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Kelley Lynch of East Coweta HS named Gatorade National High School Player of the Year. Kelley was recently selected to play on the USA Junior National Team, and is the 2-time GACA Player of the Year for the back-to-back GHSA 7A state champion ECHS Indians.
Pictured with USA Softball great Jennie Finch and Ernie Yarbrough, USA Softball of Georgia, State J.O. Commissioner/Deputy State Commissioner, and Kelley’s Pitching Coach
USA Softball, the governing body of softball, announced the 2019 Junior National Team roster that includes four Georgia girls; Charla Echols (Northgate HS), Kassidy Krupit (Lambert HS), Kelley Lynch (E. Coweta HS), Skylar Wallace (Etowah HS). In addition to playing in France and Ireland this summer, the team will be playing in the International Cup at the site of the 1996 Olympic Games in Columbus July 1 – 7 this summer.
The GHSA is pleased to announce that two GHSA softball umpires (Cameron Ellison and Don Brown) received assignment to the 2019 NCAA D-1 Women’s College World Series in Oklahoma City. Ellison is a member of the Augusta Umpires Association and Brown is with the Houston County Umpires Association. Both have worked numerous GHSA State Championship games.
Great scholarships are available this year, as well as free Braves tickets and on-field recognition of our most Positive Athletes in each sport.
And this year, the Atlanta Sports Awards will be honoring our Most Positive Athlete of the Year alongside people like Julio Jones from the Falcons, Ronald Acuna from the Braves, and Josef Martinez from Atlanta United. Maybe it will be a softball athlete.
The prestigious 12U All American games will be held June 7 – 10 at USASB Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City.
The event will feature twenty-four elite 12U teams from across the country. In addition to an opportunity to compete against the top 12U players in America, players and coaches are treated to an All Star Opening Ceremonies, and a skills camp and meet & greet with current and former members of the USA Softball National Team.
USASB of GA has been well represented he first two years of the event and will field a team again for the 2019 event. Tryouts for players currently registered on USASB of GA teams will be conducted on March 17 and March 31 at 5:00 PM at the Twin Creeks Complex in Woodstock. More detailed information will be posted on the USASB of GA website (usasoftballgeorgia.org) in the near future.
Register to tryout by filling out this form:
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OKLAHOMA CITY – USA Softball is excited to announce that the 2019 USA Softball International Cup will be held in Columbus, Ga. July 1-7 at the South Commons Softball Complex. Most notably known for the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games for the sport of softball, the Red, White and Blue will return to the city where Team USA claimed Gold in their Olympic debut.
“We’re grateful to the City of Columbus for stepping up to host this premier event and welcoming USA Softball along with some of the top international teams in the world,” said USA Softball Executive Director, Craig Cress. “Returning to Georgia for the 2019 USA Softball International Cup is particularly special for us because of the memories we have from the 1996 Olympic Games. It has been over 20 years since fans in the area have had the opportunity to watch some of the world’s best softball teams in person, which is evident in the enthusiasm and support the city has displayed and we look forward to seeing that passion on display next July.”
With renovations continuing at the USA Softball Hall of Fame Complex, the USA Softball International Cup will be hosted by the City of Columbus with support from USA Softball of Georgia. In addition to free online broadcasts of non-televised games through USASoftball.com, fans will also have the opportunity to catch Team USA in five televised games on the ESPN networks.
“The Sports Council of Columbus, Georgia is elated to host the 2019 USA Softball International Cup,” said Columbus, Georgia Sports Council Executive Director, Merri C. Sherman. “Our beloved South Commons Softball Complex has held many championship games, and we look forward to welcoming teams from all over the world once again! The stadium will be in prime condition for this prestigious event following a fresh update, and both players and spectators will enjoy the many new restaurants and amenities our vibrant city has to offer. To everyone involved – players, coaches, support staff and spectators – I offer the sincere hospitality for which our city has become so well known.”
