Friday, August 28, 2015 to Sunday, August 30, 2015 – USA Baseball – Women’s NTIS Division – Age Division: 16U – 1999-2001 are age eligible (14-16)

Women’s NTIS Division

Aug 28, 2015 to Aug 30, 2015

The women’s division will consist of 16U players who have future Women’s National Team aspirations.

Cost: $99.00

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via USA Baseball NTIS Events | USA Baseball Camps | Women’s Baseball

Details:

Women’s NTIS Division

Age Division: 16U – 1999-2001 are age eligible (14-16)

Location: National Training Complex-Cary, NC

Friday, August 28, 2015 to Sunday, August 30, 2015

Camp Cost: $99.00

Camp Description

The women’s division will consist of 16U players who have future Women’s National Team aspirations.

As per international guidelines, players competing in the NTIS in the women’s division must conform to the following:

• 1999-2001 are age eligible (14-16)

Roster spots for the women’s division of the NTIS will be filled via open registration. Each athlete will be put on a team that will compete in both skills testing and evaluation, as well as games throughout the event at the National Training Complex. A minimum of three age-eligible players will earn an invitation to the 2016 USA Baseball Women’s National Team Trials. The NTIS will present all participating athletes with great national exposure as well as an opportunity to develop their skills through an unparalleled baseball experience.

General Information

NTIS Features:
• Identification opportunity for the 2016 USA Baseball Women’s National Team Trials; all players must be born in 1999-2001.
• Individual skills testing.
• Women’s teams will play three seven-inning games.
• To be announced guest speakers.
• Participants will receive a USA Baseball National Team Trials style uniform.
• Event held at the USA Baseball National Training Complex — the home of Team USA.

Field dimensions for the USA Baseball NTIS are as follows:
16U: 60-foot mound, 90-foot bases

Women’s event:

Thursday August 27th:
Afternoon registration and check-in

Friday August 28th:
8:30am – 9:00am – Agility Testing
9:00am – Noon – Skills Testing
4:00pm – Announce Teams/Warm-up
5:00pm – Game #1

Saturday, August 29th:
9:00am – Noon – Skills Development Session
2:00pm – Warm-up
3:00pm – Game #2

Sunday, August 30th:
9:00am – Game #3

*Schedule is tentative and is subject to change

Players will receive the following when upon check in:
* USA Baseball Stars Jerseys (2), belt, socks, hat
Players should bring the following gear to participate:
* Baseball Spikes
* Glove
* Batting Helmet
* Baseball Bat
* Catchers should bring their own catching gear

Miscellaneous Information

Cancellations up to 8 days prior to the start of the event will receive a 50% refund of the registration fee. No exceptions will be made. The participating player or team will receive their refund within 30 days of the time of cancellation.

Cancellations within 7 days of the start of the event will forfeit the entire registration fee. No exceptions will be made.

Contact Information

For general questions or for more information, please contact Ashley Bratcher at ashleybratcher@usabaseball.com.

Please check your email regularly as this is our primary way we communicate. Any additional information that we need to convey as the camp draws closer will be passed on to you via the e-mail address that you supplied when you signed up for camp. Please make it a habit to check your e-mail daily, this will eliminate any confusion and or miscommunication.

via Women’s NTIS Division | ABC Sports Camps

Archive: My daughter knows her bliss…

…when she is in the game of Baseball.

Like each of us, Jessica has many moments of joy in her life but being in the game seems like no other.

Maybe, as we continue working towards complete access to the game, it is the satisfaction that opportunity, now, continuing to play in the game she loves, seals the deal.

But, sharing her feelings, thoughts, goals, vision for herself in the game, while the door is open, seems to be the fundamental truth in changing the atmosphere around the only girl playing baseball on a high school Varsity team in her “town”.

I was most impressed with the attitude, the equal treatment she received from her teammates – it was tangible – sublime, even.

While she was truly joyous and excited during each moment she was in uniform, on the field, wanting to turn to each boy and say something to acknowledge her satisfaction;

– including after pitching, three batters up and down, two struck out – one looking; the other swinging – on the 3 count, with a wicked change-up; running the outline of the field, at the command of her coach, when she came off the mound, rounded the fences, and returned to the backstop: nothing; not a peep, from anyone (this is the last game before cuts happen, for some, two days later…)

But, that is OK: she was being treated as an equal member of the team, with the accepted etiquette, not showing any hubris, which might offend the opponent.

There were other very unique things about the game (I will go into details, later,) but, I wanted to share, for now the incredible satisfaction, the affirmation that:

PARENTS:

IT IS ALL WORTH EVERY MOMENT – EACH HIGH AND LOW – AS WE STRUGGLE AND NEGOTIATE BUT, IN THE END:

ALLOW OUR CHILDREN TO STAND UP FOR THEIR OWN OPPORTUNITY – THEIR OWN RIGHT – SUPPORTING THEM EACH STEP OF THE WAY:

AS THEY DEFINE THEIR OWN REALITY, in this case:

girls who prefer baseball as the activity chosen by themselves.

