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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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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.

-2017 Final NFCA DI Poll

2017 USA Today/NFCA Division I Softball Coaches Poll (Final)

The 2017 USA Today/NFCA Division I Top 25 Poll is voted on by 32 NCAA Division I head coaches, one representing each conference.

Rankings

Rank Team Record Points Previous
1 Oklahoma (32) 61-9 800 6
2 Florida 58-10 768 2
3 Washington 50-14 718 7
4 Oregon 54-8 707 3
5 UCLA 48-15 670 9
6 LSU 48-22 630 18
7 Baylor 48-15 594 17
8 Texas A&M 47-13 572 12
9 Arizona 52-9 528 5
10 Florida State 55-8 513 4
11 Tennessee 48-12 442 10
12 Alabama 46-18 431 15
13 Auburn 49-12 420 8
14 Utah 37-16 379 16
15 Minnesota 56-5 371 1
16 Ole Miss 43-20 362 13
17 Kentucky (303) 39-19 19
18 James Madison 52-8 246 11
19 Louisiana 47-8 219 14
20 Michigan 43-13 191 20
21 BYU 46-13 159 21
22 Tulsa 41-17 106 23
23 Arizona State 31-22 80 22
24 Marshall 42-12 45
25 Georgia 35-23 32 25
South Carolina 34-25 32 24

Others receiving votes:

California (24), Oklahoma State (19), Wisconsin (11), North Dakota State (5), Arkansas (4), USC Upstate (4), Illinois (4), Mississippi State (4), Florida International (2), Texas State (2), Cal State Fullerton (2), Oregon State (1).

Dropped out:

None.

All Polls for Division I in 2017

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8-8-2017 Mendoza Will Be NFCA Convention Speaker

7/8/17 – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

NFCA announces Jessica Mendoza as 2017 Convention keynote speaker

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Jessica Mendoza, an analyst on ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball team, will deliver this year’s keynote address at the 2017 NFCA Convention, Dec. 6-9 in Las Vegas. A four-time NFCA first-team All-American, Mendoza is a two-time Olympic medalist, three-time world champion and was the 2006 USA Softball Athlete of the Year.

A former star outfielder and NFCA Scholar-Athlete who led Stanford University to its first Women’s College World Series (WCWS) appearance in 2001, Mendoza still holds school records in a variety of offensive categories for the Cardinal, including career batting average (.416), hits (327), runs (230), slugging percentage (.719) and home runs (50).

“I am so excited to speak at the NFCA convention this year,” said Mendoza. “I have learned so much from this convention in the past and feel it is the epicenter for knowledge and growth in our sport. It is important to keep softball growing and I believe the NFCA Convention is a big part of that.”

She was also a standout performer for the U.S. Women’s National Team from 2001-10, earning Olympic gold in 2004 and silver in 2008 in Beijing, the same year Mendoza was selected the Women’s Sports Foundation Sportswoman of the Year. Team USA won world championships in 2002, 2006 and 2010, captured the World Cup of Softball in 2006, 2007 and 2010 and scored Pan American titles in 2003 and 2007.

A familiar face on television since finishing her playing career, Mendoza serves as an analyst and reporter for the WCWS on ESPN and a sideline reporter for college football games.

Since joining ESPN in 2007, Mendoza has broken several barriers in television broadcasting. In 2015, she became the first female broadcaster for ESPN’s Men’s College World Series and the first woman to be an analyst for a Major League Baseball game, when she worked the Aug. 24 Monday Night Baseball contest between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Chicago Cubs. Her work on several Sunday Night Baseball games and a nationally-televised MLB American League Wild Card Game led to Mendoza being named a permanent member of ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball broadcast team in January 2016.

Prior to joining ESPN, Mendoza was a reporter for Yahoo! Sports at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver and the lead analyst for college softball games on FOX Sports.

She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in American Studies in 2002 and a Masters in Social Sciences in Education in 2003.

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NFCA Convention | Las Vegas | December 6-9, 2017
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6-30-2017 NFCA Convention Sponsorship

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE- June 30, 2017

NFCA announces new four-year convention sponsorship with Legacy Event Management

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The NFCA is pleased to welcome Legacy Event Management as its newest convention sponsor. Legacy Events has agreed to a four-year contract and will be the title sponsor for the NFCA Convention’s post-Hall of Fame social event. The new late evening social will debut in Las Vegas this year and continue through 2020.

“We are thrilled to welcome Legacy Event Management as an Official NFCA Convention sponsor,” said NFCA Executive Director Carol Bruggeman.  “Their organization is committed to developing and executing first-class events in the fastpitch community. Anyone who has attended an event coordinated by Legacy understands their commitment to excellence. The NFCA looks forward to working with Legacy Event Management to continue to grow fastpitch events for many years to come.”

 

Legacy Events manages and endorses elite level sporting competitions (showcases, tournaments, camps) that connect dedicated youth athletes with college coaches for potential recruitment.  

According to Will Tomasello, Founder of Legacy Event Management, LLC, and Tournament Director of the Atlanta Legacy Showcase, “The NFCA has played a pivotal role in the growth and success of the fastpitch community. As a member and convention exhibitor through the years, we have been fortunate to experience how the NFCA has, and continues to, create a convention environment that reaches out to all affiliations in the softball world.  Carol, and her team, have done an outstanding job of creating new and innovative programming at the convention.  They are committed to the success of this sport and everyone who is a part of it.  The timing was right for our organization to come on board and join in on that commitment.  2017 marks the 10th anniversary of the Atlanta Legacy Showcase, Legacy’s landmark event.  We are excited to roll out this sponsorship with the NFCA in conjunction with celebrating this momentous milestone.”

 

Legacy provides a full service, highly personalized experience for assessing student-athletes.  Its showcases and tournaments are designed to bring select premier teams together to play in a dynamic format. Additionally, camps provide a setting where student-athletes can participate in extensive training and workout clinics that teach skills of the game, while providing a stage for college recruitment.  Its hallmark event, the Atlanta Legacy Showcase, is centrally located in the heart of ACC/SEC country and draws elite teams from around the country as well as hundreds of colleges representing all NCAA schools and power conferences.  To learn more about Legacy and its upcoming events, go to www.lemgt.com.

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NFCA Convention | Las Vegas | December 6-9, 2017
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