5-6-2011 May 6 Update


OKC and ASA to host International Softball Federation Congress October 27-31
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. — The Amateur Softball Association (ASA) of America and the International Softball Federation (ISF) announced today the XXV ISF Congress will take place in Oklahoma City October 27-30 at the Oklahoma City Marriott on Northwest Expressway.

“We thank the ASA for the comprehensive and competitive bid that they put forward to host our Congress,” said ISF President Don Porter.   “They certainly have experience with staging their own national meetings as well as tournaments, so the XXV ISF Congress will certainly be in capable hands in terms of the local support.  There is a lot of business to cover during the time there, but I know the delegates will also enjoy their time in Oklahoma City.”

Oklahoma City was chosen over a bid from the Bahamas Softball Federation and the 2011 congress marks the first time the meetings will take place in the United States since Tampa in 2001.  In 2009, the congress traveled to Venezuela, in 2007 it was in Philippines, in 2005 Taiwan played host, and 2003 it took place in China.

“On behalf of the ASA and Oklahoma City, we are thrilled to be welcoming the world softball leaders to the softball capital of the United States,” said ASA/USA Softball Executive Director Ron Radigonda.  “This congress will see participants from six continents and we are ready to meet and strategize with them on the critical issues facing international softball including a plan for reinstatement into the 2020 Olympic Games.”

The ISF Board of Directors will arrive on Wednesday, October 26 with the delegates arriving from around the world on Thursday for meetings that finish on Sunday. Numerous commission meetings will take place at the beginning of the weekend including, but not limited to Playing Rules, Development, Equipment Standards, Hall of Fame, Athletes and Competition. Once the commissions are completed, the Congress will convene beginning Sunday morning.

About the ISF
Headquartered in Plant City, Florida (USA), the ISF is the world governing body of the sport as recognized by the International Olympic Committee and SportAccord (formerly the General Association of International Sports Federations).  Softball (women’s fast pitch) made its Olympic debut at the 1996 Games in Atlanta.  There are 127 affiliated countries in the ISF and millions of participants in the sport worldwide.

About ASA
The Amateur Softball Association, founded in 1933, is the National Governing Body of softball in the United States and a member of the United States Olympic Committee. The ASA has become one of the nation’s largest sports organizations and now sanctions competition in every state through a network of 76 local associations. The ASA has grown from a few hundred teams in the early days to over 210,000 teams today, representing a membership of more than three million. For more information on the ASA, visit http://www.asasoftball.com/


A formal announcement is being prepared to say that Colorado Springs, Colorado (USA) will host the III World University Softball Championship. Held in conjunction with the International University Sports Federation, the (female) fast pitch tournament will take place from August 2-11, 2012. A full press release on the event is being issued by the ISF and will be accessible in the Communications section of www.ISFsoftball.org.

The XI Central American Women’s Championship is just over a week away. From May 13-15 seven national teams will compete on the diamonds of Vista Hermosa in Guatemala City. Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, and Nicaragua will all participate, with El Salvador being the defending champion from last year’s edition, which took place in Panama. The host team next weekend will consist of 90% of the players that were on Guatemala’s bronze medal-winning team last summer in Puerto Rico at the Central American & Caribbean Games. The image below is the promotional poster for next weekend’s championship, which is a fast pitch event.

An item appeared in last week’s edition of the UPDATE, showing the mascot for the International Softball Federation IX Jr. Women’s World Championship. A name has now been chosen, following a meeting this week of the local organizing committee.

The mascot (shown) will be called Sonke, which means ‘together’ in Xhosa, which is one of the eleven South African languages. The name of the mascot fits in with the event theme of “Together As One.” A competition had been held within the softball community to name the mascot for the tournament, which will be played in Cape Town, South Africa, from December 6-17. Sixteen countries are expected to compete in the (age) 19-and-under fast pitch event.


 KNOXVILLE, Tenn. –( UT press release) On the basis of her outstanding recent efforts for the No. 3 Tennessee Lady Vol softball team, UT sophomore left fielder and USA Softball Women’s Futures National Team member Raven Chavanne has been nominated for the U.S. Olympic Committee’s April 2011 Female Athlete of the Month award.  Fans are encouraged to cast their vote for the accolade at http://twtpoll.com/brgv00 with the public tally accounting for 10 percent of the total vote, while the other 90 percent is composed of those cast via the Olympic Family.

 An invitee, alongside fellow Lady Vol sophomore outfielder Kat Dotson, to the 2011 USA Softball Women’s National Team Selection Camp next month in Chula Vista, Calif., Chavanne has wreaked havoc on opposing teams all season long from her lead-off spot in the batting order while helping guide Tennessee to a 44-7 overall record and a 20-5 league-leading mark in Southeastern Conference action.

During the month of April, the Thousand Oaks, Calif., native hit a robust .485 (32-of-66) at the plate with 19 runs scored, four doubles, a triple and went 9-for-9 on stolen bases while building a career-long 14-game hitting streak.  Chavanne posted at least two hits in each of the last six contests during April, tallying a .778 mark (10-fof-14) over that stretch, and reached base by hit or walk in seven consecutive plate appearances during the opening two match-ups of UT’s series against Arkansas.

In addition to being selected as the nominee for the USOC’s April 2011 Female Athlete of the Month award, Chavanne was recognized as the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Division I Co-National Player of the Week, the Southeastern Conference (SEC) Player of the Week for Week 12 of the season, April 25-May 1, and the Lady Vol Athlete of the Week (May 2).   Chavanne is already making her presence felt throughout the Tennessee career record books despite having not yet completed two full seasons clad in the Orange & White.  The 5-8 outfielder currently holds the top batting average in UT history at .463, well ahead of the mark put up by former Lady Vol All-American India Chiles (.417), and is the program leader in career on-base percentage at .526.  She rates sixth all-time in slugging percentage (.572), seventh in stolen bases (66) and sits just outside the top 10 in both hits (173) and runs scored (123). 