[Note: when I wrote this, I could not have had any notion she would have been cut – not by her coach, but by her athletic director – from her team two days later…: the only girl in San Francisco, California, USA, at the time, playing High School Varsity Baseball.]

USABaseball.com: Video: USA Baseball Highlights | Malaika Underwood was mic’d up for NTIS practice – Video

Source: USABaseball.com: Video: USA Baseball Highlights | Malaika Underwood was mic’d up for NTIS practice – Video

#NTIS15 hashtag on Twitter

Source: #NTIS15 hashtag on Twitter

USABaseball.com: News: A Fan’s Guide to the USA Baseball National Team Identification Series

The National Team Identification Series is the most comprehensive player identification program offered by Team USA. The program includes five separate men’s age groups — 11U, 13U, 14U, 16U and 17U — that identify players for our 12U National Team, 14U National Team Development Program, 15U National Team, 17U National Team Development Program and 18U National Teams. The program also includes a women’s 16U component that identifies female players for Women’s National Team opportunities. The 13U event will be held Aug. 11 to 16, 2015, at the USA Baseball National Training Complex. The 17U and 16U events will be held Aug. 20 to 23, 2015, at the USA Baseball National Training Complex and Duke University. The 11U, 14U, and Women’s events will be held Aug. 27 to 30, 2015, at the USA Baseball National Training Complex and adjoining Thomas Brooks Park.From the five age groups, USA Baseball will name a minimum of eight players to the 2016 18U National Team Trials; a minimum of 12 players to the 2016 17U National Team Development Program; and a minimum of 12 players to the 2016 15U National Team Trials; a minimum of 12 players to the 2016 14U National Team Development Program; and a minimum of 12 players to the 2016 12U National Team Trials.

Source: USABaseball.com: News: A Fan’s Guide to the USA Baseball National Team Identification Series

Indian women’s baseball team participates in ‘LG Cup’- International Women’s Baseball Tournament 2015

The Indian Women’s Baseball Team will take part in the ‘LG Cup’- International Women’s Baseball Tournament 2015 which is being held at the LG Champion’s Park in South Korea from the 28th to 31st of August 2015.

Source: Indian women’s baseball team participates in ‘LG Cup’- International Women’s Baseball Tournament 2015

WOMEN BASEBALLERS TAKE THE FIELD IN SECOND INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S BASEBALL TOURNAMENT | LG Newsroom

… Unlike other popular sports such as soccer and basketball, opportunity for women in baseball is nonexistent in most countries. Too often, young women must play on men’s teams if they want to play baseball at all and there is little or no opportunity outside the school environment. Although there are a handful of international competitions for women in baseball, LG believes more can be done to level the playing field for talented women who love baseball. Through the LG Cup, LG hopes to raise the profile of one of the world’s favorite pastimes with women and girls all over…

Source: WOMEN BASEBALLERS TAKE THE FIELD IN SECOND INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S BASEBALL TOURNAMENT | LG Newsroom

The Secret To Japan’s Little League Success: 10-Hour Practices : Parallels : NPR

Practices Are Family Events

Every practice session is a family affair. Parents make lunch and drinks for the kids and coaches. Everyone takes responsibility for meticulously grooming the infield, in the same focused and respectful way karate practitioners clean the straw mats in their dojo, or training hall.

American Bessie Noll experienced all of this. She lived with her parents in Japan and played for the Musashi Fuchu team. She says she sacrificed six years’ worth of weekends and social life to play ball. It was a lonely, trying experience, being the only foreigner — and the only girl — on the team.

“I wasn’t aware of the strain it was putting on my family, both my mom and my dad, as well as myself,” she says. “But it really is very taxing, just because the Japanese community value system expects so much from every family member…”

Source: The Secret To Japan’s Little League Success: 10-Hour Practices : Parallels : NPR

Baseball In Skirts, 19th-Century Style

Baseball In Skirts, 19th-Century Style

by Linton Weeks

NPR – July 12, 2015

As our nation prepares for the annual MLB All-Star Game on July 14, let us pause and refresh our memories of women’s baseball in 19th-century America — and what it represented….

http://www.npr.org/sections/npr-history-dept/2015/07/12/421818565/women-s-baseball-in-the-1800s?sc=17&f=&utm_source=iosnewsapp&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=app

NYTimes: Jessica Mendoza to Replace Curt Schilling for ESPN Broadcast

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/28/sports/baseball/jessica-mendoza-to-replace-curt-schilling-for-espn-broadcast.html?smid=nytcore-iphone-share&smprod=nytcore-iphone

Mendoza, a gold medal-winning Olympic softball player, will fill in Sunday for Schilling, who was pulled after a controversial Twitter post.

Women pro baseball players gather, reminisce in South Bend – South Bend Tribune: History

They formed a ‘league of their own’ in ’40s, ’50s

Source: Women pro baseball players gather, reminisce in South Bend – South Bend Tribune: History

KHSAA decides against classification system for baseball, other team sports | High School Sports with Josh Moore | Kentucky.com

Source: KHSAA decides against classification system for baseball, other team sports | High School Sports with Josh Moore | Kentucky.com