Category Archives: 16U

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.

 

9-9-2016 NFCA Announces Assistant Coach Honors

2016 NFCA Assistant Coach of The Year recipients announced

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Roger Willhite (DI / Houston Baptist), Pat Kent (DII / Wayne State University), Alicia O’Brien (DIII / Central College), Scottie Wilkes (NAIA / Auburn Montgomery, Brett Magorian (Cal JC/Sierra College) and Errica Cantu (High School / Deer Park [Texas]) are the 2016 recipients of the National Fastpitch Coaches Association’s Assistant Coach of the Year award.

These awards salute the efforts of coaches from the various NFCA membership categories for their tireless dedication to the sport of softball and to the continued education, growth and development of young women, both on and off the playing field. All five of this year’s class of recipients played a pivotal role in their team’s success during the 2015-16 softball season.

NCAA Division I: Roger Willhite, Houston Baptist

Willhite, who built the softball field and everything around it, including a six-foot, three-sided Husky sculpture, will be entering his 24th year as an assistant coach at Houston Baptist, all by the side of head coach Mary-Ellen Hall. Six days before the start of the 2015-16 school year, Hall suffered a stroke leaving her paralyzed on the right side and in the hospital for 31 days. With no other assistants on staff, Willhite managed the program the entire fall and kept it going in the right direction, while still making time to visit Evans twice a day to keep her up to speed. Evans returned to school in the spring, but Willhite continued to work tirelessly taking on all the physical parts of coaching and recruiting, which included running all aspects of pregame warm up, batting practice, infield and outfield fungos. He also provided Evans with a ride to and from the office every day and made sure she was at every game in the spring.

In the words of Central Arkansas head coach David Kuhn- “I know the accomplishments for HBU Softball didn’t come in a championship. But to see, the loyalty, love, work ethic and compassion that Roger has for his university, softball team, his friend and head coach, was the best accomplishment I’ve witnessed.”

NCAA Division II: Pat Kent, Wayne State University

Kent has been associated with the Wayne State softball program since 1980, first as a player, then as a graduate assistant and for the last 31 years, assistant coach. The program’s first First-Team All-American (1983) has been a key cog over the past 33 years as the Warriors have won 1,209 games, including 50 in 2016. In addition to her role as the program’s defensive coach, Kent serves as academic advisor, creates practice plans and assists in all other aspects of the program, including scheduling, recruiting fund raising and budget preparation. She, along with NFCA Hall of Fame head coach Gary Bryce, is the driving force behind the fund raising efforts of the program and Wayne State’s pitching clinic, one of the most successful camps in Southeast Michigan. Kent has worked tirelessly for the program and all the while holds a full time job as a physical education teacher in the Clarkston (Mich.) Public Schools system.

In the words of Bryce- “I cannot express how important she is to the welfare and makeup of our team. Her energy cannot be matched by any other assistant for planning and implementing what has to be done to be successful. She has had opportunities to leave and become a head coach, but thank heaven she has stayed with our program. She would make any program better if she was a part of it.

NCAA Division III: Alicia O’Brien, Central College

O’Brien joined Central College as an associate head coach in 2006 after a highly successful head coaching career at Western Connecticut State University (18 years). Along with her coaching duties, O’Brien serves as the athletics department’s associate athletics director and senior woman administrator. Beyond the many regular duties she performs- recruiting coordinator, outfield coach, supervises study table, team travel- O’Brien has a willingness to always go the extra mile in serving the student-athlete and ensuring that every player has a successful experience at Central. One example of her selflessness is helping a recent player, who did not pan out as a player, get through college and graduate. She identified an undiagnosed learning disability and spent extra time each week, encouraging her and not only make sure she completed assignments, but was comprehending the subject matter. The student continued to seek her assistance and her graduation was a milestone day.

In the words of NFCA Hall of Famer and Dutch head coach George Wares- “The player’s graduation and continued development in life after graduation ranks as Alicia’s greatest coaching achievement.”

