USA Softball announced today the list of athletes invited to participate at the 2019 USA Softball Women’s National Team (WNT) Selection Trials to be held January 1-6, at the Eddie C. Moore Softball Complex in Clearwater, Fla.
Those athletes who accepted the invitation to try out will vie for 18 spots on the 2019 USA Softball WNT Training Team roster that will compete at the USA Softball International Cup and select international events.
The roster will then be trimmed to 15 athletes to participate in the Pan American Games, slated for July 31-August 11 in Lima, Peru.
During the selection process, athletes will participate in position drills as well as simulated games and be evaluated by the USA Softball Women’s National Team Selection Committee (WNTSC).
Highlighting the list of invitees are three Olympic Medalists: Monica Abbott (Salinas, Calif.), Kelly Kretschman (Indian Harbour, Fla.) and Cat Osterman (Houston, Texas).
In addition, all members of the 2018 World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) World Championship team, who helped the U.S. capture back-to-back titles and qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, will participate at the 2019 Selection Trials.
Comprising the 2019 Women’s National Team Selection Trials invitee list includes present or former student athletes from four athletic conferences:
- Big 10 (two)
- Big 12 (six)
- SEC (15)
- Pac-12 (19)
... who represent 17 NCAA Division I universities.
Of the athletes invited, a total of eight have won one or more NCAA Women’s College World Series (WCWS) National Championships with their respective university, while five have garnered USA Softball Player of the Year honors at least once during their career.
The complete coaching staff and schedule for the 2019 USA Softball WNT will be announced at a later date.
The invitee list is subject to change as additional athletes could be invited by the WNTSC at any time.
For updates on the USA Softball Women’s National Team and events throughout the 2019 season visit www.USASoftball.com.