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2010 US National Team Tryouts

US Women's National Team pictureDURHAM, N.C. – USA Baseball announced Wednesday that it will host a series of tryouts across the country as part of the selection process for its 2010 Women’s National Team. The process represents the most wide-scale and all-encompassing identification vehicle for the women’s program in the organization’s history.

Players will compete in one of six regional tryout locations in the hopes of being among the 30 selected for the Women’s National Team Trials, Aug. 2-6, at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, N.C. – the first time the venue has hosted such an event. From there, 18 women will be chosen to represent the United States in the fourth installment of the IBAF Women’s Baseball World Cup, which will be held in Venezuela, Aug. 12-22.

“We are thrilled to be offering such a wide-scale selection process for the women’s program and to be bringing a women’s trials and training event to our National Training Complex for the first time,” said Paul Seiler, USA Baseball Executive Director/CEO. “This is another positive step in our continued growth of this program, and we look forward to the women’s baseball community taking advantage of this opportunity.”

Each tryout will be held over a two-day (Saturday-Sunday) period, and players will be able to register for free on-site. On the first day, players will be evaluated on base running, hitting, throwing and catching, and they will be able to showcase their talents at their preferred position(s) as well. At the end of the day, the on-site USA Baseball coaches will invite the top-performing players back for a closer look, including game action, on the second day.

The six regional sites are as follows:

  • June 19-20 – Phoenix, Ariz. – Brophy College Preparatory
  • June 26-27 – New London, Conn. – U.S. Coast Guard Academy
  • June 26-27 – Orlando, Fla. – The First Academy
  • July 3-4 – Cary, N.C. – The National Training Complex
  • July 3-4 – Chicago, Ill. – Madison Meadow Park map
  • July 3-4 – San Francisco, Calif. – The University of San Francisco

The Women’s National Team has been an international power since the World Cup’s debut in 2004. The U.S. women won gold at the inaugural event in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada and followed it up with a second gold in 2006 in Taipei, Taiwan. In Matsuyama, Japan in 2008, the host nation defeated Canada for the gold, while the U.S. knocked off Australia for the bronze medal.

Don Freeman has been pegged to manage the women’s team in 2010. While this will be Freeman’s first time on a Women’s Team staff, he is a veteran of USA Baseball. He has worn the red, white and blue five times, highlighted by a 16U National Team World Championship in Taiwan in 2003 as the manager and a World Championship in Venezuela in 2007 as an assistant coach. Freeman will be joined by pitching coach Tim O’Brien and by assistant coaches Sandra Wente and Ed Kurakazu.

“The opportunity to represent your country in international competition is the thrill of a lifetime,” said Freeman. “Standing in another country and listening to your national anthem makes you proud to be an American. Few have the opportunity to do that. I know the women that represent Team USA this summer will feel the same way.”

Additional tryout details are as follows:

  • Registration will take place at each respective venue at 8:30am on Saturday morning. There is no pre-registration – all registration will be done on-site.
  • The tryouts will begin at 9:00am both days.
  • Participation in the regional identification events is free.
  • Players should bring a glove, spikes, a water bottle (water will be provided), a lunch and additional drinks as necessary.
  • There will be bats, catcher’s equipment, helmets, etc. provided if players do not already have their own.
  • 30 players will be selected to attend the USA Baseball Women’s National Team Trials and they will be contacted by USA Baseball by phone the week following the last posted tryout (the week of July 5).
  • The 30 trials players will need to commit to being at the Trials, Training (if selected) and World Cup (if selected).
  • On Aug. 6 the final 18 player roster will be announced and those 18 players will remain in Cary, N.C. for training through Aug. 10.
  • All players invited to the Women’s National Team Trials in Cary, N.C. should be prepared to bring a valid passport with them.
  • Travel and meals for the 30 players invited to the Women’s National Team Trials in August in Cary, N.C. will be arranged and paid for by USA Baseball

US Women’s National Team website

Released: April 28, 2010