Q: What is
Baseball Report (ABR) was originally created as the camps/clinics, exposure,
and social media partner for USSSA. Since its inception in 2008, ABR has
evolved into the social media and exposure vehicle to many amateur athletes
across the country. ABR hosts numerous exposure and showcase events annually
which feature many of the top prospects across the country. Through ABR's
unified and comprehensive evaluation system, players are able to see where they
rank on a State, Regional, and National level.
What are the benefits of ABR?
A: ABR is a diverse organization with a
multitude of benefits for players both in the 9u-13u (youth) and 14u-18u (H.S.)
age levels. One of the main features for
ABR members are the Player Profile Pages.
Q: What is a Player Profile Page?
A: A Player
Profile page is an interactive, multimedia, and exposure tool that can be used
in numerous ways depending on the age of the participant. Any player, regardless of whether they have
attended an ABR camp or not, may sign up for FREE for a standard Player Profile
Page. Players have the ability to add
personal information, but will not have an evaluation recorded to their
profile. Every player that attends an
ABR event will receive a standard Player Profile Page which will include their
Five-Tool Player Evaluation, as well as basic information such as City, State,
Height, Weight, etc. Players have the
ability to upgrade their Profile Page to Premium Membership, which allows for
additional features, denoted with a *PC.
Below is a list of benefits for the Player Profile Page:
Personal Information - Players will have the ability to add in personal information
such as address, GPA, height/weight, etc.
This serves as another exposure route for players as college coaches can
sort for individuals purely based on geographic location and/or GPA.
ABR Five-Tool Evaluation
– Each player that attends and ABR
evaluation will receive a Five-Tool Player Evaluation. These evaluations will include comments on each
individual’s arm strength, overall fielding abilities, speed, power, and
overall hitting abilities.
Player to Player Messaging *PC– Allows for players to message and interact with one another
despite geographic location.
Coach to Player Messaging *PC– This feature allows for college
coaches to send a message to any player within the ABR database. This is extremely beneficial as coaches can
search by player name, event attended, position, skill, statistics, GPA, etc.
Player Updates *PC – This feature allows for players to give updated information
on game play, stats, injuries, interested colleges or any or piece of
information they would like to share with their baseball peers, college
coaches, and/or scouts.
Event Information *PC – This feature allows for players to add information that
pertains to a future event(s) that they will be attending. This includes an ABR event, game, tournament,
etc. This makes it easier for college
coaches and professional scouts to know where you will be performing next.
Uploading Schedule *PC – A player has the ability to upload
his game schedule to allow for coaches, players, and everybody else in the
baseball community to see where his next game will be.
Adding of Statistics *PC – Players have the ability to add
their current season statistics. This
can be a benefit in numerous ways including the ability to track your season’s
progress. This also is a benefit to
college coaches/professional scouts as they will not only have the Five-Tool
Adding Video or Pictures *PC - Players will have the ability to
add video and pictures to their Player Profile Page. Combined with the Player’s Five Tool Evaluation,
statistics, and upcoming events, a player now has the ability to have a full
player biography available to all college coaches, professional scouts, and
baseball peers throughout the United States.
Additional Features *PC – Some pages, articles, forums,
web-polls, and discounts can only be accessed by Premium Members. Players that are logged into their Premium
Member account will automatically have access to these pages.
What is a Premium Membership Player Profile?
A: A premium membership profile allows the
player to add video, pictures, state and other things to their profile for
coaches, scouts, and other players. They
can use this as a recruiting tool to colleges throughout the nation as well as
a customized page to show their talents off to fellow players.
Who can search my profile?
A: All college coaches and MLB scouts from
across the nation, in addition to all premium content members
What is a “5-Tool Evaluation”?
What purpose does it serve?
A: A 5-Tool Evaluation includes the testing of
the player’s arm strength, power, overall hitting abilities, speed, and overall
fielding abilities at the player’s primary position. This Evaluation is used by College and
Professional Scouts everywhere. This
serves as not only an exposure tool for the next level, but serves as a way to
gauge your current abilities and see where your sset lies amongst your
How do I sign up for an event?
A: Registration for our events can be done
online. On the home screen our upcoming
events will be posted. You can click on
your event and it will take you through the sign up process. You can also contact the ABR Headquarters
where we can manually sign up and you can either send in a check or use your
credit card over the phone. ABR
appreciates our customers and we try to accommodate them in any way possible.
What is your refund policy?
A: The refund policy can be found at this
link. Questions can be directed towards
Breanna Reinike at 708.675.1500 (http://amateurbaseballreport.com/RefundPolicy.aspx )
FAQ for High School Events
Q: What ages are these events for?
A: These events are 14u-18u.
Q: Why should my son go to an ABR Event?
A: Beyond the
affordable pricing, Five-Tool Player Evaluation, interactive Player Profile
Pages, and access to college coaches and professional scouts, ABR offers an end
result unmatched by any other competitor.
