10-24-2014 USA Men’s National Team

USA Softball Men’s National Team arrives in Argentina for Pan American Games and World Championship Qualifier

PARANA, Argentina – The USA Softball Men’s National Team arrived in Argentina on Monday as the team looks to qualify for the 2015 Pan American Games and 2014 International Softball Federation (ISF) XIV Men’s World Championship the Amateur Softball Association (ASA)/USA Softball announced today. Team USA will compete in a series of exhibition games against local clubs before kicking off the action at the IX Conpasa Men’s Fastpitch Panam Championship October 24 – November 1 in Parana, Argentina.

 

“So far everything is going smooth,” said USA Head Coach Denny Bruckert (Gillespie, Ill.). “We had a good practice and I feel good about the team and so far we’ve liked what we’ve seen. The guys are doing everything we’ve asked them to do and came ready and in shape. We’ve got five practice games to help us get ready for the tournament and I’m looking forward to seeing these guys get to work

Team USA will begin play in the IX Conpasa Men’s Fastpitch Panam on Friday, October 24 at 2 p.m. ART (12 p.m. CT) against our neighbors to the South, Mexico. Following their opening game with Mexico , the U.S. is scheduled to play seven other round-robin games: Venezuela on October 25, Colombia on October 26, Dominican Republic and Canada on October 27, Cuba on October 28, host country Argentina on October 29 and Guatemala on October 30. The playoffs, which will be determined by performance during round-robin action, are scheduled to begin on October 31 with the finals taking place on November 1.

 

“It was a long trip but it’s good to get together as a team early,” said USA infielder Matt Palazzo (Pleasant Hill, Iowa). “Arriving here and getting in some practice games allows us to spend time together as a team and develop a high level of chemistry. As a team, we get to get in some good workouts and play at a high level against some local clubs. For us as a team, our goal is to win this qualifier and get some momentum as we head into the Pan American Games and ISF World Championship next year.”

 

Team USA is competing for berths to the 2015 Pan American Games and ISF Men’s World Championship, which are both scheduled to take place in Canada. The ISF Men’s World Championship will be held in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada June 26-July 5 while the Pan American Games will be held in Toronto, Ontario, Canada July 15-26. This will mark the first time since 2003 that Men’s Fast Pitch will compete as a Pan American sport, with Team USA claiming the silver in 2003 after falling 4-2 to Canada. In the most recent ISF Men’s World Championship, the U.S. men completed the tournament with a 4-4 record, finishing eighth out of 16 countries.

10-24-2014 International Olympic Committee

Olympic Agenda 2020 discussions culminate in 20 + 20 recommendations

The Executive Board (EB) of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) agreed today on a set of 40 recommendations that will shape the future of the Olympic Movement. The recommendations will be presented, discussed and voted upon by the full IOC Membership at the 127th IOC session in Monaco on 8 and 9 December.

The EB spent two days fine-tuning each of the proposals during meetings in Montreux. The recommendations are centred on the three themes of sustainability, credibility and youth.

Some of the key areas addressed were possible changes to the bidding process, shaping it more as an invitation and to reduce costs. More flexibility with regard to the composition of the Olympic programme was also recommended, while respecting the limitations of athletes, coaches and other support personnel. The launch of an Olympic TV channel was proposed, along with measures to strengthen the governance of the IOC and Olympic Movement.

All the recommendations will be made public in mid-November after the IOC members have had the opportunity to study them.

“We have concluded here a very constructive and fruitful meeting of the IOC Executive Board,” IOC President Thomas Bach said. “The 40 detailed recommendations are like individual pieces of a jigsaw puzzle, which when put together give us a clear picture of what the future of the Olympic Movement will look like.” 

The chairs of the 14 Working Groups established to refine the Olympic Agenda 2020 recommendations summarised their work during presentations to the Executive Board over the last two days. As well as members of the Olympic Movement, the Working Groups also consisted of experts from civil society, including the United Nations, Google/YouTube, Transparency International, the Clinton Foundation and the World Bank. The recommendations were also debated by the IOC commissions, two Olympic Summits and the 126th IOC Session in Sochi. In total, some 1,200 ideas from 270 direct contributions, including more than 40,000 submissions from members of the public, were received during the process.  

 

10-24-2014 USSSA All American Tryouts

All American Tryouts Presented by USA Elite Select

We’ve all heard the saying-play for the name on the front of your jersey, not the name on the back. USA Elite Select is offering youth fastpitch players a chance to play for the name on the front of their jersey and represent something bigger than themselves in our inaugural All American Tryouts. We have divided the country in to eight regions and will be selecting the top 15 players in each age group (9U to 14U) to represent their respective region. Players who are selected to their regional teams will then compete against the other regions in the 1st Annual All American Games July 13-16 in Orlando, FL.

