26 Nations to Compete in Women’s Softball World Championship

Record 26 nations to compete in WBSC U-19 Women’s Softball World Championship

LAUSANNE, Switzerland — The World Baseball Softball Confederation announced a record number of National Teams will compete in the youth softball flagship event.

Twenty-six nations will take the global stage at the 12th WBSC Junior Women’s Softball World Championship in Clearwater, Florida, USA, from 24-30 July.

The highest competition for women’s youth softball will bring together the world’s top women’s softball nations from all five Olympic regions:

Africa (1): South Africa
Americas (10): No. 30 Argentina, Bahamas, No. 11 Brazil, No. 3 Canada, No. 24 Dominican Republic, No. 20 Guatemala, No. 10 Mexico, No. 21 Peru, No. 7 Puerto Rico, No. 2 United States,
Asia (6): No. 6 China, No. 9 Chinese Taipei, No. 36 India, No. 1 Japan, No. 26 Korea, No. 17 Philippines,
Europe (7): No. 13 Czech Republic, No. 14 Great Britain, No. 31 Ireland, No. 37 Israel, No. 12 Italy, No. 8 Netherlands, Turkey
Oceania (2): No. 4 Australia, No. 5 New Zealand

Turkey will be making their historic debut in the youth world championship.

“The largest field of teams competing in this year’s World Championship reflects the popularity and reach of softball across all regions and ages of the world,” said WBSC Softball Division President Dale McMann. The location and top notch facilities will be an asset for these top youth female softball athletes to compete. This is an important competition opportunity for this age category to be able to continue to test their skills against their counterparts from around the world,”

As hosts, the United States is looking to defend their world title after capturing the title in 2015 by defeating world No. 1 Japan.

INTERNATIONAL SELECTION OF UMPIRES

WBSC has appointed 30 umpires from 23 countries from all corners of the world to officiate in the 12th WBSC Junior Women’s Softball World Championship.

The umpiring staff will be represented from Argentina, Australia, Bahamas, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Chinese Taipei, Cuba, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Great Britain, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Puerto Rico, South Africa, and USA.


The WBSC is recognized as the sole competent authority in Baseball and Softball by the International Olympic Committee

Team USA Comes to So Cal 2017

The USA Softball Women’s National Team is Coming to Irvine, California!

The USA Softball Women’s National Team is headed to Southern California to compete in an exhibition series. Come out to watch the best in the world as they prepare and train for the World Cup of Softball and other International Events.

USA Softball of Southern California is excited to host these events and we hope to see you there supporting the Red, White & Blue!

June 13 – Exhibition 1 – (DOUBLEHEADER)

Game 1: 5pm – Mexican National Team vs USA Softball of SoCal Travel All-Stars

Game 2: 8pm – Team USA vs.USA Softball of SoCal Travel All-Stars

June 14 – Player Camp – Come learn from Team USA

June 15 – Exhibition 2 – (SINGLE GAME)

Game 1: 7pm – Team USA vs. Mexican National Team

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College Softball Games on TV 4-21-17

College Softball Games on TV and streaming this weekend! April 21, 2017

Featured match up with #6 Oregon vs #3 Arizona!

Other games: Baylor vs. #8 Oklahoma, #2 Florida St vs Louisville, Tennessee vs LSU and many more!

Check out all the times and listings here!

 

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Clemson Adding Softball Program

Clemson Adding Softball Program

March 14, 2017

CLEMSON — Clemson Athletics announced plans Tuesday to sponsor intercollegiate softball as a substitute for the women’s diving program, which competed in its final season in 2017.

“Softball is a tremendously popular sport among young women in the state of South Carolina and around the nation,” Director of Athletics Dan Radakovich said. “We’ve evaluated our sport offerings over the past few years and believe this is our best path forward. Among other considerations, softball will allow us to provide an opportunity to compete quickly with the other 13 softball-playing schools of the Atlantic Coast Conference, for increased exposure with our television partners and allow for our continued compliance with Title IX participation ratios.”

