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1-6-2017 NEW ALL AMERICAN GAMES

USA Softball announces creation of USA Softball All-American Games to be held in August


OKLAHOMA CITY – USA Softball, the National Governing Body of Softball in the United States, announced today the creation of the USA Softball All-American Games, a prestigious tournament to be held at the ASA Hall of Fame Complex – OGE Energy Field – INTEGRIS Field August 18-20, 2017.  Held at the “Softball Capital of the World”™ in Oklahoma City, Okla., the USA Softball All-American Games provide national exposure to elite athletes in the 12-Under Junior Olympic (JO) fast pitch division and will highlight the top competitors from across the country.

 

“The USA Softball JO Commissioners are very excited to host an event that showcases 360 of the best 12-under players from around the country,” said USA Softball of Southern California JO Commissioner Kristi Allen. “We are excited to give these athletes the opportunity to play at the ASA Hall of Fame Complex representing USA Softball.”

 

With teams selected from the 10 USA Softball Regions, a total of 24 teams from across the U.S. will compete in the USA Softball All-American games.  Each region can select up to two teams to represent their region at the USA Softball All-American Games and each team will consist of 15 athletes and two coaches.  Athletes must be on a USA Softball registered team for the 2017 season and must be age eligible for the 12-Under JO division.  Each region is responsible for the selection process for their teams, and players must commit and be registered no later than July 1.

 

Teams competing in the USA Softball All-American Games will be invited to participate in an exposure camp to highlight their skills. The USA Softball All-American Games will also have an Opening Ceremony, free live streaming and live stats through USASoftball.com and a tournament “swag” bag, which will include their USA Softball All-American jerseys and other official USA Softball and sponsor merchandise.

 

“What a great opportunity for 12-under female athletes across the country to be identified by members of USA Softball’s local associations,” said Director of Championships Chris Sebren. “To have the opportunity to come together as individuals and compete as regional teams in this inaugural All-American Games will be such a great experience for them. These select individuals will join some of the best athletes across the world who will be competing in Oklahoma City this year as we host the NCAA Women’s College World Series (WCWS) and the World Cup of Softball. What a great way for USA Softball to finish off our fast pitch season in Oklahoma City with the inaugural All-American Games.”

 

Information on regional tryout and selection processes will be available the first week of February.  For more information on the USA Softball All-American Games, please visit www.usasoftballallamericangames.com or send an email to AllAmericanGames@usasoftball.com.

 

1-6-2017- USA WOMEN’S NATIONAL TEAM

Twenty athletes to represent the United States as a member of the 2017 USA Softball Women’s National Team

OKLAHOMA CITY — Following a four-day selection process, 20 athletes have been selected to represent the United States as a member of the 2017 USA Softball Women’s National Team (WNT), USA Softball announced today. Selected by members of the Women’s National Team Selection Committee (WNTSC), these athletes will compete at the World Cup of Softball XII this July in Oklahoma City, Okla. and at a Pan American Games/World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) World Championship Qualifier.

“It is very obvious that the future talent pool of USA Softball players is very deep,” said Head Coach Ken Eriksen (Tampa, Fla./Head Coach at South Florida).  “The high level of play and skill assessment displayed at the 2017 National Team trials, not only by the former players but also by the first time trial attendees, was fantastic.”

Click here to see the athletes selected to the 2017 USA Softball Women’s National Team

“After coming off the 2016 WBSC World Championship Gold Medal success, it is important for our program to keep moving forward,” Eriksen continued.  “The ‘prize fight’ mentality of all the players came out in the competition with the roster spots filled by those that excelled through the trials with their skill sets, their productive play at this event, their productive play through past history, and lastly by character assessment.  These factors make up a winning unit.  We will continue to assess those that were here that did not make the team.  For those who made the roster, the evidence of how close it was should be a motivating factor to continue to strive to be better physically and mentally as we race towards the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.”

Representing the U.S. this summer will be 16 returning veterans from the 2016 roster which reclaimed the Gold Medal at the WBSC Women’s World Championship in Surrey, B.C., Canada after defeating Japan 7-3 in the Gold Medal Game.  Four rookies also join the squad, with three of those rookies having previously worn the Red, White and Blue either as a member of the USA Softball Junior Women’s National Team (JWNT) or USA Softball Women’s Elite Team.

 

Led by Head Coach Ken Eriksen, a full list of National Team events, including exhibition games, will be released at a later date.