NAIA: Scottie Wilkes, Auburn Montgomery

Wilkes has played a key role in Auburn Montgomery’s success in just four years on the coaching staff, the last three as an assistant. Wilkes has helped the Warhawks to back-to-back NAIA national championships (2014 &15) and a final four finish in 2016. This past season also marked the first time the program won the Southern States Athletic Conference Tournament and Gulf Coast Invitational. She works with pitchers and catchers, while also serving as the program’s director of operations, which includes ordering equipment, preparing scouting reports coordinating travel and umpire assignments and monitors academic study halls. Wilkes also does the leg work for the “pink out” day at AUM and coordinates all community service projects.

In the words of AUM head coach Eric Newell- “Scottie is really humble and valuable to the success of our program. Every coach desires a loyal assistant and coach Scottie shows me her commitment on a daily basis. She sometimes goes unnoticed because she does not like the limelight, but I can ensure you that she deserves a great deal of credit for the success AUM has had.”

Cal JC: Brett Magorian, Sierra College

Magorian joined the staff in 2013 as a volunteer assistant and has been an instrumental part of Sierra College’s success since. After one full season on the staff, Magorian, who works with infielder and hitters, played a key role in the program’s first State Championship title. He also assists in recruiting and according to head coach Darcie Brownell- has made the difference in our recruiting process and parents and players are intrigued by his passion for the game and Sierra College. Along with his on-the-field coaching and recruiting duties, Magorian put in the time and effort to solicit donations for and build an 800 square foot team room with customized lockers, along with walkways and landscaping. After the loss of his mother and fatal injury to his daughter in a 2014 car accident, Magorian returned after a short absence and dove right in to his responsibilities. According to Brownell It left an impression on the student-athletes and their respect for him grew tremendously. They learned a lifelong lesson from how Brett handle his tragic situation and put the game of softball in perspective for all of us.

In the words of Brownell- “He truly is my right hand man. My job has drastically changed and become easier after Brett joined our staff. Our program, facility and legacy has changed since Brett was hired. I understand that this tragic situation does not dictate an assistant coach of the year award, but what does is how you respond after a tragedy and how you do your job.”

High School: Errica Cantu, Deer Park High School (Texas)

Cantu has been a varsity assistant at Deer Park for seven years. During that time, she has been part of a program that has won two state championships (2012 & 2014) and was a state tournament semifinalist in 2013. With all the duties of the assistant coach (scouting, driving the bus and supervising managers to name a few), Cantu also juggles being a high school math teacher, mother of four children, the director of softball summer camp and administrator on duty for field use. In 2016, she had to step up in a big way after head coach Carrie Austgen was in a car accident, which limited her ability to engage in the day-to-day physical part of the job. Cantu stepped in and led the coaching staff and team with great success and the weekend the accident occurred. She was able to hold the line and guide Deer Park to an undefeated tournament, while Austgen was recovering.

In the words of Austgen- “It is these moments that we all find out what we are made of and I am very proud of the work she did and the coach she is becoming.”

The winners were nominated by their NFCA member head coach and selected by a panel of their peers on the NFCA Awards Committee. The recipients are all active NFCA members.

 