Women’s diving has competed as a stand-alone program since the university discontinued its men’s and women’s swimming and men’s diving programs following the 2011-12 season. Clemson’s women’s diving program is the lone diving-only women’s program in the ACC, and operates at a competitive disadvantage as championship scoring is based on combined swimming and diving points.

“Any time changes to sport offerings are made, it can be difficult for current student-athletes and coaches, as well as for our former letterwinners. I want to express our gratitude to Coach Leslie Hasselbach-Adams and the young women in our program for the way they’ve represented our university and competed with integrity and class,” Radakovich said.

Diving student-athletes can remain at Clemson with their current levels of financial aid and continue to receive academic support and other benefits provided to active student-athletes throughout the duration of their eligibility. Should they wish to continue their competitive diving careers, each of our student-athletes will be given their full and immediate release to transfer to any school of their choosing.

A timeline for the development of the softball program is being finalized with a potential first pitch in February 2020, coinciding with the linear launch of the ACC Network.

“Since I arrived at Clemson in late 2012, the most common question I’ve received from our fans, supporters and young women throughout the state has been, ‘Are you going to add softball?’ and I’m happy to now have a definitive answer,” Radakovich said. “There’s a lot to be done between now and the first pitch, including construction of a softball stadium and hiring coaches and support personnel, but I know there’s excitement around Clemson and throughout our state for the launch of this program.”

QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

Why is the department adding softball?
The first goal of the department’s mission and vision is to: “Recruit and attract gifted individuals to best represent the University, who allow our teams to compete nationally both in the classroom and on the field.” (Clemson Athletics Vision and Mission)

Currently, more than 200 high schools in South Carolina compete in fast-pitch softball at the secondary school level. Softball has seen consistent growth in participation numbers around the country and an increase in viewership over the past decade, and softball will provide Clemson an opportunity for enhanced competitiveness and exposure in the coming years.

With the approaching launch of the linear ACC Network and with increased exposure opportunities with ACC Network Extra, softball will help showcase our university to the nation. We will build a first-class facility, hire a talented staff and recruit exceptional student athletes.

Why not continue the women’s diving program?
The decision to discontinue a sport is a difficult one, and was made with a great deal of thought and consideration. The decision impacts student-athletes, our coaches, families and alumni. Ultimately, the challenges of supporting a highly competitive diving program with our geographic disadvantage and the absence of a full swim program proved to be too great to overcome. The financial, facility, participation and geographic considerations of adding women’s swimming weighed against the opportunities provided by adding softball ultimately formed the department’s path forward.

What happens to divers that want to transfer or want to stay at Clemson?
Each of our divers will be given their full and immediate release to transfer to any school of their choosing, should they wish to continue their competitive diving careers. Diving student-athletes can remain at Clemson with their current levels of financial aid and continue to receive academic support and other benefits provided to active student-athletes throughout the duration of their eligibility.

Were other sports considered for addition?
Clemson Athletics constantly reviews its sports offerings to ensure it best represents our university and provides our student-athletes with an opportunity to develop and succeed. Over the past several years, considerations for renewing wrestling or swimming or beginning men’s or women’s lacrosse were deliberated. All potential sport offerings are evaluated on the benefits and the costs and for Clemson, at this time, softball is the best addition to our sports programs.

Was this about money?
No. The department takes its responsibility as a self-funded auxiliary unit of the university seriously, and does so without any funding from the state, student tickets or student-fees.

Both the short-term and long-term forecasts for softball show it is likely to cost more than diving, but the benefits to the university and to the state of South Carolina outweigh the projected financial impact.

What is the timeline for softball?
The first consideration is how quickly we can build a stadium. We’ll work with campus officials to work through the required Board of Trustee and state approval processes to begin construction as quickly as possible, and we’ll work with IPTAY to begin fundraising. Once we know more, we’ll have a better understanding on how soon the program can begin competition.

Where can I find out more about the softball program?
We’ll continue to update everyone on the progress at ClemsonTigers.com, on social media at @ClemsonTigers and @ClemsonSoftball. If you have specific questions or suggestions, you can email them to softball@clemson.edu.


