10-17-2017 WBSC Elects New Division Leaders

WBSC Baseball and Softball Divisions elect new leaders
GABORONE, Botswana – New leaders of the WBSC Baseball and WBSC Softball divisions were elected at the 12-14 October WBSC Congress at the Gaborone International Convention Centre in Botswana’s capital.
Italy’s Riccardo Fraccari ran unopposed to win the seat as the Chairman of the WBSC Baseball Division, while Puerto Rico’s Tommy Velazquez was elected as the new Chairman of WBSC Softball Division. Fraccari is also the current president of the World Baseball Softball Confederation.
“At the next WBSC Baseball Executive meeting in Paris next March, we will outline our strategic plan covering the next four years,” said Fraccari, “laying out the important roadwork needed to build a billion-strong baseball/softball community and secure a long-term place on the Olympic Programme.”
“We have a very clear goal: Paris 2024,” Velazquez added.
 
WBSC Baseball Division:
  • Chairman: Riccardo Fraccari
  • Treasurer: Angelo Vicini (San Marino)
  • 1st Vice Chairman: Tom Peng (Taiwan)
  • 2nd Vice Chairman: Paul Seiler (United States)
  • Member at-Large: Ms. Hiroko Yamada (Japan)
  • Member at-Large: Luis Melero (Spain)
  • Member at-Large: Benicio Robinson (Panama)
  • Vice Chairman – Africa: Saber Jlajla (Tunisia)
  • Vice Chairman – Americas: Tito Pereyra (Dominican Republic)
  • Vice Chairman – Asia: Xu Chen (China)
  • Vice Chairman – Europe: Didier Seminet (France)
  • Vice Chairman – Oceania: Laurent Cassier (France)
 
WBSC Softball Division:
  • Chairman: Tommy Velazquez
  • Treasurer: Javier Anaya (Colombia)
  • 1st Vice Chairman: Ms. Beng Choo Low (Malaysia)
  • 2nd Vice Chairman: Craig Cress (United States)
  • Member at-Large: Ms. Maria Soto (Venezuela)
  • Member at-Large: Ms. Taeko Utsugi (Japan)
  • Member at-Large: Tirelo Mukokomani (Botswana)
  • Vice Chairman – Africa: Mashilo Matsetela (South Africa)
  • Vice Chairman – Asia: Hiromi Tokuda (Japan)
  • Vice Chairman – Europe: Gabriel Waage (Czech Republic)
  • Vice Chairman – Rex Capil (New Zealand)
Cuba’s Antonio Castro was also confirmed as WBSC Global Ambassador, holding a seat on the WBSC Executive Board.

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About the World Baseball Softball Confederation 
Headquartered in Lausanne, Switzerland — the Olympic Capital — the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) is the world governing body for baseball and softball. WBSC has 184 National Federation and Associate Members in 128 countries and territories across Asia, Africa, Americas, Europe and Oceania, which represent a united baseball/softball sports movement that encompasses over 65 million athletes and attracts approximately 150 million fans to stadiums worldwide annually.
The WBSC governs all international competitions involving official National Teams. The WBSC oversees the Softball World Championships (Men, Women, U-19 Men, and U-19 Women), Premier12, World Baseball Classic, and Baseball World Cups (U-12, U-15, U-18, U-23 and Women’s).

For more information, visit: www.wbsc.org

10-17-2017 WBSC Baseball Softball Awards

WBSC names Annual Award winners: Baseball/Softball Player, Coach, Umpire and Federation of the Year
GABORONE, Botswana — The World Baseball Softball Confederation revealed the Annual WBSC Baseball and Softball Award Winners for the 2014-2017 quadrennial.
Representatives from 17 nations were honoured at the WBSC Congress Gala held in the Gaborone International Convention Centre, with Japan representatives earning a leading six WBSC awards, while the U.S. earned five, Canada four, and Cuba and New Zealand three.
USA’s Jessica Moore and Japan’s Shohei Otani.
WBSC Annual Award Winners represented Botswana, Canada, Cuba, Czech Republic, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, Puerto Rico, Taiwan, United States and Venezuela.
The host of the WBSC World Baseball Softball Congress in capital city Gaborone — the Botswana Softball Association — was named the 2017 Softball Federation of the Year for “providing an excellent world stage that united baseball’s and softball’s leaders.”
 
