2016 USA Baseball Tournament of Stars
On-field action begins June 21 at the National Training Complex in Cary, N.C.
The USA Baseball Tournament of Stars (TOS) is made up of 108 of the nation's best ballplayers that are international age-eligible for 18U National Team consideration (born in 1999 or later). Official invites for the tournament will be sent from USA Baseball beginning in February and continuing through the spring. USA Baseball and Major League Baseball cover all costs associated with the event which includes players' travel, lodging (USA Baseball Host Family Program) and uniforms. TOS participants form the primary pool of talent from which USA Baseball will select its 18U National Team to represent the United States at the 2016 World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-18 World Cup in Thunder Bay, Canada later this September. To nominate a player for consideration, please email Play@USABaseball.com.
The 18U National Team program has a storied history of success which includes winning gold at seven of the last eight international 18U events. Alumni of the 18U National Team include recently elected Hall of Famer John Smoltz as well as No.1 overall picks in the MLB First-Year Player Draft -- Joe Mauer (2001), Delmon Young (2003), Justin Upton (2005), Luke Hochevar (2006), Bryce Harper (2010), and Mickey Moniak (2016). Additionally, 2012 American League Rookie of the Year and 2014 AL Most Valuable Player Mike Trout played in the 2008 TOS and 2012 National League Rookie of the Year Bryce Harper played in the 2009 TOS. The typical TOS player is highly motivated to be the next person added to this esteemed list.
What: 2017 USA Baseball Tournament of Stars
Where: USA Baseball National Training Complex at Thomas Brooks Park in Cary, N.C. (Directions to NTC)
When: June 26 - July 1, 2017
Monday, June 26: Players arrive, event orientation
Tuesday, June 27 - Friday, June 30: TOS pool-play games and 18U National Team evaluations
Saturday, July 1: Championship Day, 18U National Team Trials selections announced
August 19-24: 18U National Team Trials
August 25-29: 18U National Team Training
September 1 - September 10: 2016 COPABE Pan American Championships in Monterrey, Mexico