2-22-2016 ASA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

Tournament Location Date Fact Sheet Results Awards
ASA / USA Girls’ Class A 10-Under Fast Pitch
Stockton, CA
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7/31/2016
8/7/2016
Fact Sheet Results Awards
ASA / USA Girls’ Class A 12-Under Fast Pitch
Salem, VA
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7/31/2016
8/7/2016
Fact Sheet Results Awards
ASA / USA Girls’ Class A 14-Under Fast Pitch
Sioux Falls, SD
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7/30/2016
8/7/2016
Fact Sheet Results Awards
ASA / USA Girls’ Class A 16-Under Fast Pitch
College Station, TX
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8/1/2016
8/7/2016
Fact Sheet Results Awards
ASA / USA Girls’ Class A 18-Under Fast Pitch
Bloomington, IN
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8/1/2016
8/7/2016
Fact Sheet Results Awards
ASA / USA Girls’ GOLD 16-Under Fast Pitch
Broken Arrow, OK
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7/17/2016
7/24/2016
Fact Sheet Results Awards
ASA / USA Girls’ GOLD 18-Under Fast Pitch
Oklahoma City, OK
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7/17/2016
7/23/2016
Fact Sheet Results Awards
ASA Fast Pitch Girls’ A 10-Under Eastern
Sterling, VA
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8/3/2016
8/7/2016
Fact Sheet Results Awards
ASA Fast Pitch Girls’ A 10-Under Northern
Pekin, IL
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7/27/2016
7/31/2016
Fact Sheet Results Awards
ASA Fast Pitch Girls’ A 10-Under Southern
Tupelo, MS
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7/25/2016
7/31/2016
Fact Sheet Results Awards
ASA Fast Pitch Girls’ A 10-Under Western
Kent, WA
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7/25/2016
7/31/2016
Fact Sheet Results Awards
ASA Fast Pitch Girls’ A 12-Under Eastern
Sterling, VA
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8/3/2016
8/7/2016
Fact Sheet Results Awards
ASA Fast Pitch Girls’ A 12-Under Northern
Rochester, MN
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8/4/2016
8/7/2016
Fact Sheet Results Awards
ASA Fast Pitch Girls’ A 12-Under Southern
Tallahassee, FL
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8/4/2016
8/7/2016
Fact Sheet Results Awards
ASA Fast Pitch Girls’ A 12-Under Western
Kent, WA
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7/25/2016
7/31/2016
Fact Sheet Results Awards
ASA Fast Pitch Girls’ A 14-Under Eastern
Prince George, VA
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7/31/2016
8/4/2016
Fact Sheet Results Awards
ASA Fast Pitch Girls’ A 14-Under Northern
Mt. Pleasant, MI
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7/27/2016
7/31/2016
Fact Sheet Results Awards
ASA Fast Pitch Girls’ A 14-Under Southern
Dallas, TX
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8/2/2016
8/7/2016
Fact Sheet Results Awards
ASA Fast Pitch Girls’ A 14-Under Western
Roseville, CA
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7/25/2016
7/31/2016
Fact Sheet Results Awards
ASA Fast Pitch Girls’ A 16-Under Eastern
Wilmington, DE
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7/26/2016
7/30/2016
Fact Sheet Results Awards
ASA Fast Pitch Girls’ A 16-Under Northern
Nevada/Ames, IA
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8/2/2016
8/7/2016
Fact Sheet Results Awards
ASA Fast Pitch Girls’ A 16-Under Southern
Columbus, GA
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7/25/2016
7/31/2016
Fact Sheet Results Awards
ASA Fast Pitch Girls’ A 16-Under Western
Clovis, CA
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7/26/2016
7/31/2016
Fact Sheet Results Awards
ASA Fast Pitch Girls’ A 18-Under Eastern
York, PA
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8/3/2016
8/7/2016
Fact Sheet Results Awards
ASA Fast Pitch Girls’ A 18-Under Northern
Rochester, MN
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8/4/2016
8/7/2016
Fact Sheet Results Awards
ASA Fast Pitch Girls’ A 18-Under Southern
Johnson City, TN
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8/4/2016
8/7/2016
Fact Sheet Results Awards
ASA Fast Pitch Girls’ A 18-Under Western
Clovis, CA
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7/26/2016
7/31/2016
Fact Sheet Results Awards
ASA Fast Pitch Girls’ B 10-Under Eastern
