Category Archives: IOC

9-16-2017 Olympics in London and Paris

LIMA, Peru – The International Olympic Committee has selected Los Angeles as the Host City of the 2028 Olympic and Paralympic Games, returning the Summer Games to the United States for the first time since Atlanta 1996. The City of Angels will be hosting the Olympics for the third time (1932, 1984, 2028) and the Paralympics for the first time.

At the IOC Session in Lima, IOC members unanimously voted to ratify a tripartite agreement between the IOC and the cities of LA and Paris, with the 2024 Games going to Paris and 2028 Games to LA. The agreement follows the IOC members’ unanimous approval at the July 2017 Extraordinary IOC Session for the simultaneous election of the host cities of the 2024 and 2028 Games.

In its final presentation to the IOC today, LA 2028 highlighted the City of Angels’ plan to create a New Games for a New Era by harnessing LA’s unparalleled creative, storytelling assets to deliver the world’s greatest sporting event in a low-risk, fiscally responsible and sustainable way.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said: “This is a momentous day for the people of Los Angeles and the United States. For the first time in a generation, we are bringing the Games back to the City of Angels. LA loves the OIympics because the Games have lifted up our city twice before. But to us the Games have always represented an even brighter future and the chance to harness the power of sport and the Olympic Movement again to inspire the next generation – for the next 11 years and beyond.”

LA 2028 Chairman Casey Wasserman said: “This 11-year agreement with the IOC is the ultimate validation of LA 2028’s New Games for a New Era, and Los Angeles’ vision for the future. As a team and as a city, we could not be more excited to be entering into this long-term partnership with the Olympic and Paralympic movements, and with one of the great cities of the world, Paris. This will be an extraordinary collaboration that secures the future of the Movement for generations. Now LA 2028 has a golden opportunity, with four more years to prepare and a $2 billion contribution from the IOC, to redefine how hosting the Games can benefit host communities.”

United States Olympic Committee Chairman and U.S. IOC Member Larry Probst said: “Today is one of the most significant days in the history of the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic movements – and it’s one we’ve been waiting to celebrate for many years. Los Angeles’ Games plan is second to none and will have a far-reaching impact domestically and abroad. This visionary dual award will no doubt provide an era of unprecedented strength and stability for the global Olympic and Paralympic movements, and the LA Games will absolutely fulfill their promise of being a New Games for a New Era.”

USOC CEO Scott Blackmun said: “A Games on home soil is an extremely special opportunity that will allow us to grow and serve the Olympic and Paralympic movements for decades to come. We couldn’t have found a better partner than Los Angeles to give a new generation of American athletes and fans the experience of the Olympic and Paralympic Games. I look forward to seeing the innovation, imagination and sustainability Los Angeles will use over the next 11 years to create and deliver something truly magical.”

Los Angeles and the USOC jointly launched the LA bid on Sept. 1, 2015, and shifted the candidature from 2024 to 2028 on July 31, 2017, after coming to terms with the IOC. Under the revised Host City Contract, LA 2028 is able to invest up to $160 million to increase youth sports access and participation in Los Angeles in the years leading up to the Games. The new Host City Contract will also provide LA 2028 with an 80 percent share of any Games surplus and an IOC contribution of $2 billion. In August, the LA City Council and USOC board approved the updated agreement.

The bid has been overwhelmingly supported in the city of Los Angeles, the state of California and throughout the entire United States.

U.S. IOC Executive Board Member and LA 2028 Senior Advisor for Legacy Anita DeFrantz said: “I couldn’t be more proud that my beloved city will host the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2028. The Olympic Games are intimately woven into the history of this ever-evolving city – it is part of what defines us. Just as we reimagine ourselves and our stories daily, we are ready to redefine the Games once again, not only for our own benefit, but for the prosperity of this critically important movement. These Games will build on the legacy that began in 1932 and was cemented in 1984, and will touch the lives of Angelenos and Americans for decades to come.”

U.S. IOC Executive Board Member and LA 2028 Chief Strategy Officer Angela Ruggiero said: “Los Angeles has always been a committed partner to the Olympic and Paralympic movements. This city – which played a critical role in my Olympic journey – is home to some of the world’s most creative, athletic and innovative people. Our diversity is our strength, and LA is uniquely and perfectly suited to welcome the world with open arms once again. It is an amazing and defining honor for a city to host the Games, and Los Angeles stands ready to surpass all expectations in 2028.”

7-11-2017 USA Roster for Pan Am Qualifier

2017 USA Softball Women’s National Team Pan American Games/World Championship Qualifier roster named


OKLAHOMA CITY – The final 15-player roster for the 2017 USA Softball Women’s National Team (WNT) Pan American Championship was announced today by USA Softball. Athletes selected will compete in the Pan American Championship August 4-13 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, in which the top five finishing countries will qualify for the 2018 World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Women’s World Championship and the 2019 Pan American Games.


While the complete game schedule for the Pan American Championship will be announced at a later date, competing countries include: Argentina, Aruba, Bahamas, Brazil, Canada, Columbia, Cuba, Curacao, El Salvador, Guatemala, Turks and Caicos Islands, British Virgin Islands, Jamaica, Mexico, Panama, Pero, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic and Venezuela.  The United States will need to finish in the top five in order to qualify for both the 2018 WBSC Women’s World Championship, which will be held in Chiba, Japan, and the 2019 Pan American Games, which will be held in Lima, Peru.


2017 Pan American Championship Roster

Ali Aguilar
Washington – 2017

Valerie Arioto
California – 2012

Kelly Barnhill
Florida – Jr.

Ally Carda
UCLA – 2015

Amanda Chidester
Michigan – 2012

Hannah Flippen
Utah – 2017

Jazmyn Jackson
California – Sr.

