ASA National Team Camps/Olympic tryout process

ASA National Team Camps/Olympic tryout process

Post by Vince Den » Wed, 22 Jan 1997 04:00:00


I noticed that in 1993, one of the ASA National Team Camps had all but two
of the USA Olympians participate (Tyler and Williams).

The selection of the Olympic team I believe is a long process (ultimately
politicized by a selection committee, but forget that for now). There are
several levels of tryouts and Team Camps. I'm sure the process for 2000
will begin this year so USA youngsters aspiring to play in Australia in 3.5
years should make preparations to visit Oklahoma in the summer. Anyone have
information?

Vince

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Post by Beverly Robitail » Thu, 23 Jan 1997 04:00:00

Now that we have finished trashing high softball, I wonder which high
school teams throughout the nation are the tops? Let's hear from some
high school parents and hear how they did last year and what the
outlook is for this year.  I know there is a top high school tournament
in Bullhead City, Arizona and they have many of the top teams from the
west coast participating.  I know Mater Dei (California) is
participating and they should do quite well but how are the other teams
from the west coast going to fair this year? How many of the state
champions (Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, etc.) are returning all their key
players. Even though high school ball is not as competitive for some
travel players, it still gives the girls a chance to have fun and play
against top players even if it's not all on one team.  

Robocoach

 
 
 

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Post by terry coo » Thu, 23 Jan 1997 04:00:00

Quote:

> I noticed that in 1993, one of the ASA National Team Camps had all but two
> of the USA Olympians participate (Tyler and Williams).

> The selection of the Olympic team I believe is a long process (ultimately
> politicized by a selection committee, but forget that for now). There are
> several levels of tryouts and Team Camps. I'm sure the process for 2000
> will begin this year so USA youngsters aspiring to play in Australia in 3.5
> years should make preparations to visit Oklahoma in the summer. Anyone have
> information?

> Vince

Hey Vince, what would we do without you?
We had a level 1 tryout for the Olympic Team at UTA, that's Arlington
Texas, Dallas/Ft Worth metro area. I think there was a level 2 tryout
there also and it was setup by ASA.
I guess this is the place to get all kinds of info and I'm gonna have
to start making a daily visit. Didn't the original sign up for Team
USA tryout start out by the Olympic Competition Committee mailing forms
to all registered ASA coaches?

Terry(softball taxi dad)

 
 
 

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Post by RICK BEAC » Thu, 23 Jan 1997 04:00:00


Quote:

>Now that we have finished trashing high softball, I wonder which high
>school teams throughout the nation are the tops? Let's hear from some
>high school parents and hear how they did last year and what the
>outlook is for this year.  I know there is a top high school tournament
>in Bullhead City, Arizona and they have many of the top teams from the
>west coast participating.  I know Mater Dei (California) is
>participating and they should do quite well but how are the other teams
>from the west coast going to fair this year? How many of the state
>champions (Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, etc.) are returning all their key
>players. Even though high school ball is not as competitive for some
>travel players, it still gives the girls a chance to have fun and play
>against top players even if it's not all on one team.

CHAPARRAL HS (SCOTTSDALE,AZ), TWO-TIME DEFENDING ARIZONA 4A STATE CHAMPION
AND TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS DEFENDING CHAMPION HAS 5 TWO-YEAR RETURNING
STARTERS.  THEY ARE:

        ERICA BEACH-JR          P       SUMMER TEAM--STORM
        MISSY HIXON-JR          2B      SUMMER TEAM--STORM
        SHELLY MUSSER-JR        OF/IF   SUMMER TEAM--STORM
        CHRISTY MUSSER-JR       OF      SUMMER TEAM--96-STORM 97-RAMBLERS
        DEVYN BRAGA-SR          SS      SUMMER TEAM--RAMBLERS

HOPEFULLY, TRANSFERS AND RETURNING NON-STARTERS WILL MAKE UP THE
DIFFERENCE FROM A VERY TALENTED GRADUATING CLASS.

