play at 16U NTDP.
Up Next:
• Game three of the 16U NTDP will take place on Sunday, August 4, at 7:00 p.m. EST at Coleman Field in Cary, N.C. 
Social Media:
• Stay tuned to @USABaseballNTDP on Twitter and visit USABaseball.com for the most up-to-date news about the 16U National Team Development Program.  
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Stripes Take Game One of 16U NTDP with Win over Stars

Big offensive inning from Stripes secure 6-5 win at Coleman Field
August 1, 2019
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E STAR 0 0 1 0 1 1 2 0 x 5 10 1 STRP 0 0 2 0 3 4 0 x x 6 9 1 Box Score | Play-by-Play   CARY, N.C. - A four-run sixth
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STAR 0 0 1 0 1 1 2 0 x 5 10 1
STRP 0 0 2 0 3 4 0 x x 6 9 1
 
CARY, N.C. - A four-run sixth inning proved to be the difference as the Stripes defeated the Stars, 6-5, in the first game of the 2019 USA Baseball 16U National Team Development Program (NTDP) Thursday night at Coleman Field in Cary, North Carolina.
Jayson Jones (Savannah, Texas) paced the Stripes offense, going 1-for-1 with two RBIs. Additionally, Devin Obee (Nashville, Tenn.) also had an efficient night from the plate, going 2-for-3 with an RBI. On the other side of the ball, the Stars combined for 10 hits and five runs scored in the game.
Four different pitchers from each team spent time on the mound. Gavin Ochoa earned the win for Stripes, while Samuel Dutton (Southside, Ala.) tallied three strikeouts over two innings pitched. For the Stars, Cale Lansville fanned four of the six batters he faced.
Key Moments:
• Tyree Reed (Vallejo, Calif.) tallied the game's first run with an RBI-groundout to third which allowed Tyler White (Panoma, Calif.) to reach home.
• After being held scoreless in the first two innings, Stripes responded in the bottom of the second when David Horn (Murrieta, Calif.) hit a hard grounder that reached the center field grass and scored Jones to tie the game up at one run apiece.
• After a failed attempt at a pickoff play, Lorenzo Carter (Bear, Del.) reached home from third to put the Stripes up 2-1. 
• In the top of the fifth, Chase Spencer (Plano, Texas) crossed the plate on a passed ball to tie the game up at 2-2.
• With one out and a runner on second, Thomas Dilandri (Las Vegas) singled on a hard-hit ground ball to left field and brought home Reed to give the Stars a 2-1 lead.
• The Stripes scored four runs in the bottom of the sixth, led by Jones who hit a two-run RBI-double to center field which gave his squad a three-run lead. 
• Spencer was responsible for two runs in the top of the seventh for the Stars, but his team would be held scoreless from there, securing the 6-5 win for the Stripes.
Notable Information:
• The Stripes advance to 1-0 to start the 16U NTDP series.
• The two teams combined for 19 total hits, with the Stars tallying 10 and the Stripes recording 9. 
• Both teams recorded five strikeouts each on the day.
Up Next:
• Game two of the 16U NTDP will take place on Thursday, August 2, at 7:00 p.m. EST at Coleman Field in Cary, N.C. 
Social Media:
• Stay tuned to @USABaseballNTDP on Twitter and visit USABaseball.com for the most up-to-date news about the 17U National Team Development Program. 
 
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USA Baseball Announces 2019 16U NTDP Staff

