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ASA/USA Softball releases list of identified athletes from 2015 USA Softball JO Cup

December 4, 2015

Oklahoma City, OK - he Amateur Softball Association (ASA) of America and USA Softball announced today a list of athletes who have been identified for the National Team athlete pool following their participation at the 2015 USA Softball Junior Olympic (JO) Cup



ASA/USA Softball releases list of identified athletes from 2015 USA
Softball JO Cup

OKLAHOMA CITY - The Amateur Softball Association (ASA) of America and
USA Softball announced today a list of athletes who have been identified
for the National Team athlete pool following their participation at the
2015 USA Softball Junior Olympic (JO) Cup
<http://www.teamusa.org/usa-softball/events/2015/july/26/usa-sb-jo-cup >
in Chino Hills, Calif. Twenty-eight teams competed in the inaugural
event, which served as an identification opportunity for athletes
wishing to compete in front of members of the Women's National Team
Selection Committee (WNTSC). In addition to an identification
opportunity, teams competed for a prize pool with the top finishers
receiving a cash donation award back to their participating 501c3
program.

"The inaugural USA Softball JO Cup was proof that the United States has
some of the best future National Team players at the youth level," said
Women's National Team Head Coach Ken Eriksen (Tampa, Fla./South Florida
Head Coach). "The USA Softball JO Cup gave the entire USA Coaching
Staff a great look at how far these players have been developed and
where our programs can best be benefited from. I look forward to many
more JO programs vying to not only get to this great event but also to
be competitive enough to follow in the footsteps of the Wichita Mustangs
and win the JO Cup."

Click here to see the list of athletes identified for the National Team
athlete pool
<http://www.teamusa.org/USA-Softball/News/2015/December/04/USA-Softball-releases-list-of-identified-athletes-from-2015-USA-JO-Cup >

In addition to members of the WNTSC attending the inaugural event,
members of the USA Softball Women's and Junior Women's Coaching Staff
were present for the week-long event. In total, 69 athletes were
identified as either 2017 Junior Women's National Team age-eligible or
as Women's National Team age-eligible. These athletes will enter into
the identification pool with other athletes who have been previously
identified at various ASA/USA events, the National Identification
Program through Softball Factory, recommendations from college coaches,
high school coaches and ASA/USA Junior Olympic (JO) Coaches.

"The opportunity that our players got from playing in the USA Softball
JO Cup was amazing," said Texas Bombers Gold Head Coach Scott Smith.
"This tournament showcased our players to the Women's and Junior Women's
National Team coaches in a quality run and competitive event. We
absolutely can't wait for this next year's event in 2016."

Members of the USA Softball WNTSC are responsible for selecting the
rosters that represent the United States in a variety of international
competitions, including the Pan American Games, the World Cup of
Softball, World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) World
Championships, and potentially the Olympic Games. Athletes wishing to
get identified by members of the WNTSC are encouraged to compete at
either the USA Softball JO Cup, a high level ASA/USA tournament or at an
ASA/USA National Championship.

The Wichita Mustangs (Wichita, Kan.) claimed the inaugural USA Softball
JO Cup, going undefeated throughout the event. Following the success of
the inaugural event, the 2016 USA Softball JO Cup will head to Marietta,
Ga. in 2016. Slated to be held July 25-30, the Lost Mountain Softball
Complex will serve as the site of the invitational tournament. For more
information on the USA Softball JO Cup, please visit USAJOCup.com
<http://www.teamusa.org/USA-Softball/Play-ASA/Youth/USA-Junior-Olympic-Cup > .

For updates on the USA Softball National Team programs visit
www.ASAUSASoftball.com.

About ASA/USA Softball
Founded in 1933, the Amateur Softball Association (ASA)/USA Softball is
the National Governing Body Softball in the United States and a member
of the United States Olympic Committee. One of the nation's largest
sports organizations, ASA/USA Softball sanctions competition in every
state through a network of 71 local associations and has grown from a
few hundred teams in the early days to over 165,000 teams today,
representing a membership of more than 2.5 million. ASA/USA is
responsible for training, equipping and promoting the six USA Softball
National Teams that compete in international and domestic competitions.
The USA Softball Women's National Team is one of only two women's sports
involved in the Olympic movement to capture three consecutive gold
medals at the Olympic Games since 1996. The U.S. women have also won
nine World Championship titles as well as claimed eight World Cup of
Softball titles. For more information about ASA/USA Softball, please
visit http://www.asausasoftball.com.

Codi Warren I Managing Director of Communications

Amateur Softball Association/USA Softball

2801 NE 50th Street

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73111
405-425-3431 (O)

Visit Us Online: ASAUSASoftball.com

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