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3-24-2018 Qualifying for Tokyo 2020

WBSC reveals Tokyo 2020 Olympic Qualifiers for Baseball, Softball

PARIS — 24 March 2018 — Following the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Executive Meeting held today at the headquarters of the French National Olympic and Sports Committee, the WBSC revealed the qualification system for the six-team baseball and softball events at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, as approved by the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

WBSC Members and affiliated National Teams will have the opportunity to qualify for the Games of the XXXII Olympiad exclusively through eight WBSC international tournaments, four for baseball and four for softball.
“The eight competitions to get into Tokyo 2020 promise to deliver some of the most exciting and meaningful international baseball and softball games ever seen,” said WBSC President Riccardo Fraccari. “As the biggest sport in Japan, the historic return of Olympic Baseball and Softball is expected to make a major buzz and be a magical experience for the athletes and spectators alike, so we can expect that millions around the world will have their sights set on Tokyo 2020 and do whatever they can to be a part of it.”
Host nation Japan will be automatically entered into the men’s baseball and women’s softball medal events at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.
 
ROAD TO TOKYO 2020 – BASEBALL
 
The first opportunity to advance to the Olympic Baseball medal event at Tokyo 2020 will be the WBSC flagship Premier12® in November 2019, where two Olympic spots will be awarded. The Premier12’s top finisher from the Americas and the top finisher from Asia/Oceania (excluding Japan) will earn direct entries into Tokyo 2020 without having to pass through Qualifiers. The Top 12 (“Premier12”) nations in the final 2018 WBSC Baseball World Rankings will compete in this top-tier, elite global battle.
 
Africa/Europe Qualifier
 
The Africa/Europe qualification event will be a six-team tournament, with the winner earning a place at Tokyo 2020. Competing in this Qualifier will be top five finishers from the European Baseball Championship 2019 and the winner of the African Baseball Championship/Qualifier 2019.
 
Americas Qualifier
 
The Americas Olympic qualifier, where the winner will advance to Tokyo 2020, will be an eight-team tournament, bringing together all Americas representatives from the WBSC Premier12 2019 that did not qualify for Tokyo 2020. Currently, there are seven nations from the Americas in the Top 12 (Premier12) of the WBSC Baseball World Rankings. The top finisher(s) from the Pan American Games Lima 2019 would complete the eight-team field
 
Intercontinental Qualifier
 
The final Olympic Baseball qualifier will be a six-team world tournament for the last remaining place at Tokyo 2020. Participants will include:
  • 2nd Place finisher from the Africa/Europe Qualifier
  • 2nd and 3rd Place finishers from the Americas Qualifier
  • Top two finishers from the Asian Championship 2019 (not counting nations already qualified for Tokyo 2020)
  • Winner of Oceania Qualifier 2019

Men’s National Baseball Team Composition

 
National Team roster sizes for Olympic Baseball will be 24 athletes, and the athletes must be at least 18 years old (prior to the start of the respective event) to participate in any of the four qualification events as well as the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 tournament. Professional players are eligible. Athletes must comply with Olympic Charter Rule 41 (Nationality of Competitors) and Rule 43 (World Anti-Doping Code and the Olympic Movement Code on the Prevention of Manipulation of Competitions).
 
ROAD TO TOKYO 2020 – SOFTBALL
 
The first opportunity to qualify for the Olympic Softball medal event at Tokyo 2020 will be this August at the WBSC Women’s Softball World Championship 2018 in Chiba, Japan. The 1st Place finisher in Chiba will be awarded direct entry into Tokyo 2020 without having to pass through Qualifiers. (Should Japan win the WBSC World Championship in Chiba, the 2nd Place finisher would be granted the Olympic spot.)
 
Africa/Europe Qualifier
 
The Africa/Europe qualification event will be an eight-team tournament, where the winner will earn a place at Tokyo 2020. Competing in this Qualifier will be top six finishers from the European Softball Championship 2019 and the top two teams from the African Softball Championship 2019.
 
