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2012 Schedule Released
2/13/2012

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Amateur Softball Association (ASA) of America/USA Softball and Softball Factory announced today the initial 2012 schedule for the launch of the ASA/USA Softball National Identification Program. Unveiled in December 2011, the National Identification Program will help identify female fast pitch players for the USA Softball Junior Women’s National Team (JWNT) Selection Committee, while also providing athletes with additional college exposure and skill development through Softball Factory.

The ASA strives to give players opportunities to participate in the USA Softball program. With the Softball Factory as an Official Scouting Partner for ASA/USA Softball, this partnership will help facilitate that mission through various identification events and college recruiting guidance for ASA participants.

The following are the first 13 Softball Factory events of the 2012 year with additional events possible. The participating divisions will be 16-Under and 14U with the primary focus of the partnership on the National Identification Program, powered by Softball Factory. Please visit www.softball-factory.com. for registration and more information.

February 26- San Diego, Calif. – Palomar College
March 4 – Orange, Calif. – Santiago Canyon College
March 18- Little Rock, Ark. – Hendrix College
March 25- Rochester, N.Y. – Monroe Community College
April 15 – Boston, Mass. – Forekicks Indoor Fieldhouse
April 29 – Nashville, Tenn. – Cumberland University
May 13- Portland, Ore. – Location TBD
May 20 – Las Vegas, Nev. – Centennial High School
May 25-26 – Phoenix, Ariz. – Rose Mofford Sports Complex
June 1-3 – Oklahoma City, Okla. – Oklahoma City University (Player Development ONLY)
June 18 – Ashland, Ohio – Brookside West Park
June 21-22 – Bloomington, Ind. – Twin Lakes Park
June 26-29 – Oklahoma City, Okla. – Oklahoma City University (Player Development ONLY)
July 24 – Sacramento, Calif. – Cosumnes River College
September 23 – Trussville, Ala. – Hewitt-Trussville High School
• Additional events to be announced at a later date.

Players who attend the National Identification Program must be ASA registered and will be entered into an identification pool for the USA Softball JWNT Selection Committee to review for possible selection. The USA Softball Junior Women’s National Team captured the 2011 International Softball Federation (ISF) Junior Women’s World Championship Gold Medal in December in Cape Town, South Africa, with a 4-1 victory over Japan. The bi-yearly Junior Women’s World Championship will be contested again in 2013 (location TBD).

"I absolutely loved being a part of the USA Softball Junior Women's National Team," said 2011 NCAA Women’s College World Series (WCWS) co-Most Outstanding Player Dallas Escobedo of Arizona State. "In the two years I was on the team, I traveled to Colombia and South Africa. I was able to experience amazing cities and play international softball against young women who love the game just as much as I do. I was also able to develop awesome relationships with my teammates which made the experience that much better."

All participating players will also be considered for Softball Factory player development events and will receive guidance on the college recruiting process.

Players in the 18U division will also be provided with an opportunity to participate in Softball Factory workouts, during which the players will be evaluated based on their future college potential. In addition to improving softball skills, Softball Factory works with potential college players and their parents on both the academic and athletic aspects of the college search process.

About ASA

The Amateur Softball Association, founded in 1933, is the National Governing Body of softball in the United States and a member of the United States Olympic Committee. The ASA has become one of the nation’s largest sports organizations and now sanctions competition in every state through a network of 76 local associations. The ASA has grown from a few hundred teams in the early days to over 210,000 teams today, representing a membership of more than three million. For more information on the ASA, visit http://www.asasoftball.com/.

About ASA

The Amateur Softball Association, founded in 1933, is the National Governing Body of softball in the United States and a member of the United States Olympic Committee. The ASA has become one of the nation’s largest sports organizations and now sanctions competition in every state through a network of 76 local associations. The ASA has grown from a few hundred teams in the early days to over 210,000 teams today, representing a membership of more than three million. For more information on the ASA, visit http://www.asasoftball.com/.

About USA Softball

USA Softball is the brand created, operated and owned by the ASA that links the USA Men’s, Women’s, Junior Boys’ and Junior Girls’ National Team programs together. USA Softball is responsible for training, equipping and promoting these four National Teams to compete in international and domestic competitions. The USA Softball Women’s National Team is one of the 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 including the last seven consecutive as well as claimed five World Cup of Softball titles. For more information about USA Softball, please visit http://www.usasoftball.com/.

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