Since 1978 USA Baseball has been the National Governing Body (NGB) for amateur baseball. It represents the sport in the United States as a member of the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) and internationally as a member federation of the International Baseball Federation (IBAF).
Nearly every major national amateur baseball organization in America is united as a USA Baseball National Member Organization. As a result, USA Baseball governs more than 12 million amateur players in ballparks and playgrounds across the country.
As the commissioner's office for amateur baseball, USA Baseball is a resource center for its various membership groups, fans and players. USA Baseball is also responsible for promoting and developing the game of baseball on the grassroots level, both nationally and internationally.
PROFESSIONAL TEAMS (including the World Baseball Classic Team)
Since 1999, USA Baseball has been selecting teams of professional-level Minor and Major League players to represent the United States in various international competitions, including the World Baseball Classic.
Among the first teams of professional players that USA Baseball fielded was the 2000 U.S. Olympic Baseball Team, managed by Tommy Lasorda at the Sydney Games. Led by Ben Sheets, the team of Minor League players defeated Cuba for the gold medal. In 2008, a Davey Johnson-led U.S. team featuring Dexter Fowler, Matt LaPorta and Stephen Strasburg took home the bronze medal from the Beijing Games, which currently stands as the last Olympic Games featuring a baseball competition.
For the inaugural 2006 World Baseball Classic, USA Baseball selected its first team comprised of Major League baseball players. The team featured such stars as Chase Utley, Derek Jeter and Chipper Jones. In the second installment of the WBC in 2009, with players like Dustin Pedroia, Ryan Braun, Jimmy Rollins and Jeter donning the red, white and blue, the U.S. team finished fourth, losing to Japan in the semifinals.
Most recently, the 2013 World Baseball Classic Team was managed by Joe Torre and led by the likes of David Wright, Joe Mauer and Rollins. Team USA advanced to the second round of the tournament before falling to Puerto Rico.
Other recent highlights for the Professional Team include winning the gold medal in the 2007 and 2009 World Cups. Those teams featured young stars such as Pedro Alvarez, Evan Longoria, Colby Rasmus and Justin Smoak.
In 2011, USA Baseball fielded one team of professional Minor League players to compete in both the World Cup and Pan American Games. The Pan American team posted a 10-6 record and took home the silver medal from Lagos de Moreno, Mexico. Joe Thurston and Brett Jackson led the team offensively, and Andy Van Hekken and Drew Smyly contributed strong pitching performances.
The World Cup Team was named co-bronze medalist of the IBAF Baseball World Cup, which was played in Panama. The U.S. shared the honor with Canada after their bronze-medal game was rained out.
COLLEGIATE NATIONAL TEAM
The USA Baseball Collegiate National Team (CNT) is comprised of the top collegiate baseball players in the country. The team competes each summer in a schedule of exhibition games across the U.S. and overseas against the world's top baseball talent. As part of this schedule, the U.S. takes on the Japan Collegiate All-Stars nearly every summer, and squares off in international friendship series against the likes of Canada, Chinese Taipei, Cuba and the Netherlands.
The Collegiate program has witnessed great success in recent years. In 2009, for example, the U.S. won the inaugural World Baseball Challenge in Canada, and in 2011, the CNT posted an 11-2-1 record, defeating Japan in four out of five games during their international friendship series.
In 2012, USA Baseball and the Cuban Baseball Federation renewed its international friendship series for the first time since 1996. Cuba took the five-game series, 3-2, which had four games decided by one run. The CNT then traveled to the Netherlands for the Honkbal Haarlem Baseball Week. Team USA went 6-2 in the event and took down the Netherlands to claim the bronze medal.
The 2013 Collegiate National Team will play the 39th Annual USA versus Japan Collegiate All-Star Series in Japan, continue its series with Cuba and take on various summer collegiate league teams.
Players who have taken the field for the Collegiate National Team and have gone on to have successful Major League baseball careers include such notables as Jim Abbott, Troy Glaus, Todd Helton, Ryan Howard, Barry Larkin, Tino Martinez, Pedroia, David Price, Huston Street, Mark Teixeira, Troy Tulowitzki, Jason Varitek and Ryan Zimmerman.
