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Opportunity, Demands Explode For Youth Players

Alan Matthews -

The arena—the sphere of competition and exposure—for today's amateurs has changed as drastically as the arenas in which those competitions are held. While the game's fundamentals remain much the same as they were 10, 20, even 50 years ago, how youth and high school-age players are developing the tools to perform those fundamentals have become profoundly complex.

High School | #2005#For The Ages

High School Top 25 Poll

For the third time in as many polls, the Baseball America/National High School Baseball Coaches Association Top 25 features a new No. 1 team. Agoura (Calif.) High took over the top spot in the latest poll on the strength of a 7-0 start, including a 9-0 victory against previous No. 2 El Camino Real High (Woodland Hills, Calif.).

High School | #2006#Team Rankings

High Heat: March 24

Alan Matthews -Premium Content

He was just a sophomore in high school, but the groundwork was already laid for this local legend. With his Jackson High Timberwolves facing elimination in the district playoffs, Travis Snider belted a pair of home runs against Edmonds-Woodway High (Edmonds, Wash.). A year later, he furthered his lore as one of the region's top power hitters when he smashed "the shot hear 'round the state."

High School | #2006#High Heat

USA Junior Squad Tops Cuba

Alan Matthews -

USA Baseball's junior national team eagerly awaited the chance to cleanse its palate. Last year's fourth-place finish at the World Junior Championships in Taipei City, Taiwan, ended a 20-year string in which the juniors had earned a medal at the biennial event, leaving it with a sour taste that served as incentive for this year's team as it prepared for international competition.

High School | #2005#Events#Team USA

Pitching Carries Team USA Junior Squad

Alan Matthews -

Team USA continued its otherworldly pitching performance with a 3-0 victory Wednesday against Panama at the COPABE AAA Pan American Junior Championships in Villahermosa, Mexico. Two junior national team pitchers, which consists of 20 of the nation's top players age 18 and under, allowed one hit in the nine-inning game, improving to 4-0 in pool play.

High School | #2005#Events#Team USA