Nova Southeastern Head Coach Greg Brown to serve as field coordinator in 2019
July 26, 2019
DURHAM, N.C. - The staff for the 2019 16U National Team Development Program (NTDP) was announced by USA Baseball on Wednesday. Greg Brown (Nova Southeastern) returns to the 16U NTDP staff as the 2019 Field Coordinator after serving as a coach at the inaugural event in 2018. The NTDP offers
DURHAM, N.C. - The staff for the 2019 16U National Team Development Program (NTDP) was announced by USA Baseball on Wednesday. Greg Brown (Nova Southeastern) returns to the 16U NTDP staff as the 2019 Field Coordinator after serving as a coach at the inaugural event in 2018.
The NTDP offers athletes an opportunity to connect with USA Baseball staff to better prepare for future national team experiences. The program includes skill development sessions, off-field educational seminars, an intrasquad series between Stars and Stripes teams and exposure to professional scouts, college recruiters and USA Baseball national team staff and task force.
Florida International University (FIU) Head Coach Mervyl Melendez and current area scout for the Arizona Diamondbacks Dan Ramsay will join Brown on staff and serve as the managers of the Stars and Stripes teams, respectively.
"We are incredibly excited about this staff and we have no doubt that these coaches will provide our athletes a first-class experience," said 18U National Team Program Director Frank Jagoda. "The 16U National Team Development Program serves as a great stepping stone for the players at this age level and our staff cannot wait to start working with them."
Brown completed his ninth season at the helm of Nova Southeastern (NSU) in 2019, where he has guided the Sharks to NCAA South Region Tournament appearances in seven of his nine years. He was named the 2016 Division II National Coach of the Year by the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) after leading his team to the program's first-ever NCAA Division II National Championship. Since 2011, Brown has averaged over 35 wins a year with the Sharks and has had 18 players selected in the MLB Draft, including a program-record 10 in 2017.
Before taking the head role at NSU, Brown served as an area scout for the Houston Astros in 2009 and 2010, as well as an assistant coach at Broward Community College in 2008. He played professional baseball for four seasons in the Miami Marlins minor league system from 2003-2006 before starting his coaching career.
The field coordinator, with the assistance of additional coaches and evaluators made up of former professional players, respected collegiate and high school coaches, and professional scouts, will assess 36 athletes during the NTDP week.
The Stars team will be managed by Melendez and he will be joined by Pitching Coach Mike McRae, who is currently an assistant coach at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), and Assistant Coach Frank Maldonado, who just finished his fourth season at the helm of Greensboro College.
Ramsay will guide the Stripes team and his staff will include Centre College Head Coach Drew Briese as the pitching coach and 17-year MLB veteran and Oaks Christian School (Westlake, Calif.) Head Coach Royce Clayton as an assistant coach.
University of Pittsburgh Head Coach Mike Bell and Jacksonville University Head Coach Chris Hayes also join Brown's staff for the NTDP as the pitching coordinator and defensive coordinator, respectively.
The 2019 16U NTDP will take place July 31-August 5 at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina.
USA Baseball and the coaching staff utilized a rolling invitation process for the 16U NTDP roster that was announced on July 11, selecting athletes from the 2018 National Team Identification Series (NTIS), the 2019 16U National Team Championships in Arizona and Florida, as well as through recommendations from scouts, coaches and the amateur baseball community.
For more information on the USA Baseball National Team Development Program, visit USABaseball.com and follow @USABaseballNTDP on Twitter.
The coaching staff and their bios are as follows:
Name; NTDP Position; Current Position
Mike Bell; Pitching Coordinator; University of Pittsburgh Head Coach
Drew Briese; Stripes Pitching Coach; Centre College Head Coach
Greg Brown; Field Coordinator; Nova Southeastern Head Coach
Mike Garza; Stripes Assistant Coach; University of Virginia
Chris Hayes; Defensive Coordinator; Jacksonville University Head Coach
Frank Maldonado; Stars Assistant Coach; Greensboro College Head Coach
Mike McRae; Stars Pitching Coach; VCU Assistant Coach
Mervyl Melendez; Stars Manager; FIU Head Coach
Dan Ramsay; Stripes Manager; Arizona Diamondbacks Area Scout
Mike Bell finished his first year as the head coach at Pittsburgh in 2019, following seven years as an associate head coach at Florida State. Bell joined Florida State in 2012, where he oversaw the pitching staff and helped guide the Seminoles to two College World Series appearances. Under his guidance, the Florida State pitching staff led the country with 635 strikeouts in 2018 and he has coached 25 draft picks since 2012, including six in 2017 and 2014 first round selection Luke Weaver. In his first five seasons with the Seminoles, Bell's staffs posted an ERA below 3.50 - the lowest three-year total since 1999-2001 - and a sub-3.00 ERA for the first time in 10 years following the 2013 season. The Sarasota, Florida, native also coached at Oklahoma and Tennessee prior to his time with at FSU. He helped to lead both programs to the College World Series and set program strikeout records at both stops with 568 at Tennessee in 2005 and 583 at Oklahoma in 2010. Following a successful career as a player at Florida State that saw the Seminoles reach the College World Series in 1994 and 1995, Bell was selected in the 20th round of the 1995 draft by the Montreal Expos. He spent six years in the minor leagues, including reaching the Double-A level with the Baltimore Orioles' organization.
Drew Briese returns to the USA Baseball coaching ranks in 2019 after serving as an assistant coach for the 2016 15U National Team. He has also served as an evaluator and coach with USA Baseball since 2013, including coaching at the 2015 14U National Team Development Program. Briese is currently the head coach at Centre College (Danville, Ky.) where he guided the Colonels to the semifinals of the 2018 Southern Athletic Association conference tournament in his second season at the helm. Prior to his time at Centre, Briese joined the Birmingham-Southern College (Birmingham, Ala.) coaching staff in 2006 and helped lead the Panthers to 10 conference tournament and regular season titles with four straight NCAA Division III Regional appearances.
Greg Brown is currently serving as the head coach at Nova Southeastern University. In 2016, he was named the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) Division II National Coach of the Year after leading his team to the program's first-ever NCAA Division II National Championship. Before his time with the Sharks, Brown worked as an assistant coach at Broward Community College and was an area scout for the Houston Astros. He also played minor league baseball for three years in the Miami Marlins organization. This is Brown's third coaching stint with USA Baseball after previously serving as a coach at the 2018 16U National Team Development Program and the 2013 and 2014 Tournament of Stars.
Currently the coordinator of video and scouting for the University of Virginia baseball team, Mike Garza will make his USA Baseball coaching debut in 2019. Prior to his time at UVA, Garza served as a volunteer assistant coach at the United States Naval Academy. He helped guide the Midshipmen to its second-highest win total in program history (38) and the Patriot League Championship series. Garza was selected in the 20th round of the 2012 MLB Draft by the Milwaukee Brewers and spent four seasons in the organization's minor league system.
Chris Hayes finished his third year as the head coach at Jacksonville University in 2019 and will make his USA Baseball coaching debut with the 16U National Team Development Program. Hayes has led the Dolphins to 108 wins in his time at the helm, as well as the program's first 40-win season since 2006 and its first NCAA postseason appearance in seven years in 2018. In his first year as the head coach, Hayes guided the team to a 13-game winning streak - the program's longest in 26 years - and the ASUN Championship final. Prior to being named Jacksonville's head coach, Hayes had two tenures as an assistant with the Dolphins, serving in that role from 2003-08 and then again from 2013 until taking the reins for the 2017 season. In between the two stints, he spent five seasons as the head coach of the Seminole State College of Florida. Hayes was selected in the 28th round of the 1995 MLB Draft by the Toronto Blue Jays and spent five seasons in the organization's minor league system before starting him coaching career.
Frank Maldonado is currently entering his fifth season as the head coach at Greensboro College (Greensboro, N.C.). During his time at the helm, Maldonado led the Pride to its first 20-win season since 2012 in 2017 and an appearance in the USA South Athletic Conference Championship series for just the third time in program history in 2019. His teams also hold the Greensboro College records for most at-bats and hits. Prior to his time in Greensboro, Maldonado spent six seasons coaching at the University of Tampa, where he helped lead the Spartans to three NCAA Division II National Championships. He has also coached at the University of South Florida, California Lutheran University and Barstow Community College in his career. 2019 marks Maldonado's first year with the National Team Development Program; however, he is no stranger to USA Baseball, having also served as a scout at the USA Baseball National Team Championships in Florida.
Entering his third season as an assistant coach at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), Mike McRae has helped lead the Rams to Atlantic 10 regular season titles in 2017 and 2019. Before his time at VCU, McRae spent 14 seasons as the head coach at Canisius College (Buffalo, N.Y.) where he was a four-time MAAC Coach of the Year. Under his guidance, the Golden Griffins went from winning just four games in 2004 to claiming the program's first two MAAC Championships and making the program's first appearances in the NCAA Tournament in 2013 and 2015. This will be McRae's first time coaching for USA Baseball.
2019 marks Mervyl Melendez's third year coaching at the National Team Development Program (NTDP) after previous stints with the 2015 17U and 2016 14U NTDPs. He also helped lead the 2018 18U National Team to its fifth consecutive COPABE U-18 Pan-American Championships gold medal last fall. Melendez was named the head coach at Florida International University (FIU) in 2016 after leading the programs at Alabama State and Bethune-Cookman. While at the helm of Bethune-Cookman, he won 30 or more games in nine seasons and led Alabama State to school-record win totals three times, while compiling 537 wins and a dozen NCAA Tournament appearances with the two programs. Melendez was named the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) Coach of the Year in 2014 and 2016 and has earned Coach of the Year honors 11 times in his career. In addition, he became the second-youngest head coach in NCAA Division I history to record 300 career wins after reaching the mark in 2009.
Currently an Area Scout for the Arizona Diamondbacks, Dan Ramsay will make his USA Baseball coaching debut at the 2019 16U National Team Development Program (NTDP). He served as the manager of the Minnesota Twins Gulf Coast League affiliate in 2018 after nine years as the head coach at Whitworth University (Wash.). Under his guidance, the Bucs made three appearances in the NCAA Division III tournament and one trip to the NCAA Division III World Series in 2012. He was also named the NCAA Division III West Region Coach of the Year in 2012.
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Stripes Win Game Four to End 17U NTDP Series in Tie

July 24, 2019
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E STRP 2 1 1 0 0 3 0 1 0 8 10 2 STAR 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 3 5 2 Box Score | Play-by-Play   MILWAUKEE, Wisc. - The 2019 USA Baseball
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STRP 2 1 1 0 0 3 0 1 0 8 10 2
STAR 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 3 5 2
 
