Level I, II, III players in USA's new "regimen"

Level I, II, III players in USA's new "regimen"

Post by Hiller » Thu, 20 Nov 1997 04:00:00


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
Fernandez,
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.

Coaches
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.

 
 
 

Level I, II, III players in USA's new "regimen"

Post by Hiller » Fri, 21 Nov 1997 04:00:00


Quote:

>The Level I athletes are: Laura Berg, Gillian Boxx, Sheila Douty, Lisa
>Fernandez,
>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
>Cockrell, 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.

OK well let's go over this. First of all, I am going to make the bold
statement that last summer's Women's Major Nationals should be a reasonable
indicator of how these women will perform on the International level.

So what's Dani Tyler doing here? She was 3 for 18 (.167) in the Major
Nationals. And she is placed two levels ahead of Amy Chellevold, who hit
.474 in 19 at-bats and also happens to be the all-time NCAA leader in
lifetime base hits. And she has a college national title or two...

Let's go further. Lori Harrigan still Level I? Why? Read my web page for
further comments on this at http://members.aol.com/HillerSB/wmn.html

On further. Kellie Wiginton had two at-bats for the Jazz at Major
Nationals and basically is a little girl who did nothing more than
pinch-run last summer. She's Level III?

Here's a bit of ASA history: ASA has been awarding the Bertha Tickey Award
to the best pitcher in Women's Major every year since 1968. Only 13 women
have won those 30 awards. Here they are:

Bertha Tickey (1968)
Nancy Welborn (1969-71)
Joan Joyce (1973-75)
Barb Reinalda (1976-77, '83)
Kathy Arendsen (1978, '80, '82, '84, 91)
Michele Thomas (1979)
Mary Lou Piel (1981)
Kathy Van Wyk (1984)
Sue Lefebvre (1985)
Michele Granger (1986-88)
Lisa Longaker (1989)
Michele Smith (1990, 93-95)
Lisa Fernandez (1992, '97)
Desarie Knipfer (1996)

Michele Smith and Lisa Fernandez, two of the most recent winners as best
pitcher in the nation, are on Level I.

Desarie Knipfer has been left out. However, Amanda Freed, Sara Griffin and
Susie Parra are Level III. Christa Williams, Nancy Evans, Trinity Johnson
and Amanda Scott are Level II.

I dunno about you, but I sniff some stinky shit going on here, most of it
centering around Kathy Arendsen and the NFCA's continued attempt to control
women's ball and eliminate ASA's women's division.

Much more coming very soon to a USENET near you,

Vince

 
 
 

Level I, II, III players in USA's new "regimen"

Post by UNLV SB » Fri, 21 Nov 1997 04:00:00

This ha to be the biggest joke I have ever seen!! There seem to be quite a few
of the best missing!! I will comment on this later. Amie

 
 
 

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Post by Jazzso » Sat, 22 Nov 1997 04:00:00

Quote:
>This ha to be the biggest joke I have ever seen!! There seem to be quite a
>few
>of the best missing!! I will comment on this later. Amie

Damn, I agree with Amie again. I will also comment later when I get over the
laughing fit.
Don
 
 
 

Level I, II, III players in USA's new "regimen"

Post by DebLauba » Sun, 23 Nov 1997 04:00:00


Quote:
(Hiller SB) writes:
>"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."

Just curious- who makes up the selection committee and who
selected the members of the committee?  --deB
 
 
 

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Post by Jazzso » Mon, 24 Nov 1997 04:00:00

Quote:
>Just curious- who makes up the selection committee and who
>selected the members of the committee?  --deB

Larry,Curly and Moe.
 
 
 

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Post by Hiller » Tue, 25 Nov 1997 04:00:00


Quote:
(Hiller SB) writes:

>The Level I athletes are: Laura Berg, Gillian Boxx, Sheila Douty, Lisa
>Fernandez,
>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
>Cockrell, 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.

The omission of Desarie Knipfer is an incredible oversight by the selection
committee, if indeed it was an oversight. How many women have won the Bertha
Tickey award as best women's major pitcher? Well, in 30 years, only 13 women
have won it ~ Knipfer in 1996.

Here we go again with Dani Tyler. Level I? Level I what? Using women's major
nationals from last summer as a good indicator, since most of the top athletes
were there, Dani Tyler hit .167 and Amy Chellevold .474.

And where is Amie Stewart? She is every bit as deserving as Knipfer of being
considered in the Top 60. Perhaps Amie doesn't pucker up enough and smooch the
right people?

What is Kellie Wiginton doing on Level II? She was a pinch-runner for the SoCal
Jazz last summer. The rest of the time she sat next to the bat girls.

