Coach Lugo has been the New York State coordinator for USA Baseball's Northeast National Team Identification Series (NTIS) program since 2016. The NTIS was created to provide all athletes from across the United States an opportunity to compete for a spot on a USA Baseball national team.
What is NTIS?
Players from across the country will begin the identification process by participating in camps and tryouts at the local level in their designated region.
Each of the six (6) regions on the map below will name 30 athletes from each of 11U & 12U age groups; and 36 athletes from each of 13U, 14U, 15U, and 16U age groups to two All-Region teams that will participate in the NTIS Champions Cup at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina. This event features 12 teams per age group and athletes will participate in workouts and a championship-style tournament while being evaluated by national team coaches and scouts.
Following the Champions Cup, USA Baseball will invite a minimum of 72 athletes to national team and National Team Development Program (NTDP) events in the subsequent calendar year.
USA Baseball is the national governing body for the sport of baseball in the United States and is a member of the United States Olympic Committee and the World Baseball Softball Confederation.
The organization selects and trains the World Baseball Classic, Premier12 and Pan Am teams (and all other USA Baseball Professional Teams); the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team; the USA Baseball 18U, 15U and 12U National Teams; and the USA Baseball Women's National Team; all of which participate in various international competitions each year.