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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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1-6-2018 USA Women’s National Teams

Thirty-four athletes selected to USA Softball Women’s National Teams

OKLAHOMA CITY — The road to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games continues as USA Softball announced today the rosters for the 2018 Women’s National Teams.  Seventeen athletes have been named to a World Championship roster, which is slated to compete at the World Cup of Softball and the 2018 World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Women’s World Championship, August 2-12 in Chiba, Japan, while an additional 17 athletes will represent the United States at the Japan All-Star Series and compete as a second National Team at the World Cup of Softball.

“This was a very good week of softball in some adverse weather conditions,” said Head Coach Ken Eriksen (Tampa, Fla./head coach South Florida).  “To that point, I am pleased with the Selection Committee’s choices in determining the 34 players that will represent the United States on the softball field this summer.”

Click here to see the athletes selected to the 2018 USA Softball Women’s National Teams

In addition to naming two rosters for the 2018 Women’s National Teams, USA Softball is also proud to announce the selection of four-time Olympian Laura Berg (Corvallis, Ore./head coach at Oregon State) and Patty Gasso (Norman, Okla./head coach at Oklahoma) as Head Coaches for two 2018 international competitions.  Joining Ken Eriksen, who was recently named as the Head Coach for the WBSC Women’s World Championship, Berg will lead the U.S. at the Japan All-Star Series while Gasso will spearhead the second Women’s National Team at the World Cup of Softball XIII.

During the selection process, athletes participated in position drills as well as simulated games and were evaluated by the USA Softball Women’s National Team Selection Committee (WNTSC).

The 2018 USA Softball World Championship roster will look to defend their Gold Medal finish at the 2016 WBSC Women’s World Championship while also qualifying for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. At the 2016 WBSC World Championship, the team claimed the 10th overall World Championship title for the WNT program and finished with a .436 team batting average, 19 home runs, 80 RBI and outscored opponents 83-10.  The pitching staff was lights out, allowing just eight earned runs for a 1.19 ERA.

Highlighting the Women’s World Championship Roster:
– An Olympic Silver Medalist
– 10 veterans from the 2016 World Championship roster
– Four Team USA rookies

Highlighting the Japan All-Star Series Roster and second World Cup of Softball Roster:
– An Olympic Gold and Silver Medalist
– Five World Champions and six Junior World Champions
– Three athletes from the 2017 USA Softball Junior Women’s National Team
– Five Team USA rookies

A full list of National Team events, including exhibition games, will be released at a later date.  Follow along all summer with all of the USA Softball National Teams at USASoftball.com.
2018 World Championship Roster

Monica Abbott
Salinas, Calif.
Pitcher

Ali Aguilar
Orangevale, Calif.
Infield

Valerie Arioto
Pleasanton, Calif.
Infield

Kelly Barnhill
Marietta, Ga.
Pitcher

Kasey Cooper
Dothan, Ala.
Infield

Taylor Edwards
Murrieta, Calif.
Catcher

Rachel Garcia
Palmdale, Calif.
Pitcher

Sahvanna Jaquish
Highland, Calif.
Catcher
Haylie McCleney
Morris, Ala.
Outfield

Kirsti Merritt
Lake Panasoffkee, Fla.
Outfield
Michelle Moultrie
Jacksonville, Fla.
Outfield
Aubree Munro
Brea, Calif.
Catcher

Danielle O’Toole
Upland, Calif.
Pitcher

Janie Reed
Placentia, Calif.
Outfield

Keilani Ricketts
San Jose, Calif.
Pitcher

Delaney Spaulding
Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.
Infield

Kelsey Stewart
Wichita, Kan.
Utility

2018 Japan All-Star Series Roster

Sis Bates
Ceres, Calif.
Infield

Kylan Becker
Miami, Fla.
Outfield

Ally Carda
Elk Grove, Calif.
Pitcher

Amanda Chidester
Allen Park, Mich.
Catcher

Hannah Flippen
San Diego, Calif.
Infield

Courtney Gano
West Covina, Calif.
Infield

Delanie Gourley
Lakeside, Calif.
Pitcher

Carley Hoover
Clemson, S.C.
Pitcher
Jazmyn Jackson
San Jose, Calif.
Outfield

Megan Kleist
Appleton, Wis.
Pitcher

Kelly Kretschman
Indian Harbour Beach, Fla.
Outfield

Jenna Lilley
North Canton, Ohio
Infield
Mo Mercado
Temecula, Calif.
Infield

Jessica Moore
Sutter, Calif.
Pitcher

Dejah Mulipola
Garden Grove, Calif.
Catcher

Bubba Nickles
Merced, Calif.
Utility
Nikki Udria
Covina, Calif.
Infield

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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.”

7-5-2017 World Cup of Softball

Media Information  |  World Cup of Softball XII

 

The World Cup of Softball XII features seven of the top 10 world-ranked teams in the world and marks the first international softball event in the United States since the announcement of softball’s return to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.  Team USA’s #JourneyToJapan begins now as the road to qualify for #Tokyo2020 begins right here in OKC!

