Weathers Shines in 4-0 Shutout of Japan

September 3, 2017
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
USA 0 2 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 4 7 1
JPN 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2
Win: R. Weathers Loss: K. Kawabata Save: None
Box Score | Play-by-Play | World Cup Stats

THUNDER BAY, Canada - On a rainy evening quite similar to the gold-medal contest two years ago between the same two teams, the USA Baseball 18U National Team emerged victorious against Japan, outlasting a pair of 90-minute rain delays to claim a 4-0 victory at the 2017 World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-18 Baseball World Cup on Saturday at Port Arthur Stadium.


Following the second rain delay of the afternoon - the start of the contest was also delayed for an hour-and-a-half - Ryan Weathers (Loretto, Tenn.) toed the rubber to begin the second inning and provided an incredible effort out of the bullpen.


The 6-1 southpaw fired seven stellar innings of one-hit ball, striking out eight batters and walking only one. He allowed just one runner to reach scoring position en route to earning the victory.


Just prior to the lengthy delay, Triston Casas (Pembroke Pines, Fla.) struck the game's biggest offensive blow when he took an 0-2 offering and crushed it the other way for a two-run home run. Just seconds later the skies opened up, forcing the team's back to their respective locker rooms.


The three-time defending World Cup champions, Team USA was undeterred after the break, however, and used some heads-up baserunning from Mike Siani (Glenside, Pa.) to manufacture another run in the fifth.


Siani struck out swinging to open the frame but hustled safely down to first when the pitch scooted away from the catcher before Carter Young (Selah, Wash.) promptly sacrificed him up to second. Siani's baseball IQ was on full display a few pitches later when a passed ball on another swinging strike three sent the ball to the backstop. Never stopping, he raced around third and scored standing up as Japan left the plate uncovered on the passed ball.


It was Siani once again in the sixth when he punched a two-out RBI single into left to plate Brice Turang (Corona, Calif.) for what would be the game's final run.


JT Ginn (Brandon, Miss.) would come out of the bullpen firing bullets in the ninth, striking out two to seal the victory. Landon Marceaux (Destrehan, la.) started the contest with a scoreless first but was forced to exit the game after the rain delay.


Team USA is the three-time defending World Cup champion and is looking to become the second country to win four-straight gold medals in the tournament. The U.S. will take on Mexico at 6:30 p.m. ET on Sunday at Baseball Central.


Continue to follow @USABaseball18U on Twitter and visit for the most up-to-date news about the 18U National Team.



USA Baseball 18U National Team Manager Andy Stankiewicz

(On Ryan Weathers)

"Coming in we knew that Ryan (Weathers) could be a starter or equally as effective out of the bullpen. Once we got to that rain delay and we were getting close to an hour in, we knew it was time to put that versatility to use. Talk about stepping up, wow. He was enormous. I don't have the words to describe the job he did. He was a bulldog and just attacked hitters. It was fun to watch."


(On the team's offensive effort)

"The home run by (Triston) Casas was huge just to give us a little margin to work with. That was all Ryan needed. It wasn't pretty from an offensive standpoint, but Mike Siani came up big with the two-out knock and then the hustle-and-score from second on the strikeout. Anytime you can add one against a team like Japan is huge."


(On Japan)

"Japan is good. Their starting pitcher, talk about a competitor. You have to tip your hat, he was good. He was pounding the zone, getting his fastball over early, and then throwing a nice little breaking ball that tied our guys up. Hopefully our team can learn from this and if we face them again, which we think we probably will, we'll have to be ready to commit to putting the ball in play."


Relief Pitcher Ryan Weathers

(On his effort out of the bullpen)

"I knew going into the game that if something like that happened with the rain delay I had a chance of going in. I knew when they pulled the tarp off that I had 30 minutes so I just went through my normal routine like I would if I was starting. That helped me out a lot."


(On having a 2-0 lead when he entered the game)

"It definitely gave me a little room for comfort. It would have been different going into a game 0-0 because you don't have any room for error. You still don't want to give up any runs even though you are up two, but it helped me mentally to be prepared to go out there and do work."


First Baseman Triston Casas

(On what he saw out of Japan)

"I was expecting exactly what we got. They have a lot of good pitching and kept getting off balance all game. On the defensive side for us, they put a lot of balls in play and made us play defense."


