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5-24-2017 Wilson to Coach New Chinese Team in NPF

Beijing Shougang Eagles Announce 2017 Coaching Staff

Beijing Shougang Eagles 2017 Coaching Staff


BEIJING, China  (May 24, 2017)
– Beijing Shougang Eagles announced the appointment of Teresa Wilson as Head Coach for the 2017 season at a press conference held in Beijing on Wednesday. Wilson will be the first Head Coach for the Eagles and lead the team through its inaugural season of National Pro Fastpitch action.
Ms. Wilson’s resume as an NCAA Head coach is rich in success. Over a 24 year career, she was honored as national Coach of the Year once and conference Coach of the Year multiple times at 3 different universities (Oregon, Minnesota and Washington), in both the Pac 10 and Big 10 conferences.
Most recognized for her accomplishments as the first coach of the Washington Huskies, while there Wilson’s teams made 2 championship game appearances in the WCWS, 2 semifinalist finishes, 6 total WCWS appearances (totaling 13 WCWS wins), and 10 consecutive NCAA tournament appearances.
Wilson is one of only six coaches to take 2 programs to the NCAA WCWS and the only individual to coach 3 programs in the WCWS. She is also the only individual to coach 4 programs in the NCAA post-season tournament. In addition, she was the first person to both play and coach in the WCWS.
“I am honored to be named the Head Coach for the Beijing Shougang Eagles as they begin their inaugural campaign as part of the NPF,” commented Wilson. “My assistant coaches and I just watched these athletes compete in their National Games and were very impressed with their skill level, their work ethic, and the way they represent the game of softball!  We are anxious to begin our work with them and look forward to the opportunity to grow our game at the highest level!.”
Joining Wilson on the coaching staff of Beijing Shougang are Assistants, Breanne Lewis and Thomas Hazelhurst, along with strength coach, Eric Bryant.
Lewis specializes in skill development in the specific position of catcher. She is recognized as an elite situational and game analyst who excels in dugout management which include pitcher tendencies, pitcher/hitter match-ups, charting, video, scouting applications and mental approaches.
Hazelhurst is a former Assistant Coach at the University of Illinois and the University of Georgia, who specializes in hitter development. Hazelhurst is experienced in analysis and video production software and skill development utilizing human kinetics breakdowns.
Bryant is a strength, conditioning, speed and agility coach, formerly of the University of Washington. Bryant also worked a brief stint with Wilson in 2012 as staff of the NPF team, Carolina Diamonds.
Beijing Shougang will make their debut in the NPF June 6th at The Ballpark at Rosemont as they take on the Chicago Bandits in a 4 game series.

5-6-2017 African Baseball Softball Summit

WBSC launches African Summit to analyse and spotlight wave of new baseball/softball growth on continent
Johannesburg — The World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) today announced the launch of the inaugural WBSC African Summit 2017, WBSC’s first-ever conference of its kind is being organised to review and best harness baseball and softball’s increasing participation rates and popularity across the African continent.
The three-day summit will be hosted in Johannesburg, South Africa, from 5-7 May and will gather high-ranking officials from the WBSC, the African Baseball and Softball Association (ABSA), and 20 national governing bodies.
The agenda of the WBSC Africa Summit 2017 will focus on baseball and softball continental development across all age-groups, with a particular emphasis on driving youth and women’s expansion in the bat-and-ball team sport to unprecedented levels.
A total of 33 African delegates and representatives from the WBSC will be present in Johannesburg, including President Riccardo Fraccari.
Baseball and softball’s return to the Olympic Games in Tokyo in 2020 has led to an increased global interest in both sports and attracted significant new funding, especially in emerging baseball and softball territories.
“To reach the next stage of becoming a major global sportand position baseball and softball as long-term Olympic events, Africa can and will play a key role to realising these objectives,” said WBSC President Fraccari, “and this is why we are staging this WBSC Africa Summit. Baseball and softball have never been as popular across the globe as they are today, and I look forward to meeting with ABSA, our National Federation Members and delegates across the continent to sustain these positives trends in our sport.”
With 65 million athletes in over 140 countries worldwide, the WBSC is now aiming to harness growing enthusiasm and access to resources in Africa to help achieve its ambitious development goals.
Africa is a key continent for the implementation of these wide-ranging goals, which include providing financial and practical support and guidance in training, coaching and umpiring in conjunction with National Federations, as well as venue construction, the establishment of new clubs and school and community projects.
To help the WBSC achieve their goals, the organisation has created a Development Commission and a Youth Commission, which together with the Executive Committee of the WBSC, has created comprehensive Development Programmes officially launched earlier this year.
Africa celebrates its first-ever Major League Baseball player
History was made recently for African baseball and softball as Gift Ngoepe, a native of Randburg, Gauteng, South Africa, made his official debut in Major League Baseball, becoming the first African-born MLB player.
Africa Nations debut on Global Stage and infrastructure development
 
