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USA Baseball
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Formation1978
Location
  • Durham, North Carolina
Membership
(US)
Websiteusabaseball.com

USA Baseball is the national governing body for the sport of baseball in the United States and is a member of the United States Olympic Committee and the World Baseball Softball Confederation. Like USA Baseball on Facebook and follow on Twitter and Instagram.

The organization selects and trains the World Baseball Classic, Olympic, Premier12 and Pan American Games teams (and all other USA Baseball Professional Teams); the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team; the USA Baseball 18U, 15U and 12U National Teams; and the USA Baseball Women's National Team, all of which participate in various international competitions each year. In addition, USA Baseball selects players for the 14U, 16U and 17U National Team Development Programs.

The organization is responsible for the continued proliferation and health of the sport, and leads a number of amateur initiatives through its Sport Development department, including Play Ball and Pitch Smart.  USA Baseball also presents the Golden Spikes Award annually to the top amateur baseball player in the country and is responsible for creating the USABat standard.

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History[edit]

Creation[edit]

In 1978, the Amateur Sports Act of 1978 established the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) and provided for national governing bodies to be created for each Olympic sport. Since then, USA Baseball has been the national governing body for amateur baseball. It represents the sport in the United States as a member of the USOC and internationally as a member federation of the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC).

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 15.6 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.

Move to North Carolina[edit]

Originally based in New Jersey, USA Baseball moved to Arizona in November 1997 where it spent five years before moving one more time to its current home in Cary, North Carolina, in March 2003. With its family friendly environment, already-rapid growth and proximity to such huge sports cities as Chapel Hill, Durham, Raleigh and Charlotte, the town of Cary was the perfect destination for the national governing body of Our Pastime's Future.

An agreement was reached with the town to create a complex and headquarters there and the USA Baseball National Training Complex opened its doors in June 2007. The first event held at the facility was the 2007 USA Baseball Tournament of Stars, which served as the primary identification event for the organization's 18U National Team from 2007 to 2018.

USA Baseball National Training Complex

National Training Complex[edit]

The USA Baseball National Training Complex at Thomas Brooks Park in Cary, North Carolina, opened its doors in 2007. Located within the 221-acre Thomas Brooks Park, the National Training Complex includes four baseball fields – a stadium field and three training fields – all with dimensions of 330 feet down the lines and 400 feet in centerfield. All fields are maintained at Major League Baseball (MLB) standards.

In recognition of more than 30 years of public service and countless accomplishments for the citizens of Cary, the Cary Town Council named the stadium field in honor of former Town Manager William B. Coleman, Jr., upon his retirement on October 17, 2008.

Coleman Field has a press box that includes two suites, an official scorer's room, a sound room and a press row. Spectator seating is for 1,754 people, including handicapped accessible seating, and additional grass seating for approximately 250 people. All fields have access to restroom facilities and a concession building.

The National Training Complex is also home to the flagship USA Baseball Team Store, which is open during all USA Baseball events at the complex.

14U and 16U National Teams[edit]

From 1997–2011, USA Baseball fielded a 16U National Team that participated in the International Baseball Federation (IBAF) World Youth Championships, as well as other tournaments, including the COPABE Pan American Youth Championships and the 1999 PAL World Series.

In its 15-year history, the USA Baseball 16U National Team experienced unparalleled success on the international stage. Team USA made it to the championship game of every international tournament it appeared in, taking home 11 gold medals – including nine in World Championships – and three silvers. In addition, eight of those teams went undefeated in international play. The program holds an overall historical record of 99–10 against international opponents, including going 54–2 in World Championships.

The 14U National Team was created in 2007 and fielded teams for the COPABE Pan American Championships and Pan American Championships Qualifiers until 2011. In that time, the program went undefeated five times in six international tournaments, earning five gold medals and one bronze in its history and finishing with a 39–2 overall record.

In 2011, the two teams were discontinued after the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) changed its youth championships age discipline to 15U. The programs were replaced with the 15U National Team and the 14U National Team Development Program.

USA Baseball in the Olympic Games[edit]

Baseball was first introduced to the Olympic Games as an exhibition sport at the Los Angeles 1984 Games and returned as a demonstration sport in the Seoul 1988 Games. In 1984, the United States came in second, falling to Japan in the final, 6–3. Four years later though, Team USA got Olympic redemption as it won the gold medal over Japan with a 5–3 victory.

Baseball became an official Summer Olympics sport with its addition to the Barcelona 1992 Games program. The tournament consisted of eight teams and featured a round-robin format in which each team played each other before advancing to the semi-final and final rounds. The USA Baseball Collegiate National Team represented the U.S. in the games from 1992 until 2000, as all athletes were required to be amateurs during that time. Team USA did not place in the 1992 games but won bronze on home soil during the Atlanta 1996 Games.

USA Baseball started using professional-level athletes for the first time in 1999 with the 2000 Olympic Team being one of the first Professional National Teams to represent the U.S. in international competition. Led by Manager Tommy Lasorda and featuring players like Ben Sheets, Ernie Young and Brad Wilkerson, Team USA went 8–1 in the tournament en route to the Olympic gold medal. The 2000 Olympic Team was later named the USOC Team of the Year.

After failing to qualify for the Athens 2004 Games, the U.S. returned to the Olympics in 2008, finishing with a 6–3 record and claiming the bronze medal with an 8–4 defeat of Japan.

Baseball was voted out of the Olympic program for the 2012 and 2016 games, but on August 3, 2016, the International Olympic Committee approved the reinstatement of the sport for the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.

National Teams[edit]

USA Baseball Professional National Team

Professional National Team[edit]

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.

The very first Professional National Team that the organization selected participated in the 1999 Pan American Games in Winnipeg, Canada. The team went 5–2 in the tournament, eventually making it to the gold medal game where it fell to Cuba 5–1 to claim the silver medal.

Also 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 2000 Olympic Games. Behind a stellar performance on the mound 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.

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.

In 2015, USA Baseball fielded two Professional National Teams, once again made up of Minor League players, for the Toronto 2015 Pan American Games and the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Premier12. The U.S. claimed the silver medal in both events. The Pan American Games roster featured players like Albert Almora, Jr., Tyler Pastornicky, Paul Sewald and Zach Eflin, while the Premier12 team was led by Matt McBride, Adam Frazier and Anthony Vasquez.