(On his home run)

"That kid on the mound was great. He had me on the ropes all night. He just made a mistake on 0-2 and I was able to put a good swing on it. I was just trying to get a job done with a guy on third and less than two outs and just trying to get a ball airborne. I got a ball airborne and it just happened to go over the fence. I just choked up a little, widened out my stance, and put a good swing on the ball. I can't speak highly enough of the Japanese pitching and I was just lucky to put a good swing on it, to be honest."


(On the rain delay)

"I was pretty relaxed. We were all hungry because we hadn't really eaten since about 11:30 or noon. We ate some apples and some oranges, and we got some hot dogs from the concession stand. We were just relaxing and chatting it up a little bit. I don't think it was as disruptive as people might think. I don't think the weather delay bothered us at all."

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USA Baseball Adds SafeSport Resources to Online Education Center

January 9, 2018

Three SafeSport courses now available online at USABaseball.Education

DURHAM, N.C. - USA Baseball announced on Wednesday the addition of three new, online courses from the U.S. Center for SafeSport to the USA Baseball Online Education Center. All three courses are immediately available free of charge at USABaseball.Education.

The U.S. Center for SafeSport is a 501(c)(3) non-profit focused on preventing physical, emotional and sexual abuse in sport. The Center, initially chartered by the U.S. Olympic Committee, is an independent organization with a nine-member board of directors, including subject-matter experts in abuse prevention, child abuse and sexual assault investigation, ethics compliance and sport administration.

The new online courses are part of a series of efforts by the U.S. Center for SafeSport to foster a culture of safety by raising awareness, developing best practices, and providing education and training to promote respect and prevent abuse. The courses include:

  • Emotional and Physical Misconduct
  • Mandatory Reporting
  • Sexual Misconduct Awareness Education

The courses are each approximately 30 minutes in length, and provide critical information about the nature of misconduct in sport, how to recognize it, how to prevent it and how to take action. The information in the courses aims to help keep sport a positive experience for every athlete, coach and volunteer.

In addition to these training courses, USA Baseball has further supported the SafeSport initiative with the inclusion of a series of articles produced by the USOC through the USA Baseball Sport Development Blog, relating to the physical and emotional protection of athletes.

"USA Baseball is the National Governing Body for the sport within the United States Olympic Committee structure and as a result we are closely aligned and connected to the SafeSport initiative," said Paul Seiler, Executive Director and CEO of USA Baseball. "USA Baseball is passionate about raising awareness of the SafeSport initiative and providing our athletes unparalleled development and competitive opportunity in a safe environment."

The U.S. Center for SafeSport mandates all National Governing Bodies require its staff to complete SafeSport training prior to working directly with any youth athletes or at participating youth events. In coordination with this policy, all coaches and staff members, as well as volunteers, of USA Baseball and its national teams will complete these courses as part of the educational component of the SafeSport training.

The USA Baseball Online Education Center currently includes 18 online courses for players, coaches, parents and umpires, hosted by some of baseball's most esteemed professionals, as well as hosting additional resources such as the Long Term Athlete Development Plan, USA Baseball Mobile Coaching App, the Sport Development blog and more.

All courses on the Online Education Center are free of charge and aim to provide a positive baseball experience for all.

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USA Baseball, ABCA Announce Educational Partnership

January 5, 2018

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- USA Baseball and the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) announced a new partnership on Saturday, in an effort to create a higher standard of coaching education and enhance the ability of coaches at all levels of the game to better serve their athletes, teams and communities.

The announcement was made at the ABCA National Convention by Houston Astros Manager and World Series Champion, A.J. Hinch. Hinch kicked off Saturday's session of the Convention by encouraging coaches to become more active leaders in their communities, a movement which is being spearheaded by the USA Baseball and ABCA partnership.

"Coaches are the bedrock of player development and the player experience and that's why this partnership is so important to me and critical to our game," Hinch said.

USA Baseball and the ABCA will work together to provide a comprehensive program that combines online and in-person learning opportunities for baseball coaches. The program will be exhibited to coaches at the annual ABCA National Convention, the largest baseball coaching convention in the world, as well as other regional coaching clinic events, and will be hosted online on the USA Baseball Education Center. The Education Center contains online courses for players, coaches, parents and umpires, as well as the USA Baseball Mobile Coach app - which has additional resources including practice plans and a drill library. All content on the USA Baseball Education Center is provided free of charge.