African nations last year also made historic debuts in Softball World Championships, as Kenya and Uganda competed in their first WBSC Women’s Softball World Championship in Surrey, Canada, and debuted in the official WBSC Women’s Softball World Ranking. The latest developments follow historic growth for baseball and softball across Africa, with first-ever national stadiums erected in Ghana and Uganda in early 2014.

II WBSC World Baseball Softball Congress 2017 – Gaborone, Botswana
The WBSC has made developing baseball and softball in Africa a strategic priority since the founding of the global confederation, which was official established in 2014 at the inaugural WBSC World Baseball Softball Congress in the North African city of Hammamet, Tunisia.
The II WBSC World Baseball Softball Congress 2017 will be held in Gaborone, the capital of Botswana, in October. In 2011, South Africa staged the IX Junior Women’s Softball World Championship.
WBSC’s focus across the emerging baseball/softball continent has seen a number of major successes in recent months, including the recent formation of the Mozambique Baseball Softball Federation, supported by WBSC and Mozambique’s National Institute of Sport and the Mozambique Olympic Committee.
Looking ahead to the three-day Summit, WBSC President Riccardo Fraccari said:
“To reach the next stage of becoming a major global sport and position baseball and softball as long-term Olympic events, Africa can and will play a key role to realising these objectives,” said WBSC President Fraccari, “and is why we are staging this WBSC Africa Summit.  Baseball and softball have never been as popular across the globe as they are today, and I look forward to meeting with ABSA, our National Federation Members and delegates across the continent to continue these positives trends in our sport.”
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5-2-2017 Chinese Team to Play in NPF

National Pro Fastpitch Announces Addition of Chinese Team Beginning With 2017 Season

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (April 11, 2016) – National Pro Fastpitch announced the addition of a sixth affiliate team that will begin participation when the 2017 regular season launches June 1. The team, Beijing Shougang, is managed by the Chinese Softball Association (CSA) and will be made up of players currently in the national team pool for CSA, along with a select few American team members.
Although the team is managed by CSA, its eventual permanent home location for NPF competition will be located in the United States and announced at a later date. This season, Beijing Shougang will play all “home” games in current home venues of the other five affiliate NPF teams.
This move is an unprecedented and outstanding step forward for Chinese Softball and a ground breaking experiment for the Chinese softball team.
“We hope that participating in NPF competition will accelerate the skills advancement of our players in the near term,” explained the CEO of Beijing Shougang Sports, Qin Xiaowen. “Looking ahead, the company plans to invest in the future development of professional baseball and softball and promote the development of other related projects in China.”
The 2017 schedule which was announced earlier this year has been adjusted and revised to accommodate even competition between the six teams. That schedule consists of 150 regular season games, 50 for each team, broken down to 25 home and 25 away games.
The roster for Beijing Shougang is expected to be at maximum capacity of 26 players with the majority of those players being Chinese and identified in the CSA pool of athletes training for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, where softball will once again be on the slate of medal sports. The team expects to add a handful of American players that will compliment the existing Chinese roster and enhance the team’s competitiveness for NPF competition, specifically in the area of pitching.
“This is a landmark move for the league and one we are extremely proud to announce,” commented NPF Commissioner, Cheri Kempf. “It continues to be a priority of the league, to include the world’s best players and to impact the growth, development and popularity of this incredible game on a global scale. This addition, on top of the involvement of Softball Australia, which was announced earlier this year, speaks loudly to our goals and commitment to doing that.”
Opening Day for the 2017 NPF regular season is June 1 when Akron visits Chicago for a 3 game series. Beijing Shougang will make their league debut on June 6 versus Chicago at The Ballpark at Rosemont with a 4 game series. June 8 will see the remaining three teams, ScrapYard, Texas and USSSA open their 2017 schedules.
The top 4 finishers in the regular season will qualify for the 2017 Championship Series held at Tiger Park in Baton Rouge, LA, August 17 – 20.
The full season of NPF action is available through subscription on NPFTV, the league’s dedicated and exclusive home for all 150 regular season games.

