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7-5-2017 World Cup of Softball

Media Information  |  World Cup of Softball XII

 

The World Cup of Softball XII features seven of the top 10 world-ranked teams in the world and marks the first international softball event in the United States since the announcement of softball’s return to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.  Team USA’s #JourneyToJapan begins now as the road to qualify for #Tokyo2020 begins right here in OKC!

 

Competing Teams:

Team USA

USA Junior Women’s National Team (19-Under)

Australia

Canada

Japan

Mexico

Philippines

Puerto Rico

 

World Cup of Softball XII Game Schedule

 

 

July 5:

OGE Energy Field:

Puerto Rico vs USA JWNT – 11 am

Canada vs USA JWNT – 1:30 pm

USA vs Philippines – 4 pm

USA vs Mexico – 6:30 pm

 

INTEGRIS Field:

Japan vs Canada – 11 am

Japan vs Puerto Rico – 2 pm

Australia vs Mexico – 4:30 pm

Australia vs Philippines – 7 pm

 

July 6:

OGE Energy Field:

Japan vs Mexico – 9:30 am

Mexico vs USA JWNT – 12:30 pm

Australia vs USA JWNT – 3 pm

USA vs Canada – 6 pm

 

INTEGRIS Field:

Japan vs Philippines – 12 pm

Canada vs Philippines – 2:30 pm

Australia vs Puerto Rico – 5 pm

 

July 7:

OGE Energy Field:

Canada vs Mexico – 10:30 am

Philippines vs USA JWNT – 1 pm

USA vs USA JWNT – 4 pm

USA vs Japan – 7:30 pm

 

INTEGRIS Field:

Puerto Rico vs Philippines – 10:30 am

Canada vs Puerto Rico – 1 pm

Japan vs Australia – 4pm

 

July 8:

OGE Energy Field:

Puerto Rico vs Mexico – 10 am

USA vs Puerto Rico – 1 pm

Japan vs USA JWNT – 3:30 pm

USA vs Australia – 7 pm

 

INTEGRIS Field:

Mexico vs Philippines – 12:30 pm

Canada vs Australia – 3:30 pm

 

July 9:

OGE Energy Field:

Seed #1 vs Seed #2 – 12 pm

Seed #3 vs Seed #4 – 2:30 pm

 

INTEGRIS Field:

Seed #7 vs Seed #8 – 12 pm

Seed #5 vs Seed #6 – 2:30 pm

 

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LIVE Media

TV:

USA vs. Canada on July 6, 2017 – (ESPN)

USA vs. Japan on July 7, 2017 – (ESPN2)

USA vs. Puerto Rico on July 8, 2017 –  (ESPN2)

USA vs. Australia on July 8, 2017 –  (ESPN2)

Seed #1 vs. Seed #2 Championship Game  –  (ESPN)

 

Online:    All other games will be available to watch via live stream on USASoftball.com for free.

 

Tickets

General admission single session tickets will be available at the gate.  For those ages 12 and older, tickets can be purchased for $10 while youth and senior citizen (ages 4-12/55+) are available for $5. All-session tickets are available for adults for $40, and youth/senior for $20.

 

Credentials

Media passes will be available for pick-up at the “Will Call” window at the USA Softball Hall of Fame Stadium throughout the event.

 

Please contact:

Katie Willis – Communications Manager

Cell: 440.315.2802 I Email: kwillis@usasoftball.com I Social Media: @USASoftball

 

Please note: USA Softball will allot time after the conclusion of each team’s final game of the day for media requesting interviews.  Please contact Katie Willis with your requests.

 

Pressbox Hours

Please note your respective work space will remain open for 1 hour after the final out of the last game of the day. If you need to make other arrangements, please contact Katie Willis prior to the start of each day.

 

Meals/Drinks

Working media will have access to meals and drinks, which will be located in the VIP area of the USA Softball press box.  Please note: there will be no bottled water, but there will be a water cooler in the meal area.  Media will need to bring their own bottle, canister, etc. to fill with available water. Bottled water can be purchased at the concession stands along with other snacks.

 

 

6-26-2017 IOC Session in Lima Peru

131st IOC Session in Lima, Peru – Information for the media

1) GENERAL INFORMATION
The 131st IOC Session will be held from 13 to 16 September in Lima, Peru. It will be preceded by a meeting of the IOC Executive Board (EB) on 11 and 12 September.

The 131st IOC Session will take decisions on key policy issues and in areas under its authority, including the election of the host city for the 2024 Olympic Games on Wednesday 13 September.

The two Candidate Cities bidding for the 2024 Olympic Games are Los Angeles (United States of America) and Paris (France).

