OKLAHOMA CITY – USA Softball announced its 2020 U.S. Olympic Softball Team roster on Sunday morning. The 15-person roster and three replacement players led by head coach Ken Eriksen will compete next July at the 2020 Games in Tokyo, Japan.
“This has been an incredible process that has taken years of evaluation about great people that play softball at the highest level,” said Eriksen. “It should be extremely exhilarating for the most knowledgeable in the softball community to understand what it takes to form a team that includes experience and ability. All 29 players that accepted an invitation to these trials displayed class and dignity along with an incredible passion to represent the United States on the field. Everyone that was on the field in Oklahoma City this week earned their place in the trials. There was no selfishness here and that was an incredible observation amongst all that watched.”
2020 USA Softball Women’s National Team
“As for the 15 future Olympians and three replacement players, we could not have picked anyone better to be part of this group. I think it’s very important to recognize the organizations they came from and the player development they have attained to get them to this point. The diverse nature of this team comes from its individuality off the field and its likeness on the field. The team was chosen to play softball at a level most are not familiar with. That’s what it takes to win Gold Medals at the world’s biggest stages. We definitely have that capability with this group.”
Members of the 2020 USA Softball WNT and Eriksen will be available to members of the media during an October 8 press conference slated to begin at 9:30 a.m. CT.
The 2020 USA Softball Women’s National Team roster includes two Olympians (Cat Osterman and Monica Abbott), 12 members of the 2018 World Championship team and 13 members of the 2019 Pan American Games Gold Medal team. The Red, White and Blue is also loaded with former or current student-athletes from four athletic conferences: Big Ten (two), Big 12 (two), SEC (five) and Pac-12 (five), who represent 13 NCAA Division I universities. Five athletes have won Women’s College World Series (WCWS) titles with their respective university, while four have garnered USA Softball Player of the Year honors at least once during their career.
During the Selection Trials, athletes participated in position drills as well as simulated games and were evaluated by the USA Softball Women’s National Team Selection Committee (WNTSC) in accordance with the Athlete Selection Procedures approved by the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee (USOPC). Those Selection Procedures are available for viewing at USASoftball.com.
All nominations to the 2020 U.S. Olympic Team are pending approval of the USOPC.
The USA Softball Women’s National Team has a record of 33-5 during the four quads softball was on the Olympic program, including an undefeated 9-0 record at the 2004 Athens Olympic Games. Dubbed “The Real Dream Team”, the 2004 U.S. Olympic Softball Team broke 16 records, including breaking eight of their own records previously set.
In Tokyo, Team USA will join No. 2 Japan, No. 3 Canada, No. 5 Mexico, No. 7 Australia and No. 9 Italy as the field of six countries competing for the Gold. As the host country, Japan earned an automatic berth while Team USA punched their ticket to the Olympic Games after winning the 2018 World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Softball World Championship. Italy earned their spot in Tokyo after winning the WBSC Softball Europe/Africa Qualifier while Canada and Mexico qualified as the top two teams from the WBSC Women’s Softball Americas Qualifier. Australia punched the last ticket to Tokyo by winning the WBSC Softball Asia/Oceania Qualifier.
-- Courtesy of USA Softball