18U NATIONAL TEAM
Comprised of the nation's top players ages 16-18, the USA Baseball 18U National Team is a perennial power on the international baseball scene. The team competes in two major events in bi-yearly cycles -- the COPABE AAA/18U Pan American Championships and the IBAF AAA/18U World Junior Championships. On the heels of its first ever Pan Am title in 2009, the 2011 18U National Team posted a record of 14-0-1 en route to gold at the COPABE 18U/AAA Pan American Championships in Venezuela.
The 2012 18U National Team continued its recent run of dominance in the IBAF Junior AAA/18U World Championships in Seoul, South Korea. The team posted an 8-1 record in the tournament and took down Canada, 6-2, in the championship game. It marked the program's first world championship since 1999.
Each year, USA Baseball and its national member organizations who are competing in the event invite the top high school-aged players in America to the Tournament of Stars presented by Major League Baseball, an all-star tournament featuring the top 18U players in the country. The event is held at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, N.C., and is used as the primary selection vehicle for the 18U National Team.
This year, in addition to the Tournament of Stars, the 18U National team will travel to Taichung, Taiwan, for the IBAF AAA/18U World Cup.
Current Major Leaguers Matt Holliday, Bryce Harper, Clayton Kershaw, Buster Posey, Eric Hosmer, Freddie Freeman and B.J. and Justin Upton have all worn the USA jersey as 18U players.
17U NATIONAL TEAM DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM
In 2012, USA Baseball fielded its first ever 17U National Team Development Program. Members of the 17U NTDP are identified through the 17U East and West Championships and the National Team Identification Series. The players take part in skill-development sessions, listen to various guest speakers and compete in intrasquad games. The 17U NTDP serves as a tool for USA Baseball to prepare the players for future competition at the national team level.
15U NATIONAL TEAM
In 2012, USA Baseball rolled out its first ever 15U National Team. The club, which is comprised of some of the most talented young players across the county, played four games in the Dominican Republic against the Dominicans and against Puerto Rico.
In 2013, the 15U National Team will head to Baranquilla, Colombia, for the COPABE "AA"/15U Pan Am Championships.
A staple on the 15U baseball community's calendar going forward, USA Baseball's 15U Championships help the organization identify players for the National Team. The event is held in two regions -- East (Florida) and West (Arizona) -- and 72 teams compete in each region. USA Baseball representatives and scouts select the top players from each region and from there the National Team is chosen.
14U NATIONAL TEAM DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM
Along with the 17U National Team Development Program, 2012 was the inaugural year for the 14U National Team Development Program. Members of the 14U NTDP will be identified through the 14U East and West Championships. The players will take part in skill-development sessions, listen to various guest speakers and compete in intrasquad games. The 14U NTDP serves as a tool for USA Baseball to prepare its players for future competition at the national team level.
WOMEN'S NATIONAL TEAM
The USA Baseball Women's National Team (WNT) was established in 2004, when an 18-player team was chosen following open tryouts across the nation. The team went on to capture the gold medal in the first-ever IBAF Women's Baseball World Cup in Edmonton, Canada. Team USA repeated as IBAF World Cup gold medalists in 2006 in Taiwan and took home the bronze medal from the 2008 World Cup in Japan. In 2010, the WNT won a second bronze medal in World Cup in Maracay, Venezuela.
In 2012, the Women's National Team took home the silver medal from the IBAF Women's Baseball World Cup, which was played in Edmonton.
When not competing in the World Cup, the Women's National Team squares off in international friendship series, leads youth clinics and works to grow the game of baseball among women in the U.S.
In 2013, the Women's National Team Development Program will be held July 26-30 at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, N.C. Invited players will be given the opportunity to work with USA Baseball Women's National Team coaches and staff to strengthen their skills prior to trying out for the 2014 Women's National Team that will compete in the IBAF Women's Baseball World Cup.
2010 United States Baseball Federation and Baseball America Foundation combined audited financials
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