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USA Baseball Announces Eight 12U Trials Invitees, National Open Participants

July 7, 2017

DURHAM, N.C. - USA Baseball announced on Friday eight players selected for the 12U National Team Trials from the 2017 11U Futures Invitational and 108 players chosen for the fourth-annual 12U National Open. The National Open will take place from July 16-18 at VTV Baseball in Castaic, California, followed immediately by 12U National Team Trials from July 19-21.

The eight players selected from the 11U Futures Invitational will join ten athletes previously selected for 12U Trials from the 2016 11U National Team Identification Series (NTIS) held in Cary, North Carolina.

The USA Baseball 11U Futures Invitational is an elite youth championship event, exclusively reserved for top teams and athletes. Top Tier Americans took home the gold medal from this year's Futures Invitational with an 11-1 victory over the San Diego Show. Four players from the Top Tier Americans roster have been chosen to participate in the 2017 12U National Team Trials.

The eight Futures Invitational invitees for the 2017 12U National Team Trials are as follows:

Kai Caranto; Santa Clarita, Calif.
Nicholas Montgomery; Cypress, Calif.
Dominic Smaldino; Ladera Ranch, Calif.
Josh Atomanczyk; Franklin, Texas
Hank Benny; Austin, Texas
KJ Scobey; Lakeland, Fla.
Conner Boyd; Parker, Colo.
Miles Ghossein; West Hills, Calif.

The 108 players selected for the 12U National Open were chosen from USA Baseball's Open Development Camps. The Open Development Camps were established to provide athletes across the country with the opportunity to become involved with Team USA in a setting that provides instruction, evaluation and fun. From the National Open, USA Baseball will invite 18 players to join the 18 players already identified for the 12U National Team Trials.

Twenty-five different states, as well as the U.S. Virgin Islands, will be represented in the National Open.

The 12U National Team roster will be finalized on July 21 with 12U National Team Training following from July 22-24. Team USA will play in the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-12 World Cup in Tainan, Taiwan from July 28 - August 6. The U.S. is the two-time defending World Champion.

The complete list of players participating in the 2017 12U National Open is as follows:

