ASA/USA Softball

Twenty four athletes invited to USA Softball Womens National Team tryouts

By Steven Embree | Feb. 07, 2014, 12 a.m. (ET)

Twenty-four initial athletes invited to USA Softball Women’s National Team tryouts; World Cup headed to Irvine, Calif. in 2014

OKLAHOMA CITY - The Amateur Softball Association (ASA) of America and USA Softball announced today the invitees for the 2014 USA Softball Women’s National Team Selection Camp to be held June 9-12. Athletes will vie for 17 spots on the 2014 USA Softball Women’s World Championship team roster that will compete for the International Softball Federation (ISF) World Championship in Haarlem, Netherlands this August. In addition, Team USA will compete in the ninth World Cup of Softball which moves west to Irvine, Calif. in July, 2014.

Click here to see the 24 athletes who have received an invitation to tryout for the Women’s National Team.

During the five-day selection process athletes will participate in position drills as well as simulated games and be evaluated by the Women’s National Team Selection Committee (WNTSC). Following camp, athletes will depart on a three-city tour of exhibition games in which they will be further evaluated.

Date 

Event 

Location 

June 13 

Exhibition Games

Lynchburg, Virginia

June 17 

Exhibition Games

Findlay, Ohio

 June 19

Exhibition Games

Purcellville, Virginia

June 22 - Women's National Team Roster Announced 

Additional athletes may be invited to USA Softball Women’s National Team selection camp at a later date.

Once selected, the 17 athletes who make up the 2014 USA Softball Women’s World Championship team will compete in six different events throughout United States, Canada, Italy and the Netherlands. Fans in the United States will get three opportunities to see Team USA with two exhibition stops, Morgantown, W.V on July 3 and Waldorf, Md. on July 29, as well as the World Cup of Softball IX in Irvine, Calif. July 7-12.

With renovations underway at the ASA Hall of Fame stadium, the 2014 World Cup of Softball will move to Irvine, Calif. and be played at Bill Barber Park in conjunction with the Champions Cup July 7-12.  The World Cup, an ISF sanctioned event, will include some of the top teams in the world including Team USA, Japan, Canada, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Chinese Taipei and Venezuela.

“We couldn’t be more excited for the opportunity to take this great event to the west coast,” said ASA/USA Softball Executive Director Craig Cress. “Now in its ninth year of existence, the World Cup of Softball has become a prominent event annually in the world of international softball. While the renovations to the ASA Hall of Fame Stadium prevent us from hosting this event in Oklahoma City for a ninth time, our affiliates with Southern California ASA have stepped up to bring the event to Irvine. We have no doubt that they, along with the city of Irvine, will do a tremendous job hosting this wonderful tournament and all of the athletes, coaches and fans who attend.”

The complete World Cup of Softball game schedule, including special promotions and autograph sessions will be announced at a later date. Ultimate Fan Zone tickets will go on sale March 1 and general admission tickets on March 21. Visit www.socalasa.org for more information or email WorldCupIX@aol.com with any questions.

Following the World Cup, Team USA will travel internationally to compete in the Canadian Open Fast Pitch International Championship July 14-21 in Surrey, B.C., Canada, Italian Softball Week August 6-10 in Azzano, Italy and the ISF Women’s World Championship in Haarlem, Netherlands August 12-24 where they’ll look to improve on a silver medal finish from the previous World Championship.

For updates on the USA Softball Women’s National Team and events throughout the 2014 season visit www.USASoftball.com.

About ISF
Headquartered in Plant City, Florida (USA), the ISF is a member of the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC), the world governing body for the sport  which is recognized by the International Olympic Committee and SportAccord (formerly the General Association of International Sports Federations). Softball (women’s fast pitch) made its Olympic debut at the 1996 Games in Atlanta. There are 127 affiliated countries in the ISF and millions of participants in the sport worldwide.

About ASA
The Amateur Softball Association, founded in 1933, is the National Governing Body of softball in the United States and a member of the United States Olympic Committee. The ASA has become one of the nation’s largest sports organizations and now sanctions competition in every state through a network of 76 local associations. The ASA has grown from a few hundred teams in the early days to over 165,000 teams today, representing a membership of more than 2.5 million. For more information on the ASA, visit http://www.asasoftball.com/.

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 nine World Championship titles including the last seven consecutive as well as claimed six World Cup of Softball titles. For more information about USA Softball, please visit http://www.usasoftball.com.  

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