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Softball is back for the 2020 Olympics!

August 3, 2016

The International Olympic Committee voted today to expand the Olympic program by five sports for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. The decision was made at the 129th IOC Session, held in Rio de Janeiro, the site of the 2016 Olympic Games, which start Friday.

Making its return to the Olympic Games is baseball/softball, both of which were last competed at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. New to Olympic competition are skateboarding, surfing, karate and sports climbing. The five sports are seen by the IOC has having their key focus on youth, an element central to the vision of the Tokyo 2020 Games.

The new sports add 18 events to the competition calendar for 474 athletes. The athlete numbers are equally divided between genders with the exception of baseball/softball, where baseball rosters carry nine more players than softball.

Read more…

http://www.teamusa.org/News/2016/August/03/IOC-Adds-Five-Sports-To-Tokyo-2020-Olympic-Program

By |August 3rd, 2016|2016 News|Comments Off on Softball is back for the 2020 Olympics!

2016 Trading Pin Contest Winner

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2016 Trading Pin Contest Winner

Each year So Cal ASA makes a pin designed by one of our players. We have made the contest fun for all ages in our Junior Olympic Division. The winner for the 2016 Trading Pin Contest winner is, Kaitlyn Tait.

The form for the 2016 Rec District participation pin design contest is available here.

By |April 12th, 2016|2016 News, General Information, JO Players Association, Junior Olympics, Junior Olympics-Rec Ball Updates|Comments Off on

2016 Trading Pin Contest Winner

Junior Olympics Travel Program-Registration

Junior Olympics Travel Program-Registration

 

The registration site is the same, www.registerUSASoftball.com. If you have any questions regarding the process please contact your Age Commissioners at the “Registration and Contacts” link on the right side of this page.

Insurance certificates may be requested directly from your team registration page.

By |December 15th, 2015|General Information, Junior Olympics-Travelball Updates|Comments Off on

Junior Olympics Travel Program-Registration

ASA Background Checks

ASA Background Checks

So Cal ASA requires that JO Coaches and Umpires that register must be background checked.

Click on the link below to view the updated release form.

Background Check Release Form (PDF)

Southern California ASA/USA selected to host 2019 WBSC JWWC

OKLAHOMA CITY — The Amateur Softball Association (ASA)/USA Softball is proud to announce the selection of Southern California ASA/USA Softball as the host of the 2019 World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Junior Women’s World Championship. The selection, which was announced during the General Session of the 27th WBSC – Softball Division Congress in Oklahoma City last week, marks the first time that Southern California ASA/USA Softball will host a WBSC World Championship as the event will be played in Irvine, Calif.

“Southern California ASA/USA thanks the World Baseball Softball Confederation – Softball Division for their selection to host the 2019 Junior Women’s World Championship,” said ASA/USA Softball President and Southern California ASA/USA Commissioner Phil Gutierrez. “We look forward to working with the City of Irvine to host this prestigious world event at one of the best softball venues in Southern California, Bill Barber Park. We are excited for the opportunity to bring the best Junior Women’s National Teams in the world to Southern California where world class softball athletes will put their incredible talents on display for everyone to see.”

Hosted by Southern California ASA/USA Softball, the 2019 WBSC Junior Women’s World Championship will be held August 11-17, 2019. This will mark the third-consecutive WBSC Junior Women’s World Championship the United States will host, as the 2015 tournament was recently held in Oklahoma City and the 2017 tournament will be held in Clearwater, Fla.

“ASA/USA Softball is very honored that Southern California ASA/USA was awarded the 2019 WBSC Junior Women’s World Championship,” said ASA/USA Softball Executive Director Craig Cress.  “Southern California ASA/USA has a great track record in hosting national and international events.  Thank you to the members of the WBSC – Softball Division Congress for placing their […]

By |October 22nd, 2015|2015 News, Adult News and Updates, General Information, Junior Olympics-Rec Ball Updates, Junior Olympics-Travelball Updates|Comments Off on

Southern California ASA/USA selected to host 2019 WBSC JWWC

Baseball, Softball welcome Tokyo 2020 decision that sets stage for historic Olympic return

Baseball, Softball welcome Tokyo 2020 decision that sets stage for historic Olympic return

28 September 2015
By WBSC; @WBSC

LAUSANNE, Switzerland – The World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) today joined players and leadership from leagues around the world in welcoming the landmark decision by the hosts of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games to propose adding baseball/softball among five new sports for the Games in 2020.

