CHICAGO BANDITS TO HOST USA SOFTBALL

CHICAGO BANDITS TO HOST USA SOFTBALL TRAINING STOP IN JUNE 2019

ROSEMONT, IL (November 30, 2018)– The Chicago Bandits, in coordination with USA Softball, announced Wednesday afternoon an agreement to host the Women’s National Team for a one-week training stop from June 10-17, 2019, at Parkway Bank Sports Complex in Rosemont, Illinois.

The Bandits, members of National Pro Fastpitch, will provide USA Softball with full access and use of the facilities at Parkway Bank Sports Complex, including all amenities at its ballpark and dome.

“We are thrilled to welcome USA Softball to our facilities in Rosemont,” Bandits general manager Toni Calmeyn said. “We are grateful for the opportunity to host the Women’s National Team and look forward to learning from USA Softball’s hard-working collection of athletes and staff.”

In addition to its most recent first-place finish at the 2018 Japan Cup, USA Softball’s Women’s National Team also claimed the top spots at the USA Softball International Cup and Women’s Softball World Championship and qualified for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.

The Bandits were represented on a large scale for Team USA at the Japan Cup. The Women’s National Team roster for the event featured a number of connections to the Bandits 2018 roster, including pitcher/infielder Ally Carda, infielder Courtney Gano, pitcher Danielle O’Toole and infielder Delaney Spaulding.

Chicago Bandits team personnel will assist USA Softball in performing functions throughout the training stop and will help facilitate requests made by the Women’s National Team.
“The Village of Rosemont has provided a great facility and environment for members of our Women’s National Team to train,” USA Softball executive director Craig Cress said. “The amenities and facilities that Parkway Bank Sports Complex offers for our athletes, coaches and staff will greatly assist our program as they train for the 2019 international season. In addition to the training opportunities, we look forward to exhibition games against teams within the NPF that will help prepare our team for an intense international schedule.”

The Women’s National Team will be provided a designated area where USA Softball may sell merchandise during the duration of the training stop.

USA Softball is expected to provide the Bandits organization in the coming weeks with the identity of the NPF league teams it would like to play exhibition games against during the training stop, as well as a proposed schedule of game dates and times. Broadcast rights belong in full to USA Softball.

Additional details, including ticket information, will be released at a later date.

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 Aussie Spirit, Beijing Shougang Eagles, Chicago Bandits, Cleveland Comets, and USSSA Florida Pride. 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.

Softball Canada Joins National Pro Fastpitch

Softball Canada Joins National Pro Fastpitch

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (October 30, 2018)–National Pro Fastpitch (NPF), in conjunction with Softball Canada, Rent One Park, and presenting sponsor, visitSI, announced the addition of the Canadian Wild of Southern Illinois to the league today.

The Wild becomes the sixth affiliate NPF team set to compete in the 2019 season.

“Obviously, this is a tremendous addition to the league for a number of reasons,” commented NPF Commissioner, Cheri Kempf. “To add an international team of the quality of Canada, currently ranked third in the world, and to add the operational excellence of the administration at Rent One Park, is a home run for all of us.”

Softball Canada CEO, Hugh Mitchener remarked, “We are delighted to be announcing our entry into the NPF in 2019.  Commissioner Kempf has been incredibly helpful in setting up our partnership with the Miners organization and we can’t wait to get going next year.”

“With the growth and interest in girls’ and women’s softball over the last decade, this is an incredible opportunity for fans to see world-class, best-of-the-best talent right here at Rent One Park,” Miners COO Mike Pinto said. “These women, including former and future Olympians, could be incredible role models for young girls in our area to see what can be achieved with dreams and hard work.”

Softball Canada recently finished third at the 2018 Women’s Softball World Championship in August, and is currently ranked third in the world by the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC). They will play a 50-game schedule in National Pro Fastpitch overall, facing off with some of the best players in the world, including current and former Olympians.

National Pro Fastpitch will be entering their 16th season in 2019. Teams currently hail from three continents, with players representing the national teams of six different countries. They include the best of the best softball players in the world, including current and former members of Team USA, Olympians, Women’s College World Series Champions and MVP’s, NCAA record holders, various conference players of the year and many All-Americans.

“We are thrilled that Southern Illinois was chosen as the host region for Team Canada,” Shannon Johnson, CEO of visitSI, said. “visitSI is extremely honored to be the presenting sponsor of the Wild. This gives us an opportunity to showcase our region on an international front. We are also excited about the potential economic impact this could have, both during the season and in the future, as members of the various NPF teams experience beautiful Southern Illinois.”

Fans can follow the Wild on Facebook at Canadian Wild of Southern Illinois, as well as on Twitter and Instagram at CanadianWildSI as they prepare for the 2019 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 Aussie Spirit, Beijing Shougang Eagles, Chicago Bandits, Cleveland Comets, and USSSA Florida Pride for the 2018 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.

