A 15-strong squad has been named to represent New Zealand for the second year running at the Cal Ripken World Series.
The prestigious sporting event will be held in Aberdeen, Maryland later this month.
The team consists of players from all across the country and abroad, including Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Australia.
New Zealand Baseball CEO Ryan Flynn says, "This tournament is the beginning of a journey in the baseball life of our young athletes.
With this major international tournament on our calendar this year, we view 2015 as a critical year in our sports development in this age group in New Zealand.
The Ripken World Series is one of the largest and most important youth tournaments in any sport, outside of the IBAF Baseball World Cup events," said Flynn.
The U12 squad coached by Dan Tan, with assistance from Auckland Baseball Development Officer Jamie Wilson and former Houston Astros minor leaguer Nick Stanley, will finalise their preparations this week with a training camp in Auckland before the team heads to Baltimore.
The 2015 team is as follows:
Clayton Campbell Australia
Beckham Crooks Australia
Jaden Dawson Orewa Sharks
Dominic Elliott Central City
Marcus Feagaiga Australia
Shiloh Fruean North Shore City
Taylor Irwin Howick-Pakuranga
Harrison Lough North Shore City
Taichi Nakao North Shore City
Te Aati Paul Howick-Pakuranga
Nikau Pouaka-Grego Christchurch
Huriwaka Repia Howick-Pakuranga
Harry Smillie Bayside-Westhaven
Caleb Taylor Wellington
Rocky Yates Australia
Traye Wildbore Howick-Pakuranga
Logan Nye North Shore City
Tui Amosa Howick-Pakuranga
Caleb Impey Howick-Pakuranga
Murray Davis Bayside-Westhaven