2017 AREA CODE ALUMNI
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2018 MLB DRAFT
WHO: The top 220+ high school baseball players from across the country in the class of 2021, 2022 and 2023.
WHAT: Eight regional teams play in a five-day showcase in California. The rosters will feature the best baseball players from around the nation competing at the highest level, while being evaluated at the highest level. Scouts from all 30 Major League teams and the Major League Scouting Bureau will be in attendance. This tournament serves as the beginning of a nine month interview process culminating with the Major League Baseball Draft the following June.
COST: The Area Code Games presented by New Balance are free for athletes to attend.
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
Los Angeles Dodgers
New York Yankees
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
New York Mets
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q: How much does it cost to tryout and attend the games?
A: The tryouts and the Area Code Baseball Games are free to attend for the athlete. The only costs incurred by the player are his own travel expenses to the regional tryouts and to the Games in Long Beach, California and Underclass Games in Compton, California.
Q: Who can participate in the 2019 event?
A: High school players from the 2020, 2021 and 2022 graduation classes are eligible to attend a tryout and play in the Area Code Baseball Games.
Q: How can I attend a tryout?
A: Tryout attendance is by invitation only. Invites typically are sent to the players starting in April and it is not uncommon for a player to receive an invite the day before a tryout. Invitations are sent to players based on recommendations from Major League Scouts from all 30 teams and the Major League Scouting Bureau. However, if a player is recommended to tryout, it is does not guarantee that he will be extended an invite. The scouts running that team in that region make that decision. If you would like to be referred to a scout, you can fill out a Area Code Player Profile Form and it will be forwarded to the regional scout who runs the tryout for consideration. The team tryout schedule can be found here once they have been announced sometime in the spring of 2019. Please note that we cannot give out names or contact information for the scouts running the teams. If you have any questions, please forward them to our staff and we will be happy to answer any questions you may have. For more information, you can email Kirsten Leetch at email@example.com.
Players, after you submit an Area Code Player Profile Form, it will be forwarded off to the scout running the team in your region. Invites to the tryouts typically are sent in late April and May, however, some teams have been known to invite players the day before the tryout. Each tryout varies in size and is determined by those running the team in that region. You may not attend a tryout that is out of your area. We ask that you fill out all forms sent in the tryout invite ASAP to ensure a spot in the tryout. If the waiver is not filled out completely, you will not be allowed to participate in a tryout.
Q: When will I be notified if I made a team?
A: The teams will typically notify players within a week of the team’s final tryout only if they are selected. If a player is not selected for a team, it is not uncommon for another team to invite the player to Long Beach, if room on the roster allows. Team’s rosters vary in size from 22-26 players. Those players selected will be sent links to forms that need to be filled out. We ask that you do so in a timely manner for purposes of the getting your information in the game program. Additionally, you need to have a waiver signed by yourself and a parent/guardian in order to participate. Without the waiver, you will not be able to compete until one is filled out. Players who are not selected to play on a team will not be notified after the tryout.
Q: What team will represent my region?
A: Texas Rangers: Texas and Louisiana
Oakland Athletics: Northern California
Milwaukee Brewers: Southern California & Hawaii
Kansas City Royals: Pacific Northwest
Chicago White Sox: Midwest
Washington Nationals: Southeast
Cincinnati Reds: Four Corners, Nevada & El Paso, Texas
New York Yankees: Northeast
Q: Is the event open to the general public?
A: There will be no general admission allowed into the Games. Only family members and friends can purchase passes/tickets as well as MLB scouts, college coaches and advisors.
Q: Are there hotels you can recommend for the tryouts and games?
A: We will not have any specific hotels or rates for players traveling to a tryout. However, for the Area Code Baseball Games in Long Beach and in Torrance for the Area Code Underclass Baseball Games, we will have a group of hotels with an event rate. The 2019 hotels and rates for Long Beach and Torrance can be found HERE.
Q: What are the Area Code Baseball Underclass Games all about?
A: Area Code Baseball will again be hosting the 2019 Area Code Baseball Underclass Games at the MLB Youth Academy in Compton, California from August 10 - 12. Six teams pulling athletes across the nation will represent the Brewers, Yankees, Rangers, Nationals, Athletics and White Sox. To find out more about the Area Code Baseball Underclass Games, CLICK HERE.