USA Elite Select has partnered with the USSSA Pride, the National Pro Fastpitch (NPF), and the National Scouting Report (NSR) to bring the ultimate on and off-field experience for youth fastpitch players and parents at our All American Tryouts.

USA Elite Select will host 22 All American tryouts across the country. A uniform, professional evaluation by NSR will assess individual players in each age group from 9U to 14U and select the top 15 players from each region. NSR is the most revered high school and college recruiting organization and has conducted evaluations and showcase events for over 30 years. Players will be evaluated on their running speed, throwing speed and accuracy, fielding, hitting, pitching, and catcher’s pop-time. Selections will be made by NSR and the Pride players and then announced live via an online selection show on www.usssalive.com.

All-American tryouts begin November 16th in Tampa, Florida and conclude May 8th in Quakertown, PA. For information on each event and to register for a tryout in your area, visit our website www.usaeliteselect.com.

Region                           Tryout Location(s)

Atlantic Region              Tampa, Kissimmee, Atlanta, Stewart

Central Region               Omaha, Des Moines

Far West Region            Phoenix, Cathedral City, Manteca

Great Lakes Region       St. Louis, Sterling Hts.

Midwest Region             McKinney, Austin, Tulsa, Overland Park

Northeast Region           Salisbury, Bloomfield, Quakertown

Northwest Region                   Seattle

Southeast Region           Houston, Birmingham, Russellville

Beyond the uniform player evaluations by NSR, every All American tryout will have on-field instruction and a panel discussion titled “Building Your Legacy” from USSSA Pride players. The “Building Your Legacy” talk will feature select Pride players sharing their stories and advice on topics such as handling failure, playing with confidence, and the tools it takes to achieve a college scholarship. The USSSA Pride won their third NPF championship in 2014 and features Olympians and NCAA All-Americans such as Cat Osterman, Caitlin Lowe, Andrea Duran, Natasha Watley, Keilani Ricketts, and Madison Shipman.

Additionally, each All American tryout will feature an educational seminar for parents performed by positive role models working in the fastpitch community such as former All American and current ESPN analyst Amanda Scarborough and former NPF player and current college professor Dr. Jami Lobpries. Topics will include the role parents play in their daughter’s All American journey and advice on the journey ahead.

It is the mission of USA Elite Select to create an environment for youth fastpitch players to showcase their skills in a competitive setting while equipping all involved for long-term success on and off the field. All American tryouts are designed to promote competition and introduce players to the values of earning a position on an elite-level team and representing the name on the front of their jersey. Beyond competition, we believe in equipping players and parents for long-term success which is why we are happy to partner with organizations like the USSSA Pride and positive role models in the fastpitch community to provide educational resources and impacting impressions.

Register today and be a part of an All American experience for fastpitch. All information for All American events and tryouts as well as information on USA Elite Select Showcase events can be found at www.usaeliteselect.com.

 

 

 

 

10-24-2014 USA Junior Womens Camp

USA Junior Women’s Camp

Initial invitees announced for 2015 USA Softball Junior Women’s National Team Selection Camp

OKLAHOMA CITY – Twenty-two athletes have received invitations to try out for the 2015 USA Softball Junior Women’s (19-Under) National Team (JWNT) the Amateur Softball Association (ASA) of America and USA Softball announced today. Those athletes who accept an invitation to try out will participate in the 2015 JWNT Selection Camp, which will be held January 3-4, 2015 at Bill Barber Park in Irvine, Calif. Seventeen athletes will be selected by members of the USA Softball Women’s National Team Selection Committee (WNTSC) to represent the United States as a member of the 2015 JWNT roster that will compete at the World Cup of Softball X in Southern California and the International Softball Federation (ISF) Junior Women’s World Championship, which will be held August 9-15 in Oklahoma City, Okla..