Trent Abel; San Diego, Calif.
Antonio Anderson; Atlanta, Ga.
Easton Andrews; Fort Worth, Texas
Jackson Babione; Scottsdale, Ariz.
Randy Balceiro; Hialeah, Fla.
Connor Bigelow; Gilbert, Ariz.
Tyler Borelli; Encinitas, Calif.
Kenan Bowman; Charlotte, N.C.
Kade Boyd; Billings, Mont.
Michael Brown; Las Vegas, Nev.
Cade Brown; Lilburn, Ga.
Brad Burnes; Belvedere, Calif.
Spencer Butt; Davie, Fla.
Ryan Canela; Queens, N.Y.
Robinson Casey; Hurricane, Utah
Matthew Cash; Centreville, Ala.
Cooper Cohn; Mchenry, Ill.
Paul Contreras; Salida, Calif.
Jackson Copeland; Tacoma, Wash.
Kayson Cunningham; San Antonio, Texas
Joseph Curreri; Beach Lake, Pa.
Michael D'Amato; Ladera Ranch, Calif.
Tague Davis; West Chester, Pa.
Nolan Ditto; Las Vegas, Nev.
Cutter Douglas; Lubbock, Texas
Ian Duarte; Santa Clarita, Calif.
Cashel Dugger; Morrison, Colo.
Jaylen Edwards; Keller, Texas
Trotter Enright; Calabasas, Calif.
Dylan Fien; Temecula, Calif.
Sammy Fredrich; Las Vegas, Nev.
Evan Gant; Las Vegas, Nev.
Linkin Garcia; Fullerton, Calif.
Jax Gimenez; Rocklin, Calif.
Tristan Govea; Hasbruck Height, N.J.
Gavin Grahovac; Orange, Calif.
Eric Griffin; Bowie, Md.
Cedrick Harris Jr.; San Antonio, Texas
Cristian Hernandez; Bronx, N.Y.
Wes Hickey; Yucaipa, Calif.
John Hughes; Hinsdale, Ill.
Ryan Hussey; Mokena, Ill.
Jack Irby; Huntsville Ala.
Kenneth Jackson; Oxford, Ala.
Zachary Justice; Oakland, Calif.
Samuel Kahler; Stockton, Calif.
Garrison Kahn; Birmingham, Ala.
Cayne Killion; Scottsdale, Ariz.
Josh Knoth; Medford, N.Y.
Andrew Krodel; Villa Park, Calif.
Alex Kuenzle; Naples, Fla.
George Kyriakopoulos; Astoria, N.Y.
Ashton Larson; Overland Park, Kan.
Brandon Luu; Irvine, Calif.
Adam Magpoc; Torrance, Calif.
Duncan Marsten; Balboa, Calif.
Josh Martinez; Bronx, N.Y.
John Martinez; Orlando, Fla.
Keith Martinez; Haslet, Texas
Joshua Martinez; Homeland, Calif.
Beau McBride; Glenco, Ill.
Cole McKechnie; Aliso Viejo, Calif.
Jonathan Mendez; Los Angeles, Calif.
Marshall Minor II; Las Vegas, Nev.
Andre Modugno; Upper Saddle River, N.J.
Joshua Morano; Livermore, Calif.
Colten Payton; Colorado Springs, Colo.
Luca Periello; Evans, Ga.
Keegan Phillips; Bowersville, Ohio
Pavos Piperakis; Pembroke Pines, Fla.
Gregory Pierantoni; Valencia, Calif.
Isaac Quintanilla; Diamond Bar, Calif.
Benjamin Reiland; Irvine, Calif.
CJ Rice; Pleasanton, Calif.
Nash Rice; Wake Forest, N.C.
Lennon Richman; St. Thomas, Virgin Islands
Noah Rodriguez; Corona, Calif.
Jorge Romero; Odessa, Fla.
Mark Rutherford; Yukon, Okla.
Adrian Santana; Hialeah, Fla.
JT Shank; Castle Pines, Colo.
Easton Shelton; Murrieta, Calif.
Gavin Smith; Parker, Colo.
Ethan Sprenger; Placentia, Calif.
Trey Swiderski; Channahon, Ill.
Kevin Takeuchi; San Diego, Calif.
Gavin Taylor; Tarzana, Calif.
Randy Tennyson; Desoto, Texas
James Theodore; Carlsbad, Calif.
Keith Tillett; Columbus, N.J.
Hyatt Timosciek; Lockport, Ill.
Carson Tinney; Denver, Colo.
Dalen Tinsley; Suican City, Calif.
Griffin Tobias; St. John, Ind.
Owen Tomich; Rossmore, Calif.
Lane Toya; Rio Rancho, N.M.
Tomas Valincius; Chicago, Ill.
Lathan Van Ausdall; Denver, Colo.
Hunter Vaughn; Campbellsville, Ky. Brynner Waioloma; Torrance, Calif.
Tanner Waldrop; Auburn, Ala.
Zyan Watson; San Diego, Calif.
Hustyn Wheeler; Anthem, Ariz.
Chase Williams; Elmore, Ala.
Anane Wilson; Yuma, Ariz.
Macon Winslow; Hertford, N.C.
Ty Wisdom; Kansas City, Mo.
Koa Won; Livermore, Calif.

For more information on the USA Baseball 12U National Team and the 2017 National Open, visit USABaseball.com, or follow on Twitter, at @USABaseball12U.

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12U Open

2017 12U National Open Schedule

July 10, 2017

Fan Guide  Invitees

Sunday, July 16

Registration/Testing

Time (PT) Teams Field Round
8:30 am ALL OF POOL A Main Entrance Registration
9:30 am ALL OF POOL A Various Testing
11:00 am ALL OF POOL B Main Entrance Registration
12:00 pm ALL OF POOL B Various Testing

Games

Game Time (PT) Away Home Field Round
1 3:00 pm Stars - 13 Pride 4 Field 1 Pool
2 3:00 pm Brave - 11 Eagles 5 Field 2 Pool
3 5:30 pm Stripes 1 United - 16 Field 1 Pool
4 5:30 pm Patriots 6 Free - 7 Field 2 Pool


Monday, July 17

Game Time (PT) Away Home Field Round
5 9:00 am United 6 Patriots 7 Field 1 Pool
6 9:00 am Free 12 Stripes 10 Field 2 Pool
7 12:00 pm Pride 4 Brave 6 Field 1 Pool
8 12:00 pm Eagles 2 Stars 3 Field 2 Pool
9 3:00 pm United 10 Free 8 Field 1 Pool
10 3:00 pm Stripes 11 Patriots 7 Field 2 Pool
11 5:30 pm Stars 8 Brave 3 Field 1 Pool
12 5:30 pm Eagles 5 Pride 6 Field 2 Pool