New transfer rule eliminates permission-to-contact process

New Transfer Rule Eliminates Permission-to-contact Process in Division I College Sports

DI Council hopes change brings transparency and opens conversation between students and coaches

June 13, 2018- Beginning in October, Division I student-athletes will have the ability to transfer to a different school and receive a scholarship without asking their current school for permission.

The Division I Council adopted a proposal this week that creates a new “notification-of-transfer” model. This new system allows a student to inform his or her current school of a desire to transfer, then requires that school to enter the student’s name into a national transfer database within two business days. Once the student-athlete’s name is in the database, other coaches are free to contact that individual.

“The membership showed today that it supports this significant change in transfer rules,” said Justin Sell, chair of the Division I Transfer Working Group and athletics director at South Dakota State. “I’m proud of the effort the Transfer Working Group put forth to make this happen for student-athletes, coaches and schools.”

The previous transfer rule, which required student-athletes to get permission from their current school to contact another school before they can receive a scholarship after transfer, was intended to discourage coaches from recruiting student-athletes from other Division I schools. The rule change ends the controversial practice in which some coaches or administrators would prevent students from having contact with specific schools. Conferences, however, still can make rules that are more restrictive than the national rule.

Additionally, the proposal adds tampering with a current student-athlete at another school to the list of potential Level 2 violations, considered a significant breach of conduct.

Nicholas Clark, a recent graduate of and former football player at Coastal Carolina who represents the Division I Student-Athlete Advisory Committee on the Council, said the rule change promotes fairness and the well-being of college athletes.

“This creates a safe place for student-athletes to have a conversation with their coaches and makes the whole process more transparent,” Clark said. “This will clean the process up and give more influence and flexibility to the student-athlete.”

The Transfer Working Group first introduced the proposal in fall 2017, aiming to detach a student-athlete’s pursuit of transferring to a different school from the process of receiving a scholarship at the new college or university. The new rule was developed based on a series of principles the Division I Board of Directors developed for the working group, including any rule changes should support the academic success of student-athletes, be based on data and create the least restrictive environment possible for student-athletes.

Another financial aid element, autonomy legislation that governs when a school can reduce or cancel aid, may be adjusted next week by the autonomy conferences. Currently, a student’s notification of intent to transfer at the end of a term is not one of the listed reasons a school can use to cancel aid. The autonomy conferences will consider, by an electronic vote, two different proposals to allow schools to cancel the aid.

The rule change takes effect Oct. 15.

The Transfer Working Group will continue working on other transfer issues, including rules surrounding postgraduate transfers, and still is exploring the possibility of uniform transfer rules.

Courtesy of NCAA


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Women’s National Team set for training camp at Scrap Yard Sports Complex; Live streaming and ticket information available for weekend exhibition games

Women’s National Team set for training camp at Scrap Yard Sports Complex; Live streaming and ticket information available for weekend exhibition games

June 12, 2018, 12:03 a.m. (ET)
OKLAHOMA CITY — Members of the Red, White and Blue have arrived in Houston, Texas as the 2018 USA Softball Women’s National Team (WNT) will hold a training camp at the Scrap Yard Sports Complex from June 11-17, 2018. Both the World Championship roster and the Japan All-Star Series roster will take part in a series of workouts and practice sessions before participating in exhibition games at the Scrap Yard Sports Complex.

Click here to learn more about the USA Softball Women’s National Team Houston Training Camp

“Last year we began our journey through the qualifying process to get to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games,” said World Championship Head Coach Ken Eriksen. “Today is another destination in this Journey to Japan. We must set our immediate sights on qualifying for the Olympic Games by being very successful at the 2018 (WBSC) World Championship. The training this week and throughout the summer will include competitions against some very worthy opponents. The Scrap Yard Softball Organization has graciously provided an opportunity for us to not only train but to have some competition that will ready the U.S. program for the rest of the summer. I think it’s also important to recognize the willingness of programs, collegiate and professional, that have allowed their star players the opportunity to represent the United States internationally this summer. If we can put in a great next 50 days of hard work and focus, I believe we will defend our 2016 World Championship.”

“It’s exciting to work with this group of athletes,” said Japan All-Star Series Head Coach Laura Berg. “This week will be important for us to get some games under our belt and build team chemistry before we leave for Japan.”

In preparation for international competitions this summer, both USA Softball WNT rosters will play exhibition contests against Scrap Yard Fast Pitch with all games live streamed on the USASoftball.com platform for fans to access and watch for free throughout the June 15-17 weekend.  Fans will also have the opportunity to attend exhibition games in person, with general admission tickets available for $5 per day.  Military, first responders, youth athletes in their player uniform and children under six years old will receive free admission.

