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Great Britain Baseball Youth National Team Tryouts Announced

02/27/2018, 11:45am GMT
By GB Baseball

The British Baseball Federation is pleased to confirm tryouts for the U12, U15 and U18 National Teams, to be held over the weekend of 7th and 8th April.

This summer will be one of the busiest ever for Great Britain Baseball, featuring the return of the U12 age group. GB Baseball will also send a U23 team to Europe for the second time.

The focus for each age group this summer will be Confederation of European Baseball (CEB) competitions. While selections will focus on identifying players ready to make an impact on the international stage, our coaches will be  on the lookout for the stars of tomorrow.  As a result, these tryouts are a tremendous opportunity for Britain’s young players to showcase their abilities.

U12 National Team

What: European Championship

When: 30th June to 6th July.

Where: Budapest, Hungary.

Eligibility: Ages 10, 11, 12 (if born in 2006, 2007 or 2008).

This marks the return of the U12s after an absence of several years.

U15 National Team

What: European Championship Qualifier

When: 16th-22nd July.

Where: Belgium (Location TBA).

Eligibility: Ages 13, 14, 15 (if born in 2003, 2004 or 2005).

The U15s last competed in 2016, finishing runner-up in the EC Qualifier.

U18 National Team

What: European Championship

When: 9th-15th July.

Where: Grosseto, Italy.

Eligibility: Ages 16, 17, 18 (if born in 2000, 2001 or 2002).

The U18s last competed in 2016, finishing 8th at the European Championship.

Details about identification and selection to the U23 team will be announced separately.

TRYOUT INFO

All players must register in advance of the tryout using the appropriate registration form linked below.

Players should report 30 minutes prior to their tryout for an on-site registration check.

 

U12 National Team

When: Sunday, 8th April, 10:00am to 12:00pm.

Where: Farnham Park.

Registration Form


U15 National Team

When: Saturday, 7th April, 11:00am to 1:00pm

Where: Grovehill Ballpark, Hemel Hempstead

Registration Form

 

U18 National Team

When: Saturday, 7th April,  11:00am to 1:00pm

Where: Grovehill Ballpark, Hemel Hempstead

Registration Form


Players are invited to wear their club uniform or general baseball attire and should bring their own bats and gloves. Catchers should bring their equipment. Helmets will be provided, but players may also bring their own. National Team attire should not be worn.

U12 & U15: Metal bats permitted.

U18: Wooden bats only.

If you or your son/daughter is unable to tryout on the date listed, alternative evaluations are possible. Please complete the tryout registration form and contact National Teams Programme Official Liam Carroll.

REQUIREMENTS

  • British Citizenship.
  • Hold a  British passport, valid for 90 days past the relevant tournament dates.

  • Availability for the relevant tournament dates.

  • National Team participation is baseball priority number one; as such in the event of conflicts with club activities, participation in GB Baseball events must be prioritised for selected players.

While the programme is making strides in securing sponsorships, players/their families should consider that a financial commitment is required for both preparation and competition events, usually in the £500-1000 range depending on tournament location.

GB Baseball will assist in identifying local, regional and national funding streams available to elite level athletes, as well as provide guidance and support for other fundraising strategies.

SELECTION PROCEDURE

Selection to provisional rosters will be communicated via email approximately 10 days following the tryouts.

Final Rosters will be selected approximately midway through May.

Great Britain Baseball’s Mission is to Inspire, Develop and Perform. Included in our Vision is for player identification and selection programmes to operate nationwide, and as such we aim to provide enhanced evaluation opportunities for players across the country in the coming years.

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