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4-17-2017 Junior Olympics

 

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2017 USA Softball Junior Olympic Cup heads west to California as 64 teams representing 16U and 18U divisions tapped to compete
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April 13, 2017

 

2017 USA Softball Junior Olympic Cup heads west to California as 64 teams representing 16U and 18U divisions tapped to compete

 

OKLAHOMA CITY  – USA Softball is excited to announce the full lineup of competing teams for the 2017 USA Softball Junior Olympic (JO) Cup.  Set to take place in Southern California from July 23-29, a total of 64 teams representing the 16-Under and 18-Under divisions of USA Softball will travel to the West Coast to compete. Each age group will be represented by 32 of the top teams in their respective divisions of play, with teams battling for the coveted title of USA Softball JO Cup champions.

 

“The EC Bullets 18U Gold team always looks forward to the national competition provided at the USA Softball JO Cup each summer,” said East Cobb Bullets 18U Gold Team Manager, Greg Schnute. “We were fortunate to have won the 2016 championship after finishing second in the inaugural event in 2015. The opportunity for our young ladies to play against the best teams in the country, and to do so in front of the USA coaching staff is a thrill for all of us! We look forward again to the competition this summer in California!”

 

Click here to view the 2017 USA Softball Junior Olympic preview, including a list of teams participating and additional tournament information

 

For the 2017 tournament schedule, the 18-under division will be played at the Big League Dreams facility in Perris, Calif., while the 16-under division will split their time with pool play at the Lake Elsinore Softball Complex and bracket play at the Big League Dreams facility. Kicking off the tournament will be a coaches meeting, including check-in and bat testing, on July 23. Pool play is set to take place July 24-25, before teams move onto bracket play July 26-29. New this year, each age group will have two 16-team double elimination brackets, where the winners will play a one game championship game for the title of JO Cup Champions.  FloSoftball will once again serve as the source for live-streaming for the USA Softball JO Cup, and viewing and live stat links will be available on USASoftball.com.

 

In 2016, the Atlanta Vipers captured the inaugural 16-under championship with a 7-0 win over Victory USA, while a late-inning rally helped the East Cobb Bullets – Schnute nab a 6-2 win over the Gold Coast Hurricanes for the 18-under title. Links for live stats and streaming for the 2016 USA Softball JO Cup can be found on the event page at USASoftball.com.

 

The USA Softball JO Cup serves as a National Team identification opportunity for athletes wishing to compete in front of members of the Women’s National Team Selection Committee (WNTSC).

 

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.

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1-6-2017- USA WOMEN’S NATIONAL TEAM

Twenty athletes to represent the United States as a member of the 2017 USA Softball Women’s National Team

OKLAHOMA CITY — Following a four-day selection process, 20 athletes have been selected to represent the United States as a member of the 2017 USA Softball Women’s National Team (WNT), USA Softball announced today. Selected by members of the Women’s National Team Selection Committee (WNTSC), these athletes will compete at the World Cup of Softball XII this July in Oklahoma City, Okla. and at a Pan American Games/World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) World Championship Qualifier.

“It is very obvious that the future talent pool of USA Softball players is very deep,” said Head Coach Ken Eriksen (Tampa, Fla./Head Coach at South Florida).  “The high level of play and skill assessment displayed at the 2017 National Team trials, not only by the former players but also by the first time trial attendees, was fantastic.”

Click here to see the athletes selected to the 2017 USA Softball Women’s National Team

“After coming off the 2016 WBSC World Championship Gold Medal success, it is important for our program to keep moving forward,” Eriksen continued.  “The ‘prize fight’ mentality of all the players came out in the competition with the roster spots filled by those that excelled through the trials with their skill sets, their productive play at this event, their productive play through past history, and lastly by character assessment.  These factors make up a winning unit.  We will continue to assess those that were here that did not make the team.  For those who made the roster, the evidence of how close it was should be a motivating factor to continue to strive to be better physically and mentally as we race towards the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.”