Tokyo 2020 said in a statement: “This package of events represents both traditional and emerging, youth-focused events, all of which are popular both in Japan and internationally. They will serve as a driving force to further promote the Olympic Movement and its values, with a focus on youth appeal, and will add value to the Games by engaging the Japanese population and new audiences worldwide, reflecting the Tokyo 2020 Games vision.”

The top sport in Japan, baseball/softball is the biggest sport not currently featured at the Olympic Games – particularly in terms of youth participation in actual organised competition, as the vast majority of baseball/softball’s estimated 65 million athletes in over 140 countries are between the ages of 5 and 21.

Tokyo 2020’s proposal for additional events must be reviewed, voted upon and formally approved by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil next August ahead of the 2016 Games.

“Tokyo 2020’s decision to propose our sport is a ‘home run’ and giant leap forward for baseball and softball,” said WBSC President Riccardo Fraccari. “On behalf of WBSC and our athletes, I would like to thank Tokyo 2020 as well as IOC President Thomas Bach, whose Olympic Agenda 2020 vision has paved the way for this extraordinary opportunity. The entire baseball and softball world is excited and ready to cross the Olympic home plate. But above […]

By |September 30th, 2015|2015 News, Adult News and Updates, General Information|Comments Off on

Baseball, Softball welcome Tokyo 2020 decision that sets stage for historic Olympic return

2016 Scholarship Winners

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CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL OUR 2016 SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS

OUR RECREATION LEAGUE WINNERS

Brenda Marsh Scholarship Award Nicole Loren Sinnott – La Mirada Girls Softball – Cal State Fresno

Samantha Ontiveros – Norwalk Girls Softball – Long Beach CC

 

OUR TRAVEL BALL WINNERS

Jim Lee Family Scholarship – Kiana Pancino – Lakewood Firecrackers – Stanford

Taylor L. Armijo – OC United – St Lawrence University

Esperanza Villafan – OC United – Cal State Monterey Bay

Ronee Watson – American Pastime Gold – Concordia University, NE

Kyra Thomas – American Pastime SGV – George Fox University-

Qualifications for scholarship eligibility.

Recreational Scholarship:
This scholarship is awarded to an 18 and under ASA Junior Olympic RECREATIONAL Ball Player in Southern California who is a senior, in good standing having graduated or is graduating from high school this season with the following qualifications.

The player must not have a full ride scholarship from any other organization!

1. A letter stating personal goals and ambitions from the player, including the need for a scholarship. (Typed)
2. Three letters of recommendations. One from your school and two from sources other than family.
3. A G.P.A. minimum of 2.0 (include transcripts, does not have to be official)
4. Has been an ASA Player on a Southern California Recreation Team for more than one summer season.
5. List of community service awards, honors and achievements.

No Awards will be granted to recipients if the receipt of such award is not allowed in conjunction with any other forms of financial aid the recipient may be entitled to receive.

The awarding and funding of any grant through this program is entirely dependent upon the generation of net proceeds as a result of the operation of the So Cal ASA Players Association. There can be no guarantee that […]

By |July 24th, 2015|2015 News, General Information, JO Players Association, Junior Olympics-Rec Ball Updates, Junior Olympics-Travelball Updates|Comments Off on

2016 Scholarship Winners

2015 Trading Pin Contest Winner

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Each year So Cal ASA makes a pin designed by one of our players. We have made the contest fun for all ages in our Junior Olympic Division. The winner for the 2015 Trading Pin Contest winner is, Hailey Burns.

The form for the 2016 Rec District participation pin design contest is available here.

By |April 14th, 2015|2015 News, General Information, JO Players Association, Junior Olympics, Junior Olympics-Rec Ball Updates|Comments Off on

2015 Trading Pin Contest Winner

WBSC Welcomes Olympic Agenda for 2020

WBSC welcomes Olympic Agenda 2020 reforms as new era for sports and athletes

8 December 2014

By WBSC; @WBSC_co

LAUSANNE, Switzerland — The World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) joins the worldwide chorus of support following the successful reception and endorsement of key Olympic Agenda 2020 reforms at the extraordinary IOC session in Monaco today, particularly regarding the adoption of a more flexible Olympic sports programme.

