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2022 NTIS Tryouts Process & FAQ's

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.

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. If a player cannot attend due to injury, sickness, schedule conflict, etc., or an event is canceled due to weather or any other reason beyond the control of USA Baseball NTIS, a credit for the original paid amount will be added to the player's online account. This credit will be valid and applicable towards a future USA Baseball NTIS regional event in 2022.

What states comprise the South NTIS Region?

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

What ages are eligible to participate in the NTIS?

USA Baseball uses the international age rule which strictly uses the birth year of a player (not day or month) to determine a player's correct age group. As an example, any player born in the year 2010, would be eligible for the 12U age group because every player born in 2010 will turn 12 years old at some point in 2022. The NTIS program will only cover the following six age groups for the 2022 season:

2022 11U NTIS: Born in 2011 or 2012

2022 12U NTIS: Born in 2010

2022 13U NTIS: Born in 2009

2022 14U NTIS: Born in 2008

2022 15U NTIS: Born in 2007

2022 16U NTIS: Born in 2006

*Players born in 2004 and 2005 are not eligible for the NTIS program, however, can email our staff at for age-appropriate USA Baseball events. 

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 the states within the region (TX, LA, OK, AR, KS).

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

Round #3: The best players from Round #2 tryouts will be selected and advanced to the NTIS Champions Cup tournament in Cary, North Carolina (home of USA Baseball) 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 NTIS Champions Cup in Cary, North Carolina: Minimum of 30 players selected from each of the 11U and 12U. Minimum of 36 players selected from each of the 13U, 14U, 15U, 16U. These 30 and 36 player groups will create two All-Region teams of equally balanced talent (example: two teams of 15 players each for 11U and 12U. Two teams of 18 players each for 13U, 14U, 15U, 16U).

Following the NTIS Champions Cup in Cary, North Carolina, USA Baseball will select a minimum of 72 players to National Team and National Team Development Program (NTDP) events in the following year:

11U NTIS will name 12 players to the 2023 12U National Team Trials

12U NTIS will name 12 players to the 2023 13U Athlete Development Program

13U NTIS will name 12 players to the 2023 14U Athlete Development Program

14U NTIS will name 12 players to the 2023 15U National Team Trials

15U NTIS will name 12 players to the 2023 16U National Team Development Program

16U NTIS will name 12 players to the 2023 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 13, 2022, and July 17, 2022 (depending on the age group). An announcement on the South NTIS website, Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook pages will also be made (@SouthNTIS for all social media).

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. There are no advantages or disadvantages in selecting one location over the other. The same tryout format will be used at each location. 

11U (2011/2012 born) and 12U (2010 born)

Sunday, June 26, 2022: Tulsa, OK

Saturday, July 2, 2022: Dallas, TX

Sunday, July 3, 2022: Houston, TX

13U (2009 born) and 14U (2008 born)

Monday, June 27, 2022: Tulsa, OK

Friday, July 1, 2022: Dallas, TX

Tuesday, July 5, 2022: Houston, TX

15U (2007 born) and 16U (2006 born)

Tuesday, June 28, 2022: Tulsa, OK

Thursday, June 30, 2022: Dallas, TX

Wednesday, July 6, 2022: 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: 425.00 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.

15U & 16U NTIS Champions Cup: August 10-14, 2022

12U & 14U NTIS Champions Cup: August 17-21, 2022

11U & 13U NTIS Champions Cup: August 24-28, 2022

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

South Regional Director

Andy Rojo

951-415-1019 (text preferred - please allow 1 to 2 days for a response)

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