MILWAUKEE, Wisc. - The 2019 USA Baseball 17U National Team Development Program (NTDP) concluded on Thursday with the Stripes getting a win at Miller Park in Milwaukee, Wisconsin to end the series versus the Stars in a 2-2 tie.
Roc Riggio (Simi Valley, Calif.) and Austin Stracener (New Braunfels, Texas) teamed up to lead the offense for the Stripes. Riggio went 3-for-4 with one run, two RBIs and three stolen bases while Stracener hit 2-for-3, tallied two runs, one RBI and two stolen bases. Ryan Clifford (Raleigh, N.C.) helped out the Stars behind the plate with a two-RBI double. 
Both teams had five pitchers spend time on the mound in the contest. Maddux Bruns (Saraland, Ala.) and Michael Davinni (Laguna Niguel, Calif.) led the pitching corps for the Stripes with four and three strikeouts, respectively. All five pitchers for the Stripes struck out at least two batters during their times on the bump.
Key Moments
• The Stripes were swinging early, scoring two runs in the top of the first inning when Pete Crow-Armstrong (Sherman Oaks, Calif.) and Riggio both scored on a Stars error to take a 2-0 lead. 
• A run in the second inning increased the Stripes' lead to 3-0 when Mike Bello (Oak Ridge, N.J.) scored off a Nick Bitsko (Doylestown, Pa.) single to right field. 
• Noah Smith (Chicago, Ill.) hit a single to bring Luke Leto (Portage, Mich.) home in the top of the third inning and give the Stripes a 4-0 lead. 
• Stracener and Riggio hit a single and triple, respectively, to jointly bring home three runners in the sixth inning, extending the Stripes' lead to 7-0. 
• The Stars got on the board in the bottom of the seventh inning when Charlie Saum (Ventura, Calif.) scored on a Stripes error to make the score 7-1. 
• The Stripes responded in the same fashion, adding one run in the top of the eighth when Stracener scored off a Crow-Armstrong double and reclaimed a seven-run lead at 8-1r. 
• Two more runs came in for the Stars in the bottom of the eighth inning when Clifford hit a double to score Marcelo Mayer (Chula Vista, Calif.) and Michael Braswell (Mableton, Ga.). 
• Ryan Spikes (Covington, Ga.) threw a three up, three down bottom of the ninth inning to secure an 8-3 win for the Stripes. 
Notable Information
• The Stars and Stripes series ended in a 2-2 tie. 
• The two teams combined for 23 total strikeouts, with the Stripes totaling 12 and the Stripes adding 11. 
• The Stripes out-hit the Stars 10-5 in the game. 
Social
• Stay tuned to @USABaseballNTDP on Twitter and visit USABaseball.com for the most up-to-date news about the 17U National Team Development Program. 
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Stars Take a Series Lead with an 11-4 Win at 17U NTDP

July 22, 2019
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E STAR 3 0 0 0 0 2 2 2 2 11 10 4 STRP 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 4 7 5 Box Score | Play-by-Play   EVANSTON, Ill. - A three-run first inning
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STAR 3 0 0 0 0 2 2 2 2 11 10 4
STRP 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 4 7 5
 
EVANSTON, Ill. - A three-run first inning kick-started a strong showing for the Stars in their 11-4 win over the Stripes on Wednesday afternoon at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois at the 2019 USA Baseball 17U National Team Development Program (NTDP).
Braylon Bishop (Texarcana, Ark.), Brady House (Winder, Ga.) and Charlie Saum (Ventura, Calif.) led the Stars behind the plate, tallying two hits each in the contest. Ryan Clifford (Raleigh, N.C.), Cody Schrier (San Clemente, Calif.) and House all tallied two RBIs, combining for six of 11 for the Stars. Luke Leto (Portage, Mich.) led the Stripes offense, going 2-for-4, scoring one run and earning one of the team's three RBIs. 
The Stars had five pitchers throw throughout the game and six spent time on the mound for the Stripes. All five athletes threw at least one strikeout for the Stars, with Grant Taylor (Florence, Ala.) leading the pack with three of his own in two innings
Key Moments
• The Stars scored first, bringing three runners home in the top of the first inning led by a double from Clifford to take an early 3-0 lead. 
• The Stars increased their lead to 5-0 in the sixth inning when a walk and pair of Stripes errors loaded the bases and Jordan Lawlar (Irving, Texas) and Bishop scored on a sacrifice fly and single, respectively. 
• Adding two more runs in the top of the seventh, the Stars led 7-0 after Saum and Kurtis Reid (Hamilton, Ohio) both scored on ground outs. 
• Schrier scored on a bases-loaded ground out and House followed, scoring on a single from Saum to give the Stars a 9-0 lead heading into the bottom of the eighth inning. 
• The Stars' final two runs came home in the top of the ninth when Michael Braswell (Mabelton, Ga.) scored on a fielder's choice and Lawlar scored on a sacrifice fly to take an 11-0 lead. 
• The Stripes got on the board in the bottom of the ninth inning, scoring off a Leto single, a Roc Riggio (Simi Valley, Calif.) ground out, a single from Mike Bello (Oak Ridge, N.J.) and a Stars error. 
Notable Information
• The Stars take a 2-1 series lead with the win. 
• The two teams combined for 14 total strikeouts, with the Stars tallying nine and the Stripes getting five. 
• The Stripes out-hit the Stars 10-7 in the game. 
On Deck
• The final game in the Stars and Stripes series will take place on Thursday, July 25, at 3:30 p.m. CT at Miller Park in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. 
Social
• Stay tuned to @USABaseballNTDP on Twitter and visit USABaseball.com for the most up-to-date news about the 17U National Team Development Program. 
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Stripes Lock in a Win to Even the Series at 17U NTDP

July 22, 2019
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E STRP 0 0 0 2 0 3 3 1 X 9 12 2 STAR 2 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 X 5 5 1 Box Score | Play-by-Play SOUTH BEND, Ind. - The Stripes rallied from
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STRP 0 0 0 2 0 3 3 1 X 9 12 2
STAR 2 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 X 5 5 1
 
SOUTH BEND, Ind. - The Stripes rallied from a 3-0 deficit to defeat the Stars 9-5 on Monday at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana, to even the series in the second game of the 2019 USA Baseball 17U National Team Development Program (NTDP).
Izaac Pacheco (Friendswood, Texas) led the Stripes in scoring, going 3-for-4 with two doubles and one single. Luke Leto (Portage, Mich.) tallied three of the Stripes' nine RBIs with Max Muncy (Carmarilla, Calif.) and Joseph Mack (Williamsville, N.Y.) following with two each. On the other side of the contest, Braylon Bishop (Texarcana, Ark.) led the Stars hitting corps, going 3-for-3 while Marcelo Mayer (Chula Vista, Calif.) and Mark Black (Pittsburg, Pa.) earned two RBIs each. 
Five pitchers for the Stripes made an appearance on the bump while four for the Stars had throwing time. All but two pitchers threw for two or more strikeouts during their short appearances.
Key Moments
• The Stars scored first, bringing home Kurtis Reid (Hamilton, Ohio) and Mayer in the bottom of the first inning off a Stripes error and bases-loaded walk, respectively, for a 2-0 lead. 
• Another bases-loaded walk from Mayer scored Rawley Hector (Van Alstyne, Texas) to increase the Stars lead to 3-0 in the bottom of the second. 
• The Stripes got two runs of their own to cut the Stars lead to 3-2 in the top of the fourth inning when Mack hit a single to score both Pacheco and Ryan Spikes (Covington, Ga.). 
• Pacheco and Leto both crossed home off a triple from Muncy, who went on to score off a Mike Bello (Oak Ridge, N.J.) single to give the Stripes a 5-3 lead in the top of the sixth. 
•Leto hit an inside-the-park homerun in the top of the seventh inning to bring Nick Bitsko (Doylestown, Pa.) and Noah Smith (Chicago, Ill.) in and increase the Stripes' lead to 8-3. 
•The Stars answered in the bottom of the seventh, scoring two runs to make it an 8-5 ballgame when Mayer drew a bases-loaded walk and Black was hit by a pitch. 
•The Stripes put the game out of reach with an insurance run in the top of the eighth inning when Hunter Teplansky (Flower Mound, Texas) scored off a sac fly from Josh Hartle (King, N.C.) to secure the 9-5 win. 
Notable Information
• The Stripes get one in their win column to even the series, 1-1. 
• The two teams combined for 14 total strikeouts, with the Stars tallying nine and the Stripes getting eight. 
• The Stripes out-hit the Stars 12-5 in the game. 
On Deck
• Game three will take place on Wednesday, July 24, at 11:30 a.m. CT at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. 
Social
• Stay tuned to @USABaseballNTDP on Twitter and visit USABaseball.com for the most up-to-date news about the 17U National Team Development Program. 
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2019 National Team Development Programs Underway

