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SPY Update January 24 2014

 

Border Battle VI to take place in Canada; USA Men’s Slow Pitch National Teams also slated to compete in a series of exhibition games

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Amateur Softball Association (ASA) of America and USA Softball announced today that Border Battle VI will be held July 26 at the Peter Hallman Ballyard in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada.  A series of exhibition games between the USA Men’s Slow Pitch National Team, the USA Future’s Slow Pitch National Team and two Canadian teams will also be held July 24-26 in Kitchener.  Members from Team USA and Team Canada will also take part in a homerun derby.  This marks the first time that Canada will host the event as the ASA Hall of Fame (HOF) Stadium in Oklahoma City, Okla. has played host since its inception in 2009.

“What a great opportunity for Men’s Slow Pitch National Team Program to travel to Canada and participate in Border Battle VI and for the first time in the history of the Slow Pitch National Team program it will occur on foreign soil,” said ASA/USA Softball Executive Director Craig Cress.  “We know that Softball Canada and the City of Kitchener will do a tremendous job of hosting this event and we look forward to continuing this great rivalry and competing in Border Battle VI.”

Created in conjunction with the inaugural Border Battle slow pitch competition against Canada in 2009, the Men’s Slow Pitch National Team program is now in its sixth run. With a 25-10 victory last year in Oklahoma City, Team USA extended its lead to 4-1 in the Border Battle series.  The Americans won Border Battle I 30-23 but Canada evened the series in 2010 with a 30-29 win. The USA men rebounded in 2011 with a dominating 25-3 performance and won 32-21 in 2012.

The USA Future’s Team is now in its third season after being established in 2012 to compete in the inaugural Slow Pitch Showdown against the Men’s Slow Pitch National Team.  The Future’s claimed the first Slow Pitch Showdown in dramatic fashion when they defeated Team USA 38-37.  Team USA responded strong in last year’s matchup, needing only five innings to defeat the Futures 32-16.

“I’m excited that the Border Battle will continue and am humbled to be selected again as the Head Coach for Team USA,” said Men’s Slow Pitch National Team Head Coach Steve Shortland.  “I have no doubt that Softball Canada and their representatives will be gracious hosts.  Although it will feel a bit different to play away from home, it won’t detract from the honor of wearing a Team USA uniform. Nothing in sports matches the pride and emotion associated with representing your country on the field of play, no matter where the venue is. I look forward to a competitive event in what’s sure to be a great experience for everyone involved.”

The final roster for the USA Men’s teams will be announced in March on USASoftball.com.

Virginia Tech names Babcock Athletic Director

BLACKSBURG – Virginia Tech President Charles Steger announced today that Whit Babcock will become the university’s next athletic director.

Babcock has served as athletic director at the University of Cincinnati since 2011.

“We are very pleased to welcome Whit back to Virginia,” said Steger. “He has substantial experience managing large business enterprises and shown the ability to identify and attract talented coaches and staff. We are also impressed with his ability to engage and energize the fan base. We are extremely pleased to garner someone with his well-rounded experiences and talent.”

Babcock has worked at several major universities over his 20 year career. Prior to his appointment at Cincinnati, Babcock served as executive associate athletic director at University of Missouri where he oversaw all external relations and development operations for the department in addition to serving as sport administrator for the men’s basketball program.

He also served previously in various athletic fundraising and marketing leadership roles at West Virginia University, Auburn University, and James Madison University.

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008 Defensive Player of the Year Back Behind Plate for Bandits

ROSEMONT, Ill. – January 22, 2014 – Chicago Bandits GM, Aaron M. Moore, announced the re-signing of catcher Kristen Butler for the 2014 season. This will be her third year in a Bandits uniform.

“Signing Kristen for the 2014 season was very high on our list of priorities this offseason,” said Moore.  “Not only is she very capable offensively, but she’s still a solid receiver and a trusted veteran on the team.

“She has always worked well with our pitching staffs and we expect that to continue.  Kristen is a pro’s pro and we’re looking forward to a big 2014 from her.”

Both an offensive and defensive presence at the plate, Butler finished last season with a .256 batting average, recording 25 RBIs and five homeruns.  Her 133 putouts were good for fourth best in the league and she tied for first in the league with 13 assists.

National Pro Fastpitch Partners with GameChanger

 
New York, NY – January 24, 2014 – Today, National Pro Fastpitch has selected GameChanger – the leading web and mobile app for scorekeeping, stats and live game updates – to be their official partner. Recognized as the most competitive fast pitch softball league in the world, National Pro Fastpitch has chosen GameChanger to provide its teams and fans with their best-in-class software.

 

League scorekeepers will track every pitch on the GameChanger iPad App. Coaches, players and fans will have access to live animated pitch-by-pitch updates, 150 statistics for each player, and spray chart visualizations of every batted ball.

 

“National Pro Fastpitch is strongly committed to adopting new technology that advances the league and the game of softball worldwide,” said Cheri Kempf, Commissioner of NPF. “By adopting GameChanger, we are making the league more efficient, teams more informed and fans more engaged.”

 

Fans will have the ability to stream all National Fastpitch games in real-time.  Live play-by-play and stats can be viewed on the GameChanger website or free mobile app. And fans can sign up to receive live email or text updates on their favorite team or player.

