OKLAHOMA CITY — Houston, Texas and Rosemont, Ill. turn Red, White and Blue this week as two USA Softball National Teams conduct their 2019 training camps. The USA Softball U-19 Women’s National Team (WNT) and WNT will hold their respective training camps June 10-16 with the U-19 WNT at the Scrap Yard Sports Complex in Houston, Texas and the WNT at the home of the Chicago Bandits in Rosemont, Ill.
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The U-19 WNT begin their 2019 season in Houston, Texas for training and exhibition games against prominent Junior Olympic (JO) fastpitch organizations. On June 14, the U.S. will play Scrap Yard Internationals at 7:30 p.m., followed by a Saturday, June 15 doubleheader against East Cobb Bullets (10 a.m.) and the Texas Bombers GOLD (2 p.m.). Team USA closes out the Houston training camp with a pair of exhibition games at 10 a.m. against Impact GOLD and Mizuno Impulse at 2 p.m. on June 16. Fans will also have the opportunity to attend exhibition games in person, with general admission tickets available for $5 per day.
The U-19 WNT will also be conducting a one-day softball clinic on June 13 in Houston. With three separate sessions, there will be a pitchers only session while sessions for athletes ages 8-11 and 12-16 are also open for registration. The pitchers only session is limited to the first 50 athletes, while each age-specific session will be capped at 200 participants. Athletes interested in attending a clinic session can register here.
Immediately after training camp, the U-19 WNT roster will head to Paris for the Achille Challenge before departing for Dublin, Ireland for the Atlantic Challenge Cup. USA Softball’s participation in the Achille Challenge and Atlantic Challenge Cup would not be possible without the generous support from Visit St. Pete/Clearwater, who will be sponsoring the U-19 roster on their trip abroad, and donations from members within the USA Softball Legacy Club. For information on how you can support the USA Softball National Team Program or become a member of the USA Softball Legacy Club, please visit USASoftball.com.
For the WNT, fans in the Chicago metro area will have the opportunity to catch the 2019 WNT June 14-16 as Team USA is slated for five exhibition games in Rosemont, Ill. against teams within the National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) league - three against the Chicago Bandits and two against the USSSA Pride. The action will kick off on Friday, June 14 as the U.S. will take on the Bandits at 4 p.m. CT followed by a game against the Pride. The teams will meet again on Saturday, June 15 with Team USA’s first game of the day at 3 p.m. CT against the Pride and a 7 p.m. CT matchup against the Bandits. A 2 p.m. CT contest against the Bandits on Sunday, June 16 will close out the exhibition schedule.
Tickets for the five exhibition contests are on sale and can be purchased by visiting https://www.ticketmaster.com/
From Chicago, the WNT will head to Japan for the Japan All-Star Series, a three-game series against No. 2 Japan which sets up a rematch of last year’s WBSC Women’s Softball World Championship Gold Medal Game. The U.S. and Japan will face off at Shellcom Sendai twice with the opener taking place on June 22 at 1 p.m. JST (11 p.m. June 21 CST) and following with a June 23 1 p.m. JST (11 p.m. June 22 CST) matchup.
About USA Softball
USA Softball is a 501(c)(3) not-for profit organization headquartered in Oklahoma City, Okla., and is designated as the National Governing Body (NGB) of Softball in the United States and a member of the United States Olympic Committee. One of the nation’s largest sports organizations, USA Softball sanctions competition through a network of Local Associations, which includes all 50 states and select metro associations. USA Softball is dedicated to providing people of all ages the opportunity to play the game they love at a variety of levels by offering recreational, league, tournament and competitive play for fast pitch, slow pitch and modified pitch. USA Softball annually conducts thousands of tournaments throughout the country including over 100 National Championships. The USA Softball umpire program is among the nation’s largest and are widely known as the best trained umpires in the game.
As the NGB for the sport of softball, USA Softball is responsible for training, equipping and promoting the six USA Softball National Teams that compete in events such as the Olympics, Pan American Games, World Championships and other international and domestic events. For more information on USA Softball, including its founding and history as the Amateur Softball Association of America (ASA), please visit, www.USASoftball.com.