USA Baseball NTIS Southwest Camps Frequently Asked Questions:

What is USA Baseball

Since 1978, USA Baseball has been the national governing body for the sport of 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 on the grassroots level, both nationally and internationally.


What is the current international age determination date

The current international age determination date rule states your birthday must fall on January 1 or later of a specified year to be eligible for particular age groups. The age a player reaches during the calendar year of the international competition will serve as his competition age.

(For example, if your son/daughter wants to play on the 16U National team in 2018, he/she must be 16 years old or younger during the entire calendar year. If your son/daughter would turn 17 on December 1 of 2018, he/she would not be eligible to participate with the 16U National Team because his/her competition age would be 17, regardless of his/her age during the time of the tournament.)

• 2017 17U NTIS: born on or after Jan. 1, 2000, for the 2018 18U National Team
• 2017 16U NTIS: born on or after Jan. 1, 2001, for the 2018 17U NTDP
• 2017 15U NTIS: born on or after Jan. 1, 2002, for the 2018 17U NTDP
• 2017 14U NTIS: born on or after Jan. 1, 2003, for the 2018 15U National Team
• 2017 13U NTIS: born on or after Jan. 1, 2004, for the 2018 14U NTDP
• 2017 11U NTIS: born on or after Jan. 1, 2006, for the 2018 12U National Team


What are the rules for bat specifications at NTIS events

For a complete listing of the bat specifications on all USA Baseball events including the NTIS Regional Selection Process please click here.


Official Cancellation Policy for all USA Baseball NTIS events

Cancellations up to 8 days prior to the start of the event will receive a 50% refund of the registration fee. No exceptions will be made. The participating player or team will receive their refund within 30 days of the time of cancellation.

Cancellations within 7 days of the start of the event will forfeit the entire registration fee. No exceptions will be made.


If my son attends an identification tryout when do we find out if he made the next round in the region?

Players selected from the identification tryouts will be notified of their advancement to Round #2 within 10 days of their tryout. Players will be notified via email or phone call and will also be announced on the Southwest Twitter feed @SouthwestNTIS.


How will this year’s 15U/16U/17U identification and selection process work?

Round #1: All age eligible players are welcomed to attend one or more identification tryouts within the Southwest NTIS territory. These identification tryouts will be a blend of a combine style format and college level practice. Workouts will include 60 yd run, defensive skills assessment, batting practice, home to 1B times, pop times and arm velocities. Pitchers will perform a 20-25 pitch bullpen as well as pitchers fielding practice (PFP) and other team oriented defensive drills. NO LIVE GAMES (except Las Vegas 2 day event) will occur during these identification tryouts. In addition, NO PLAYER will be allowed to bypass Round #1.

Round #2: The top 18 15U and top 18 16U players from the various identification tryouts will be selected to represent Team Southwest and advance to the USA Baseball NTIS Tournament at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, NC on August 17-20, 2017. 15 other regions from across the country will also be in attendance.

The top 10 17U players will also represent Team Southwest and be invited to a 4 day development event at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, NC on August 24-27, 2017. This event will feature a pro-style instructional format inclusive of game play as well as on field instruction break-out sessions with Team USA coaching staff.

From these final events in Cary, NC, USA Baseball will invite the top players to future National Team Trials, National Team Development Program, and Tournament of Stars opportunities with the ultimate goal of being selected to represent our country as part of Team USA in 2018.


If my son is selected to participate in Round #2 and travel to Cary, NC as a final member of Team Southwest, will there be any additional fee?

There is a final $300.00 fee for each 15U, 16U and 17U player selected to represent Team Southwest. This fee will cover their uniform, however, all players will then need to book rooms and cover their travel to Cary, NC through the Southwest team room blocks.


If my son is selected to travel to Cary, NC as a final member of Team Southwest, does he play with them the whole year or does he only play with them for the USA Baseball NTIS event?

Players who make Team Southwest only play with Team Southwest for the three day period of the NTIS. The program is designed to make minimal impact on the players other commitments.


What will players wear when they travel to Cary, NC if selected to Team Southwest?

Players will receive (1) numbered jersey, (1) pair of socks, (1) belt, and (1) game hat. Pants color will be determined by USA Baseball and all players will need to bring their own pants.