OKLAHOMA CITY - The Amateur Softball Association (ASA)/USA Softball announced a list of 20 initial invitees for the 2017 USA Softball Junior Women’s National Team Selection Camp to be held December 31-January 1, 2017 at Eddie C. Moore Softball Complex in Clearwater, Fla. Those athletes who accept the invitation to try out will vie for 17 spots on the 2017 USA Softball Junior Women’s National Team (JWNT) roster. Additional athletes may be invited to the USA Softball JWNT Selection Camp at a later date.
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). Athletes who make the 2017 USA Softball JWNT roster will be competing at the 2017 World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Junior Women’s World Championship, which will be held July 24-30 in Clearwater, Fla. The complete 2017 schedule for the JWNT, including exhibition games, will be announced at a later date.
The 2017 USA Softball JWNT will look to defend the Gold after a record-breaking performance at the 2015 WBSC Junior Women’s World Championship in Oklahoma City, Okla. last August. In Oklahoma City, the JWNT went undefeated, finishing the tournament as the leaders in batting average (.425 team batting average) and 119 runs scored while limiting opponents to just six runs in a 10-0 performance.
Led by Head Coach Laura Berg (Corvalis, Ore./Head Coach at Oregon State), Assistant Coaches for the 2017 USA Softball JWNT are Trisha Ford (Fremont, Calif./Head Coach at Arizona State), Kristie Fox (San Diego, Calif./Head Coach at UT- Arlington), and John Rittman (Valencia, Calif./Associate Head Coach at Kansas).
ASA/USA Softball will also hold an open tryout opportunity for players hoping to make the 2017 USA Softball JWNT. Held December 30 at Eddie C. Moore Softball Complex in Clearwater, Fla., eligible athletes have from now through December 1 to sign up through USASoftball.com for the open tryout, which will involve a series of softball related skill drills for each position, hitting and bunting. The top athletes from the open tryout will be selected to participate at the USA Softball JWNT Selection Camp along with the list of invited athletes. At the last USA Softball JWNT open tryout in 2015, four athletes from the open tryout made the 2015 USA Softball JWNT.
For updates on the USA Softball JWNT and events throughout the 2017 season visit www.ASAUSASoftball.com.
-- Courtesy of ASA/USA Softball