Debuting in the summer of 2012, the USA Baseball National Team Development Program (NTDP) will offer 14U and 17U athletes with an unparalleled National Team-level baseball experience. The annual program will put 80 players through a week of training designed to better prepare them for potential future international competition as well as accelerate their maturation and readiness for the next step in their respective baseball careers.

The NTDP experience will feature skill development sessions, which will include guest speakers/instructors and Red vs. Blue intrasquad games. USA Baseball will engage members of the professional and collegiate community as well as USA Baseball alumni to serve as instructors and educators throughout the week. Confirmed instructors for 2012 include former General Manager of the New York Yankees and U.S. Olympic Teams Bob Watson, seven-time MLB All-Star, Arizona State University head baseball coach Tim Esmay, among others.

Along with the baseball-specific skills development that will take place, the NTDP will also focus on preparing athletes in various off-field educational components, including strength and conditioning, nutrition, MLB scout and college recruiter interaction, NCAA compliance, umpire education/interaction, media training, and character development.

The USA Baseball National Training Complex located in Cary, N.C., will host the 14U NTDP from Aug. 3-9, and the 17U NTDP, Aug. 10-16. During these week-long events, players will not only engage in training exercises but will receive tremendous exposure to professional scouts and college recruiters on hand to view the nation's best.

Players will be selected to participate in the NTDP via a similar selection process that is used with other National Team identification opportunities, including but not limited to the 14U, 15U and 17U Championships events and the NTIS. Once selected, as is the case with all USA Baseball National Team experiences, athletes will participate in the program as part of an all-expenses paid opportunity with USA Baseball that ultimately feeds the organization's athlete development pipeline and future player pool.

Since 1978 USA Baseball has acted as 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 at the grassroots level, both nationally and internationally. The creation of NTDP represents a landmark development in the methods used for training America's elite-level baseball players.