THE TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS(BULLHEAD CITY,AZ.) IS PROBABLY THE BEST HIGH
SCHOOL SOFTBALL TOURNAMENT EVER ORGANIZED WITH CHAPARRAL(33-0 2-TIME
AZ 4A STATE CHAMPION), MATER DEI(30-1 CIF SOUTHERN SECTION DIV 1 CHAMPION),
BINGHAM(25-1 UTAH 5A STATE CHAMPION), GALENA(34-5 NEVADA 3A STATE CHAMPION),
SALPOINTE(ARIZONA 5A STATE CHAMPION), WOODBRIDGE(CA 28-6), PACIFICA(CA 26-4),
FARMINGTON(NM 21-4), DEER VALLEY(AZ 31-6), GREENWAY(AZ 28-9), SILVERADO(NV
32-7), MOON VALLEY(AZ 31-4), MINGUS(AZ 26-6) AND MANY OTHERS.

THIS TOURNAMENT BOASTS SOME OF THE BEST HIGH SCHOOL PITCHING TALENT EVER
ASSEMBLED FOR A HIGH SCHOOL TOURNAMENT WITH MARISSA YOUNG(MATER DEI),
AMANDA FREED & TONI MASCARENAS(PACIFICA), CHRISTY ROBITAILLE(WOODBRIDGE),
THERESA AYOUB(DEER VALLEY), JAIME DOOLEY & NICOLE MICHAEL(GREENWAY),
KRISTEN HOMMEL(PRESCOTT), TINA PARRY(MINGUS), KARI RICHARDS(SOUTHWEST),
BRIANNA HEISEY(SALPOINTE), WALKER & MARY HAMOMOTO(FLOWING WELLS),
RYAN BOLDUC(MOON VALLEY), AND COURTNEY WALLACE(CIBOLA).  SORRY, I DON'T
KNOW NEVADA, UTAH OR NEW MEXICO.  MAYBE SOMEBODY CAN POST.  

I KNOW THAT THERE IS A LOT OF TALENT IN POSITION PLAYERS ALSO.  IT'S A
SHAME THAT THE PONY TOURNAMENT(CAL STATE FULLERTON) IS GOING ON THE
SAME WEEKEND.  ITS A COLLEGE COACHS DREEM WEEKEND TOURNAMENT.  
THIS SHOULD PROVE TO BE A GREAT TOURNAMENT.

THE FIRST ROUND SCHEDULE OF THE TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS IS AS FOLLOWS:

TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS (THURSDAY MARCH 20TH SCHEDULE)
======================================================
TOP BRACKET
-----------
CHAPARRAL(AZ) VS SOUTHWEST(CA)          7PM     MHS#1
LAKE HAVASU(AZ) VS SALPOINTE(AZ)        5PM     MHS#1
GALENA(NV) VS GOLDWATER(AZ)             9PM     CITY#1
MOHAVE(AZ) VS FOUNTAIN VALLEY(CA)       3PM     MHS#1
PACIFICA(CA) VS KOFA(AZ)                7PM     CITY#1
MOON VALLEY(AZ) VS McQUEEN(NV)          9PM     B-SOX
DURANGO(NV) VS MINGUS(AZ)               5PM     CITY#1
CANYON del ORO(AZ) VS BINGHAM(UT)       7PM     CITY#2

BOTTOM BRACKET
--------------
DEER VALLEY(AZ) VS RIVER VALLEY(AZ)     3PM     MHS#2
FLOWING WELLS(AZ) VS CANYON(NV)         9PM     MHS#1
WOODBRIDGE(CA) VS YUMA(AZ)              5PM     CITY#2
CENTRAL UNION(CA) VS GREENWAY(AZ)       7PM     B-SOX  
FARMINGTON(NM) VS CIBOLA(AZ)            9PM     CITY#2
EL TORO(CA) VS SILVERADO(NV)            5PM     B-SOX
PRESCOTT(AZ) VS KINGMAN(AZ)             3PM     CITY#1
IRONWOOD(AZ) VS MATER DEI(CA)           3PM     CITY#2

WITH A FIVE GAME GUARANTEE, EVERYONE SHOULD GET PLENTY OF GOOD
COMPETITION.  THE PARENTS WILL GET PLENTY OF GOOD *** ACROSS
THE RIVER AT THE LAUGHLIN ***S.  SHOULD BE FUN FOR EVERYONE!!

