USA Softball and MLB to host Softball Breakthrough Series in Compton

By Codi Warren (cwarren@usasoftball.com) | May 25, 2018, 9:41 a.m. (ET)

COMPTON, Calif. — Hosted by Major League Baseball (MLB) and USA Softball, the Softball Breakthrough Series will host a diverse group of 60 high school softball players from 18 different states and Puerto Rico in Compton, Calif., in a special development camp atmosphere that will also serve as a showcase for college recruiters.

An extension of the Baseball Breakthrough Series, which was established in 2008, the Softball Breakthrough Series is completely expense-free for participants.  Attendees will have the opportunity to showcase their skills to college recruiters while receiving on-field instruction and presentations from experienced staff members.  Starting today, athletes will participate in defensive and offensive workouts and breakout sessions with instructors, including base running, situational offense and defense and hitting.  The workouts will continue through Sunday before the participants play in exhibition games beginning at 10 a.m. PT.

In addition to the on-field action, participants will receive daily presentations from notable figures connected to the sport of baseball and softball. The presentations will provide mentorship, including tips on the collegiate recruiting process and offer information about careers within the baseball industry.

Participants will be coached and mentored by some of the nation’s top softball figures, including Olympic Gold Medalist Jennie Finch who also serves as Youth Softball Ambassador for MLB.  Also serving as a guest speaker is Sue Enquist, a member of the National Softball Hall of Fame who served as the Head Coach for UCLA Softball for 27 years. Additional instructors include current USA Softball Women’s National Team (WNT) athletes Kasey Cooper, Courtney Gano, Michelle Moultrie and Kelsey Stewart and WNT alumni Amber Freeman and Alicia Hollowell.  Olympian instructors include Finch, Shelly Stokes, Leah O’Brien-Amico and Jenny Topping while former NCAA student-athletes Tori Franks and Lauren Sweet will also attend.

For more information on the Softball Breakthrough Series, please visit USASoftball.com.  

MEDIA: Kerline Batista, Major League Baseball, (347) 998-2049, kerline.batista@mlb.com

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.