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Frequently Asked Questions

General:

What is USA Baseball?
Why do USA Baseball jerseys have the American flag sewn on backward on the right sleeve?
What are the USA Baseball Team Store hours of operation?
How may I obtain USA Baseball merchandise?
How can I make a donation to USA Baseball?
How can I find out more about the Golden Spikes Award?
What is an international sanction and who must have one?
How can I apply for a job or an internship?
How can I become a coach with USA Baseball?
What are the facility specifications for various levels of baseball? (.pdf)
How do I reserve a hotel room for a USA Baseball Event?
What are USA Baseball's 2013 bat guidelines?(.pdf)
Does USA Baseball provide written evaluations of players who participate in National Team identification events?

National Team Selection:

How are players selected for one of USA Baseball's Professional Teams?
How are players selected for the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team?
How are players selected for the USA Baseball 18U National Team?
How are players selected for the USA Baseball 15U National Team?
How are players selected for the USA Baseball Women's National Team?
How are players selected for the USA Baseball 17U and 14U National Team Development Programs?
What is a National Team Development Program?
What were the changes that USA Baseball made to on-field programming in January 2012?
How do I recommend a player or coach for one of USA Baseball's National Team programs?

Age Determination:

What exactly does "age determination date" mean?
What is the difference between the domestic age determination date and the international age determination date?
What is the current international age determination date?
What is the current domestic age determination date?
Which age determination date does USA Baseball adhere to?
What are the international age determination dates for each USA Baseball program?
What was the reason for the change of the domestic determination date in baseball?
How much research and thought went into changing the domestic age determination date?
Is USA Baseball the only organization making this change?
Does this change in domestic age determination mean that one age group will have to "skip" a year and move up sooner?

General

Q: What is USA Baseball?

Since 1978, USA Baseball has been the national governing body for the sport of 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 group, fans, and players. USA Baseball is also responsible for promoting and developing the game of baseball on the grassroots level, both nationally and internationally.

Q: Why do USA Baseball jerseys have the American flag sewn on backward on the right sleeve?

Although the flag can be worn on either sleeve, USA Baseball traditionally wears the flag on the right sleeve, and, per military uniform regulation, the star field always faces forward. This gives the effect of the flag flying in the breeze as the athlete moves forward.

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Q: What are the USA Baseball Team Store (Cary, N.C.) hours of operation?

The USA Baseball Team Store is open during all major events that take place at the National Training Complex in Cary, N.C.

For more information please contact Director of Retail, Carrington Austin.

Q: How may I obtain USA Baseball merchandise?

You can get the latest USA Baseball merchandise three ways: 1) by stopping by the USA Baseball Team Store in Cary, N.C., at the National Training Complex during an event, 2) by sending an email to Carrington Austin requesting more information or 3) visiting the USA Baseball Shop.

Q: How can I make a donation to USA Baseball?

Fans and supporters can donate to USA Baseball, a 501(c) not-for-profit organization, by clicking here and completing the online transaction via USA Baseball's Official Online Store. Thank you for your support of USA Baseball.

Q: How can I find out more about the Golden Spikes Award?

There are two ways you can find out more about the Golden Spikes Award. First, you can log on to the website: GoldenSpikesAward.com, or you can email any questions you have to the Golden Spikes Award E-mail inbox. The website is also accessible via the USA Baseball homepage.

Q: What is an international sanction and who must have one?

A sanction from USA Baseball is required whenever an amateur athlete or team chooses to play baseball outside the country or when an international team is being hosted in the United States. This sanction -- or permission -- is required as stated in the Amateur Sports Act of 1978 and is designed for the protection of the rights and status of amateur athletes who seek international experience.

USA Baseball sanctions only amateur players and teams. To protect the amateur eligibility of a team, school or player, check with USA Baseball prior to taking a group to another country, hosting an international team or allowing an amateur player to participate with or against players from other nations.

For all of the information on obtaining a sanction (including instructions and prices), please visit USA Baseball's "Request for a Sanction" section.

Q: How can I apply for a job or an internship?