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2017 NCAA Division One Televised College Softball Schedule

With More Than 600 Games, ESPN’s College Softball Schedule is a Grand Slam

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  • ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, Longhorn Network, SEC Network, ACC Network Extra, ESPN3, and SEC Network + all Carry Games This Season
  • More than 30 TV Games Featuring Ranked Teams Going Head to Head
  • 1 Oklahoma, No. 2 Auburn, No. 3 Florida, No. 4 Florida State and No. 5 LSU in More Than 100 Games; Nearly Entire Top 25 Featured

Continuing a long-standing commitment to the sport, ESPN offers more than 600 college softball games across its variety of networks this season beginning in February. The industry-leading slate features No. 1 Oklahoma, No. 2 Auburn, No. 3 Florida, No. 4 Florida State, and No. 5 LSU in more than 100 games and nearly every team in the preseason top 25. More than 65 games airing on television has a ranked team, including at least 35 games with ranked teams facing one another.

ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, Longhorn Network, SEC Network, ACC Network Extra, ESPN3, and SEC Network + will all carry games. Highlights include:

  • Best of the Best: Among the plethora of games featuring ranked teams matching up include:
    • No. 19 Missouri at No. 3 Florida (March 11-13)
    • No. 2 Auburn at No. 3 Florida (March 25-27)
    • No. 2 Auburn at No. 10 Georgia (April 1-2)
    • No. 5 LSU at No. 7 Alabama (April 8-9)
    • No. 9 Oregon at No. 8 UCLA (April 9)
    • No. 9 Oregon at No. 12 Arizona (April 22-23)
    • No. 21 Baylor at No. 1 Oklahoma (April 22-23)
  • National Champion and No. 1 Ranked Sooners: The defending Women’s College World Series champion and preseason No. 1 Oklahoma Sooners air seven times this season. In addition to the before mentioned series with Baylor, the Sooners will be at Texas (April 7-9) and at Oklahoma State (May 3 & 6).
  • No. 2 Auburn Tigers: Last season’s WCWS runner-up and preseason No. 2 Auburn Tigers will be shown more than 30 times this season, including during SEC Network’s opening weekend when the Tigers host No. 5 LSU (March 11-12).
  • SEC Network: Begins its more than 50-game schedule with an “All Softball Weekend” (March 11-12), airing eight games which showcases every SEC conference matchup that weekend. Complete details, including information on the Bases Loaded programming (May 5), can be seen here.
  • Longhorn Network: Features nearly every Texas home game and airs 35 games in total this season. The network’s schedule begins with the Texas Classic (Feb 10-12), which also features No. 14 Minnesota.
  • ACC Network Extra: All 11 ACC schools will be featured multiple times throughout the season, with more than 100 games streaming on WatchESPN and the ESPN app. The schedule is highlighted with 40 games featuring a ranked matchup, including No. 4 Florida State vs. No. 22 Notre Dame when they go head to head (March 17-19). ACC Network Extra’s schedule will continuously be updated here as additional games are added.
  • SEC Network +: Streams more than 250 games this season featuring contests from every SEC school, which in addition to Auburn, Florida and LSU, includes No. 7 Alabama, No. 10 Georgia, No. 15 Tennessee, No. 18 Texas A&M, No. 19 Missouri and No. 20 Kentucky.
  • ESPN3: Expected to stream more than 200 games from more than 10 conferences, which is likely to include Atlantic Sun, Big East, Big South, Big West, Horizon League, Ivy, Metro Atlantic, Missouri Valley, Southland, Sun Belt, and Western Athletic. 11 Louisiana-Lafayette is expected to be featured. More information on the network’s schedule will be updated here.
  • Conference Championships: The regular season slate concludes with a triple header of conference championship games aired on ESPN (May 13) – American, ACC and SEC. ESPNU and SEC Network will televise the earlier rounds of the SEC Championship while ACC Network Extra will carry the early rounds of the ACC tournament. ESPN3 is also expected to carry a number of conference championships with that schedule announced later.
  • NCAA Division I Softball Championship: ESPN will once again be the home of the postseason beginning with the selection show (May 14 on ESPNU). Regional, Super Regional and Women’s College World Series coverage will follow with complete details announced in the coming months.