Professional National Team Gold Medals
YEAR TOURNAMENT
2017 World Baseball Classic
2009 XXXVIII Baseball World Cup
2007 XXXVII Baseball World Cup
2005 CONCEBE Regional Olympic Qualifier
2000 Sydney 2000 Olympic Games

World Baseball Classic[edit]

Following the removal of baseball from the Olympic program in 2005, the World Baseball Classic was proposed by Major League Baseball, the Major League Baseball Players Association and other professional baseball leagues and their players associations around the world. Subsequently, the tournament was created and the first installment was played in 2006. Unique to the event is the use of Major League players on the rosters, marking the first team in USA Baseball history to feature MLB-level athletes.

For the inaugural 2006 World Baseball Classic, Team USA 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, Jimmy Rollins and Jeter donning the red, white and blue, the U.S. team finished fourth, losing to Japan in the semi-finals.

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.

Most recently, Team USA had its best showing in the tournament so far, taking home the 2017 World Baseball Classic gold medal. Managed by Jim Leyland and featuring players like Marcus Stroman, Christian Yelich, Adam Jones, Eric Hosmer, Buster Posey and Brandon Crawford, the U.S. went 6–2 en route to the title. The team opened the tournament with a dramatic 3–2 walkoff victory in extra innings over Colombia and took down the defending champions Dominican Republic – with the help of an iconic catch from Jones that robbed Manny Machado of a home run – in the second round to advance to the semi-finals.

Following a rain-soaked 2–1 victory over Japan, Team USA went head-to-head against Puerto Rico – which had beaten the U.S. 6–5 earlier in the tournament – in the final and put together a dominating 8–0 win. Stroman got the start and took a no-hitter into the seventh inning of the contest, giving up just one hit and one walk in his six innings of work. The offense backed up Stroman's stellar outing with a 13-hit showing that led to 8 runs, five of which came with two outs, to secure the shutout victory and USA Baseball's first-ever World Baseball Classic championship.

Stroman was named the MVP of the tournament, while Hosmer (1B) and Yelich (OF) were both named to the World Baseball Classic All-Tournament Team.

ALL-TIME TEAM USA WORLD BASEBALL CLASSIC RESULTS:

2006 World Baseball Classic
DATE OPPONENT SCORE (RESULT)
3/7/06 Mexico 2–0 (W)
3/8/06 Canada 8–6 (W)
3/10/06 South Africa 17–0 (W)
3/12/06 Japan 4–3 (W)
3/13/06 Korea 7–3 (L)
3/16/06 Mexico 2–1 (L)
2009 World Baseball Classic
DATE OPPONENT SCORE (RESULT)
3/7/09 Canada 6–5 (W)
5/8/09 Venezuela 15–6 (W)
3/11/09 Venezuela 5–3 (L)
3/14/09 Puerto Rico 11–1 (L)
3/15/09 Netherlands 9–3 (W)
3/17/09 Puerto Rico 6–5 (W)
3/18/09 Venezuela 10–6 (L)
3/22/09 Japan 9–4 (L)
2013 World Baseball Classic
DATE OPPONENT SCORE (RESULT)
3/8/13 Mexico 5–2 (L)
3/9/13 Italy 6–2 (W)
3/10/13 Canada 9–4 (W)
3/12/13 Puerto Rico 7–1 (W)
3/14/13 Dominican Republic 3–1 (L)
3/15/13 Puerto Rico 4–3 (L)
2017 World Baseball Classic
DATE OPPONENT SCORE (RESULT)
3/10/17 Colombia 3–2, 10 innings (W)
3/11/17 Dominican Republic 7–5 (L)
3/12/17 Canada 8–0 (W)
3/15/17 Venezuela 4–2 (W)
3/17/17 Puerto Rico 6–5 (L)
3/18/17 Dominican Republic 6–3 (W)
3/21/17 Japan 2–1 (W)
3/22/17 Puerto Rico (Championship Game) 8–0 (W)
USA Baseball Collegiate National Team

Collegiate National Team[edit]

The USA Baseball Collegiate National Team is composed of the top non-draft eligible 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, the U.S. won the inaugural World Baseball Challenge in Canada, and the 2011 team posted an 11–2–1 record, defeating Japan in four out of five games during their international friendship series.

In 2013, the USA-Cuba international friendships series returned to the U.S. for the first time since 1996, with Team USA putting together a historic five-game sweep of the Cuban National Team. The Collegiate National Team also traveled abroad to compete in the 39th annual USA vs. Japan Collegiate All-Star Series, where the host nation claimed a 3–2 series victory.

The 2014 Collegiate National Team also enjoyed success in its summer tour, finishing with a 18–8–2 record, including going 7–1 in the XXVIII Haarlem Baseball Week tournament. In 2016, Team USA traveled to Cuba for the fifth installment of the USA vs. Cuba International Friendship Series. For the first time in USA Baseball history, the Collegiate National Team claimed a series against Cuba on Cuban soil, courtesy of a Keston Hiura-pinch hit home run in the final game of the series that secured a 2–1 defeat of the home country and a 3–2 series victory.

In 2017, the Collegiate National Team contributed to USA Baseball's historic sweep of international competition with series wins over all three of its international opponents that year, including Chinese Taipei, Cuba and Japan. The 2018 Collegiate National Team then followed that with another sweep, once again collecting series wins over Chinese Taipei, Cuba and Japan.

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, Alex Bregman, Kris Bryant, Troy Glaus, Todd Helton, Ryan Howard, Barry Larkin, Tino Martinez, Pedroia, David Price, Huston Street, Dansby Swanson, Mark Teixeira, Troy Tulowitzki, Jason Varitek and Ryan Zimmerman.

Collegiate National Team Gold Medals
YEAR TOURNAMENT
2014 XXVIII Haarlem Baseball Week
2009 World Baseball Challenge
2008 XXV Haarlem Baseball Week
2008 IV FISU World University Games
2006 FISU World University Championships
2004 FISU World University Championships
2002 XXII Haarlem Baseball Week
2000 XXI Haarlem Baseball Week
1995 National Baseball Congress World Series
1988 Seoul 1988 Olympic Games
1974 XXIII Baseball World Cup
1973 XXII Baseball World Cup
1967 V Pan American Games

To stay up-to-date on the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team, follow @USABaseballCNT on Twitter.


18U National Team[edit]

Composed of the nation's top players ages 16 to 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 Pan American “AAA” Championships and the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-18 Baseball World Cup. The 18U team will be looking for its fifth consecutive Pan Am Championships gold medal in 2018. The program has won seven straight international tournament titles dating back to 2011, including winning the last four WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cups in 2012, 2013, 2015 and 2017.

In 2017, the 18U National Team finished off USA Baseball's unprecedented sweep of international competition with a dominant showing in the WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup. The team went undefeated for just the second time in the program's history, and the first since 1989, while the pitching staff tallied an incredible 0.47 collective ERA en route to the gold medal.