In what was formerly known as the World Cup of Softball, the 2018 USA Softball International Cup was hosted by USA Softball of Southern California at Bill Barber Park in Irvine, Calif. At the event, USA Red took home Gold after routing Japan, 10-5, in the grand finale. It proved to be a Red, White and Blue affair as USA Blue, the second roster composed of Women’s National Team members, claimed the Bronze Medal.
“USA Softball of Georgia is thankful for USA Softball, the National Governing Body of Softball, for selecting Columbus, Georgia as the host city for the 2019 International Cup,” said USA Softball of Georgia Commissioner, Al Dattolo. “Columbus has been a longtime supporter of USA Softball, and we’re honored to have been selected to host such a prestigious event in our state. We are excited to provide a memorable experience to everyone.”
South Commons Softball Complex is an eight-field complex, which includes a five-field hub with a roundhouse and a three-field fan with stadium, indoor score booths, concessions, and restrooms. USA Softball of Georgia will also be hosting a youth fast pitch event in conjunction with the 2019 USA Softball International Cup. Additional information, including dates, divisions of play and registration, will be announced at a later date. Interested teams should contact USA Softball of Georgia Junior Olympic (JO) Commissioner Ernie Yarbrough at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tickets, participating teams, live television coverage and a schedule of events for the USA Softball International Cup will be announced at a later date.
About USA Softball
USA Softball 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 Committee. One of the nation’s largest sports organizations, USA Softball sanctions competition through a network of Local Associations, which includes all 50 states and select metro associations, and has grown from a few hundred teams in the early days to over 150,000 teams today, representing a membership of more than 2 million. USA Softball 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. USA Softball annually conducts thousands of tournaments throughout the country including over 100 National Championships. The USA Softball umpire program is among the nation’s largest and are widely known as the best trained umpires in the game.
As the NGB for the sport of softball, USA Softball is responsible for training, equipping and promoting the six USA Softball National Teams that compete in events such as the Olympics, Pan American Games, World Championships and other international and domestic events. For more information on USA Softball, including its founding and history as the Amateur Softball Association of America (ASA), please visit, www.USASoftball.com.
For the past four years I have asked all of you to provide Christmas gift items for the Scottish Rite Children’s Hospital. During that time you have created wonderful smiles on the faces of countless children by contributing more than 1,200 items during that span of time. I thank you with all my heart for that effort.
This year USASB of GA is starting a Christmas drive to aid the children of “Camp Sunshine” and their families during the Holidays. Camp Sunshine is a program that assists families dealing with childhood cancer. Over the years most of us have unfortunately know children and their families in our Softball World who are dealing with this horrible childhood disease. Most often the expense of ongoing extensive treatment is more than a family can bear.
So, what I am asking for this year is not toys or wrapped gifts. The Camp would prefer that gift cards (preferably Wal-Mart or Visa) be sent. Camp Sunshine kids live throughout the state and more often than not have limited resources to buy gifts, food, pay bills, etc. during the Holiday Season.
I have personal knowledge of how much these kids need Camp Sunshine and their support. I lost one of my wonderful players, Stephanie Phillips to this dreaded disease. Camp Sunshine provided so much support to Stephanie and her family up to, and following the day we lost her.
Please send cards of $25.00 or more to:
Vicki Cherry, Camper Services
1850 Clairmont Rd.
Decatur, GA 30033
Please include USASB of GA and the team you represent. The deadline for contributions is Monday, December 10.
Thank you so much!
Ernie Yarbrough, USA Softball of Georgia
State J.O. Commissioner/Deputy State Commissioner
The Benchmark Awards are presented for the increases in the number of registrations of adult teams, youth teams and umpires. To receive a Benchmark Award, an association needs to have an increase of at least 10 percent and/or a total registration of more than 100 teams or umpires on average over the last five years.
Photographed Left to Right: Ernie Yarbrough (State J.O. Commissioner/Deputy State Commissioner), Al Dattolo (Commissioner), Jay Worley (Player Rep – North)