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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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10-11-2017 National Team Camp Invitees

National Team Camp Invitees

Fifty-six athletes accept invitation to 2018 USA Softball Women’s National Team Selection Camp

OKLAHOMA CITY – USA Softball announced today the list of athletes invited to participate at the 2018 USA Softball Women’s National Team Selection Camp to be held January 1-5, 2018 at Eddie C. Moore Softball Complex in Clearwater, Fla.  A total of 61 athletes were invited to attend the Selection Camp with 56 athletes accepting the invitation.  Those athletes who accepted the invitation to try out will vie for a spot on the 2018 USA Softball Women’s National Team (WNT) roster which will compete at the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Women’s World Championship in Chiba, Japan August 2-12, 2018, the World Cup of Softball XIII and select invitational events.

 

Click here to see the athletes who received an invitation to try out for the Women’s National Team

During the selection process, athletes will participate in position drills as well as simulated games and be evaluated by the USA Softball Women’s National Team Selection Committee (WNTSC).  The 2018 USA Softball WNT will look to defend their Gold Medal finish at the 2016 WBSC Women’s World Championship where the team claimed the 10th overall World Championship title for the WNT program.  The team finished the 2016 WBSC 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.

 

USA Softball will also hold an open tryout opportunity for players hoping to make the 2018 USA Softball WNT.  Held December 31 at Eddie C. Moore Softball Complex in Clearwater, Fla., eligible athletes have from now through October 31 to sign up through USASoftball.com for the open tryout, which will involve a series of softball related skill drills for each position, hitting and bunting.  Participants from the open tryout could be selected to participate at the USA Softball WNT Selection Camp along with the list of invited athletes.

Monica Abbott Pitcher Tennessee – 2008

Ali Aguilar Infield Washington – 2017

Valerie Arioto Infield California – 2012

Kelly Barnhill Pitcher Florida – Junior

Bianka Bell Infield LSU – 2016

Ally Carda Pitcher/Infield UCLA – 2015

Lindsey Cargill Infield Baylor – 2017

Emily Carosone Infield Auburn – 2016

Brittany Cervantes Utility Kentucky – 2012

Lauren Chamberlain* Infield Oklahoma – 2015

Amanda Chidester Catcher Michigan – 2012

Caleigh Clifton Infield Oklahoma – Junior

Kasey Cooper Infield Auburn – 2017

Nicole DeWitt* Infield Florida – Senior

Astin Donovan Outfield South Florida – Senior

Taylor Edwards Catcher Nebraska – 2014

Hannah Flippen Infield Utah – 2017

Taylor Gadbois Outfield Missouri – 2016

Rachel Garcia Pitcher UCLA – Sophomore

Chelsea Goodacre* Catcher Arizona – 2015

Delanie Gourley Pitcher Florida – 2017

Meghan Gregg Infield Tennessee – Senior

Paige Halstead Catcher UCLA – Junior

Jazmyn Jackson Outfield California – Senior

Sahvanna Jaquish Catcher LSU – 2017

Megan Kleist Pitcher Oregon – Junior

Shay Knighten Infield Oklahoma – Junior

Kelly Kretschman Outfield Alabama – 2001

Bailey Landry Outfield LSU – 2017

Jenna Lilley Infield Oregon – Senior

Kendyl Lindaman Catcher Minnesota – Sophomore

Amanda Lorenz Outfield Florida – Junior

Paige Lowary Pitcher Oklahoma – Senior

Haylie McCleney Outfield Alabama – 2016

Nicole Mendes Utility Oklahoma – Sophomore

Mo Mercado Infield Arizona – 2017

Kirsti Merritt Outfield Florida – 2016

Jessica Moore Pitcher Oregon – 2013

Michelle Moultrie Outfield Florida – 2012

Dejah Mulipola Catcher Arizona – Sophomore

Aubree Munro Catcher Florida – 2016

Nerissa Myers Infield La. Lafayette – 2013

Bubba Nickles Utility UCLA – Sophomore

Alexis Osorio Pitcher Alabama – Senior

Danielle O’Toole Pitcher Arizona – 2017

Paige Parker* Pitcher Oklahoma – Senior

Shelby Pendley Infield Oklahoma – 2015

Kylee Perez Infield UCLA – Senior

Keilani Ricketts Pitcher Oklahoma – 2013

Sierra Romero Infield Michigan – 2016

Sydney Romero Infield Oklahoma – Junior

Delaney Spaulding Infield UCLA – 2017

Kelsey Stewart Utility Florida – 2016

Gwen Svekis Catcher Oregon – Senior

Janie Takeda Outfield Oregon – 2015

Nadia Taylor Infield Texas – 2012

Nikki Udria Infield Oregon – 2017

Karley Wester* Outfield Notre Dame – 2017

Megan Wiggins Outfield Georgia – 2011

Hallie Wilson Utility Arizona – 2015

Morgan Zerkle Outfield Marshall – 2017

 

 

For updates on the USA Softball Women’s National Team and events throughout the 2018 season visit www.USASoftball.com.