RICK BEACH
CHAPARRAL PARENT

 
 
 

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Post by Cecil D. Given » Thu, 23 Jan 1997 04:00:00

Quote:


> > I noticed that in 1993, one of the ASA National Team Camps had all but two
> > of the USA Olympians participate (Tyler and Williams).

> > The selection of the Olympic team I believe is a long process (ultimately
> > politicized by a selection committee, but forget that for now). There are
> > several levels of tryouts and Team Camps. I'm sure the process for 2000
> > will begin this year so USA youngsters aspiring to play in Australia in 3.5
> > years should make preparations to visit Oklahoma in the summer. Anyone have
> > information?

> > Vince

> Hey Vince, what would we do without you?
> We had a level 1 tryout for the Olympic Team at UTA, that's Arlington
> Texas, Dallas/Ft Worth metro area. I think there was a level 2 tryout
> there also and it was setup by ASA.
> I guess this is the place to get all kinds of info and I'm gonna have
> to start making a daily visit. Didn't the original sign up for Team
> USA tryout start out by the Olympic Competition Committee mailing forms
> to all registered ASA coaches?

> Terry(softball taxi dad)

Yes. And they even sent flyers to every girl that participated in the
18U National Tournament. We were there and my daughter got a flyer in
the mail a few weeks after the tournament.
 
 
 

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Post by Jazzso » Fri, 24 Jan 1997 04:00:00

Terry its good to hear that a tryout has already been held in Texas. Here
in So Calif we have heard nothing at all about dates or even when
applications are to be sent out.
Don

 
 
 

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Post by Vince Den » Fri, 24 Jan 1997 04:00:00

Here in San Diego I'd look at this for a Top 15 based on returning players
and the coaching. My best guess, anyway. Most of the good teams from last
year weren't affected much by graduation. Only one devastated was
top-ranked Hilltop. The CIF champs in other divisions are still strong.

1. San Marcos...loaded with talent, recruiters paradise
2. Scripps Ranch...if Sorensen's head isn't too big (dad AND daughter)
3. Mount Carmel...this is the best team but coach Gault will***it up
4. Grossmont...league champs lost only one to graduation
5. La Costa Canyon...depends on Dennis' attitude
6. Serra...probably the best-coached team in the county
7. Carlsbad...Fendrick carries this club
8. West Hills...great young talent and pitching
9. Torrey Pines...sleeper
10. Swee***er...(a guess, they won big games last year)
11. Mount Miguel...lost No.1 pitcher but has quality backup
12. Patrick Henry...always there every year
13. Univerity of San Diego HS...same as Henry
14. El Capitan...if Kimble is healthy
15. My upset pick of the year: Rancho Buena Vista

Vince
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Post by John MacMull » Sat, 25 Jan 1997 04:00:00

<snip good stuff>

: 15. My upset pick of the year: Rancho Buena Vista

I'll let Dennis know this. RBV should get strong in about 3 years
because there is some great talent coming up out of Vista Girls
Softball......

John

 
 
 

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Post by Smoke » Sat, 25 Jan 1997 04:00:00

I expect Woodbridge High should be extremely strong again this year,
again.  Pitching-wise at least....

Smokey
Softball Nobody

 
 
 

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Post by Vince Den » Sun, 26 Jan 1997 04:00:00


said:

Quote:
><snip good stuff>

>: 15. My upset pick of the year: Rancho Buena Vista

>I'll let Dennis know this. RBV should get strong in about 3 years
>because there is some great talent coming up out of Vista Girls
>Softball......

>John

Sentimental pick. For some reason I keep wanting RBV to win. Dennis is a
cool guy who seems to put in a little bit more work than the usual HS
coach.

I've been wrestling with what to do with Vanessa Preston and Bonita Vista.
Preston is that team's only top-notch ballplayer but she's continually
hurt. She missed half of last year but stayed fairly healthy in travel ball
last summer. You might list BV 15th and keep RBV as the upset pick.

Vince

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Post by Jessie43 » Mon, 27 Jan 1997 04:00:00

Hey Rick, that was an excellent post regarding Chapparral High School and
the Tournament of Champions in Bullhead this spring.  I believe CHS is now
about 65-1 over the past two seasons from their 2 consecutive state 4A
championships.

Where do you see the pre-season AZ High School rankings for 5A and 4A?
Just curious.

