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PREMIER GIRLS FASTPITCH AND PERFECT GAME JOIN FORCES TO FORM PG SOFTBALL

PREMIER GIRLS FASTPITCH AND PERFECT GAME JOIN FORCES TO FORM PG SOFTBALL

Groundbreaking Partnership of Two Powerhouse Brands Solidifies World’s Largest Girls Fastpitch Platform and Scouting Service

HUNTINGTON BEACH, California and CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (July 27, 2020) Perfect Game (PG) President Jerry Ford and Dan Hay, President/CEO of Premier Girls Fastpitch (PGF) is proud to announce it has entered into a groundbreaking partnership with Perfect Game (PG) to form PG Softball, an entity that will provide individualization and exposure to athletes in the rapidly growing world of amateur softball.

Perfect Game Softball brings together two of the most credible brands in fastpitch softball and baseball to give amateur softball players a platform to be recognized nationwide. PG Softball will produce national player rankings, consistent evaluation metrics and national scouting reports, creating a system similar to the one Perfect Game has successfully built in baseball over the last 25 years.

“This groundbreaking partnership between PGF and Perfect Game will now enable us to individualize our sport by focusing on our players,” said Dan Hay, Co-Founder and President/CEO of PGF. “Perfect Game is recognized by Major League Baseball and college baseball programs as the leader in player evaluations and player and team rankings, in the sport of amateur baseball. Our fastpitch softball athletes will now enjoy expanded opportunities that they have never seen before. The PGF softball community and the national landscape will benefit greatly, as these two powerhouse brands continue to lead our young female athletes and families into the future.”

Hay will serve as the President/CEO of PG Softball, with Andy Ford of Perfect Game appointed Vice President.

The two industry leaders will work alongside one another, co-branding prestigious national events with the purpose of making PG Softball the top player service in the country. Through this venture, they will each continue to grow their existing successful entities.

“Perfect Game takes great pride in the fact that we enjoy a longstanding reputation as the nation’s leader as the largest elite youth baseball platform and scouting service in amateur baseball,” said Jerry Ford, Founder and President of Perfect Game. “Our longtime goal was to do the same thing in softball. The best way to do that was to partner with the nation’s leader in softball. Dan Hay and PGF represent the very best when it comes to the game of softball. This will definitely expedite our goal of providing girls fastpitch with all the same opportunities the boys enjoy in baseball.”

An updated event schedule will be released shortly.  A new website is in development, initial information can be found here: www.perfectgame.org/Fastpitch/ or at www.premiergirlsfastpitch.com

About Perfect Game
Perfect Game is the world’s largest elite youth baseball platform and scouting service, producing over 1,400 tournaments and showcases each year across the country. Perfect Game is dedicated to giving amateur players exposure to take their game to the next level, whether that be in college or in the professional ranks. At Perfect Game events, players are performing with top-level competition in front of college recruiters and professional scouts from all over the country. Because of this, these events prove to be invaluable to the college coaches as well as Major League Baseball, as they can scout a large population of talented ballplayers in one location. To date, more than 1,400 players that have played in a Perfect Game event have also played in Major League Baseball. Since 2003, 12,776 Perfect Game alumni have been selected in the MLB First-Year Amateur Player Draft. In the 2020 Draft, for example, 93 percent of all players selected had played in Perfect Game events, and all but one player selected on the Draft’s first day had previously attended Perfect Game events. And in the 2019 College World Series, every player on the roster of national champion Vanderbilt and all but one on the runner-up Michigan roster had played in a Perfect Game event.

About Premier Girls Fastpitch
PGF was founded in 2009 and today crowns the unquestioned national champion across nine age divisions. In 2019, 635 teams competed across those age groups, with the 17-day event held across parks in Huntington Beach, Fountain Valley and Irvine, California.  Premier Girls Fastpitch is where the best of the best play in amateur fastpitch softball.  Since 2009 thousands of female student athletes have realized their dreams to play on the college level by performing with top-level competition in front of college recruiters.  PGF produces hundreds of tournaments and showcases each year across the country.

California Commotion Softball

Kirk Walker Named Head Coach of New NPF California Commotion Team

California Commotion Softball

Kirk Walker Named Head Coach of New NPF California Commotion Team

Nov. 18, 2019

The California Softball Commotion have named Kirk Walker as Head Coach of the newest club to join the ranks of National Pro Fastpitch. Walker will combine the coaching duties with a position as Assistant General Manager for the newly formed team.

“We know that assembling this team and being competitive in our first season out, will depend heavily on designating the right person to lead the way,” commented Commotion General Manager, Deb Hartwig. “To be able to land a Head Coach with the success, experience and expertise Kirk brings to this position, is a huge win for this team. I look forward to working with Kirk in his capacity as Head Coach and Assistant General Manager and with this announcement, am anxious to begin putting our team together.”

