USA Baseball – Morning workouts

Kids invited from around California and beyond are warning up on the showcase and practice fields in preparation for their 1st game at 1pm today.  The NTIS (National Team Identification Series) has brought some of the best 14U (Under 14 years old) boys to the Urban Youth Academy for a chance to become a USA Baseball representative.  If they make the team this weekend, their first international trip will be to Guatemala.  For these kids, the chance to become a part of USA Baseball has been a goal waiting on the horizon.  This weekend, they get their chance to obtain that goal. 

As Ray Darwin and the coaches of the USA Baseball team noted, making the team is an honor and a privilege and by putting on that uniform everyday, there is a great responsibility.  This team will represent the USA in the 14U category in international competition and must conduct themselves as ambassadors of the USA and USA baseball.  Quite an opportunity.

The coaches also noted that not being selected isn’t a testament to your abilities or your character.  Major League Baseball players like Justin Upton and Lastings Milledge were not selected for the USA Baseball team at one point.  Both players worked hard and came back the next year and made the team.  That level of dedication and determination is what the USA Baseball program is looking for.

Should be a fun weekend of baseball!

-DMS

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