JULY 12 2010 UPDATE
52 GOLD TEAMS NOW QUALIFIED
SPY cannot reproduce the list which ASA published in Adobe. Log on to www.softball.org and click on Gold tournaments. The complete list is also in www.spysoftball.org which you can link through this page.
THE CAT OSTERMAN EXPERIENCE
It has been said by an anonymous author, “Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.”
If you believe this is true, then when was the last time you did something that took your breath away? When was the last time you participated in something that had a positive impact on you and provided you with an experience that you could turn to and reflect on throughout your life?
Well that’s just the kind of experience that Olympic Gold Medalist and U.S.A. Softball Collegiate Player of the Year, Cat Osterman wants to provide for teams who participate in girls fastpitch softball when the “Cat Osterman Experience” opens in the summer of 2010.
The Cat Osterman Experience will take place on a beautiful 40-acre site in Bellevue, Nebraska (the third largest city in Nebraska located just minutes south of Omaha). The multi-million dollar facility was designed to provide the ultimate softball experience to girls, their fastpitch softball teammates and their families.
The idea for the Cat Osterman Experience was hatched from Osterman’s desire to re-create what she felt and experienced while walking with Team USA at the Beijing opening ceremonies, interacting with other athletes while staying in the Olympic athletes village, the numerous times she walked ontothe carefully groomed softball field at the University of Texas, when she stepped into the pitcher’s circle at the 2004 and 2008 Olympics, and when she was selected number one in the 2006 National Pro Fastpitch draft.
All of these experiences have culminated to create a lifelong love of softball and the ideals that are associated with team sports that she can never abandon. The players and coaches will actually stay onsite where they will eat, sleep, and participate in team building experiences while taking part in skills challenges and a week-long tournament against teams from the U.S. and Canada. The tournaments are divided into 12-, 14- and 16-year-old and under divisions.
The Cat Osterman Experience includes a state-of-the-art complex consisting of world-class softball fields aptly named the “Hall of Fame Fields” that are meticulously groomed and designed specifically for girl’s fastpitch softball. The fields also include covered spectator seating, mist-cooled dugouts, individual team bullpens, bricked batter boxes and pitcher’s circles, as well as Diamond-Pro infield mix.
The “Hall of Fame Fields,” will also be home to a 4,000 square foot tournament headquarters building, affectionately referred to as “The Barn.” Inside the Barn, you’ll find a Pro-Shop, General Store, concessions area, an umpire’s lounge, arcade, and an attached covered patio that provides a shaded dining area. Within the Cat Osterman Experience, is the exclusive “Champion’s Village” also referred to as the athlete’s only area.
The Champion’s Village includes the elite All-Star dining pavilion, the air-conditioned Team Clubhouses that will accommodate each individual team, a Player’s Grill that’s open until 10 o’clock every night (just in case you have a late night game or get the munchies), an arcade, a giant outdoor movie screen and a commons area.
Part of the Cat Osterman Experience, and arguably the ultimate highlight of the week, includes an induction ceremony where each player and coach will be individually inducted into the U.S. Girls Softball Hall of Fame. Regardless of outcome, each participant is recognized and honored for their achievements, and will receive the coveted U.S. Girls Softball Hall of Fame Ring and Bracelet.
Other highlights and memorable experiences will consist of: each team having the opportunity to participate in activities that will include Cat Osterman and/or one of her Olympic teammates where the softball greats of today meet and inspire the softball greats of tomorrow; participate in skills challenges (fleet foot, homerun derby, around the horn, etc.); opening and closing ceremonies; and “family nights” at the Cat Osterman Experience.
This is another aspect of the Cat Osterman Experience that makes it very unique it has been designed to be a “family experience,” or an event the whole family can enjoy. When Cat elected to play her collegiate softball at the University of Texas, one of the reasons she chose that university is because it was close enough for her family to come and watch her play.
Family has always been a big part of Cat’s life and success, and she believes the same holds true for a lot of athletes especially younger ones.