Walker has a diverse and accomplished resume, both as a player and coach. Most recently, he was a member of the NFCA National Coaching Staff of the Year, as a member of the National Championship UCLA Bruins staff of 2019. That title marks his seventh as a staff member of the Bruins, combined with the titles of ’84, ’85, ’88, ’89, ’90 and ’92. Four times along the way, he and his fellow staff members were named NFCA Regional Coaching Staff of the Year.

Walker began his coaching career while an undergrad at UCLA and spent eleven seasons there as an assistant (1984-1994), prior to taking on the Head Coaching position at Oregon State in 1995. Through an eighteen year tenure, Walker led the Beavers to ten post season NCAA Tournaments en route to becoming the winningest coach in OSU history. While there, he coached 79 All PAC 10/12 players, 28 NFCA All-Region players, and 10 NFCA All-Americans.

On the women’s amateur side, Walker, as Head Coach of the California Commotion Women’s ASA team, led his highly decorated squad of superstars to four consecutive National Titles in the Women’s Major Division. Players on those teams included Lisa Fernandez, Dot Richardson, Sheila Douty, Lori Harrigan, Michele Granger, Gillian Boxx, Leah O’Brien, Laura Berg, Amy Chellevold, Karen Walker, Pam Newton, Jennifer Brundage, Jill Justin, Debbie Doom, Jenny Condon, Janice Parks, and Lisa Longaker.

Walker has also been a member of the Team USA coaching staff. First, as a member of the twelve person coaching staff for the quadrennium of 2000-2004, which led up to the Athens Olympic Games of 2004, and later as an Assistant Coach on the 2017 Junior Women’s Team that won Gold at the World Championships.

As a player, Walker has been a longtime pitcher in the Men’s Fastpitch Division. Most recently, in 2018, he was a member of the NAFA Men’s A National Championship team, where he was named to the All World Team for the sixth time in his career.

“I am very excited for this opportunity to lead the new Commotion team and to help grow the professional level of fastpitch on the west coast,” stated Walker.  “The history of the California Commotion is based on putting high level athletes with great passion and character on the field to produce a winning culture. It is an honor to work with Damon and Deb to build an organization that can extend the opportunity for high level collegiate athletes to compete and perform on the professional stage.   California and the west coast have a rich tradition for impacting the sport of softball from the grass roots level and beyond.  With the great year round weather and the huge numbers of young women playing the game here on the west coast, there is a huge opportunity to entertain, educate, motivate and inspire the next generation of athletes and the fans of the game.”

The Commotion become the first west coast presence for the sixteen year old league since 2005, and begin play in the spring of 2020. Exact schedule details will be made available in January by the league and its respective teams.

The California Softball Commotion begins play in the National Pro Fastpitch League in the 2020 season. The goal of the Commotion is to deliver professional softball entertainment to California by expanding competition of the league to the west coast on a consistent basis. Through their presence, the California Commotion aims to inspire the next generation of softball players, and to engage a broad and enthusiastic fan base to support and encourage their endeavors to be professional athletes.
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 Peppers, Beijing Shougang Eagles, California Softball Commotion, Canadian Wild of Southern Illinois, Chicago Bandits, and Cleveland Comets. Three complete competing teams will represent their respective countries in the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan. Those teams are Softball Australia, Softball Canada, and Team Mexico, who participate in the NPF as Aussie Peppers, Canadian Wild and Cleveland Comets.  National Pro Fastpitch players hail from the United States, Australia, Canada, China, and Mexico, and represent the most accomplished and talented athletes in the sport of women’s softball.

 

 

Athletx Sports Group Inks Exclusive Partnership with Elizabethtown Sports

Athletx Sports Group Inks Exclusive Partnership with Elizabethtown Sports Park & Sports Facilities Management in Kentucky

Posted at 13:00h in Partners, Press by athletxsports

November 5, 2019

Athletx Sports Group, home of multiple nationally recognized sports event brands, and Elizabethtown Sports Park, one of the nation’s premier venues for baseball and softball events, have agreed to a multi-year partnership making Athletx the exclusive host of all diamond sports events at Elizabethtown Sports Park.

Athletx Sports Group and Elizabethtown Sports Park have worked together since 2012 to establish a significant diamond sports footprint from the Great Lakes to the Southeast, hosting over 50 events for youth athletes from all over the country. In 2019, the two organizations partnered on four week-long tournaments, three individual player events and three weekend team-based tournaments, hosting over 5,000 athletes and their families. The new partnership paves the way for massive growth in event opportunities for baseball and softball players ages 7 to 18 as Athletx Sports Group plans a full slate of exciting new events for spring, summer and fall of 2020.

As a state-of-the-art facility with 12 fully lit fields, spacious practice areas and a large pavilion that is perfect for ceremony space, Elizabethtown Sports Park is amply equipped to accommodate Athletx Sports Group’s growing need for increased tournament dates. Additionally, the park recently accepted a $2.6M bid from Georgia-based AstroTurf to convert all 12 infields to synthetic turf, further enhancing the park’s attractiveness to youth baseball and softball players and their families across the state, region, and country.