The announcement of the educational partnership also comes with a call to action for coaches to engage in and support the new Baseball ACE Community Clinic program. This joint initiative between USA Baseball and the ABCA aims to encourage active mentorship among the baseball coaching community by providing coaches at all levels the opportunity to learn and grow by interacting with one another, allowing veteran coaches to pass their knowledge and guidance down to fellow coaches with less experience. Further announcements about the partnership will be made later in 2018.

"We couldn't be more excited about the possibilities of the partnership between the ABCA and USA Baseball," said ABCA Executive Director Craig Keilitz. "Between the two organizations, there are so many different assets - whether they are clinics, the education center, other videos, podcasts, Inside Pitch Magazine - and we are planning to leverage those into the most comprehensive baseball coaching education program to date."

"This partnership brings together the two organizations best positioned to support the commitment of baseball coaches at all levels of the amateur game," said Rick Riccobono, USA Baseball's Chief Development Officer. "We are thrilled to be working with the dedicated team at the ABCA, and look forward to expanding our coaching education platform in the coming months and years. Better coaches means a better future for America's pastime"

In November of 2017, USA Baseball and the ABCA rolled out four online coaching courses featuring clinic videos from recent ABCA National Conventions that are now available in English and Spanish on the USA Baseball Online Education Center at no cost to users. These courses include:

  • Managing Players, featuring Andy Green, Manager of the San Diego Padres, and Chris Burke, former MLB player and current TV analyst
  • Coaching Philosophy and Approach, featuring Jack Thomson, Head Baseball Coach at Sierra HS (Manteca, Calif.), and Dave Jauss, Coach for the Pittsburgh Pirates
  • Infield Development, featuring Marty Lees, Head Baseball Coach at Washington State University, and Eddie Smith, Head Baseball Coach at Lower Columbia College
  • Outfield Development, featuring Jake Boss, Head Baseball Coach at Michigan State University, and Matt Bragga, Head Baseball Coach at Tennessee Tech

Additional educational resources offered jointly by USA Baseball and the ABCA will be added to the USA Baseball Online Education Center in the coming months.

To access the online courses presented by USA Baseball and the ABCA, visit the USA Baseball Online Education Center at USABaseball.Education. Information on Community Clinics and other on-site coaching experiences is available at To obtain more information on hosting, speaking in or attending a clinic through the Baseball ACE Community Clinic Program, visit

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MLB, USA Baseball Recognize Pitch Smart Compliant Organizations

January 3, 2018

DURHAM, N.C. - Major League Baseball and USA Baseball recognized on Wednesday the amateur and youth organizations that have fully adopted the Pitch Smart Compliance Program's guidelines and principles for the 2018 season. The updated compliance program includes the addition of two national organizations to the Full Compliance level, bringing the total to 25 fully compliant national and regional organizations, an increase of nearly nine percent from 2017.

Pitch Smart is a joint initiative between Major League Baseball and USA Baseball that provides safe pitching practices to help reduce the risk of arm injuries in amateur players. The program includes a growing number of resources on its home site at It is further supported by a free online educational course available at USA Baseball's Online Education Center at USABaseball.Education that is hosted by Hall of Fame pitcher John Smoltz.

"The long-term development and health of amateur players continues to be a priority for Major League Baseball," said Chris Marinak, Executive Vice President, Strategy, Technology & Innovation, Major League Baseball. "We continue to be encouraged by the ongoing proliferation of the Pitch Smart program, and see it as a core component for every amateur organization's rule book."

Full Pitch Smart compliance represents the highest level of commitment to the program and is defined by the incorporation of Pitch Smart guidelines pertaining to pitch counts and rest periods across all competitions, as well as supporting Pitch Smart educational efforts across all platforms.

