USA Baseball announces dates for the 2008 16U Championships
The event, formerly known as the Junior Olympics, will feature a total of 144 teams competing June 20-28

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Thank you very much for your interest in USA Baseball and the 2008 USA Baseball 16U Championships! The name is different but the quality of the tournament experience remains intact. The Junior Olympic brand spoke for itself as the premier 16U tournament each year since its inception in 1996. Through these Championships, USA Baseball will continue to provide an opportunity for 144 teams to showcase their ability against teams from all across the country as well as provide the exclusive opportunity for players to be considered for the 16U National Team.

The 16U Championship - West will be held in Peoria and Surprise, Ariz. (72 teams), and Palm Beach County, Fla. (72 teams) will again be the host for the 16U Championship - East.

In Peoria and Surprise, games will take place at the Peoria Sports Complex (Mariners and Padres) and the Surprise Recreation Campus (Rangers and Royals), a total of 20 available fields. The games for the 16U Championship - East event will again be held at the Roger Dean Stadium Complex (Marlins and Cardinals) and the Santaluces Complex (former spring training site of the Expos), for a total of 15 fields in Palm Beach County. As you may know, top-notch facilities help make the USA Baseball Championships a fantastic tournament experience.

To see the USA Baseball 16U Championships format, click here.

The 2008 USA Baseball 16U National Team will be selected exclusively from the pool of more than 2,400 participants in the USA Baseball 16U Championships. Trials candidates (36 total between both the East and West tournaments) for the 2008 16U National Team will be announced on June 27. Those players will participate in the 16U National Team Trials at a to-be-determined location later in the summer. The final 18-man team will be selected from these trials to compete in the 2008 COPABE 'AA' Youth Pan American Championships, also at a to-be-determined location later in the summer. If you have any questions, please contact Jeff Singer via email: jeffsinger@usabaseball.com.

Players born May 1, 1991 or later are eligible to compete in the 16U Championships. Please note, however, that only players born January 1, 1992 or later will be eligible to be selected to the 16U National Team. As such, USA Baseball requires that at least eight players on each team's roster be born on or after this international age cutoff.

When: June 20 - 28, 2008
Where: Peoria & Surprise, Arizona (72 teams) or Palm Beach County, Fla. (72 teams).
Age Limit: 16U - May 1, 1991 (oldest eligible birth date)

*Teams that use USA Baseball's FREE housing service, Concorde Travel Management, will be eligible to receive a $500 rebate check. To qualify for the $500 rebate check, teams must accumulate at least 40 roomnights (i.e. 5 rooms for 8 nights or 6 rooms for 7 nights, etc.) Local team (within 100 miles of tournament site that do not require hotels) registration will be $1,700.

Note: USA Baseball adopts new on-field rules for coaches

BENEFITS

  • Minimum of 7 scheduled games - weather permitting
  • Outstanding facilities (MLB Spring Training complexes of the Mariners, Padres, Rangers, and Royals in Arizona, and the Cardinals and Marlins in Florida).
  • Free housing service to guarantee affordable and convenient housing for the entire family.
  • USA Baseball gifts and discounts.
  • 36 players will be selected as participants in the USA Baseball 16U National Team Trials.

TEAM ROSTER REQUIREMENTS

  • 15-player roster MINIMUM.
  • 20-player roster MAXIMUM.
  • At least eight players must be eligible for international play (i.e. Jan. 1, 1992 or later birthdays).

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