July 21, 2019
The USA Baseball National Team Development Program (NTDP) offers athletes an opportunity to connect with USA Baseball staff to better prepare for future national team experiences. The program includes skill development sessions, off-field education seminars, an intrasquad series between Stars and Stripes teams, and exposure to professional scouts, college recruiters
The USA Baseball National Team Development Program (NTDP) offers athletes an opportunity to connect with USA Baseball staff to better prepare for future national team experiences. The program includes skill development sessions, off-field education seminars, an intrasquad series between Stars and Stripes teams, and exposure to professional scouts, college recruiters and national team staff and task force.
The 2019 NTDPs are underway in Chicago and North Carolina. Follow along on USABaseball.com.

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Sunday, July 21
14U: Stars vs. Stripes (Coleman Field)
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Monday, July 22
14U: Stripes vs. Stars (Coleman Field)
17U: Stripes vs. Stars (3:30 p.m. ET - Notre Dame)
Wednesday, July 24
14U: Stars vs. Stripes (2 p.m. ET - Coleman Field)
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Thursday, July 25
17U: Stripes vs. Stars (4:30 p.m. ET - Miller Park)
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Stars Start 17U NTDP with Win Over Stripes

July 21, 2019
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E STAR 1 2 2 0 1 0 0 0 3 9 10 1 STRP 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 3 5 1 Box Score | Play-by-Play   CHICAGO, Ill. - Early scoring secured a
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STAR 1 2 2 0 1 0 0 0 3 9 10 1
STRP 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 3 5 1
 
CHICAGO, Ill. - Early scoring secured a 9-3 win for the Stars over the Stripes on Sunday night at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois, in the first game of the 2019 USA Baseball 17U National Team Development Program (NTDP).
Braylon Bishop (Texarcana, Ark.) led the Stars in scoring, going 2-for-4 with two singles and one walk. Bishop, Cody Schrier (San Clemente, Calif.) and Michael Braswell (Mableton, Ga.) all tallied two base knocks each, combining for six of the team's 10 total hits. On the other side of the ball, five different batters scattered the Stripes' five hits in the game. 
Five pitchers for each team got to spend some time on the mound. Philip Abner (Charlotte, N.C.) and Nick Bitsko (Doylestown, Pa.) both struck out five batters each for the Stars and Stripes, respectively.
Key Moments
• The Stars scored first in the contest, bringing Bishop home in the top of the first inning with a two-out single from Schrier to get on the board for a 1-0 lead. 
• A bases-loaded single from Joshua Pearson (West Monroe, La.) scored Jackson Baumeister (Jacksonville, Fla.) before Marcelo Mayer (Chula Vista, Calif.) scored on a dropped third strike to give the Stars a 3-0 lead in the top of the second. 
• Two more runs came for the Stars when Schrier and Ryan Clifford (Raleigh, N.C.) crossed home in the top of the third to take a 5-0 lead. 
• All three runs for the Stripes came in the bottom of the fifth inning, with Michael Davinni (Laguna Niguel, Calif.), Noah Smith (Chicago, Ill.) and Roc Riggio (Simi Valley, Calif.) all tallying runs. 
• The Stars scored three insurance runs in the top of the ninth, bringing home Mark Black (Pittsburgh, Penn.) on a bases-loaded walk, while Jordan Lawlar (Irving, Texas) and Bishop scored on the same single from Braswell to give the Stars a 9-3 victory. 
Notable Information
• The Stars advance to 1-0 to start the NTDP series. 
• The two teams combined for 26 total strikeouts, with the Stars tallying 12 and the Stripes getting 14. 
• The Stars out-hit the Stripes 10 to five in the game. 
On Deck
• Game two will take place on Monday, July 22, at 3:30 p.m. CT at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind. 
Social
• Stay tuned to @USABaseballNTDP on Twitter and visit USABaseball.com for the most up-to-date news about the 17U National Team Development Program. 
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USA Baseball Unveils 2019 16U NTDP Roster

July 11, 2019
DURHAM, N.C. - The 2019 36-man 16U National Team Development Program (NTDP) roster was unveiled by USA Baseball on Thursday, following the conclusion of the 2019 16U National Team Championships in Arizona and Florida. The second-annual 16U NTDP will be held at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary,
DURHAM, N.C. - The 2019 36-man 16U National Team Development Program (NTDP) roster was unveiled by USA Baseball on Thursday, following the conclusion of the 2019 16U National Team Championships in Arizona and Florida. The second-annual 16U NTDP will be held at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina, from July 31 to August 5.
The National Team Development Program offers identified athletes an opportunity to connect with USA Baseball staff to better prepare for a future national team experience. The program includes skill development sessions, off-field education seminars, an intrasquad series between Stars and Stripes teams, and exposure to professional scouts, college recruiters and 18U National Team staff and task force.
"We are extremely excited about the second year of the 16U National Team Development Program and this group of athletes," said 18U National Team Program Director Frank Jagoda. "This is an invaluable opportunity for some of the best players in the country to continue to develop both on and off the field, and we cannot wait to get started."
The roster is made up of 36 athletes who were identified and selected based on their participation and performance at USA Baseball sanctioned events, including the National Team Championships and the National Team Identification Series (NTIS), among others. In total, the roster includes eight alumni of USA Baseball national teams and eight players that have participated on an NTDP team in the past.
Twenty-six invitees are new to USA Baseball national team programming in 2019, including 11 athletes that represented their respective region at the 2018 15U NTIS Champions Cup in Cary, North Carolina, and 13 that were selected from the 2019 National Team Championships in Arizona and Florida.
Davis Diaz (Pittsburg, Calif.) returns to USA Baseball for the fifth consecutive year after winning gold with the 12U National Team in 2015 and the 15U National Team in 2017 and 2018, as well as participating in the 14U NTDP in 2016 and 2017. Diaz will reunite with teammates from both the 2015 12U National Team and the 2018 15U National Team at this year's 16U NTDP. 
Daniel Corona Jr. (Brooklyn, N.Y.), Thomas DiLandri (Las Vegas, Nev.), Cooper Kinney (Chattanooga, Tenn.), and Nick Kurtz (Lancaster, Pa.) participated together with Diaz on the 12U National Team in 2015 and were all members of the 14U NTDP in 2017.
In addition, Diaz, DiLandri, Samuel Dutton (Southside, Ala.), Cale Lansville (Centennial, Colo.) and Tyree Reed (Vallejo, Calif.) helped lead the 2018 15U National Team to the program's first-ever World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-15 Baseball World Cup gold medal.
USA Baseball will announce the staff of the 2019 16U NTDP at a later date. Stay tuned to USABaseball.com and follow @USABaseballNTDP on Twitter for all the information on the National Team Development Program.
2019 16U National Team Development Program:
Name; Position; Hometown
Carson Applegate; SS/RHP; Columbus, N.J.
Jesse Bullard; RHP/IF; Riverside, Calif.
Lorenzo Carrier; OF/RHP; Bear, Del.
Calvert Clark; OF/RHP; Charlotte, N.C.
^Tyler Collins; OF; McKinney, Texas
*^Daniel Corona Jr.; IF; Brooklyn, N.Y.
*^Davis Diaz; IF; Pittsburg, Calif.
Korbyn Dickerson; OF/RHP; Jeffersonville, Ind.
*^Thomas DiLandri; OF; Las Vegas, Nev.
*Samuel Dutton; RHP; Southside, Ala.
Jake Geis; RHP/IF; San Jose, Calif.
Tyler Gough; RHP; Perris, Calif.
Rafael Gross; OF/IF; Pearland, Texas
Blaise Grove; LHP; Summit Point, W. Va.
^Trevor Haskins; IF; San Jose, Calif.
Jack Holman; 1B/C; Wrightwood, Calif.
David Horn; IF/RHP; Murrieta, Calif.
Jayson Jones; IF; Savannah, Texas
Gage Jump; LHP; Aliso, Calif.
*^Cooper Kinney; IF; Chattanooga, Tenn.
*^Nick Kurtz; LHP/OF; Lancaster, Pa.
*Cale Lansville; RHP; Centennial, Colo.
Kyndon Lovell; LHP; Fort Cobb, Okla.
Gabriel Miranda; 1B; Orange, Calif.
Malcom Moore; C; Sacramento, Calif.
Jaron Nevarez; OF/LHP; San Ramon, Calif.
Devin Obee; OF; Nashville, Tenn.
Gavin Ochoa; RHP; Rohnert Park, Calif.
Xavier Perez; RHP/OF; Corpus Christi, Texas
*^Tyree Reed; OF; Vallejo, Calif.
William Rogers; C/IF; Shoreview, Minn.
Michael Saumell; C; Spring, Texas
Chase Spencer; IF/RHP; Plano, Texas
Sal Stewart; INF; Miami, Fla.
Tyler White; OF; Pomona, Calif.
Austin Young; RHP; Saint Peters, Mo.
*Denotes National Team alumnus
^Denotes National Team Development Program participant