All employment opportunities, including internships, will be posted on the USA Baseball Employment page. Please visit this page to receive information on the latest openings at USA Baseball and instructions on how to apply.

Q: How can I become a coach with USA Baseball?

USA Baseball is always looking for qualified coaches and educators to incorporate into its programming. The first assignment for many aspiring National Team coaches lies within the amateur events that are used to either develop, such as USA Baseball Camps, or to identify players for our teams, such as the 15U Championships. Whether it is as a scout/scorekeeper at the 15U Championships, a coach in the NTIS or a Task Force member at the Tournament of Stars, most National Team staff members get their first taste of international competition after several assignments in the aforementioned player developmental or identification events.

National Team coaching candidates should have an extensive baseball background that includes valuable playing and coaching experience. Coaching candidates for Team USA must represent the very best in America both on and off the baseball field. As a staff member with USA Baseball, you will be working with elite-level athletes, the development of which is paramount to our mission in the game.

If you are interested in becoming a coach with USA Baseball, please complete our online coach profile form.

Q: Does USA Baseball provide written evaluations of players who participate in National Team Identification events?

No, per USA Baseball policy all scouting information for purposes of identifying and selecting the National Teams is kept private and confidential.

National Team Selection

Q: How are players selected for one of USA Baseball's Professional Teams (World Baseball Classic Team, etc.)?

Professional Team (World Baseball Classic, Pan American Games, etc.): MLB 25-, non-25- or non-40-man roster players, depending on international rules and regulations for the specific event
Selection Vehicle: Non-trials events
Schedule: Professional Team web page
Contact E-mail: Eric Campbell

To find out more about the selection process for USA Baseball's Professional Teams, please click here.

Q: How are players selected for the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team?

Collegiate National Team: Non Draft-Eligible Collegiate Baseball Players (under very certain and limited circumstances, collegiate players eligible for the 2013 MLB First-Year Player Draft may also be eligible for selection)
Selection Vehicle: Committee
Schedule: Collegiate National Team web page
Contact E-Mail (to nominate a player): Eric Campbell

To find out more about the selection process for the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team, please click here.

Q: How are players selected for the USA Baseball 18U National Team?

18U National Team: 1995 & 1996 Birthdates
Selection Vehicle (location): NTIS (Cary, N.C.) & Tournament of Stars (Cary, N.C.)
Schedule: 18U National Team web page
Contact E-mail (to nominate a player): Brant Ust

To find out more about the selection process for the USA Baseball 18U National Team, please click here.

Q: How are players selected to play for the USA Baseball 15U National Team?

15U National Team: 1998 & 1999 Birthdates
Selection Vehicle (location): NTIS (Cary, N.C.) & 15U/17U Championships (East or West)
Schedule: 15U National Team web page
Contact E-mail (to nominate a player): Brooks Webb

To find out more about the selection process for the USA Baseball 15U National Team, please click here.

Q: How are players selected for the USA Baseball Women's National Team?

Women's National Team: Women (16 and older)
Selection Vehicle: Regional tryouts as well as recommendations from scouts, college and high school coaches and the women's baseball community
Schedule: Women's National Team web page
Contact E-mail (to nominate a player): Ashley Bratcher

To find out more about the selection process for the USA Baseball Women's National Team, please click here.

Q: How are players selected for the USA Baseball 17U and 14U National Team Development Programs?

17U National Team Development Program: 1996 & 1997 Birthdates
Selection Vehicle (location): NTIS (Cary, N.C.) & 17U Championships (East or West)
Schedule: 17U National Team Development Program
Contact E-mail (to nominate a player): Ashley Bratcher

14U National Team Development Program: 1999 & 2000 Birthdates
Selection Vehicle (location): 14U Championships (East or West)
Schedule: 14U National Team Development Program
Contact E-mail (to nominate a player): Ashley Bratcher

Q: What is a National Team Development Program?