Player of the Year:

 

Year Baseball Player Softball Player
2017 Triston Casas (USA) Yukiko Ueno (JPN)
2016 Loidel Chapelli (CUB) Sean Cleary (CAN)
2015 Shohei Otani (JPN) Jessica Moore (USA)
2014 Ayami Sato (JPN) Nathan Nukunuku (NZL)

 

National Team Coach of the Year:

 

Year Baseball Softball
2017 Andy Stankiewicz (USA) Mark Sorensen (NZL)
2016 Gerty Damián (CUB) Ken Eriksen (USA)
2015 In Sik Kim (KOR) John Stewart (CAN)
2014 Koichi Okura (JPN) Reika Utsugi (JPN)

 

Umpire of the Year:

 

Year Baseball Softball
2017 Jorge Niebla (CUB) Scott McLaren (CAN)
2016 Edgar Estivison (PAN) Gianluca Magnani (ITA)
2015 Hua Wen Chi (TPE) Jose Chaparro (PUR)
2014 Maite Bullones (VEN) Hideko Okana (JPN)

 

National Federation of the Year:

 

Year Baseball Softball
2017 Nicaraguan Federation of Baseball (FENIBA) Botswana Softball Association/New Zealand Softball Association
2016 Mexican Baseball Federation (FEMEBE) USA Softball
2015 Hong Kong Baseball Association Softball Canada
2014 Czech Baseball Association Peruvian Federation of Softball (FDPS)

 

10-17-2017 Meeting of World Baseball Softball Leaders

Baseball, softball leaders from around the world gathering for start of WBSC Congress in Gaborone, Botswana
GABORONE, Botswana — Baseball and softball leaders from approximately 100 countries are expected to arrive in the African nation of Botswana to participate in the II WBSC World Baseball Softball Congress, which opens tomorrow in capital city Gaborone.
In addition to WBSC Baseball and WBSC Softball elections, key agenda items include reviews of the Olympic baseball and softball qualifying system/format, the WBSC Constitution, new applicants for WBSC membership, as well as the awarding of hosting rights for future Baseball World Cups and Softball World Championships.
Hosted at the Gaborone International Convention Centre (GICC) by the Botswana Softball Association (BSA) in conjunction with the Botswana National Sport Commission (BNSC), the official WBSC Congress general programme will begin Thursday, 12 October and conclude on Saturday, 14 October, involving delegates and high-ranking decision-makers from over 130 WBSC National Federations and Associate Members.
“The World Baseball Softball Congress in Gaborone will be an important gathering of baseball’s and softball’s leaders to discuss and shape the future direction and international expansion of our global sport,” said WBSC President Riccardo Fraccari. “WBSC is grateful to the Botswana Softball Association and the Botswana National Sports Commission for welcoming the World Baseball Softball family to the great city of Gaborone.”
Elections will be held for positions within WBSC Baseball and WBSC Softball:
WBSC Baseball: There are 15 nominated candidates for seven available posts; the candidates represent 14 countries and territories, including Australia, Belgium, China, Iran, Israel, Italy, Japan, Panama, San Marino, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan, Turkey and United States of America.
WBSC Softball: There are 22 nominated candidates for seven available posts; the candidates represent 16 countries and territories, including Australia, Belgium, Botswana, Canada, China, Colombia, Iran, Israel, Japan, Malaysia, Netherlands, Puerto Rico, South Africa, Turkey, United States of America and Venezuela.
The WBSC Congress agenda also includes meetings of the WBSC Executive Board, the WBSC Baseball Executive Committee, the WBSC Softball Board of Directors, the Continental Baseball and Softball Confederations, the Francophone Association of Baseball Softball (AFBS), and various Commissions.
HOSTING AND AWARDS
Future hosts of the Baseball World Cups and Softball World Championships will be awarded, including the rights to host next year’s U-15 Baseball World Cup, U-23 Baseball World Cup and Women’s Baseball World Cup.
WBSC will announce the following award winners (2014-2017):
  • National Federation of the Year
  • Baseball Player of the Year
  • Softball Player of the Year
  • National Team Baseball Coach of the Year
  • National Team Softball Coach of the Year
New members will also be inducted into the WBSC Softball Hall of Fame.
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10-11-2017 National Team Camp Invitees