 


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2017 NCAA Division One Women’s College Softball Televised Schedule


Date

Time (ET) Game Network
Feb 9 2 p.m. No. 1 Oklahoma vs. No. 2 Auburn ESPNU**
Feb 10 12:30 p.m. Maryland  vs. No. 14 Minnesota Longhorn Network
  3:00 p.m. Maryland vs. Colorado State Longhorn Network
  5:30 p.m. Colorado State at Texas Longhorn Network
  8:00 p.m. No. 14 Minnesota  at Texas Longhorn Network
Feb 11 Noon Colorado State vs. Maryland Longhorn Network
  5:00 p.m. No. 14 Minnesota  at Texas Longhorn Network
  7:30 p.m. Maryland at Texas Longhorn Network
  9:30 p.m. Colorado State vs. No. 14 Minnesota   Longhorn Network *
Feb 12 11:00 a.m. No. 14 Minnesota  vs. Maryland Longhorn Network
  1:30 p.m. Colorado State at Texas Longhorn Network
Feb 16 7:00 p.m. Indiana vs. Texas Longhorn Network
Feb 17 11:00 a.m. Indiana vs Louisiana Tech Longhorn Network
  1:30 p.m. Louisiana Tech vs. Texas Longhorn Network
  4:00 p.m. South Carolina vs. Texas Longhorn Network
  10:30 p.m. Indiana vs. South Carolina Longhorn Network *
Feb 18 11:00 a.m. Indiana at Texas Longhorn Network
  11 p.m. Louisiana Tech at Texas Longhorn Network*
Feb 19 1 a.m. Indiana vs. South Carolina Longhorn Network *
  3 a.m. Louisiana Tech vs. South Carolina Longhorn Network*
  Noon Louisiana Tech at South Carolina Longhorn Network
March 1 7 p.m. Texas State at Texas Longhorn Network
March 7 7:30 p.m. Troy at Mississippi State SEC Network
March 8 5:00 P.M. UT San Antonio at Texas Longhorn Network
March 11 11:30 a.m. No. 19 Missouri at No. 3 Florida ESPNU
  1:00 p.m. South Carolina at No. 15 Tennessee SEC Network
  3:30 p.m. Mississippi State at No. 18 Texas A&M SEC Network
  6:00 p.m. Arkansas at No. 7 Alabama SEC Network
  8:30 p.m. No. 5 LSU at No. 2 Auburn   SEC Network
March 12 1:00 p.m. South Carolina at No. 15 Tennessee SEC Network
  3:00 p.m. Mississippi State at No. 18 Texas A&M SEC Network
  5:00 p.m. No. 5 LSU at No. 2 Auburn SEC Network
  6:00 p.m. No. 19 Missouri at No. 3 Florida ESPNU
March 13 7:00 p.m. No. 19 Missouri at No. 3 Florida SEC Network
March 17 6:00 p.m.

Southern at Mississippi Valley State

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March 18 Noon

No. 20 Kentucky  at No. 10 Georgia

SEC Network
March 19 7 p.m.

No. 20 Kentucky  at No. 10 Georgia  

SEC Network
March 20 7 p.m.

No. 20 Kentucky  at No. 10 Georgia

SEC Network

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March 22 5 p.m. McNeese State at Texas Longhorn Network
  7:30 p.m. North Carolina at No. 15 Tennessee SEC Network
March 25 6:00 p.m. Ole Miss at No. 15 Tennessee SEC Network
  6:00 p.m. No. 2 Auburn at No.3 Florida ESPN2
March 26 1:00 p.m. No. 19 Missouri at No. 18 Texas A&M ESPNU
  7:00 p.m. No. 2 Auburn at No. 3 Florida ESPN2
March 27 7:00 p.m. No. 2 Auburn at No. 3 Florida SEC Network
March 29 7:00 p.m. Oklahoma State at Arkansas SEC Network
April 1 4:00 p.m. No. 20 Kentucky  at Ole Miss ESPNU
  4:00 p.m. No. 7 Alabama at No. 19 Missouri   SEC Network
  6:00 p.m. No. 18 Texas A&M at South Carolina SEC Network
  7:00 p.m. No. 2 Auburn at No. 10 Georgia   ESPN2
April 2 2:00 p.m. Houston at Texas Longhorn Network
  4:30 p.m. Houston at Texas Longhorn Network
  Noon No. 2 Auburn at No. 10 Georgia SEC Network