Americas Qualifier
 
The Americas Olympic qualifier will be a maximum 16-team tournament, with the winner and the 2nd Place nation advancing to Tokyo 2020. Eligible nations to compete in this Qualifier will be based on the finals standings of the Pan American Championship 2019.
 
Asia/Oceania Qualifier
 
The Asia/Oceania Qualifier will be an eight-team tournament, with the winner advancing to Tokyo 2020. Competing in this Qualifier (not counting already qualified nations for Tokyo 2020) will be top six finishers from the Asian Softball Championship 2019 and the top two teams from the Oceania Softball Championship 2019.
 
Women’s National Softball Team Composition
 
National Team roster sizes for Olympic Softball will be 15 athletes, and the athletes must be at least 16 years old (prior to the start of the respective event) to participate in any of the four qualification events as well as the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 tournament. Professional players are eligible. Athletes must comply with Olympic Charter Rule 41 (Nationality of Competitors) and Rule 43 (World Anti-Doping Code and the Olympic Movement Code on the Prevention of Manipulation of Competitions).
Baseball – Path to Olympic Games Tokyo 2020
Softball – Path to Olympic Games Tokyo 2020
Nov 2019: WBSC Premier12 (2 Qualify) Aug 2018: WBSC Women’s Softball WC (1)
TBC: Africa/Europe Qualifier (1) TBC: Africa/Europe Qualifier (1)
TBC: Americas Qualifier (1) TBC: Americas Qualifier (2)
TBC: Intercontinental Qualifier (1) TBC: Asia/Oceania Qualifier (1)
WBSC will announce dates, locations/hosts and respective broadcast rights agreements of the Qualifiers in future news releases.
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For media inquiries, contact media@wbsc.org@WBSC.
About the World Baseball Softball Confederation 
Headquartered in Lausanne, Switzerland — the Olympic Capital — the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) is the world governing body for baseball and softball. WBSC has 202 National Federation and Associate Members in 143 countries and territories across Asia, Africa, Americas, Europe and Oceania, which represent a united baseball/softball sports movement that encompasses over 65 million athletes and attracts approximately 150 million fans to stadiums worldwide annually.
The WBSC governs all international competitions involving official National Teams. The WBSC oversees the Softball World Cups, Softball World Championships (Men, Women, U-19 Men, and U-19 Women), Premier12, World Baseball Classic, and Baseball World Cups (U-12, U-15, U-18, U-23 and Women’s).

For more information, visit www.wbsc.org, which is available six languages: English, French, Japanese, Korean, Spanish and Traditional Chinese.

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8-3-2017 DI Teams to Play in Mexico

Texas softball to play in the 2018 Puerto Vallarta College Challenge

Longhorns will play outside of the U.S. for the first time with trip to Mexico over Feb. 15-18, 2018

AUSTIN, Texas – The Texas softball program is scheduled to participate in the 2018 Puerto Vallarta College Challenge over Feb. 15-18 at Nancy Almaraz Stadium in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, according to a Thursday release.

With their visit to the event, the Longhorns will be playing softball outside of the U.S. for the first time in program history.

The tournament, hosted by Triple Crown Sports, will feature a 10-team field split into two five-team sessions between Feb. 8-10 (Session One) and Feb. 15-18 (Session Two). Session One will include Georgia, James Madison, Long Beach State, Louisiana Tech and Nevada, while the Longhorns will participate in Session Two alongside Ole Miss, Oregon, Rutgers and Houston.

Games for each session are set to begin on Thursday with the event wrapping up action on Saturday afternoon. Official game times and match-ups will be announced on Wed., Aug. 9.

Texas is coming off a 2017 campaign that saw the squad go 33-26 overall with an eventual berth in the championship round of the NCAA College Station Regional.

The inaugural Puerto Vallarta College Challenge was held in 2015, featuring BYU, Nevada, Northern Colorado and Southern Illinois. After a year break for improvements to Nancy Almaraz Stadium, the 2017 tournament included: (Session One) Auburn, BYU, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Washington; (Session Two) Cal State Fullerton, Florida Gulf Coast, Fresno State, Mississippi State and Texas Tech.

