USA Baseball cancels U-15 National Team trial in Arizona

USA Baseball cancels U-15 National Team trial in Arizona
09/07/2020
The National Team Championships North Carolina is still scheduled to begin on 27 July at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary. The elite championship-style tournaments allow athletes to be identified for National Team selections.

USA Baseball announced the cancellation of the 2020 National Team Championships Arizona. The decision is due to the escalation of COVID-19 transmissions within the State and throughout the U.S. Southwest.

The event will not be rescheduled in 2020 but will return in 2021.

"It is disappointing to announce the cancellation of our National Team Championships Arizona for this summer; however, we feel this course of action is prudent in order to protect the long-term health, safety and well-being of the thousands of participants and their families who attend this event every year," said USA Baseball Executive Director/CEO Paul Seiler.

The National Team Championships are elite championship-style tournaments held in Arizona, Florida and North Carolina that allow athletes from across the entire United States to be identified for selection to the U-15 National Team, as well as the U-13/U-14 Athlete Development Program (ADP) and the U-16 and U-17 National Team Development Programs (NTDP).

At this time, the 2020 National Team Championships North Carolina is still scheduled to begin on 27 July at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina.

USA Baseball continues to closely monitor the ongoing situation regarding the coronavirus pandemic and is diligently evaluating the status of the remaining events in its 2020 calendar. All decisions on events will be made in as timely of a manner as possible in accordance with government-mandated guidelines and with respect to the safety and well-being of all the participating athletes, coaches and fans.

The US is the defending world champion in the U-15 category, having won the 2018 WBSC U-15 Baseball World Cup in Panama.