Marion, OH
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7/23/2016
7/26/2016
Fact Sheet Results Awards
ASA Fast Pitch Girls’ B 10-Under Northern
Rochester, MN
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8/4/2016
8/7/2016
Fact Sheet Results Awards
ASA Fast Pitch Girls’ B 10-Under Southern
Tupelo, MS
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7/25/2016
7/31/2016
Fact Sheet Results Awards
ASA Fast Pitch Girls’ B 10-Under Western
Medford, OR
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8/1/2016
8/8/2016
Fact Sheet Results Awards
ASA Fast Pitch Girls’ B 12-Under Eastern
Marion, OH
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7/23/2016
7/26/2016
Fact Sheet Results Awards
ASA Fast Pitch Girls’ B 12-Under Northern
Pekin, IL
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7/27/2016
7/31/2016
Fact Sheet Results Awards
ASA Fast Pitch Girls’ B 12-Under Southern
Lawton, OK 7/26/2016
7/31/2016
Fact Sheet Results Awards
ASA Fast Pitch Girls’ B 12-Under Western
Kingman, AZ
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7/27/2016
7/31/2016
Fact Sheet Results Awards
ASA Fast Pitch Girls’ B 14-Under Eastern
York, PA
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7/27/2016
7/31/2016
Fact Sheet Results Awards
ASA Fast Pitch Girls’ B 14-Under Northern
Overland Park, KS
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7/27/2016
7/31/2016
Fact Sheet Results Awards
ASA Fast Pitch Girls’ B 14-Under Southern
Columbus, GA
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7/25/2016
7/31/2016
Fact Sheet Results Awards
ASA Fast Pitch Girls’ B 14-Under Western
La Habra, CA
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7/26/2016
7/31/2016
Fact Sheet Results Awards
ASA Fast Pitch Girls’ B 16-Under Eastern
Findlay, OH
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7/30/2016
8/2/2016
Fact Sheet Results Awards
ASA Fast Pitch Girls’ B 16-Under Northern
Watertown, WI
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7/27/2016
7/31/2016
Fact Sheet Results Awards
ASA Fast Pitch Girls’ B 16-Under Western
Salinas, CA
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8/3/2016
8/7/2016
Fact Sheet Results Awards
ASA Fast Pitch Girls’ B 18-Under Eastern
Findlay, OH
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7/30/2016
8/2/2016
Fact Sheet Results Awards
ASA Fast Pitch Girls’ B 18-Under Northern
Bowling Green, KY
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7/28/2016
7/31/2016
Fact Sheet Results Awards
ASA Fast Pitch Girls’ B 18-Under Southern
Longview, TX 8/5/2016
8/7/2016
Fact Sheet Results Awards
ASA Fast Pitch Girls’ B 18-Under Western
Salinas, CA
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8/3/2016
8/7/2016
Fact Sheet Results Awards
ASA Fast Pitch Men’s Major
Kimberly, WI
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8/4/2016
8/7/2016
Fact Sheet Results Awards
ASA Fast Pitch Men’s Open East
Elkhart, IN
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8/26/2016
8/28/2016
Fact Sheet Results Awards
ASA Fast Pitch Men’s Open West
Salem, OR
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7/15/2016
7/17/2016
Fact Sheet Results Awards
ASA Fast Pitch Men’s Senior 50-Over
Prescott, AZ
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7/22/2016
7/24/2016
Fact Sheet Results Awards
ASA Fast Pitch Men’s Senior 60-Over
Houston, TX
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9/29/2016
10/2/2016
Fact Sheet Results Awards
ASA Modified Pitch Men’s (10)
Port Huron, MI 9/2/2016
9/4/2016
Fact Sheet Results Awards
ASA Slow Pitch Men’s Class A
Oklahoma City, OK
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9/30/2016
10/2/2016
Fact Sheet Results Awards
ASA Slow Pitch Boys’ 10-Under
Canton, OH
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8/11/2016
8/13/2016
Fact Sheet Results Awards
ASA Slow Pitch Boys’ 12-Under
Canton, OH
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8/11/2016
8/13/2016
Fact Sheet Results Awards
ASA Slow Pitch Boys’ 14-Under
Canton, OH
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8/11/2016
8/13/2016
Fact Sheet Results Awards
ASA Slow Pitch Boys’ 16-Under
Canton, OH
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8/11/2016
8/13/2016
Fact Sheet Results Awards
ASA Slow Pitch Boys’ 18-Under