Based in Fort Collins, Colo., Triple Crown Sports has been producing events in youth athletics and the collegiate ranks for more than 30 years, establishing a national footprint with destination-friendly tournaments in baseball, fastpitch softball, volleyball and basketball.

Fan Travel & Ticketing Information: Teams will be staying at the Sheraton Buganvilias Resort with all games played just a five-minute walk away at Nancy Almaraz Stadium. Fan packages are available through the Sheraton Buganvilias Resort including four-, five- and six-night stays that also include game tickets. Admission is also available without a hotel package for $30 per day or $75 for a full tournament pass.

(UT)

 footnote:  Spy covered an ISF tournament won by USA a few years ago.  Accident at intersection.  Learned that if you have the $300,000 Hertz collision insurance, you are automatically guilty.
Taken to jail.  Fortunately the American coach spoke Spanish and went with me to a side room.  Police wanted to examine my passport case which I had not opened in years. Pam looked in and found three passports, all with my picture but different names.  She handed the USA civilian passport to the cops.  Eventually I was freed.  The Hertz car had been towed from the scene with fender damage.  Later Hertz informed me that the Mexican police had no idea what happened to the car.  One cop told me the car probably went directly to a chop shop.

7-18-2017 Barnhill Wins ESPY Award

MORE: Florida ace Kelly Barnhill wins 2017 ESPY

Florida’s Barnhill wins ESPY

Florida pitcher Kelly Barnhill won the 2017 ESPY for Best Female Collegiate Athlete during an awards celebration in Los Angeles.

Brad McClenny/Staff Photographer/file

Published: Thursday, July 13, 2017 at 7:08 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, July 13, 2017 at 7:08 a.m.

LOS ANGELES – Florida sophomore Kelly Barnhill added another postseason award late Wednesday as she took home the 2017 ESPY for Best Female Collegiate Athlete during an awards celebration at the Microsoft Theater.

The Marietta, Ga., native became the first player in UF program history to receive an ESPY award.

Also on the ballot for the award was Stanford’s Inky Ajanaku (volleyball), West Virginia’s Kadeisha Buchanan (soccer), Washington’s Kelsey Plum (basketball) and Maryland’s Zoe Stukenberg (lacrosse).

This past season Barnhill helped lead the Gators back to the Women’s College World Series with national leading marks in earned run average (0.51) and strikeouts per seven innings (13.0).

Those two staggering statistics also went down as the best in a single season by a Florida pitcher but she also set records in lowest opponent batting average (.121), most combined shutouts (10), most strikeouts looking (100) and lowest stolen base percentage (.333).

The 25th annual show honoring the past year’s top athletes and sports moments is a production by ESPN.

Barnhill’s Season Awards

2017 ESPY – Best Female Collegiate Athlete

2017 Honda Sports Award

2017 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year

2017 espnW Player of the Year

2017 CoSIDA Academic All-American

NFCA All-American First Team

SEC Pitcher of the Year

All-SEC First Team

SEC Pitcher of the Week – 5x (2/20, 4/11, 4/18, 4/25, 5/2)

USA Softball Co-Player of the Week – (4/18)

Louisville Slugger/NFCA Pitcher of the Week – (4/18)

ESPNW Player of the Week – (4/18)

7-6-2017 Waldrop Joins Duke Staff

Waldrop Joins Duke Softball Staff

 

July 6, 2017

 

DURHAM, N.C. – Duke head softball coach Marissa Young announced on Thursday the addition of former collegiate National Player of the Year Lacey Waldrop to the Blue Devil coaching staff.  Waldrop will serve as an assistant coach with primary responsibilities including pitching staff and player development.

“We are excited to add Lacey Waldrop to our coaching staff,” said Young.  “I have always respected Lacey as a bright young lady who is humble and no stranger to hard work. I love she is such a fierce competitor who really understands how to connect with student-athletes and elevate their mentality to take their games to the next level. Lacey has had the opportunity to learn from two of the top programs in the country, has an understanding of what it takes to consistently win in both the ACC and NCAA Tournament and is eager to help build a championship culture here at Duke.  She will play an integral role with our pitching staff and in preparing our offense for upcoming opponents.”