“At Athletx, we are all about making big, bold moves and this new and innovative partnership with Elizabethtown Sports Park is another example of that. Following two of our core values to ‘create unforgettable memories’ and ‘swing for the fences,’ I can assure you that Athletx will be fully vested in making sure we deliver amazing event experiences with both the existing and new events we are working hard to create,” said Co-Founder and Chief Business Development Officer Aaron Flaker. “With the addition of turf to all 12 of the diamonds’ infields coupled with our ability to market and execute events on a high level, this partnership is sure to be a home run in 2020 and beyond.”

“Congratulations to the team at the Elizabethtown Sports Park and the Athletx Sports Group,” said Janna Clark, Executive Director of the Elizabethtown Tourism and Convention Bureau.” “This partnership elevates our area to a whole new level of youth travel sports. The combined experience and industry respect of these two groups is truly unprecedented. Athletx is a familiar client at the park, having put on some of the most successful events since the park opened in 2012. The team at Athletx knows our community and is committed to bringing visitors to town to play sports and enjoy all there is to do in Elizabethtown.”

“We are excited about this new partnership and the opportunities it will bring the sports park, our community, the teams and their families,” said Sports Facilities Management LLC’s Todd Yancey, General Manager of Elizabethtown Sports Park. “This will allow us to continue to support our local businesses while developing our co-owned tournaments. Athletx shares the same vision as we do — delivering an experience for all involved that will last a lifetime. We look forward to building this unparalleled experience together.”

While 2020 events for Youth Baseball Nationals, Game Day USA and Youth Softball Nationals have been publicly announced and are currently accepting registrations, Athletx Sports Group plans to announce its full spring and summer lineup in the very near future.

ABOUT ATHLETX SPORTS GROUP:

Athletx Sports Group brings together multiple nationally-recognized brands under one family, including Youth Baseball Nationals, Pastime Tournaments, Game Day USA, Baseball Youth, Mid-America Baseball, Youth Softball Nationals, Softball Youth and Drive & Company. Athletx Sports Group has over 50 years of combined tournament experience. Collectively, in 2019, Athletx Sports Group brands will represent over 600 team-based and individual player events across the nation, featuring over 12,500 teams, 165,000 players, 35,000 coaches and 367,000 spectators. In addition to producing first-class events, Athletx boasts a strong media presence with over 590,000 social media followers across its brands’ various Facebook, Twitter and Instagram platforms. Athletx maintains offices in Louisville, KY (headquarters), Chicago, IL and Indianapolis, IN. For more information, visit www.athletx.com.

ABOUT SPORTS FACILITIES MANAGEMENT:

Sports Facilities Advisory, LLC (SFA) and Sports Facilities Management, LLC (SFM) are both headquartered in Clearwater, FL. Founded in 2003, SFA has served more than 2,000 communities, produced more than $10 billion in institutional-grade financial forecasts, and provided funding strategies and solutions for more than 120 youth and amateur sports and recreation complexes worldwide. SFM provides industry-leading, results-driven management solutions for sports, fitness, recreation, and event venues nationwide. Since 2014, SFM-associated venues have hosted more than 100 million guests and generated hundreds of millions of dollars in economic impact. For more information, visit: www.sportadvisory.com.

ABOUT ELIZABETHTOWN SPORTS PARK:

Elizabethtown Sports Park is a true destination for events of all sizes and caliber with three quads for baseball and softball, two championship-style turf fields, three large pavilions for events, and one accessible field with spectator seating. We believe in creating experiences for people who yearn to be in the big leagues. This is the perfect place to play. A place for athletes to play like the pros. A place where everyone becomes a champion. For more information, visit www.etownsports.com. 1401 West Park Road, Elizabethtown, KY 42701

Board of Governors starts process to enhance name, image and likeness opportunities

Board of Governors starts process to enhance name, image and likeness opportunities

Each NCAA division directed to immediately consider modernization of bylaws and policies

In the Association’s continuing efforts to support college athletes, the NCAA’s top governing board voted unanimously to permit students participating in athletics the opportunity to benefit from the use of their name, image and likeness in a manner consistent with the collegiate model.

The Board of Governors’ action directs each of the NCAA’s three divisions to immediately consider updates to relevant bylaws and policies for the 21st century, said Michael V. Drake, chair of the board and president of The Ohio State University.

“We must embrace change to provide the best possible experience for college athletes,” Drake said. “Additional flexibility in this area can and must continue to support college sports as a part of higher education. This modernization for the future is a natural extension of the numerous steps NCAA members have taken in recent years to improve support for student-athletes, including full cost of attendance and guaranteed scholarships.”

Specifically, the board said modernization should occur within the following principles and guidelines:

  • Assure student-athletes are treated similarly to non-athlete students unless a compelling reason exists to differentiate.
  • Maintain the priorities of education and the collegiate experience to provide opportunities for student-athlete success.
  • Ensure rules are transparent, focused and enforceable and facilitate fair and balanced competition.
  • Make clear the distinction between collegiate and professional opportunities.
  • Make clear that compensation for athletics performance or participation is impermissible.
  • Reaffirm that student-athletes are students first and not employees of the university.
  • Enhance principles of diversity, inclusion and gender equity.
  • Protect the recruiting environment and prohibit inducements to select, remain at, or transfer to a specific institution.

