USAS announces location of 2020 Womens National Team Selection Trials

July 20, 2019, 8:39 p.m. (ET)

OKLAHOMA CITY – The path to the podium for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games will begin in Oklahoma City, Okla. as USA Softball announced the dates and location for the 2020 Women’s National Team (WNT) Selection Trials. Held October 1-6 at the USA Softball Hall of Fame Complex (2801 NE 50th Street, Oklahoma City, Okla. 73111), this marks the first Olympic Games selection trials for a USA Softball WNT roster since the 2008 Beijing Olympics, the last Olympic Games the sport of softball participated in.

“What better place to hold the 2020 Women’s National Team Selection Trials than the home of USA Softball, the Softball Capital of the World®,” said USA Softball Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Craig Cress. “With over 30 years of history hosting the best-of-the-best in softball at all levels, we’re looking forward to adding Olympic Games Selection Trials to the list of world-class events held at the USA Softball Hall of Fame Complex. We look forward to watching the athletes compete and give it their all for a chance to represent the United States at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.” 

During the selection process, athletes will participate in position drills as well as simulated games and be evaluated by the USA Softball Women’s National Team Selection Committee (WNTSC) in accordance with the Athlete Selection Procedures approved by the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee (USOPC). Those Selection Procedures are available for viewing at USASoftball.com.

A list of selected athletes for the 2020 WNT Selection Trials will be released at a later date. The roster for the 2020 USA Softball WNT will be announced at the conclusion of the Selection Trials and a press conference featuring the 2020 roster will be held on the morning of October 8.

Ken Eriksen (Tampa, Fla./Head Coach at South Florida) was announced as the Head Coach for the Tokyo 2020 U.S. Olympic Softball Team pending approval by the USOPC.

The Selection Trials are open to the public with free admission.

Media wishing to attend the 2020 WNT Selection Trials are required to abide by USA Softball’s Accreditation and Media Policies, which can be found at USASoftball.com.

About USA Softball
USA Softball (USAS) 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 & Paralympic Committee. One of the nation’s largest sports organizations, USAS sanctions competition through a network of Local Associations, which includes all 50 states and select metro associations.  USAS 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.  USAS annually conducts thousands of tournaments throughout the country including over 100 National Championships.  The USAS 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, USAS 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 USAS, including its founding and history as the Amateur Softball Association of America (ASA), please visit, 
www.USASoftball.com.