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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 28, 2010
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USA BASEBALL TO HOST MOST ALL-ENCOMPASSING WOMEN’S NATIONAL TEAM TRYOUTS IN ORGANIZATION’S HISTORY
Players invited to showcase talents at one of six regional tryout locations, including the USA Baseball National Training Complex
DURHAM, N.C. – USA Baseball announced Wednesday that it will host a series of tryouts across the country as part of the selection process for its 2010 Women’s National Team. The process represents the most wide-scale and all-encompassing identification vehicle for the women’s program in the organization’s history.
Players will compete in one of six regional tryout locations in the hopes of being among the 30 selected for the Women’s National Team Trials, Aug. 2-6, at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, N.C. – the first time the venue has hosted such an event. From there, 18 women will be chosen to represent the United States in the fourth installment of the IBAF Women’s Baseball World Cup, which will be held in Venezuela,Aug. 12-22.
“We are thrilled to be offering such a wide-scale selection process for the women’s program and to be bringing a women’s trials and training event to our National Training Complex for the first time,” said Paul Seiler, USA Baseball Executive Director/CEO. “This is another positive step in our continued growth of this program, and we look forward to the women’s baseball community taking advantage of this opportunity.”
Each tryout will be held over a two-day (Saturday-Sunday) period, and players will be able to register for free on-site. On the first day, players will be evaluated on base running, hitting, throwing and catching, and they will be able to showcase their talents at their preferred position(s) as well. At the end of the day, the on-site USA Baseball coaches will invite the top-performing players back for a closer look, including game action, on the second day.
The six regional sites are as follows:
June 19-20 – Phoenix, Ariz. – Brophy College Preparatory
June 26-27 – New London, Conn. – U.S. Coast Guard Academy
June 26-27 – Orlando, Fla. – The First Academy
July 3-4 – Cary, N.C. – The National Training Complex
July 3-4 – Chicago, Ill. – Montini High School
July 3-4 – San Francisco, Calif. – The University of San Francisco
The Women’s National Team has been an international power since the World Cup’s debut in 2004. The U.S. women won gold at the inaugural event in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada and followed it up with a second gold in 2006 in Taipei, Taiwan. In Matsuyama, Japan in 2008, the host nation defeated Canada for the gold, while the U.S. knocked off Australia for the bronze medal.
Don Freeman has been pegged to manage the women’s team in 2010. While this will be Freeman’s first time on a Women’s Team staff, he is a veteran of USA Baseball. He has worn the red, white and blue five times, highlighted by a 16U National Team World Championship in Taiwan in 2003 as the manager and a World Championship in Venezuela in 2007 as an assistant coach. Freeman will be joined by pitching coach Tim O’Brien and by assistant coaches Sandra Wente and Ed Kurakazu.
"The opportunity to represent your country in international competition is the thrill of a lifetime,” said Freeman. “Standing in another country and listening to your national anthem makes you proud to be an American. Few have the opportunity to do that. I know the women that represent Team USA this summer will feel the same way."
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About USA Baseball
USA Baseball is the National Governing Body of amateur baseball in the United States and is a member of the United States Olympic Committee (USOC). The organization selects and trains the World Baseball Classic Team and World Cup Team (and all other USA Baseball Professional Teams); the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team; the USA Baseball 18U, 16U and 14U National Teams; and the USA Baseball Women’s National Team, all of which participate in various international competitions each year. USA Baseball also presents the Golden Spikes Award annually to top player in college baseball. For more information, please visitwww.USABaseball.com andwww.GoldenSpikesAward.com.