Current Major Leaguers Matt Holliday, Bryce Harper, Clayton Kershaw, Buster Posey, Eric Hosmer, Freddie Freeman and Justin Upton have all worn the USA jersey as 18U players.

18U National Team Gold Medals
YEAR TOURNAMENT
2017 WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup
2016 COPABE Pan Am "AAA" Championships
2015 WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup
2014 COPABE Pan Am "AAA" Championships
2013 IBAF "AAA" World Cup
2012 IBAF "AAA" World Cup
2011 COPABE Pan Am "AAA" Championships
2009 COPABE Pan Am "AAA" Championships
1999 IBA Junior World Cup
1995 Junior World Championships
1989 World Youth Baseball Championships
1988 World Youth Baseball Championships

To stay up-to-date on the USA Baseball 18U National Team, follow @USABaseball18U on Twitter.


15U National Team[edit]

In 2012, USA Baseball rolled out its first-ever 15U National Team. The program, which is composed of some of the most talented young players across the county, played four games in the Dominican Republic against the Dominicans and Puerto Rico. Team USA went 4–0 abroad, outscoring their opponents, 31–3.

In 2013, the 15U National Team traveled to Baranquilla, Colombia, for the COPABE Pan American "AA" Championships, where it brought home the gold medal for the first time. En route to defeating Cuba, 6–1, in the championship game, the 15U squad amassed a perfect record, finishing 8–0 in the event.

Competing in its first World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-15 Baseball World Cup in 2014, Team USA traveled to Mazatlan, Mexico, and went 9–1 overall and claimed the silver medal. The 2014 campaign also saw the 15U National Team's Brice Turang bring home the 15U's first-ever USA Baseball Richard W. "Dick" Case Player of the Year Award. The award is given to the athlete who is not only an outstanding player on the field, but also exemplified sportsmanship and love of the game. The full list of winners can be found here.

USA Baseball's National Team Championships, 14U National Team Development Program (NTDP) and National Team Identification Series (NTIS) help the organization identify players for the 15U National Team. The National Team Championships are held in Arizona and Florida and up to 72 teams compete in each region. USA Baseball representatives and scouts select the top players from each event to make up the National Team.

Starting in 2017, a new trials system was introduced for the 15U program that includes two phases and 72 athletes vying for just 20 spots on Team USA's roster. The pool of talent is then narrowed to 34 players for Phase 2 before the final 20 are named.

Following 2018 trials and training at the National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina, the 15U National Team traveled to David, Panama, where it claimed the program's first-ever WBSC U-15 Baseball World Cup gold medal.

15U National Team Gold Medals
YEAR TOURNAMENT
2018 WBSC U-15 Baseball World Cup
2017 COPABE Pan Am "AA" Championships
2015 COPABE Pan Am "AA" Championships
2013 COPABE Pan Am "AA" Championships
2012 COPABE Pan Am "AA" Championships

To stay up-to-date on the USA Baseball 15U National Team, follow @USABaseball15U on Twitter.


12U National Team[edit]

In 2013, USA Baseball launched its first-ever 12U National Team. The team, which was composed of some of the most talented young players from across the county, traveled to Taipei City, Taiwan, and came home with its first International Baseball Federation (IBAF) 12U World Cup gold medal. After lengthy pool play, the 12U National Team defeated the host, Chinese Taipei, in the World Cup final, 8–1. The game was attended by over 10,000 home fans and was broadcast throughout parts of Asia and online.

The 12U National Team is composed of players selected from the USA Baseball National Team Identification Series (NTIS), the 12U National Open through the 12U Open Development Camps and the 11U Futures Invitational.

In 2015, the 12U National Team claimed its second world championship in a row with a 7–2 win over Chinese Taipei in the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-12 Baseball World Cup. The program then followed that with a silver medal at the 2016 COPABE Pan American "A" Championships. A third consecutive gold medal in the WBSC U-12 Baseball World Cup in 2017 with another 7–2 defeat of Chinese Taipei marked the team's contribution to USA Baseball's 2017 sweep of international competition.

The 12U National Team returned to the COPABE U-12 Pan American Championships in 2018 where it claimed its first-ever gold medal in the event. Team USA went undefeated in the event, outscoring its opponents 127-7 and winning all nine of its games by a 13-run average margin of victory.

12U National Team Gold Medals
YEAR TOURNAMENT
2018 COPABE U-12 Pan American Championships
2017 WBSC U-12 Baseball World Cup
2015 WBSC U-12 Baseball World Cup
2013 IBAF "A" World Cup

To stay up-to-date on the USA Baseball 12U National Team, follow @USABaseball12U on Twitter.


Women's National Team[edit]

The USA Baseball Women's National Team 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 International Baseball Federation (IBAF) Women's Baseball World Cup in Edmonton, Canada. Team USA repeated as IBAF World Cup gold medalists in 2006 in Taiwan, before taking home the bronze medal at the 2008 World Cup in Japan and again in 2010 in Venezuela.

In 2012 and 2014, the Women's National Team won the silver medal at the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Women's Baseball World Cup in Edmonton, Canada, and Miyazaki, Japan, respectively. The 2015 Women's National Team competed in the Toronto 2015 Pan American Games and claimed gold, defeating Canada 11–3 to earn the championship.

When not competing in international tournaments, the Women's National Team hosts a Women's National Team Development Program, leads youth clinics and works to grow the game of baseball among women in the U.S.

The 2018 Women's National Team was named following the Women's National Open and Women's National Team Trials in June of this year. The 20-woman team competes in the 2018 WBSC Women's Baseball World Cup, which was held in the U.S. for the first time, from August 22–31 at the USSSA Space Coast Complex in Viera, Florida. Team USA finished the World Cup 6-3 with a 1.98 team ERA and a collective .288 average.

Women's National Team Gold Medals
YEAR TOURNAMENT
2015 XVII Pan American Games
2015 Pan American Games Qualifier
2006 IBAF Women's World Cup
2004 IBAF Women's World Cup

To stay up-to-date on the USA Baseball Women's National Team, follow @USABaseballWNT on Twitter.

National Team Development Programs[edit]

At age levels where there are not international competitions, the National Team Development Program offers an unmatched developmental opportunity to better prepare athletes for potential future national teams and ingrain them in the USA Baseball organization. It also serves to help young players accelerate their maturation and readiness for the next step in their respective baseball careers.

Since the program's inception in 2012, 64 national team development program attendees have earned spots on national team rosters at the 15U, 18U and Collegiate National Team levels. Additionally, in the five years that NTDP participants have been eligible, 21 players have been selected in the first five rounds of the MLB First-Year Player Draft.

