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ASA Announces Open Olympic Team Tryouts

The Amateur Softball Association announced Thursday that it will be holding open Olympic team tryouts beginning in May for the 2008 Olympic team that will look to win a fourth gold medal in Beijing, China. 

The ASA, along with USA Softball, has invested great time and resources to create a fair and equitable tryout process, and this process will allow anybody with an Olympic dream to tryout for the 2008 team. 

Any female United States citizen is eligible to tryout. There is a $100.00 non-refundable application fee that must be submitted with the application form. Applicants are responsible for their own expenses to the tryouts. The minimum standards, dates, sites and application deadline are as follows: 


Minimum Standards 

Infielders/Outfielders (Must meet each of the following) 
Bat Speed – 50 mph (min) 
Run Home to 1st – 2.95 sec. (max) 
Throwing Speed – 55 mph (min) 
Run Home to Home – 12.5 sec. (max) 
Push-ups – 30 

Pitchers (Consistent speed for any three of the following) 
Fastball – 63 mph (min) 
Riseball – 60 mph (min) 
Change-up – 45 mph or 18 mph slower than maximum pitch speed 
Curveball – 60 mph (min) 
Dropball – 63 mph (min) 

Catchers (Must meet each of the following) 
Throw Home to Second – 2.0 sec. (max) 
Throwing Speed – 55 mph (min) 
Run Home to Home – 12.5 sec. (max) 
Bat Speed – 50 mph (min) 
Run Home to 1st – 2.95 sec. (max) 
Push-ups – 30 

Tryouts 
Sun. May 7, 2006 @ Santa Fe Springs, CA (Deadline- Fri. April 21, 2006) 
Sun. May 21, 2006 @ Altamonte Springs, CA (Deadline-Fri. May 5, 2006) 
Sat. June 3, 2006 @ Midland, MI (Deadline-Fri. May 19, 2006) 
Sat. Aug. 19, 2006 @ Grand Prairie, Texas (Fri. Aug. 4, 2006) 

Applications and complete tryout information can be found at www.usasoftball.com., or by contacting Shirley Adkins at 405-425-3450. Detailed information will be sent to applicants after receipt of the completed application and required fee.