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); additional secondary events; and recommendations from professional scouts and college and high school coaches. As players are named to the team, USA Baseball will publicize the announcement(s) through a press release and/or by posting to USABaseball.com.
To be considered for the 15U National Team, please email Play@USABaseball.com.
National Team Championships
The primary identification vehicle for the 2020 USA Baseball 15U National Team Trials will be the three 15U National Team Championships tournaments (Arizona, Florida, and North Carolina) to be held June 14-21 in the greater Phoenix area, June 22-27 in Palm Beach County, Florida, and June 16-21 at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, NC. To attend this event, players must be on a registered team admitted to the event. A minimum of 40 trials invitations will come from the 15U Championships based upon a player's performance during the week as evaluated by USA Baseball's on-site scouting task force.
National Team Identification Series
Players may also qualify for the following calendar year's 15U National Team Trials by competing in the National Team Identification Series. The NTIS is held each August and provides USA Baseball with an advanced look at the upcoming class of top players at the 11U, 12U, 13U, 14U, 15U, and 16U and level.
At the NTIS, USA Baseball Task Force members will identify a minimum of twelve (12) players for the following season's 15U National Team Trials. Players participate in the NTIS through a regional qualification process. For 2020, national team trials invitations were made based on performances at the 2019 14U NTIS. Players participating in the 2020 14U NTIS should have a birthday of January 1, 2006, or later.
Athlete Development Program
Eight players were also selected from the 2019 13U/14U Athlete Development Program for inclusion in the 2020 15U National Team Trials.
In addition, 8 players from the 2020 13U/14U ADP will be selected to immediately participate in the 15U National Team Trials. These 8, along with the 40 from the National Team Championships, 24 from the 2019 NTIS, and 8 from the 2019 13U/14U ADP will come together to make the 80-man 15U Trials roster.
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, but are not limited to, the National High School Invitational (NHSI), 14U/16U/17U Championships and 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 the first three days, the 80-man Trials roster will be cut down to 34 players. Those 34 will remain to participate in additional games and workouts to compete for one of the final 20 roster spots on the 2020 USA Baseball 15U National Team.
2021 15U National Team
The 2021 15U National Team will look to defend its first world championship title at the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-15 Baseball World Cup in Mexico from August 14-23. The 15U Team has won five gold medals since 2013, and is the current defending world champion and four-time defending champion of the WBSC U-15 Baseball Americas Qualifier.
Early opportunities to be identified in 2020 for the 2021 USA Baseball 15U National Team include the 2020 13U/14U Athlete Development Program and the 2020 National Team Identification Series. Four (4) players from the 2020 13U/14U ADP will be invited to the 2021 15U National Team Trials. Twelve (12) players from the 2020 14U NTIS will be invited to the 2021 15U National Team Trials, with the remainder being selected via the National Team Championships and additional secondary events.
Information contained in this selection process document is subject to change at the sole discretion of USA Baseball and without further notice.