Womens National Team

2017 USA Softball Women’s National Team



Ali Aguilar
Washington – Sr.
Infield

Valerie Arioto
California – 2012
Infield

Kelly Barnhill
Florida – Soph.
Pitcher

Ally Carda
UCLA – 2015
Pitcher/Infield

Amanda Chidester
Michigan – 2012
Catcher

Kasey Cooper
Auburn – Sr.
Infield

Hannah Flippen
Utah – Sr.
Infield

Delanie Gourley
Florida – Sr.
Pitcher

Paige Halstead
UCLA – Soph.
Catcher

Jazmyn Jackson
California – Jr.
Outfield

Jenna Lilley
Oregon – Jr.
Infield

Haylie McCleney
Alabama – 2016
Outfield

Jessica Moore
Oregon – 2013
Pitcher

Michelle Moultrie
Florida – 2012
Outfield

Aubree Munro
Florida – 2016
Catcher

Danielle O’Toole
Arizona – Sr.
Pitcher

Delaney Spaulding
UCLA – Sr.
Infield

Kelsey Stewart
Florida – 2016
IF/OF

Janie Takeda
Oregon – 2015
Outfield

Morgan Zerkle
Marshall – Sr.
Outfield

 Date Event Location Tickets  Media
June, 2017 Training Camp Oklahoma City, Okla. N/A Click here for a credential request
July 4-9 World Cup of Softball XII Oklahoma City, Okla. N/A Click here for a credential request

*Additional events may be added. Schedule is subject to change*

Follow along all summer with all of the USA Softball National Teams at USASoftball.com.

 

1-6-2017 Junior Women’s National Team

JUNIOR WOMEN’S NATIONAL TEAM

Twenty-four athletes selected to training team for 2017 USA Softball Junior Women’s National Team

 

CLEARWATER, Fla. — Following a two-day selection process, 24 athletes have been selected to continue their training for a spot on the 2017 USA Softball Junior Women’s National Team (JWNT), USA Softball announced today. Selected by members of the Women’s National Team Selection Committee (WNTSC), these athletes will compete in a training camp and exhibition games in Oklahoma City and at the World Cup of Softball XII.  Following the conclusion of the World Cup of Softball XII, the final 17-player roster for the 2017 USA Softball JWNT will be determined.  That roster will be competing at the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Junior Women’s World Championship, which will be held July 24-30 in Clearwater, Fla.

“I’m looking forward to seeing this team and how they develop,” said Head Coach Laura Berg (Corvallis, Ore./Head Coach at Oregon State).  “It’s going to be a fun and long process, but I am expecting great things to come out of this group.  We’re here to defend a Gold Medal, and anything less than that is not good enough.”

Click here to see the athletes selected to the 2017 USA Softball Junior Women’s National Team

In all, ten athletes will be competing with their NCAA Division I universities while 14 athletes will still be a part of their respective high schools prior to the 2017 season.  Of those selected to the training team are five athletes who participated at the USA Softball Junior Women’s Open Tryout held on December 30.

Led by Head Coach Laura Berg (Corvallis, Ore./Head Coach at Oregon State), Assistant Coaches for the 2017 USA Softball JWNT are Trisha Ford (Fremont, Calif./Head Coach at Arizona State), Kristie Fox (San Diego, Calif./Head Coach at UT- Arlington), and John Rittman (Valencia, Calif./Associate Head Coach at Kansas).

2017 USA Softball Junior Women’s National Training Team

 

Hannah Adams
Roopville, Ga.
Infield
Alexis Allan

Hesperia, Calif.

Infield/Outfield

Holly Azevedo
San Jose, Calif.
Pitcher/Infield
Nicole Bates
Ceres, Calif.
Infield
Elissa Brown
Eclectic, Ala.
Outfield
Julia Cottrill
Stillwater, Okla.
Catcher
Alissa Dalton
Okmulgee, Okla.
Infield
Gabi Deters
Bowling Green, Mo.
Catcher
Amanda Doyle
Canyon Country, Calif.
Infield
Jessica Harper
Valencia, Calif.
Infield
Mary Iakopo
Carson, Calif.
Catcher
Giselle Juarez
Glendale, Ariz.
Pitcher
Bethaney Keen
Brandenton, Fla.
Infield
Alexis Kilfoyl
Land O’Lakes, Fla.
Pitcher
Baylee Klingler
Alvin, Texas
Infield
Natalie Lugo
West Covina, Calif.
Pitcher
Dejah Mulipola
Garden Grove, Calif.
Catcher
Maddy Nickles
Merced, Calif.
Infield/Pitcher
Briana Perez
Martinez, Calif.
Infield/Outfield
Alyssa Rivera
Eagle Lake, Fla.
Infield/Outfield
Kathryn Sandercock
McLean, Va.
Pitcher
Sydney Sherrill
Moore, Okla.
Infield
Taylon Snow
Chino Hills, Calif.
Infield
Kaylee Tow
Madisonville, Ky.
Outfield