Canton, OH
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8/11/2016
8/13/2016
Fact Sheet Results Awards
ASA Slow Pitch Coed C
St. Joseph, MO
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8/26/2016
8/28/2016
Fact Sheet Results Awards
ASA Slow Pitch Coed D
St. Joseph, MO
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8/26/2016
8/28/2016
Fact Sheet Results Awards
ASA Slow Pitch Coed Open
Bowling Green, KY 9/16/2016
9/18/2016
Fact Sheet Results Awards
ASA Slow Pitch Girls’ 10-Under
Evansville, IN
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7/28/2016
7/31/2016
Fact Sheet Results Awards
ASA Slow Pitch Girls’ 12-Under
Evansville, IN
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7/28/2016
7/31/2016
Fact Sheet Results Awards
ASA Slow Pitch Girls’ 14-Under
Evansville, IN
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7/28/2016
7/31/2016
Fact Sheet Results Awards
ASA Slow Pitch Girls’ 16-Under
Evansville, IN
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7/28/2016
7/31/2016
Fact Sheet Results Awards
ASA Slow Pitch Girls’ 18-Under
Evansville, IN
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7/28/2016
7/31/2016
Fact Sheet Results Awards
ASA Slow Pitch Men’s Church
Rolla, MO
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8/13/2016
8/14/2016
Fact Sheet Results Awards
ASA Slow Pitch Men’s Class B
Oklahoma City, OK 8/26/2016
8/28/2016
Fact Sheet Results Awards
ASA Slow Pitch Men’s Class C
Oklahoma City, OK
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9/2/2016
9/4/2016
Fact Sheet Results Awards
ASA Slow Pitch Men’s Class D
Oklahoma City, OK
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9/30/2016
10/2/2016
Fact Sheet Results Awards
ASA Slow Pitch Men’s Class D Eastern
Salem, VA
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9/2/2016
9/5/2016
Fact Sheet Results Awards
ASA Slow Pitch Men’s Class D Southern
Oklahoma City, OK 9/9/2016
9/11/2016
Fact Sheet Results Awards
ASA Slow Pitch Men’s Class D Southern
Fort Myers, FL
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8/26/2016
8/28/2016
Fact Sheet Results Awards
ASA Slow Pitch Men’s Class D Western
Parris, CA
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8/26/2016
8/28/2016
Fact Sheet Results Awards
ASA Slow Pitch Men’s E/Rec. Eastern
Salem, VA
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9/2/2016
9/5/2016
Fact Sheet Results Awards
ASA Slow Pitch Men’s E/Rec. Northern
Sioux Falls, SD
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9/2/2016
9/5/2016
Fact Sheet Results Awards
ASA Slow Pitch Men’s E/Rec. Southern
Ridgeland, MS
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8/26/2016
8/28/2016
Fact Sheet Results Awards
ASA Slow Pitch Men’s E/Rec. Southern
Oklahoma City, OK 9/9/2016
9/11/2016
Fact Sheet Results Awards
ASA Slow Pitch Men’s E/Rec. Western
Salem, OR
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9/2/2016
9/5/2016
Fact Sheet Results Awards
ASA Slow Pitch Men’s Industrial
Ridgeland, MS
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8/26/2016
8/28/2016
Fact Sheet Results Awards
ASA Slow Pitch Men’s Masters 35-Over
Mandan, ND 8/26/2016
8/28/2016
Fact Sheet Results Awards
ASA Slow Pitch Men’s Northern Class D
St. Joseph, MO
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9/2/2016
9/5/2016
Fact Sheet Results Awards
ASA Slow Pitch Men’s Northern Class D
Welch, MN
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9/1/2016
9/5/2016
Fact Sheet Results Awards
ASA Slow Pitch Men’s Senior East
Burlington, NC
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9/1/2016
9/4/2016
Fact Sheet Results Awards
ASA Slow Pitch Men’s Senior West
Happy Valley, OR
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9/2/2016
9/7/2016
Fact Sheet Results Awards
ASA Slow Pitch Men’s Super
Oklahoma City, OK 9/29/2016
9/30/2016
Fact Sheet Results Awards
ASA Slow Pitch Women’s Class C
Sioux Falls, SD
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9/2/2016
9/5/2016
Fact Sheet Results Awards
ASA Slow Pitch Women’s Class D
Sioux Falls, SD
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9/2/2016
9/5/2016
Fact Sheet Results Awards
ASA Slow Pitch Women’s Open
Oklahoma City, OK
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9/30/2016
10/2/2016
Fact Sheet Results Awards

