Q. How will this year's 16U/17U identification and selection process work?
A. Round #1: All age eligible players are welcomed to attend one or more identification tryouts within the Southwest NTIS territory. These identification tryouts will be a blend of a combine style format and college level practice. Workouts will include 60 yd run, defensive skills assessment, batting practice, home to 1B times, pop times and arm velocities. Pitchers will perform a 20-25 pitch bullpen as well as pitchers fielding practice (PFP) and other team oriented defensive drills. NO LIVE GAMES will occur during these identification tryouts. In addition, NO PLAYER will be allowed to bypass Round #1.
Round #2: The top 16U/17U players from the various identification tryouts will advance to the 2 day Southwest NTIS Regional Showcase. Players will go through a pro-style workout prior to live games on both days. This high exposure event will be attended by many national college recruiters and pro scouts. Out of this event, the top 18 players for 16U and the top 18 players for 17U will be selected to represent Team Southwest in Cary, NC.
Q. If my son is selected to travel to Cary, NC as a final member of Team Southwest, does he play with them the whole year or does he only play with them for the USA Baseball NTIS event?
A. Players who make Team Southwest only play with Team Southwest for the three day period of the NTIS. The program is designed to make minimal impact on the players other commitments.