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USSSA ALL AMERICAN PROGRAM FAQ

Please read below to find answers to our most frequently asked questions regarding the USSSA All American Program.

ALL AMERICAN PROGRAM

What is the All American Tryout and what do I get for my money?

Your player will be evaluated by professional scouts on the 5 tools of baseball in a combine setting and atmosphere.  Our scouts will calculate the participant’s skills set as compared to other same age players from across the country.  Participants will also have their evaluations posted to their player profile page on usssa.com.  This page will display their Event headshot photo and evaluation grades in each skill set on the standardized 20/80 scale, which are listed as scale scores of 2-8.

What are the All American Games?

The All American Games have been designed to allow the top players in each of the 6 regions to compete against each other on a national stage. It is our goal to host three teams of 12 athletes per age division of 8U – 14U in each of the regions (a total of 36 athletes). All Direct Invites are guaranteed a spot on either our ‘Select’, ‘American’ or National’ All American teams for each region.

All Direct Invites per region will be stored in their respective region’s database.  From this list, we will rank players based on scale scores and assign them to teams: either our Select, American or National teams. The Select team for each region will be the top 12 performing athletes from the regional database and the remaining Direct Invites will be distributed between the American and National teams based on scores.  At the conclusion of all tryouts, we will fill the remaining roster spots from the regional database to complete the American and National Teams.

This culminating event has a 4 game guarantee. We will be hosting a Select bracket of 6 regional teams and our traditional American vs National bracket of 12 teams per division. The 2020 All American Games will take place at the USSSA Space Coast Complex July 26 -August 1, 2020.

Does my child need an invite or is it open to all players?

Tryouts are open to all players who want to participate. Invites are for the All American Region Teams which will be selected once all Tryouts in that region are completed.

Is it necessary for my child to be scouted at such a young age?

This program is not designed to scout youth players. The staff is partially comprised of college and pro players, coaches and scouts to give the feel of a pro style workout. We look forward to serving your baseball needs and exposing our youth baseball players to the combine-style evaluation that will allow them to be more relaxed when participating in other showcase events as their baseball careers progress.

STAFF

Who will run the Tryouts and evaluate participants?

Every Tryout will follow the same format and will be coordinated by a scouting staff with over a combined 80 years of baseball experience. They will use the same 20/80 scale as MLB which will be displayed as 2-8 on their profile page.

Who will select the All American Teams?

A committee comprised of the All American Administrator, Lead Scout and USSSA Vice Presidents will make the roster selections based off of player data collected during the Tryout of each Region.

REGISTRATION

In which age do I register my athlete?

The below Scholastic Waiver Eligibility ONLY applies to players that currently use the Scholastic Waiver for standard USSSA Baseball competition (compete with a USSSA registered team using the waiver). The All American Program, just like standard USSSA Baseball competition, uses an “Age Based” platform with a May 1st age cut-off date. Whatever age the player is on May 1st, is the player’s legal Playing Age for the current season. USSSA does offer a “Scholastic Waiver” for player’s with birth dates that don’t align with standard age requirements. The chart below shows each Division, the Playing Age requirement to be eligible for each Division and the Scholastic Waiver offered for each Division.

Division Playing Age Scholastic Waiver Eligibility
8U 8 Years Old If player is Playing Age 9 Years Old and in 2nd grade, he may play 8U.
9U 9 Years Old If player is Playing Age 10 Years Old and in 3rd grade, he may play 9U.
10U 10 Years Old If player is Playing Age 11 Years Old and in 4th grade, he may play 10U.
11U 11 Years Old If player is Playing Age 12 Years Old and in 5th grade, he may play 11U.
12U 12 Years Old If player is Playing Age 13 Years Old and in 6th grade, he may play 12U.
13U 13 Years Old If player is Playing Age 14 Years Old and in 7th grade, he may play 13U.
14U 14 Years Old If player is Playing Age 15 Years Old and in 8th grade, he may play 14U.

Example: Anthony is Playing Age 11 (he is 11 years old on May 1st of the current season) but he is in the 4th grade. Pursuant to the Scholastic Waiver, he is eligible to play 10U by grade or 11U by age.

Note: Any player using the Scholastic Waiver must have documented proof (most current report card or official school identification card showing grade and school year) upon check in to verify grade eligibility.

What does it cost?

The cost for a Tryout and evaluation is $175 if you register online in advance of the registration deadline or $250 as a walk-up at the field (if allowed). There is no guarantee that space will be available for walk-up registrants, it is highly suggested that you register online in advance of the registration deadline for a Showcase.

What is the discounted online pre-registration deadline?

Three days prior to the event start or sold out, whichever comes first.