About USA Softball USA Softball is a 501(c)(3) not-for profit organization headquartered in Oklahoma City, Okla., and is designated as the National Governing Body (NGB) of Softball in the United States and a member of the United States Olympic Committee. One of the nation’s largest sports organizations, USA Softball sanctions competition in every state through a network of 70 local associations and has grown from a few hundred teams in the early days to over 150,000 teams today, representing a membership of more than 2 million.  USA Softball is dedicated to providing people of all ages the opportunity to play the game they love at a variety of levels by offering recreational, league, tournament and competitive play for fast pitch, slow pitch and modified pitch.  USA Softball annually conducts thousands of tournaments throughout the country including over 100 National Championships.  The USA Softball umpire program is among the nation’s largest and are widely known as the best trained umpires in the game.

 

As the NGB for the sport of softball, USA Softball is responsible for training, equipping and promoting the six USA Softball National Teams that compete in events such as the Olympics, Pan American Games, World Championships and other international and domestic events. For more information on USA Softball, including its founding and history as the Amateur Softball Association of America (ASA), please visit, www.USASoftball.com.

 

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 213 National Federation and Associate Members in 142 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 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.

 

About USA Softball USA Softball is a 501(c)(3) not-for profit organization headquartered in Oklahoma City, Okla., and is designated as the National Governing Body (NGB) of Softball in the United States and a member of the United States Olympic Committee. One of the nation’s largest sports organizations, USA Softball sanctions competition in every state through a network of 70 local associations and has grown from a few hundred teams in the early days to over 150,000 teams today, representing a membership of more than 2 million.  USA Softball is dedicated to providing people of all ages the opportunity to play the game they love at a variety of levels by offering recreational, league, tournament and competitive play for fast pitch, slow pitch and modified pitch.  USA Softball annually conducts thousands of tournaments throughout the country including over 100 National Championships.  The USA Softball umpire program is among the nation’s largest and are widely known as the best trained umpires in the game.

 

As the NGB for the sport of softball, USA Softball is responsible for training, equipping and promoting the six USA Softball National Teams that compete in events such as the Olympics, Pan American Games, World Championships and other international and domestic events. For more information on USA Softball, including its founding and history as the Amateur Softball Association of America (ASA), please visit, www.USASoftball.com.

 

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 213 National Federation and Associate Members in 142 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 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.

 

 

 

9-18-2017 Assistant Coach of Year

Lombardi Named NFCA Assistant Coach of the Year

 

NORMAN – Oklahoma softball associate head coach Melyssa Lombardi has been named the 2017 Easton/NFCA Division I Assistant Coach of the Year, the National Fastpitch Coaches Association announced Monday afternoon.

The 2017 season marked the 20th for Lombardi as pitching coach for the Sooners and featured one of the deepest staffs in program history. Three pitchers threw at least 100 innings and all five members of the staff had ERAs at 2.08 or lower. The staff ERA was 1.55 on the season with 510 strikeouts (fourth most in program history) in 482.2 innings and an opponents’ average of .177 (eighth lowest at OU).

Paige Parker continued her career with another All-American season and her third straight season being named Big 12 Pitcher of the Year after posting the lowest ERA (1.43) and best strikeout rate (8.72 per 7 IP) of her career. She posted a 26-5 record with six shutouts while holding opponents to a .179 average in a team-high 210.1 innings.

Junior Paige Lowary transferred from Missouri and was named an All-Big 12 First Team honoree as she emerged as a dominant relief pitcher. With 11 saves on the year, Lowary had more than any team previously recorded in OU history and she tied for fifth in NCAA single-season records. In 146.2 innings, Lowary went 16-3 on the season with 122 strikeouts to just 33 walks with an opponents’ average of .163.

Freshman Mariah Lopez went 18-1 on the season with 109 strikeouts in 101 innings and threw a no-hitter. Fellow freshmen Nicole Mendes and Melanie Olmos rounded out the staff by giving up just two runs in 24.2 combined innings.

