USA Baseball Tournament of Stars set
June 18, 2007
to open play at new home
Eight-team, six-day event featuring 144 athletes set
for USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary
CARY, NC – While the tournament format will remain the same, there will be a new home for the 2007 USA Baseball Tournament of Stars, which is presented by Major League Baseball. Entering its 15th year of existence, this year's event will move to the USA Baseball National Training Complex at Thomas Brooks Park in Cary, North Carolina. The activities of USA Baseball are made possible by the contributions from Major League Baseball.
The tournament features 144 of the nation's elite high school and college-aged athletes (18-U) who will compete on eight teams—seven from USA Baseball’s National Member Organizations plus one at-large team. Action begins at 1 p.m. EDT Tuesday with round-robin pool play. Teams will be divided into two, 4-team pools for action Tuesday through Friday. Based on pool play records, teams will then be paired for semifinal action on Saturday. Placement games will be conducted on Sunday with the tournament's gold-medal game slated for 4 p.m. at the training complex's main stadium.
Teams competing in Pool A include the American Amateur Baseball Congress (AABC), Babe Ruth Baseball, Dixie Baseball and the USA Stars (USA Baseball's at-large team). Teams participating in Pool B include American Legion Baseball, the National Amateur Baseball Federation (NABF), PONY Baseball and RBI (Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities).
"The USA Baseball Tournament of Stars continues to be the preeminent event at the 18-under age-level and we feel that it is a perfect event for the opening of the USA Baseball National Training Complex," said Ray Darwin, USA Baseball's Director, Baseball Operations. "Over the next week, the 144 players will not only be competing for their respective organizations but also for the opportunity to be selected for the USA Baseball Junior National Team. That dynamic always creates a unique competitive atmosphere."
The 2007 edition of the USA Baseball Tournament of Stars will serve as the grand-opening event for the USA Baseball National Training Complex, a world-class facility built through a partnership with the Town of Cary and USA Baseball. The facility features a 2,000-seat signature stadium and three additional full-size fields. All four fields are lighted with the main stadium meeting "AAA" standards while the three practice fields meet "AA" standards. All playing surfaces were designed and will be maintained to Major League Baseball specifications.
The Tournament of Stars moves to Cary after being contested in Joplin, Mo., the past six years. The AABC will be seeking its fourth consecutive gold medal in this year's event.
The Tournament of Stars will serve as the pipeline for identification and eventual selection of the 2007 USA Baseball Junior National Team (JNT). During the tournament, players with 1989 and 1990 birthdates will be eligible for possible JNT selection. At the tournament's conclusion, up to 36 age-eligible players will be selected to participate in USA Baseball Junior National Team Trials, which will be held Aug. 13-19 in Joplin. During the Trials, players will compete in workouts, scrimmage and exhibition games that will serve as part of the final selection process for this year's Junior National Team.
Following the week-long evaluation period, a final 20-player roster will be selected. After a short training period in Joplin, the squad will depart Aug. 23 for Ixtapa, Mexico, where the team will compete in the Confederation of Pan American Baseball Federation's Pan Am Junior "AAA" Championships Aug. 24-Sept. 2. The Pan Am Championships will serve as a qualifying event for next year's International BAseball Federation's "AAA" Junior World Championships.
The USA Baseball Junior National Team is a perennial power in international baseball. Only once in the 22-year history of the IBAF World Championships has the United States failed to capture a medal. During this time, the JNT has claimed five gold medals, 10 silver medals and six bronze medals. Last summer the JNT earned a silver medal at the World Championships in Sancti Spiritus, Cuba.
USA Baseball is the National Governing Body of amateur baseball in the United States and a member of the United States Olympic Committee. The organization selects and trains the USA Baseball National Team, the USA Baseball Junior National Team (18-under), the USA Baseball Youth National Team (16-under), the USA Baseball 14U National Team (14-under), and the USA Baseball Women's National Team which participate in various international competitions each year. For more information on USA Baseball please log onto www.usabaseball.com.