PONY Baseball and Prep Baseball Report join the lineup of fully compliant Pitch Smart organizations for 2018. The returning fully compliant national organizations from 2017 include: American Amateur Baseball Congress, American Legion Baseball, Atlantic Collegiate Baseball League, Baseball Factory, Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League, California Collegiate League, Cape Cod Baseball League, Dixie Boys Baseball Inc., East Coast Pro Showcase, Florida Collegiate Summer League, Great Lakes Summer Collegiate Baseball League, Hamptons Collegiate Baseball League, Little League Baseball®, National Amateur Baseball Federation, National Youth Baseball Championships, New England Collegiate Baseball League, New York Collegiate Baseball League, Perfect Game, Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI), Southern Collegiate Baseball League, Sunbelt Baseball League, USA Baseball, and Valley Baseball League.

In addition to the Full Compliant organizations, Major League Baseball and USA Baseball also recognize organizations that are Select Compliant and Educational Supporters. Select Compliance of the Pitch Smart program is defined by the implementation of Pitch Smart guidelines pertaining to pitch counts and rest periods across select competitions, supporting Pitch Smart educational efforts across all platforms, and a plan to progress towards the adoption of all standards of full compliance in coming years.

The final level of Pitch Smart compliance, Educational Supporters, includes organizations that agree with the philosophies of the Pitch Smart program, support Pitch Smart educational efforts across all platforms, and will work towards select and full program compliance upon organizational review.

The Select Compliant Pitch Smart organizations for 2018 include: Babe Ruth League, Dixie Youth Baseball, Game Day USA and NCTB Baseball.

The Educational Supporters of Pitch Smart for 2018 include: Amateur Athletic Union Baseball, National Federation of State High School Associations and Ripken Baseball.

"We are pleased that Pitch Smart compliance has become the expected standard across all levels of the amateur landscape," said Paul Seiler, USA Baseball's Executive Director and CEO. "USA Baseball continues to move down the path of being a comprehensive body of governance and providing educational and health and safety programs for the amateur game."

In addition to the national and regional organizations listed, 73 state and local organizations have been recognized as Full Compliant, Select Compliant or Educational Supporter organizations for 2018. USA Baseball will continue to collaborate with all organizations on their Pitch Smart progress throughout the 2018 season.

For a complete list of all full compliant organizations, select compliant organizations and educational supporters, as well as more information about Pitch Smart and an application for inclusion in the compliance program, visit

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USA Baseball Mourns the Passing of Jerry Kindall

December 25, 2017

DURHAM, N.C. - USA Baseball Executive Director and CEO Paul Seiler released a statement following the passing of Jerry Kindall. Kindall assumed multiple roles during his time with USA Baseball, including serving as an assistant coach for the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team in 1991, 1998 and 1999.

"USA Baseball is saddened by the news of Jerry Kindall's passing. Jerry's immense success and passion left an indelible mark on the game of baseball both on and off the field, and we are forever grateful for his many years of service to USA Baseball. On a personal level, I'm humbled to have called him a friend and mentor. He was a very special man. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife, Diane, and the rest of his family during this time."

While serving as an assistant coach in 1991, the Collegiate National Team won a bronze medal at the XI Pan American Games in Havana, Cuba. Kindall became a senior advisor to national team coaching staffs following his retirement from the University of Arizona and later served as a USA Baseball Board of Directors member. He also spent time as a play-by-play announcer for Collegiate National Team broadcasts.

Kindall won four NCAA College World Series titles during his career - one as a player at the University of Minnesota and three as the head coach at the University of Arizona. Before beginning his coaching career, he spent eight years in the major leagues, playing infield for the Chicago Cubs, Cleveland Indians and the Minnesota Twins.

He was inducted into the American Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 1991 and the College Baseball Hall of Fame in 2007.

Kindall passed away in Tucson, Arizona at the age of 82.

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Coaching Material Available Through New Partnership with Baseball New Zealand

December 21, 2017

USA Baseball to share coaching manuals with Baseball New Zealand to help increase game knowledge

Baseball coaches in New Zealand will soon have greater access to coaching manuals and instructional video's through a new partnership between Baseball New Zealand and its American equivalent USA Baseball. In a move designed to increase the knowledge of baseball coaches in New Zealand, instructional information and coaching techniques will be freely available to anyone involved in the game through the Baseball New Zealand website.

"Providing our online courses to our international counterparts is part of the continuation of USA Baseball's efforts to make educational resources universally available within the game," said Paul Seiler, Executive Director/CEO of USA Baseball. "We are encouraged by Baseball New Zealand's enthusiasm to offer these educational resources to its constituents, and we are proud to promote these resources in the international baseball community."