On behalf of the worldwide baseball and softball family, WBSC President Riccardo Fraccari congratulated and thanked IOC President Thomas Bach, the IOC Members and working groups for leading and driving the reforms, which sport experts say will open a new chapter in world sport.

“The WBSC fully shares the IOC’s vision of Olympic reform under President Bach, and stands ready to support and assist the Olympic Movement in implementing the reforms, wherever baseball and softball can help,” President Fraccari said.

“Above all the Olympic Games is the world’s most inspirational sporting event, and the Agenda 2020 reforms will inspire more young people and women, who are the future of all sports, to take up more sport and to participate in sport and in the values of sport, and make sport more relevant to the next generation, and as a catalyst for change in our communities and societies,” President Fraccari said.

President Fraccari indicated that the WBSC would wait for guidance and direction from the IOC and the Tokyo 2020 organisers to determine how the new reforms could involve baseball and softball.

As potential Olympic sports, baseball and softball — sports that embody and promote gender-equality — would also help to take the Olympic values and focus on sport to 65 million players and 250 million fans at all levels worldwide, and make the Olympic Games more relevant […]

By |December 10th, 2014|2014 News, Adult News and Updates, General Information|Comments Off on

WBSC Welcomes Olympic Agenda for 2020

2015 JWNT Open Tryouts

Open tryouts for 2015 JWNT announced

OKLAHOMA CITY  –  The Amateur Softball Association (ASA) of America/USA Softball will hold open tryouts on January 2, 2015 for players hoping to make the 2015 USA Softball Junior Women’s National Team (JWNT) roster.  Held at Bill Barber Park in Irvine, Calif., eligible athletes have from now through December 5 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 January 3-4, where they will compete for a spot on the 17-athlete roster along with the list of invited athletes.  Those athletes selected to the 2015 JWNT will compete at the World Cup of Softball X in Southern California and the International Softball Federation (ISF) Junior Women’s World Championship in Oklahoma City, Okla.

“With the ISF Junior Women’s World Championship being held at the ASA Hall of Fame Complex in Oklahoma City, our goal is to maximize player opportunity and field the best team possible,” said ASA/USA Softball Director of National Teams Ronnie Isham.

The open tryout is open to any female U.S. citizen born in 1996, 1997 or 1998 who can commit to a June – August, 2015 time period.  There is a $100, non-refundable registration fee for any ASA/USA registered athlete that includes a participant t-shirt and training from some of the top coaches in fast pitch softball.  There is a $115, non-refundable registration fee for athletes who are not registered through ASA/USA Softball that also includes a participant t-shirt, training from the top coaches in fast pitch softball and insurance coverage for […]

By |November 17th, 2014|2014 News, General Information, Junior Olympics, Junior Olympics-Travelball Updates|Comments Off on

2015 JWNT Open Tryouts

2014 Scholarship Winners

CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL OUR 2014 SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS

 OUR RECREATION LEAGUE WINNERS

Brenda Marsh Scholarship Award –
Mikaela Yanagisawa-Murrieta Valley Softball –Mount San Jacinto College

OUR TRAVEL BALL WINNERS

Jim Lee Family Scholarship –
Carly Roleder- Pacific Coast Predators – Claremont McKenna College
Chloe Rogers – Newport Riptide Sharks – Sterling College
Kendall Woken – Teamsmith- UC San Diego
Kyla Colburn – T2 Courage – University of the Sciences
Randi Bachtel – T2 Courage – Williams Baptist College
Tiffini Sanchez – T2 Courage – Chico State University

 

 

By |July 21st, 2014|JO Players Association|Comments Off on

2014 Scholarship Winners

2014 Trading Pin Contest Winner

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CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR 2014 TRADING PIN CONTEST WINNER!

Hailey Burns, 9 yrs old
Ramona Girls Softball
Ramona, Ca
By |April 21st, 2014|2014 News, JO Players Association|Comments Off on 2014 Trading Pin Contest Winner