To stay up-to-date on the USA Baseball National Team Development Programs, follow @USABaseballNTDP on Twitter.


17U National Team Development Program[edit]

In 2012, USA Baseball fielded its first ever 17U National Team Development Program. Members of the 17U NTDP are identified through the USA Baseball National Team Championships in Arizona and Florida, as well as the USA Baseball National Team Identification Series (NTIS).

Four members of the 2016 17U NTDP went on to play on the 2017 18U National Team that claimed the program's fourth consecutive World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-18 Baseball World Cup gold medal. In 2018, the weeklong 17U NTDP was held in Chicago, Illinois.

American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) Hall of Famer Jack Leggett served as the field coordinator for the event in 2018 after coaching in 2017. The head coach at Northwestern University, Spencer Allen, and current University of Texas head coach, David Pierce, joined Leggett on staff and served as the managers for the Stripes and Stars teams, respectively.

Coaches and evaluators will assess 40 athletes during the NTDP week and are made up of former professional players, respected collegiate and high school coaches, and professional scouts.


16U National Team Development Program[edit]

In 2018, USA Baseball introduced a 16U age level to its National Team Development Program.

The 16U NTDP will feature athletes selected from the 15U National Team Identification Series (NTIS), the newly-reinstated 16U National Team Championships and through recommendations from professional scouts, USA Baseball task force members and collegiate, high school and youth coaches.

For its inaugural season, the 16U NTDP was led by three-time USA Baseball national team coach and seven-time NTDP field coordinator, Eric Kibler. University of Dayton Head Coach Jayson King joined Kibler on staff as the manager of the Stripes team, while Bill Mosiello, who is currently the associate head coach at Texas Christian University, managed the Stars team.

Coaches and evaluators will assess 36 athletes during the NTDP week and are made up of former professional players, respected collegiate and high school coaches and professional scouts.


14U National Team Development Program[edit]

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 are identified through the USA Baseball National Team Championships in Arizona and Florida and the USA Baseball National Team Identification Series (NTIS).

With the introduction of a new 15U National Team Trials system in 2017, 18 players from the 14U NTDP are selected each year to compete for a national team roster spot in that year’s 15U National Team Trials. In 2017, two athletes from the 2017 14U National Team Development Program made the 2017 15U National Team through the new system and won gold with Team USA at the COPABE Pan American “AA” Championships.

The 2018 14U NTDP took place at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina, July 23–27.

Current St. Thomas Aquinas (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) head coach and former 15U National Team assistant coach, Troy Cameron, was selected as the 14U NTDP field coordinator. Scott Grove, the head coach at The First Academy (Orlando, Fla.), served as the event's pitching coordinator, while current St. Mary's College head coach, Eric Valenzuela, and current Indiana University head coach, Chris Lemonis, managed the Stars and Stripes teams, respectively.

USA Baseball Events[edit]

USA Baseball National High School Invitational

National High School Invitational (NHSI)[edit]

Every March, the USA Baseball National High School Invitational presented by the Greater Raleigh Sports Alliance and the Town of Cary brings together 16 of the top prep teams in the country to compete against each other in what has become the premiere event on the high school baseball calendar. As no event currently brings in a level of talent from top to bottom that the NHSI promises, the eventual tournament champion will kick off their respective season with recognition as the top high school baseball team in the country.

The NHSI, which not only features the top teams in the country, but also some of the best amateur baseball players, is a 16-team, single-elimination championship tournament. Each participating team is guaranteed to play four games. The NHSI will present participating athletes with national exposure in addition to providing the opportunity for the best teams in the country to compete against each other.

In 2012, Mater Dei High School (Santa Ana, Calif.) claimed the inaugural NHSI title in dramatic fashion with a 3–2 walkoff win over Harvard-Westlake (Studio City, Calif.). The 2013 edition of the tournament was once again won by Mater Dei with another defeat of Harvard-Westlake before The First Academy (Orlando, Fla.) took home the trophy in 2014.

In the 2018 NHSI, Orange Lutheran High School (Orange, Calif.) became the second school in NHSI history to defend its title when it secured the 2018 championship with a dominant 9–3 victory over Green Hope High School (Cary, N.C.) in the final. Green Hope went on an historic run en route to its runner-up finish, not only becoming the first-ever North Carolina school to reach the NHSI championship game, but also the first to advance past its opening round game in the event.

USA Baseball NHSI Champions
YEAR SCHOOL
2018 Orange Lutheran High School (Orange, Calif.)
2017 Orange Lutheran High School (Orange, Calif.)
2016 Huntington Beach High School (Huntington Beach, Calif.)
2015 San Clemente (San Clemente, Calif.)
2014 The First Academy (Orlando, Fla.)
2013 Mater Dei High School (Santa Ana, Calif.)
2012 Mater Dei High School (Santa Ana, Calif.)
USA Baseball National Team Championships

National Team Championships[edit]

The USA Baseball National Team Championships in Florida and Arizona are the primary identification events for players to be considered for the 15U National Team and the 14U, 16U and 17U National Team Development Programs (NTDP).

The National Team Championships first started in 1997 as the USA Junior Olympic Baseball Championships and was a joint venture between USA Baseball and the United States Olympic Committee. At its inception, the event was a tournament for 16-and-under travel baseball teams that was used to identify talent for the USA Baseball 16U National Team.

When USA Baseball moved from New Jersey to Arizona in 1998, the then-56 team tournament moved out west as well, where it was contested at the Spring Training homes of the Colorado Rockies and the Chicago White Sox/Arizona Diamondbacks. With the popularity and size of the event growing exponentially, it was expanded to a second location in 2001, once again including the East Coast with a location in Fort Myers, Fla.

In 2009, the tournament was renamed and expanded once more, this time to include a second age group. Now called the National Team Championships, a 14U division was added to identify talent for the USA Baseball 14U National Team. However, when the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) changed its international competition age groups from 16U to 15U in 2012, a 15U division was added to the National Team Championships for the new 15U National Team, the 16U division was changed to 17U and the 17U and 14U divisions now funneled into the newly-created National Team Development Programs.

Through this event – which is still held annually in both Arizona and Florida – USA Baseball provides an opportunity for 400+ teams to showcase their ability against teams from all across the country.

In Florida, the USA Baseball National Team Championships are held in Palm Beach County, Florida, at Roger Dean Stadium, the Spring Training home of the St. Louis Cardinals and Miami Marlins, and The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches, the Spring Training home of the 2017 World Series Champions Houston Astros and the Washington Nationals.

