USA Baseball cancels National High School Invitational

USA Baseball cancels National High School Invitational
The event will resume in 2022. "The decision aims to protect athletes and safeguard the teams' respective seasons," commented CEO Paul Seiler

USA Baseball has announced the cancellation of the 2021 National High School Invitational. The event was scheduled from 24 to 27 March at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina.

"It is disappointing to announce the cancellation of the National High School Invitational for the second consecutive year," said USA Baseball Executive Director/CEO Paul Seiler. "The health and safety of the participants, coaches, and fans command our attention during this pandemic, and it remains obvious that instability surrounding COVID-19 continues to linger within every community in the nation. The cancellation of our event aims to protect these athletes and safeguard the integrity of the participating teams’ respective seasons."

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The National High School Invitational inaugurated in 2012 in celebration of the top high school baseball programmes and players from across the country. It won't be rescheduled in 2021, but USA Baseball plans on resuming it in 2022.

Orange Lutheran High School of Orange, California won its third consecutive title in 2019 and will enter 2022 as the defending champion.

USA Baseball will host the 2021 WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup this September.