The IOC Session, the presentations of the Candidate Cities, the vote to elect the host city, the host city announcement ceremony, and the signature of the Host City Contract will all take place at the Lima Convention Centre (LCC).

The meetings of the Executive Board will take place at the Westin Hotel.

Click here for the map of the venues and their surroundings.

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.

 

8-31-2016 Womens National Team in Japan

Team USA gears up for 2016 Japan Cup with 5-2, exhibition win over Team Honda

Box Score

 

Takasaki City, Japan  — The USA Softball Women’s National Team (WNT) claimed a 5-2 win over Team Honda, a professional team in the Japan Softball League, in an exhibition matchup at Jonan Baseball Stadium in Takasaki City, Japan.  As the Eagles prepare for the start of the 2016 Japan Cup, the Red, White and Blue looked strong as the pitching staff issued just three hits while the offense combined for 11 hits.

 

Click here for live stats and a game schedule for the 2016 Japan Cup

 

Team Honda would score first in the bottom of the first inning after a leadoff walk from U.S. starter Kelly Barnhill (Marietta, Ga.).  A fly ball to Delaney Spaulding (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.) at shortstop would keep the runner at first before a stolen base put the runner in scoring position.  A deep fly ball to center would allow the run to score, putting Honda up 1-0.

 

The U.S. would trail by a run through the top of the third inning when the Eagles would take the lead off a string of hits.  Kelsey Stewart (Wichita, Kan.) doubled to right field with one out and would come around to score on a triple from Jazmyn Jackson (San Jose, Calif.).  A batter later another run crossed the plate as Valerie Arioto (Pleasanton, Calif.), who plays professionally in the Japan Softball League with Team Honda, singled with a hard ground ball to left field to bring Jackson home to make it a 2-1, U.S. lead.

 

Jessica Moore (Sutter, Calif.) would enter the circle for Team USA in the bottom of the third and would retire the side in order with three ground outs.  The U.S. added to their lead in the top of the fourth after Kasey Cooper (Dothan, Ala.) led off with a single to right field.  Two batters later, Janie Takeda (Placentia, Calif.) singled to right field to bring Cooper home, extending the lead to 3-1.  Delanie Gourley (Lakeside, Calif.) came into the game in the bottom of the frame.  Team Honda would get the leadoff batter on base after a shot back to the circle and a throwing error allowed the runner to advance to second.  A groundout to Gourley would advance the runner to third before a single to left field cut the U.S. lead to 3-2.

 

The Red, White and Blue would answer in the top of the fifth as Stewart got the offense rolling with a leadoff double.  Back-to-back illegal pitches would allow Stewart to score the first run of the at-bat before a solo shot by Arioto extended the lead to 5-2.  That lead would hold through the next two and a half frames as Gourley, Jaclyn Traina (Naples, Fla.) and Ally Carda (Elk Grove, Calif.) would all three retire Team Honda in order to give the U.S. the 5-2 win.

 

The U.S. now sets its sights on Australia, who they will face in their opening game of the 2016 Japan Cup on Friday at 12 p.m. JST (10 p.m. CST on Thursday).  Fans at home can follow along with live stats, recaps and more at ASAUSASoftball.com.

Beginning on Friday, Team USA will join Australia, Chinese Taipei and Japan for the 2016 Japan Cup, a three-day tournament held at Jonan Baseball Stadium in Takasaki City, Japan.  The U.S. will look to defend their 2015 Japan Cup title after defeating Japan 2-1 (eight innings) in last year’s finale.  Team USA kicks off the Japan Cup on September 2 with their 12 p.m. JST (10 p.m. CT) game against Australia.   The Eagles will continue play on September 3 against Chinese Taipei at 3 p.m. JST (1 a.m. CT) immediately followed by a 6 p.m. JST (4 a.m. CT) contest against Japan.  On September 4, the teams with the second a third best records will play in the Bronze Medal game at 2:30 p.m. JST (12:30 a.m. CT) while the Gold Medal Game between the No. 1 and No. 2 seed will take place at 5:30 p.m. JST (3:30 a.m. CT).

 

Representing Team USA at the 2016 Japan Cup are: Ali Aguilar (Orangevale, Calif.), Valerie Arioto (Pleasanton, Calif.), Kelly Barnhill (Marietta, Ga.), Bianka Bell (Tampa, Fla.), Ally Carda (Elk Grove, Calif.), Kasey Cooper (Dothan, Ala.), Delanie Gourley (Lakeside, Calif.), Paige Halstead (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.), Jazmyn Jackson (San Jose, Calif.), Jessica Moore (Sutter, Calif.), Michelle Moultrie (Jacksonville, Fla.), Aubree Munro (Brea, Calif.), Delaney Spaulding (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.), Kelsey Stewart (Wichita, Kan.), Janie Takeda (Placentia, Calif.) and Jaclyn Traina (Naples, Fla.).