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USA Baseball Announces 2019 17U National Team Development Program Staff

Eric Kibler returns for his sixth stint as 17U NTDP field coordinator in 2019
July 1, 2019
DURHAM, N.C. - USA Baseball announced the coaching staff and evaluators for the 2019 17U National Team Development Program (NTDP) on Monday. Three-time USA Baseball national team assistant coach and nine-time NTDP field coordinator, Eric Kibler, will once again take the reins as the field coordinator in 2019. The NTDP
DURHAM, N.C. - USA Baseball announced the coaching staff and evaluators for the 2019 17U National Team Development Program (NTDP) on Monday. Three-time USA Baseball national team assistant coach and nine-time NTDP field coordinator, Eric Kibler, will once again take the reins as the field coordinator in 2019.
The NTDP offers 40 athletes an opportunity to connect with USA Baseball staff to better prepare for future national team experiences. The program includes skill development sessions, off-field educational seminars, an intrasquad series between Stars and Stripes teams, and exposure to professional scouts, college recruiters and the 18U National Team staff and task force.
Wake Forest University Associate Head Coach Bill Cilento and Clemson University Head Coach Monte Lee will join Kibler on the NTDP staff, serving as the managers for the Stars and Stripes teams, respectively.
"We are bringing in a phenomenal staff that features some of the best coaches in the country," 17U NTDP Program Director Frank Jagoda said "Our players are going to have an opportunity to work with some of the most innovative teachers that our game has to offer. We are really looking forward to spending the week working with the players and watching them grow, because that's what the National Team Development Program is all about."
Kibler returns as an NTDP field coordinator in 2019 for a fourth consecutive year and ninth-time overall. After serving as the first-ever USA Baseball NTDP field coordinator in 2012 for the inaugural 14U and 17U programs, he once again launched an NTDP program in 2018 with the inception of the 16U age group. Kibler has worked with the 14U program three times (2012-2014), the 16U program once (2018) and the 17U program five times (2012-2014, 2016-2017) in the seven-year history of the NTDP.
His USA Baseball experience also includes three seasons as a national team assistant coach. Kibler helped lead the 16U National Team to gold medals in 2009 and 2010 at the International Baseball Federation World Youth Championships and the COPABE Pan American "AA" Youth Championships, respectively, as well as helping the 2015 18U National Team to a gold medal at the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-18 Baseball World Cup.
An Arizona High School Athletic Coaches Hall of Famer, Kibler is the most decorated coach in Arizona High School baseball history as he led Horizon High School (Scottsdale, Ariz.) to six state titles, 17 regional titles and three runner-up finishes in the state baseball tournament in his 38-year career.
The field coordinator, with the assistance of additional coaches and evaluators, will assess 40 athletes during the NTDP week and are made up of former professional players, respected collegiate and high school coaches, and professional scouts.
The Stars team will be managed by Bill Cilento in the four-game intrasquad series and he will be joined by Indiana University Pitching Coach Justin Parker and Cleveland Indians Infield Coordinator Kai Correa, who will serve as the team's pitching coach and assistant coach, respectively.
Monte Lee will manage the Stripes squad and his staff will include University of Notre Dame Assistant Coach Chuck Ristano and New York Mets Area Scout Cesar Aranguen. Ristano will serve as the pitching coach for the Stripes while Aranguen will serve as the team's assistant coach.
Steve Smith, Edgar Varela and Jack Wilson will also join Kibler on the staff and serve as additional evaluators for the event. Smith is the pitching coach at Auburn University and returns to USA Baseball as the pitching coordinator after serving as the Collegiate National Team Manager in 2005 and its pitching coach in 1998. Varela is in his second season as the Minor League field coordinator for the Minnesota Twins and will serve as the hitting and catching coordinator. A former MLB All-Star, Wilson is currently the head coach at Thousand Oaks High School (Thousand Oaks, California) and he will serve as the roving hitting coach in 2019.
The 2019 17U NTDP will take place July 21-25 in the Chicago metropolitan area and will feature intrasquad scrimmages at Wrigley Field, Northwestern University, the University of Notre Dame and Miller Park.
USA Baseball will utilize a rolling invitation process for the 17U NTDP participants in 2019. The athletes will be selected from the 2018 USA Baseball National Team Identification Series (NTIS), the 2019 17U National Team Championships in Arizona and through recommendations from scouts, coaches and the amateur baseball community.
For more information on the USA Baseball National Team Development Program, visit USABaseball.com and follow @USABaseballNTDP on Twitter.
The full NTDP staff and their bios are as follows:
Name; NTDP Position; Current Position
Cesar Aranguen; Stripes Assistant Coach; New York Mets Area Scout
Bill Cilento; Stars Manager; Wake Forest University Associate Head Coach
Kai Correa; Stars Assistant Coach; Cleveland Indians Infield Coordinator
Eric Kibler; Field Coordinator
Monte Lee; Stripes Manager; Clemson University Head Coach
Justin Parker; Stars Pitching Coach; Indiana University Pitching Coach
Chuck Ristano; Stripes Pitching Coach; Notre Dame University Assistant Coach
Steve Smith; Pitching Coordinator; Auburn University Pitching Coach
Edgar Varela; Hitting/Catching Coordinator; Minnesota Twins Minor League Field Coordinator
Jack Wilson; Roving Hitting Coach; Thousand Oaks High School Head Coach
Cesar Aranguen is in his eighth season as an Area Supervisor for the New York Mets. Prior to his time with the Mets, he served as the Assistant Director of Latin America Operations with the Milwaukee Brewers for two years. Aranguen began his coaching career at Barry University, where he was an assistant coach for five seasons. He was also a four-year starter for the Buccaneers.
2019 marks Bill Cilento's 10th season at Wake Forest University and his first as Associate Head Coach. He has coached 56 student-athletes that have gone on to play professional baseball in that time. Prior to his coaching the Demon Deacons, Cilento spent three seasons as the hitting and infield coach at Brown University, where he helped the Bears to their first-ever Ivy League Championship and NCAA regional berth. He also had coaching stints with the University of New Orleans and Siena. Cilento was a four-year starter and a member of two MAAC regular season championship teams at Siena.
