1. What is the USA Baseball 17u Championships?
Previously known as the Junior Olympics, the name is different but the quality of the tournament experience remains intact. The Junior Olympic brand spoke for itself as the premier 17U 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 17U National Team.
2. How are players selected to go? Who is eligible?
Players are able to tryout. The Rijo team is selected based on performance, skills and available positions. Players born May 1, 1995 or later are eligible to compete in the 17U Baseball Championships. (Please note that only players born January 1, 1996 or later will only be eligible to be selected to the National Team due to international rules).
3. How many players are on the roster?
USA Baseball requires a 15-player minimum roster.
4. What is the game format?
There is a 7 game minimum in pool play and then double elimination.
- All teams will play five games in a round-robin format.
- Championship Rounds 1 & 2 (possible two games).
- Consolidation Round (one game per team).
5. How much playing time do the kids get?
Some kids will have more playing time than others, but we do make sure all players have the chance to compete. Players that are going as “pitchers only” are the exception. They are guaranteed one start with outings, in other games as a middle reliever or as a closer. We are not going to jeopardize hurting the athlete’s arms by over-throwing.
6. What is the cost?
The cost is $695.00. This covers coaches, tournament, and administrative fees. Hotel, travel, meal expense, and transportation are your responsibility.
7. Does the team fly together?
We do not have to fly together as we understand the different schedules with work and school. We ask that you arrive in Florida by the evening of Sunday, June 15 so that you will be rested and ready for testing on Monday morning.
8. Does the team stay at the same hotel?
We would like the team to stay at the same hotel but it is OK if you chose not to. However, please be aware that you are to attend any parent meetings that the coaches have at their hotel.
9. What airport should we fly into?
West Palm Beach, FL (PBI).
10. When should we fly back?
Your return flight should be after 5PM on Tuesday, June 25 as we typically have a late game on Tuesday. In the past, we have gone straight to the airport after our last game. Be prepared as this may happen again!
11. Who will be coaching?
12. Which flight will the coach be taking?
Flight information will be announced soon.
13. Where are the games played?
The games will be held at the Roger Dean Stadium Complex (Marlins and Cardinals) and the Santaluces Complex (former spring training site for the Expos).
- Roger Dean Stadium
- 4751 Main Street
- Jupiter, FL 33458
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- Santaluces Complex (entrance)
- 6750/6880 Lawrence Road
- Lantana, FL 33462
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14. What do we wear? Will uniforms be provided?
We will provide the uniform tops that are checked out for use during the tournament. They must be returned one week after the tournament ends. You must provide the following:
- White pants
- Black belt
- Black socks
- Rijo hat (if you do not have one)
If you have a question that is not listed here, please contact us at (425) 486-4878 or email:firstname.lastname@example.org.