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  2:00 p.m. No. 20 Kentucky at Ole Miss SEC Network
  2:00 p.m. No. 22 Notre Dame at Louisville ESPNU
  7:00 p.m. No. 18 Texas A&M at South Carolina SEC Network
April 3 7:00 p.m. No. 18 Texas A&M at South Carolina SEC Network
  7:00 p.m. No. 22 Notre Dame at Louisville ESPNU
April 5 7 p.m. Western Kentucky at No. 20 Kentucky SEC Network
April 7 5:30 p.m. No. 1 Oklahoma at Texas Longhorn Network
April 8 2 p.m. No. 1 Oklahoma at Texas Longhorn Network
  4 p.m. Ole Miss at No. 2 Auburn ESPNU
  9 p.m. No. 5 LSU at No. 7 Alabama   SEC Network
April 9 1 p.m. No. 1 Oklahoma at Texas Longhorn Network
  3:00 p.m. No. 5 LSU at No. 7 Alabama   ESPN2
  5:00 p.m.

No. 9 Oregon at No. 8 UCLA  

ESPNU
  7:00 p.m. No. 10 Georgia at No. 3 Florida SEC Network
April 10 7:00 p.m. No. 10 Georgia at No. 3 Florida SEC Network
April 12 7:00 p.m. No. 4 Florida State at No. 3 Florida SEC Network
April 13 6:00 p.m. t-No. 24 South Florida at Central Florida ESPNU
April 14 6:00 p.m. No. 18 Texas A&M at Arkansas ESPNU
  3:30 p.m. Savannah State at Florida A&M ESPNU
April 15 6:00 p.m.

No. 7 Alabama at No. 15 Tennessee

SEC Network
April 16 3:00 p.m.

No. 19 Missouri at No. 2 Auburn

ESPN2
  7 p.m.

No. 7 Alabama at No. 15 Tennessee

SEC Network
April 17 7 p.m.

No. 7 Alabama at No. 15 Tennessee

SEC Network
April 19 7 p.m. Louisiana-Monroe at Arkansas SEC Network
  7 p.m. Texas Southern at Texas Longhorn Network
April 21 5:30 p.m. Iowa State at Texas Longhorn Network
April 22 2:00 p.m. Iowa State at Texas Longhorn Network
  3:00 p.m. No. 21 Baylor at No. 1 Oklahoma ESPN2
  5:00 p.m.

No. 9 Oregon at No. 12 Arizona

ESPN2
  6:00 p.m. No. 10 Georgia  at No. 18 Texas A&M SEC Network
  8:30 p.m. Arkansas at Mississippi State SEC Network
April 23 Noon Iowa State at Texas Longhorn Network
  Noon Ole Miss at No. 3 Florida SEC Network
  Noon No. 4 Florida State at Louisville ESPNU
  1:00 p.m. No. 21 Baylor at No. 1 Oklahoma ESPN2
  2:00 p.m. No. 15 Tennessee at No. 5 LSU SEC Network
  3:00 p.m. No. 9 Oregon at No. 12 Arizona   ESPN2
  7 p.m. Arkansas at Mississippi State SEC Network
April 24 7:00 p.m. Arkansas at Mississippi State SEC Network
  7:00 p.m. No. 4 Florida State at Louisville ESPNU
April 26 7 p.m. North Texas at Texas Longhorn Network
April 29 2:00 p.m. Longwood  at Radford ESPNU
  3:00 p.m. No. 18 Texas A&M at No. 20 Kentucky SEC Network
  8:00 p.m. No. 19 Missouri  at No. 5 LSU ESPN2
April 30 1:00 p.m. No. 3 Florida at No. 15 Tennessee ESPN2
  3:00 p.m. No. 19 Missouri  at  No. 5 LSU ESPN2
  6:00 p.m. Cal State Fullerton ESPNU
  7:00 p.m. No. 7 Alabama  at Ole Miss SEC Network