 

Team USA will led by Howard Dobson (Baton Rouge, La./Asst. Coach at LSU), Kristie Fox (San Diego, Calif./head coach at UT- Arlington) and Tyron McKinney (Ashland, Ohio).

 

8-3-2016 IOC Adds Baseball/Softball to 2020 Tokyo Program

Softball and baseball added to Tokyo 2020 Olympic program following IOC approval

Aug. 03, 2016, 2:35 p.m. (ET)

OKLAHOMA CITY – The hopes and dreams of millions of softball athletes across the globe have been answered today as the International Olympic Committee (IOC) voted today to approve the addition of five new sports to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games the Amateur Softball Association (ASA)/USA Softball announced today.  The decision, which comes after the IOC met in Rio de Janeiro, was made possible after the groundbreaking Olympic Agenda 2020, which provides flexibility for the future of the Olympic Movement to encourage innovation in the Olympic program.  In addition to softball/baseball, other sports that will be added to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games are karate, skateboard, sports climbing and surfing.

“What a truly great day for the sports of softball and baseball,” said ASA/USA Softball Executive Director Craig Cress.  “For softball and baseball to be added to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games program is a dream come true for many athletes across the world.  USA Softball is proud to be the National Governing Body for the sport of softball and will continue to work diligently every day to promote our great sport of softball on the world stage.”

Softball and baseball’s global reach, loyal fan-base and positioning across many of the biggest sports markets, including Japan, offers a unique opportunity to further spread and elevate the Olympic brand.  The decision today further highlights the growing global appeal of the two sports, particularly among young people and women.  In Japan, softball/baseball have remained atop the landscape and a central part of the culture for more than 70 years.  Other factors considered in the sports package include the impact on gender equality, the youth appeal of the sports and the legacy value of adding them to the Tokyo 2020 Games.

Softball spent four “quads” as an Olympic sport debuting in the 1996 Atlanta Games with the final Olympic softball competitions taking place in Beijing in 2008. Softball and baseball were ousted from the 2012 Olympics following a vote from the IOC in 2005 in which softball, needing a simple majority of votes (53), received just 52.  Despite its exclusion from the Olympics for the past eight years, international softball has become increasingly competitive as a record 30 nations competed in last month’s 2016 World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Women’s World Championship in Surrey, B.C., Canada and a record-breaking 12 nations competed at the World Cup of Softball XI in Oklahoma City, Okla.  This was also highly showcased during the USA vs Japan All-Star Series in Tokyo and Sendai, Japan, where members of the USA Softball Women’s National Team squared off against Japan in a three-game series.  A record-breaking 31,448 fans attended Stage One of the series at the Tokyo Dome, while an additional 3,000 fans attended the final two stages at Shellcom Sendai.

“Thank you to the IOC and the WBSC for this tremendous honor for not only our sport, but our athletes and the millions of young girls who dream of one day being an Olympian,” said USA Softball Women’s National Team athlete Janie Takeda (Placentia, Calif.).  “This means so much to not only our USA Softball Women’s National Team program, but to millions of girls across the world.  Even if I’m not there, knowing that softball athletes will get to compete on the highest stage against the best competition in the world is amazing.”

In four Olympic Games appearances, the USA Softball Women’s National Team claimed three Gold Medals and one Silver Medal finish while setting numerous international records and are one of only two women’s sports involved in the Olympic movement to capture three-consecutive Gold Medals.  In 2012, three-time Olympic Gold Medalist Lisa Fernandez and the 2004 U.S. Olympic Softball Team were honored for their accolades with induction into the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame.  Members of the 2004 U.S. Olympic Softball Team set 18 Olympic records in Athens.  Among the team records set were the most hits (73), highest team batting average (.343) and highest slugging percentage (.559). Fernandez set the individual record for batting average with .545 while Crystl Bustos’ 10 RBI and five home runs were also records.

This decision comes just 10 days after the USA Softball Women’s National Team claimed their first WBSC Women’s World Championship title since 2010 after defeating Japan 7-3 in the Gold Medal finale.  As a team, the U.S. finished the 2016 WBSC Women’s World Championship with a .436 team batting average, 19 home runs, 80 RBI and outscored opponents 83-10.  The pitching staff was lights out, allowing just eight earned runs for a 1.19 ERA.

 

SPY note: The WSJ says the inclusion for 2020 is not binding on future Olympiads.  IOC has 28 permanent venues, and sports like baseball/softball will have to br added as new Olympiads are proposed.