"We have investigated many different ways to get coaching information out to our stakeholders and this partnership goes a long way to achieving this goal," said Baseball New Zealand CEO Ryan Flynn, adding, "Our National Development Officers have done a great job in managing our coaching programmes and this development is an added bonus to increasing the knowledge of our coaches.

"USA Baseball has put together a superb menu of coaching instruction and video and having this at our fingertips can only help our coaches nationwide to grow," said Flynn, "We are close to a tipping point in New Zealand where the game of baseball is about to explode and it is important we assist anybody wanting to coach to have the necessary information to facilitate this."

Media Contact for further information or to pre-arrange interviews:

Ryan Flynn
Chief Executive Officer
Baseball New Zealand
M: +64-21-665-339

Twitter: @BaseballNZ
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Ian McDonald
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Baseball New Zealand
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2017 USA Baseball Award Winners Announced

December 12, 2017

18U National Team member Triston Casas named Richard W. "Dick" Case Award Winner

DURHAM, N.C. - USA Baseball announced the recipients of its annual organizational awards on Tuesday, recognizing the top athletes, coaches and performances from the 2017 USA Baseball national teams. 18U National Team member Triston Casas was named the Richard W. "Dick" Case Award winner, given annually to USA Baseball's top player in honor of the organization's founding Executive Director and CEO. Casas is the third 18U National Team member to earn athlete of the year honors.

USA Baseball honored the World Baseball Classic Team with three awards in 2017, including the Team of the Year award after winning its first-ever gold medal in the event. Manager Jim Leyland was named the Rod Dedeaux Coach of the Year and World Baseball Classic MVP Marcus Stroman earned the International Performance of the Year award following his outstanding performance in the championship game in March.

Stroman shares the International Performance of the Year award with 12U National Team member Josh Atomancyzyk, whose performance against Japan in the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-12 Baseball World Cup kept Team USA in medal contention en route to its third consecutive Baseball World Cup title. This is the first time in USA Baseball's history two individual performances were recognized with this award.

"We are delighted to recognize these outstanding performances that led USA Baseball to new heights in 2017," said Paul Seiler, USA Baseball's Executive Director/CEO. "Our on-field performances are certainly paramount to our organization's success but in addition to that, each one of these athletes represented the United States in an exceptional manner as a global ambassador for the game of baseball and our country on the international stage. We are truly proud to recognize these individuals and teams with our annual awards."

In partnership with the United States Olympic Committee (USOC), USA Baseball also named David Sharp (12U National Team) and Bill Burniston (Collegiate National Team) the Developmental and Volunteer Coach of the Year award recipients, respectively.

USA Baseball had its most successful year in 2017 after sweeping through its international competition with gold medals at the World Baseball Classic, WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup, COPABE Pan Am U-15 Championships and the WBSC U-12 Baseball World Cup; in addition to the Collegiate National Team winning all three of its international friendship series against Chinese Taipei, Cuba and Japan. It is the first time in international baseball history a federation has won all of its international competitions in a calendar year.

Three-time USA Baseball alumnus Triston Casas (American Heritage High School, Pembroke Pines, Fla.) was awarded the Richard W. "Dick" Case Award following his performance with the 18U National Team at the WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup in Thunder Bay, Canada. Casas was named the tournament MVP after leading Team USA to its fourth consecutive world championship title. A stalwart at first base, his bat did the most damage, collecting tournament-highs with 13 RBIs and three home runs, including a two-run shot in the gold medal game. The WBSC also named Casas its Baseball Player of the Year at its annual congress in Gaborone, Batswana in October.

Casas has now won three gold medals in his young career with Team USA. In addition to winning the WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup in 2017, he also won a gold medal with the 2015 15U National Team and the 2016 18U National Team in the COPABE Pan Am Championships. He was also a member of the 2016 17U National Team Development Program.