That’s why, as the complex was being designed and created, there were activities and features that were implemented for the enjoyment of both the family and the athlete. Some of these elements include: a three-story water slide; video arcade; basketball and sand volleyball courts; tours of the U.S. Air Force base; web broadcasts; waffle ball fields; a pro-shop where you will be able to find your favorite memorabilia and paraphernalia; and amenities too numerous to try and mention them all.
Additionally, each evening at the village will include a family activity ranging from: opening and closing ceremonies; Hall of Fame induction ceremony: a live comedy show; outdoor movies displayed on a giant screen; live bands; family barbecues; and a host of other events.
One of the many reasons Bellevue, NE was carefully selected as the host city for the Cat Osterman Experience is because of its relatively central location within the U.S., and there are numerous local attractions for the family. Some of these local attractions consist of the: Omaha Fun-Plex and Water Park, Henry Doorly Zoo and the Sky Safari (nationally acclaimed); Omaha Children’s Museum; Omaha Magic Theater; AK.SAR.BEN Aquarium & Nature Center.
And, for the adults who are looking for a little fun and excitement of their own the complex is located 15 minutes from Council Bluff, IA where you can enjoy some “down time” at one of the local casinos.
BANDITS WILL PLAY RACERS AT CAT OSTERMAN EXPERIENCE
Hey softball fans, although the next Bandits’ home game isn’t until August, follow the team down to Bellevue, NE from July 20-July 22 when they take on the Akron Racers at the Cat Osterman Experience.
Starting Tuesday, July 20 the Bandits will play a three game series with the Racers on the Hall of Fame Fields at Cat Osterman’s beautiful 40-acre softball site designed to provide the ultimate experience for softball athletes.
The state-of-the-art complex offers world-class softball fields with covered spectator seating, mist-cooled dugouts, individual team bullpens, and bricked batter boxes. Also located at the venue is an All-Star dining pavilion, Pro-Shop, and Player’s Grill.
Kickoff for the first game will be at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, July 20 followed by a start time of 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 21 and 7 p.m. on Thursday, July 22.
Ticket prices start as low as $8 for an outfield seat and go all the way up to $13 for a premium seat.
Other activities during the weekend in Nebraska include two chances to attend a Bandits camp prior to the July 20 and 22 games. The camp includes six hours of training with the Bandits’ players, lunch, a t shirt and a meet and greet autograph session with the players.
For ticketing and more information on how you can participate in this fun weekend please visit http://www.hoffields.com
Two and Three Battle as Akron Hosts USSSA Pride
Racers Look to Regain Footing in Five-Game Stint against Pride
AKRON, Ohio (July 13, 2010) – The Akron Racers looks to return to their winning ways this week as they host the USSSA Pride rolls in a five-game National Pro Fastpitch series, Wednesday, July 14 through Sunday, July 18 at Firestone Stadium.
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Akron enters the series with a 12-9 record and currently sits in third place within the NPF standings following a tough road trip at Chicago. After winning a 5-3 nine inning decision against the Chicago Bandits in the series opener last week, the Racers dropped three straight to the first place Bandits to slide into third place. Jennie Finch helped her team to 2-0 victory in game two, tossing a perfect game before the Bandits turned up the throttle and broke out the big sticks, defeating Akron 8-0 and 10-0 in games three and four. The Bandits captured the series victory effectively ending Akron’s four series win streak.
Despite suffering her first loss of the season, Lisa Norris (8-1) still leads the NPF with eight wins in addition to ranking second with strikeouts (62) and third in the ERA (1.57) category. Akron’s pitching staff ranks second in the league behind the USSSA Pride with 2.78 team ERA. The staff has surrendered 72 runs on 126 hits—second fewest in the NPF while limiting opposing batters to a .312 batting average.
At the dish, Akron batters boast a .234 batting average led by rookie Micaela Minner and her .319 clip. The Racers have clubbed 135 hits and driven in 65 runs with Samantha Ricketts leading the squad with 13 RBI. Lisa Modglin has stolen a team-high nine bases for the Racers who lead the league with 34 steals in 42 attempts on the year.