In Arizona, the USA Baseball National Team Championships are held in Glendale, Goodyear, Peoria and Surprise, Arizona, at the Spring Training homes of the Los Angeles Dodgers, Cleveland Indians, San Diego Padres, Texas Rangers, Cincinnati Reds, Kansas City Royals and Chicago White Sox.

To stay up-to-date on the National Team Championships in Florida, follow @USABChamps_East on Twitter. To keep up with the National Team Championships in Arizona, follow @USABChamps_West.

USA Baseball Futures Invitational

Futures Invitational[edit]

The USA Baseball 10U and 11U Futures Invitational are elite, invite-only youth championship events, exclusively reserved for top 10U and 11U teams and athletes. The four-day, championship tournaments will both be hosted at the USA Baseball National Training Complex, the official training site of Team USA and adjoining Thomas Brooks Park and/or Middle Creek Park in Cary, North Carolina. Both the 10U and 11U event will host the best teams from across the country featuring the top youth talent in the nation.

Teams may email [[1]] with inquiries or for future event consideration.

USA Baseball 12U Open Development Program

12U Open Development Program[edit]

The 12U Open Development Program is a two-tiered identification process culminating in the selection of players to participate in the 12U National Team Trials. Athletes will first partake in the 12U Open Development Camps at various locations across the country. The Open Development Camps were established to provide athletes across the country with the opportunity to become involved with Team USA in a setting that provides instruction, evaluation and fun. Players from the development camps will be recommended to USA Baseball officials. From those recommendations, USA Baseball will invite 112 players to participate in the 12U National Open. The National Open will be a three-day event concluding with the selection of a minimum of 14 12U National Team Trials participants.

The USA Baseball 12U National Team Open Development Program features a series of camps across the country for athletes born after January 1, 2007. These camps will place an emphasis on identifying players for the 12U National Team while also promoting player development and will serve to deliver Team USA training techniques to aspiring national team players from coast to coast. Athletes will be offered a unique training opportunity with a curriculum developed by current and former national team staff. To deliver this national team and player development program on an unprecedented scale, USA Baseball has partnered with respected members of the amateur baseball community from across the country. Development camps will take place in January through early June on a local level aimed at providing families with unparalleled access to a Team USA evaluation. To register for the program and find a local tryout near you, please visit the 12U National Team Open Development Program website.

USA Baseball National Team Identification Series

National Team Identification Series (NTIS)[edit]

The USA Baseball National Team Identification Series (NTIS) is the most comprehensive player identification program offered by Team USA. Players from across the country will participate in selection events and tryouts on the regional level with the aim of ultimately being named to their regional team. Those regional teams will then compete in their respective age groups against the 15 other regions from across the country at the culminating National Team Identification Series Champions Cup event at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina, in the fall of 2019.

The program includes six separate men's age groups – 11U, 13U, 14U, 15U, 16U and 17U. From the final 2018 NTIS event, USA Baseball will invite a minimum of 68 players to future National Team Trials, National Team Development Program (NTDP) and Tournament of Stars opportunities with the ultimate goal of being selected to represent our country as a part of Team USA in 2019.

All of the regional teams within each age group will be put together by our various NTIS Regional Directors. These various regional directors will be responsible for identifying and selecting 18-player teams which will participate in the culminating event in Cary, North Carolina.

To stay up-to-date with the National Team Identification Series, follow @USABaseballNTIS on Twitter.

Women's National Open[edit]

The USA Baseball Women’s National Open brings together more than 100 of the top female baseball players in the country to compete against each other for the chance to earn a spot on the Women’s National Team Trials roster. These players are split into six teams, competing in games and participating in positional workouts while being scouted and evaluated by the Women’s National Team staff. Following the conclusion of the event, the 40-woman Women’s National Team Trials roster is announced, followed by National Team Trials and Training, as well as the World Baseball Softball (WBSC) Women’s Baseball World Cup.

USA Baseball Cups

USA Baseball Cups[edit]

The 2018 USA Baseball's 14U and 16U Cups are open-invitation tournaments composed of 32 teams. The 14U and 16U Cups will involve 16 teams each. Each team is guaranteed four games (weather permitting). The events are held in Cary, North Carolina, at the USA Baseball National Training Complex. USA Baseball will award 32 teams the right to participate based on an application approval process.

To stay up-to-date with the USA Baseball Cups, follow @USABEvents on Twitter.

Sport Development[edit]

MLB/USA Baseball Events[edit]

As part of an on-going partnership, USA Baseball and Major League Baseball have worked together to create a host of events that contribute to the growth and proliferation of the game of baseball, as well as the identification and growth of young athletes.

Breakthrough Series[edit]

The Breakthrough Series, established in 2008, is a joint effort on behalf of USA Baseball and Major League Baseball. This unique program focuses on developing the player on and off the field through seminars, mentorship, gameplay, scout evaluations, video coverage, and the highest level of instruction all while providing a platform for the players to perform for scouts and collegiate coaches. The events are completely cost free with USA Baseball covering expenses for the players.

Players in the MLB and USA Baseball diversity pipeline, including the Breakthrough Series, Dream Series and Elite Development Invitational may be offered additional development and instructional opportunities throughout the year. Affording participants touch points at different times during the season will allow for consistent growth opportunities both in competitive and non-competitive settings and will aide in the continued advancement of their life and baseball skills.

For more information on the Breakthrough Series, follow @MLBDevelops. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact [[2]].

Elite Development Invitational[edit]

Utilizing the successful Breakthrough Series instructional model incorporating multiple seminars, Major League Baseball, USA Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association teamed up to develop the revolutionary Elite Development Invitational.

In 2017, the event welcomed 200 players (ages 12–17) and more than two dozen coaches with a combined 200-plus years of baseball experience to historic Dodgertown in Vero Beach, Florida, for two weeks of intensive instruction.

The wide-ranging group of coaches covered every field position and instructed players in a variety of workouts and game situations throughout the week.

Players in the MLB and USA Baseball diversity pipeline, including the Breakthrough Series and Elite Development Invitational may be offered additional development and instructional opportunities throughout the year. Affording participants touch points at different times during the season will allow for consistent growth opportunities both in competitive and non-competitive settings and will aide in the continued advancement of their life and baseball skills.

Over 30 former professional players including veterans like Jerry Manuel, Maury Wills, Tom Gordon, Lee Smith, Marquis Grissom, and Endy Chavez served as instructors with Commissioner Manfred, Joe Torre, Harold Reynolds, Dusty Baker and Dee Gordon stopping by to share their knowledge and experiences. Facilitating a Spring Training atmosphere for the aspiring professional players, days consisted of individual work, games, situational play, "chalk talk" and nightly seminars about the baseball industry.

For more information on the Elite Development Invitational, follow @MLBDevelops.