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May 1 7:00 p.m. No. 7 Alabama  at Ole Miss SEC Network
May 3 5 p.m. No. 18 Texas A&M Corpus Christi at Texas Longhorn Network
  7:00 p.m. Southern Miss at Ole Miss SEC Network
  7:30 p.m. No. 1 Oklahoma at Oklahoma  State ESPNU
May 5 7 p.m. Bases Loaded SEC Network
May 6 4:00 p.m. No. 20 Kentucky at Mississippi State SEC Network
  5:00 p.m. No. 1 Oklahoma at Oklahoma  State ESPNU
  6:00 p.m. No. 5 LSU at South Carolina SEC Network
  7:00 p.m. No. 2 Auburn at No. 7 Alabama ESPN2
  9:00 p.m. No. 12 Arizona at No. 8 UCLA ESPNU
May 7 Noon No. 5 LSU at South Carolina SEC Network
  1:00 p.m. No. 2 Auburn  at No. 7 Alabama ESPN2
  2:00 p.m. No. 21 Baylor  at Texas LHN
  4:00 p.m. No. 12 Arizona  at No. 8 UCLA ESPN2
May 10 Noon SEC Tournament – First Round SEC Network
  2:30 p.m. SEC Tournament – First Round SEC Network
  5:00 p.m. SEC Tournament – First Round SEC Network
  7:30 p.m. SEC Tournament – First Round SEC Network
May 11 Noon SEC Tournament – Second Round SEC Network
  2:30 p.m. SEC Tournament – Second Round SEC Network
  5:00 p.m. SEC Tournament – Second Round SEC Network
  7:30 p.m. SEC Tournament – Second Round SEC Network
May 12 3:00 p.m. SEC Tournament – Semifinal ESPNU
  5:30 p.m. SEC Tournament – Semifinal ESPNU
3:00 p.m. PDT Oregon State vs California PAC-12 Network
5:00 p.m. PDT Washington vs Utah PAC-12 Network
5:00 p.m. PDT Oregon vs Stanford
PAC-12 Network
5:00 p.m. PDT UCLA vs Arizona State PAC-12 Network
May 13 Noon American Softball Championship ESPN
  2:00 p.m. ACC Softball Championship ESPN
8:00 p.m. SEC Softball Tournament – Championship ESPN
Noon PDT Washington vs Utah
PAC-12 Network
Noon PDT Oregon vs Stanford
PAC-12 Network
2:00 p.m. PDT Oregon State vs California PAC-12 Network
2:00 p.m. PDT UCLA vs Arizona State
PAC-12 Network

*Air time later than game time
**Game played in Mexico; Not produced by ESPN

Note: All times are eastern unless noted different and game schedules are subject to change. Check local listings. PDT=Pacific Time

Rankings are per USA Softball (January 31)


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Former Wildcat Taryne Mowatt Changed the Stereotype


First Choice Softball note: The following is a 2007 article from the Arizona Daily Star. We have reprinted it here with permission from the publisher, as we believe the message is timeless and can be an inspiration to other pitchers facing the “shorter than 6 foot” challenge.


Arizona’s Mowatt: Above and beyond

By Patrick Finley -Arizona Star (2007 original publication date)

OKLAHOMA CITY — Taryne Mowatt stands 5 feet 6 inches, but she looks taller. She has an extra foot of tenacity.

How else to explain what the UA pitcher did while becoming the Most Outstanding Player in the Women’s College World Series?

Mowatt threw 1,035 pitches in eight games over seven days to lead the Wildcats to their second straight WCWS title. She defeated Tennessee’s Monica Abbott, a pitcher 9 inches taller who had thrown two fewer games.

In doing so, she might have changed the perception of softball pitchers.

“You know what’s so nice, I think, for the game of softball?” UA coach Mike Candrea said. “Everyone thinks pitchers need to be 6-foot. To see a little petite girl throw her (butt) off makes me so proud.”