Waldrop joins the Duke program following one season at the University of Oklahoma, where she served as a graduate student manager as the Sooners went 61-9, captured the Big 12 regular season and tournament titles and defeated top-seeded Florida in the best-of-three NCAA championship series to win their second consecutive national crown

6-28-2017 OU Coaches Hailed as Nation’s Best

OU Softball Coaches Heralded as National Staff of the Year

 

NORMAN – Winners of back-to-back national championships, the Oklahoma softball coaches have repeated as the NFCA Division I National Coaching Staff of the Year, the National Fastpitch Association announced Wednesday.

Head coach Patty Gasso, associate head coach Melyssa Lombardi, assistant coach J.T. Gasso and volunteer assistant coach Andrea Gasso took home the honor for the second straight year after guiding the Sooners to a 61-9 record and the fourth national championship in program history.

Gasso’s staff, which included Lombardi, was also tabbed the nation’s best in 2000 and 2013 after the Sooners won their first two national titles. OU has been recognized as the Division I Central Region Coaching Staff of the Year for each of the last six seasons.

After losing their opening game of the Regionals, tenth-seeded OU rattled off four straight elimination-game wins before sweeping No. 7 Auburn in the Super Regionals. Oklahoma then took down No. 15 Baylor, No. 6 Washington and No. 3 Oregon.

Game one of the WCWS Championship Series against top-seeded Florida was an instant classic as the Sooners prevailed 7-5 in 17 innings, the longest game in Finals history (since 2005). Twice Oklahoma had Florida down to its final out, but the Gators rallied in the bottom of the seventh and bottom of the 12th to prolong the game. In the top of the 17th, Shay Knighten hit a three-run homer to put the Sooners up for good.

Oklahoma then swept the WCWS Championship Series with a 5-4 win in game two. Knighten was again the hero as she hit a bases-loaded double, turning a 3-2 deficit in the second inning into a 5-3 lead.

Coming off a national title in 2016, the Sooners started the season ranked No. 1 in the NFCA preseason poll for the first time in program history. However, the team would slip as low as No. 13 as late as Week 7. OU was 23-7 on March 18, but rebounded to win 38 of its last 40 contests en route to the national title and a unanimous No. 1 ranking in the final polls.

For the fifth time in the last six seasons Oklahoma had at least three All-Americans with Knighten, Caleigh Clifton and Paige Parker on the second team. OU also had seven All-Region honorees for the fourth straight season and tied a school record with five first-teamers.

Winners of the Big 12 for the sixth straight year, Oklahoma swept nearly every major conference award, including Player of the Year (Knighten), Pitcher of the Year (Parker), Freshman of the Year (Nicole Mendes) and Coach of the Year (Gasso). The Sooners put four players on the All-Big 12 First Team, four on the All-Big 12 Second Team and two on the All-Big 12 Freshman Team.

The team ranked second in the country in winning percentage (.871), sixth in fielding percentage (.977), ninth in runs per game (6.26) and 10th in team earned run average (1.55).

Paige Lowary led the nation in saves with 11, a total higher than any Sooners team in program history. Knighten, meanwhile, was seventh in the country with 70 RBI, while Clifton was ninth in hit by pitch per game (0.37).

A 2012 NFCA Hall of Fame inductee, Gasso just completed her 23rd season at the helm of the OU program. She owns a career collegiate coaching record of 1307-381-3 (.774) with an overall mark of 11146-322-2 (.780) at the University of Oklahoma. She ranks sixth among active coaches (min. 5 years) and eighth all-time (min. 10 years) in winning percentage, while her win total is 14th all-time and ninth among active coaches.

Gasso has won more Big 12 games (307-85) than any coach in the league’s history. Oklahoma has claimed 10 Big 12 regular season and five championship titles under her direction, including the 2017 crown after a 17-1 mark in league play tied for the program’s best conference record.

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