 

2014 NPF Schedule Released

 


Nashville, TN – January 23, 2014
– National Pro Fastpitch released the 2014 regular season schedule today. The four affiliate teams – Akron Racers, Chicago Bandits, Pennsylvania Rebellion, and USSSA Florida Pride – will battle each other through 96 total regular season games. Each team will host 24 home games while playing an equal amount of 24 games away. Each team will play every other NPF team a total of 16 times throughout regular season competition.

 

The regular season will open one week earlier in 2014 on May 29 with Akron hosting Chicago at Firestone Stadium in Akron. One day later on May 30, USSSA will welcome the Pennsylvania Rebellion to their home opener hosted in Salisbury, Maryland. Throughout the regular season, NPF teams will compete at nine separate venues in six different states.

 

The Chicago Bandits  will look to defend the regular season title they took home to Rosemont in 2013 with a record of 36-12. USSSA finished a close second in 2013 with a record of 34-14 before capturing the Cowles Cup at the Championship Series. Akron is coming off a third place finish and a record of 16-32 in 2013, while the Pennsylvania Rebellion enter their inaugural season of competition in the NPF.

 

The season will culminate with the Championship Series, which will make its home in Hoover, Alabama for the first time August 20 through August 23. The league expects to announce television broadcast dates in the near future.

 

2014 NPF Schedule

 

May

29        CH @ AK       Akron, OH

30        CH @ AK       Akron, OH

PA @ US        Salisbury, MD
31        AK @ CH       Rosemont, IL

PA @ US        Salisbury, MD

 

June

1          AK @ CH       Rosemont, IL
2          PA @ US        Allentown, PA

3          PA @ US        Allentown, PA
5          US @ PA        Washington, PA
6          US @ PA        Washington, PA

AK @ CH       Rosemont, IL
7          US @ PA        Washington, PA

AK @ CH       Rosemont, IL
8          US @ PA        Washington, PA

 

9          CH @ AK       Akron, OH

10        CH @ AK       Akron, OH

 

12        PA @ AK       Akron, OH

13        PA @ AK       Akron, OH

 

14        PA @ AK       Akron, OH

US @ CH       Rosemont, IL

 

15        PA @ AK       Akron, OH

US @ CH       Rosemont, IL

 

16        US @ CH       Rosemont, IL

17        US @ CH       Rosemont, IL

 

18        CH @ PA       Washington, PA

19        CH @ PA       Washington, PA

 

21        AK @ US       Dallas, TX

22        AK @ US       Dallas, TX

23        AK @ US       Dallas, TX

24        AK @ US       Dallas, TX

 

26        CH @ US       Round Rock, TX

27        CH @ US       Round Rock, TX

 

28        CH @ US       Round Rock, TX (Dbl Header)

28        CH @ US       Round Rock, TX (Dbl Header)

PA @ AK       Akron, OH

 

29        PA @ AK       Akron, OH

30        PA @ AK       Akron, OH

 

July

1          PA @ AK       Akron, OH

 

3          AK @ CH       Rosemont, IL

4          AK @ CH       Rosemont, IL

 

5          AK @ CH       Rosemont, IL

US @ PA        Washington, PA

 

6          AK @ CH       Rosemont, IL

US @ PA        Washington, PA

7          US @ PA        Washington, PA

8          US @ PA        Washington, PA

 

10        PA @ CH       Rosemont, IL

 

11        PA @ CH       Rosemont, IL

US @ AK       Akron, OH

 

12        PA @ CH       Rosemont, IL

US @ AK       Columbus, OH

 

13        PA @ CH       Rosemont, IL

 

14        US @ AK       Akron, OH

15        US @ AK       Akron, OH

 

16        AK @ PA       Washington, PA

17        AK @ PA       Washington, PA

 

19        CH @ US       Kissimmee, FL

20        CH @ US       Kissimmee, FL

 

21        CH @ US       Kissimmee, FL

AK @ PA       Washington, PA

22        CH @ US       Kissimmee, FL

AK @ PA       Washington, PA

 

24        AK @ US       Orlando, FL

CH @ PA       Washington, PA

 

25        AK @ US       Orlando, FL

CH @ PA       Washington, PA

 

26        AK @ US       Orlando, FL

CH @ PA       Washington, PA

 

27        AK @ US      Orlando, FL

CH @ PA       Washington, PA

 

28        CH @ PA       Washington, PA

29        CH @ PA       Washington, PA

 

31        US @ CH       Rosemont, IL

 

August

1          US @ CH       Rosemont, IL

PA @ AK       Akron, OH

2          US @ CH       Rosemont, IL

PA @ AK       Akron, OH

 

3          US @ CH       Rosemont, IL

 

4          PA @ AK       Akron, OH

5          PA @ AK       Akron, OH

7          US @ AK       Akron, OH

 

8          US @ AK       Akron, OH

CH @ PA       Washington, PA

 

9          US @ AK       Akron, OH

CH @ PA       Washington, PA

 

10        US @ AK       Akron, OH

 

11        CH @ PA       Washington, PA

12        CH @ PA       Washington, PA

 

14        AK @ CH       Rosemont, IL

PA @ US        Kissimmee, FL

15        AK @ CH       Rosemont, IL

PA @ US        Kissimmee, FL

 

16        AK @ CH       Rosemont, IL

PA @ US        Kissimmee, FL (Dbl. Header)

 

17        AK @ CH       Rosemont, IL

 

20-23   NPF Championship Series – Hoover, AL


 

 

 

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