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USA Softball GOLD Nationals Team Preview: California Breeze – 16U Birch

July 10, 2020, 11:51 a.m. (ET)

As we near the start of the 2020 USA Softball GOLD National Championships, we're highlighting some of the teams who will take to the fields in Broken Arrow and Oklahoma City, Okla.

Meet the California Breeze – 16U Birch, a team competing in the 16-Under division. Based out of Sacramento, Head Coach Jennifer Birch breaks down what you can expect to see from her 2020 roster.



Team: California Breeze – 16U Birch

Home State: California

Head Coach: Jennifer Birch

Previous GOLD Nationals Experience: First-time GOLD Nationals Participant 

Twitter: @CaliforniaBree1

Website: californiabreeze.org


What year was the team founded: “The team was originally founded in 2010.”

Returning players from 2019: 13

Noteworthy events and recent tournaments: “Metro Association Champions 3 consecutive years at 16U and 18U; Colorado 2019 Fireworks 16U Power Pool Champions.”

What are some of the strengths your team will bring this season: “Elite pitching and catching battery, strong middle infield, versatility, exceptional hitting and high-quality softball IQ.”

What is a primary focus your team has as you prepare for the 2020 GOLD National Championship: “Elite competition and championship play.”

What are some of the benefits of playing with USA Softball and at GOLD Nationals: “Elite competition and championship play.”