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Softball and Baseball Among Proposed Sports for Olympic Inclusion

Tokyo 2020

Softball Proposed Sport in Tokyo 2020 Olympics

Softball and baseball among proposed sports for Tokyo 2020 Olympic inclusion

OKLAHOMA CITY — The Olympic Dream for millions of softball athletes across the world is one step closer to realization as the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games announced five new sports, including baseball/softball, for inclusion in the Games in 2020. Announced today by the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC), the Amateur Softball Association (ASA) of America/USA Softball welcomes the decision, which paves the way for the sport of softball to be included on the Olympic program for the first time since 2008.

“We are humbled and excited to continue in the next steps of the process for our sport’s Olympic reinstatement efforts,” said ASA/USA Softball Executive Director Craig Cress. “We are honored that the Tokyo 2020 organizing committee has selected our sport for inclusion onto the Olympic Program. We will continue to promote our sport and demonstrate the positive aspects of softball to the international world.”

The top sport in Japan, baseball/softball is the biggest sport not currently featured at the Olympic Games — particularly in terms of youth participation in actual organized competition, as the vast majority of baseball/softball’s estimated 65 million athletes in over 140 countries are between the ages of 5 to 21.

Tokyo 2020’s proposal for additional events must be reviewed, voted upon and formally approved by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil next August ahead of the 2016 Games.

“Tokyo 2020’s decision to propose our sport is a ‘home run’ and giant leap forward for baseball and softball,” said WBSC President Riccardo Fraccari. “On behalf of WBSC and our athletes, I would like to thank Tokyo 2020 as well as IOC President Thomas Bach, whose Olympic Agenda 2020 vision has paved the way for this extraordinary opportunity. The entire baseball and softball world is excited and ready to cross the Olympic home plate. But above all, I am happy for all our male and female athletes who today can see there is a real chance to fulfill their greatest dream of representing their country in the most important sporting spectacle there is — the Olympic Games.”

WBSC President Fraccari added: “Baseball and softball’s global position, expansion and opportunities today are thanks to all of our partners’ contributions and a shared vision to return our sport to the highest stage in sports, the Olympic Games. And we will do everything possible so that baseball and softball, if included, are a great attraction/success for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games and IOC’s Agenda 2020, as it remains WBSC’s top priority to demonstrate that our sport aligns with the Olympic Movement and has the qualities to earn a place on the Olympic program in 2020 and in future Games.”

WBSC’s previous Olympic bid, which proposed baseball and softball for the 2020 and 2024 Olympic Games, earned the second-highest amount of votes at the 2013 IOC Session in Buenos Aires, Argentina, finishing behind wrestling.

In four Olympic Games appearances, the USA Softball Women’s National Team claimed three Gold Medals and one Silver Medal finish while setting numerous international records and are one of only two women’s sports involved in the Olympic movement to capture three-consecutive Gold Medals. In 2012, three-time Olympic Gold Medalist Lisa Fernandez and the 2004 U.S. Olympic Softball Team were honored for their accolades with induction into the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame. Members of the 2004 U.S. Olympic Softball Team set 18 Olympic records in Athens. Among the team records set were the most hits (73), highest team batting average (.343) and highest slugging percentage (.559). Fernandez set the individual record for batting average with .545 while Crystl Bustos’ 10 RBI and five home runs were also records.

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The Fastpitch Book

20 Great Coaches Give 20 Great Tools


The Fastpitch Book Compiled By Gary Leland

I reached out to my personal contacts list of coaches and asked each of them to submit their advice from their combined years of experience in fastpitch softball. I knew the advice and knowledge they would share could help everyone improve their game throughout their fastpitch softball career.

This book was then compiled of 20 of the best articles written by 20 great fastpitch softball coaches from around the nation. It also includes several bonus tips from many other professional coaches. This information is meant to give insight and thought processes in the game of fastpitch softball. Many tools and techniques behind what it takes to build a successful team.