This end result will see the top individuals at all ABR events receiving
an invite to the USSSA All-American Games and the possibility of representing
your country in international competition.
Q: What are the USSSA All-American
A: The USSSA
All-American Games (AAG) are an invite only event consisting of the top
individuals at the 14 – 17u age levels all competing for a spot on the USSSA
National Teams that will compete in international competition. The 15u and 16u USSSA National Teams (14u and
15u at the AAG) will compete the following summer during the USSSA Gold Medal
Games, while the High School Varsity National Team (18u/17u) will travel
internationally the summer after the AAG’s.
The USSSA All-American Games serve as a great exposure vehicle with many
of the top college programs from around the United States in attendance.
How does my son qualify for the USSSA All-American Games?
A: Your son was seen at an approved ABR
sanctioned event by an approved ABR director.
An approved ABR event includes ABR camps, clinics, scout days, and
scouted tournaments. An approved ABR
director includes ABR staff members, college coaches, MLB scouts, and even
former MLB players. We ensure that
everyone who goes to the USSSA All-American Games is qualified so that the
competition is as stiff as possible.
Q: What are the USSSA Gold Medal Games?
A: The USSSA
Gold Medal Games are an Olympic style event consisting of countries from around
the world all competing for Gold, Silver, and Bronze. The USSSA Gold Medal Games take place in
Kissimmee, FL and will feature two age division highlighted by the 15u and 16u
USSSA National Teams. In years past
countries such as Great Britain, the Bahamas, Venezuela, Puerto Rico, Mexico,
Canada, France, and Italy have all been in attendance. USSSA covers the housing cost for players
electing to stay with their team in addition to their uniforms.
Q: What is the USSSA High School Varsity
National Team Trip?
A: The USSSA High School Varsity National Team
will travel internationally the summer following their tryout at the USSSA
All-American Games (this allows for a year to plan for travel). USSSA covers the cost for the international
flight, the housing, meals, uniforms, etc for all members on the team. In years past USSSA has sent players to Japan
and Prague, Czech Republic with offers to places such as Italy, Mexico, France,
and New Caledonia.
Q: What is a College Instructional and
A: This is a two
part camp with the first portion being an instructional segment led by the
college coaches in attendance. The
college coaches will take the participants through the very same fundamental
drill work that they use to make their own programs successful. The second part of the event is an ABR
Five-Tool Player Evaluation in which ABR will test each participants arm
strength, speed, overall fielding abilities, power, and overall hitting
abilities. This evaluation will then be
added to each player’s interactive player profile page. The evaluation allows players to understand
where they are at for their age group and see what they need to do to improve. The goal of the College Instructional and
Evaluation events are for every player to walk away with something they can
apply directly to their game whether it be physical, mental, or both. These events will also qualify individuals
for the USSSA All-American Games.
Q: What is a powered by ABR Event?
A: Powered by ABR
Events are any event that will have an ABR Scout or representative in
attendance. All High School Age Powered
by ABR Events will qualify individuals for the USSSA All-American Games (AAG)
How does ABR guarantee College Coaches and MLB scouts at their events?
A: ABR hires a certain amount of college coaches
and MLB scouts at every showcase. Every name
we post on our flyers has *committed to work the event. We begin booking the scouts far in advance to
be sure that nothing will conflict. In
addition to the names we post, we do have MLB scouts and college coaches come
on their own. That is, they show up to
the event without us properly knowing of their attendance. This can be very beneficial to our
players. ABR always makes sure we have
the right amount of scouts and coaches to help run the event. That is all part of the ABR Experience.
- ABR can not be held liable
for any unforeseen circumstances in terms of the commitments of the college
My son isn’t going to play at a DI school. Why should he attend an ABR camp?
A: We understand that not every player is a DI
player and know the benefits of a diverse staff. ABR tries to have a good mix of DI, DII,
DIII, and Junior College programs in order to appeal to all ssets and academic
qualifications. While we do have many
players that receive scholarships to DI schools, we also have many players that
are looking for scholarship opportunities at the DII level, the playing time
they will receive at DIII schools, and we also understand that there are some
players looking for the convenience of Junior College programs. This is why ABR hires all levels of College
Programs to attend our camps.
FAQ for Youth Events
What ages are these events for?
A: The ages for our youth events are 9u through
Why should my son go to a Youth Instructional and Evaluation Clinic?
A: An ABR Youth Instructional and Evaluation
Clinic is a great opportunity to learn hands on instruction from top baseball
minds. Player’s will have the
opportunity to learn the proper fundamentals at each position while receiving
feedback on what they do right and wrong from an outside source. The ABR Five-Tool Player Evaluations are
modified in order to provide positive feedback and ways in which to improve on
the basic fundamentals of the game.
Furthermore, players are shown where they rank amongst their peers.
Do these events qualify my son for anything?