In early 2012, USA Baseball introduced the 17U and 14U National Team Development Programs. Each program will invite 40 athletes in both the 14U and 17U age groups to a unique, approximately week-long development opportunity, wherein they will receive instruction from USA Baseball alumni and other sanctioned coaches and instructors. The group of players will participate in competitive, intrasquad games and will compete against USA Baseball National Teams, schedule permitting. In addition to the instructional opportunity, players will showcase their skills in front of USA Baseball National Team staffs as well as the amateur and professional scouting communities. The program will also cover educational components to provide the athletes with tools that will be helpful for long term development. Please click here for more information.

Q: What were the changes that USA Baseball made to on-field programming in January 2012?

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Q: How do I recommend a player or coach for one of USA Baseball's National Team programs?

Please click here to recommend a player via the Player Profile Form or here to recommend a coach via the Coach Profile Form.

Age Determination

Q: What exactly does "age determination date" mean?

The age determination date is a league or federation specified date that players must be of a certain age in order to be eligible to participate in a particular age group. There is a domestic age determination date and an international age determination date.

Q: What is the difference between the domestic age determination date and the international age determination date?

The domestic age determination date is a fixed date that regulates the eligibility of players in most organized leagues in the United States.

The international age determination date is a fixed date that regulates the eligibility of players in IBAF or COPABE sanctioned tournaments.

The domestic age determination date and the international determination date are not the same.

Q: What is the current international age determination date?

The current international age determination date states your birthday must fall on January 1 or later of a specified year to be eligible for particular age groups. The age a player reaches during the calendar year of the international competition will serve as his competition age.

(For example, if your son/daughter wants to play on the 18U National team in 2011, he/she must be 18 years old or younger during the entire calendar year. If your son/daughter would turn 19 on or before December 31 of 2011, he/she would not be eligible to participate with the 18U National Team because his/her competition age would be 19, regardless of his/her age during the time of the tournament.)

Q: What is the current domestic age determination date?

The current domestic age determination date is April 30 of the current year. The age of a baseball player as of April 30 is that player's "league age" for the season.

(For example, if your son/daughter would like to play in the 12U division of a USA Baseball National Member Organization, he/she must be 12 or younger before April 30 of the current year. If your son/daughter would turn 13 on April 29, he/she would not be eligible to participate with the 12 year old group.)

Q: Which age determination date does USA Baseball adhere to?

The USA Baseball National Teams must adhere to the rules of international governance as it pertains to age restrictions in international competition. These rules are different than the domestic age determination date for USA Baseball. The IBAF and COPABE use the calendar year - January 1 - to differentiate the various age groups for international play.

Q: What are the international age determination dates for each USA Baseball program?

For 2013, the international age determination date dictates:

2013 18U National Team - to be eligible, your birthday is Jan. 1, 1995, or later
2013 15U National Team - to be eligible, your birthday is Jan. 1, 1998, or later

Q: What was the reason for the change of the domestic determination age in baseball?

The primary reason to change the domestic determination age is so most players on a team will spend the majority of the regular season at the same chronological age as their league age. Currently, more than 95 percent of all local Little League programs start their seasons before May 1.

Under the old regulation, a baseball player who turned 13 in May, June or July of the current year would have been considered league-age 13 for that entire season. That would be the case, despite the fact that such a player likely would have played most or all of the regular season (which generally ends in June) without having actually reached his or her 13th birthday. Under the current regulation, such a player will have a league age of 12 throughout the regular season.

Q: How much research and thought went into changing the domestic age determination date?

More than four years of study went into the decision to change the domestic determination age, along with years of discussions with volunteers at the local level. Input from individuals after the initial announcement of the change also was taken into consideration.

Q: Is USA Baseball the only organization making this change?

No. Most youth baseball organization members under the jurisdiction of USA Baseball have adopted the April 30 age determination date.

Q: Does this change in domestic age determination mean that one age group will have to "skip" a year and move up sooner?

No, the change in domestic determination age does not mean one age group will have to skip a year. Every player in all divisions will still have the opportunity to have one full season each year at each age group. No player will be forced to "move up" any sooner than he/she would have under the old league age determination date.