The USSSA Pride (13-9) dropped into second place in the NPF standings following a trio of setbacks against the Tennessee Diamonds in Nashville last week. The Diamonds squeaked past the Pride, 2-1 in nine innings on two separate occasions (games one and four) in addition to winning 3-2 in game three. The Pride picked up convincing wins with 15-1 and 7-0 victories in games two and five to avoid the series sweep.
Even though the Pride dropped three games last week, their numbers do not indicate weakness. The team enters the series with the second-highest batting average in the league (.244) and the lowest ERA (2.53), boasting numerous offensive threats. Caitlin Lowe leads the team with a .387 clip but Kelly Kretschman is the team’s hit leader with 17 knocks, including three doubles so far on the year. In the circle, Sarah Pauly (6-2) has had Akron’s number of late, and enters with a 1.78 ERA while limiting opponents to a .228 batting average.
For more information or tickets, please visit www.akronracers.org. To follow the series from home, you can catch the action live on MLB.com with a $19.95 season-long subscription or view live stats via www.pointstreak.com.
USSSA to Host 2010 USSSA Elite World Series and USSSA Gold Medal Games
Kissimmee, Fla. – The USSSA is excited to announce the kick-off of the 2010 USSSA Elite World Series as well as the opening of the Inaugural USSSA Gold Medal Games.
From July 12 through the fourteenth, The USSSA will be hosting 96 baseball teams for the tournament, broken down into three age categories, 10U, 12U, and 14U. With nearly 2000 athletes expected to compete over the three days at ESPN’s Wide World of Sports and Osceola Heritage Park, the impact on the local economy is sure to be great.
As part of the Elite World Series, the USSSA will be hosting an event dubbed Slugfest at which teams involved in the World Series and USSSA Gold Medal Games will be able to test some of the newest bats and equipment from top participating manufacturers. Manufacturers involved in the 2010 Slugfest include Easton, Worth, Wilson, DeMarini, TPS, TPX, Combat, Miken, Boombah, and Mizuno.
The Elite World Series will continue throughout the summer with the 9U, 11U, and 13U age categories competing the first week of August.
Featuring teams from across the globe, the USSSA Gold Medal Games will see eight international teams participating alongside two USSSA All-American teams. Nine unique countries will be represented including the Bahamas, Canada, France, Italy, Latin America, Mexico, Peru, Puerto Rico, and the United States.
The event is scheduled to run from July 11-17, 2010 with the official opening ceremonies scheduled for Wed., July 14. The ceremonies, performed at the Silver Spurs Arena will feature a dinner as well as a post-ceremony fireworks display to be held at the adjacent stadium.
Held at the Osceola County Sports Complex, the tournament pits the teams against each other to compete for the USSSA International Championship. With 10 teams participating, 200 athletes plus team coaches and families will be patronizing local hotels and restaurants for the nine days they are in town, also stimulating the Central Florida economy, Osceola County in particular.
For more information on any of these events, please visit www.USSSA.com or contact our offices at 321-443-3634.
USSSA is headquartered in Osceola County, Fla. Offering over 13 primary sports programs, including baseball, slow pitch and fastpitch softball and basketball, USSSA has over 3.7 million participants nationwide and is recognized as the nation’s largest multi-sport athletic association.
MLB Pitch, Hit and Run Finalists to compete in Anaheim today; Finch and Watley to attend
ANAHEIM, Calif. — Major League Baseball Properties and Aquafina today announced the 2010 Aquafina Major League Baseball Pitch, Hit & Run, the “Official Youth Skills Competition of Major League Baseball,” will welcome Olympic and World Champion USA Softball players Jennie Finch and Natasha Watley to attend the program’s National Finals, which will take place on July 12 at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, Calif. as part of 2010 All-Star Week events. After conducting over 4,000 nationwide competitions – including the first-ever nationwide Girls Softball Division – the youth skills program reached more than 600,000 boys and girls between the ages of seven and 14, providing an integrated competition that recognizes individual excellence in core baseball and softball skills. Aquafina, the “Official Bottled Water of Major League Baseball,” is in its third year sponsoring the grassroots program following its sister brand, Pepsi, the “Official Soft Drink of Major League Baseball,” which was the title sponsor between 2002 and 2007.