In recent history, dominant pitchers have been bigger. Former Texas star Cat Osterman, widely considered the greatest pitcher in history, is 6-3. So is Abbott, the NCAA’s career leader in wins, shutouts, innings pitched, starts, appearances and strikeouts.

Alicia Hollowell, who led the UA to a title last year, is 6-1. Jennie Finch, the 2001 WCWS hero, measures 6 feet tall.

UCLA’s Keira Goerl and LSU’s Kristin Schmidt — 2003 and 2004 tournament MOPs, respectively — stand 5-10 and 5-9.

While height is listed for softball players, weight does not appear in media guides and is not widely discussed.

“I have little girls come up to me and they’re like, ‘It’s so good to see somebody who’s not the biggest person out there,'” said Mowatt, who has played since she was 7. “I just hope little girls think that you don’t have to be 6-foot and above to be a main pitcher. You can pitch as long as you want — you just have to work hard.

“I definitely like the fact that you don’t have to be 6-3. I think I changed that stereotype a little bit.”

She did it at a disadvantage — at least compared to Abbott. The Volunteers’ fireballer threw harder than 70 mph from the pitching rubber, located 43 feet from the plate.

But from where the ball is released from her hand, “that’s 70 from about 34 feet,” Candrea said.

At about 140 pounds, Mowatt puts less body weight behind her pitches than Abbott. But the UA junior proved you don’t need to win the radar gun battle to win games.

If Abbott was Randy Johnson, Mowatt was Greg Maddux. Throughout the tournament, she mixed pitches as if she were psychic.

Nancy Evans — like Mowatt, a sub-6-foot pitcher when she won the WCWS in 1997 — called pitches from the dugout.

Hollowell, an undergraduate assistant this year, had a simple explanation for Mowatt’s success.

“She has the heart,” Hollowell said. “She’s a little girl. They make it sound like the stereotypical pitcher has to be tall and lanky, but there are plenty of pitchers who aren’t tall but get the job done. Nancy Evans wasn’t 6 feet tall.”

Mowatt said she couldn’t sleep Monday and Tuesday nights because both of her arms ached. And save for a tearful talk with her mom, Suzie, on Monday night — “It was just like everything, the loss, how tired I was, and I let it all out,” she said — Mowatt was the picture of toughness.

“A machine,” said second baseman Chelsie Mesa.

Candrea got a preview of Mowatt’s heart last year. That’s when Mowatt’s father, Larry, told the coach about his daughter’s potential.

“Last year he said, ‘You know what, hang in with her, and she’ll give you some special moments,'” Candrea said.

After Wednesday’s game, Candrea hugged Suzie Mowatt. He told her to thank her husband, who was home in California, for the advice.

“I can’t remember seeing such a gritty performance by an athlete as this young lady gave us,” Candrea said. “Everything was on her shoulders, and she did it.”

Reprinted with permission from Arizona Daily Star.


First Choice Softball note: In the 2007 Women’s College World Series, Mowatt lead the Arizona Wildcats, at that time, to their second consecutive and 8th overall national softball title. All-American, Mowatt was awarded two ESPY Awards during her Wildcat career; Best Female Athlete and Best Female College Athlete. She went on to graduate from Arizona in 2008. Mowatt went on to play professional softball, coached at California Baptist University and is currently (2017) the pitching coach at Ole Miss University.


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Straight Talk from College Softball Coaches for Every Student-Athlete

Straight Talk from College Softball Coaches for Every Student-Athlete


By Garland Cooper

I recently attended the NFCA National Convention in New Orleans, the annual gathering of the Who’s Who in softball. Next College Student Athlete (NCSA) spoke at the Grassroots Seminar for travel and high school coaches. We were followed by a panel of college coaches comprised of coaches from every division and junior colleges. The coaches shared some important thoughts and advice. Here are a few of their key takeaways.

Don’t specialize in one sport too early

Coaches agreed they all see too many kids with over-use injuries. There is no need to play competitive softball year-round through high school, and the college coaches preached that travel/high school coaches should encourage players to participate in other sports during the off season. One coach mentioned she occasionally travels to high schools to watch prospects compete in their second sport. In these situations, she looks for mental toughness, how the player relates to teammates, awareness, and athleticism.