Trailblazer Series

Trailblazer Series[edit]

In 2017, USA Baseball and Major League Baseball launched a new baseball tournament for girls, held in the greater Los Angeles area, and built around Jackie Robinson Day Weekend. In 2018, approximately 100 girls, once again, had an unprecedented opportunity to participate in the Trailblazer Series.

For more information on the Trailblazer Series, follow @MLBDevelops.


Dream Series[edit]

The Dream Series, established in 2017, is operated by Major League Baseball and USA Baseball. This event will host a diverse group of more than 60 high school pitchers and catchers from across the country, in a special development camp atmosphere as well as a showcase for professional scouts and collegiate recruiters.

In addition to the on-field actions, participants will receive daily presentations from former Major Leaguers, scouts, college administrators, umpires and other industry professionals. The focus of these presentations will be to prepare the prospect for the collegiate and professional recruiting processes and offer information about alternative careers within the baseball industry. As in similar amateur development camps, a large contingent of college recruiters and professional scouts are expected to attend and evaluate players who demonstrate potential, but may not have had the opportunity for exposure through other events.

Coaches at this year’s Dream Series include Bob Didier, Marvin Freeman, Marquis Grissom, LaTroy Hawkins, Kenny Hill, Charles Johnson, Jerry Manuel, Darren Oliver, Dave Stewart, and Lenny Webster.

USA Baseball Long-Term Athlete Development Program

Long-Term Athlete Development Plan (LTAD)[edit]

USA Baseball, with support from Major League Baseball (MLB), has generated a Long-Term Athlete Development Plan (LTAD) to provide a multi-stage developmental pathway for an individual’s life-long experience within the sport of baseball in the United States. Through developmentally appropriate programs for all ages, the LTAD aims to increase participation, aid in performance, and enhance enjoyment across the sport of baseball. The LTAD plan is a culmination of evidence-based information from the principal contributor group and input from a leadership group consisting of experts from the medical safety industry, MLB league and club executives, and an advisory group inclusive of leaders from across the amateur baseball spectrum.

Prospect Development Pipeline

Prospect Development Pipeline (PDP)[edit]

The Prospect Development Pipeline (PDP) is a collaborative effort between Major League Baseball (MLB), the Major League Baseball Scouting Bureau (MLBSB) and USA Baseball. The program established an official identification and player assessment pathway for elite high school age amateur baseball players in the United States to all 30 MLB Clubs for the amateur draft.

Play Ball

Play Ball[edit]

Play Ball highlights the many ways baseball can be played, including ways outside of traditionally organized baseball leagues and tournaments.

Pitch Smart

Pitch Smart[edit]

A series of practical, age-appropriate guidelines to help parents, players and coaches avoid overuse injuries and foster long, healthy careers for youth pitchers.

USA Baseball and MLB team up to help young players reduce arm injuries by providing a comprehensive resource for safe pitching practices. Baseball is a safe game to play at all ages, but research has shown that pitching too much — particularly at a young age — can increase a pitcher's risk of injury.

Fun At Bat

Fun At Bat[edit]

Fun At Bat is a bat and ball, entry level program for kids with an emphasis on character development, functional movement, active play and fun. The initiative stems from meticulous research on introductory youth sport programs and is supported by Major League Baseball, USA Baseball and industry professionals.

Fun At Bat is an ideal addition to any physical education curriculum, as it includes active warm up and play activities that support the age-based physical literacy standards of the Society of Health and Physical Educators (SHAPE America). Students do not need to own any baseball specific equipment and the program has been engineered to operate in gymnasiums, open playgrounds, blacktops or ballfields. Teachers will be provided with Franklin Sports equipment, a detailed and easy-to-follow curriculum, book set, and access to a FREE online instructor training module to help them easily implement the program into their core curriculum for physical education.

Fun At Bat aims to provide children with a fun and active experience while reinforcing “USA Baseball Championship Principles” such as teamwork, honesty and responsibility. The program aims to create environment that produces both healthier and more well-rounded kids.

By operating within a framework that de-emphasizes winning and losing, Fun At Bat uses a series of dynamic warmup activities to develop basic athletic and motor skills. We build a foundation for physical literacy in children that is verified and endorsed by movement professionals and the Society of Health And Physical Educators (SHAPE America).

USA Baseball is committed to providing instructors with the tools and resources needed to effectively operate the Fun At Bat program. This includes access to a FREE, online instructor training module that covers the key components of the program. The purpose of the module is to empower program instructors to confidently and effectively implement the Fun At Bat program in their school or community.


Hit and Run[edit]

Hit and Run Baseball is a joint initiative between Major League Baseball and USA Baseball. The program's objective is to provide modified rules that create a quicker-paced baseball game that allows players to develop skills in a more interactive format while promoting player health & safety and enhancing the fun nature of the game. The program will serve youth leagues, tournament providers and amateur coaches with recommended game formats that can be easily applied at all levels of amateur baseball. Additionally, operators can create their own modified rules to best suit their individual league, tournament or team needs.

Baseball ACE[edit]

Baseball ACE is an educational program for any and all individuals who are currently coaching baseball or aspire to coach at any level of the game. Offered in partnership by USA Baseball and the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA), this program aims to create a culture of continuing education, professional development and mentorship within the baseball coaching community.

USABat[edit]

USABat

USA Baseball, the national governing body for the sport of baseball in the U.S., in conjunction with participating national member organizations has adopted a new method for measuring bat performance in the testing of youth bats. Informed by the research of leading scientists on the USA Baseball Bat Study Committee, and supported by its National Member Organizations, — including the American Amateur Baseball Congress (AABC), Babe Ruth Baseball/Cal Ripken Baseball, Dixie Youth Baseball & Dixie Boys Baseball, Little League Baseball and PONY Baseball — USA Baseball has concluded that recent advancements in science, engineering, technology, and the materials available to fabricate non-wood bats, now allow the manufacturers to construct youth bats that can perform at a wood-like level through the entire range of lengths and weights of youth bats.

The new USA Baseball bat standard (USABat), which applies to bats that are classified below the NCAA and NFHS level of play, will be implemented on January 1, 2018, allowing the bat manufacturers sufficient time to bring these bats to the marketplace.

Similar to the NCAA and NFHS BBCOR standard, which helped to eliminate discrepancies with different length bats and thus provide a more direct measure of bat performance, the USA Baseball bat standard will allow youth baseball organizations in the United States to reach their goal of establishing a wood-like standard, a standard that will provide for the long-term integrity of the game.