The World Baseball Classic Team was named USA Baseball's Team of the Year after winning its first-ever title when it defeated Puerto Rico, 8-0, in the gold medal game at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles. Pitcher Marcus Stroman (Toronto Blue Jays) was named the MVP of the tournament and Eric Hosmer (Kansas City Royals) and Christian Yelich (Miami Marlins) joined him on the All-Tournament Team. The team finished the tournament with a 7-2 overall record and its success led to earning the USOC Team of the Month award for March, as well as its manager, Jim Leyland, being named the USA Baseball Rod Dedeaux Coach of the Year.

"The managerial expertise Jim brought to our World Baseball Classic team was impressive to watch," said Seiler. "Our nation has such high expectations for success in our sport, and Jim led an incredible group of players and staff to our first gold medal in this event. We're incredibly proud to call him an alumnus of USA Baseball and honor him with this award."

Leyland will be honored at the Golden Spikes Award and Rod Dedeaux Foundation Award Dinner, which will be held June 28 at the Jonathan Club in downtown Los Angeles.

USA Baseball honored two athletes with the International Performance of the Year award: World Baseball Classic MVP Marcus Stroman and 12U National Team member Josh Atomancyzyk (Franklin, Texas). Stroman earned his MVP award with a shutdown performance over previously unbeaten Puerto Rico in the gold medal game of the 2017 WBC. In the final, Stroman pitched 6.1 innings of one-hit baseball and struck out three, silencing a Puerto Rican offense that was averaging nearly eight runs a game. His outstanding performance paved the way for a dominant 8-0 victory and the 2017 World Baseball Classic title. He was later named the Male Athlete of the Month for March by the USOC.

With a spot in the gold medal game of the WBSC U-12 Baseball World Cup on the line, Atomancyzyk took the mound for the red, white and blue against Japan and was masterful; tossing 5.1 innings, allowing one earned run on four hits, while striking out a game-high seven batters in the victory. In addition to his pitching prowess, Atomancyzyk went 2-for-3 with two runs scored, two home runs and five RBIs in the 6-1 victory.

12U National Team Manager David Sharp (Huntsville High School; Huntsville, Ala.) was named the Developmental Coach of the Year after leading the 12U team to its third consecutive WBSC U-12 Baseball World Cup title. Sharp led his team to an 8-1 record, defeating host-country Chinese Taipei, 7-2, in the gold medal game in front of a sellout crowd of 11,000. Under his guidance, the team outscored its opponents 107-43 and finished the tournament hitting .423 with 40 extra-base hits.

Bill Burniston was named the USA Baseball Volunteer Coach of the Year after serving as the performance specialist for the Collegiate National Team. Burniston provided unparalleled service to the athletes by offering creative and engaging training sessions that not only allowed the national team to prepare and excel on the field, but also promoted and protected their overall long-term health.

"Bill has been an invaluable addition to our Collegiate National Team family for years," said Seiler. "He is a world-class professional in his field and his engaging demeanor leads to positive and fulfilling relationships with the athletes that last long after their time with USA Baseball."

USA Baseball's Richard W. "Dick" Case Player of the Year and Team of the Year honorees serve as the organization's nominees in their respective categories with the USOC, who honors one Sportsman and Team of the Year annually based on nominations from its National Governing Bodies.

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USA Baseball and Varo Announce Partnership

December 10, 2017

The multi-year partnership makes Varo an official on-field provider of all USA Baseball national teams

DURHAM, N.C. - USA Baseball and Varo announced on Monday an exclusive multi-year partnership to make Varo the Official Bat Weight of USA Baseball.

Through this partnership, Varo is now the Official On-Field Supplier in the bat weight category for all USA Baseball national teams and national team development programs. In addition, USA Baseball and Varo will work jointly on future product development.

Also included in the agreement, USA Baseball licensed bat weight products will be available for purchase at the USA Baseball Team Store at the National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina, and online at

"We are pleased to have the opportunity to work with the team at Varo to produce new and innovative products that will ensure our USA Baseball national team athletes will continue to be outfitted with the highest level of on-field equipment," said David Perkins, USA Baseball's Chief Operating Officer. "This partnership will allow our organization to collaborate with the industry leader in bat weight technology both on-field and in the retail landscape."

Varo introduced customized USA Baseball licensed ARC and COR bat weights to the national teams and national team development programs in 2017 - a year where USA Baseball became the first federation in history to sweep its international competitions, highlighted by a World Baseball Classic title, two World Baseball Softball Confederation Baseball World Championships and three international series victories by the Collegiate National Team.

