The 2022 USA Baseball regional NTIS events took place recently throughout in order to name the regional teams for the Champions Cup. The event consisted of metrics testing including a 30 yard time, pull down velocity, catcher pop time and 5-10-5 time.
In addition to metrics, infield and outfield defense was rating through plays in different positions. Hitting was also graded during batting practice.
The second part of the tryout involved simulated games to see hitters and pitchers in live situations. Pitchers generally face five to seven batters and hitters have the opportunity for a couple of live at bats. Walks are generally avoided to provide the hitter a chance to show their ability.
If a player successfully makes the cut to be one of 32-36 players in a region (two teams of 16-18), he’s invited to play in the Champions Cup in August. This tournament in Cary, North Carolina matches the top players in the country against each other for a chance to be in the USA Athlete Development Program (ADP) or a National Team Trial.