OKLAHOMA CITY –– Following the announcement of the 2022 Women’s National Team (WNT) World Games roster, USA Softball announced today the athletes that will compete in the 2022 Canada Cup and Japan All-Star Series this summer. Selected by the Women’s National Team Selection Committee (WNTSC) following the previously held Selection Trials in Vero Beach, Fla., the 18-player Canada Cup roster will compete in Surrey, BC, Canada June 20-26 while the 15-player Japan All-Star Series roster will travel to Fukushima, Japan August 1-9. *Dates are subject to change.
“It is an incredible opportunity for us to be able to assemble two additional rosters for the Canada Cup and Japan All-Star Series,” said 2022 WNT Head Coach, Heather Tarr. “These women will grow and learn together in an elite training environment, which will help us build a foundation for USA Softball for the years to come. I’m excited to get these athletes together on the diamond and look forward to the future they continue to build for our sport.”
The 2022 USA Softball WNT Canada Cup roster includes three veterans from the 2020 U.S. Olympic Team as well as six members from the previously announced World Games roster. The Red, White and Blue also adds five rookies who will represent the U.S. for the first time in their career as well as four athletes who have previously represented Team USA either as a member of the USA Softball Junior Women’s National Team (JWNT) or WNT. The Canada Cup roster includes former (6) or current (12) student athletes from five athletic conferences – Pac-12 (seven athletes), SEC (five athletes), Big 12 (three athletes), CAA (two athlete) and ACC (one athlete) – with three athletes representing UCLA followed by Florida, James Madison, LSU, Oklahoma and Washington who each have two athletes on the squad. Also represented is Arizona, Florida State, Kentucky, Texas and Utah with one athlete apiece.
Selected to the Japan All-Star Series roster is two athletes who will represent the U.S. for the first time in their careers in addition to three members from the Tokyo 2020 roster, six members from the Canada Cup roster and four members from the World Games roster. Loaded with 11 current student athletes and four former student athletes, members of the Japan All-Star Series roster highlight four athletic conferences: Pac-12 (eight athletes), Big 12 (four athletes), SEC (two athletes) and ACC (one athlete) who represent eight NCAA Division 1 with Oklahoma tallying four athletes followed by Washington and UCLA with three athletes apiece and Arizona, Florida, Florida State, LSU and Utah each represented by one athlete.
During the selection trial process, athletes participated in position drills as well as simulated games and were evaluated by the USA Softball Women’s National Team Selection Committee (WNTSC) in accordance with the 2022 Women's National Team Selection Procedures. Those Selection Procedures are available for viewing at USASoftball.com.
*Additional athletes may be added at any time leading up to the two events.
Previously announced by USA Softball, Heather Tarr (Redmond, Washington/University of Washington Softball Head Coach) will lead the Red, White and Blue as Head Coach for the 2022 season. The complete coaching staff be announced at a later date.
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