In 2020, USA Baseball will utilize a rolling invitation process for the 16U/17U National Team Development Program participants. A minimum of 80 athletes will be identified for the NTDP through various USA Baseball identification events: the National Team Identification Series (NTIS), the 16U and 17U National Team Championships, and recommendations from professional scouts; college, high school and youth coaches; and the amateur baseball community. USA Baseball will publicize the final roster through a press release and/or post to USABaseball.com.
To be considered for the 16U/17U National Team Development Program, please email Play@USABaseball.com.
National Team Championships
The primary identification vehicle for the USA Baseball 16U/17U National Team Development Program is the 16U and 17U National Team Championships. To attend these events, players must compete for one of the teams invited to participate at either of the National Team Champsionship sites: Arizona, Florida, or North Carolina. At the 2020 16U and 17U National Team Championships, USA Baseball staff and task force members will identify a minimum of 44 players for the 2020 16U/17U National Team Development Program.
Additional secondary events may be held throughout the year by USA Baseball at the National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina, which may also be used to identify players for current or future National Team Development Programs.
National Team Identification Series (NTIS)
Players may also be selected for the following calendar year's 16U/17U NTDP by competing in the NTIS. At the NTIS, USA Baseball Task Force members will identify a minimum of 12 15U players and 12 16U players for the following season's 16U/17U NTDP. Selections from the 2019 NTIS for the 2020 16U/17U NTDP can be found here.
About the National Team Development Program
Once at the 16U/17U National Team Development Program, players will participate in individual and team skill development sessions, various off-field educational seminars including guest speakers/instructors, and intrasquad Red vs. Blue games. USA Baseball will engage members of the professional and collegiate baseball community as well as USA Baseball alumni to serve as instructors and educators throughout the week.
The 16U/17U National Team Development Programs 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.
Please contact Play@USABaseball.com with any questions regarding the 2020 USA Baseball National Team Development Program selection process.
Information contained in this selection process document is subject to change at the sole discretion of USA Baseball and without further notice.