7-25-2015 USSSA Launches Elite Program

USSSA LAUNCHES ELITE PROGRAM

 

USA Elite Select Announces National Program Launch

“It’s time to give the game back to our athletes.”

In June 2013, the idea was presented to start a National Program for girls’ fastpitch softball that encompassed more than just competition for the elite level player. After an 18 month journey of strategizing and compiling feedback from travel ball coaches, college coaches, athletes and parents, it is time to announce the USA Elite Select National Program that will begin the Fall of 2015. USA Elite Select represents the elite division of USSSA fastpitch and is founded upon three pillars-competition, education and community.

Focusing on competition, USA Elite Select will feature one World Fastpitch Championship (WFC) for the top 64 teams in each age group (12U-18U). The Inaugural WFC will be played in Kansas City July 11-17, 2016. The WFC will encompass everything about USA Elite Select from competitive games that crown the top teams, All American Selection Camp which identifies the top athletes per class, educational seminars and community service projects that develop athletes off the field, and National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) games that bridge our fastpitch community together. By being housed in one location during one week, we are excited to bring the fastpitch community together for a truly memorable experience while featuring the game’s best in front of college coaches! http://usaeliteselect.com/usaes/world-fastpitch-championships

 

Win to get in! Our Regional Qualifying Process is designed to enhance competition and create an exclusive WFC that features the top 64 teams per age group. To earn a berth to the WFC, teams must finish first or second in our Regional Qualifiers. The remaining teams will be selected via at-large berths based on competitive play. Each of our eight Regions will have three Regional Qualifiers. For Fall Qualifiers, the top two performers in each Region for ages 14U-18U will earn $2000 in travel money and a free entry ($1000 value) to the WFC. The 12U qualifying teams in the Fall will earn a free entry to WFC ($1000 value). The first Regional Qualifier kicks off on September 24, 2015 in New Jersey. For a full list of our Fall Qualifiers in your region, visit our website http://usaeliteselect.com/usaes/qualifiers

Where do you rank amongst the players in your Region? Our All American and Futures All American Programs will help answer this question. Competition helps fuel athlete development. Our All American Program is designed to identify the top athletes per age group, showcase individual’s talents to college coaches through our events and video analysis, and select teams to represent the US in international play. USA Elite Select will offer all-expense paid international travel and international competition to our high school aged athletes. These athletes will be evaluated by USSSA Pride players and the USA Elite Select Selection Committee. Selected athletes will have the opportunity to train with USSSA Pride players in preparation for international play. By utilizing our current professionals to work with and develop our future professionals, we can help grow this game and pass on the knowledge from generations of players.

Capitalizing off the excitement and success of our 2015 All American Games, we are excited to return the 2016 Futures All American Games that will feature the top 24 athletes from each Region in the 10-14 year old range. Futures are considered our next generation of great athletes. The 2016 Futures All American Games will be played August 1-6, 2016 in Kissimmee, FL. Tryouts will begin this September. Each region will have at least three tryouts per region. Stay updated with all tryout information on our website http://usaeliteselect.com/usaes/futures-program

While competition and exposing our elite athlete to college coaches is key, it is our responsibility as a National Program and sanctioning body to facilitate the exchange of information by connecting the fastpitch community. Through education, we can grow the sport of fastpitch softball. Whether that education is recruiting, drills and skills videos, testimonials from coaches and professionals, or topics beyond the lines that fully develop our athletes, we will strive to educate athletes, coaches, and parents through every event and program we offer.