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Here is the list of all the great contributors and what they wrote:

  • Aaron Weintraub – Mental Toughness Healthy Perspective
  • Bryan Burrows Ingalis – A New Approach to Catcher Training
  • Charity Butler – Confidence Coaching
  • Charlie Dobbins – A Completely Different Ball Game
  • Darrick Brown – Work + Love + Faith = Success
  • Joni Frei – Program Design and Implementation
  • Kaci Clark Zerbe – Popular Myth of Pitching in College
  • Keri Casas – The Hell Week Pitching Workout
  • Laura Berg – The Mindset of an Outfielder
  • Lisa Iancin – The Moment
  • Meagan Denny-White – Pitching With A Purpose
  • Michele Martin Diltz – Competitive Training
  • Mitch Alexander – Pressure Cooker
  • Rita Lynn Gilman – Double Ball Drills
  • Rob Crews – 7 Phases of Visual Mechanics
  • Shannon McDougall – Periodization, Yearly Training Plan
  • Shannon Murray – Pitcher Mental Toughness
  • Dr. Sherry Werner – DO’s / DON’Ts for Windmill Pitchers
  • Stacie Mahoe – How Extra Work Makes a Difference
  • Venus Taylor – Creating the Championship Culture
  • Bonus Chapter – 30 More Great Tips

Good luck reaching for your next championship!

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USA Softball National Coaching School

Las Vegas, NV - November 2015

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USA Softball National Coaching School to be held in Las Vegas this November

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Amateur Softball Association (ASA) of America/USA Softball and Nevada ASA will host the 2015 USA Softball National Coaching School, presented by Liberty Mutual Insurance, ASA/USA Softball announced today. The school, which features instruction from current and former USA Softball Women’s National Team coaches, will take place Nov. 20-22 at The Orleans Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nev.

Open to 250 participants, the USA Softball National Coaching School is $200 per coach but those who make payment by Oct. 1 will receive an early bird rate of $175. Coaches who register before Oct. 1 will also receive a commemorative portfolio.

The school features firsthand instruction from members of the 2015 USA Softball Women’s National Team coaching staff, including Head Coach Ken Eriksen (University of South Florida) and Assistant Coach Laura Berg (Oregon State University), USA Softball’s only four-time Olympian. Eriksen has been at the helm of the USA Softball Women’s National Team since 2011 and has led the program to a Pan American Games Gold, four World Cup of Softball titles and two World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) World Championship Silver Medals. Berg has been an Assistant Coach with the Women’s National Team Program since 2012.

Portions of the school will also feature former USA Softball Women’s National Team Head Coach turned ASA/USA Softball Director of Coaching Education Mike Candrea (University of Arizona). Candrea led the program to a Gold and Silver Medal at the Olympic Games as well as numerous other medals in international competition before retiring from his USA Softball coaching duties in 2008.

After the opening of the school on Friday, Eriksen will address the audience on the state of the USA Softball National Teams. Other Friday clinics are “Outfield Play” with Berg and “Hitting Basics: The USA Way” with Candrea.

Saturday and Sunday’s instruction includes classes on both defense and offense as well as base running, hitting, pitching and outfield play. Candrea will also speak on the Liberty Mutual Insurance Play Positive program. The National Coaching School concludes Sunday morning with a question and answer session with the staff.

A special room rate of $99 per-room plus tax/fees is available at The Orleans Hotel & Casino, 4500 W Tropicana Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89103. To book a room, call 800-675-3267 or visit their website at www.orleanscasino.com/groups. The Group Code is “A5USL11”.


USA Softball PINK Auction for
Susan G. Komen for the Cure®

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USA Softball PINK auction for Susan G. Komen for the Cure®
Runs through September 25

OKLAHOMA CITY — The Amateur Softball Association (ASA) of America/USA Softball continues its fundraising efforts for Susan G. Komen Central and Western Oklahoma September 15-25 with the eighth annual “Pink Auction”. From now through September 25 at 8 A.M. CST, fans have the opportunity to bid through eBay on 17 autographed items from the USA Softball Women’s National Team “Pink Out” games at the annual World Cup of Softball in Irvine, Calif. and Oklahoma City, Okla.

The USA Softball Pink Auction includes autographed, game-worn jerseys from members of the 2013, 2014 and 2015 USA Softball Women’s National Team. Only items listed by Softball Outlet are a part of the benefit auction for Susan G. Komen Central and Western Oklahoma. All items are accompanied by a USA Softball certificate of authenticity.

Since the inception of the “Pink Out” auction in 2008, ASA/USA Softball has raised over $71,000 for Susan G. Komen Central and Western Oklahoma through the auctioning of game-worn USA Softball jerseys as well as bats, cleats, helmets and other softball apparel. In addition to the monies raised through the auction, ASA/USA Softball also creates additional awareness for the foundation by wearing specially made pink USA Softball jerseys on international television broadcasts.