National Team Camp Invitees

Fifty-six athletes accept invitation to 2018 USA Softball Women’s National Team Selection Camp

OKLAHOMA CITY – USA Softball announced today the list of athletes invited to participate at the 2018 USA Softball Women’s National Team Selection Camp to be held January 1-5, 2018 at Eddie C. Moore Softball Complex in Clearwater, Fla.  A total of 61 athletes were invited to attend the Selection Camp with 56 athletes accepting the invitation.  Those athletes who accepted the invitation to try out will vie for a spot on the 2018 USA Softball Women’s National Team (WNT) roster which will compete at the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Women’s World Championship in Chiba, Japan August 2-12, 2018, the World Cup of Softball XIII and select invitational events.

 

Click here to see the athletes who received an invitation to try out for the Women’s National Team

During the selection process, athletes will participate in position drills as well as simulated games and be evaluated by the USA Softball Women’s National Team Selection Committee (WNTSC).  The 2018 USA Softball WNT will look to defend their Gold Medal finish at the 2016 WBSC Women’s World Championship where the team claimed the 10th overall World Championship title for the WNT program.  The team finished the 2016 WBSC World Championship with a .436 team batting average, 19 home runs, 80 RBI and outscored opponents 83-10.  The pitching staff was lights out, allowing just eight earned runs for a 1.19 ERA.

 

USA Softball will also hold an open tryout opportunity for players hoping to make the 2018 USA Softball WNT.  Held December 31 at Eddie C. Moore Softball Complex in Clearwater, Fla., eligible athletes have from now through October 31 to sign up through USASoftball.com for the open tryout, which will involve a series of softball related skill drills for each position, hitting and bunting.  Participants from the open tryout could be selected to participate at the USA Softball WNT Selection Camp along with the list of invited athletes.

