Grandstand News Update on Julie Smith Case
by Rich Rosa
What does this ruling mean to the Olympic Softball Team? I spoke with
Danielle Carver, attorney, who represents Julie Smith. Carver stated
this will now put all 39 of the players who were in the original pool
front of the Olympic Selection Committee.
The committee is mandated to use the results from the Olympic tryouts at
Midland, Michigan. They will need to make selections based on the
field results from each player during that weekend. They will be
use some discretionary factors such as experience but the results on the
field from the tryouts are to be the main determining factor.
To use an example, let's use the Olympic Marathon tryouts. The Olympic
is selected from one particular marathon where the top finishers are
to the Olympic team. You may be considered the top marathon runner in
world but if you don't perform well enough to finish in the top three
that particular race, which is the official tryout, you don't make the
The same factors are being considered here for the Olympic Softball
Look at the results that happened during the Olympic tryout weekend at
Midland, Michigan and choose the players who performed the best. Facing
these factors the Olympic selection committee will have to choose a new
Amanda Scott, who also filed suit and lost earlier last week will be one
the players that will be put back in the original pool.
ASA has yet to issue a statement regarding this matter.
This really puts the Olympic team in disarray for the time being and it
be interesting to see the new selections the committee makes. If there
any changes, it will be sure to disrupt the team training with less than
months to go before the Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia.
Here are the original 39 players invited to tryout:
U.S. Olympic Team Trials For Softball Roster
Name Hometown Position College
Christie Ambrosi Overland Park, KS Outfield *UCLA
Laura Berg Santa Fe Springs, CA Outfield Fresno State
Courtney Blades Baton Rouge, LA Pitcher
Suzy Brazney Buena Park, CA Catcher Cal
Jennifer Brundage Irvine, CA Infield UCLA
Amber Burgess Littleton, CO Catcher *Nebraska
Crystl Bustos Canyon Country, CA Catcher Palm Beach C.C.
Lisa Carey Topeka,KS Infield
Amy Chellevold Tucson, AZ Utility Arizona
Lindsey Collins Fountain Valley, CA Catcher *Arizona
Sheila Douty Diamond Bar, CA Infield UCLA
Nancy Evans Glendale, CA Utility Arizona
Lisa Fernandez Long Beach, CA Pitcher UCLA
Jamie Foutch Edmond, OK Infield Oklahoma
Amanda Freed Cypress, CA Pitcher *UCLA
Michele Granger Davis, CA Pitcher
Lori Harrigan Las Vegas, NV Pitcher UNLV
Danielle Henderson Commack, NY Pitcher UMass
Barbara Jordan Agoura, CA Outfield Cal-State
Teri Klement Ft. Collins, CO Utility
Kelly Kretschman Indian Harbour Beach, FL Outfield *Alabama
Nina Lindenberg Anaheim Hills, CA Infield Fresno
Stephanie Little Olympia, WA Catcher Cal-State
Kim Maher Oakland, CA Outfield Fresno State
Keri McCallum Port Orchard, WA Catcher *Mississippi
Jennifer McFalls Grand Prairie, TX Infield Texas
Stacey Nuveman LaVerne, CA Catcher *UCLA
Leah O-Brien-Amico Chino, CA Outfield Arizona
Dot Richardson Orlando, FL Infield UCLA
Amanda Scott Clovis, CA Pitcher *Fresno
Julie Smith Glendora, CA Infield
Michele Smith Califon, NJ Pitcher
Shelly Stokes Sacramento, CA Catcher Fresno State
Jenny Topping Whittier, CA Infield
Dani Tyler River Forest, IL Infield
Michelle Venturella South Holland, IL Utility
Natasha Watley Irvine, CA Infield *UCLA
Christa Williams Houston, TX Pitcher *Texas
Becky Witt Reseda, CA Outfield *Fresno State
*-Players still in college
USA Softball Team Roster
no player hometown pos. ht.
11 Christie Ambrosi Overland Park, KS of 5'8'' l/r
44 Laura Berg # Santa Fe Springs, CA of 5'6'' l/l
2 Jennifer Brundage * Ann Arbor, MI 3b 5'7''
6 Crystl Bustos Canyon Country, CA ss 5'8'' r/r
22 Sheila Douty # Diamond Bar, CA 1b 5'10'' r/r
16 Lisa Fernandez # Long Beach, CA p 5'6'' r/r
21 Lori Harrigan # Las Vegas, NV p 6'1''
4 Danielle Henderson Commack, NY p 6'1'' r/r
3 Jennifer McFalls * Grand Prairie, TX ut if 5'6'' r/r
33 Stacey Nuveman LaVerne, CA c 6'0'' r/r
20 Leah O'Brien-Amico # Chino, CA of 5'9'' l/l
1 Dot Richardson # Orlando, FL 2b 5'5'' l/r
32 Michele Smith # Califon, NJ p 5'10''
23 Michelle Venturella * Indianapolis, IN c 5'10''
14 Christa Williams # Houston, TX p 5'7'' r/r
7 Amanda Freed Cypress, CA p 5'8'' r/r
10 Teri Klement Ft. Collins, CO ut 5'10''
12 Kelly Kretschman Indian Harbour Beach, FL of 5'6''
35 Shelly Stokes # Sacramento, CA c 5'5'' r/r
Head, Ralph Raymond Worcester, MA
Asst., Margo Jonker Mt. Pleasant, MI
Asst., Shirley Topley Anaheim, CA
# Member of 1996 Olympic Team
*Alternate for 1996 Olympic Team