Haylie McCleney
Alabama – 2016

Jessica Moore
Oregon – 2013

Michelle Moultrie
Florida – 2012

Aubree Munro
Florida – 2016

Danielle O’Toole
Arizona – 2017

Delaney Spaulding
UCLA – 2017

Kelsey Stewart
Florida – 2016

Janie Takeda
Oregon – 2015


Kasey Cooper
Auburn – 2017

Delanie Gourley
Florida – 2017

Paige Halstead
UCLA – Jr.

Jenna Lilley
Oregon – Sr.

Morgan Zerkle
Marshall – 2017

Coaching Staff

Ken Eriksen
Head Coach

Howard Dobson
Assistant Coach

Tairia Flowers
Assistant Coach

John Rittman
Assistant Coach

Heather Tarr
Assistant Coach

 Date Event Location Tickets   Media
June 12-18 Training Camp Irvine, Calif. N/A Credential request
June 13  Exhibition Games Irvine, Calif./Deanna Manning Stadium Click here  Credential request
June 14  Youth Clinic Irvine, Calif./Deanna Manning Stadium Click here 
June 15  Exhibition Games Irvine, Calif./Deanna Manning Stadium Click here  Credential request
June 23-25 USA vs. Japan All-Star Series Sendai/Yokohama, Japan N/A Live Stats
July 5-9  World Cup of Softball XII Oklahoma City, Okla.  Click here  Credential request 
July 12-14 Training Camp Sacramento, Calif. N/A Credential request
July 12  VIP Meet & Greet Sacramento, Calif. Click here  
July 13  Youth Clinic Sacramento, Calif. Click here  
July 13  Exhibition Games  Sacramento, Calif./Raley Field  Click here  Credential request 
July 19-23 Training Camp Tuscaloosa/Auburn, Ala. N/A Credential request
July 20 Exhibition Games Tuscaloosa, Ala./Rhoads Stadium  Click here Credential request  
July 22  Exhibition Games Auburn, Ala./Jane B. Moore Field  Click here  Credential request  
August 4-13 Pan Am/World Qualifier Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic N/A Live Stats
August 25-27 Japan Cup Takasaki City, Japan N/A Live Stats

                              *Additional events may be added. Schedule is subject to change*

6-12-2017 Bandits Sweep Beijing

In Day of Firsts, Bandits Sweep Beijing in Dominant Fashion

ROSEMONT, IL (June 9 ,2017).
 – After rookie backstop Sahvanna Jaquish, in her first professional game, threw out a Beijing Shougang Eagles baserunner trying to steal third, veteran third baseman Stacy May-Johnson pointed back to Jaquish as if to say, ‘nice job, kid.’

“It’s calming when they [Bandits veterans] know that you’re nervous and when they know what to do to calm you down when you make a good play like that,” Jaquish said. “It’s like we’re speaking the same language.”

Sahvanna Jaquish’s first career at-bat was only one chapter in a night of firsts for the Bandits. Photo credit: Andrew Rosenthal, courtesy of National Pro Fastpitch.

Jaquish’s appearance behind the plate was just one of several firsts during Friday’s 13-3 win at The Ballpark at Rosemont. Rookie pitcher Breanna Wonderly made her first professional start in the circle and Australian second baseman Stacey McManus recorded her first career hit and home run in the contest.

The Bandits jumped all over Beijing starter Lan Wang early, scoring in the first inning for the third straight game. Shortstop Abby Ramirez and right fielder Emily Crane both smashed triples in the frame and designated player Emily Carosone blasted a two-run opposite-field shot into the left field party deck to put the Bandits on top 3-0 early. It was just the start of a mammoth night for Carosone, who finished with four hits and five RBI.

Wonderly, who signed with the Bandits as an undrafted free agent earlier in the week, got the nod for Chicago after last night’s relief appearance marked her NPF debut. Things did not go as planned for the right-hander, however, as her outing lasted just 1.2 innings, spoiled in part by defensive miscues. Wonderly allowed three runs (two earned) on five hits, but did hurl 23 of her 28 pitches for strikes.

The Bandits committed two errors in the top of the second inning behind Wonderly, putting a blemish into the team’s .994 fielding percentage entering the game.

“[Wonderly’s] ground balls are hit a little harder than some of the other ones, and they just need to read that,” assistant coach Kyla Holas said.

The offense added four runs in the second and three more in the third to put the Bandits up big, 10-3. Stacey McManus, a rookie from Australia, hit her first career home run in the bottom of the third, a two-run bomb just inside the left field foul pole.

“I’m so happy for her,” Holas said. “I was really excited for her to get that chance out there and shine like she did. You can’t write a script better than that.”

The offensive onslaught continued for the Bandits in the fifth as they piled on three more. The 13-3 score would hold for the rest of the game. Center fielder Sammy Marshall finished 3-for-3 hitting in the leadoff spot, and Abby Ramirez and Stacy May-Johnson each added two hits in the winning effort.

A trio of Bandits pitchers logged innings in relief of Wonderly, led by southpaw Haylie Wagner tossing 2.1 frames of no-hit ball, helping her earn win No. 5 of the season.

The win secured a series sweep of Beijing, putting the Bandits at an impressive 6-1 mark ahead of the team’s first road matchup of the season. The next game, the first of a three-game set against the USSSA Pride, is scheduled for 6:05 p.m. ET on Sunday at JoAnne Graf Field, home of Florida State University. The game will be broadcast on NPF TV.

Quick Facts:

  • Attendance: 711
  • Time of game: 2 hours, 1 minute
  • Vaultz® Lock it Up! ® Player of the Game: Emily Carosone (CB) (4-for-4, HR, 5 RBI)

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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12-8-2016 Yokohama Stadium Approved for 2020



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.