Kai Correa will make his USA Baseball coaching debut with the 17U National Team Development Program (NTDP) in 2019. Correa is currently the short-season defensive coordinator for the Cleveland Indians organization after serving as the Infield Coach for the Arizona League Indians in 2018. Prior to his time with the Indians, Correa spent three seasons as an assistant coach at the University of Northern Colorado, leading the Bears to their first-ever WAC tournament appearance in 2015. Correa played at the University of Puget Sound and was named captain as a senior before joining the coaching staff as the head assistant coach following his graduation in 2011.
2019 marks the ninth-time overall and fourth consecutive season that Kibler has served as the field coordinator for an NTDP. After serving as the first-ever USA Baseball NTDP field coordinator in 2012 for the inaugural 14U and 17U programs, he once again helped launch an NTDP program in 2018 as the field coordinator for the inaugural 16U NTDP. In addition to his time with the 16U event in 2018, Kibler has worked with the 14U event three times (2012-2014) and the 17U event four times (2012-2013, 2016-2017) in the seven-year history of the National Team Development Program. He has also served as an assistant coach on three national team staffs during his time with USA Baseball, helping lead the 16U National Team to consecutive gold medals at the 2009 International Baseball Federation World Youth and the 2010 COPABE Pan American "AA" Youth Championships. He was also a member of the staff that led the 18U National Team to a gold medal at the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-18 Baseball World Cup in 2015. Kibler started the baseball program at Horizon High School (Scottsdale, Ariz.) in 1980 and served as its head coach until 2018. An Arizona High School Athletic Coaches Hall of Famer, Kibler is the most decorated coach in Arizona High School baseball history as he collected a state-record 808 wins and led the Huskies to six state titles, 17 regionals and three runner-up finishes in the state tournament during his 38 years with the program. Thirty-four of the athletes that played for him were selected in the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft and 151 went on to play college baseball.
Monte Lee will make his debut with the USA Baseball National Team Development Program (NTDP) in 2019, but he is no stranger to leading programs as he brings 16 years of head coach experience to the event. He is currently in his third season as the head coach of Clemson University, where he has led the Tigers to the NCAA Regionals in all three years. Prior to his time at Clemson, Lee led the College of Charleston for seven seasons, recording a .656 winning percentage while appearing in the NCAA Regionals four times. He began his coaching career as an assistant coach at Spartanburg Methodist College in 2001, before serving in the same capacity at the University of South Carolina for six seasons. Before starting his coaching career, Lee was a standout on the diamond for the College of Charleston, finishing his playing career in the top-10 in school history in career doubles, total bases and RBIs. In addition, he became the first-ever position player drafted from Charleston when he was selected in the 39th round of the 1999 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.
Justin Parker will make his USA Baseball coaching debut in 2019. The Indiana University assistant coach is in his first season with the Hoosiers and is responsible for the team's pitching staff. Parker previously served as the pitching coach at the University of Central Florida (UCF), where he sent nine pitchers to the professional ranks in his two seasons with the Golden Knights. He began his coaching career in 2011 at Wright State and spent six seasons with the Raiders, highlighted by a Horizon League Championship in 2016. Parker was drafted in the 6th round of the 2008 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft and spent three years playing professionally in the Arizona Diamondbacks system.
Chuck Ristano is currently in his ninth season at the University of Notre Dame, where he serves as an assistant coach and co-recruiting coordinator. Ristano heads a Notre Dame pitching staff that has produced 12 MLB Draft picks since his arrival on campus, and he guided Notre Dame pitchers to three consecutive seasons with a walks-per-nine-innings rate lower than 3.00 for the first time in program history. Prior to his time in South Bend, Ristano spent four seasons as the pitching coach at Monmouth University, helping the Hawks to NCAA regional bids and Northeast Conference titles in 2007 and 2009. He has also served as a pitching coach at Temple and Sacred Heart. He was a two-time captain and four-year letterwinner at Sacred Heart from 2001-04.
NCAA coaching legend Steve Smith returns to USA Baseball in 2019 after serving as the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team manager in 2005 and an assistant coach in 1998. Smith is currently a volunteer coach at Auburn University working with the pitching staff. Before his time at Auburn, Smith spent 21 seasons as the head coach at Baylor University, where he became the winningest coach in program history after recording 744 victories with the Bears. Smith led Baylor to 13 NCAA regionals appearances, four Super Regionals and a College World Series appearance in 1978, while also claiming three Big 12 Conference Championships. The five-time Big 12 Coach of the Year was also inducted in to the Baylor Athletics Hall of Fame in 2006.
Edgar Varela is in his second season as the minor league field coordinator for the Minnesota Twins. Prior to that, he spent 10 years working in the Pittsburgh Pirates organization. Varela was a manager for the Bristol Pirates in 2014-15 and the GCL Pirates in 2016, and served as a hitting coach throughout the Pirates system for six years. He was also the Latin America hitting coordinator for one year, overseeing the hitting program from the Dominican League to Advanced-A levels. Varela played five seasons of professional baseball after being drafted in the 31st round by the Chicago White Sox in the 1998 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.
Jack Wilson is a 12-year MLB veteran who played for the Pittsburgh Pirates, Seattle Mariners, and Atlanta Braves after being drafted in the ninth round of the 1998 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. The 2004 MLB All-Star recorded 1,294 hits, 426 RBIs and scored 565 runs during his career. Wilson also earned the National League Silver Slugger award in 2004 after ranking first in the National League in triples (12), third in hits (201) and seventh in singles (137). He is currently in his third season as the head coach at Thousand Oaks High School (Thousand Oaks, California), where he led the Lancers to the Marmonte League Championship in 2019 for the first time since 2007. 
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USA Baseball Reveals 2019 17U National Team Development Program Roster

