ASA USA Softball Announces Olympic Team Open Tryouts

May 13, 2006, 1:36 p.m. (ET)
 ASA/USA Softball Announces Olympic Team Open Tryouts
The Amateur Softball Association is still accepting applications to its open tryouts for the 2008 Olympic team. The USA Softball Olympic Team who will look to win its fourth consecutive gold medal at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China. The ASA, the national governing body of softball, will begin holding open Olympic team tryouts in May. Santa Fe Springs, Calif., will serve as the first host city for the tryouts on May 7, 2006. Applications for the Santa Fe Springs tryout must be received by April 21.
The ASA along with USA Softball takes the responsibility of choosing its teams seriously and has invested great time and resources to create a fair and equitable tryout process. This process will allow anybody with an Olympic dream to tryout for the 2008 team.
Any female United States citizen is eligible to tryout. There is a $100.00 non-refundable application fee that must be submitted with your application form. You are responsible for your own expenses to the tryouts. The minimum standards, dates, sites and application deadline are as follows: 
Minimum Standards
Infielders/Outfielders (Must meet each of the following)
Bat Speed – 50 mph (min)
Run Home to 1st – 2.95 sec. (max)
Throwing Speed – 55 mph (min)
Run Home to Home – 12.5 sec. (max)
Push-ups – 30 
Pitchers (Consistent speed for any three of the following) 
Fastball – 63 mph (min)
Riseball – 60 mph (min)
Change-up – 45 mph or 18 mph slower than maximum pitch speed
Curveball – 60 mph (min)
Dropball – 63 mph (min)
Catchers (Must meet each of the following) 
Throw Home to Second – 2.0 sec. (max)
Throwing Speed – 55 mph (min)
Run Home to Home – 12.5 sec. (max)
Bat Speed – 50 mph (min)
Run Home to 1st – 2.95 sec. (max)
Push-ups – 30
Sun. May 7, 2006 @ Santa Fe Springs, CA(Deadline- Fri. April 21, 2006)
Sun. May 21, 2006 @ Altamonte Springs, FL (Deadline-Fri. May 5, 2006)
Sat. June 3, 2006 @ Midland, MI (Deadline-Fri. May 19, 2006)
Sat. Aug. 19, 2006 @ Grand Prairie, Texas (Fri. Aug. 4, 2006)
About USA Softball 
USA Softball is the brand created, operated and owned by the ASA that links the USA Men’s, Women’s, Junior Boys’ and Junior Girls’ National Team programs together. USA Softball is responsible for training, equipping and promoting these four National Teams to compete in international and domestic competitions. The USA Softball Women’s National Team is one of the only two women’s sports involved in the Olympic movement to capture three consecutive gold medals at the Olympic Games since 1996. The U.S. women have also won seven World Championship titles including the last five consecutive.