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USA Softball and Scrap Yard Dawgs partner with WBSC for “Softball in Schools” initiative in Gonzo, Malta

June 29, 2017

Oklahoma City, OK - - USA Softball and Scrap Yard Dawgs partner with WBSC for “Softball in Schools” initiative in Gonzo, Malta


June 29, 2017


USA Softball and Scrap Yard Dawgs partner with WBSC for “Softball in Schools” initiative in Gonzo, Malta


OKLAHOMA CITY — In an effort to grow female participation in softball across the globe, Scrap Yard Dawgs General Manager Connie May conducted softball clinics in Malta as part of the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Development Commission “Softball in Schools” initiative.  With the support of USA Softball, the National Governing Body of Softball in the United States, May brought Tatum Edwards, Madi O’Neal, Kelcy Leach along for the trip where the group conducted training camps with the Ghajnsielem Redcoats, a softball club in Gonzo, Malta.  


“Team USA asked me to do this trip to bring a piece of what we know in the USA to the athletes and teachers in Malta,” said May.  “The people and athletes in Malta are so eager and hungry to learn the game and to grow within the sport, that they hold nothing back in their quest.  When asked to go on this trip, I was excited and eager, however when I got there, Joseph and the Redcoats were beyond prepared and so excited to learn from our staff. They know how to work hard and I am excited to watch their progress.”


The Level 1 Softball Coaching Course was held at the National Sports School, Pembroke in Malta spanning over three days.  May, along with her team, delivered three excellent sessions which covered the rules of the game, the fundamentals skills of softball and concluded with a game.


Speaking about the staff who accompanied her, May stated: “Tatum Edwards is an All American that is extremely detailed and very well versed in the coaching process, learning from the best in the game at Nebraska. Madi O’Neal played for me in travel ball for three years and is very well rounded and can teach many different skills in the game and is incredibly dynamic with her speed.  Kelcy Leach is a lesson kid of mine that is one of the most accomplished High School Age hitters as well as a feared catcher with an extremely high softball IQ.  My entire staff have dynamic personalities that draw each athlete and coach in and make the information exciting to learn. They were the perfect blend of coaching and mentoring.”


With the first phase of “Softball in Schools”successfully implemented, more work will be conducted starting in October and a follow-ups to the Level 1 Softball Coaching Clinics may be scheduled at a later date.


“USA Softball works tirelessly to grow the game around the world and are INCREDIBLE ambassadors to carry the torch for the United States of America,” said May.


About USA Softball
USA Softball 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 Committee. One of the nation’s largest sports organizations, USA Softball sanctions competition in every state through a network of 70 local associations and has grown from a few hundred teams in the early days to over 150,000 teams today, representing a membership of more than 2 million.  USA Softball 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.  USA Softball annually conducts thousands of tournaments throughout the country including over 100 National Championships.  The USA Softball 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, USA Softball 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 USA Softball, including its founding and history as the Amateur Softball Association of America (ASA), please visit,


About the Scrap Yard Dawgs

The Scrap Yard Dawgs began competition in the National Pro Fastpitch league in 2016. The Dawgs provides elite softball players the opportunity to pursue a professional career and inspire the next generation of professionals. Located in the Houston area, the Dawgs organization and its players are committed to demonstrating leadership in community involvement, entertainment, and professionalism. Follow the Dawgs at or on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.


About the World Baseball Softball Confederation 

Headquartered in Lausanne, Switzerland -- the Olympic Capital -- the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) is the world governing body for baseball and softball. WBSC has 213 National Federation and Associate Members in 142 countries and territories across Asia, Africa, Americas, Europe and Oceania, which represent a united baseball/softball sports movement that encompasses over 65 million athletes and attracts approximately 150 million fans to stadiums worldwide annually. 


The WBSC governs all international competitions involving official National Teams. The WBSC oversees the Softball World Championships (Men, Women, U-19 Men, and U-19 Women), Premier12, World Baseball Classic, and Baseball World Cups (U-12, U-15, U-18, U-23 and Women's).


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