The board’s action was based on comprehensive recommendations from the NCAA Board of Governors Federal and State Legislation Working Group, which includes presidents, commissioners, athletics directors, administrators and student-athletes. The group gathered input over the past several months from numerous stakeholders, including current and former student-athletes, coaches, presidents, faculty and commissioners across all three divisions. The board also directed continued and productive engagement with legislators.

The working group will continue to gather feedback through April on how best to respond to the state and federal legislative environment and to refine its recommendations on the principles and regulatory framework. The board asked each division to create any new rules beginning immediately, but no later than January 2021.

“As a national governing body, the NCAA is uniquely positioned to modify its rules to ensure fairness and a level playing field for student-athletes,” NCAA President Mark Emmert said. “The board’s action today creates a path to enhance opportunities for student-athletes while ensuring they compete against students and not professionals.”

NCAA Press Release: https://www.ncaa.org/about/resources/media-center/news/board-governors-starts-process-enhance-name-image-and-likeness-opportunities

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.

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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2017 So Cal All Star Roster Named

So Cal All Star roster named for exhibition matchup against USA and Mexico

May 31, 2017
OKLAHOMA CITY — Sixteen athletes have been selected to represent the So Cal All-Star roster, which is set to compete against the 2017 USA Softball Women’s National Team (WNT) and Mexico in a June 13 doubleheader exhibition games.  Held at Deanna Manning Stadium in Irvine, Calif., the So Cal All-Star roster is made up of athletes from three elite youth travel programs: Firecrackers – Rico, Corona Angels – Tyson and OC Batbusters – Stith.  Fans will have the opportunity to watch Team USA, Mexico and the So Cal All-Stars June 13, while the U.S. and Mexico will be playing in a standalone exhibition game on June 15.

“Getting this opportunity to work with USA Softball, Tony Rico, Marty Tyson and along with these great kids that have put so much time into their careers is special,” said Mike Stith, who will be leading the So Cal All-Stars.  “For me as a coach to get to be a small part of the development of our National Team Program is an incredible honor as we begin the process to prepare for Japan and the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Getting to coach against some of the greatest talent in the world is quite an opportunity as much as it is a tough challenge against Team USA and Mexico but it will be a great night that I’m truly looking forward to.”


Schedule

Irvine, California- June 13-15, 2017

June 13, 5 pm (PT), Mexico vs So Cal Travel All-Stars
June 13, 5 pm (PT), USA Women’s National Team vs So Cal Travel All-Stars

June 14, 4 pm (PT), Player Camp

June 15, 7 pm (PT), USA Women’s National Team vs Mexico

Tickets on sale here


So Cal All-Star Roster

Brooke Vestal – P – 2018 – Firecrackers – Rico 

Grace Lyons – INF – 2018 – Firecrackers – Rico  

Aliyah Flores – INF – 2017 – Firecrackers – Rico 

Riley Wester – OF – 2017 – Firecrackers – Rico

Macy Simmons – C – 2018 – Firecrackers – Rico  

Jenna Kean – OF – 2017 – Firecrackers – Rico

Megan Faraimo – P – 2018 – Corona Angels – Tyson 

Kinsley Washington – MI/OF – 2017 – Corona Angels – Tyson 

Camryn Ybarra – 3B – 2017 – Corona Angels – Tyson 

Mariah Mazon –  P – 2017 – Corona Angels – Tyson  

Linnsie Elam – C – 2017 – Corona Angels – Tyson 

Livy Schiele – OF – 2017 – OC Batbusters – Stith 

Lauren Gutierrez – 1B – 2017 – OC Batbusters – Stith 

Jocelyn Alo – 1B/C – 2017 – OC Batbusters – Stith 

Tera McGowan – C/OF – 2018 – OC Batbusters – Stith  

Vanessa Foreman – P – 2018 – OC Batbusters – Stith

In addition to the three exhibition games, members of the USA Softball WNT and coaching staff will also conduct a players camp on June 14 from 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. PT.  Led by Team USA Head Coach Ken Eriksen, attendees will have the opportunity to get hands on training and instruction from the best softball players in the world.  Limited space is available, with the camp open to players age 8-18.  Tickets for the exhibition games and players camp, along with a detailed schedule of events, are now available for purchase through USASoftball.com.

Fans at home can follow along all summer long with the USA Softball National Teams at USASoftball.com.

About USA Softball
USA Softball is a 501(c)(3) not-for profit organization headquartered in Oklahoma City, Okla., and is designated as the National Governing Body (NGB) of Softball in the United States and a member of the United States Olympic Committee. One of the nation’s largest sports organizations, USA Softball sanctions competition in every state through a network of 70 local associations and has grown from a few hundred teams in the early days to over 150,000 teams today, representing a membership of more than 2 million.  USA Softball is dedicated to providing people of all ages the opportunity to play the game they love at a variety of levels by offering recreational, league, tournament and competitive play for fast pitch, slow pitch and modified pitch.  USA Softball annually conducts thousands of tournaments throughout the country including over 100 National Championships.  The USA Softball umpire program is among the nation’s largest and are widely known as the best trained umpires in the game.