Finch (La Mirada, Calif.) and Watley (Irvine, Calif.) will attend the Pitch, Hit & Run (PHR) National Finals and will later recognize the champions during an on-field ceremony during the 2010 State Farm Home Run Derby on July 12. The top nationwide competitors (names listed below) from each age group (7-8, 9-10, 11-12 and 13-14) have advanced to the PHR National Finals. The PHR program invited youth to demonstrate their pitching, hitting and running abilities and all 30 MLB Clubs hosted competitions at their ballparks earlier this season. The addition of the Girls Softball Division gave young girls the opportunity to be awarded and advance separately through all four levels of competition.
“Major League Baseball is committed to providing a positive environment for our youth, giving kids the chance to learn and grow both on the field and off,” said John Brody, Senior Vice President, Corporate Sales and Marketing, Major League Baseball. “Through the generous support of Aquafina, the Pitch, Hit & Run program reached over half a million young people across America. We are proud to have these boys and girls participate in a unique event that gives them the chance to travel to the All-Star Game, put their skills on display and meet other players from different parts of the country.”
“Aquafina is proud to join with Major League Baseball to support a program that encourages kids to strive for excellence through sports,” said Jeff Dubiel, vice president of sports marketing for Pepsi-Cola North America Beverages. “Having Jennie Finch and Natasha Watley involved in recognizing the kids who excelled in the program is a home run. I can think of no better way to inspire and reward the 600,000 kids who participated in Pitch, Hit & Run this year than with personal recognition during All Star week by two of the sport’s most accomplished athletes.”
This is the 14th year MLB has run a youth skills program. Information regarding dates, times and locations of local competitions as well as entry forms and other materials for the 2010 Aquafina Major League Baseball Pitch, Hit & Run initiative are available online at www.MLB.com/PHR.
2010 National Finalists
|7-8 Year Old Girls Age Division|
|Madison Walker||Lynchburg, VA||Washington Nationals|
|Kassidy Millar||Marysville, WA||Seattle Mariners|
|Erin Porter||Rock Falls, IL||Chicago White Sox|
|7-8 Year Old Boys Age Division|
|Brayden Tava||St. Clair Shores, MI||Detroit Tigers|
|Riggs Newell||Tallahassee, FL||Tampa Bay Rays|
|Cory Taylor||Morgan Hill, CA||Oakland Athletics|
|9-10 Year Old Girls Age Division|
|Alexis Peri||Satellite Beach, FL||Tampa Bay Rays|
|Jessica Lynch||Queen Creek, AZ||Arizona Diamondbacks|
|Libby Darden||Smithfield, VA||Washington Nationals|
|9-10 Year Old Boys Age Division|
|Nicholas Biddison||Glen Allen, VA||Washington Nationals|
|Charles Mack||North Tonawanda, NY||New York Mets|
|Storm Ricciotti||Windsor, Ontario||Toronto Blue Jays|
|11-12 Year Old Girls Age Division|
|Hannah Thornhill||Heuvelton, NY||New York Yankees|
|McKenzie Winkler||Moody, TX||Houston Astros|
|MacKenze Gudde||Sedalia, MO||Kansas City Royals|
|11-12 Year Old Boys Age Division|
|Jake Taylor||St. Petersburg, FL||Tampa Bay Rays|
|Jonathan Hanson||Torrance, CA||Los Angeles Angels|
|Alex Hoss||Stafford Springs, CT||New York Mets|
|13-14 Year Old Girls Age Division|
|Kristi Miceli||Port Monmouth, NJ||New York Mets|
|Kayla Douglas||Santa Rosa, CA||San Francisco Giants|
|Madison Collins||Granada Hills, CA||Los Angeles Angels|
|13-14 Year Old Boys Age Division|
|Michael DeCosta||Warren, RI||Boston Red Sox|
|Caleb Potter||Mentor, OH||Cleveland Indians|
|Tyler Stephens||New Berlin, WI||Milwaukee Brewers|