Twelve USA Softball National Team members earn NFCA All-Region accolades
The National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) announced on Thursday that 667 student-athletes from 175 programs have received 2017 NFCA Division I All-Region accolades, including 12 members from the USA Softball Women’s and Junior Women’s National Team squads.
From the USA Softball Women’s National Team (WNT), Ali Aguilar (Second Team; Pacific Region), Kelly Barnhill (First Team; Southeast Region), Kasey Cooper (Second Team; Southeast), Hannah Flippen (First Team; Pacific Region), Delanie Gourley (Second Team; Southeast Region), Jazmyn Jackson (First Team; Pacific Region), Danielle O’Toole (First Team; West Region), Delaney Spaulding (Second Team; West Region), and Morgan Zerkle (First Team; Mideast Region) garnered NFCA All-Region accolades. Three members from the USA Softball Junior Women’s National Team (JWNT) also earned All-Region honors, including Nicole ‘Sis’ Bates (Third Team; Pacific Region) and Jessica Harper (First Team; West Region), and Alyssa Rivera (Third Team; Southeast Region).
The USA Softball Women’s National Team (WNT) will participate in eight events, including a four-city exhibition tour across the United States. As the team begins to ramp up their international calendar in hopes of qualifying for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, four international events highlight the 2017 calendar of events, including the World Cup of Softball XII in Oklahoma City, two trips to Japan and a Pan American Games/World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) World Championship Qualifier in the Dominican Republic. For the complete WNT roster and schedule of events, click here.
The 2017 Junior Women’s National Team (JWNT) schedule is highlighted by events in four major cities, including the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Junior Women’s World Championship (JWWC) in Clearwater, Fla. and the World Cup of Softball XII held in Oklahoma City, Okla. As the team prepares to defend and strive for back-to-back Gold Medal finishes at the WBSC JWWC, a mixture of exhibition games and training in multiple cities, along with competing against some of the top international teams at the World Cup of Softball, will headline the summer for the 24 athletes who make up the training team roster at this time. For the complete JWNT roster and schedule of events, click here.
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.