Earlier this season, Lombardi was part of the NFCA National Coaching Staff of the Year along with head coach Patty Gasso, assistant coach J.T. Gasso and volunteer assistant coach Andrea Gasso.

During her tenure, the Sooners have won the 2000, 2013, 2016 and 2017 National Championships and have won 16 NCAA Regional Championships in 20 postseason appearances. In addition, the Sooners have claimed nine Big 12 regular season titles and four conference tournament championships.

As a member of the Sooners’ coaching staff, Lombardi has been a part of four NFCA National Coaching Staffs of the Year (including each of the last two seasons) and 10 Regional Coaching Staffs of the Year (including each of the last six seasons).

The winners of the NFCA Assistant Coach of the Year awards were nominated by their NFCA member head coach and selected by a panel of their peers on the NFCA Awards Committee.

9-16-2017 Auburn Hires Mickey Dean as Softball Coach

 

Auburn hires James Madison’s Mickey Dean as new softball coach

James Madision head coach Mickey Dean has been hired as Auburn’s new softball coach.
James Madision head coach Mickey Dean has been hired as Auburn’s new softball coach.(Vasha Hunt/vhunt@al.com)
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Auburn has hired James Madison’s Mickey Dean to be its next softball coach.

Dean went 237-56 in his five years at JMU, including 2-1 against Auburn, and has coached seven NCAA Tournament teams with one NCAA Super Regional appearance and won nine conference titles in his career.

“Coach Dean’s accomplishments at JMU are remarkable,” Auburn athletic director Jay Jacobs said in a statement. “He’s won consistently at every level throughout his career. He’s done it the right way, winning with class and integrity while graduating his student-athletes at a high level. Auburn already has a winning program and we’re going to get even better. He’s a great fit for Auburn.”

Dean replaces Clint Myers, who the school announced “retired” on Aug. 23 but Jacobs later said was guilty of “wrongdoing” amid allegations of abuse and harassment under his watch by his son and former associate head coach Corey Myers, who “resigned” in March.

Dean coached five 40-win seasons, including the final two with 52 and 50 victories, and broke 104 program records at JMU, including over 40 pitching records while boasting one of the nation’s top pitching staffs. He’s coached seven all-Americans, including 2017 National Player of the Year, Megan Good, and been named conference coach of the year eight times during his career.

“It is an honor to be named the leader of the Auburn softball program,” Dean said in a statement. “I want to thank President Leath, Director of Athletics Jay Jacobs and the Board of Trustees for the exciting opportunity to lead this program.

“The future is bright for Auburn softball. We want the fans to be as excited as we are to come out and watch the program represent them in the highest standing.”

Prior to his time at JMU, Dean coached Radford for five seasons and served as an assistant coach at Akron (2001-02), Indiana (2002-04) and Longwood (2005-06). He was also the pitching coach for the Venezuelan National Team (2002-08) and the head coach for the Chicago Bandits (2004-10) that finished as the National Pro Fastpitch regular season champions five times and won the title in 2008.

Dean is a 1987 graduate of Elon University, where he was a pitcher on the baseball team.

9-16-2017 YWCA Honors Karen Weekly

YWCA SPOTLIGHTS KAREN WEEKLY AT ANNUAL TRIBUTE TO WOMEN

By Coy Gill, UTsports.com

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — The YWCA honored Tennessee softball co-head coach Karen Weekly as one of the finalists for the Arts and Education Award in the 33rd annual Tribute to Women Thursday night at the Bijou Theatre.

Weekly was one of four women celebrated. The YWCA selected Weekly for her competitive drive and her desire to place the well-being of her student-athletes before winning games. This past season, Weekly also reached the 1,000-career win milestone, becoming only the 33rd Division I coach to accomplish the feat in any sport – and the third at Tennessee. Weekly joined her husband and co-head coach Ralph Weekly and legendary former women’s basketball coach Pat Summitt in that rarified air.

The YWCA Tribute to Women has been honoring distinguished women from the greater Knoxville area since 1985. Since 1899, the YWCA has existed as a force to empower women and eliminate racism.

Five awards were given out at the event. Gibbs Middle School principal Cindy White won of the of Arts and Education Award. Leslye Hartsell, the manager of Communications and Community Relations at Knoxville Utilities Board, won the Business and Professional Leadership Award. Dr. Alice Mercer, one of the founders of the Women’s Fund of East Tennessee, won the Community Service and Government Award. Dr. Smita Borole, the head dentist at DentalWorks, won the Health and Human Services Award. Clarice Phelps, a researcher/program manager for industrial use isotopes at ORNL, won the Technology, Research, Innovation Award.