OKLAHOMA CITY – The 2016 USA Softball season begins tomorrow as members of the USA Softball Women’s National Team (WNT) and Women’s Elite Team begin training camp at the ASA Hall of Fame Complex. Announced today by the Amateur Softball Association (ASA)/USA Softball, the National Governing Body of Softball in the U.S., athletes on both rosters will train together throughout the week before members of the WNT compete in a series of exhibition games against two National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) franchises on June 16.
Members for both teams will begin the training camp Monday morning at the ASA Hall of Fame Complex. Highlighting the week is a June 16 matchup between the NPF’s Dallas Charge and Scrap Yard Dawgs, which will be followed by two exhibition games for the WNT against the Dallas Charge and Scrap Yard Dawgs. Tickets for all three games are now on sale for $20 and can be purchased at ASAUSASoftball.com. Following the conclusion of the training camp, members of the WNT will then head to Dallas and Houston to continue the exhibition series against the Dallas Charge and Scrap Yard Dawgs on June 17-18. Links to purchase tickets for the Dallas and Houston exhibition stops can be found at ASAUSASoftball.com.
The WNT will make their first international trip of the season June 23-26 as the team heads to Tokyo and Sendai, Japan for the USA vs. Japan All-Star Series, which will be held at the Tokyo Dome and Shellcom Sendai. The team will have a brief break before returning to Oklahoma City for the World Cup of Softball XI July 5-10. From there, the WNT will head to Surrey, B.C., Canada for the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Women’s World Championship, slated for July 15-24, where they will look to reclaim the No. 1 spot in the world against reigning World Champions Japan. Rounding out the 2016 season for the WNT is the Japan Cup, which will be held September 2-4.
Also hitting the road this summer is the Women’s Elite Team, who will be joining the WNT at the World Cup of Softball XI. The Women’s Elite Team will complete their season in Marietta, Ga. July 22-28 for training in conjunction with the USA Softball JO Cup.
Follow along with both the WNT and Elite Team this summer on their road to Gold at www.ASAUSASoftball.com.
About ASA/USA Softball
Founded in 1933, the Amateur Softball Association (ASA)/USA Softball is the National Governing Body of Softball in the United States and a member of the United States Olympic Committee. One of the nation’s largest sports organizations, ASA/USA Softball sanctions competition in every state through a network of 70 local associations and has grown from a few hundred teams in the early days to over 165,000 teams today, representing a membership of more than 2.2 million. ASA/USA is responsible for training, equipping and promoting the six USA Softball National Teams that compete in international and domestic competitions. The USA Softball Women’s National Team is one of only two women’s sports involved in the Olympic movement to capture three consecutive gold medals at the Olympic Games since 1996. The U.S. women have also won nine World Championship titles as well as claimed eight World Cup of Softball titles. For more information about ASA/USA Softball, please visit http://www.asausasoftball.com.