5-1-2013 Spy Update



There is currently a Development Manager position open at BaseballSoftballUK, Please let me know if this is possible at your earliest convenience, as the deadline for application submissions is just over two weeks away on Friday, 17 May.

Also, please find attached the role description for the position. For further details about the job and the application process please visit the BSUK website:  http://www.baseballsoftballuk.com/news/view/job-vacancy-bsuk-development-manager-midlands


Bandits sign two Japanese players

ROSEMONT– Eri Yamada and Kazuki Watanabe have signed contracts to play with the Chicago Bandits, becoming just the second and third player from Japan to sign with an NPF team. Earlier this month, the Akron Racers signed Ayumi Karino, who became the first Japanese player to sign a contract to play in the NPF.“We’re beyond thrilled with the additions of Eri and Kazuki to the Bandits roster,” said Bandits GM Aaron M. Moore.  “We have been working very hard at signing these two players for several months and to have it happen now is a great thing for the Bandits and for the NPF.“We couldn’t have done this without the helping hand of Monica Abbott.  She’s been working equally as hard as our office in seeing these acquisitions go through.”

Yamada won the gold medal at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing when Japan defeated the U.S. for the first time since 2000, denying the Americans a chance for a fourth straight gold medal. Before the defeat, the U.S. had won 22 straight games.

Yamada, an outfielder, is nicknamed “The Female Ichiro” in Japan because her batting stance is similar to that of the current New York Yankee and former Seattle Mariners star center fielder.

“We were looking to find some upgrades in the outfield for 2013 and we feel like we’ve done just that with Eri Yamada,” stated Moore.  “She’s extremely respected in the Japanese Pro League and she has some experience against some of the best pitchers in the world, including Monica Abbott.”

Japan defeated the U.S. 3-1 in the sport’s last appearance in the Olympics for at least eight years — and maybe for good. She hit .344 in the tournament while belting two home runs and driving in five for Japan. In the gold medal game, she went 2-for-3, including a solo homerun off Cat Osterman.

Yamada, who currently plays for Team Hitachi, also helped Japan win the bronze medal in the 2004 Games in Athens where she hit .412 and had a team-best five RBIs.


“Having a player like Eri join our talented group in the outfield will make for some exciting games,” Moore said.  “Knowing Cat and her amazing toughness and competitive streak, the battle between her and Yamada will be very exciting and I believe the fans will truly enjoy it.”Kazuki Watanabe, who currently catches for Abbott and Team Toyota in Japan, also signed a contract with the Bandits. Watanabe helped guide Team Toyota to back-to-back Japan Softball League Championships in 2011 and 2012.

“When Shannon (Doepking) announced her retirement following the 2012 season, we knew we wanted to bring in a catcher that has experience working with Monica to compete with Kristen and Jenna,” Moore said.  “Monica spoke up and suggested Kazuki because of their work together for Team Toyota.

“The fit made sense for us and we’re thrilled to have Kazuki join us in 2013.”

Although this will be the first time the pitcher-catcher duo will play together in the NPF, Watanabe is no stranger to the United States, as Team Toyota comes over annually to play collegiate and professional teams to prepare for the Japan Softball League.

“Watanabe is not only a solid defensive player, but she’s also another left-handed bat for Coach Steuerwald to have in the lineup,” Moore added.

“This addition really will give us some depth and options this season behind the plate and should give us some versatility in different game situations.”

Watanabe is also teammates with USA Olympian and current USSSA Pride member, Natasha Watley in Japan.

Yamada and Watanabe will join the Bandits for opening day, scheduled for Wednesday, June 5 against the Akron Racers at The Ballpark at Rosemont.

Looking for other ways to connect with the Bandits? Follow us on Twitter, @NPFBandits, and visit our Facebook page at facebook.com/ChicagoBandits.



The Jennie Finch Softball Camp will be held at the home of the Bandits, The Ballpark at Rosemont, located at 27 Jennie Finch Way on Saturday, August 17 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sunday, August 18 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

“We are so excited to bring the Jennie Finch Softball Camp to Rosemont,” said Jennie Finch. “I have wanted to do this for a long time, to be able to partner with the Chicago Bandits and share the life lessons and skills we (our great team of staff) have learned on and off the field with you, the future of our game. As always I can’t wait to be back in Bandit Country working with future Bandits and NPF’ers!”

The 2-day camp will feature question and answer time for campers, coaches and parents, the Finch windmill demonstration, pitching demo by Jennie, hitting demo by professional coaches and drawings for prizes.

“We will cover all aspects of the game and share our knowledge and experience over the two day camp,” said Finch. “You don’t want to miss this weekend with The Jennie Finch Softball Camp and the opportunity to watch the worlds greatest softball, Chicago Bandits vs USSSA Pride. We hope to see you there!”

Each camper participating in the camp will receive two tickets to the Bandits game on August 17 when they host the USSSA Pride. In addition, participants will also receive lunch both days, an official camp t-shirt, swag bag filled with goodies, autographed photo of Jennie, certificate of participation and a photo taken with Jennie and her medals.

The Jennie Finch Softball Camp is open to girls third grade and up. Participants are required to bring their own equipment needed to participate. Cost of the camp is $175.00 per camper. A team discount is offered if ten or more girls register together, 10% will be taken off.

Click here to download the camp registration form. There is a $25 cancellation fee before Saturday, August 3 and no refunds after August 3.

Opening Day for the Bandits is scheduled for Wednesday, June 5 against Akron Racers at The Ballpark at Rosemont. Looking for other ways to connect with the Bandits? Follow us on Twitter, @NPFBandits, and visit our Facebook page at facebook.com/ChicagoBandits.

SPY MAY BE LATE ON THIS; DEADLINE IS May 1 but if you are interested, Spy is certain that Monti will accommodate late registration.
The Fastpitch School 2013 European Training Trip 

July 31- August 15, 2013 

the Netherlands; Prague, Czech Republic; with stops in Germany 

The Fastpitch School has organized the 2nd Annual Summer International Training and Cultural Event! This outstanding training and cultural experience is being offered to a group of 25 (15 athletes and 10 additional members), as well as accompanying coaches and staff. Join us for two weeks of:

•Training and games in Holland and Prague
•Games in Holland against Dutch professional teams
•Tournament in Prague is an official Czech Softball invitational event featuring 1st Division teams
•Athletes instructed and game managed by National Team, NPF, NCAA Division 1, and international coaches
•Sightseeing in the Netherlands, Czech Republic, and Germany (Rheinberg War Cemetery, Concentration Camp Moringen Memorial, Holocaust Memorial)

Cost: $3,499 per person includes: Round trip airfare from Newark, NJ to Amsterdam, group domestic transportation within Europe, lodging, three (3) meals a day, tournament and training fees

Itinerary subject to change

Registration and deposit in the amount of $700 per person due by May 1st

Contact us to register or for more information




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