As the NGB for the sport of softball, USA Softball is responsible for training, equipping and promoting the six USA Softball National Teams that compete in events such as the Olympics, Pan American Games, World Championships and other international and domestic events. For more information on USA Softball, including its founding and history as the Amateur Softball Association of America (ASA), please visit, www.USASoftball.com.


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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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2016 SEC Network + (The Digital Home of SEC Women’s College Softball Schedule)

2016 SEC Network + (The Digital Home of SEC Women’s College Softball Schedule)

SEC Network +, the digital home of the SEC Network, will stream more than 250 games this season featuring all 13 teams in the conference, including more than 20 appearances by No. 1 Florida.

Date Time (ET) Game
03/04/2016 3 p.m. UAB at No. 20 Tennessee
03/04/2016 4 p.m. Kennesaw State at South Carolina
03/04/2016 4 p.m. Buffalo at Arkansas
03/04/2016 5 p.m. Penn State at Ole Miss
03/04/2016 5 p.m. Louisiana-Monroe at No. 2 Alabama
03/04/2016 5:30 p.m. Green Bay at No. 20 Tennessee
03/04/2016 6:30 p.m. Indiana at No. 4 Auburn
03/04/2016 6:30 p.m. Northern Iowa at Arkansas
03/04/2016 7 p.m. Chattanooga at Mississippi State
03/04/2016 7:30 p.m. Belmont at Ole Miss
03/04/2016 7:30 p.m. North Dakota State at No. 2 Alabama
03/04/2016 9:30 p.m. Northwestern State at Mississippi State
03/05/2016 1:30 p.m. Murray State at No. 4 Auburn
03/05/2016 1:30 p.m. Michigan State at South Carolina
03/05/2016 2 p.m. Longwood at Mississippi State
03/05/2016 2:30 p.m. DePaul at No. 2 Alabama
03/05/2016 4 p.m. Bryant at No. 4 Auburn
03/05/2016 4 p.m. Connecticut at South Carolina
03/05/2016 4:30 p.m. Central Arkansas at Mississippi State
03/05/2016 5 p.m. UMass at Ole Miss
03/05/2016 5 p.m. North Dakota State at No. 2 Alabama
03/05/2016 7:30 p.m. Penn State at Ole Miss
03/06/2016 12:30 p.m. TBD
03/06/2016 1 p.m. Tennessee Tech at No. 6 LSU
03/06/2016 1:30 p.m. Belmont at Ole Miss
03/06/2016 1:30 p.m. TBD
03/06/2016 1:30 p.m. Wright State at Arkansas
03/06/2016 2:30 p.m. Louisiana-Monroe at No. 2 Alabama
03/06/2016 2:30 p.m. No. 19 Minnesota at No. 11 Georgia
03/06/2016 3 p.m. TBD
03/06/2016 3 p.m. Western Kentucky at Mississippi State
03/08/2016 6 p.m. SIU-Edwardsville at South Carolina
03/08/2016 6 p.m. Boston College at No. 11 Georgia
03/08/2016 7 p.m. Penn State at Mississippi State
03/09/2016 4 p.m. South Dakota at No. 1 Florida
03/09/2016 5 p.m. Tennessee State at No. 4 Auburn
03/09/2016 6 p.m. Indiana at No. 16 Kentucky
03/09/2016 6 p.m. Missouri State at Arkansas
03/09/2016 6:30 p.m. South Dakota at No. 1 Florida
03/09/2016 7 p.m. Youngstown State at Ole Miss
03/09/2016 7:30 p.m. Tennessee State at No. 4 Auburn
03/11/2016 6 p.m. No. 16 Kentucky at South Carolina
03/11/2016 7 p.m. Texas Tech at No. 9 Texas A&M
03/11/2016 7 p.m. No. 14 Missouri at Ole Miss
03/12/2016 1 p.m. No. 16 Kentucky at South Carolina
03/12/2016 4 p.m. Texas Tech at No. 9 Texas A&M
03/12/2016 7 p.m. No. 14 Missouri at Ole Miss
03/13/2016 1 p.m. No. 16 Kentucky at South Carolina
03/13/2016 1:30 p.m. Texas Tech at No. 9 Texas A&M
03/15/2016 4 p.m. Georgia Southern at No. 9 Texas A&M
03/15/2016 4 p.m. Central Arkansas at Ole Miss
03/15/2016 7 p.m. Georgia Southern at No. 9 Texas A&M
03/16/2016 4 p.m. Buffalo at South Carolina
03/16/2016 5 p.m. Western Illinois at No. 14 Missouri