Representing the U.S. this summer will be 16 returning veterans from the 2016 roster which reclaimed the Gold Medal at the WBSC Women’s World Championship in Surrey, B.C., Canada after defeating Japan 7-3 in the Gold Medal Game.  Four rookies also join the squad, with three of those rookies having previously worn the Red, White and Blue either as a member of the USA Softball Junior Women’s National Team (JWNT) or USA Softball Women’s Elite Team.

 

Led by Head Coach Ken Eriksen, a full list of National Team events, including exhibition games, will be released at a later date.

Womens National Team

2017 USA Softball Women’s National Team



Ali Aguilar
Washington – Sr.
Infield

Valerie Arioto
California – 2012
Infield

Kelly Barnhill
Florida – Soph.
Pitcher

Ally Carda
UCLA – 2015
Pitcher/Infield

Amanda Chidester
Michigan – 2012
Catcher

Kasey Cooper
Auburn – Sr.
Infield

Hannah Flippen
Utah – Sr.
Infield

Delanie Gourley
Florida – Sr.
Pitcher

Paige Halstead
UCLA – Soph.
Catcher

Jazmyn Jackson
California – Jr.
Outfield

Jenna Lilley
Oregon – Jr.
Infield

Haylie McCleney
Alabama – 2016
Outfield

Jessica Moore
Oregon – 2013
Pitcher

Michelle Moultrie
Florida – 2012
Outfield

Aubree Munro
Florida – 2016
Catcher

Danielle O’Toole
Arizona – Sr.
Pitcher

Delaney Spaulding
UCLA – Sr.
Infield

Kelsey Stewart
Florida – 2016
IF/OF

Janie Takeda
Oregon – 2015
Outfield

Morgan Zerkle
Marshall – Sr.
Outfield

 Date Event Location Tickets  Media
June, 2017 Training Camp Oklahoma City, Okla. N/A Click here for a credential request
July 4-9 World Cup of Softball XII Oklahoma City, Okla. N/A Click here for a credential request

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

Follow along all summer with all of the USA Softball National Teams at USASoftball.com.

 

1-6-2017 Junior Women’s National Team

JUNIOR WOMEN’S NATIONAL TEAM

Twenty-four athletes selected to training team for 2017 USA Softball Junior Women’s National Team

 

CLEARWATER, Fla. — Following a two-day selection process, 24 athletes have been selected to continue their training for a spot on the 2017 USA Softball Junior Women’s National Team (JWNT), USA Softball announced today. Selected by members of the Women’s National Team Selection Committee (WNTSC), these athletes will compete in a training camp and exhibition games in Oklahoma City and at the World Cup of Softball XII.  Following the conclusion of the World Cup of Softball XII, the final 17-player roster for the 2017 USA Softball JWNT will be determined.  That roster will be competing at the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Junior Women’s World Championship, which will be held July 24-30 in Clearwater, Fla.

“I’m looking forward to seeing this team and how they develop,” said Head Coach Laura Berg (Corvallis, Ore./Head Coach at Oregon State).  “It’s going to be a fun and long process, but I am expecting great things to come out of this group.  We’re here to defend a Gold Medal, and anything less than that is not good enough.”

Click here to see the athletes selected to the 2017 USA Softball Junior Women’s National Team

In all, ten athletes will be competing with their NCAA Division I universities while 14 athletes will still be a part of their respective high schools prior to the 2017 season.  Of those selected to the training team are five athletes who participated at the USA Softball Junior Women’s Open Tryout held on December 30.

Led by Head Coach Laura Berg (Corvallis, Ore./Head Coach at Oregon State), Assistant Coaches for the 2017 USA Softball JWNT are Trisha Ford (Fremont, Calif./Head Coach at Arizona State), Kristie Fox (San Diego, Calif./Head Coach at UT- Arlington), and John Rittman (Valencia, Calif./Associate Head Coach at Kansas).

2017 USA Softball Junior Women’s National Training Team

 

Hannah Adams
Roopville, Ga.
Infield
Alexis Allan

Hesperia, Calif.

