FEBRUARY 13 2012 UPDATE
USA To Host Junior World
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 13, 2012
United States selected to host 2015 ISF Junior Women’s World Championship
OKLAHOMA CITY — The International Softball Federation (ISF) announced today that the Amateur Softball Association (ASA) of America/USA Softball will host the 2015 ISF Junior Women’s World Championship. Following approval by the world governing body’s Board of Directors, the event is tentatively slated for Aug. 7-16, 2015, at the ASA Hall of Fame Complex in Oklahoma City.
“We are excited to host the 2015 International Softball Federation Junior Women’s World Championship here in the Mecca of softball,” ASA/USA Softball Executive Director Ron Radigonda said. “When people think of softball, they think of Oklahoma City. Every athlete wants to play here. Every fan wants to be here. Not only is this event a great chance to show fans the future stars of the NCAA Women’s College World Series and the World Cup of Softball, hosting the Junior Women’s World Championship is a unique chance to give those athletes the opportunity to wear Red, White and Blue in front of a home crowd. The 2015 ISF Junior Women’s World Championship will be a special event for all those involved.”
While Oklahoma City will host the World Cup of Softball for a seventh consecutive time June 28-July 2, 2012, the United States has not played host to a world championship since Michigan was the site of the 1996 ISF Men’s World Championship. The United States hosted three previous Junior Women’s World Championships with Fargo, N.D. hosting in 1985, Oklahoma City in 1987 and Normal, Ill., in 1995.
Brampton, Ontario, Canada, was also awarded today with the next Junior Women’s World Championship scheduled for July 1-7, 2013. Cape Town, South Africa, hosted the most recent tournament in December 2011, with the 2011 USA Softball Junior Women’s National Team beating Japan 4-1 for the title. The United States also won in 1987, 1995 and 2007.
“As we recently saw in South Africa, the junior women’s world championship is the premier event for our young female athletes,” ISF President Don Porter said. “The organizers in Cape Town did a first-class job and we are confident that Canada and the U.S. will do the same next year and in 2015. We need them to because this is an important competition opportunity for that age category to be able to continue to test their skills against their counterparts from around the world.”
ASA NATIONAL ID & RECRUITING PROGRAM
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 13, 2012
Softball Factory announces 2012 schedule for ASA/USA Softball National Identification Program
OKLAHOMA CITY – The Amateur Softball Association (ASA) of America/USA Softball and Softball Factory announced today the initial 2012 schedule for the launch of the ASA/USA Softball National Identification Program. Unveiled in December 2011, the National Identification Program will help identify female fast pitch players for the USA Softball Junior Women’s National Team (JWNT) Selection Committee, while also providing athletes with additional college exposure and skill development through Softball Factory.
The ASA strives to give players opportunities to participate in the USA Softball program. With the Softball Factory as an Official Scouting Partner for ASA/USA Softball, this partnership will help facilitate that mission through various identification events and college recruiting guidance for ASA participants.
The following are the first 13 Softball Factory events of the 2012 year with additional events possible. The participating divisions will be 16-Under and 14U with the primary focus of the partnership on the National Identification Program, powered by Softball Factory. Please visit www.softball-factory.com for registration and more information.
February 26- San Diego, Calif. – Palomar College
March 4 – Orange, Calif. – Santiago Canyon College
March 18- Little Rock, Ark. – Hendrix College
March 25- Rochester, N.Y. – Monroe Community College
April 15 – Boston, Mass. – Forekicks Indoor Fieldhouse
April 29 – Nashville, Tenn. – Cumberland University
May 13- Portland, Ore. – Location TBD
May 20 – Las Vegas, Nev. – Centennial High School
May 25-26 – Phoenix, Ariz. – Rose Mofford Sports Complex
June 1-3 – Oklahoma City, Okla. – Oklahoma City University (Player Development ONLY)
June 18 – Ashland, Ohio – Brookside West Park
June 21-22 – Bloomington, Ind. – Twin Lakes Park
June 26-29 – Oklahoma City, Okla. – Oklahoma City University (Player Development ONLY)
- Additional events to be announced at a later date.
Players who attend the National Identification Program must be ASA registered and will be entered into an identification pool for the USA Softball JWNT Selection Committee to review for possible selection. The USA Softball Junior Women’s National Team captured the 2011 International Softball Federation (ISF) Junior Women’s World Championship Gold Medal in December in Cape Town, South Africa, with a 4-1 victory over Japan. The bi-yearly Junior Women’s World Championship will be contested again in 2013 (location TBD).
“I absolutely loved being a part of the USA Softball Junior Women’s National Team,” said 2011 NCAA Women’s College World Series (WCWS) Most Outstanding Player Dallas Escobedo of Arizona State. “In the two years I was on the team, I traveled to Colombia and South Africa. I was able to experience amazing cities and play international softball against young women who love the game just as much as I do. I was also able to develop awesome relationships with my teammates which made the experience that much better.”
All participating players will also be considered for Softball Factory player development events and will receive guidance on the college recruiting process.
Players in the 18U division will also be provided with an opportunity to participate in Softball Factory workouts, during which the players will be evaluated based on their future college potential. In addition to improving softball skills, Softball Factory works with potential college players and their parents on both the academic and athletic aspects of the college search process.
SPY NOTE: When this program was first announced, ASA Executive Director Ron Radigonda assured SPY that players who do not participate in the Factory program can also be considered by the Selection Committee. The press release does not identify the evaluators. Also, the first 10 dates are key college competition dates which would tend to reduce the physical presence of college coaches. SPY presumes the Factory will utilize some form of standardized evaluation so that players at different sites can be compared.
Akron Racers re-sign trio of starting outfielders
AKRON, Ohio – Feb. 13, 2012 – Akron Racers’ GM Joey Arrietta announced today the re-signing of all three starting outfielders to the 2012 roster. Left-fielder Taylor Schlopy, centerfielder Lisa Modglin and right fielder Sharonda McDonald all agreed to terms this week.
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