Immediately after training camp, players on the Japan All-Star Series roster will head to Tokyo for a three-game series against the Japan National Team before joining the World Championship roster in Irvine, Calif. to compete against many of the top-ranked teams in the world at the USA Softball International Cup July 9-15.

The Scrap Yard Sports Complex is situated on 82 acres just north of Houston, Texas and includes 10 all-turf fields, 14 indoor batting cages/pitching lanes and a 15,000 square foot indoor training facility.

 

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 69 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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WCWS Most Outstanding Player Signs Contract with the Pride

WCWS Most Outstanding Player Signs Contract with NPF USSSA Pride

VIERA, FL (June 12, 2018) – Jessie Warren has signed a two-year contract with the USSSA Pride for the 2018 season.

Warren, selected as the 7th overall pick in the second round of the 2018 NPF Draft, joins the team after a phenomenal collegiate career at Florida State University.

“We are very fortunate to land one of the best overall players in the game,” remarked the Pride General Manager Don DeDonatis. “Jessie is a pure, natural and dangerous hitter and her defensive skills, as proven in the FSU Women’s College World Series Championship Win, are second to none.”

Warren was a four-year starter for FSU at third base. During her college career, she was named an All-American twice, 2017 and 2018 ACC Player of Year, the 2018 WCWS Most Outstanding Player along with multiple other ACC and regional honors and helped lead her team to the first ever WCWS National Championship in FSU program history.

In her senior season, Warren led the team on and off the field, posting a .404 batting average, with 21 home runs, a .836 slugging percentage, 70 RBIs and 153 total bases. During FSU’s historic postseason run at the WCWS the country was able to see Warren’s fight and love for the game.

General Manager DeDonatis said Jessie Warren is a gamer and that she can do it all. He stated that he can’t wait to watch her continue her softball career in a Pride uniform.

Warren becomes the third player from FSU to become a member of the Pride, joining Jessica Burroughs (2017) and Alex Powers (2017).

Keep up with your favorite NPF team on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and at profastpitch.com!

About USSSA
USSSA is headquartered in Viera, Florida. USSSA is the world’s largest multi-sport athletic organization. Founded in 1968, USSSA has grown to over 4 million participants, competing in 14 nationally sanctioned sports including Baseball, Fastpitch, Slow Pitch, Karate, Basketball, Soccer and more! For more information about USSSA, visit www.usssa.com and follow USSSA on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Stay up to date on USSSA Pride and NPF news by following  the Pride on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter or visiting www.usssapride.com.

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 Aussie Spirit, Beijing Shougang Eagles, Chicago Bandits, Cleveland Comets and USSSA


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Joe Verbanic Softball Summer Camp-George Mason University

Joe Verbanic Softball Summer Camp-George Mason University


June 25-28, 2018
Youth (ages 7-12)

July 9-12, 2018
High School (Rising 9th-12th)

July 16-19, 2018
Youth (ages 7-12)

Equipment: All campers should bring: bat, helmet, cleats, glove, sunscreen, and a snack/lunch. Lunches can be purchased through the camp for $7 (price is subject to change). Please ensure campers names are on all their belongings!

Directions: Directions to the field can be found on www.gomason.com. Click on “Athletics” and then “Facilities”

Accommodations: This is not an “overnight” camp. Players traveling from out of town will be responsible for securing accommodations

George Mason Head Coach Joe Verbanic welcomes you to register for this summer’s Softball Camps! Camps will focus on the fundamentals of all aspects of the game including proper throwing mechanics, increasing arm strength, defensive fundamentals (IF, OF, pitching & catching), swing mechanics & base running.

Players of all ability levels are welcome. Campers divided by age & ability level.

We have assembled a veteran group of coaches experienced in camp instruction & dedicated to helping each camper become a better softball player.

Camps are open to any and all participants within the specified age range.

$250


Sample Daily Schedule

9:00am: Check in

9:15am: Stations/Skill instruction

11:00am: Speaker/Lecture

11:30am: LUNCH

12:15pm: Warm up

12:30pm: Position play/Skill instruction

1:00pm: Scrimmages

3:00pm: Pick up


For questions about Joe Verbanic Five Tool Softball Camps please contact Justin Walker 703-993-5630 (O)
419-569-1853 (C)
jrosswal@gmu.edu
George Mason University
Attn: Justin Walker—Softball
MS 3A5
4400 University Drive
Fairfax, VA 22030



Early Recruiting: A big threat to softball

Early Recruiting: A big threat to softball


Coaches, student-athletes, parents and administrators explain why they want the NCAA to pass legislation to end early recruiting in softball. (from NFCA.org)


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Bandits Sign Fico to Bolster Pitching Staff

National Pro Fastpitch Chicago Bandits Sign Fico to Bolster Pitching Staff

ROSEMONT, Ill. (March 15, 2018) — The Chicago Bandits have come to terms with right-handed pitcher Rachele Fico on a one-year contract, team officials announced Thursday.

