Mizuno, a world leader in the sporting goods industry, has become the “Official Glove” and an NFCA Corporate Teammate of the NFCA. 

“If you’re going to be involved with fastpitch softball, then you need to be involved with the NFCA,” said Larry Brushett, softball promotions manager for Mizuno USA. “We wanted to show the industry that we didn’t just sign Jennie Finch and Natasha Watley and then walk away. This partnership with the NFCA is yet another sign of Mizuno’s commitment to softball. We want to be involved with all aspects of the fastpitch community, especially the coaches who provide such great leadership for the sport.” 

Mizuno offers high performance softball products to equip the fastpitch athlete from head to toe. It offers a wide assortment of equipment, all shown online at . Karen Johns, head coach at the University of Virginia, helped with the development and design of many of the Mizuno products. 

Mizuno has six lines of gloves for the softball fielder, including the Franchise Series for college athletes and the Finch line for youth players. Brushett said Brushett said that all Mizuno ball gloves provide players of all levels with the most technologically advanced tools in the game, but he especially likes the MVP first baseman’s mitt (GXF51 MVP, and the GXS30 Classic Series catcher’s mitt). 

Gloves feature the innovative Power Lock™ closure system, which Mizuno claims provides the quickest and most secure fit available. In addition, 4D Technology™ is used to create position-specific ball gloves that are designed with the requirements of the position in mind. 3D Technology™ features position-specific patterns for ball glove pockets and Softhands Construction™ with loopless thumb construction makes for a more comfortable fit, which Mizuno says “Fits your hand like a ‘glove within a glove.’” 

Besides sponsoring Watley and Finch, the Japan-headquartered Mizuno is a major sponsor of the International Softball Federation (ISF) and the Japanese National Team. The Mizuno ball will be used in the ISF XI Women’s World Championship to be held August 22-September 5 in Beijing, China. 

Mizuno products are sold at major sporting goods stores throughout the United States, as well as through team dealers. To find a dealer in your area visit mizunousa.commizunousa.com.

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