JULY 14 2011 UPDATE
WORLD CUP SCHEDULE
World Cup of Softball VI and Border Battle III Schedule
All times local (CT) to Oklahoma City
Thursday, July 21
10 a.m. Czech Republic vs. Australia
12:30 p.m. Japan vs. Canada
3 p.m. Australia vs. Great Britain
7 p.m. USA vs. Czech Republic
TBD Men’s Slow Pitch Exhibition Games
Friday, July 22
10 a.m. Great Britain vs. Canada
12:30 p.m. Japan vs. Australia
3 p.m. Canada vs. Czech Republic
7 p.m. USA vs. Australia
TBD Men’s Slow Pitch Exhibition Games
Saturday, July 23
9:30 a.m. Czech Republic vs. Great Britain
Noon USA vs. Canada
3 p.m. Border Battle III (Canada vs. USA men)
8 p.m. USA vs. Japan
Sunday, July 24
10 a.m. Japan vs. Great Britain
12:30 p.m. Czech Republic vs. Japan
4 p.m. USA vs. Great Britain
6:30 p.m. Canada vs. Australia
Monday, July 25
1 p.m. Fifth Place Game (No. 5 vs. No. 6)
4 p.m. Third Place Game (No. 3 vs. No 4)
8 p.m. First Place Game (No. 1 vs. No 2)
The schedule and game times are subject to change.
VOTING FOR OLYMPIC SOFTBALL
The International Softball Federation is promoting an opinion survey distributed by ProSports on which sports the International Olympic Committee should add to the2020 program. While the data would bolster the arguments which ISF et al would raise at a meeting in Buenos Aires in 2013, the poll is not binding on the IOC.
ISF sent this statement with the Pro Sports survey:
“Please take a moment to vote for softball at http://www.sportspromedia.com/news/poll/ in a poll of which sport will, in 2013, be voted into the 2020 Olympics.”
Which sport will be added to the programme for the 2020 Olympic Games? Top of Form
- Sport Climbing
- Roller Sports
Bottom of Form
With the International Olympic Committee (IOC) recently announcing its shortlist of sports vying for inclusion in the 2020 Summer Olympics, SportsPro is asking its readers, which one of the eight contenders will be added to the programme for the 32nd Olympiad?
While baseball still remains as popular as ever in America, the IOC clearly deemed it to have less appeal on the world stage when, in 2005, it announced that baseball, like softball, would make its final appearance at the 2008 Games in Beijing. Despite making the latest shortlist, the sport is unlikely to be chosen so soon after being excluded, but will the IOC be convinced enough by the new bid to perform an uncharacteristic about-turn?
Softball’s high proportion of female participants may be its advantage over other sports in the list, mainly because the IOC is looking to increase female involvement in the Games. In fact, while the IOC noted the sport’s lack of global appeal for its exclusion from the programme, many were shocked by its decision, considering its well-publicised commitment to gender equality. Though softball has the support of Australian Olympic Committee president, John Coates, will the sport gain enough backing from other members of the board to see it reinstated on the Olympic roster?
SOFTBALL PRESIDENT LAUDS SOCHI’S FLAME PLANS
PLANT CITY, FLORIDA (USA) — Recent media reports have revealed plans by the Sochi2014 Winter Olympics organizing committee to send the Olympic Flame into space in the lead-up to the Games. International Softball Federation President Don Porter reacted to the news with compliments for this initiative.
“While it is typically our policy not to comment on Olympic host cities or bid cities, this occasion merits an exception. We had sent a softball into space back in 1989, so the plans disclosed by Sochi2014 brought back memories,” the ISF president explained. “This goes above and beyond the traditional torch relay and I’m sure the organizers will see it through. Our member softball federation in Russia has always been ambitious with their projects, such as our Eastern European Regional Training Center in their country, so it’s not entirely a surprise that the nation will have another sporting achievement to take pride in on top of hosting the Winter Games.”
Mr. Porter’s historic reference centers around space shuttle mission STS-34. Under the leadership of Don Williams, the October 18, 1989, mission included a softball that now sits on display in the ISF’s world headquarters. (Captain Williams had personally returned the softball to Mr. Porter on March 2, 1990.) Alongside the ball in the Plant City, Florida, offices are a patch containing the names of the crew members (McCulley, Baker, Lucid, and Chang-Diaz) as well as an 8×10 color photo of the crew, with signatures and “To: Don Porter, from the crew of STS-34.”
The ISF president noted that the world governing body still has its sights set on establishing the ISF Hall of Fame & Museum at its world headquarters complex, “For mementos such as these, not to mention, of course, recognizing all those that have been elected to the ISF Hall of Fame over the years. “It’s important to preserve memories, and I commend the Sochi2014 organizers for their unique plans to create new memories.”
BANDITS SIGN CATCHER
ROSEMONT, Ill. — With the 2010 Offensive Player of the Year Rachel Folden out with an injury, the Bandits were running thin at catcher with just Shannon Doepking to carry the load.
The catcher position brightened today as the Bandits signed Loyola University Chicago catcher Jenna Grim for the rest of the season. Grim will spend time at catcher and possibly see some at-bats as the designated player in some games.
A native of Beecher, Ill., Grim spent her college days with the Ramblers at the catcher position. She finished her college career ranked second on Loyola’s career home run list with 31 and tied for the team lead in 2011 with seven. Her 87 RBIs place her fifth on the school’s all-time list. Grim played youth softball for the Beecher Ladycats, Illinois Outlaws and Crete Quest before playing in high school and then at Loyola.
CORRECTION: Under Armour Roster
ESPN Rise announced an error in the list of Under Armour All Americans. Danae Hayes is committed to Auburn, not Alabama. Note that all the players selected for the games are 2011 seniors and all have committed.