12-8-2016 Yokohama Stadium Approved for 2020

WBSC WELCOMES IOC APPROVAL OF YOKOHAMA STADIUM FOR OLYMPIC BASEBALL, SOFTBALL AT TOKYO 2020 GAMES 

 

LAUSANNE, Switzerland — The World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) today welcomed the decision of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to approve the Tokyo 2020 venue proposal, which confirmed the 30,000-seat Yokohama Stadium as the main venue for baseball and softball events at the Olympic Games in 2020.

Approximately 40 km/25 miles south of Tokyo and located in the city centre, Yokohama Stadium is the home of Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB) club Yokohama DeNA BayStars.

In July, WBSC officials conducted inspections of Yokohama Stadium as a potential Olympic venue.

“WBSC is delighted with the decision of the International Olympic Committee Executive Board to confirm Yokohama Stadium as a main venue,” said WBSC President Riccardo Fraccari. “Yokohama Stadium with its downtown skyline will provide a spectacular backdrop for Olympic baseball and softball — this is an exciting day that takes baseball and softball one step further on the historic road to Tokyo 2020.”

The ballpark in the city of 3.7 million features a “natural grass” look, but the entire field is fitted with a next generation artificial turf, with dirt cut-outs around the bases, pitcher’s mound and home plate circle.

Collaborations will continue between WBSC and Tokyo 2020 on the tournament format and the venue plan in the Tokyo Metropolitan area and how a game(s) in Fukushima could potentially be realised. Potential final proposals to the IOC are expected in 2017. The venue process for baseball and softball events has been generating a media buzz in Japan and internationally.

WBSC is also working to confirm the Olympic baseball and softball qualification method in early 2017.

LSU Softball vs Pride

LSU Softball to Host NPF’s Pride During Fall Workouts 

 

BATON ROUGE, La. – Coming off of its second-straight Women’s College World Series appearance in June, the LSU softball team got back to work last week with the beginning of fall workouts, as the Tigers will prepare for the 2017 season with a slate of scrimmages against local and regional collegiate teams and highlighted by a visit by the NPF’s USSSA Pride in October.

 

LSU, returning five positional starters and all three of its starting pitchers from the 2016 team that won 50-plus games for the second consecutive year, will have scrimmages for most of the month of October, with the key matchup against the Pride coming on October 16th at 4 p.m. at Tiger Park.

 

The Pride finished the National Pro Fastpitch season with a 40-14 record and earned the top seed for the league’s annual championship series for the third consecutive year and fifth time in the last seven seasons. The Pride will be on the second leg of their fall tour series which began in September in the northeast, before moving to the south for the month of October.

 

The contest between the Tigers and Pride will be free and open to fans, as will the rest of the contests.

 

For all of the latest news and information on Tiger softball, visit www.lsusports.net/softball. Fans can also follow the program on its social media outlets at www.Facebook.com/lsusoftball along with @lsusoftball and @BethTorina on Twitter and @lsusb on Instagram.

 

2016 LSU Softball Fall Schedule

Date                                      Team                                                                     Time

October 2                            Lamar, Chipola                                                  TBA

October 8                            Northwestern State, Belhaven                  TBA

October 11                          LSU-Eunice                                                         6 p.m.

October 16                          USSSA Pride                                                       4 p.m.

October 20                          McNeese State                                                 6 p.m.