03/16/2016 6 p.m. Winthrop at No. 1 Florida
03/16/2016 6 p.m. Kennesaw State at No. 11 Georgia
03/16/2016 6 p.m. Tulsa at Arkansas
03/16/2016 6:30 p.m. Buffalo at South Carolina
03/16/2016 7:30 p.m. Western Illinois at No. 14 Missouri
03/18/2016 6 p.m. Ole Miss at No. 16 Kentucky
03/18/2016 7 p.m. No. 4 Auburn at Mississippi State
03/18/2016 7:30 p.m. No. 6 LSU at No. 9 Texas A&M
03/19/2016 3 p.m. No. 11 Georgia at South Carolina
03/19/2016 3 p.m. No. 4 Auburn at Mississippi State
03/19/2016 3 p.m. Ole Miss at No. 16 Kentucky
03/19/2016 4 p.m. No. 6 LSU at No. 9 Texas A&M
03/20/2016 1 p.m. Ole Miss at No. 16 Kentucky
03/20/2016 1:30 p.m. No. 6 LSU at No. 9 Texas A&M
03/20/2016 3 p.m. No. 4 Auburn at Mississippi State
03/20/2016 7 p.m. No. 11 Georgia at South Carolina
03/21/2016 7 p.m. No. 11 Georgia at South Carolina
03/22/2016 3 p.m. Northern Kentucky at No. 16 Kentucky
03/22/2016 5:30 p.m. Northern Kentucky at No. 16 Kentucky
03/22/2016 6:30 p.m. Southeastern Louisiana at Mississippi State
03/22/2016 7 p.m. Alcorn State at No. 2 Alabama
03/22/2016 7 p.m. Nicholls State at No. 6 LSU
03/23/2016 5 p.m. Murray State at No. 16 Kentucky
03/23/2016 6 p.m. Charleston Southern at South Carolina
03/23/2016 6 p.m. Georgia Southern at No. 11 Georgia
03/25/2016 1 p.m. No. 16 Kentucky at Arkansas
03/25/2016 5 p.m. No. 1 Florida at No. 6 LSU
03/25/2016 6 p.m. Mississippi State at No. 20 Tennessee
03/25/2016 6 p.m. No. 9 Texas A&M at No. 11 Georgia
03/25/2016 7 p.m. South Carolina at No. 4 Auburn
03/25/2016 7:30 p.m. No. 1 Florida at No. 6 LSU
03/26/2016 2 p.m. Mississippi State at No. 20 Tennessee
03/26/2016 2 p.m. No. 9 Texas A&M at No. 11 Georgia
03/26/2016 3 p.m. No. 14 Missouri at No. 2 Alabama
03/26/2016 7 p.m. South Carolina at No. 4 Auburn
03/27/2016 2 p.m. South Carolina at No. 4 Auburn
03/27/2016 2 p.m. Mississippi State at No. 20 Tennessee
03/27/2016 2 p.m. No. 9 Texas A&M at No. 11 Georgia
03/27/2016 2 p.m. No. 16 Kentucky at Arkansas
03/29/2016 6 p.m. Georgia Tech at No. 11 Georgia
03/29/2016 7 p.m. Samford at Ole Miss
03/29/2016 7 p.m. UAB at No. 2 Alabama
04/01/2016 6 p.m. No. 2 Alabama at No. 1 Florida
04/01/2016 6 p.m. No. 6 LSU at No. 11 Georgia
04/01/2016 6 p.m. No. 4 Auburn at No. 16 Kentucky
04/01/2016 7:30 p.m. Arkansas at No. 9 Texas A&M
04/01/2016 7:30 p.m. No. 20 Tennessee at No. 14 Missouri
04/02/2016 2 p.m. No. 6 LSU at No. 11 Georgia
04/02/2016 3 p.m. Troy at South Carolina
04/02/2016 3 p.m. No. 4 Auburn at No. 16 Kentucky
04/02/2016 3 p.m. No. 20 Tennessee at No. 14 Missouri
04/02/2016 7 p.m. Ole Miss at Mississippi State
04/03/2016 1 p.m. No. 2 Alabama at No. 1 Florida
04/03/2016 1 p.m. Troy at South Carolina
04/03/2016 1 p.m. No. 4 Auburn at No. 16 Kentucky
04/03/2016 1 p.m. No. 20 Tennessee at No. 14 Missouri
04/03/2016 2 p.m. No. 6 LSU at No. 11 Georgia
04/05/2016 6 p.m. UNC-Wilmington at South Carolina
04/05/2016 7 p.m. Mississippi Valley State at No. 2 Alabama
04/06/2016 5:30 p.m. Louisville at No. 16 Kentucky
04/06/2016 7 p.m. Troy at No. 4 Auburn
04/06/2016 7 p.m. Southern Mississippi at No. 6 LSU
04/06/2016 7 p.m. South Alabama at Mississippi State
04/06/2016 7:30 p.m. Stephen F. Austin at No. 9 Texas A&M
04/08/2016 6 p.m. No. 9 Texas A&M at No. 20 Tennessee
04/08/2016 7 p.m. No. 1 Florida at Ole Miss
04/08/2016 7 p.m. Longwood at No. 4 Auburn
04/08/2016 7 p.m. South Carolina at Arkansas
04/08/2016 7:30 p.m. Mississippi State at No. 2 Alabama
04/08/2016 7:30 p.m. No. 11 Georgia at No. 14 Missouri
04/09/2016 2 p.m. South Carolina at Arkansas
04/09/2016 3 p.m. Mississippi State at No. 2 Alabama