 

Competing Teams:

Team USA

USA Junior Women’s National Team (19-Under)

Australia

Canada

Japan

Mexico

Philippines

Puerto Rico

 

World Cup of Softball XII Game Schedule

 

 

July 5:

OGE Energy Field:

Puerto Rico vs USA JWNT – 11 am

Canada vs USA JWNT – 1:30 pm

USA vs Philippines – 4 pm

USA vs Mexico – 6:30 pm

 

INTEGRIS Field:

Japan vs Canada – 11 am

Japan vs Puerto Rico – 2 pm

Australia vs Mexico – 4:30 pm

Australia vs Philippines – 7 pm

 

July 6:

OGE Energy Field:

Japan vs Mexico – 9:30 am

Mexico vs USA JWNT – 12:30 pm

Australia vs USA JWNT – 3 pm

USA vs Canada – 6 pm

 

INTEGRIS Field:

Japan vs Philippines – 12 pm

Canada vs Philippines – 2:30 pm

Australia vs Puerto Rico – 5 pm

 

July 7:

OGE Energy Field:

Canada vs Mexico – 10:30 am

Philippines vs USA JWNT – 1 pm

USA vs USA JWNT – 4 pm

USA vs Japan – 7:30 pm

 

INTEGRIS Field:

Puerto Rico vs Philippines – 10:30 am

Canada vs Puerto Rico – 1 pm

Japan vs Australia – 4pm

 

July 8:

OGE Energy Field:

Puerto Rico vs Mexico – 10 am

USA vs Puerto Rico – 1 pm

Japan vs USA JWNT – 3:30 pm

USA vs Australia – 7 pm

 

INTEGRIS Field:

Mexico vs Philippines – 12:30 pm

Canada vs Australia – 3:30 pm

 

July 9:

OGE Energy Field:

Seed #1 vs Seed #2 – 12 pm

Seed #3 vs Seed #4 – 2:30 pm

 

INTEGRIS Field:

Seed #7 vs Seed #8 – 12 pm

Seed #5 vs Seed #6 – 2:30 pm

 

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LIVE Media

TV:

USA vs. Canada on July 6, 2017 – (ESPN)

USA vs. Japan on July 7, 2017 – (ESPN2)

USA vs. Puerto Rico on July 8, 2017 –  (ESPN2)

USA vs. Australia on July 8, 2017 –  (ESPN2)

Seed #1 vs. Seed #2 Championship Game  –  (ESPN)

 

Online:    All other games will be available to watch via live stream on USASoftball.com for free.

 

Tickets

General admission single session tickets will be available at the gate.  For those ages 12 and older, tickets can be purchased for $10 while youth and senior citizen (ages 4-12/55+) are available for $5. All-session tickets are available for adults for $40, and youth/senior for $20.

 

Credentials

Media passes will be available for pick-up at the “Will Call” window at the USA Softball Hall of Fame Stadium throughout the event.

 

Please contact:

Katie Willis – Communications Manager

Cell: 440.315.2802 I Email: kwillis@usasoftball.com I Social Media: @USASoftball

 

Please note: USA Softball will allot time after the conclusion of each team’s final game of the day for media requesting interviews.  Please contact Katie Willis with your requests.

 

Pressbox Hours

Please note your respective work space will remain open for 1 hour after the final out of the last game of the day. If you need to make other arrangements, please contact Katie Willis prior to the start of each day.

 

Meals/Drinks

Working media will have access to meals and drinks, which will be located in the VIP area of the USA Softball press box.  Please note: there will be no bottled water, but there will be a water cooler in the meal area.  Media will need to bring their own bottle, canister, etc. to fill with available water. Bottled water can be purchased at the concession stands along with other snacks.

 

 

6-12-2017 NPF Now On Olympic Channel

NATIONAL PRO FASTPITCH ANNOUNCES LIVE STREAM SHARE WITH OLYMPIC CHANNEL

 

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (June 5, 2017) – National Pro Fastpitch announced an agreement with the Olympic Channel for streaming live game action from the 2017 NPF season. As part of the agreement, the Olympic Channel will present 10 regular season games on their global digital platform. In addition, the Olympic Channel will also highlight the league’s players and teams through original features and digital content.

 

Launched in August 2016, the Olympic Channel is a multi-platform destination where fans can experience the power of sport and the excitement of the Olympic Games all year round, and is available worldwide via mobile apps for Android and iOS devices and at olympicchannel.com.

 

“We are excited to work with National Pro Fastpitch and bring additional exposure to their sport and athletes who represent many countries,” said Mark Parkman, general manager of the Olympic Channel. “The worldwide appeal of fastpitch softball is a great fit for our worldwide platform and youthful demographic as we look ahead to the sport of softball being re-introduced at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.”

 

“This is a terrific opportunity for the NPF to share our live 2017 competition action with a worldwide audience that is likely not familiar with the league,” commented NPF Commissioner, Cheri Kempf. “Through the games and the original content pieces, we hope to impress and inspire new softball fans from around the world. This serves our overall mission to continue to grow interest and participation in the sport of professional softball.”

 

The game schedule includes action from all six NPF teams and is spread throughout the span of the 2017 regular season.

 

 

About National Pro Fastpitch (NPF)

National Pro Fastpitch (NPF), an Official Development Partner of Major League Baseball since 2004, provides elite female athletes with an opportunity to pursue a professional career in fastpitch softball beyond their collegiate and amateur success.  The NPF affiliate teams consist of the Akron Racers, Beijing Shougang Eagles, Chicago Bandits, Scrap Yard Dawgs, Texas Charge and USSSA Florida Pride for the 2017 season. National Pro Fastpitch players hail from the United States, Australia, Canada and China among which are the most accomplished and talented athletes in the sport of women’s softball.