 

 

 

 Date Event Location Tickets   Media
June 2017 Training Camp Oklahoma City, Okla. N/A Click here for a credential request
July 4-9, 2017 World Cup of Softball XII Oklahoma City, Okla. N/A Click here for a credential request
July 24-30, 2017 WBSC World Championship Clearwater, Fla. TBD Click here for a credential request

*Additional events may be added. Schedule is subject to change*

 

 

The 2017 USA Softball JWNT will look to defend the Gold after a record-breaking performance at the 2015 WBSC Junior Women’s World Championship in Oklahoma City, Okla.  In Oklahoma City, the JWNT went undefeated, finishing the tournament as the leaders in batting average (.425 team batting average) and runs scored (119) while limiting opponents to just six runs in a 10-0 performance.

 

For more information on the USA Softball JWNT, visit USASoftball.com.

 

12-8-2016 USA Men’s National Team Invitees

2017 Men’s National Team

Name/Hometown Name/Hometown
Mark Aranda (Las Cruces, N.M.)

Tyler Bouley (Champlin, Minn.)
Freddy Carmona (San Antonio, Texas) Kevin Castillo (Long Beach, Calif.)
Dan Cevette (Elmira, N.Y.) Jenner Christiansen (Hayward, Calif.)
Nate Devine (Sonora, Calif.) Tyler Dudley (Battle Creek, Mich.)
Jon Gwizdala (Bay City, Mich.) Chris Heinline (Columbia, Mo.)
Mike Hoadley (Worcester, Mass.) BJ Hunhoff (Harrisburg, S.D.)
Josh Johnson (El Paso, Texas) Bryce Kay (Jefferson, Mo.)
Trevor Kelly (Marshall, Mich.) Derek Martin (Stevens, Pa.)
Michael Lewis (Amboy, Minn.) Jonathan Lynch (Cape Girardeau, Mo.)
Tony Mancha (Las Cruces, N.M.) Jeremy Manley (Fielding, New Zealand)
Nick Mullins (Toms River, N.J.) Travis Nevin (Indian Brook, Nova Scotia)
Jeff Nowaczyk (Midland, Mich.) Eric Ochoa (Mexicali, Mexico)
Matt Palazzo (Pleasant Hill, Iowa) Matt Ratliff (American Fork, Utah)
Gilbert Saenz (Denver, Colo.) Pat Sagdal (Richland, Wash.)
Cameron Schiller (Prescott, Ariz.) Marcus Tan (Union City, Calif.)
Matt Thornton (Thornton, Colo.) Chase Turner (San Jose, Calif.)
Duane Weiler (Bedford, Pa.) Derrick Zechman (Watsontown, Pa.)

2017 Events

Dates  Event  Location Media 
January 20-22, 2017 Selection Camp San Diego, Calif. Credential request
July 7-16, 2017 WBSC Men’s World Championship Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada Credential request

12-8-2016 Yokohama Stadium Approved for 2020

WBSC WELCOMES IOC APPROVAL OF YOKOHAMA STADIUM FOR OLYMPIC BASEBALL, SOFTBALL AT TOKYO 2020 GAMES 

 

LAUSANNE, Switzerland — The World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) today welcomed the decision of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to approve the Tokyo 2020 venue proposal, which confirmed the 30,000-seat Yokohama Stadium as the main venue for baseball and softball events at the Olympic Games in 2020.

Approximately 40 km/25 miles south of Tokyo and located in the city centre, Yokohama Stadium is the home of Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB) club Yokohama DeNA BayStars.

In July, WBSC officials conducted inspections of Yokohama Stadium as a potential Olympic venue.

“WBSC is delighted with the decision of the International Olympic Committee Executive Board to confirm Yokohama Stadium as a main venue,” said WBSC President Riccardo Fraccari. “Yokohama Stadium with its downtown skyline will provide a spectacular backdrop for Olympic baseball and softball — this is an exciting day that takes baseball and softball one step further on the historic road to Tokyo 2020.”

The ballpark in the city of 3.7 million features a “natural grass” look, but the entire field is fitted with a next generation artificial turf, with dirt cut-outs around the bases, pitcher’s mound and home plate circle.

Collaborations will continue between WBSC and Tokyo 2020 on the tournament format and the venue plan in the Tokyo Metropolitan area and how a game(s) in Fukushima could potentially be realised. Potential final proposals to the IOC are expected in 2017. The venue process for baseball and softball events has been generating a media buzz in Japan and internationally.

WBSC is also working to confirm the Olympic baseball and softball qualification method in early 2017.