Golden Spikes Award[edit]

USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award

Since 1978, USA Baseball has honored the top amateur baseball player in the nation with the Golden Spikes Award. The award is presented in partnership with the Rod Dedeaux Foundation and is given each year to the player who best exhibits exceptional on-field ability and exemplary sportsmanship.

In 2018, California’s Andrew Vaughn won the prestigious award in a presentation on ESPN's flagship program, SportsCenter. Following the nationally televised announcement of the winner, the finalists and their families were celebrated at the Jonathan Club Los Angeles as part of the 2018 Rod Dedeaux Foundation Awards Dinner.

2019 Golden Spikes Award Selection Process

  • Preseason Watch List announced: TBD
  • Midseason Watch List announced: TBD
  • Semifinalists announced: TBD
  • Finalists announced: TBD
  • Award Presentation: TBD

Past winners also include Terry Francona (1980), Will Clark (1985), Robin Ventura (1988), Jason Varitek (1994), J.D. Drew (1997), Mark Prior (2001), Jered Weaver (2004), Tim Lincecum (2006), David Price (2007), Buster Posey (2008), Stephen Strasburg (2009), Bryce Harper (2010), Trevor Bauer (2011), Mike Zunino (2012), Kris Bryant (2013), A.J. Reed (2014), Andrew Benintendi (2015), Kyle Lewis (2016) and Brendan McKay (2017).

Golden Spikes Award Winners
YEAR PLAYER POSITION SCHOOL
2018 Andrew Vaughn Infielder California
2017 Brendan McKay Pitcher/First Baseman Louisville
2016 Kyle Lewis Outfielder Mercer
2015 Andrew Benintendi Outfielder Arkansas
2014 A.J. Reed Infielder/Pitcher Kentucky
2013 Kris Bryant Infielder San Diego
2012 Mike Zunino Catcher Florida
2011 Trevor Bauer Pitcher UCLA
2010 Bryce Harper Catcher/Outfielder/Infielder Southern Nevada
2009 Stephen Strasburg Pitcher San Diego State
2008 Buster Posey Catcher Florida State
2007 David Price Pitcher Vanderbilt
2006 Tim Lincecum Pitcher Washington
2005 Alex Gordon Third Baseman Nebraska
2004 Jered Weaver Pitcher Long Beach State
2003 Rickie Weeks Second Baseman Southern
2002 Khalil Greene Shortstop Clemson
2001 Mark Prior Pitcher Southern California
2000 Kip Bouknight Pitcher South Carolina
1999 Jason Jennings Pitcher Baylor
1998 Pat Burrell Third Baseman Miami
1997 J.D. Drew Outfielder Florida State
1996 Travis Lee First Baseman San Diego State
1995 Mark Kotsay Outfielder Cal State Fullerton
1994 Jason Varitek Catcher Georgia Tech
1993 Darren Dreifort Pitcher Wichita State
1992 Phil Nevin Third Baseman Cal State Fullerton
1991 Mike Kelly Outfielder Arizona State
1990 Alex Fernandez Pitcher Miami Dade Community College
1989 Ben McDonald Pitcher LSU
1988 Robin Ventura Third Baseman Oklahoma State
1987 Jim Abbott Pitcher Michigan
1986 Mike Loynd Pitcher Florida State
1985 Will Clark First Baseman Mississippi State
1984 Oddibe McDowell Outfielder Arizona State
1983 Dave Magadan First Baseman Alabama
1982 Augie Schmidt Shortstop New Orleans
1981 Mike Fuentes Outfielder Florida State
1980 Terry Francona Outfielder Arizona
1979 Tim Wallach First Baseman Cal State Fullerton
1978 Bob Horner Third Baseman Arizona State

Organizational Awards[edit]

Every year, USA Baseball recognizes the top National Team coach, developmental coach, volunteer coach, player, performance and team from the past season with its organizational awards. In addition, in years when USA Baseball fields a Women's National Team, the organization also recognizes the top female athlete of that year. The awards and past winners are as follows:

USA Baseball Rod Dedeaux Coach of the Year Award[edit]

Presented annually in conjunction with the U.S. Olympic Committee and the Rod Dedeaux Foundation, the USA Baseball Rod Dedeaux Coach of the Year award is given to the National Team manager or coach who expects excellence out of his players. A coach who not only strives for his players to succeed but to become better human beings as well. The award was first presented in 1996.

Rod Dedeaux Coach of the Year Award Winners
YEAR COACH TEAM
2017 Jim Leyland World Baseball Classic Team
2016 George Horton Collegiate National Team
2015 Willie Randolph Premier12 Team
2014 Andy Stankiewicz 18U National Team
2013 Rob Cooper 18U National Team
2012 Scott Brosius 18U National Team
2011 Scott Brosius 18U National Team
2010 Eric Kibler 16U National Team
2009 Eddie Rodriguez World Cup Team
2008 Rob Walton Collegiate National Team
2007 Davey Johnson World Cup Team
2006 Davey Johnson Olympic Qualifying Team
2005 Davey Johnson Pre-Olympic Qualifying Team
2004 Marty Scott Women's National Team
2003 Ray Tanner Collegiate National Team
2002 Lelo Prado Collegiate National Team
2001 Pat McMahon Collegiate National Team
2000 Mike Gillespie Collegiate National Team
2000 Tommy Lasorda U.S. Olympic Baseball Team
1999 Mark Johnson Collegiate National Team
1998 Ron Polk Collegiate National Team
1997 Bob Milano Collegiate National Team
1996 Skip Bertman Collegiate National Team and U.S. Olympic Baseball Team

USA Baseball Developmental Coach of the Year Award[edit]

Presented annually in conjunction with the U.S. Olympic Committee, the USA Baseball Developmental Coach of the Year Award is given to the manager or coach who most prepares his players for the next level of baseball and as well as their future outside of the sport. The award was first presented in 1996.

Developmental Coach of the Year Award Winners
YEAR COACH TEAM
2017 David Sharp 12U National Team
2016 Glenn Cecchini 18U National Team
2015 Tanner Vesely 12U National Team
2014 Jonathan Pollard Women's National Team
2013 Dave Webb 12U National Team
2012 Eric Kibler 14U and 17U National Team Development Programs
2011 Jeff Hewitt 14U National Team
2010 Bill Kinneberg Collegiate National Team
2009 George Sanchez 16U National Team
2008 Mark Elkins 18U National Team
2007 Gary Hatch 16U National Team
2006 Garye LaFevers 16U National Team
2005 Phil Bodine 16U National Team
2004 Frank Cruz Collegiate National Team
2003 Don Freeman 16U National Team
2002 Edgar Soto 18U National Team
2001 Dave Grant 18U National Team
2000 Tim Saunders 16U National Team
1999 Bill Krejci 16U National Team
1998 Mark McKenzie 16U National Team
1997 Bill Olson 18U National Team
1996 Phil Clark 18U National Team

USA Baseball Volunteer Coach of the Year Award[edit]

Presented on a year-by-year basis in conjunction with the U.S. Olympic Committee, the USA Baseball Volunteer Coach of the Year Award is given to the coach who does not receive payment in any form for his or her involvement in assisting USA Baseball with coaching and growing the game of baseball at any level.

