FEBRUARY 4 2011 UPDATE
The 2011 softball season shifts into a higher gear next weekend with a slate of D1 college tournaments, throughout the Sun Belt states.
10-12 col Paradise Classic, Hawaii
10-13 col Kajikawa Classic, Tempe AZ
10-13 col Texas Classic, Austin
11-12 col Hampton Inn tournament, Bues Creek NC
11-13 col Sportco Kickoff Classic, Las Vegas
11-13 col All Alabama Classic, Vestavia Hills AL
11-13 col Louisiana Classic, Lafayette LA
11-13 col USF DeMarini tournament, Tampa
11-13 col Red and Black Showcase, Athens GA
11-13 col Tiger Classic, Baton Rouge LA
11-13 col Palmetto State Showdown, Columbia SC
11-13 col Stacy Winsberg Memorial Tournament, UCLA
11-13 col FIU Combat Classic, Miami FL
11-13 col Getterman Classic, Waco TX
11-13 col Hilton Plaza Invitational, Houston
11-13 col Stetson Leadoff Classic, Deland FL
11-13 col Gaucho Classic, Santa Barbara
11-13 col Florida State Invitational, Tallahassee
11-13 col Jacksonville tournament, FL
11-13 col Iowa State invitational, Ames
12-13 col New Mexico State tournament, Las Cruces
12-13 col LBSU round robin, Long Beach CA
12-13 tvl Surf City Valentine Tournament, Huntington Beach
12-13 col Georgia State First Pitch Classic, Panthersville
12-13 col HNCU Challenge, Conyers GA
12-13 tvl Worth Cup, Hemet and Winchester CA
SOFTBALL AT THE SOTU
The Congressional women’s softball team (Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, Chellie Pingree, Shelley Moore-Capito, Jean Schmidt, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen) were all wearing pink at the State of the Union speech by President Obama. The team played in pink uniforms last June at the game between the Congressional women and a team of journalists who cover Congress.
YOU HAVEN’T SEEN WINTER LIKE THIS
The Junior Women’s National Team blog launched today on USASoftball.com. Leading up to the International Softball Federation IX Jr. Women’s World Championship (19-and-under), December 6-17, 2011, in Cape Town, South Africa, JWNT members Cheyenne Cordes, an outfielder from Fairfield, Calif., and Chelsea Goodacre, a catcher from Temecula, Calif., will be blogging for us so fans can have a peak into the world of a USA Softball player. Blogs will be posted every other week so read Cheyenne’s from this week then look for Chelsea’s first blog the week of Feb. 14.
GIVE A GLOVE – WITH LOVE
|When Chicago Bandits outfielder, Emily Friedman founded the Give-a-Glove program to provide softball and baseball equipment to underprivileged, youth players around the world, little did she know what an impact she would have right here in the Chicagoland area.
Michaela Mooney, a softball player for the Libertyville Wildcats 14U travel team, is doing her part to spread the word and help Friedman reach her goal of collecting 3,100 new and used gloves. Friedman chose the number 3,100 as her goal because she wears number 31 on the field.
In addition to playing softball, Michaela keeps herself busy as a Peer Helper, member of Student Council, the National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) and a volunteer at the Save-A-Pet animal shelter in Grayslake, Ill.
Interacting with the players of the National Pro Fastpitch (NPF), and watching how sincere they are with their fans, as well as their communities, is what inspired Michaela to get involved.
“The ability to interact with the players, seeing their appreciation for their fans and the sport of softball is what is so great about the NPF,” says Mooney. “Meeting Emily and hearing about how committed she is to the Give-a-Glove program and spreading the joy of softball was very inspiring.”
To spread the word about her efforts to collect new and used gloves, Michaela took to the streets of downtown Libertyville. Creating flyers for the storefront windows was the first step towards reaching the community. As a member of a Libertyville Girls Softball Association team, she was able to get the Association to forward an email about the Give-a-Glove program to about 500 families who are actively involved in the sport of softball. The Libertyville Little League also did their part in helping to spread the word to their players as well.
The positive response from the community came with an added bonus for Mooney.
“People were very happy that the old gloves they had laying around could be put to good use, and a side benefit was being able to tell everyone about the Chicago Bandits,” said Mooney. “The Bandits are such an important part of my life so I’m always looking to bring people to games. I think I was able to get a few more people aware of and interested in the Bandits, especially now that they are closer with the new stadium in Rosemont, Ill.”
At this point in time, Michaela has collected approximately 30 gloves, and hopes to collect more this upcoming spring and summer.
For more information about how you can support the Give-a-Glove program, visit the Gloveworks Facebook page. There you will also find photos of Friedman’s trip to Honduras, where she distributed the first collection of gloves and balls to a Peace Corps youth baseball program.
SOFTBALL ACTS TO STAY IN ASIAN GAMES
Softball took the latest action required to maintain its presence in the Asian Games, a quadrennial multisport event that it has been a part of since 1990. ISF Secretary General Ms. Low Beng Choo, in her role as president of the Softball Confederation of Asia, made a presentation to the Olympic Council of Asia Executive Board on Monday morning in Kazakhstan. In talking about the next edition of the event (2014 in Korea), Ms. Low said that softball represented the hopes and aspirations of female players and including the sport would lead to gender equality.
It was reported that OCA President Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah was “very sympathetic to the presentation and recommended that softball be included in the 2014 Asian Games alongside baseball.” He also proposed that officials from softball and baseball should meet at OCA headquarters in Kuwait to produce a formal agreement in that the two sports would be treated as one in all future Games in Asia, while retaining their autonomy as governing bodies.
NEW DOMINICAN SOFTBALL ERA
ISF President Don Porter joined this past weekend with Pan American Softball Confederation President Jesús Suniaga and Dominican Republic Minister of Sports Felipe Payano in recognizing the installation of the new Board of the Dominican Republic Softball Federation including incoming President Victor Almanzar, and honoring outgoing President Luis Mejia on his retirement of 28 years, before a crowd of over 300. The ISF president gave special recognition to Mr. Mejia for the outstanding leadership and direction he had provided for softball, not only in the Dominican Republic but “throughout the Americas and the world.” Mejia will continue in his position as president of the Dominican Republic National Olympic Committee.
TOURNAMENT IN THAILAND THIS WEEK
From tomorrow to Sunday a tournament will take place at Burapa University in Chonburi, Thailand. The event is the 4 th Bangsean Softball Championship and is supported by the Amateur Softball Association of Thailand. The fast pitch tournament will have two categories, overall men/women and university students (under 28 years old). There are three female teams in both categories and six men’s university teams and three men’s overall teams.
ESF CONGRESS ON TAP
The day after the above tournament starts, the European Softball Federation’s 36 th Congress will begin. Taking place this year in Antwerp, Belgium, the three days of meetings will be attended by ISF President Don Porter. In addition to the Congress sessions, meetings of committees such as the marketing, development, and technical & competitions will take place, plus an election will be held for ESF secretary general. Get more on the ESF at www.europeansoftball.org.