As we continue our journey of enhancing elite fastpitch competition and educating the fastpitch community, we will continue to improve our program to service the needs of our sport. Athlete development on and off the field will serve as the forefront of our focus. USA Elite Select aspires to bring our athletes, coaches, parents and entire fastpitch community together to educate, inspire, and empower them to use sport as a vehicle to create positive change.

It takes a team to complete this journey and we are excited to announce our USA Elite Select team starting with the leader of USSSA Fastpitch, Jeremy McDowell. Former Texas A&M and NPF player Jami Lobpries has been named the Vice President of USA Elite Select and will oversee the entire program. Chris Florence, our National Championship Director, offers a wealth of experience hosting elite level tournaments. Our Regional Directors, the voices and faces of our organization in your area, bring an unprecedented package of knowledge, experience, and infectious passion for growing our game and our athletes. Jason Gusaeff, Cheri Naudin, Rick Phillips, Bart Day, Courtney Ceo, Danielle Lawrie, Robb Beheymer, Roger Herrold, and Rob Crews will represent USA Elite Select as Regional Directors.

Our team is committed to working alongside the elite teams and coaches to understand the needs of our game. To fulfill our mission, it is vital we have the support from the travel ball and college coaches. We value the insights from the coaches we are serving and will continue to reach out to our Travel Ball Council for continued guidance.

The idea of community entails bridging the fastpitch community together from the grassroots, elite, college, professional, and international levels. When McDowell took the role of USSSA Fastpitch VP in 2009, he committed to providing fastpitch families opportunities and growing our grassroots program. In 2009, USSSA continued their commitment towards the growth of fastpitch with the purchase of the USSSA Pride and belief in growing the NPF. Today, we complete the bridge with the launch of USA Elite Select and commitment to elite level fastpitch.

It’s time to give the game back to the athlete and create events that allow these young women opportunities to grow on and off the field. We will continue to educate and continue to seek insights from college coaches, travel ball coaches and our entire fastpitch community so we provide events and resources that meet their needs and continuously grow our sport.

You can find all information about USA Elite Select on our website www.usaeliteselect.com and follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

USA ELITE SELECT

It is the mission of USA Elite Select to create opportunities for elite fastpitch players to showcase their skills in competitive settings; provide resources that educate and empower athletes, coaches, and parents; and to walk alongside our athletes in serving the community. USA Elite Select is committed to providing athletes the tools and the competitive platform by which they can accomplish their dreams in softball and in life.

USSSA

USSSA is headquarted in Osceola County, Florida. USSSA is the world’s largest multi-sport athletic organization. Founded in 1968, USSSA has grownto over 3.7 million participants, competing in 13 nationally sanctioned sports including baseball, fastpitch, slow pitch, karate, basketball, soccer and more!

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7-22-2015 PGF National Championships

PGF NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

 

Friday, July 31st

CHAMPIONSHIP GAMES

  • 12U Premier Championship game – 11:00am Nationally Televised on Fox Sports West Prime Ticket and Comcast
  • 18U Premier Championship game – 2:00pm Nationally Televised on Fox Sports West Prime Ticket and Comcast
  • 10U Premier Championship game – 5:00pm Nationally Web Streamed on PGF YouTube Channel
  • 18U Platinum Championship game – 8:00pm Nationally Web Streamed on PGF YouTube Channel

All championship games at Deanna Manning Stadium, Bill Barber Park, Irvine

All games will be tape delayed.

Bracket games july 28-31. Pool games begin July 25.

