From the NFCA web site:
USA SOFTBALL DEVELOPS NEW TRAINING REGIMEN
USA Softball has developed a new training regimen for its elite athletes,
with the first step consisting of selection of 60 athletes divided into
three different pools.
"The basic reason for developing the pools is to emphasize training,"
said Marty McGuire, chair of USA Softball's Selection Committee. "Right
now we're No. 1, but the countries around the world are getting better.
We must refine our process and to emphasize training is the next logical
step for us."
Thir*** elite athletes have been named to the Level I group, and most of
the national teams will be comprised of these players. Nine*** athletes
make up Level II, while 28 athletes comprise Level III.
The Level I athletes are: Laura Berg, Gillian Boxx, Sheila Douty, Lisa
Lori Harrigan, Kim Maher, Jennifer McFalls, Leah O'Brien, Michele Smith,
Julie Smith, Shelly Stokes, Dani Tyler and Michelle Venturella.
The Level II athletes are: Dionna Harris, Dot Richardson, Christa Williams,
Christi Ambrosi, Holly Aprile, Jennifer Brundage, Jennifer Cline, Nancy
Evans, Yvonne Gutierrez, Danielle Henderson, Trinity Johnson, Teri Klement,
Keri LeMasters, Missy Nowak, Sara Pickering, Amanda Scott, Lydia Stiglich
and Kellie Wiginton.
The Level III athletes are: Julie Adams, Lauren Bauer, Pattie Benedict,
Randi Berg, Kara Brun, Chrissy Buck, Briana Chambliss, Amy Chellevold, Nikki
***rell, Lindsey Collins, Amy Day, Kim DePaul, Jenny Finch, Jocelyn Forest,
Dani Fowler, Amanda Freed, Michelle Gates, Sara Griffin, Kim Gutridge, Allison
Johnson, Barbara Jordan, Stacey Nuveman, Susie Parra, Tina Plew, Ann
Rowan, Kathy Stahl, Jenny Topping and Becki Witt.
Level I and Level II athletes will begin training together in December at
the USOC's San Diego Training Center. In January and February, no special
workouts will be held since a national team will be named for the China/New
Zealand competition tour and that team will train together in January in
preparation for the February competition.
After that, the Level I players will have camps once a month in March, April,
June, September and October. At each of those camps, additional players
will be invited from Levels II and III, based on the camp's emphasis.
The Level I players will train in Ft. Worth, Texas, in June as they prepare
for the 1998 USA Softball National Team Festival scheduled for June 9-13
in Ft. Worth.
For example, if one month's emphasis is on pitchers and catchers, those
position players from Levels II and III will be brought in. McGuire said
that athletes in the various pools will be reviewed on a yearly basis, and
the athletes must continue to meet the criteria outlined for the different
pools in order to remain in those pools.
Currently the selection committee is interviewing the 16 coaches already
identified as members of the 1997 coaching pool.
After December 15, that pool will be reduced to eight to 10 members, and
those selected coaches will lead the national teams through the 2000 Olympics.
In addition, training of athletes, which is funded by the USOC, will be
augmented by technical experts in various aspects of the sport.
McGuire will be in attendance at the 1997 NFCA National Convention to provide
additional information to NFCA members.