OKLAHOMA CITY - USA Softball announced today the list of athletes invited to participate at the 2020 USA Softball Women’s National Team (WNT) Olympic Selection Trials to be held October 1-6, at the USA Softball Hall of Fame Complex in Oklahoma City, Okla. Those athletes will vie for 15 spots on the 2020 U.S. Women’s Olympic Team roster and three replacement athlete roles that will compete in a coast-to-coast tour prior to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, slated for July 22-28 in Fukushima and Yokohama, Japan.
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). Highlighting the list of invitees are two Olympic Medalists: Monica Abbott (Salinas, Calif.) and Cat Osterman (Houston, Texas). In addition to Abbott and Osterman, 14 members of the 2018 World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) World Championship team, who helped the U.S. capture back-to-back titles and qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, will participate at the 2020 Selection Trials.
Comprising the 2019 Women’s National Team Selection Trials invitee list includes present or former student athletes from four athletic conferences: Big 10 (two), Big 12 (four), SEC (10) and Pac-12 (14) who represent 14 NCAA Division I universities. Of the athletes invited, 10 athletes have won one or more NCAA Women’s College World Series (WCWS) National Championships with their respective university, while four have garnered USA Softball Player of the Year honors at least once during their career.
The roster for the 2020 USA Softball WNT will be announced at the conclusion of the Selection Trials and a press conference featuring the 2020 roster will be held on the morning of October 8.
Ken Eriksen (Tampa, Fla./Head Coach at South Florida) was announced as the Head Coach for the Tokyo 2020 U.S. Olympic Softball Team pending approval by the USOPC.
The Selection Trials are open to the public with free admission. Media wishing to attend the 2020 WNT Selection Trials are required to abide by USA Softball’s Accreditation and Media Policies, which can be found at USASoftball.com.
About USA Softball
USA Softball (USAS) 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 & Paralympic Committee. One of the nation’s largest sports organizations, USAS sanctions competition through a network of Local Associations, which includes all 50 states and select metro associations. USAS 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. USAS annually conducts thousands of tournaments throughout the country including over 100 National Championships. The USAS umpire program is among the nation’s largest and are widely known as the best trained umpires in the game.