USA Futures Invitational vs NTIS Champions Cup

USA Baseball uses both the Futures Invitational and NTIS Champions Cup as part of the selection process for its Athlete Development Program (ADP) and National Team. Though similar, each has distinctives that stand out. The Futures Invitational is an invitation only tournament of existing teams run by USAB, but not coached by it. Depending onContinue reading “USA Futures Invitational vs NTIS Champions Cup”

USA Baseball NTIS Champions Cup

The three stage USA Baseball national team identification series (NTIS) process culminates with a four day tournament at the National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina. The first stage of qualification for participation occurred at the state level with metrics and skills testing. The second stage is at the NTIS regional level in one ofContinue reading “USA Baseball NTIS Champions Cup”

Perfect Game All State Games

Perfect Game has expanded its showcase events down into the youth age groups of 11U – 13U. It’s now running All State games, which include the ~50 best players in each state or region as nominated by coaches in the area. From the state games, a team will be formed from each state/region to playContinue reading “Perfect Game All State Games”

Parents Guide to Questions to Ask Travel Baseball Teams

It’s baseball tryout season again. Before picking a team, ask these questions to ensure you’ve found the right fit. How much is the fee and what’s included? Is there mandatory fundraising? How much? This is basic, but will vary significantly from $800 for a community sponsored team to $3,500+ for private organizations. Some teams willContinue reading “Parents Guide to Questions to Ask Travel Baseball Teams”

USA Baseball NTIS Process

The Futures Invitational is one path into the USA Baseball program for players whose team participates in that tournament.  Since there are only 16 slots at the 10U level and 24 at the 11U level, others have the opportunity to be evaluated through the National Team Identification Service (NTIS).  NTIS is a regional based systemContinue reading “USA Baseball NTIS Process”

1st Annual MLB / USA Baseball Prospect Draft Combine

Baseball’s first annual Combine took place June 20-26.  MLB and USA Baseball teamed up for the event, which was held in the USA Baseball National complex in Cary, North Carolina.  The Combine featured some of top players in the country hoping to improve their draft stock including Henry David (#5) Jud Fabian (#22) and RyanContinue reading “1st Annual MLB / USA Baseball Prospect Draft Combine”

USA Baseball Futures Invitational 2021

The USA Baseball Futures Invitational is four day tournament in Cary, North Carolina at the USA Baseball complex in Thomas Brooks Park. It had participation from some of the best teams in the country including ZT National Prospects, MVP Hustle and SBA Futures at the 11U level. What makes it unique from other tournaments isContinue reading “USA Baseball Futures Invitational 2021”