*Information contained on this identification events page is subject to change at the sole discretion of USA Baseball and without notice.
WBSC U-15 Baseball World Cup 2020
Location: TBD (Mexico)
Athletes born Jan. 1, 2005 or later are eligible for the 15U National Team.
In 2020, USA Baseball 15U National Team Trials will include a minimum of 80 players. These 80 athletes will be identified for the 15U Trials through the USA Baseball National Team Championships; the USA Baseball National Team Identification Series (NTIS); the 13U/14U Athlete Development Program (ADP), as well as recommendations from scouts and coaches from the professional and amateur baseball community. USA Baseball will publicize the final roster through a press release and/or by post to USABaseball.com at @USABaseball on social media.
To be considered for the 15U National Team, please email Play@USABaseball.com.
NATIONAL TEAM CHAMPIONSHIPS
The USA Baseball National Team Championships are the primary identification event for the 15U National Team. The National Team Championships are elite championship-style events held in Arizona, Florida, and North Carolina for more than 400 teams to showcase their talents against top programs and players from across the nation while being scouted for national team and development programs at USA Baseball by its task force. Age group at the National Team Championships include 14U, 15U, 16U and 17U (age groups vary by location).
USA Baseball will invite a minimum of 40 athletes to the 15U Team Trials from the 14U and 15U National Team Championships.
NATIONAL TEAM IDENTIFICATION SERIES
*Athletes who participate in the NTIS are trying out for national teams and development programs for the following calendar year
The USA Baseball National Team Identification Series (NTIS) is the most comprehensive player identification program offered by USA Baseball. Players from across the country will begin the identification process by participating in camps and tryouts at the local level in one of six regions across the country. After camps and tryouts have been completed, each region will name 32 athletes from each of the 11U, 12U and 13U age groups, and 36 athletes from each of the 14U, 15U and 16U age groups, to two All-Region teams that will participate in the NTIS Champions Cup at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina.
The NTIS Champions Cup features 12 teams per age group and athletes will participate in workouts and a championship-style tournament while being evaluated by the USA Baseball Task Force comprised of national team coaches and scouts.
Following the Champions Cup, USA Baseball will invite 12 athletes to the following year's 15U Team Trials from the 14U NTIS Champions Cup events.
Selections from the 2019 NTIS Champions Cup for the 2020 15U National Team Trials can be found here.
ATHLETE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM
The USA Baseball Athlete Development Program (ADP) is a week-long development event where players will take part in skill-based development sessions, listen to various guest speakers and compete in intrasquad games. Participants will be provided an individual player assessment report by the coaching staff following the event and be evaluated for an opportunity to advance to the 15U National Team Trials.
Eight players from the 2020 13U/14U ADP will be selected to immediately participate in the 15U National Team Trials.
Additional secondary events may be held throughout the year by USA Baseball that may also be used to identify players for current or future 15U National Team Trials. These events may include any additional events held at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina.
NATIONAL TEAM TRIALS
Once the 80 players have been identified and invited, they will convene in Southern California, for the 2020 USA Baseball 15U National Team Trials. For the first phase of 15U Trials, players will be split into four teams and participate in practices and intra-squad games. After three days of Trials, 34 players will be selected to participate in Phase II with additional games and workouts to compete for one of the final 20 roster spots on the 2020 USA Baseball 15U National Team.