The 2019 17U NTDP will once again be held in Chicago, Ill., July 20-25
June 28, 2019
DURHAM, N.C. - USA Baseball revealed the 41-man 2019 17U National Team Development Program (NTDP) roster on Friday, following the conclusion of the 17U National Team Championships in Arizona and Florida. The weeklong 17U NTDP will once again be held in Chicago, Illinois, for the fourth consecutive year from July
DURHAM, N.C. - USA Baseball revealed the 41-man 2019 17U National Team Development Program (NTDP) roster on Friday, following the conclusion of the 17U National Team Championships in Arizona and Florida. The weeklong 17U NTDP will once again be held in Chicago, Illinois, for the fourth consecutive year from July 20-25.
The National Team Development Program offers identified athletes an opportunity to connect with USA Baseball staff to better prepare for a future national team experience. The program includes skill development sessions, off-field education seminars and intrasquad Stars vs. Stripes games to assist in the development of the athletes as a person and a player.
"We are really excited about the announcement of this year's 17U NTDP roster," said 18U National Team Program Director Frank Jagoda. "This is an incredible developmental opportunity for these young men, and we look forward to a great week of showing them the USA Baseball way and continuing to move these kids forward in our programming, which could culminate with an opportunity to compete for this year's 18U National Team."
The roster is made up of 41 athletes who were identified and selected based on their participation and performance at USA Baseball sanctioned events, including the National Team Championships and the National Team Identification Series (NTIS), among others. In total, 21 athletes have played on a USA Baseball national team, while 22 past NTDP participants are on the roster.
Seventeen of the invited players are new to USA Baseball national team programming in 2019, including 10 athletes that represented their respective region at the 2018 16U NTIS Champions Cup in Cary, North Carolina, and seven that were selected from the 2019 National Team Championships in Arizona and Florida.
Nine members of this year's 17U NTDP are alumni of the 2018 15U National Team that won the program's first-ever World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-15 Baseball World Cup gold medal. In addition, the roster boasts six athletes that helped the 2017 15U National Team win its third-consecutive gold medal at the COPABE Pan Am "AA" Championships.
Ryan Clifford (Raleigh, N.C.), Brady House (Winder, Ga.) and Cody Schrier (San Clemente, Calif.) will reunite for the fourth time after being teammates on the 2018 15U National Team and the 12U National Team that won a gold medal at the 2015 WBSC U-12 Baseball World Cup; the three also participated together at the 2017 14U NTDP.
Pete Crow-Armstrong (Sherman Oaks, Calif.), who was a member of the 2018 18U National Team that won the COPABE U-18 Pan-American Championships gold medal, is returning to the 17U NTDP for the second year in a row in 2019. Crow-Armstrong will reunite with fellow 2014 12U National Team alumnus Izaac Pacheco (Friendswood, Texas) at this year's 17U NTDP.
Additionally, Rawley Hector (Van Alstyne, Texas) and Roc Riggio (Simi Valley, Calif.), whose paths have both included stops with the 2016 14U NTDP, the 2017 15U National Team and the 2018 16U NTDP, will add another summer with USA Baseball to their resumés in 2019. In total, ten members of the 2018 16U NTDP have been chosen to compete at the 17U NTDP, while 11 past 14U NTDP participants have made this year's roster.
USA Baseball will unveil the staff of the 2019 17U NTDP in the coming days. Stay tuned to USABaseball.com and follow @USABaseballNTDP on Twitter for all information on the National Team Development Program.
2019 17U National Team Development Program
Name; Position; Hometown
Phillip Abner; LHP; Charlotte, N.C.
Jackson Baumeister; C/RHP; Jacksonville, Fla.
Mike Bello; OF; Oak Ridge, N.J.
^Braylon Bishop; OF; Texarcana, Ark.
^Nick Bitsko; RHP; Doylestown, Penn.
Mark Black; C/OF; Pittsburgh, Penn.
Michael Braswell; INF/RHP; Mableton, Ga.
Maddux Bruns; RHP; Saraland, Ala.
^Irving Carter; RHP; Boynton Beach, Fla.
*^Ryan Clifford; OF; Raleigh, N.C.
*^Pete Crow-Armstrong; OF; Sherman Oaks, Calif.
Michael Davinni; IF/RHP; Laguna Niguel, Calif.
Kade Grundy; RHP/OF; Somerset, Ky.
*^Joshua Hartle; LHP/1B; King, N.C.
*^Rawley Hector; RHP/INF; Van Alstyne, Texas
*^Brady House; INF/RHP; Winder, Ga.
^Samuel Hunt; C/IF; Minneapolis, Minn.
^Jordan Lawlar; MIF; Irving, Texas
*^Luke Leto; INF/RHP; Portage, Mich.
*Christian Little; RHP; St. Louis, Mo.
Joseph Mack; C/IF; Williamsville, N.Y.
^Marcelo Mayer; SS/OF; Chula Vista, Calif.
Michael Morales; RHP/IF; Enola, Penn.
Maxwell Muncy; IF; Carmarillo, Calif.
*^Izaac Pacheco; INF; Friendswood, Texas
*Andrew Painter; RHP; Pompano Beach, Fla.
Joshua Pearson; OF/IF; West Monroe, La.
Joseph Quick; RHP/IF; Lake Jackson, Texas
Kurtis Reid; IF/RHP; Hamilton, Ohio
*^Roc Riggio; OF; Simi Valley, Calif.
*Alejandro Rosario; RHP; Miami, Fla.
*Charlie Saum; C; Ventura, Calif.
Nate Savino; LHP/OF; Sterling, Va.
*^Cody Schrier; INF; San Clemente, Calif.
Brock Selvidge; LHP/OF; Chandler, Ariz.
^Austin Stracener; SS/RHP; New Braunfels, Texas
*Ryan Spikes; UTL; Covington, Ga.
*^Grant Taylor; RHP; Florence, Ala.
^Hunter Teplansky; INF/RHP; Flower Mound, Texas
Jack Walker; RHP; Lake Charles, La.
Tyler Wiederstein; RHP/IF; Greensburg, Penn.
*Denotes National Team alum
^Denotes National Team Development Program Participant

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Peck, Baumeister Named Final Player, Pitcher of the Day for 16U

June 25, 2019
Jupiter, Fla. - Second baseman Owen Peck of Dallas Tigers 2022 - Polk has been named the Player of the Day for the final day of the 16U tournament at the National Team Championships in Florida. During the semifinal game against FTB55 2021, Peck went 3-for-3, with a double, three
Jupiter, Fla. - Second baseman Owen Peck of Dallas Tigers 2022 - Polk has been named the Player of the Day for the final day of the 16U tournament at the National Team Championships in Florida. During the semifinal game against FTB55 2021, Peck went 3-for-3, with a double, three runs, two walks and two stolen bases to help his team secure a 10-6 win.
The Pitcher of the Day title goes to 5 Star National Burress's Jackson Baumeister. Baumeister tossed for no runs on one hit and five strikeouts in their four-inning win against Bandito Scout to advance to the championship game.
Honorable Mentions
- DH Aiden Mastantuno (5 Star National Burress): 1-for-2, 3B, BB, R, 2 RBI
- SS Dylan Taylor (5 Star National Burress): 3-for-3, 3B, BB, 2 R, RBI
- C Walker Polk (Dallas Tigers 2022 - Polk): 1-for-3, HR, R, 4 RBI, BB, SB
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5 Star National Burress Wins Gold Medal at 16U National Team Championships in Florida