Tuesday, July 18

Game Time (PT) Away Home Field Round
13 8:00 am United 6 Stars 2 Field 1 Championship
14 8:00 am Free 8 Brave 12 Field 2 Consolation
15 10:30 am Eagles 8 Stripes 10 Field 1 Consolation
16 10:30 am Pride 5 Patriots 8 Field 2 Consolation
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12U Open

2017 12U National Open Fan Guide

July 10, 2017

EVENT OVERVIEW:

The USA Baseball 12U National Open will host a collection of youth talent from around the country taking the next step in their quest to play for the USA Baseball 12U National Team. These aspiring athletes will have the unique opportunity to showcase their talents on a national stage in front of USA Baseball national team coaches and staff. The Open will include four games along with skill testing and athletic evaluations as part of the official selection process for the 2017 12U National Team. In addition to games and evaluations, players will receive an exclusive opportunity to interact and receive instruction from USA Baseball national team coaches. At the conclusion of the National Open, a minimum of 14 players will be selected to participate in the 2017 12U National Team Trials.

12U National Team Program Selection:
Players will be competing for the opportunity to be named to the 12U National Team Trials. The selections to the 12U National Team Trials will be announced following the last game on July 18.
 

SCHEDULE:

Please click here to view the event schedule.

Schedule Updates:
Should any schedule changes occur due to weather or other reasons, schedule changes will be communicated via email as well as on Twitter. Follow @USABaseball12U on Twitter, for updates.
 

TICKETS:

General Ticket Info: There will be no tickets for the National Open. All games and trainings will be open to spectators.

Gates will open one hour prior to the first scheduled game time on any given day.
 

PHOTOS:

A team photo and action shots will be taken throughout the event. All photos taken by USA Baseball will be available on USABaseballPhotos.com following the conclusion of the event.
 

FACILITY INFORMATION:

VTV Baseball
VTV Baseball is located at:
27946 Henry Mayo Dr.
Valencia, CA 90221
Google Map

Location:
This facility is located at the back of an RV Park. There will be signage all along the park directing you all to the facility. 5 mph speed limit when driving through the RV residential area

Parking:
Free parking is available in the gravel lot right next to the fields. However, park in designated areas only. Non-designated areas will be coned off to signify that they cannot be used.

Smoking Policy at VTV Baseball:
VTV Baseball is a smoke-free facility. Smoking is permitted in the parking lot outside of the VTV Baseball gates.

Outside Food and Beverage:
No outside food and beverages will be allowed into the park throughout the 12U National Open. There will be a Snack Shack open throughout the event in order for players to eat. The following items will be strictly prohibited:
• Alcoholic Beverages
• Sunflower Seeds w/ Shells

Foul Balls:
Please be aware of foul balls at all times.

Concessions:
Concessions will be open for the duration of the event.

First-Aid:
A certified athletic trainer will be on-site through the entire event. In case of emergency, the closest hospitals are Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital and Children's Hospital Los Angeles.

Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital
23845 McBean Park Way
Valencia, CA 91355
Phone: (661) 200-2000
Google Maps

Children's Hospital Los Angeles - Valencia Care Center
23838 Valencia Blvd. #140
Valencia, CA 91355
Phone: (661) 362-1240
Google Maps

Merchandise:
USA Baseball has a Team Store on site at the USA Baseball National Training Complex. All major credit cards are accepted; Visa, Master Card, American Express and Discover Card. For additional Team USA merchandise, please check out the official online shop.
 

ADDITIONAL USA BASEBALL INFORMATION:

Gatorade: Athletes will have access to Gatorade Thirst Quencher in the dugouts of each game during the Futures Invitational to help keep them hydrated. Gatorade Thirst Quencher has fluids to rehydrate, electrolytes to replenish, and carbs to refuel. To learn more about the science behind Gatorade, visit www.Gatorade.com.

 

EDUCATION:

Pitch Smart:
Major League Baseball and USA Baseball have teamed up to help young players reduce arm injuries through Pitch Smart, a comprehensive resource for safe pitching practices. Pitch Smart offers a series of practical, age-appropriate guidelines to help players, parents and coaches avoid overuse injuries and foster long, healthy careers. The guidelines were developed throughout the 2014 regular season, as MLB and USA Baseball collaboratively sought to pool the recommendations of many leading medical authorities in the sport in conjunction with baseball officials. The program was formally launched in late 2014.

