6-12-2013 June 12 Spy Update



Ford Joins USA Junior Softball For Summer

Trisha Ford will help coach the USA Junior Women’s Softball team this summer.

FRESNO, Calif. – Fresno State head softball coach Trisha Ford will spend part of her summer coaching the USA Junior Women’s Softball team. She will serve as an assistant coach for the national junior team along with former Bulldog and four-time Olympian Laura Berg.

“It’s a real honor to represent our country and the Red Wave on the national stage,” said Ford of coaching the junior national team. “It is going to be a fun summer full of softball and traveling. I am excited for the opportunity, especially to be able to coach alongside former Bulldog Laura Berg.”

Cal State Northridge head coach Tairia Flowers will lead the Red, White and Blue with Ford, Berg and UNLV head coach Lisa Dodd assisting.

The national junior team is made up of 17 young student-athletes and three alternates from 10 different states, including seven from California.

The USA Junior team opens competition with exhibition games in West Virginia, June 24-26, before heading to the International Softball Federation X Jr. Women’s World Championship in Canada from July 1-7.

To follow Ford and the USA Junior Women’s Softball team, log on to usasoftball.org.


MANY EVENTS ON TAPThe ISF Junior Women’s World Championship will begin in 19 days in Brampton (ON), Canada. The championship will feature 16 teams from all five regions in the 19-under division. For all the latest information on the tournament, visit the official event website at www.jwwc2013.com.


Softball is also on the program of the 9th World Games in Cali, Colombia commencing in 43 days. Five teams, Argentina, Aruba, Colombia, Cuba, and Venezuela, will participate. The World Games features sports and disciplines who are not presently on the Olympic Games program. This is the fourth appearance for softball, who is a charter member of the International World Games Association, starting in 1981.


Also on tap for softball is the 8th World Masters Games in Torino, Italy in August. Softball is the second biggest sport behind football/soccer with over 800 participants. Between 14,000 and 15,000 participants are expected to compete in 30 sports and 160 disciplines for athletes 35 years of age and older.


WORLD SOFTBALL DAYThe worldwide softball community will again celebrate World Softball Day tomorrow, June 13. Some countries have planned tournaments with their local clubs, while others have organized educational clinics or introductory camps.


WBSC PRESENT AT SPORTACCORDThe WBSC had a large presence at SportAccord in St. Petersburg, Russia earlier this month. In addition to presenting to the IOC Executive Board, the WBSC had a booth in the exhibition hall and participated in the Demo Zone. The Demo Zone allowed convention participants to take a swing at a baseball or softball in an inflatable batting cage.



WBSC WILL ATTEND ANOC ASSEMBLYWBSC co-presidents, Riccardo Fraccari and Don Porter, will be attending the Association of National Olympic Committee’s General Assembly in Lausanne, Switzerland this weekend. Approximately 800 delegates from the 204 National Olympic Committees as well as the Presidents of the International Federations, Representatives from the Olympic Games Organizing Committees and Candidate Cities will take part in the ANOC General Assembly.


ISF PRESIDENT ATTENDS COLLEGE WORLD SERIESDon Porter was in attendance during the final games of the U.S. Women’s College Softball World Series between the University of Oklahoma and the University of Tennessee at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City, OK (USA). A press conference was held with Porter and several Olympic medalists to update the press on the progress of the WBSC 2020 Olympic campaign.


IN MEMORIAMXavier Mateu passed away last week at the age of 50 following a heart attack. Mateu was the Technical Director for the Spanish Baseball and Softball Federation and also Secretary General of the European Baseball Confederation (CEB). The ISF expressed our deepest condolences to his family and friends.



Today’s Daily Inspiration

Magic exists. Who can doubt it, when there are rainbows and wildflowers, the music of the wind and the silence of the stars? Anyone who has loved has been touched by magic. It is such a simple and such an extraordinary part of the lives we live.

— Nora Roberts


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