 

TEAMS PARTICIPATING IN 18U PREMIER

 

72 Teams have been entered in to the Tournament

All American Sports Academycoached by Bryan Merrida

Atlanta Vipers Katescoached by Ben Shelnutt

AZ Desert Thundercoached by Shannon Woolridge

AZ Storm Goldcoached by Kara Brun

Batbusters Fox 18Ucoached by Michael Fox

Beverly Bandits Gold BCcoached by Bill Conroy

Birmingham Thunderbolts 18 Premiercoached by Richard Shea

Bownet 18 Goldcoached by John Ashley

California Cruisers Sieverscoached by Don Cone

California Grapettes KOcoached by Kelly Olson

California Riptidecoached by Darryl Simon

CALIFORNIA THUNDERcoached by Valerie VanKirk-LeVier

Carolina Elite Gold – Genovesecoached by Tony Genovese

Chicago Cheetahscoached by Brian Bowman

Conklin Raiders 18 goldcoached by Dale Cook

Corona Angels (Howard)coached by Kim Howard

Corona Angels GOLD – Tysoncoached by Marty Tyson

Diamond Sports Hotshots Goldcoached by Tammie Davis

Esprit Premier – Hueckercoached by Jim Huecker

Explosion – Deniocoached by Bret Denio

Explosion 18 Morgancoached by Chris Morgan

Firecrackers – Brashearcoached by Sean Brashear

Firecrackers – Kevincoached by Kevin Ellebracht

Firecrackers – Ricocoached by Tony Rico

Firecrackers AZ Ewingcoached by Stefanie Ewing

Firecrackers Blanco Goldcoached by Jeff Blanco

Firecrackers DFW 18u Blackcoached by Mark Murphree

Firecrackers-AZ Kayecoached by Randy Kaye

Florida Power Blackcoached by Jeff Lantz

Fresno Force Goldcoached by Jeff Jennings

GA. Outlaws (White)coached by Rodney White

Georgia Impact Bass 18 Premiercoached by Buster Bass

Georgia Impact Medlamcoached by Vance Medlam

Glory Goldcoached by Suzy Willemssen

Grapettes Goldcoached by Dennis Gomes

Illinois Chill Goldcoached by Gerry Quinn

Impact Gold Jacksoncoached by KC Jackson

Irvine Stingcoached by Blair Ota

Jersey Intensity KODcoached by Kevin ODonnell

Kansas City Pepperscoached by Dan Eakin

KG Hitterscoached by Kiko Garcia

Krunch Goldcoached by Colin Christiansen

Lady Hustle 18Gcoached by Julie Marshall

Lady Lightning Gold Premiercoached by John Garner

Lady Lightning Gold TEAM MIKENcoached by John Corn

Lady Magic 18Goldcoached by Rick Havey

Las Vegas Rage Goldcoached by Chris McDonald

LIDS Indiana Dreams-Montcoached by Tony Montgomery

Marucci Patriots Goldcoached by Darrell Landry

Minors Goldcoached by Lena Lovelace

NC Challengers Renzicoached by Adam Renzi

Nebraska Goldcoached by Travis Unzicker

Newtown Rock Gold – Garveycoached by Joe Garvey

NW Bullets – Goldcoached by Tony Campos

OC Batbusterscoached by MIke Stith

OC Batbusters Briggscoached by Ken Briggs

Oklahoma Exclusive Goldcoached by Donnie Hughes

Originals Gold (Koop)coached by James Koop

Rhode Island Thunder Goldcoached by Dave Lotti

So Cal Athleticscoached by Bruce Richardson

So Cal Athletics – Quarlescoached by Ron Martinez

So Cal Chopperscoached by Gary Fausett

Sorcerer 18Gcoached by Pete Aguayo

Southern Forcecoached by Dale Palmer

Sparks Softballcoached by Joe Tholl

Texas Blaze 18u Bonolacoached by Rebecca Bonola

Texas Glorycoached by Kevin Shelton

TN Fury 97coached by Keith Perry & Randy Coppinger

TX Glory Adkins 18U Goldcoached by Keith Allen

USA Athletics Goldcoached by Mike Rogers

Virginia Legends-Paulcoached by Barry Paul

Washington Ladyhawks Gold Millercoached by Wayne Miller