12-1-10 December 1 Update



USA Softball seeks applicants for Women’s National team coaching pool

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. — The Amateur Softball Association of America (ASA)/USA Softball, the National Governing Body for Softball in the United States, announced today it will begin accepting applications from fast pitch coaches for the next two years (2011 – 2012) for the Women’s National Team program, which includes the Junior Women’s and Women’s National Teams.

 The USA Softball Women’s National Team Selection Committee will select the coaches’ pool. Pool coaches will be required to participate in international events, player evaluations, selection camps and other specified events as part of the evaluation process. These events primarily occur in June, July, and August of each year with the 2011 Pan American Games scheduled for October and the 2011 Junior Women’s World Championship slated for December. Coaches will work under the direction of the USA Softball Director of National Teams Ronnie Isham.

To be considered as a candidate for the pool, please e-mail a letter of application and a resume to arrive no later than January 5, 2011, which must include:

– National coaching and/or playing experience
– International coaching and/or playing experience
– Relevant clinic and/or speaking experience
– Reasons you would like to be a member of the pool
– Please indicate if you are interested in a head coaching job, assistant coaching job or both 

Please send letter of application and resume via email to:

Ronnie Isham
Director of USA Softball National Teams
ASA/USA Softball
risham@softball.org For questions call Ronnie Isham at 405-202-8269.


Japan’s women’s national softball team defeated China, 2-0, in the gold medal game at the 16th Asian Games to successfully defend the top spot at that multisport event after having finished first at the last edition, four years ago in Qatar. Chinese Taipei was the 2010 bronze medalist. Also taking part in the competition were (South) Korea, the Philippines, and Thailand, with the games having been played at Tianhe Softball Field, in the middle of the city center in Guangzhou, China. More from the 2010 Asian Games softball competition can be found online at http://www.gz2010.cn/en/.

This was the sixth straight Asian Games appearance for softball (women’s fast pitch), dating back 20 years to the 11th edition, which took place in Beijing, China, in 1990. Softball – in some cases both men’s and women’s – is also on the programme of at least a dozen other multi-sport Games.

The European Olympic Committees held their 39th General Assembly last week in Belgrade, Serbia. International Softball Federation President Don Porter and ISF VPs/Europe Andre van Overbeek (NED) and Ami Baran (ISR) were all in attendance during the meetings. Softball is believed to have been the only international sports federation that attended the EOC Assembly. The ISF trio also used the opportunity to visit with Serbian Softball Federation President Mr. Slobodan Djuric and SSF Secretary General Mr. Dejan Jesic.


—  The newest member of Akron Racers roster, pitcher, Kristina Thorson will board a cross-country flight to serve as the host of the 2010 Akron Racers Holiday Luncheon. The Luncheon is scheduled for December 18th at Hacker’s Bar & Grill from Noon to 2pm and is open to the public.

Thorson began her career with the Philadelphia Force in 2007. She quickly dominated in the circle winning 14 games and claiming NPF Rookie of the Year honors. Thorson opened the 2008 season in a Chicago Bandit uniform where she has played the past three seasons. Her 43 career wins places her among the all-time leaders in NPF history.

“I am excited to be coming to Akron to meet the Racers fans. I know how loyal the Akron fans are and I’m looking forward to my first start in Akron as a Racer. “

Thorson has a championship ring and three regular season championships to her credit as a Bandit.  “Kristina is a veteran performer and has had a lot of success in a league that shows no mercy. I like our chances for success with her in the circle,” commented Racers GM, Joey Arrietta.

Thorson was obtained in a trade with Chicago that sent pitcher, Taryne Mowatt to the Bandits.



American Athletics Gold – (Fitz) – College Commitments

Niki Byron (2011) – has committed to the University of Maine

Casee Clauser (2011) – has committed to the University of South Carolina

Chanele Dresser (2011) – has committed to Concordia University

Jenney Hurst (2011) – has committed to Seattle University

Catie Monnahan (2011) – has committed to Cal State San Marcos

Taylor Thurman (2011) – has  committed to the Academy of the Art, San Francisco

Katie Wilkinson (2011) – has committed to Cal State San Marcos

Cara Worden (2011) – has committed to Princeton University

Casandra Padilla (2012) –  verbal  commitment to Santa Clara University


Purchase an Ultimate Fan Zone ticket between Dec. 1-16 and receive free Nike gift pack

OKLAHOMA CITY — Ultimate Fan Zone passes for the 2011 World Cup of Softball, to be held July 21-25 in Oklahoma City, are now on sale, the Amateur Softball Association (ASA) of America announced today. The ASA also announced that each $275 ticket purchased by midnight CST on December 16 will be accompanied by an authentic Nike USA batting jersey in red or blue ($65 value), a Nike visor ($15 value) and a certificate announcing the purchase of an Ultimate Fan Zone pass.Ultimate Fan Zone tickets can be ordered through SoftballOutlet.com or by calling (800) 654-8337. All other tickets to the World Cup, excluding single session, will go on sale in February 2011 with single session on sale shortly before the event in July.

 The Ultimate Fan Zone ticket includes premium seating for all five days of the World Cup, within Ultimate Fans placed in the first three rows of sections 7-13 of the ASA Hall of Fame Stadium, as well a parking pass and a piece of USA Softball apparel, which has included a replica USA jersey in previous years. The pass also includes a private meal and autograph session with the 2011 USA Softball Women’s National Team during the World Cup. Only passes purchased by midnight December 16 will also be accompanied by the batting jersey, visor and certificate.

All seating assignments for the Ultimate Fans will be made starting in June 2011 following the Women’s College World Series. Ultimate Fan Zone event tickets and accompanying items (excluding the pre-sale Nike gift pack and certificate that will be sent by December 18) will be mailed in early July or available for pick up during the World Cup.


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