June 25, 2019
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E 5STR 0 1 4 1 1 0 0 7 7 1 DLST 0 1 0 0 1 1 0 3 9 0 Win: D. Haines Loss: J. Thomas Save: None Box Score | Play-by-Play   Jupiter, Fla. - 5 Star National Burress
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5STR 0 1 4 1 1 0 0 7 7 1
DLST 0 1 0 0 1 1 0 3 9 0
Win: D. Haines Loss: J. Thomas Save: None
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Jupiter, Fla. - 5 Star National Burress took down undefeated Dallas Tigers 2022 - Polk, 7-3, early Tuesday afternoon to win the 16U gold medal at Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium at the National Team Championships in Florida.
5 Star struck first in the game, putting one run on the board in the top of the second inning. A leadoff walk, single and fielder's choice loaded the bases for 5 Star and a sacrifice fly from Wyatt Campbell (0-for-2) brought Ethan Campbell (0-for-1) in to score.
Dallas Tigers responded in the bottom of the inning to tie the game at one, with Trenton Shaw (1-for-4) scoring off a wild pitch after moving to third thanks to a pair of walks and a sacrifice bunt.
The third inning brought four runs home for 5 Star to take a 5-1 lead. A leadoff double from Coleman Rowan (2-for-3) put him in scoring position and single from Devin Obee (1-for-3) allowed Rowan to score the first of the four. Next up, Aiden Mastantuno (1-for-2) hit a triple to right field and brought Dylan Taylor (1-for-3) and Obee in. Mastantuno scored off a sacrifice fly from Ethan Campbell.
The top of the fourth and fifth innings brought a run each for 5 Star. Branson Owens (0-for-2) scored on a single from Rowan in the fourth inning after drawing a walk and Tyler Christmas (0-for-1) added a run to take a 7-1 lead on a single from Treyson Hughes (2-for-3) in the fifth.
Dallas Tigers had two more runs of their own in the fifth and sixth innings. A pair of singles and an error allowed Owen Peck (1-for-3) to score in the bottom of the fifth inning after he reached on a single to second base. Peck came home again in the sixth, drawing a two-out walk and scoring off a triple from Tyler Collins (2-for-4) to right field.
Dillion Haines (1-0) secured the championship win for 5 Star National Burress with two runs on seven hits and one strikeout during five of the seven innings. The loss for Dallas Tigers 2022 - Polk went to Jared Thomas (0-1), who threw for five runs on four hits and struck out two batters in 2.1 innings on the mound.
5 Star National Burress ended the National Team Championships in Florida with an 8-1 record overall and Dallas Tigers 2022 - Polk took home a 7-1 record with their silver medals.
The bronze medal game between FTB55 2021 and Bandito Scout ended in forfeit by FTB55 and Bandito Scout being named the bronze medal winners.
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Dallas Tigers 2022 - Polk, 5 Star National Burress Advance to Championship Game

June 25, 2019
Jupiter, Fla. - FTB55 2021 6, Dallas Tigers 2022 - Polk 10 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E FTB 4 1 1 0 0 0 X 6 4 1 DLST 3 4 3 0 0 0 X 10 13 4 Win: B. Gay Loss: M. Quevedo
Jupiter, Fla. - FTB55 2021 6, Dallas Tigers 2022 - Polk 10
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FTB 4 1 1 0 0 0 X 6 4 1
DLST 3 4 3 0 0 0 X 10 13 4
Win: B. Gay Loss: M. Quevedo Save: None
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No. 1 Dallas Tigers 2022 - Polk defeated No. 5 FTB55 2021 10-2 during Tuesday morning's semifinal round at the National Team Championships in Florida.
FTB55 started strong in the top of the first inning with a leadoff home run by Edwin Arroyo (1-for-4). A pair of hits-by-pitch and pair of errors brought Sean Ambrose (1-for-1) home then a single from Ty Hollandsworth (1-for-2) brought both Gregorio Campos (0-for-1) and Brady Garcia (0-for-0) in to take an early 4-0 lead.
Dallas responded with three runs of their own in the bottom of the inning, bringing Owen Peck (3-for-3), Tyler Collins (3-for-4) and Jayson Jones (1-for-2) across home plate to cut FTB55's lead to one.
From there, FTB55 scored two more runs, one each coming in the second and third innings. A pair of walks and a single put James Carraher (0-for-1) at third and allowed him to score on a fielder's choice from Jaime Ferrer (0-for-3) in the second inning. The sixth run came from Hollandsworth after he made his way around the bases off a walk, error and sacrifice bunt. FTB55 stayed away from home plate the rest of the morning.
Dallas Tigers took a 7-5 lead in the bottom of the second inning when Walker Polk (1-for-3) hit a three-run home run to score himself, Jones and Jordan Lawler (1-for-2) after Peck scored on a single from Lawler.
The final three Dallas Tigers runs scored in the third inning. Two singles and a walk loaded the bases for Dallas with no one out. Two more walks and a fielder's choice scored Tommy Delaney (1-for-3), Caleb Bergman (1-for-4) and Peck to secure a 10-6 lead.
Brooks Gay (1-0) got the win for Dallas Tigers 2022 - Polk, throwing for six runs on four hits and four strikeouts during 4.2 innings on the mound. FTB55 2021's Michael Quevedo (0-1) was tagged with the loss for his one inning on the mound, with five runs on six hits and one strikeout.
5 Star National Burress 14, Bandito Scout 0
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
5STR 0 11 1 2 X X X 14 13 1
BNDT 0 0 0 0 X X X 0 1 1
Win: J. Baumeister Loss: C. Howard Save: None
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No. 7 5 Star National Burress clinched a spot in the championship game after a four-inning matchup with No. 6 Bandito Scout.
After a scoreless first inning, 5 Star came out swinging and didn't let up through the top of the second inning. A leadoff walk and two singles brought Treyson Hughes (1-for-1) home to score first with no one out. Branson Owens (1-for-2), Jackson Mayo (1-for-2) and Coleman Rowan (2-for-3) all scored next off of two doubles in a row to put 5 Star up 4-0.
A pair of walks and a third double scored Tyler Christmas (1-for-3) and Dylan Taylor (3-for-3) next. An error, triple and single brought in Devin Obee (1-for-1), Aiden Mastantuno (1-for-3) and Ethan Campbell (1-for-3) to increase 5 Star's lead to 9-0. The final two runs brought Hughes and Owens home from a pair of walks and a single.
5 Star sprinkled three more runs over the next two innings. In the top of the third, Taylor hit a triple and scored on a single from Obee to go up 12-0. A pair of singles from Taylor and Hodges scored Campbell and Christmas in the top of the fourth inning to secure the 14-0 mercy-rule win.
5 Star National Burress's Jackson Baumeister (1-0) snagged the win for throwing for no runs on one hit and striking out five batters through all four innings on the mound. Cody Howard (0-1) got the loss with nine runs on seven hits and two strikeouts in his 1.1 innings.
5 Star National Burress advanced to face Dallas Tigers 2022 - Polk in the championship game at Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium later Tuesday morning.
,No. 7 5 Star National Burress clinched a spot in the championship game after a four-inning matchup with No. 6 Bandito Scout.
After a scoreless first inning, 5 Star came out swinging and didn't let up through the top of the second inning. A leadoff walk and two singles brought Treyson Hughes (1-for-1) home to score first with no one out. Branson Owens (1-for-2), Jackson Mayo (1-for-2) and Coleman Rowan (2-for-3) all scored next off of two doubles in a row to put 5 Star up 4-0.
A pair of walks and a third double scored Tyler Christmas (1-for-3) and Dylan Taylor (3-for-3) next. An error, triple and single brought in Devin Obee (1-for-1), Aiden Mastantuno (1-for-3) and Ethan Campbell (1-for-3) to increase 5 Star's lead to 9-0. The final two runs brought Hughes and Owens home from a pair of walks and a single.
5 Star sprinkled three more runs over the next two innings. In the top of the third, Taylor hit a triple and scored on a single from Obee to go up 12-0. A pair of singles from Taylor and Hodges scored Campbell and Christmas in the top of the fourth inning to secure the 14-0 mercy-rule win.
5 Star National Burress's Jackson Baumeister (1-0) snagged the win for throwing for no runs on one hit and striking out five batters through all four innings on the mound. Cody Howard (0-1) got the loss with nine runs on seven hits and two strikeouts in his 1.1 innings.
5 Star National Burress advanced to face Dallas Tigers 2022 - Polk in the championship game at Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium later Tuesday morning.
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