Fico, entering her sixth season at the professional level, spent her first five years with the Akron Racers. The LSU product has logged 316.2 career innings in the circle, amassing 26 wins and six saves.

“Rachele is a talented pitcher with a history of success in the NPF,” Bandits general manager Toni Calmeyn said. “We’re looking forward to her continued success in Chicago.”

During her final season with the Racers, Fico made 17 appearances, including 10 starts, and recorded a career-best 3.22 ERA. She tossed three complete games and struck out a team-high 53 batters over the course of the campaign.

Fico also added relief efforts in both of Akron’s games against the Scrap Yard Dawgs in the 2017 NPF Championship Series, tossing three innings and fanning three.

Initially drafted with the first overall selection in the 2013 Draft, Fico was a two-time NFCA All-American during her time at LSU. The two-time USA Softball Player of the Year finalist made a career-high 23 appearances during her rookie season. She built off her impressive first season by winning 11 games as a second-year pro.

A native of Oxford, Connecticut, Fico also serves as an assistant softball coach at Georgia.

In a corresponding move, the Bandits released right-handed pitcher Sierra Hyland.

The four-time Cowles Cup champion Chicago Bandits will be back at The Ballpark at Rosemont for the 2018 season. For more information about the Chicago Bandits or to reserve your season tickets, please visit chicagobandits.com or call the box office at 877-722-6348.

About Chicago Bandits

Since 2005, the Chicago Bandits have been members of the National Pro Fastpitch league. Entering their 14th season as a franchise, the Bandits have provided the Chicago area with high-level softball talent and entertainment en route to capturing six regular season titles and four Cowles Cup championships, the most recent coming during the 2016 campaign. Located in Rosemont, the Bandits play at The Ballpark at Rosemont, one of the premier softball facilities in the nation. The Ballpark at Rosemont is the only stadium in the country built exclusively for a women’s professional softball team. The Bandits provide an opportunity for female fastpitch softball players to further their careers at the professional level and has included legendary figures such as Jennie Finch, Tammy Williams and Stacy May-Johnson.

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 Aussie Spirit, Beijing Shougang Eagles, Chicago Bandits, Cleveland Comets and USSSA Florida Pride for the 2018 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.

Marshalltown Community College Softball Camp- Iowa- Jan. 28, 2018

Marshalltown Community College Softball Camp- Iowa- Jan. 28, 2018



The MCC Softball Program is offering a unique opportunity for softball players to improve their skills. Participants will work with MCC softball coaches and players to personalize an off-season workout that includes techniques and drills used by the NJCAA Division I MCC Tigers.

Camp is on Sunday, Jan. 28. Skills Session 1: (5 yr-10 yr) Noon-2 pm; Pitching Session (All Ages) 2:15-3:15 pm; and Skills Session 2: (11 yr-16 yr) 3:30-5:30 pm.

Cost is $40 for skills sessions and $20 for the pitching session.

Work with the MCC Softball Coaching staff to build an off-season plan to become a better player. You will develop an individualized plan for: Strength and Conditioning, Speed and Agility, Hitting, Fielding, Catching and Pitching. Use this plan to have an effective off-season of tangible improvement! See improvement from session to session and add new drills to continue seeing progress.


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Long Beach State Softball To Hold Showcase Clinic On Saturday, December 16

Long Beach State Softball To Hold Showcase Clinic On Saturday, December 16


Nov. 25, 2017

Long Beach, Calif. 

Long Beach State softball has announced that the program will be holding an additional showcase clinic to be held on Saturday, December 16.

Long Beach State Head Coach Kim Sowder and the Long Beach State softball program will add an additional showcase clinic following three which were held over the summer. Space in each showcase camp is limited to 52 participants, and is open to any and all high school and community college players interested in pursuing softball at the Division I level.

Training and instruction at the showcase camps will follow the same methods and facilities used by the successful Long Beach State program, and will offer both skill and game evaluation.

The showcase will comprise of two sessions running back to back from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. A morning or an afternoon session will be assigned to each participant.


Camps are staffed by Long Beach State Softball coaches. They pride themselves in playing the game the right way. It is this philosophy and tradition that has led Long Beach State to be one of the top college softball programs in the country.


Open to any and all high school and community college aged players interested in playing softball at the DI level.
Long Beach State Softball Complex
12/16/17 SATURDAY

8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Either AM or PM session will be assigned.


For more information on any of the camps, please contact Associate Head Coach Panita Thanatharn at (562) 985-2100 or via email at longbeachstatesoftball@gmail.com.


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