Varo brings players a full line of training weights, from on-deck use to live hitting. The Varo ARC, Varo's first product, is designed to dial-in an athlete's swing for both on- and off-field conditioning. It distributes weight to the end of the barrel of the bat, creating a game-like swing that improves a player's mechanics and barrel speed while strengthening baseball-specific muscles. The Varo COR provides a more traditional feel, using advanced technology to eliminate abrasion on a player's bat when taking on-deck swings.

Recently made available for purchase from USA Baseball is the officially licensed Varo RAP, a hittable training sleeve designed to protect the bat, develop swing speed and reduce vibration on impact. It is a first-of-its kind bat weight sleeve that hitters can use during live batting practice and training. The RAP will be introduced to USA Baseball's national team programming in 2018.

"Partnering with USA Baseball truly allows us to support the growth of amateur baseball, which is a passion of ours. It's a win-win," said Steven Schinko, Varo's co-founder and President. "We're able to work alongside USA Baseball players and coaches, ensuring our growing line of products are built with top notch insight."

Varo launched its first product in 2014 and is now an Official On-Field Supplier for USA Baseball and Major League Baseball. Its products are designed and manufactured in the United States and utilize patented, proprietary technology to help athletes increase their performance at the plate. Varo designs its products to fit all types of baseball bats, and for player skill levels - ranging from youth to professional.

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USA Baseball and Major League Baseball to Host Orlando Elementary Students for Special Youth Event During Baseball's Winter Meetings

December 7, 2017

Three Major League Players to Participate in "Fun At Bat" Event At Bay Meadows Elementary School

Activities Will Highlight Introductory, Modified and In-School Designed Bat-and-Ball Program That Will Be Available to Elementary Schools Nationwide in 2018


  • Luke Gregerson - Member of 2017 World Series Champion Houston Astros and 2017 World Baseball Classic Champion Team USA
  • Zach Eflin - RHP, Philadelphia Phillies
  • Max Moroff - Second Baseman, Pittsburgh Pirates
  • George Grande - Broadcaster, Cincinnati Reds
  • Tony Reagins - Senior Vice President, Youth Programs, Major League Baseball
  • Paul Seiler - Chief Executive Officer, USA Baseball


WHAT:  As the baseball world holds its annual Winter Meetings in the Orlando area, USA Baseball and Major League Baseball will host a special 'FUN AT BAT' event for young students at Bay Meadows Elementary School. Approximately 100 third grade students will participate in a series of fun bat-and-ball activities that focus on fundamentals and character development, which will be run by Orange County Public Schools Physical Educators. The effort is part of 'Fun At Bat,' a program by MLB and USA Baseball designed to offer an introductory, modified and in-school bat-and-ball activities for younger students. Additionally, each participant will receive a USA Baseball Championship Principles book, Fun At Bat t-shirt, USA Baseball hat, and bat & ball set, and signed certificate of achievement to take home.

Orange County Public Schools adopted the Fun At Bat program to implement in-school as part of the physical education curriculum. Approximately 87,000 students in the district will engage in the program as part of their in-school physical education curriculum, which is the largest participation of any market in this initial Fun At Bat year. The program will be available nationwide to school districts beginning with the 2018 school year.

 Fun At Bat, a USA Baseball youth initiative is a bat and ball program for all children created for use in elementary school P.E. classes. The overarching goal of this program is to promote fun and active lifestyles for children, while teaching them the fundamental skills of bat and ball sports. The program also includes a literacy component and teaches character traits such as leadership, teamwork and fair play. All provided program materials are available in English and Spanish. Fun At Bat is a part of the PLAY BALL initiative which is the sport's largest collective effort to encourage young people to participate in baseball- or softball-related activities, including formal leagues, special events and casual forms of play.

WHEN:  Tuesday, December 12th, 8:45 a.m.-10:05 a.m. ET

WHERE:  Bay Meadows Elementary School, 9150 S. Apopka Vineland Rd, Orlando, Florida 32836


  • Steve Arocho, Major League Baseball, (718) 614-3487,
  • Kerline Batista, Major League Baseball, (347) 998-2049,
  • Tyler Collins, USA Baseball, (260) 402-4719,
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USA Baseball Announces 2018 Women's National Team Identification Process

December 1, 2017
2018 Women's National Open Registration

DURHAM, N.C. - USA Baseball announced on Friday the identification process for the Women's National Team that will compete in the 2018 World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Women's Baseball World Cup in Viera, Florida.