Note: Per NCAA rules, items worn by and only signed by athletes with remaining college eligibility cannot be auctioned off at this time. These items will be auctioned at a later date once the athletes have exhausted their college eligibility.

About Susan G. Komen Central and Western Oklahoma

Since 1994, Komen Central and Western Oklahoma has granted over $9.5 million. With the support of our signature fundraiser, the Race for the Cure®, we will award over $750,000 toward the fight against breast cancer by funding grassroots educational programs as well as national research. Up to seventy-five percent of the net proceeds raised by the Affiliate are dedicated to fighting breast cancer in its 47 County Service Area. Grants are awarded each year to local hospitals and community organizations that provide innovative outreach and awareness programs for medically underserved women. A minimum of twenty-five percent of the net proceeds raised by Komen Central and Western Oklahoma fund the national breast cancer research through the Susan G. Komen Grants Program. Partnerships with corporate sponsors and community organizations allows us to continue holding the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure®, as well as other fundraisers, including the Pink Tie Ball and Paddle for the Cure.

Click here to bid on the 2015 Pink Auction memorabilia


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Florida State Softball Summer Wrap-Up

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Florida State Softball Summer Wrap-Up

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Current Seminoles used the summer to represent Puerto Rico at several competitions and earned a bronze medal at the Junior World Championships, while former FSU softball players participated in professional and international leagues throughout the world. Lacey Waldrop won an NPF Championship, while Pan Am gold medals were earned by Kaleigh Rafter (Canada – women’s softball) and Michelle Snyder (USA – women’s baseball).

The 2015 National Pro Fastpitch season ended on August 17 with Waldrop and the Chicago Bandits winning their third Cowles Cup in program history with a sweep of the USSSA Pride in the NPF Championship Series. Waldrop finished with a 3-5 record in the circle along with a 3.42 ERA and 38 strikeouts in her first season of professional softball.

The Pride and assistant coach Travis Wilson placed second, after taking home the Cowles Cup in 2013 and 2014. The Florida State hitting coach worked with the professionals this summer and the Pride led the league in batting average and doubles, while finishing second in home runs and runs scored.

Briana Hamilton closed out the season with the Akron Racers after starting the year with the Rebellion, batting .205 with 17 hits, two doubles, three home runs and nine RBI.

Rookie outfielder Courtney Senas earned NPF Defensive Player of the Year honors for the PA Rebellion as she totaled four outfield assists and several diving catches on the year. From the plate, she batted .232 with five doubles, one home run, nine RBI and 10 runs scored.

Maddie O’Brien saw action at shortstop for the Rebellion and posted six hits, with a double, triple and five runs scored on the year. After the NPF season ended, O’Brien traveled to Italy to compete with the Italian Club team, Specchiasol, from Bussolengo. Specciasol is currently in the Italian league playoffs that continues through the end of September.

Rafter and Snyder were teammates on the 2009 Florida State softball team and each went to compete at the 2015 Pan American Games for their home country – Rafter with Team Canada to play women’s softball and Snyder with Team USA as women’s baseball held its first international competition.

Each had impressive performances in leading their respective countries to a Gold Medal at the Pan Am Games in Toronto, Canada. Rafter batted .385 with three doubles, two home runs and nine RBI as a catcher for Team Canada. Snyder batted .429 with zero strikeouts for Team USA, tallying two doubles and eight RBI while scoring three runs.

Three current Seminoles – Korina Rosario, Sabrina Stutsman and Meghan King – competed for Puerto Rico at the 2015 Junior WBSC World Championships in Oklahoma City, Okla. The trio earned a bronze medal as they helped Puerto Rico to a third place finish, including wins over Canada, China and Australia.

Stutsman batted .241 (7-for-29) with three doubles, five RBI and three runs scored as the incoming freshman primarily played third base. As an outfielder, Rosario batted .243 (9-for-37) for the tournament with a double, triple, five RBI and five runs scored. She also pitched in one game – a start against Team USA – and allowed four runs in 2.0 innings.

The other 10 pitching starts for Puerto Rico were made by King as the redshirt freshman pitcher tallied 60.2 innings of work to set the All-Tournament record and ended with a 0.57 ERA, allowing just five earned runs for the entire tournament. She posted complete-game shutout victories over Canada and China and finished with 63 strikeouts and an opponent batting average of .138.

The Florida State softball 2015 fall season starts in a month with an intrasquad scrimmage and exhibition game against Georgia Highlands College on October 15. In all, FSU will play against eight schools this fall as it prepares for the 2016 season.

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