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NTIS Tryouts Process

What is USA Baseball and the National Team Identification Series (NTIS)?

The USA Baseball National Team Identification Series (NTIS) is the most comprehensive identification program offered by USA Baseball and provides all amateur baseball players from across the United States an opportunity to compete for a spot on a USA Baseball National Team. 

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 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.

What states comprise the South NTIS Region?

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

What is the current international age determination date?

The current international age determination date 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.

2020 11U NTIS: Born in 2009, for the 2021 12U National Team Trials

2020 12U NTIS: Born in 2008, for the 2021 13U Athlete Development Program

2020 13U NTIS: Born in 2007, for the 2021 14U Athlete Development Program

2020 14U NTIS: Born in 2006, for the 2021 15U National Team Trials

2020 15U NTIS: Born in 2005, for the 2021 16U National Team Development Program

2020 16U NTIS: Born in 2004, for the 2021 17U National Team Development Program

What happens at the tryout and how are players evaluated?

Players are taken through a showcase style tryout format consisting of dynamic stretch, timed 30 yd (11U-14U) or 60 yd run (15U-16U), catch play, defensive skills (OF's throw to 3B and/or home, C's timed throws to 2B and blocks, IF's ground balls and throws). Pitcher Only's will throw a 12-15 pitch bullpen with recorded velocities. All players will also take part in batting practice either off of a machine or coach.

NTIS staff will write down notes on a player's overall athleticism, current defensive and offensive skill set in their primary position based on their age group, the future projection of said skill set based on former regional and national level players, as well as the recording of run times, catcher pop times, pitcher velocities, etc. 

*Important Note = Player evaluations, rankings, and/or recorded tryout stats are not shared with players and/or parents. These evaluation notes are strictly for NTIS staff evaluation and selection purposes.

What are the rules for bat specifications at NTIS events?

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

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, AR, KS).

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, AR, KS.

Round #3 Cary, North Carolina: Minimum of 28-32 players selected from each of the 11U, 12U, 13U. Minimum of 36 players selected from each of the 14U, 15U, 16U. These 28-32 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 2021 National Team Trials

12U NTIS will name 12 players to the 2021 13U Athlete Development Program

13U NTIS will name 12 players to the 2021 14U Athlete Team Development Program

14U NTIS will name 12 players to the 2021 15U National Team Trials

15U NTIS will name 12 players to the 2021 16U National Team Development Program

16U NTIS will name 12 players to the 2021 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)

Within one week of the Round 1 tryout you attend, selected players will be notified via email of their advancement to Round 2. If you do not receive an invite to Round 2, you are still eligible to register and attend another Round 1 tryout.

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 12, 2020 and July 17, 2020 (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 (2009 born) and 12U (2008 born)

Friday, July 3, 2020: Dallas, TX

Sunday, July 5, 2020: Houston, TX

13U (2007 born) and 14U (2006 born)

Thursday, July 2, 2020: Dallas, TX

Monday, July 6, 2020: Houston, TX

15U (2005 born) and 16U (2004 born)

Wednesday, July 1, 2020: Dallas, TX

Tuesday, July 7, 2020: 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.

12U & 13U NTIS Champions Cup: August 5-9, 2020

15U & 16U NTIS Champions Cup: August 12-16, 2020

11U & 14U NTIS Champions Cup: August 19-23, 2020

Official Cancellation and Refund Policy for all USA Baseball NTIS Events

Once a registration fee is paid for an event, no cash, check or credit card refunds will be issued for any reason whatsoever, unless USA Baseball NTIS cancels the event in advance due to insufficient enrollment. In the instance that an event is cancelled due to weather or any other reason beyond the control of USA Baseball NTIS, a credit (like a gift certificate) will be provided that can be used for a future USA Baseball NTIS regional event in 2020 or 2021.

Who should I contact for general information, specific to my region?

South Regional Director

Andy Rojo

951-415-1019 (text preferred)

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