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ASA/USA Softball

Jan 04-06

USA Softball National Coaching Schools

Houston, Texas

Three cities scheduled to host USA Softball National Coaching Schools presented by Liberty Mutual Insurance

OKLAHOMA CITY — The Amateur Softball Association (ASA) of America announced today that three cities will host USA Softball National Coaching Schools presented by Liberty Mutual Insurance in the coming months. The schools, which feature instruction from current and former USA Softball Women’s National Team coaches, will take place in Reynoldsburg, Ohio Sept. 7-9, 2012, Cypress, Calif. Nov. 30 – Dec. 2, 2012, and Houston, Texas Jan. 4-6, 2013.

The schools feature first-hand instruction from members of the USA Softball Women’s National Team coaching staff including Head Coach Ken Eriksen (University of South Florida) and assistant Mike White (University of Oregon). Portions of the school will also feature former USA Softball Women’s National Team Head Coach turned USA Softball Director of Coaching Education Mike Candrea (University of Arizona). Candrea led the program to a Gold and Silver Medal at the Olympic Games as well as numerous other medals in international competition before retiring from his USA Softball coaching duties in 2008.

After the opening of the school on Friday, Eriksen will address the audience on the state of USA Softball and his time with the USA Softball Women’s National Team who recently concluded their 2012 season with a silver medal finish at the International Softball Federation (ISF) World Championships in Canada. Other Friday clinics are “Beginning Pitching” with White and “The USA Approach of Hitting” with Candrea.

Saturday and Sunday’s instruction includes classes on both defense and offense as well as base running, hitting, pitching and out fielding. Candrea will also speak on the Liberty Mutual Responsible Sports program. The National Coaching School concludes Sunday morning with a question and answer session with the staff.

January 4-6, 2013, Houston, Texas

Hosted by the Houston and Texas chapters of the ASA, the Houston, Texas school is open to the first 250 registering participants. Registration is $200 per-coach however, any coaches who register by December 10 will receive an "Early Bird" rate of $175.

A special room rate of $89 per-night plus tax is available at the Hilton Houston North, 12400 Greenspoint Drive in Houston but space is limited. To book a room, call 281-875-2222. Mention ASA/USA Coaching School when booking to receive the special rate.