Tournament of Stars
What: 2008 USA Baseball Tournament of Stars presented by Major League Baseball
|2007 Tournament of Stars at the USA Baseball National Training Complex. (USA Baseball)
The Tournament of Stars (TOS) is made up of 144 of the nation's best ballplayers that are international age-eligible (born in 1990 or 1991). They are invited by 8 youth baseball groups (AABC, American Legion, Babe Ruth, Dixie, PONY, NABF, RBI, and USA Baseball) and compete on 8 teams under the same names. The seven youth groups select their players first, then USA Baseball selects an "at-large" team from the players not selected by the seven youth groups. Generally speaking, official invites for the tournament will be sent from the USA Baseball office in late April. These players form the pool of talent from which USA Baseball will select its 18U National Team to represent our country in international competition. To nominate a player for consideration, please click on the Player Nomination Form link above.
The 18U National Team program has a storied history with alumni including superstar Major Leaguers Paul Konerko, Mike Mussina, Alex Rodriguez, and John Smoltz, and recent #1 Overall Picks in the Major League Draft - Joe Mauer (2001), Delmon Young (2003), Matt Bush (2004), Justin Upton (2005), and Luke Hochevar (2006). Additionally, 2005 AL Rookie of the Year Huston Street played in the 2001 TOS. Typical TOS players are highly motivated to be the next person added to this esteemed list.
Where: USA Baseball National Training Complex at Thomas Brooks Park in Cary, NC (click here for directions)
Dates / Format: June 16-23, 2008
Monday, June 16: Players Arrive / Event Orientation
Tuesday - Friday, June 17 - 20: TOS Pool Play Games
Saturday, June 21: TOS Semifinals
Sunday, June 22: TOS Finals
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