Monica Abbott Pitcher Tennessee – 2008

Ali Aguilar Infield Washington – 2017

Valerie Arioto Infield California – 2012

Kelly Barnhill Pitcher Florida – Junior

Bianka Bell Infield LSU – 2016

Ally Carda Pitcher/Infield UCLA – 2015

Lindsey Cargill Infield Baylor – 2017

Emily Carosone Infield Auburn – 2016

Brittany Cervantes Utility Kentucky – 2012

Lauren Chamberlain* Infield Oklahoma – 2015

Amanda Chidester Catcher Michigan – 2012

Caleigh Clifton Infield Oklahoma – Junior

Kasey Cooper Infield Auburn – 2017

Nicole DeWitt* Infield Florida – Senior

Astin Donovan Outfield South Florida – Senior

Taylor Edwards Catcher Nebraska – 2014

Hannah Flippen Infield Utah – 2017

Taylor Gadbois Outfield Missouri – 2016

Rachel Garcia Pitcher UCLA – Sophomore

Chelsea Goodacre* Catcher Arizona – 2015

Delanie Gourley Pitcher Florida – 2017

Meghan Gregg Infield Tennessee – Senior

Paige Halstead Catcher UCLA – Junior

Jazmyn Jackson Outfield California – Senior

Sahvanna Jaquish Catcher LSU – 2017

Megan Kleist Pitcher Oregon – Junior

Shay Knighten Infield Oklahoma – Junior

Kelly Kretschman Outfield Alabama – 2001

Bailey Landry Outfield LSU – 2017

Jenna Lilley Infield Oregon – Senior

Kendyl Lindaman Catcher Minnesota – Sophomore

Amanda Lorenz Outfield Florida – Junior

Paige Lowary Pitcher Oklahoma – Senior

Haylie McCleney Outfield Alabama – 2016

Nicole Mendes Utility Oklahoma – Sophomore

Mo Mercado Infield Arizona – 2017

Kirsti Merritt Outfield Florida – 2016

Jessica Moore Pitcher Oregon – 2013

Michelle Moultrie Outfield Florida – 2012

Dejah Mulipola Catcher Arizona – Sophomore

Aubree Munro Catcher Florida – 2016

Nerissa Myers Infield La. Lafayette – 2013

Bubba Nickles Utility UCLA – Sophomore

Alexis Osorio Pitcher Alabama – Senior

Danielle O’Toole Pitcher Arizona – 2017

Paige Parker* Pitcher Oklahoma – Senior

Shelby Pendley Infield Oklahoma – 2015

Kylee Perez Infield UCLA – Senior

Keilani Ricketts Pitcher Oklahoma – 2013

Sierra Romero Infield Michigan – 2016

Sydney Romero Infield Oklahoma – Junior

Delaney Spaulding Infield UCLA – 2017

Kelsey Stewart Utility Florida – 2016

Gwen Svekis Catcher Oregon – Senior

Janie Takeda Outfield Oregon – 2015

Nadia Taylor Infield Texas – 2012

Nikki Udria Infield Oregon – 2017

Karley Wester* Outfield Notre Dame – 2017

Megan Wiggins Outfield Georgia – 2011

Hallie Wilson Utility Arizona – 2015

Morgan Zerkle Outfield Marshall – 2017

 

 

For updates on the USA Softball Women’s National Team and events throughout the 2018 season visit www.USASoftball.com.

About USA Softball USA Softball is a 501(c)(3) not-for profit organization headquartered in Oklahoma City, Okla., and is designated as the National Governing Body (NGB) of Softball in the United States and a member of the United States Olympic Committee. One of the nation’s largest sports organizations, USA Softball sanctions competition in every state through a network of 70 local associations and has grown from a few hundred teams in the early days to over 150,000 teams today, representing a membership of more than 2 million.  USA Softball is dedicated to providing people of all ages the opportunity to play the game they love at a variety of levels by offering recreational, league, tournament and competitive play for fast pitch, slow pitch and modified pitch.  USA Softball annually conducts thousands of tournaments throughout the country including over 100 National Championships.  The USA Softball umpire program is among the nation’s largest and are widely known as the best trained umpires in the game.

 

As the NGB for the sport of softball, USA Softball is responsible for training, equipping and promoting the six USA Softball National Teams that compete in events such as the Olympics, Pan American Games, World Championships and other international and domestic events. For more information on USA Softball, including its founding and history as the Amateur Softball Association of America (ASA), please visit, www.USASoftball.com.

 

About the World Baseball Softball Confederation 

Headquartered in Lausanne, Switzerland — the Olympic Capital — the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) is the world governing body for baseball and softball. WBSC has 213 National Federation and Associate Members in 142 countries and territories across Asia, Africa, Americas, Europe and Oceania, which represent a united baseball/softball sports movement that encompasses over 65 million athletes and attracts approximately 150 million fans to stadiums worldwide annually.

 

The WBSC governs all international competitions involving official National Teams. The WBSC oversees the Softball World Championships (Men, Women, U-19 Men, and U-19 Women), Premier12, World Baseball Classic, and Baseball World Cups (U-12, U-15, U-18, U-23 and Women’s).

 

For more information, visit: www.wbsc.org.