By the way, while you mentioned the excellent pitchers who will appear in
Bullhead, you failed to mention one of the top pitchers in Arizona, Erica
Beach of Chapparral.  She is the heir apparent to Jamie Graves of Moon
Valley HS, the 2-time Arizona Player of the Year, now at the University of
Washington.

Following that Tournament, Chapparral will play in the Horizon HS
Invitational Tournament in Scottsdale.  Flowing Wells, Greenway, Cactus,
Centennial, Moon Valley will also be in the 8-team meet.

Good Luck.

Michael Eade
Horizon HS Parent

 
 
 

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Post by rick beac » Mon, 27 Jan 1997 04:00:00


Quote:
>Where do you see the pre-season AZ High School rankings for 5A and 4A?
>Just curious.

>Michael Eade
>Horizon HS Parent

After looking at last years finishes and returning players, I came up with a top 15
in the 5A and 4A conferences.  Last year I was pretty close.

5A Conference
============
 1)Salpointe--lots of retuning players--Barrasso & Heisey back.
 2)Deer Valley--eight returning starters
 3)Horizon--team better than 96 finish--will do better
 4)Mountain Pointe--lost 2 starters--will be tough to beat
 5)Canyon del Oro--Garrick returns
 6)Cibola--strong nucleus--always at the top
 7)Dobson--Erstad leads experience and youth
 8)Highland--Strong returners plus transfer
 9)Corona del Sol--lost many starters but returners talented
10)Xavier--Good pitching plus a few talented players
11)Mcclintock--Could be good
12)Kofa--good nucleus returning
13)Sunnyside--could surprise
14)Tucson High--always tough
15Shadow Mountain--good pitching

4A Conference
============
 1)Chaparral--51 game winning streak #1 until proven different
 2)Greenway--pirxh combo of Dooley & Michael strong
 3)Cactus--good all around team
 4)Rincon--Lost no starters--good pitching
 5)Moon Valley--lost key players but enough returning talent
 6)Flowing Wells--good nucleus and pitching returning
 7)Apollo--have a few very talented players
 8)Prescott--this could be their year
 9)Mingus--Tina Parry strong
10)Sahuaro--key losses but always strong
11)Sabino--could be much higher if play to capabilities
12)Centennial--good overall talent
13)Lake Havasu--key losses--could be tough year
14)Peoria--gave it a run last year--faltered at the end
15)Goldwater--good pitching & some talent

I know that there may be some arguments above som of the teams
listed and some not listed.  Please post back any comments:

Have A Good Year
rick beach

 
 
 

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Post by CA Sto » Tue, 28 Jan 1997 04:00:00

St. Lucy's is again stacked with talent this year, with 6 GOLD players.
They will be competing in a different CIF level this year....I believe it
is 2AA, which is one level below Woodbridge.

 
 
 

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Post by Eric Mad » Tue, 28 Jan 1997 04:00:00


Quote:

> St. Lucy's is again stacked with talent this year, with 6 GOLD players.
> They will be competing in a different CIF level this year....I believe it
> is 2AA, which is one level below Woodbridge.

For those not in the know, CIF Southern Section softball is going to
enrollment-based divisions for the playoffs this year and regionalizing to
a stronger extent than in the past. There will be 10 playoff divisions,
with 1AA being the largest schools and 5A being the smallest.

If the fall (volleyball) is any indication, there will be a lot of people
unhappy with opening-round matchups, as teams will in many cases face a
team from their own league in the first or second round. The biggest boon
is that more teams will be making the playoffs because many more wild card
berths will be available.

The playoff divisions have not been split yet. In other words, Woodbridge
is Division 2 and St. Lucy's is Division 3. Schools have the option of
moving up in division for the playoffs, but will be placed in the large
half of the division of they do. (In other words, if Woodbridge moved to
division 1, they would be placed in 1AA). The deadline for moving up in
division is March 7. At that point, each division is split in half. If
there are 60 division 1 schools, the 30 largest would be division 1AA, and
the other 30 division 1A.

So Woodbridge and St. Lucy's are not in the same playoff division, but
that's not really certain until things shake out. Mater Dei is in 1A,
which should be the deepest division.

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Eric Maddy
Sports Information Director, Golden West College

(714) 895-8344