2016 USA Baseball NTIS Fan Guide
A fan's guide to the USA Baseball National Team Identification Series
The National Team Identification Series is the most comprehensive player identification program offered by Team USA. The program includes five separate men's age groups -- 11U, 13U, 14U, 16U and 17U -- that identify players for our 12U National Team, 14U National Team Development Program, 15U National Team, 17U National Team Development Program and 18U National Teams. The 13U event will be held Aug. 10 to 14, 2016, at the USA Baseball National Training Complex. The 17U and 16U events will be held Aug. 18 to 21, 2016, at the USA Baseball National Training Complex and Duke University. The 11U and 14U events will be held Aug. 25 to 28, 2016, at the USA Baseball National Training Complex and adjoining Thomas Brooks Park.
From the five age groups, USA Baseball will name a minimum of 12 players to the 2017 12U National Team Trials; a minimum of 12 players to the 2017 14U National Team Development Program; a minimum of 12 players to the 2017 15U National Team Trials; a minimum of 12 players to the 2017 17U National Team Development Program; and a minimum of four players to the 2017 18U National Team Trials; a minimum of six players to the 2017 18U National Team Tournament of Stars.
Please click on the links below to view the various event schedules:
13U American Elite Baseball Championship:
- Game Schedule
- On-field Batting Practice Schedule (Tuesday)
- Testing Schedule (Wednesday)
- Pregame Cage Batting Practice Schedule - updated August 4
- Photo Schedule (Friday) - updated August 4
In order to get players and families home, game play will not begin past 4 p.m. (ET) on Sunday, August 14.
Schedules will be updated daily on the USA Baseball American Elite Baseball Championship Schedule/Results page. Also, follow @USABaseballNTIS on Twitter for general news, score updates and inclement weather updates.
General Ticket Info:
Tickets can be purchased on-site, at the USA Baseball National Training Complex and Thomas Brooks Park. Cash or credit cards are accepted. USA Baseball accepts Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover Card.
- Daily Pass - $10
- Tournament Pass - $40
- Kids under 12 will be admitted at no cost.
As official event participants, players and coaches listed on a team roster will be admitted free of charge.
Tickets purchased at the National Training Complex will be accepted at Thomas Brooks Park and vice versa. Fans can also re-enter the National Training Complex or Thomas Brooks Park by showing their daily pass wristband or tournament pass.
Gates will open one hour prior to the first scheduled game time on any given day.
From 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. (ET) on Tuesday, August 9, 2016. ALL players need to report to Embassy Suites Cary and check in with their regional director to receive jersey and other apparel provided by USA Baseball. Please notify your regional director if your travel schedule does not permit your attendance.
Registration will take place at Embassy Suites Cary:
Embassy Suites Cary
201 Harrison Oaks Blvd.
Cary, NC 27513
13U AEBC Program:
The official 13U AEBC Program will be available free of charge in the USA Baseball Team Store (quantities limited).
Individual and team photos will be taken on Friday, August 12, 2016 at the National Training Complex. Players need to wear full uniform for pictures.
To view the photo schedule, please click here.
Photos are available for purchase, as part of the NTIS Photo DVD package. Order forms will be available to purchase the NTIS Photo DVD package on-site at the National Training Complex.
All games at the 2016 USA Baseball 13U NTIS will be available through the GameChanger scoring app. Links will be available on USABaseball.com.
Media and Press:
If you are an accredited member of the press and wish to obtain a USA Baseball media credential, please fill out the Media Credential Request Form, or contact email@example.com.
The NTIS Selection Show will air on Monday, September 12th on USABaseball.com.
Cameras & Video Equipment:
USA Baseball has also adopted the following policy regarding camera lenses (including telephoto and zoom lenses) for any of the organization's events at the USA Baseball National Training Complex. Spectators are not permitted to bring telephoto or zoom camera lenses into the National Training Complex. Cameras may be brought in to the facility so long as they are not accompanied by these types of lenses. Only USA Baseball personnel and credentialed members of the media are permitted to have possession of telephoto and zoom lenses. This policy is in place to ensure that all of our players, coaches and fans have a positive experience at our events.
Keep up to date on USA Baseball via social media.
USA Baseball National Training Complex:
The USA Baseball NTC is located at:
200 Brooks Park Lane
Cary, NC 27519
GPS Address: 7445 Green Hope School Road; Cary, NC 27519
General directions to the National Training Complex can be found here.
Specific directions from team hotels to the National Training Complex will be available at hotel information tables.
Please be advised that I-540 is a toll road, as of August 1, 2012. There are no toll booths, all tolls are taken electronically and will be billed via mail. If driving a rental vehicle, please inquire about the specific rental company's toll billing procedure.
There is no cost for parking at the National Training Complex.
Prohibited Actions & Items at the National Training Complex:
The following are prohibited in the USA Baseball National Training Complex.
- Outside food, beverage and coolers
- Animals except for service animals
- Alcoholic beverages
- Skateboards, rollerblades and scooters
- Umbrellas are limited to grass seating
- Telephoto or zoomed camera lenses
Smoking Policy at the National Training Complex:
The National Training Complex is a smoke-free facility. Smoking is permitted in the parking lot, outside the facility.
Outside Food and Beverage:
No outside food, beverages or coolers will be permitted.
Please be aware of foul balls at all times, while at the National Training Complex.
USA Baseball will be offering a pack of USA baseball cards from Panini in exchange for each foul ball returned to the USA Baseball Team Store.
There is no ATM on-site at the National Training Complex.