Infield/Outfield

Holly Azevedo
San Jose, Calif.
Pitcher/Infield
Nicole Bates
Ceres, Calif.
Infield
Elissa Brown
Eclectic, Ala.
Outfield
Julia Cottrill
Stillwater, Okla.
Catcher
Alissa Dalton
Okmulgee, Okla.
Infield
Gabi Deters
Bowling Green, Mo.
Catcher
Amanda Doyle
Canyon Country, Calif.
Infield
Jessica Harper
Valencia, Calif.
Infield
Mary Iakopo
Carson, Calif.
Catcher
Giselle Juarez
Glendale, Ariz.
Pitcher
Bethaney Keen
Brandenton, Fla.
Infield
Alexis Kilfoyl
Land O’Lakes, Fla.
Pitcher
Baylee Klingler
Alvin, Texas
Infield
Natalie Lugo
West Covina, Calif.
Pitcher
Dejah Mulipola
Garden Grove, Calif.
Catcher
Maddy Nickles
Merced, Calif.
Infield/Pitcher
Briana Perez
Martinez, Calif.
Infield/Outfield
Alyssa Rivera
Eagle Lake, Fla.
Infield/Outfield
Kathryn Sandercock
McLean, Va.
Pitcher
Sydney Sherrill
Moore, Okla.
Infield
Taylon Snow
Chino Hills, Calif.
Infield
Kaylee Tow
Madisonville, Ky.
Outfield

 

 

 

 Date Event Location Tickets   Media
June 2017 Training Camp Oklahoma City, Okla. N/A Click here for a credential request
July 4-9, 2017 World Cup of Softball XII Oklahoma City, Okla. N/A Click here for a credential request
July 24-30, 2017 WBSC World Championship Clearwater, Fla. TBD Click here for a credential request

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

 

 

The 2017 USA Softball JWNT will look to defend the Gold after a record-breaking performance at the 2015 WBSC Junior Women’s World Championship in Oklahoma City, Okla.  In Oklahoma City, the JWNT went undefeated, finishing the tournament as the leaders in batting average (.425 team batting average) and runs scored (119) while limiting opponents to just six runs in a 10-0 performance.

 

For more information on the USA Softball JWNT, visit USASoftball.com.

 

12-8-2016 USA Men’s National Team Invitees

2017 Men’s National Team

Name/Hometown Name/Hometown
Mark Aranda (Las Cruces, N.M.)

Tyler Bouley (Champlin, Minn.)
Freddy Carmona (San Antonio, Texas) Kevin Castillo (Long Beach, Calif.)
Dan Cevette (Elmira, N.Y.) Jenner Christiansen (Hayward, Calif.)
Nate Devine (Sonora, Calif.) Tyler Dudley (Battle Creek, Mich.)
Jon Gwizdala (Bay City, Mich.) Chris Heinline (Columbia, Mo.)
Mike Hoadley (Worcester, Mass.) BJ Hunhoff (Harrisburg, S.D.)
Josh Johnson (El Paso, Texas) Bryce Kay (Jefferson, Mo.)
Trevor Kelly (Marshall, Mich.) Derek Martin (Stevens, Pa.)
Michael Lewis (Amboy, Minn.) Jonathan Lynch (Cape Girardeau, Mo.)
Tony Mancha (Las Cruces, N.M.) Jeremy Manley (Fielding, New Zealand)
Nick Mullins (Toms River, N.J.) Travis Nevin (Indian Brook, Nova Scotia)
Jeff Nowaczyk (Midland, Mich.) Eric Ochoa (Mexicali, Mexico)
Matt Palazzo (Pleasant Hill, Iowa) Matt Ratliff (American Fork, Utah)
Gilbert Saenz (Denver, Colo.) Pat Sagdal (Richland, Wash.)
Cameron Schiller (Prescott, Ariz.) Marcus Tan (Union City, Calif.)
Matt Thornton (Thornton, Colo.) Chase Turner (San Jose, Calif.)
Duane Weiler (Bedford, Pa.) Derrick Zechman (Watsontown, Pa.)

2017 Events

Dates  Event  Location Media 
January 20-22, 2017 Selection Camp San Diego, Calif. Credential request
July 7-16, 2017 WBSC Men’s World Championship Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada Credential request

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.