The SEC regular season title and top-seeding for the upcoming SEC Tournament is on the line this weekend in Gainesville, Fla., as No. 3 Tennessee ventures to face No. 4 Florida in a huge three-game series at Pressly Stadium.  All three contests are slated for TV coverage:  the opener will be broadcast via FOX Sports Florida/SUN Sports at 4:30 p.m. ET, Saturday’s contest is slated for live broadcast on ESPN at Noon ET and Sunday’s series finale will be shown on ESPNU at 3 p.m. ET.  Check both http://twitter.com/LadyVol_Sftball and http://twitter.com/LadyVol_Sports for the most up-to-date information on Tennessee softball.

NFCA Announces 2011-2012 NFCC Schedule
May 4, 2011

STARKVILLE, Miss. – A behind-the-scenes look at one of the nation’s most elite softball programs is just one of the highlights of the 2011-2012 National Fastpitch Coaches College schedule that was released by the Association on Thursday.

This year’s slate of NFCC courses will feature the latest evolution of the NFCC and give coaches a rare glimpse into the day-to-day operations of one of the most storied softball programs in the history of the game.  Course 406: Dynamic Team practices is designed to help coaches produce the most time-efficient, but effective practices possible and this year they will get to see first-hand how its done by one of the most accomplished and respected coaches in the game.

Michigan head coach and NFCA Hall Famer Carol Hutchins will pull away the curtain and allow participants to view how a Wolverine practice is not only planned, but executed as well.  After watching the practice, participants will have an opportunity to ask questions of Coach Hutchins and her staff on things they saw during the practice. 

Along with Hutchins, Louisville Associate Head Coach Carol Bruggeman and another NFCA Hall of Famer, Cindy Bristow, will lead participants in the classroom portion of the course, as well as discuss observations from practice.  Course 406 will be offered on Oct. 7-9 on the campus of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.

In addition to the new concept being unveiled in Ann Arbor, three NFCC classes will be offered around the annual NFCA Convention.  One course will be offered before this year’s convention in Las Vegas on Nov. 27-29, while two will follow the event on Dec. 3-5. Convention-goers who arrive early will be able to attend Course 402: Advanced Analysis of Hitting, Pitching & Short-Game Skills and those who want to stay a few days after the festivities will have their choice of attending Course 401: The Art of Championship Coaching or Course 407: Winning strategies for Game-Day Coaching.

Also returning to the schedule this year is the wildly popular, Course 408: Coaching & Game Observation which will take place from May 31-June 2 at the 2012 NCAA Women’s College World Series in Oklahoma City.  The course gives participants the opportunity to not only watch college softball’s premier event in person, but allows them the chance to ask participating coaches about their in-game decisions following the contest.

There will also be two other opportunities to attend a NFCC course next year, with offerings in Minnesota & Ohio.  On Oct. 21-23, the NFCC will bring Course 404: Solid Team Defense & Strategy to Dakota County Technical College in Rosemount, Minn., and on Nov. 4-6 it will offer Course 4-5: Explosive Team Offense & Strategy in Columbus, Ohio at Ohio Dominican University.

All seven courses will feature instruction from some of the biggest names is softball including current college coaches, NFCA Hall of Famers, master clinicians and more.  In addition, all courses, with the exception of 401, will feature a practical application aspect where discussion in the classroom will lead to on-field demonstrations and drills.

Since its founding in 2002, the NFCC has been one of the cornerstones of the NFCA’s pledge to help continually educate softball coaches of all levels.  Completion of the eight-course curriculum earns participants the title of Four-Star Master Coach and also accounts for the majority of on-line coursework towards a master’s degree in coaching from Texas Woman’s University.

For more information on any NFCC course or to register, www.nfca.org

2011-2012 National Fastpitch Coaches College Schedule

Oct. 7-9 – Ann Arbor, Mich. – University of Michigan

Course 404 – Coaching Dynamic Team Practices

Instructors: Carol Bruggeman, Carol Hutchins & Cindy Bristow

Oct. 21-23 – Rosemount, Minn. – Dakota County Technical College

Course 404 – Solid Team Defense & Strategy

Instructors: John Tschida, Patrick Murphy & Scott Whitlock

Nov. 4-6 – Columbus, Ohio – Ohio Dominican University

Course 405 – Explosive Team Offense & Strategy

Instructors: Jay Miller, Michelle Gromacki & Eugene Lenti

Nov.27-29 – Las Vegas, Nev. – Bally’s Hotel & Casino & University of Nevada-Las Vegas

Course 402 – Advanced Analysis of Hitting, Pitching & Short Game Skills

Instructors: Kirk Walker, Don Slaught, Lori Sippel & Karen Weekly

Dec. 3-5 – Las Vegas, Nev. – Bally’s Hotel & Casino

Course 401 – The Art of Championship Coaching

Instructors: Susan Craig, Gayle Blevins & Rhonda Revelle

Dec. 3-5 – Las Vegas, Nev. – Bally’s Hotel & Casino

Course 407 – Winning Strategies for Gameday Coaching

Instructors: John Tschida, Kelly Inouye-Perez, Jay Miller

May 31-June 2 – Oklahoma City, Okla. – ASA Hall of Fame Stadium

Course 408 – Women’s College World Series Coaching & Game Observation

Instructors: John Tschida, Gayle Blevins & Dianne Baker


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