Name / College Name/College
Taran Alvelo – Washington* Kayli Kvistad – Florida
McKenna Arriola – Oregon State Jenna Lilley – Oregon
Tera Blanco – Michigan Destinie Lookout – Oklahoma
Mari Cranek – Alabama* CJ McClain – Tennessee
Alissa Dalton – Oklahoma* Jenavee Peres – San Diego State
Nicole DeWitt – Florida Kobie Pettis – California
Astin Donovan – South Florida Arden Pettit – Stanford
Mia Fung – South Florida Lindsay Rood – California*
Johanna Grauer – UCLA Gwen Svekis – Oregon
Megan Gregg – Tennessee Allison Walljasper – LSU
Jazmyn Jackson – California Chelsea Whitcomb – Virginia Tech
*University commit: indicates University athlete will be attending*
* We will announce other JWNT Selection Camp opportunities on November 3*

Additional athletes may be invited to the USA Softball JWNT Selection Camp at a later date while additional opportunities for athletes to try out for the 2015 JWNT will be announced on November 3 via USASoftball.com. During the selection process, athletes will participate in position drills as well as simulated games and be evaluated by the WNTSC.

Once selected, the JWNT will compete in the World Cup of Softball X in Southern California and the ISF Junior Women’s World Championship in Oklahoma City, Okla. The complete 2015 schedule for the JWNT, including exhibition games, will be announced at a later date.

2015 Junior Women’s National Team International Schedule
Date Event Location
June 30 – July 5 World Cup of Softball X Southern California
August 9-15 ISF Junior Women’s World Championship Oklahoma City, Okla.

This will be the first time in World Cup of Softball history that the JWNT will participate as the team will build towards reclaiming the Gold at the ISF Junior Women’s World Championship. At the last ISF Junior Women’s World Championship in 2013, the U.S. finished runner-up after falling 4-0 to Japan in Brampton, Ontario, Canada. This marks the first time since 1995 that an ISF Junior Women’s World Championship has been held in the United States.

Led by Head Coach Tairia Flowers (Tucson, Ariz./ head coach at Cal State Northridge), the complete coaching staff for the 2015 JWNT will be announced at a later date.

For updates on the USA Softball Junior Women’s National Team and events throughout the 2015 season visit www.USASoftball.com.

 

10-17-2014 Players Invited to 2015 USA Softball Camp

USA Softball Invites 32 to 2014-15 Camp

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 16, 2014

Thirty-two initial athletes invited to 2015 USA Softball Women’s National Team Selection Camp; Coaching staff announced

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Amateur Softball Association (ASA) of America and USA Softball announced today the list of initial invitees for the 2015 USA Softball Women’s National Team Selection Camp to be held January 4-8, 2015 at Bill Barber Park in Irvine, Calif. Those athletes who accept the invitation to try out will vie for 17 spots on the 2015 USA Softball Women’s National Team (WNT) roster that will compete at the World Cup of Softball X in July, 2015 and a spot on the 15-athlete roster that will compete in the 2015 Pan American Games, which will be held July 15-26 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Additional athletes may be invited to the USA Softball WNT Selection Camp at a later date. During the five-day selection process athletes will participate in position drills as well as simulated games and be evaluated by the Women’s National Team Selection Committee (WNTSC).

Once selected, the WNT will compete in the World Cup of Softball X in Southern California and the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The complete 2015 schedule for the WNT, including exhibition games, will be announced at a later date.

2015 Women’s National Team International Schedule
Date Event Location
June 30 – July 5 World Cup of Softball X Southern California
July 15-26 Pan American Games Toronto, Ontario, Canada

In addition to the list of invitees, the full coaching staff has been selected for the WNT for competitions in 2015. With Ken Eriksen (Tampa, Fla./Head Coach at USF) at the head of the Women’s program, the Assistant Coaches will be Laura Berg (Corvallis, Ore./head coach at Oregon State), Howard Dobson (Orange, Texas/assistant coach at LSU) and Lisa Dodd (San Diego, Calif./head coach at UNLV). All three served as Assistant Coaches for the 2014 WNT that claimed the General Tire World Cup of Softball IX and the silver medal at the International Softball Federation (ISF) Women’s World Championship in Haarlem, Netherlands in 2014.

For updates on the USA Softball Women’s National Team and events throughout the 2015 season visit www.USASoftball.com.
The list includes all 17 of the players on the USA roster at the International:
Arioto, Chavanne, Chidester, Fischer, Fox, Gibson. Henderson, Hoagland, Martinez, cleney, Moore, Moultrie, Nevins, Plaza, Stewart, Trainaand Wilson.
The 15 additional players include:
Aldrete, Carda, Chamberlain, Cordes, Creger, Freeman, Goodacre, Hawkins, Hudson, Hugo, Lindvall, Romero, Takeda, Waldrop, and Wilkerson.

In an upcoming editorial, The Haarlem Trilogy, Spy discusses ther pros and cons of the team which lost twice to Japan in Haarlem, and what changes in the overall program are needed for future success, including building for 2020.