04/09/2016 6 p.m. Longwood at No. 4 Auburn
04/09/2016 7 p.m. No. 1 Florida at Ole Miss
04/10/2016 1 p.m. No. 11 Georgia at No. 14 Missouri
04/10/2016 1:30 p.m. No. 9 Texas A&M at No. 20 Tennessee
04/10/2016 2 p.m. No. 1 Florida at Ole Miss
04/10/2016 2 p.m. Longwood at No. 4 Auburn
04/10/2016 2 p.m. South Carolina at Arkansas
04/10/2016 2:30 p.m. Mississippi State at No. 2 Alabama
04/13/2016 5 p.m. Wichita State at No. 14 Missouri
04/13/2016 6 p.m. Tennessee-Martin at Ole Miss
04/13/2016 6 p.m. Eastern Kentucky at No. 16 Kentucky
04/13/2016 7:30 p.m. Wichita State at No. 14 Missouri
04/15/2016 6 p.m. Ole Miss at South Carolina
04/15/2016 6 p.m. No. 14 Missouri at No. 16 Kentucky
04/15/2016 6:30 p.m. No. 6 LSU at Mississippi State
04/15/2016 7 p.m. No. 4 Auburn at Arkansas
04/15/2016 7:30 p.m. No. 2 Alabama at No. 9 Texas A&M
04/16/2016 1 p.m. LA-Lafayette at No. 1 Florida
04/16/2016 2 p.m. No. 4 Auburn at Arkansas
04/16/2016 3 p.m. Ole Miss at South Carolina
04/16/2016 3:30 p.m. LA-Lafayette at No. 1 Florida
04/16/2016 4 p.m. No. 2 Alabama at No. 9 Texas A&M
04/16/2016 5 p.m. No. 14 Missouri at No. 16 Kentucky
04/17/2016 1 p.m. LA-Lafayette at No. 1 Florida
04/17/2016 1 p.m. No. 14 Missouri at No. 16 Kentucky
04/17/2016 1:30 p.m. No. 2 Alabama at No. 9 Texas A&M
04/17/2016 2 p.m. Ole Miss at South Carolina
04/17/2016 2 p.m. No. 4 Auburn at Arkansas
04/19/2016 6 p.m. Georgia Southern at South Carolina
04/19/2016 7 p.m. Memphis at Ole Miss
04/19/2016 7 p.m. Southern Mississippi at Mississippi State
04/20/2016 5 p.m. No. 12 Florida State at No. 4 Auburn
04/20/2016 6 p.m. South Florida at No. 1 Florida
04/20/2016 6 p.m. Georgia State at No. 11 Georgia
04/20/2016 7 p.m. South Alabama at No. 2 Alabama
04/20/2016 7:30 p.m. No. 12 Florida State at No. 4 Auburn
04/22/2016 6 p.m. Mississippi State at No. 1 Florida
04/22/2016 7 p.m. Arkansas at Ole Miss
04/22/2016 7 p.m. No. 11 Georgia at No. 4 Auburn
04/22/2016 7:30 p.m. No. 16 Kentucky at No. 2 Alabama
04/23/2016 1 p.m. Mississippi State at No. 1 Florida
04/23/2016 7 p.m. South Carolina at No. 6 LSU
04/23/2016 7:30 p.m. No. 9 Texas A&M at No. 14 Missouri
04/24/2016 2 p.m. Arkansas at Ole Miss
04/24/2016 2 p.m. No. 11 Georgia at No. 4 Auburn
04/24/2016 2 p.m. South Carolina at No. 6 LSU
04/24/2016 2:30 p.m. No. 16 Kentucky at No. 2 Alabama
04/26/2016 6 p.m. Furman at South Carolina
04/26/2016 7 p.m. McNeese State at No. 6 LSU
04/29/2016 6 p.m. No. 2 Alabama at South Carolina
04/29/2016 6 p.m. Ole Miss at No. 11 Georgia
04/29/2016 7 p.m. No. 14 Missouri at Mississippi State
04/29/2016 7 p.m. No. 6 LSU at Arkansas
04/29/2016 7:30 p.m. No. 1 Florida at No. 9 Texas A&M
04/30/2016 12 p.m. No. 2 Alabama at South Carolina
04/30/2016 2 p.m. Ole Miss at No. 11 Georgia
05/01/2016 1 p.m. No. 2 Alabama at South Carolina
05/01/2016 1:30 p.m. No. 1 Florida at No. 9 Texas A&M
05/01/2016 2 p.m. Ole Miss at No. 11 Georgia
05/01/2016 2 p.m. No. 6 LSU at Arkansas
05/06/2016 6 p.m. Arkansas at No. 1 Florida
05/06/2016 7 p.m. No. 20 Tennessee at Ole Miss
05/06/2016 7 p.m. No. 9 Texas A&M at No. 4 Auburn
05/06/2016 7:30 p.m. No. 11 Georgia at No. 2 Alabama
05/06/2016 7:30 p.m. South Carolina at No. 14 Missouri
05/07/2016 1 p.m. Arkansas at No. 1 Florida
05/08/2016 1 p.m. Arkansas at No. 1 Florida
05/08/2016 1 p.m. Mississippi State at No. 16 Kentucky
05/08/2016 1 p.m. South Carolina at No. 14 Missouri
05/08/2016 2 p.m. No. 20 Tennessee at Ole Miss
05/08/2016 2 p.m. No. 9 Texas A&M at No. 4 Auburn
05/08/2016 2:30 p.m. No. 11 Georgia at No. 2 Alabama

