In 2018, USA Baseball will utilize a rolling invitation process for 14U National Team Development Program participants. A minimum of 26 athletes will be identified for the 14U NTDP through the USA Baseball 14U National Team Championships and recommendations from professional scouts; college, high school and youth coaches; and the amateur baseball community. As players are named to the development program, USA Baseball will publicize the announcement(s) through a press release and/or by post to USABaseball.com.
Send all questions regarding the 2018 USA Baseball National Team Development Program selection process or to nominate a player, please email Play@USABaseball.com.
National Team Championships
The primary identification vehicle for the USA Baseball 14U National Team Development Program will be the 14U National Team Championships. To attend these events, players must compete on one of the teams that will be admitted to participate at one of two locations - Palm Beach County, Florida (East) or Greater Phoenix Area, Arizona (West). At the 14U National Team Championships, USA Baseball Task Force members will identify a minimum of 26 players for the 2018 14U National Team Development Program. Players eligible for selection from the National Team Championships should have a birthday of January 1, 2004 or later.
National Team Identification Series
Players may also qualify for the 2019 14U NTDP by competing in the National Team Identification Series (NTIS). The NTIS is held each August and provides USA Baseball with an advanced look at the upcoming class of top players. At the NTIS, USA Baseball Task Force members will identify a minimum of 12 players for the following season's 14U NTDP. Players may participate in the NTIS through a regional qualification process. For 2018, these invitations have already been made based on the 2017 13U NTIS. Players participating in the 2018 13U NTIS should have a birthday of January 1, 2005 or later.
National Team Development Program
Once at the 14U National Team Development Program, players will participate in skill development sessions, various off-field educational components including guest speakers/instructors and Stars vs. Stripes games. USA Baseball will engage members of the professional and collegiate community as well as USA Baseball alumni to serve as instructors and educators throughout the week.
The 14U National Team Development Program will be used to further connect identified athletes with USA Baseball staff to better prepare and develop the athletes for a future USA Baseball National Team experience. Four (4) players from the 2018 14U NTDP will be invited to the 2019 15U National Team Trials. Additionally, 18 players from the 2018 14U NTDP will be selected to immediately participate in the 15U National Team Trials with a chance to be selected to the 15U National Team.
Information contained in this selection process document is subject to change at the sole discretion of USA Baseball and without further notice.