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NTIS Tryouts Process

What is USA Baseball's National Team Identification Series (NTIS)?


The USA Baseball National Team Identification Series (NTIS) is the most comprehensive identification program offered by USA Baseball. Launched in 2009, the program was created to provide all amateur baseball players from across the United States an opportunity to compete for a spot on a USA Baseball National Team.

What states comprise the South NTIS Region?

Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Kansas are the 5 states that make up the South Region.

How many identification rounds are there?

The South NTIS identification process is comprised of a 3 round system:

Round #1: Local identification tryouts in any of states within the region (TX, LA, OK, KS, AR).

Round #2: The best players from Round #1 tryouts will be selected and advance to Round #2 regional tryouts.

Round #3: The best players from Round #2 tryouts will be selected and advance to Cary, North Carolina as part of the 11U, 12U, 13U, 14U, 15U, or 16U South Regional teams.

How many players will be selected from each round?

Round #1 local tryouts: No limit on the number of players who can register and attend.

Round #2 regional tryouts: Minimum of 75 players per age group will advance to Round #2 from the combined states of TX, LA, OK, KS, AR.

Round #3 Cary, North Carolina: Minimum of 32 players selected from each of the 11U, 12U, 13U. Minimum of 36 players selected from each of the 14U, 15U, 16U. These 32 and 36 player groups will create 2 All-Region teams of equally balanced talent.

Following Cary, North Carolina, USA Baseball will invite a minimum of 72 players to National Team and National Team Development Program (NTDP) events in the subsequent year: 

11U NTIS will name 12 players to the 2020 National Team Trials

12U NTIS will name 12 players to the 2020 13U Athlete Development Program

13U NTIS will name 12 players to the 2020 14U National Team Development Program

14U NTIS will name 12 players to the 2020 15U National Team Trials

15U NTIS will name 12 players to the 2020 16U National Team Development Program

16U NTIS will name 12 players to the 2020 17U National Team Development Program

How and when are players notified of selection to the next round(s)?

Round #1 (local) to Round #2 (regional)

All players who attend a Round #1 tryout will receive an email with the list of players who have been selected for Round #2. Since Round #1 tryouts are held from March through June, some players will receive an early notification of their Round #2 selection. In general, however, a final email notification of all selections will take place by the end of June 2019.

Round #2 (regional) to Round #3 (Cary, North Carolina)

All players who attend a Round #2 tryout will receive an email with the list of players who have been selected for Round #3. These final selections will be emailed between July 6, 2019 and July 11, 2019 (depending on age group). An announcement on the South NTIS website, Twitter, Instagram and Facebook pages will also be made (@SouthNTIS).

When and where will Round #2 tryouts take place for the South Region?

Players who advance to Round #2, may choose one date and location that best fits their schedule.

11U (2008 born) and 12U (2007 born)

Friday, July 5, 2019: Dallas, TX

Sunday, July 7, 2019: Houston, TX

13U (2006 born) and 14U (2005 born)

Saturday, July 6, 2019: Dallas, TX

Monday, July 8, 2019: Houston, TX

15U (2004 born) and 16U (2003 born)

Saturday, June 22, 2019: El Paso, TX

Wednesday, July 3, 2019: Dallas, TX

Tuesday, July 9, 2019: Houston, TX

What are the costs associated with the NTIS?

Round #1 local tryout: 150.00 per player.


Round #2 regional tryout: 150.00 per player (if player advances from Round #1).


Round #3 Cary, North Carolina: 350.00 per player (if player advances from Round #2 as a regional selection). In addition, player/parents are responsible for their own travel expenses to and from Cary, North Carolina.

What is the time commitment for the NTIS?

Players selected to the final South Regional teams only play with Team South for the 5 day period of the NTIS in Cary, North Carolina. The program is designed to make minimal impact on the players other commitments.

11U & 13U NTIS Champions Cup: August 7-11, 2019

12U & 14U NTIS Champions Cup: August 14-18, 2019

15U & 16U NTIS Champions Cup: August 21-25, 2019



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