PitchSmart.org serves as the program's online home and is accessible via MLB.com and USABaseball.com. The site offers pitch count and rest recommendations, statistics on Tommy John surgery, risk factors, awareness tips, published research and videos from experts, including Dr. James Andrews and USA Baseball's medical safety committee chairman, Dr. Glenn Fleisig. USA Baseball, the national governing body for amateur baseball, is fully compliant with the Pitch Smart program and will use PitchSmart.org as a major resource to educate the amateur baseball community on pitcher safety. For more information about the Pitch Smart program, take the free introduction to Pitch Smart online course hosted by Hall of Fame Major League pitcher, John Smoltz, at USABaseball.Education.

Play Sun Smart:
Play Sun Smart is a joint skin cancer initiative by Major League Baseball, the Major League Baseball Players Association and the American Academy of Dermatology, and is supported by USA Baseball. The program aims to raise awareness of skin cancer and offer prevention and detection tips to the baseball community. Since 1999, the American Academy of Dermatology has conducted nearly 39,000 screenings through the Play Sun Smart program. More than 1,300 suspicious spots have been detected, including 168 melanomas through these screenings.

The Play Sun Smart program can be found here. The site offers information about skin cancer, community programs and events, ways to get involved, and free resources. The USA Baseball Online Education Center also provides a free course on the Play Sun Smart program, hosted by team dermatologist for the New York Yankees, Dr. Darrell Rigel. The course can be found at USABaseball.Education.

Coaches Education Program:
As the national governing body for baseball in the United States, USA Baseball, in partnership with the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS), has developed and launched "Coaching Baseball," the latest online sport-specific course in its Coaches Education Program. The course is now available online at www.nfhslearn.com. USA Baseball is recommending that all coaches participating in its events use the course as a resource to improve their skills. Course completion is strongly recommended for all USA Baseball events.

In addition to "Coaching Baseball," USA Baseball would also like to recommend several other NFHS resources for coaches and fans. "Heat Illness Prevention", "Creating a Safe and Respectful Environment", "Positive Sports Parenting" and "Sportsmanship" are courses that can assist in creating a positive environment for your team at USA Baseball events and beyond. All of these courses are free of charge and can be found at www.nfhslearn.com.

SafeSport:
In 2010, the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) convened the Working Group for Safe Training Environments and charged it with the task of developing a set of recommendations concerning misconduct in sport. The diverse group included individuals from the Olympic family as well as outside experts. The SafeSport program is the culmination of the sustained work on the part of these passionate individuals, addressing misconduct in sport by providing information, training, and resources, while focusing on four primary objectives:

  • Addressing sexual and physical misconduct in sport.
  • Reviewing the guidelines across sports and other related organizations for responding to these issues.
  • Assessing the needs of athletes, coaches, staff, National Governing Bodies (NGBs), clubs and other sport organizations.
  • Developing a set of recommendations to promote athlete well-being.


The resources of the USOC have been made available to our sport, and as such USA Baseball is committed to providing a safe environment for its members, participants, coaches, officials and volunteers. Sexual, physical or emotional abuse and harassment in any form by a USA Baseball member, participant, coach, official, or volunteer is unacceptable and will not be tolerated. When any member, participant, coach, official, staff or volunteer is subjected to sexual, physical or emotional abuse or harassment in any form, it undermines the mission and values of USA Baseball. USA Baseball advocates the building of strong self-images among the athlete participants, strives to promote good sportsmanship throughout the organization and encourages qualities of mutual respect, courtesy and tolerance.

For more information, log on to www.safesport.org.

Amateur Resource Center:
The Amateur Resource Center (The ARC) is home to USA Baseball's educational resources for coaches, umpires, parents, and players. Other resources offered through The ARC include online education courses, health and safety articles, support programs and championship principles.

The ARC features the following:

  • Online Education courses hosted on the Online Education Center focused on various aspects of the game of baseball
  • The USA Baseball Mobile Coach application as an on-the-go practice planning tool for coaches at any level
  • A variety of health and safety resources that offer advice on best practices for baseball related health and safety concerns


For more information, please visit www.USABaseball.com/arc.

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