OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – Traveling to Yokohama, Japan, the 2004 USA Softball Women’s National team will participate in the Japan Cup November 28-30. A tri-country tournament, the U.S. is joined by 2000 Olympic silver medalist Japan and 1996 Olympic silver medalist China as each team will battle each other on two occasions.
The 2003 Japan Cup Schedule is as follows:
Japan vs. China 12:00 p.m. (10 a.m. Nov. 27 EST)
USA vs. Japan 2:30 p.m. (12:30 a.m. Nov. 27 EST)
China vs. Japan 12:00 p.m. (10 a.m. Nov. 28 EST)
USA vs. Japan 2:30 p.m. (12:30 a.m. Nov. 28 EST)
China vs. USA 11:00 a.m. (9 a.m. Nov. 29 EST)
Japan vs. USA 1:30 p.m. (11:30 a.m. Nov. 29 EST)
**All games will be played at Hodogaya Park Baseball Field in Yokohama, Japan.
** Due to the host facility's set-up, LIVE STATS scoring will be unavailable for this tournament. Please visit www.usasoftball.com for any updates and complete coverage of the Japan Cup.
The USA Softball 18-player roster is training for the next 10 months in preparation of defending its gold medal at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece. Since the official Olympic roster consists of only 15-players, three of the 18 players selected will be named as alternates in January. The final 15 will be nominated to the United States Olympic Committee as the team to represent the U.S. at the 2004 Olympic Games.
The roster consists of four two-time Olympic gold medalists and six of the 15-member 2000 Olympic Team. Thirteen of the 17 members of the 2002 World Championship gold medal winning team remain intact.
Forty-six of the nation's top female softball players participated in the 2003 USA Softball Olympic Trials, September 3-6 in Chula Vista, CA.
As the National Governing Body of Softball, USA Softball is responsible for training, equipping and promoting women’s, men’s, junior girls’ and junior boys’ National Teams that compete in international and domestic competitions. USA Softball is one of the only two women’s sports to capture back-to-back gold medals at the Olympic Games since 1996.
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