A: Players can qualify for such events as the
USSSA Tri-State All-Star Games and the USSSA Jr. All-State Games. These events are meant to reward players that
show dedication to the sport with an All-Star atmosphere. The tournaments are designed to be fun for
everyone, without losing that competitive edge.
are the USSSA Tri-State All-Star Games?
Tri-State All-Star Games is a program started for Illinois, Indiana, and
Wisconsin Youth players. The event was developed as a way for players to
be recognized for putting forth exceptional effort throughout the entirety of
their season. The Amateur Baseball Report wanted to reward these players
with a chance to play in a state All-Star Weekend consisting of a Skills
Competitions and an All-Star tournament. More information can be found
What are the USSSA Jr. All-State Games?
A: The Jr. All-State Games is an All-Star Tournament
and is designed to give the top players at the 9u – 13u age levels a chance to
showcase their skills in a national event.
The event features the top youth players in their state, with the chance
to compete for their state! Players are
selected through a tryout process to be added to their states roster. The Tournament is run in August with 12-16
states competing for the Championship Trophy.
The Event will have a Parade of Players, Skills Competition, Awards
Ceremony, and many other features that these players deserve. Being selected to the team is a great honor,
but winning the tournament is even better!
Further Information on the USSSA All-American Games
What ages are the All-American Games for? How do I know which age
I participate under?
A: The USSSA All-American Games are for players
14u-17u. We follow USSSA’s age cutoff of
May 1st. If you are curious
as to where you fall, use this link: Age Calculator
How do I go about registering? Can I pay a deposit or set up a
A: You can register on the USSSA High School Elite Baseball
Website. Go to the All-American Games tab. You can also register over the phone with
someone from ABR headquarters. We do take
$75 deposit so that the player can have his spot saved because spots do fill up
fast. There is no official payment plan,
but an ABR representative may be able to help you through the process. ***Note: We do have a limited number of spots
available and may have to stop online registration earlier than expected.
I am paying $365 for this
event. Where does my hard-earned money go?
A: Your money goes toward paying for the
fantastic facility which is the Osceola Sports Complex in Kissimmee, Florida,
home of the MLB Astros during Spring Training.
Your money also goes towards paying for uniforms, umpires, and paying
all of the coaches and scouts to come. Finally,
USSSA uses the funds from the All-American Games to send the teams to the
Gold-Medal Games, and the USSSA High School Varsity Team Internationally.
My son is only 14 years old. Will he be competing against 17 year
A: No he will not. We have set age groups with set birth date
cut offs. Unless the player would like
to participate in an older age group, he will only play people his age.
Can I check-in at another
A: Check in time is set and mandatory unless
agreed upon with ABR and USSSA beforehand.
Since this is an individual event, how will I get placed on a team?
A: ABR will be in charge of placing individuals
onto teams. We oversee this process to
make sure each team has enough position players and pitchers to ensure everyone
will receive equal playing time.
Where would I go for flight information / hotel information?
A: Everything will be posted on our website
under the USSSA
Travel Center Link. As well as you can contact an ABR
representative at our corporate offices.
How will I know whether I made the team or not?
A: At the closing ceremonies the First Team All-
Americans will be announced at each age group.
The second team will be chosen in the following days and these players
will receive an email. It will also be
posted on our website.
Q: What is the difference between the
USSSA First Team All-American, Second Team All-American, and National Team
A: The USSSA
First Team All-Americans will be the majority of the USSSA National Teams that
will compete the following summer in international competition. In other words,
if you are a 2012 14u USSSA First Team All-American, you are a member of the
15u USSSA National Team that will compete in the 2013 USSSA Gold Medal
Games. The USSSA Second Team
All-Americans are rewarded for their outstanding performance at the USSSA
All-American Games and will serve as alternates on the USSSA National Teams
(some will be asked to be part of the National Team right away to fulfill
certain roster needs).
Will I receive an evaluation from the event?
A: Coaches and scouts will be evaluating players
throughout the whole event. ABR will not
post full evaluation results for all 300+ players in attendance, rather only
for the players that make the USSSA All-American Teams. If you would like a full evaluation, then you
must attend an ABR Evaluation Event.
Who will be in charge of coaching my team?
A: All 15u-17u players will be
coached by a college coach, MLB scout, and/or ex-professional players. 14u Players will be coached by qualified
How many scouts will be at the event?
A: ABR and USSSA will
bring in college coaches and professional scouts to coach the 15 – 17u
teams. With that being said, numerous
other coaches will scout the event for players that first their given programs
needs. We do not guarantee a certain
amount of scouts as this would be impossible and varies on the given day of the
I made the team! Now what?
A: Get in contact with
us! Call us and begin planning your next
move. Whether it is getting ready to
travel abroad or play in the USSSA Gold Medal Games, we will help you through
every step in the process. Don’t forget
to remind us when you make your college commitment!