Volunteer Coach of the Year Award Winners
YEAR COACH TEAM
2017 Bill Burniston Collegiate National Team
2016 Skip Schumaker 14U National Team Development Program
2015 Todd Greene 14U National Team Development Program
2014 Brad Wilkerson Multiple programs
2013 Landon Powell 14U National Team Development Program
2012 Eric Kibler 14U and 17U National Team Development Programs
2011 Jeff Hewitt 14U National Team
2010 Bill Kinneberg Collegiate National Team
2009 George Sanchez 16U National Team
2008 Mark Elkins 18U National Team
2007 Gary Hatch 16U National Team
2006 Garye LaFevers 16U National Team
2005 Phil Bodine 16U National Team
2004 Frank Cruz Collegiate National Team
2003 Don Freeman 16U National Team

USA Baseball Player of the Year/Richard W. "Dick" Case Award[edit]

From 1984–2002, the USA Baseball Player of Year Award was given to the athlete who was not only an outstanding player on the field, but also exemplified sportsmanship and love of the game as well. Beginning in 2003, the award was renamed the Richard W. “Dick” Case Award in honor of the organization’s founding Executive Director/CEO.

Player of the Year/Richard W. "Dick" Case Award Winners
YEAR PLAYER TEAM
2017 Triston Casas 18U National Team
2016 Ricky Tyler Thomas Collegiate National Team
2015 Justyn-Henry Malloy 15U National Team
2014 Brice Turang 15U National Team
2013 Carlos Rodon Collegiate National Team
2012 Reese McGuire 18U National Team
2011 Albert Almora 18U National Team
2010 Alex Bregman 16U National Team
2009 Justin Smoak World Cup Team
2008 Stephen Strasburg Collegiate National Team and U.S. Olympic Team
2007 Jayson Nix World Cup Team
2006 J.P. Arencibia Collegiate National Team
2005 Ryan Zimmerman Collegiate National Team
2004 Ryan Shealy Pre-Olympic Qualifying Team
2003 Huston Street Collegiate National Team
2002 Michael Aubrey Collegiate National Team
2001 Orlando Hudson World Cup Team
2000 Ben Sheets U.S. Olympic Team
1999 Dan Wheeler Pan American Games Team
1998 Pat Burrell Golden Spikes Award Winner
1997 J.D. Drew Golden Spikes Award Winner
1996 Travis Lee Collegiate National Team and U.S. Olympic Team
1995 Mark Kotsay Golden Spikes Award Winner
1994 Jason Varitek Golden Spikes Award Winner
1993 Darren Dreifort Golden Spikes Award Winner
1992 Phil Nevin Collegiate National Team and U.S. Olympic Team
1991 Mike Kelly Golden Spikes Award Winner
1990 Alex Fernandez Golden Spikes Award Winner
1989 Ben McDonald Golden Spikes Award Winner
1988 Robin Ventura Collegiate National Team and U.S. Olympic Team
1987 Jim Abbott Collegiate National Team and Pan American Games Team
1986 Mike Loynd Golden Spikes Award Winner
1985 Will Clark Golden Spikes Award Winner
1984 Oddibe McDowell Collegiate National Team and U.S. Olympic Team

USA Baseball International Performance of the Year Award[edit]

The USA Baseball International Performance of the Year Award recognizes the athlete who authors the greatest single-game performance on an international stage while wearing the Team USA uniform in a given year. The annual award was first presented in 2009.

International Performance of the Year Award Winners
YEAR PLAYER(S) TEAM PERFORMANCE
2017 Josh Atomanczyk 12U National Team W, 5.1 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 7 K, 2-for-3, 2 R, 2 HR, 5 RBI
2017 Marcus Stroman World Baseball Classic Team W, 6.1 IP, 1 H, 3 K (World Baseball Classic Final)
2016 Hans Crouse 18U National Team W, 7 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 3 BB, 11 K
2015 Ryan Hendrick, Tanner Houck, Chris Okey and A.J. Puk Collegiate National Team Combined to no-hit the Cuban National Team for the first time in its history
2014 James Kaprielian Collegiate National Team W, 6 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 12 K
2013 Brady Aiken 18U National Team W, 7 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 10 K
2012 Jonathon Crawford Collegiate National Team W, 6.1 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 6 K
2011 Keegan Thompson 16U National Team W, 9.0 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 12K, 4-for-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI
2010 Chris Archer Professional National Team W, 6.0 IP, 2 H< 0 ER, 0 BB, 10 K
2009 Jameson Taillon 18U National Team W, 7.2 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 16 K (U.S. 18U Pan American single-game record)

USA Baseball Sportswoman of the Year Award[edit]

The USA Baseball Sportswoman of the Year Award is presented in years when the organization fields a Women’s National Team to the top female athlete who was not only an outstanding player on the field, but also exemplified sportsmanship and love of the game.

Sportswoman of the Year Award Winners
YEAR PLAYER TEAM
2016 Tamara Holmes Women's National Team
2015 Malaika Underwood Women's National Team
2014 Sarah Hudek Women's National Team
2012 Tamara Holmes Women's National Team
2010 Jenna Marston Women's National Team
2006 Donna Mills Women's National Team
2004 Laura Brenneman Women's National Team

USA Baseball Team of the Year Awards[edit]

Finally, the USA Baseball Team of the Year is one whose success reaches far beyond the medal it wins. It is a team that teaches the game of baseball wherever it goes while embodying the ideals, standards and principles of USA Baseball and Team USA. The annual award was first presented in 1996.

Team of the Year Award Winners
YEAR TEAM
2017 World Baseball Classic Team
2016 Collegiate National Team
2015 Women's National Team
2014 18U National Team
2013 18U National Team
2012 18U National Team
2011 16U National Team
2010 16U National Team
2009 Professional National Team
2008 Collegiate National Team
2007 Professional National Team
2006 Professional National Team
2005 Professional National Team
2004 Collegiate National Team
2003 Collegiate National Team
2002 Collegiate National Team
2001 16U National Team
2000 U.S. Olympic Team
1999 Professional national Team
1998 16U National Team
1997 18U National Team
1996 U.S. Olympic Team

Member organizations[edit]

See also[edit]

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