How do I register my athlete?

Go to the event page you plan to participate in and click on “Enter” at the top of the page.

What positions can I select?

Each player may select up to two positions to be evaluated in per registration. The two positions can be any combination of the following Corner Infield/Middle Infield/Outfield/Pitcher/Catcher. Players MAY NOT work out at more than two positions. Every player will run the 60 yard dash and hit.

After I register my athlete, will I get a payment confirmation email?

Yes, you will receive a payment confirmation email. Please print your payment confirmation page or take a screen shot of this page as it will serve as your receipt. You will need to bring the payment confirmation to the event as proof of pre-registration. Please email Tony Harper at tony.harper@usssa.org, if you need a copy of your payment confirmation with the Event location and player’s first and last name.

What do I do after I register my athlete for the tryout?

Simply keep an eye on the event page for any possible changes in location or itinerary.

On my athlete’s USSSA history page, it says they are in the Viera All-American, not the one I signed them up for.

That is not a problem. It says Viera because the showcase is a USSSA National Office event and the USSSA National Office is located in Viera, FL.

TRYOUTS

Are athletes permitted to participate in multiple tryouts?

Participation in multiple Tryouts is permitted. Athlete performance scores will not be weighted for multiple tryouts to increase their eligibility for team selection. Your athlete may attend another Tryout if they would like to gain more experience and/or you feel that they can perform better.

Are athletes permitted to tryout outside of their home Region?

Athletes are permitted to attend any Tryout anywhere in the country. HOWEVER, players will only be selected for the Region team in which they reside. If players attend a Tryout outside of their Home Region, their evaluation data will be transferred to their Home Region’s database for team selection purposes.

I am a coach; can my whole team attend the showcase/tryout?

All Tryouts are open to all athletes. Each athlete will need to register individually.

How long is the Tryout?

We anticipate the Tryout to last approximately four hours. The factors that may affect the time frame will be the number of participants, weather and or field conditions/issues.

What is the rain policy for the Tryout?

We run our events rain or shine. Any possible updates will be displayed on the event page and all pre-registered participants will be notified via email.

TEAM SELECTIONS

When will the teams be selected?

The top 3 performers in each age division will be awarded Direct Invites to the 2020 All American Games. The All American Selection Shows will announce the remaining members for the Region teams in each age division after the last Tryout of the season. The Regional Rosters will be publicly announced during each of the Regional All American Selection Shows.

How will I know if my athlete is selected for the All American Team?

Players will have a set deadline (72 hours after notification) to accept their Regional Team Selections. The remaining team selections are announced during the Regional All American Selection Shows. It is imperative you supply complete and accurate information when registering your child. We will also contact each selected player’s parents as well as post the rosters online at usssaallamerican.com after the All American Selection Show has aired for a Region.

If my athlete is selected, will this affect their team?

The All American Games are scheduled at the end of the season to ensure each player will be able to participate without negatively affecting his team.

What happens once my athlete is selected for the All American Team?

We will notify you. Each player will be supplied with a cap, and two All American jerseys. Selected players will need to provide: solid white uniform pants of any length (no pinstripes, leg stripes, piping, braiding, or colored trim of any type), solid baseball socks & belt (in the color listed below), and all personal baseball equipment (i.e.; gloves, bats, helmets, etc.). Once selected, USSSA will also have All American Team Apparel for sale for a limited time only. This information will be sent to selected team members via email.

Navy Blue belt & socks – Midwest, Southeast, West, Northeast, South, Southwest

 

Are there any additional fees for players who are selected for the All American Teams?

There is a $250 non-refundable incidental fee for the 2020 All American Games. It is each individual player’s responsibility for transportation, lodging, etc. during the culminating event. USSSA Space Coast Complex is a stay to play venue and committed attendees MUST secure housing through Anthony Travel.

ALL AMERICAN GAMES

Can I enter my team into the 8U-14U All American Games?

No, only the pre-selected All American Regional Teams in each age division of 8U-14U.

What is the format of the All American Games?

The format for the Games is pool play into a split single elimination bracket for each age division.

How many tournaments will the All American Regional Teams play in?

The Regional Teams will only play in one tournament. Our main objective is to minimize the effect on your normal team.

Will the 8U-14U Regional Teams practice?

We have built in practice times (during the Games) for each of the Regional Teams.

How do I get more information on the 8U- 14U All American Program?

Please contact Tony Harper via email at tony.harper@usssa.org or phone at 321-877-0656 for general program questions.

CONTACT INFO

All American Games Baseball

Name: Tony Harper

Email: tony.harper@usssa.org

Phone: 321-877-0656