Category Archives: USA Softball

1-6-2017 NEW ALL AMERICAN GAMES

USA Softball announces creation of USA Softball All-American Games to be held in August


OKLAHOMA CITY – USA Softball, the National Governing Body of Softball in the United States, announced today the creation of the USA Softball All-American Games, a prestigious tournament to be held at the ASA Hall of Fame Complex – OGE Energy Field – INTEGRIS Field August 18-20, 2017.  Held at the “Softball Capital of the World”™ in Oklahoma City, Okla., the USA Softball All-American Games provide national exposure to elite athletes in the 12-Under Junior Olympic (JO) fast pitch division and will highlight the top competitors from across the country.

 

“The USA Softball JO Commissioners are very excited to host an event that showcases 360 of the best 12-under players from around the country,” said USA Softball of Southern California JO Commissioner Kristi Allen. “We are excited to give these athletes the opportunity to play at the ASA Hall of Fame Complex representing USA Softball.”

 

With teams selected from the 10 USA Softball Regions, a total of 24 teams from across the U.S. will compete in the USA Softball All-American games.  Each region can select up to two teams to represent their region at the USA Softball All-American Games and each team will consist of 15 athletes and two coaches.  Athletes must be on a USA Softball registered team for the 2017 season and must be age eligible for the 12-Under JO division.  Each region is responsible for the selection process for their teams, and players must commit and be registered no later than July 1.

 

Teams competing in the USA Softball All-American Games will be invited to participate in an exposure camp to highlight their skills. The USA Softball All-American Games will also have an Opening Ceremony, free live streaming and live stats through USASoftball.com and a tournament “swag” bag, which will include their USA Softball All-American jerseys and other official USA Softball and sponsor merchandise.

 

“What a great opportunity for 12-under female athletes across the country to be identified by members of USA Softball’s local associations,” said Director of Championships Chris Sebren. “To have the opportunity to come together as individuals and compete as regional teams in this inaugural All-American Games will be such a great experience for them. These select individuals will join some of the best athletes across the world who will be competing in Oklahoma City this year as we host the NCAA Women’s College World Series (WCWS) and the World Cup of Softball. What a great way for USA Softball to finish off our fast pitch season in Oklahoma City with the inaugural All-American Games.”

 

Information on regional tryout and selection processes will be available the first week of February.  For more information on the USA Softball All-American Games, please visit www.usasoftballallamericangames.com or send an email to AllAmericanGames@usasoftball.com.

 

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.

 

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.

10-29-2016 JUNIOR WOMEN NATIONAL TEAM CAMP

JWNT CAMP

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Amateur Softball Association (ASA)/USA Softball announced today a list of 20 initial invitees for the 2017 USA Softball Junior Women’s National Team Selection Camp to be held December 31-January 1, 2017  at Eddie C. Moore Softball Complex in Clearwater, Fla.  Those athletes who accept the invitation to try out will vie for 17 spots on the 2017 USA Softball Junior Women’s National Team (JWNT) roster.  Additional athletes may be invited to the USA Softball JWNT Selection Camp at a later date.

Selection Camp Invitees

Name  Hometown University
Hannah Adams Roopville, Ga. Florida*
Alexis Allen Hesperia, Calif. Michigan*
Holly Azevedo San Jose, Calif. UCLA*
Elissa Brown Eclectic, Ala. Alabama
Katie Chronister Gainesville, Fla. Florida
Amanda Doyle Canyon Country, Calif. LSU
Eliyah Flores Grand Terrace, Calif. Oklahoma*
Jessica Harper Valencia, Calif. Arizona
Aaliyah Jordan San Diego, Calif. UCLA
Giselle Juarez Glendale, Ariz. Arizona State
Mary Iakopo Carson, Calif. Oregon*
Mariah Lopez Saugus, Calif. Oklahoma
Mariah Mazon Tulare, Calif. Oregon State*
Dejah Mulipola Garden Grove, Calif. Arizona
Madilyn “Bubba” Nickles Merced, Calif. UCLA
Brianna Perez Martinez, Calif. UCLA*
Alyssa Rivera Eagle Lake, Fla. Auburn
Gabby Sprang Rosemount, Minn. Tennessee*
Brooke Vestal New Braunfels, Texas Oklahoma*
Camryn Ybarra Mission Viejo, Calif. Oregon State*

*Indicates University athlete has committed to

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).  Athletes who make the 2017 USA Softball JWNT roster will be competing at the 2017 World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Junior Women’s World Championship, which will be held July 24-30 in Clearwater, Fla.  The complete 2017 schedule for the JWNT, including exhibition games, will be announced at a later date.

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. last August.  In Oklahoma City, the JWNT went undefeated, finishing the tournament as the leaders in batting average (.425 team batting average) and 119 runs scored while limiting opponents to just six runs in a 10-0 performance.

Led by Head Coach Laura Berg (Corvalis, 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).

ASA/USA Softball will also hold an open tryout opportunity for players hoping to make the 2017 USA Softball JWNT.  Held December 30 at Eddie C. Moore Softball Complex in Clearwater, Fla., eligible athletes have from now through December 1 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.  The top athletes from the open tryout will be selected to participate at the USA Softball JWNT Selection Camp along with the list of invited athletes.  At the last USA Softball JWNT open tryout in 2015, four athletes from the open tryout made the 2015 USA Softball JWNT.

For updates on the USA Softball JWNT and events throughout the 2017 season visit www.ASAUSASoftball.com.

 

9-5-2016 Women Lose to Japan in Final

  • Delaney Spaulding‘s big day not enough, as USA Women’s National Team loses 9-1 to Japan
  • USA Women’s National Team fell 9-1 to Japan at Jonan Baseball Stadium on Sunday.
  • Delaney Spaulding paced USA Women’s National Team at the plate. Spaulding went 1-2, drove in one and scored one run. She homered in the second inning.
  • Yamato Fujita recorded the win for Japan. She allowed one run over four innings. She struck out two, walked one and surrendered two hits.
  • Jessica Moore couldn’t get it done on the rubber for USA Women’s National Team, taking a loss. She lasted just one inning, walked two, struck out none, and allowed five runs.
  • The game’s last lead went to Japan thanks to a first inning rally that saw four runs cross the plate on two doubles.
  • The second inning saw USA Women’s National Team score its only run on the day on a solo home run by Spaulding.
  • After a quick strike from USA Women’s National Team, Japan responded with two runs in the second. Japan scored on a two-run home run by Eri Yamada.
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