Wireless Internet Access:
There is no wireless internet access available on-site at the National Training Complex.
All bags are subject to a bag search upon entering the National Training Complex.
Concessions will be open for the duration of the event.
Lost and Found:
Please check the USA Baseball Team Store or the on-site Town of Cary offices (located inside the First Aid building, on the 1st base side of the Stadium Field) for any lost items.
A certified athletic trainer will be on site through the entire event. In case of emergency, the closest hospital is Wake Med Cary.
Wake Med Cary
1900 Kildaire Farm Road
Cary, NC 27518
Information tables with local area guides and directions will be available at team hotels.
ADDITIONAL USA BASEBALL INFORMATION:
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USA Baseball will be selling authentic USA Baseball gear during the entire event via a satellite merchandise tent to be located at the front entrance gate. All major credit cards are accepted; Visa, Master Card, American Express and Discover Card. For additional Team USA merchandise, please check out the official online shop.
Major League Baseball and USA Baseball have teamed up to help young players reduce arm injuries through Pitch Smart, a comprehensive resource for safe pitching practices. Pitch Smart offers a series of practical, age-appropriate guidelines to help players, parents and coaches avoid overuse injuries and foster long, healthy careers. The guidelines were developed throughout the 2014 regular season, as MLB and USA Baseball collaboratively sought to pool the recommendations of many leading medical authorities in the sport in conjunction with baseball officials. The program was formally launched in late 2014.
PitchSmart.org serves as the program's online home and is accessible via MLB.com and USABaseball.com. The site offers pitch count and rest recommendations, statistics on Tommy John surgery, risk factors, awareness tips, published research and videos from experts, including Dr. James Andrews and USA Baseball's medical safety committee chairman, Dr. Glenn Fleisig. USA Baseball, the national governing body for amateur baseball, is fully compliant with the Pitch Smart program and will use PitchSmart.org as a major resource to educate the amateur baseball community on pitcher safety. For more information about the Pitch Smart program, take the free introduction to Pitch Smart online course hosted by Hall of Fame Major League pitcher, John Smoltz, at USABaseball.Education.
Play Sun Smart:
Play Sun Smart is a joint skin cancer initiative by Major League Baseball, the Major League Baseball Players Association and the American Academy of Dermatology, and is supported by USA Baseball. The program aims to raise awareness of skin cancer and offer prevention and detection tips to the baseball community. Since 1999, the American Academy of Dermatology has conducted nearly 39,000 screenings through the Play Sun Smart program. More than 1,300 suspicious spots have been detected, including 168 melanomas through these screenings.
The Play Sun Smart program can be found at PlaySunSmart.org. The site offers information about skin cancer, community programs and events, ways to get involved, and free resources. The USA Baseball Online Education Center also provides a free course on the Play Sun Smart program, hosted by team dermatologist for the New York Yankees, Dr. Darrell Rigel. The course can be found at USABaseball.Education.
Coaches Education Program:
As the national governing body for baseball in the United States, USA Baseball, in partnership with the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS), has developed and launched "Coaching Baseball," the latest online sport-specific course in its Coaches Education Program. The course is now available online at www.nfhslearn.com. USA Baseball is recommending that all coaches participating in its events use the course as a resource to improve their skills. Course completion is strongly recommended for all USA Baseball events.
In addition to "Coaching Baseball," USA Baseball would also like to recommend several other NFHS resources for coaches and fans. "Heat Illness Prevention", "Creating a Safe and Respectful Environment", "Positive Sports Parenting" and "Sportsmanship" are courses that can assist in creating a positive environment for your team at USA Baseball events and beyond. All of these courses are free of charge and can be found at www.nfhslearn.com.
In 2010, the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) convened the Working Group for Safe Training Environments and charged it with the task of developing a set of recommendations concerning misconduct in sport. The diverse group included individuals from the Olympic family as well as outside experts. The SafeSport program is the culmination of the sustained work on the part of these passionate individuals, addressing misconduct in sport by providing information, training, and resources, while focusing on four primary objectives:
- Addressing sexual and physical misconduct in sport.
- Reviewing the guidelines across sports and other related organizations for responding to these issues.
- Assessing the needs of athletes, coaches, staff, National Governing Bodies (NGBs), clubs and other sport organizations.
- Developing a set of recommendations to promote athlete well-being.
The resources of the USOC have been made available to our sport, and as such USA Baseball is committed to providing a safe environment for its members, participants, coaches, officials and volunteers. Sexual, physical or emotional abuse and harassment in any form by a USA Baseball member, participant, coach, official, or volunteer is unacceptable and will not be tolerated. When any member, participant, coach, official, staff or volunteer is subjected to sexual, physical or emotional abuse or harassment in any form, it undermines the mission and values of USA Baseball. USA Baseball advocates the building of strong self-images among the athlete participants, strives to promote good sportsmanship throughout the organization and encourages qualities of mutual respect, courtesy and tolerance.
For more information, log on to www.safesport.org.
Amateur Resource Center:
The Amateur Resource Center (The ARC) is home to USA Baseball's educational resources for coaches, umpires, parents, and players. Other resources offered through The ARC include online education courses, health and safety articles, support programs and championship principles.
The ARC features the following:
- Online Education courses hosted on the Online Education Center focused on various aspects of the game of baseball
- The USA Baseball Mobile Coach application as an on-the-go practice planning tool for coaches at any level
- A variety of health and safety resources that offer advice on best practices for baseball related health and safety concerns
For more information, please visit www.USABaseball.com/arc