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April 2024

The LABC 2024 is set to kick off Aug 1, 2024 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Over 500 athletes, travelers, and staffers will start to pour into the Dominican on July 31 - setting the stage for what appears to be a Gold year for the United States.


"This is my first time as a coach for the United States and I am thrilled to be a part of it." Stated Mark De La Garza (IN).


Like Coach De La Garza, the USA-LABC coaching staff added five new coaches onto its staff of twenty one. The coaching experience is second to none, as teams are talent laden with a competition field like no other.


"I love it. This will be my seventh year and I look forward to coaching at this level for many years to come" Stated Seton Hall Prep baseball coach and USA coach Daniel Fornaro.


Press will be present at the LABC, who will cover some big events. Such include Opening Ceremonies, Closing Ceremonies, and Awards Night.


The Closing Ceremonies historically has been the most popular amongst athletes, as they exchange jerseys with other Nations, cheer for LABC honored teammates, and take part in the international experience of the LABC.


Opening Ceremonies is held at the MLB stadium that the WBC was played in. Over 4000 people usually attend - from fans, athletes, coaches, and more.


"Opening Ceremonies was life changing for my son because he witnessed how much more there is to baseball. We are so appreciative of being honored for this opportunity and my son has really learned so much." Stated 2023 USA Parent Shelley Byorick.


Traveling to and from games is an experience all its own. Driving in downtown Santo Domingo can mimic a Nascar event - very few street lights and drive at your own risk. Athletes see the poorest of areas and witness some perspective changing things.


"I saw a moped with four people on it. Never knew you could fit that many human beings on a small bike. My son gave candy out to street kids and exchanged a few things with them. It was heartwarming." Stated 2023 USA Parent Jared Worth.


Athletes interact with baseball dignitaries and MLB players (at times). Last year, Robinson Cano (pictured above) watched a game and signed autographs for the kids. In 2019, Ozzie Virgil spoke at the Awards Night. And in 2022, sports federation dignitaries and politicians attended Opening Ceremonies and shook hands with USA athletes.


"There is more to the LABC that just baseball. Granted, we are there to compete, but giving these young kids an opportunity to experience life and culture is so important for their growth. I believe that has the lasting value, while the competition has the immediate value." Stated USA-LABC National Director Jim Parque.

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➟ 01 FEATURED

2024 ROSTERS SET AND READY TO COMPETE

➟ 02 IN THE SPOTLIGHT

A SITDOWN WITH USA-LABC NATIONAL DIRECTOR

➟ 03 ANNOUNCEMENTS

2024 COACHING STAFFS ANNOUNCED

➟ 04 PRESS

THE COUNTRIES AND NATIONS OF THE LABC 2024

➟ 05 HAPPENINGS

THE LABC IS SO MUCH MORE THAN BASEBALL

WHO WE ARE.

WHO WE ARE.

The USA-LABC is a national baseball organization that fields 9U - 18U baseball teams formed from 40+ National Trials held across the United States annually. Thousands of athletes attend National Trials in hopes of making one of our teams - which represent the United States of America in the LABC.

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➟ Ages 8-18U:
ROSTERING INFORMATION

>> Players are rostered from 40+ National Trials held across the United States annually. Schedule is listed above and updated weekly.

>> Ages 8U - 18U eligible. Age cutoff is June 1.

>> If player cannot attend a National Trial, fill out Prospect Inquiry Form (left) and email a video to Info@bigleagueedge.com.