OKLAHOMA CITY - USA Softball announced today the list of athletes invited to participate at the 2019 USA Softball Women’s National Team (WNT) Selection Trials to be held January 1-6, at the Eddie C. Moore Softball Complex in Clearwater, Fla. Those athletes who accepted the invitation to try out will vie for 18 spots on the 2019 USA Softball WNT Training Team roster that will compete at the USA Softball International Cup and select international events. The roster will then be trimmed to 15 athletes to participate in the Pan American Games, slated for July 31-August 11 in Lima, Peru.
During the selection process, athletes will participate in position drills as well as simulated games and be evaluated by the USA Softball Women’s National Team Selection Committee (WNTSC). Highlighting the list of invitees are three Olympic Medalists: Monica Abbott (Salinas, Calif.), Kelly Kretschman (Indian Harbour, Fla.) and Cat Osterman (Houston, Texas). In addition, all members of the 2018 World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) World Championship team, who helped the U.S. capture back-to-back titles and qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, will participate at the 2019 Selection Trials.
Comprising the 2019 Women’s National Team Selection Trials invitee list includes present or former student athletes from four athletic conferences: Big 10 (two), Big 12 (six), SEC (15) and Pac-12 (19) who represent 17 NCAA Division I universities. Of the athletes invited, a total of eight have won one or more NCAA Women’s College World Series (WCWS) National Championships with their respective university, while five have garnered USA Softball Player of the Year honors at least once during their career.
The complete coaching staff and schedule for the 2019 USA Softball WNT will be announced at a later date.
The invitee list is subject to change as additional athletes could be invited by the WNTSC at any time.
For updates on the USA Softball Women’s National Team and events throughout the 2019 season visit www.USASoftball.com.
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 69 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 www.USASoftball.com.
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 202 National Federation and Associate Members in 143 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).
For more information, visit: www.wbsc.org.