 

About USA Softball USA Softball is a 501(c)(3) not-for profit organization headquartered in Oklahoma City, Okla., and is designated as the National Governing Body (NGB) of Softball in the United States and a member of the United States Olympic Committee. One of the nation’s largest sports organizations, USA Softball sanctions competition in every state through a network of 70 local associations and has grown from a few hundred teams in the early days to over 150,000 teams today, representing a membership of more than 2 million.  USA Softball is dedicated to providing people of all ages the opportunity to play the game they love at a variety of levels by offering recreational, league, tournament and competitive play for fast pitch, slow pitch and modified pitch.  USA Softball annually conducts thousands of tournaments throughout the country including over 100 National Championships.  The USA Softball umpire program is among the nation’s largest and are widely known as the best trained umpires in the game.

 

As the NGB for the sport of softball, USA Softball is responsible for training, equipping and promoting the six USA Softball National Teams that compete in events such as the Olympics, Pan American Games, World Championships and other international and domestic events. For more information on USA Softball, including its founding and history as the Amateur Softball Association of America (ASA), please visit, www.USASoftball.com.

 

About the World Baseball Softball Confederation 

Headquartered in Lausanne, Switzerland — the Olympic Capital — the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) is the world governing body for baseball and softball. WBSC has 213 National Federation and Associate Members in 142 countries and territories across Asia, Africa, Americas, Europe and Oceania, which represent a united baseball/softball sports movement that encompasses over 65 million athletes and attracts approximately 150 million fans to stadiums worldwide annually.

 

The WBSC governs all international competitions involving official National Teams. The WBSC oversees the Softball World Championships (Men, Women, U-19 Men, and U-19 Women), Premier12, World Baseball Classic, and Baseball World Cups (U-12, U-15, U-18, U-23 and Women’s).

 

For more information, visit: www.wbsc.org.

 

 

 

9-18-2017 Assistant Coach of Year

Lombardi Named NFCA Assistant Coach of the Year

 

NORMAN – Oklahoma softball associate head coach Melyssa Lombardi has been named the 2017 Easton/NFCA Division I Assistant Coach of the Year, the National Fastpitch Coaches Association announced Monday afternoon.

The 2017 season marked the 20th for Lombardi as pitching coach for the Sooners and featured one of the deepest staffs in program history. Three pitchers threw at least 100 innings and all five members of the staff had ERAs at 2.08 or lower. The staff ERA was 1.55 on the season with 510 strikeouts (fourth most in program history) in 482.2 innings and an opponents’ average of .177 (eighth lowest at OU).

Paige Parker continued her career with another All-American season and her third straight season being named Big 12 Pitcher of the Year after posting the lowest ERA (1.43) and best strikeout rate (8.72 per 7 IP) of her career. She posted a 26-5 record with six shutouts while holding opponents to a .179 average in a team-high 210.1 innings.

Junior Paige Lowary transferred from Missouri and was named an All-Big 12 First Team honoree as she emerged as a dominant relief pitcher. With 11 saves on the year, Lowary had more than any team previously recorded in OU history and she tied for fifth in NCAA single-season records. In 146.2 innings, Lowary went 16-3 on the season with 122 strikeouts to just 33 walks with an opponents’ average of .163.

Freshman Mariah Lopez went 18-1 on the season with 109 strikeouts in 101 innings and threw a no-hitter. Fellow freshmen Nicole Mendes and Melanie Olmos rounded out the staff by giving up just two runs in 24.2 combined innings.

Earlier this season, Lombardi was part of the NFCA National Coaching Staff of the Year along with head coach Patty Gasso, assistant coach J.T. Gasso and volunteer assistant coach Andrea Gasso.

During her tenure, the Sooners have won the 2000, 2013, 2016 and 2017 National Championships and have won 16 NCAA Regional Championships in 20 postseason appearances. In addition, the Sooners have claimed nine Big 12 regular season titles and four conference tournament championships.

As a member of the Sooners’ coaching staff, Lombardi has been a part of four NFCA National Coaching Staffs of the Year (including each of the last two seasons) and 10 Regional Coaching Staffs of the Year (including each of the last six seasons).

The winners of the NFCA Assistant Coach of the Year awards were nominated by their NFCA member head coach and selected by a panel of their peers on the NFCA Awards Committee.