IRVINE, Calif.– Eighteen athletes will represent the Red, White and Blue on the Women’s National team this summer following a three-day selection camp the Amateur Softball Association (ASA) of America and USA Softball. Held at Bill Barber Park in Irvine, Calif., 33 athletes participated in the selection camp where they were evaluated by members of the Women’s National Team Selection Committee, who selected the 18-person roster. The athletes selected will compete later this summer in the World Cup of Softball X in Irvine, Calif. as well as the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
“The Women’s National Team roster of 18 may be one of the most well-rounded group of athletes I have been around in the last 10-11 years,” said Women’s National Team Head Coach Ken Eriksen. “I am looking forward to our continued development as we strive to gain our rightful place as the No. 1 team in the world. The journey over the next six years begins today with the announcement of the world’s best fast pitch softball team.”
In preparation for the 2015 season, Team USA will compete in a series of exhibition games in the weeks leading up to the World Cup of Softball, which will be held June 29-July 5, and the Pan American Games. The complete schedule, including tour stops and clinics, will be released at a later date on USASoftball.com. Representing the U.S. this summer will be 13 returning veterans from the 2014 roster which claimed the General Tire World Cup of Softball IV title and finished second at the International Softball Federation (ISF) Women’s World Championship in Haarlem, Netherlands. Five rookies also join the squad, with two of those rookies having previously worn the Red, White and Blue as a member of the USA Softball Junior Women’s National Team.
Ken Eriksen (Tampa, Fla./Head Coach at USF) will lead the National Team and will once again be assisted by three-time Olympic Gold Medalist Laura Berg (Corvalis, Ore./head coach Oregon State), Howard Dobson (Orange, Texas/assistant coach at LSU) and Lisa Dodd (San Diego, Calif./head coach at UNLV) throughout the summer events.
Visit www.usasoftball.com all summer for the most up to date coverage of all USA Softball National Teams.
National Team Events
Date Event Location
January 4-8, 2015 Selection Camp Irvine, California
July, 2015 World Cup X Southern California
July 15-26, 2015 Pan American Games Toronto, Ontario, Canada