Rankings per USA Today Softball (March 1)



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Longhorn Network: Home of Texas Softball

  • More than 35 Games from Red and Charline McCombs Field
  • Big 12 Play Features No. 16 Baylor, Kansas, Oklahoma State and Texas Tech
  • Former Longhorn Megan Willis Returns as Analyst

Longhorn Network will televise more than 35 college softball games from Red and Charline McCombs Field during the 2016 season, including 29 Texas home games.

Texas begins its season on the Longhorn Network when it hosts Arkansas (Feb 11 at 6 p.m. CT), the first of more than 10 Texas games in the month of February. Non-conference play vs. in-state rivals (UTSA, North Texas, and Texas State) will be televised in March before Longhorn Network airs 10 games vs. Big 12 opponents (No. 16 Baylor, Kansas, Oklahoma State and Texas Tech) in April and May.

Texas will also be seen twice on ESPN2, when it travels to Baylor (March 26) and Oklahoma (April 16).

As part of the Texas Classic (Feb 11-14) and Texas Invitational (Feb 25-28), Longhorn Network will also air seven games which do not include the Longhorns.

Megan Willis, a 2007 Texas graduate and former Longhorn catcher, will again be the analyst on the telecasts. Willis was a two-time Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year (2007 and 2006) at the school and continues to play the National Pro Fastpitch League, currently with the USSSA Pride.  Alex Loeb and Tyler Denning will rotate calling play-by-play throughout the season.

2016 Longhorn Network Softball Television Schedule

Date Time (CT) Game
Feb 11 6 p.m. Arkansas at Texas*
Feb 12 Noon Arkansas vs. North Dakota State*
3 p.m. UNC vs. North Dakota State*
6 p.m. UNC at Texas*
Feb 13 10 a.m. North Dakota State vs. Arkansas*
1 p.m. UNC at Texas*
3:30 p.m. Arkansas at Texas*
6 p.m. UNC vs. North Dakota State*
Feb 14 9 a.m. Arkansas vs UNC*
Noon North Dakota State at Texas*
Feb 26 9 a.m. Weber vs. Tulsa**
Noon Abilene Christian at Texas**
2:30 p.m. Tulsa at Texas**
Feb 27 10 a.m. Tulsa at Texas**
12:30 p.m. Illinois at Texas**
Feb 28 10 a.m. Weber State at Texas**
3:30 p.m. Tulsa vs. Illinois**^
March 8 4:30 p.m. UTSA at Texas
March 9 6 p.m. North Texas at Texas
March 26 8 p.m. Texas at Baylor***
March 30 6 p.m. Texas State at Texas
April 1 5 p.m. BYU at Texas
April 2 6 p.m. BYU at Texas
8:30 p.m. BYU at Texas
April 5 4:30 p.m. UTEP at Texas
midnight UTEP at Texas^
April 8 6 p.m. Texas Tech at Texas
April 9 1 p.m. Texas Tech at Texas
April 10 Noon Texas Tech at Texas
April 16 2 p.m. Texas at Oklahoma***
April 22 6 p.m. Oklahoma State at Texas
April 23 1 p.m. Oklahoma State at Texas
April 24 Noon Oklahoma State at Texas
April 27 6 p.m. Texas Southern at Texas
April 29 4:30 p.m. Kansas at Texas
April 30 1 p.m. Kansas at Texas
May 1 11 a.m. Kansas at Texas
May 14 8 p.m. No. 16 Baylor at Texas

*Texas Classic Event
**Texas Invitational
***on ESPN2
^Taped Delay

About Longhorn Network

ESPN has a 20-year agreement to own and operate a year-round, 24-hour network dedicated to Texas athletics in partnership with UT and IMG College.  Longhorn Network (LHN) offers a variety of content, highlighted by more than 175 exclusive events annually from 20 sports, original series and studio shows, historical programming and academic and cultural happenings. The network is also available to subscribers via WatchESPN on smartphones, tablets, computers, Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick, Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku, Xbox 360 and Xbox One.


 

 


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