#JourneyToJapan continues for Women’s National Team as 18 athletes named to 2019 roster

Jan. 07, 2019, 8:29 a.m. (ET)

OKLAHOMA CITY — The United States Women’s National Team (WNT) program continues to build off a historic 2018 season while preparation for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games continues as USA Softball announced today the 18 athletes named to the roster for the 2019 season.  Selected by members of the Women's National Team Selection Committee (WNTSC), these athletes will compete in select tournaments/invitational events before the final 15-player roster for the Pan American Games will be finalized.

“This was without a question the most competitive trials that USA Softball has had in many years,” said 2019 WNT Head Coach Ken Eriksen (Tampa, Fla./Head Coach at South Florida).  “The level of talent was undeniable and without question some of the best in the world. After two successful World Championships in 2016 and 2018, we knew this was going to be great to watch but hard to narrow down the field to 18 this summer.”

Click here to see the athletes selected to the 2019 USA Softball Women's National Team

Every member on the 2019 roster has competed for the Red, White and Blue either as a member of the WNT or Junior Women’s National Team (JWNT).  Highlighting the roster are two Olympians, while 13 members return from the 2018 World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) World Championship roster that won gold and also qualified for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

Collegiately, 11 NCAA Division I universities have student-athletes on the 2019 training team roster – Florida leads with four followed by UCLA with three, California and Oklahoma with two, while Alabama, Arizona, LSU, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas and Washington are each represented by one student-athlete.

Announced in fall of 2018, Eriksen will lead the Red, White and Blue in their quest to remain the No. 1 team in the world.  The complete coaching staff and list of National Team events, including exhibition games, will be released at a later date. 

“The 2019 USA Softball Women’s National Team will have a tremendous amount of experience,” Eriksen continued.  “There are Gold Medals from the Olympics and multiple Pan American Games and World Championship titles. Every pitcher has international experience and every player has represented the United States in the past 17 years. Anytime you can coach a team with that much experience, it will tend to make anyone sleep better at night.”

Follow along all summer with all of the USA Softball National Teams at USASoftball.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 through a network of Local Associations, which includes all 50 states and select metro 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.

About the World Baseball Softball Confederation 

Headquartered in Lausanne, Switzerland -- the Olympic Capital -- the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) is the world governing body for baseball and softball. WBSC has 208 National Federation and Associate Members in 135 countries and territories across Asia, Africa, Americas, Europe and Oceania, which represent a united baseball/softball sports movement that encompasses over 65 million athletes and attracts approximately 150 million fans to stadiums worldwide annually. 

The WBSC governs all international competitions involving official National Teams. The WBSC oversees the Premier12, World Baseball Classic, Baseball World Cups, Softball World Cups and Softball World Championships, as well as baseball and softball events at the Olympic Games.

For more information, visit www.wbsc.org, which is available six languages: English, French, Japanese, Korean, Spanish and Traditional Chinese.