The national team identification process will begin with the Women's National Open from June 8-10 at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina. In compliance with the international age determinate rule, the event is open to women who are 16 years of age or older by December 31, 2018.

"We are excited to be fielding a Women's National Team again in 2018 for the WBSC Women's Baseball World Cup," said Ashley Bratcher, Senior Director of Baseball Operations at USA Baseball. "Since our last international event in 2016 we have been planning and preparing for 2018 by introducing new players to our program through our National Team Development Program and we are eager to begin the national team selection process with the Women's National Open in June."

The USA Baseball coaching staff will select 40 athletes from the Women's National Open to compete at the 2018 National Team Trials. Trials will take place immediately following the completion of the Women's National Open - from June 11-14 - at the National Training Complex.

The final roster will be announced on Monday, June 18.

The 2018 Women's National Team will train in Florida from August 11-15 before competing in the WBSC Women's Baseball World Cup from August 17-26 at the USSSA Space Coast Complex in Viera, Florida.

"We are thrilled that the WBSC awarded the 2018 Women's Baseball World Cup to the United States," said Paul Seiler, Executive Director and CEO of USA Baseball. "We cannot wait to not only showcase women's baseball in our country, but also for our Women's National Team to compete for a gold medal on our home soil for the first time."

Team USA is a two-time World Champion in the women's discipline, winning the gold medal at the Women's Baseball World Cup in 2004 and 2006.

Registration for the 2018 Women's National Open is now open. Athletes can register for the event by clicking here or visiting the Women's National Team page at

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USA Baseball Adds New Assets to Online Education Center

November 17, 2017

DURHAM, N.C. - USA Baseball announced on Thursday the addition of four new educational assets, featuring content provided by the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA), in an effort to promote continuing education throughout the baseball coaching community.

USA Baseball has produced four new online coaching modules, each of which include clinic videos from recent ABCA National Conventions. These modules are now available on the USA Baseball Online Education Center, at no cost to users.

The USA Baseball Online Education Center currently includes - among other resources - a catalog of online courses and modules for players, coaches, parents and umpires, hosted by some of baseball's most esteemed professionals. These are completely free of charge and aim to provide a positive baseball experience for all those involved. The four new modules featuring premier ABCA content are:

  • Managing Players, featuring Andy Green, Manager of the San Diego Padres, and Chris Burke, former MLB player and current TV analyst
  • Coaching Philosophy and Approach, featuring Jack Thomson, Head Baseball Coach at Sierra HS (Calif.), and Dave Jauss, Coach for the Pittsburgh Pirates
  • Infield Development, featuring Marty Lees, Head Baseball Coach at Washington State University, and Eddie Smith, Head Baseball Coach at Lower Columbia College
  • Outfield Development, featuring Jake Boss, Head Baseball Coach at Michigan State University, and Matt Bragga, Head Baseball Coach at Tennessee Tech


These modules, like the rest of the course offerings on the USA Baseball Online Education Center, are equipped with a functionality that allows the user to select their preferred language (English or Spanish) upon launching the module. When the user selects Spanish as their preferred language, the course will automatically be delivered entirely in Spanish, including videos with Spanish subtitles.

"Today's launch marks another important step in the build out of our Online Education Center," said Rick Riccobono, USA Baseball's Chief Development Officer. "With the support of the ABCA, we're proud to add these developmentally focused resources which will not only impact technical teachings, but also serve to reinforce our commitment to building a positive culture across all levels of our game."

The introduction of the new modules is in alignment with the Quality Coaching Framework unveiled by the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) in October 2017. The Quality Coaching Framework is the latest in a series of efforts by the USOC to advance the coaching profession in the United States by improving the standard of coaching education and developing high-quality resources to support National Governing Bodies (NGBs). The Quality Coaching Framework is available on the USOC's website,, as well as the USA Baseball Online Education Center.

The four new coaching development modules and the USOC's Quality Coaching Framework can be found by accessing the USA Baseball Online Education Center at USABaseball.Education.

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