Parents should love and support their kids…not try and solve their problems

Several coaches told stories of parents who would jump in and try to “fix” a tough situation for their student-athlete, which often lead to a more troublesome situation. If your student-athlete calls home and is upset about something that happened with their coach, parents should be a sounding board and support their child, and should not side with their student-athlete listing all the reasons the coach is unfair or incompetent. Love and support will empower the student-athlete to work through the situation on their own, and will also enable the coach to do their job without distraction.

Student-athletes must find the RIGHT college fit

Travel/high school coaches and parents should remember every student-athlete is unique, and they need to find the college that will best suit their wants and needs. Kids should pick a school where they would feel at home even if they were to suffer a career-ending injury. Coaches and parents should help their kids find the school that is the best fit for them, which likely is not the school with the best name brand.

Verified measurable stats are a must

The Division I coach joked about a travel coach who told her that a girl was “fast as heck.” What does that really mean?! College coaches rely on verified measurable data, and they also want to see more video. Coaches do not have time or budget to travel to as many games or practices as they would like, so skills videos are essential.

Be tough and understand the game

All the coaches echoed the fact that too many high school and even college players today lack the mental toughness needed to be a great athlete. They also would like to see higher softball IQs. These are traits that can be developed at an early age. You never know what may set an athlete apart from her competition. It may not be her home to first time, but perhaps her reaction to a strikeout.


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All-American 12u Softball Games Announced by USA Softball

All-American 12u Softball Games Announced by USA Softball


OKLAHOMA CITY – USA Softball, the National Governing Body of Softball in the United States, announced 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) fastpitch 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.


 

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2017 USA Softball Women’s National Team Final Selections

2017 USA Softball Women’s National Team Final Selections

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 has been announced. 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.”

“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.


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


 

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Twenty-four athletes have been selected to begin training for the 2017 USA Softball Junior Women’s National Team

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Twenty-four athletes have been selected to begin training for the 2017 USA Softball Junior Women’s National Team

Jan. 3, 2017

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.”


2017 USA Softball Junior Women’s National Training Team

Hannah Adams – San Jose, Calif. Infield (Florida)
Alexis Allan –  Roopville, Ga. Infield/Outfield (Michigan)
Holly Azevedo –  Hesperia Calif. Pitcher/Infield (UCLA)
Nicole Bates – Ceres, Calif. Infield (Washington)
Elissa Brown – Ecletic, Ala. Outfield (Alabama)
Julia Cottrill – Stillwater, Okla. Catcher (Florida)
Alissa Dalton – Okmulgee, Okla. Infield (Oklahoma)
Gabi Deters – Bowling Green, Mo. Catcher (Kentucky)
Amanda Doyle – Canyon Country, Calif. Infield (LSU)
Jessica Harper – Valencia, Calif. Infield (Arizona)
Mary Iakopo – Carson, Calif. Catcher (Oregon)
Giselle Juarez – Glendale, Ariz. Pitcher (Fresno State)
Bethaney Keen – Brandenton, Fla. Infield (South Florida)
Alexis Kilfoyl –  Land O’Lakes, Fla. Pitcher (Alabama)
Baylee Klingler – Alvin, Texas Infield (Texas A&M)
Natalie Lugo – West Covina, Calif. Pitcher (Florida)
Dejah Mulipola – Garden Grove, Calif. Catcher (Arizona)
Maddy Nickles – Merced, Calif. Infield/Pitcher (UCLA)
Briana Perez – Martinez, Calif. Infield/Outfield (UCLA)
Alyssa Rivera – Eagle Lake, Fla. Infield/Outfield (Auburn)
Kathryn Sandercock – McLean, Va. Pitcher (James Madison)
Sydney Sherrill – Moore, Okla. Infield (Florida State)
Taylon Snow – Chino Hills, Calif. Infield (Auburn) – Chino Hills, Calif. Infield (Auburn)
Kylee Tow – Madisonville, Ky. Outfield (Alabama)


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.  Also joining the roster 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).

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.


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