USA Softball to field Women's Futures SP National Team to compete at Border Battle XI

By Codi Warren (cwarren@usasoftball.com) | Aug. 15, 2018, 10:47 a.m. (ET)

OKLAHOMA CITY — The opportunity to represent the Red, White and Blue continues to grow for athletes in the United States as USA Softball is proud to announce the creation of the Women’s Futures Slow Pitch National Team (Women’s Futures).  The Women’s Futures team will take the field for their inaugural season at next year’s Border Battle, which is slated to return to U.S. soil in 2019. 

“The creation of a Women’s Futures Slow Pitch National Team directly reflects the mission of USA Softball, which is to provide opportunities for participation in our great game and grow our sport at the grassroots level,” said USA Softball Executive Director, Craig Cress.  “By providing this additional opportunity for athletes to represent the United States at the international level, it is our hope that we can continue to promote our upper level of women’s slow pitch softball to people all across the United States. We look forward to watching the Women’s Futures team grow and develop and can’t wait to watch them take the field in next year’s Border Battle and Women’s Slow Pitch Showdown.”

The Women’s Futures team will be comprised of athletes who have participated at the 2018 USA Softball Women’s Open Slow Pitch National Championship, which will be held August 25-26 in Portland, Ore.  Members of the USA Softball Selection Committee will also be selecting athletes for the Women’s Slow Pitch National Team (WSPNT) at the Women’s Open, which is the highest level of Championship Play for the Women’s Slow Pitch division.  Additional information regarding athlete eligibility will be provided at a later date.

The creation of the Women’s Futures team brings USA Softball’s Slow Pitch National Team Program to four teams: the Men’s Slow Pitch National Team (MSPNT), Men’s Futures Slow Pitch National Team (Men’s Futures), the WSPNT and Women’s Futures.  In addition to the Men’s and Women’s Border Battle against Team Canada, both the MSPNT and WSPNT will now face off against the Futures team in the Men’s and Women’s Slow Pitch Showdowns.

The complete schedule for Border Battle XI, including the roster for all USA Softball Slow Pitch National Teams, will be announced at a later date.

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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 69 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.