Has Amanda Freed proven herself among the elite 60 players in the nation?
Winning Gold Nationals is a long, long way from even being remotely competitive
on the women's major level.

Who is Michelle Venturella? Missed her at nationals. Did she play? Could she?

Side by side, I found Courtney Dale far and away better than Amy Day. Yet
Courtney appears nowhere despite pitching the Phoenix Sunbirds to a
fourth-place finish in Nationals. Parra had similar statistics and Day had her
ass kicked. Whassup widdat?

A high percentage of the Level III athletes are still in high school. Whassup
widdat? When did they prove themselves "elite?"

The comment early in the article that the "regimen" would help Team USA keep
its edge is a big line of shit. You know why other countries are "catching up?"
Because the USA selection committee makes decisions like those listed above.
Time to root, root, root for the home team in 2000...

Vince

 
 
 

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Post by Hiller » Tue, 25 Nov 1997 04:00:00

This from my Early Signings list this morning:

And you wonder why things work the way they do. ~ Vince

Subj:    Early Signing
Date:   97-11-24 15:39:38 EST


Dani Fowler, Longview, WA

Pitcher, Chattanooga State CC and Mark Morris HS

Signed with: Mississippi State University, Starkville, MS

signed


 
 
 

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Post by Hiller » Tue, 25 Nov 1997 04:00:00


Quote:
(Hiller SB) writes:
>Becki Witt

She's Level III. Who is she? It's bugging me

Vince

 
 
 

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Post by Wes Goodi » Tue, 25 Nov 1997 04:00:00

Quote:

> >Becki Witt

> She's Level III. Who is she? It's bugging me

> Vince

Vince,

Becky is in her freshman year at Fresno State. She played JO ball for
Stealth, both my early teams and Frank Enterante's. She is an
exceptionally talented ballplayer. There are very few players out there
that can match both her speed and power.

IMHO, Becky is a player to keep an eye on. Granted, she has yet to play
an NCAA game, or any international games, but given a chance, she will
deliver.

Wes
So Cal Stealth

 
 
 

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Post by Sofball » Wed, 26 Nov 1997 04:00:00

Quote:
>>Just curious- who makes up the selection committee and who
>>selected the members of the committee?  --deB

>Larry,Curly and Moe.

you forgot about Shemp....my personal favorite!!

Tuff-e-Nuff 14-U (red)
Walnut, So. Calif.

 
 
 

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Post by UNLVSBM » Wed, 26 Nov 1997 04:00:00

Does anyone have the list of the selection committee?  Just curious.

 
 
 

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Post by UNLV SB » Wed, 26 Nov 1997 04:00:00

I must agree with Vince! Here is what my letter from ASA said:

The Women's National Team Selection Committee has released the names of the 60
players invited to participate in the USA Softball Program for 98. I regret to
inform you that your name was not among these selected. You understand that
selecting only 60 athletes from among all who play women's fastpitch softball
is extremely difficult. The fact that you were not included does not mean you
will be forever excluded from USA softball. It simply means that for 1998, for
any one of myriad reasons, other players were selected for the 60 spots.
The Women's National Team Selection Committee will continue to evaluate your
performance at major events and will review your progress. We wish you the very
best and hope to see you again in the USA Softball program.

I wonder what they are thinking. There are so many people in the wrong places,
players on the list that should not be and many players not there that should
be. Where is Leah Braatz also? She is a much better catcher than the young
girls. Thislist tops all of the others in the past!!

 
 
 

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Post by BasBalPl » Wed, 26 Nov 1997 04:00:00

Vince,  what has to be done or who has to see you play to become part of a list
like this and just being curious here are most of those level 3 players from
the west coast?   I recognize most of those names from GOLD Nationals.  

Does the choosing of these girls have anything to do with what team they are on
or how they perform individually.

Just wondering and I am sure you know why!!

Ken                       >>The Level III athletes are: Julie Adams, Lauren
Bauer, Pattie Benedict,

Quote:
>>Randi Berg, Kara Brun, Chrissy Buck, Briana Chambliss, Amy Chellevold, Nikki
>>Cockrell, Lindsey Collins, Amy Day, Kim DePaul, Jenny Finch, Jocelyn Forest

 
 
 

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Post by Hiller » Wed, 26 Nov 1997 04:00:00

This exchange is from AOL's internal newsgroups:


Quote:
(Smith32Fan) writes:

Vince,
>  I'm OlyGoldBby.

Yeah so

Quote:
>  First how can you judge Dani or Dot on one
>performance???

One performance? One game does not a Nationals make.

Quote:
>Check their other stats, real impressive.

Ummmm which ones. Dani forgot to tag home plate and cost Team USA a win against
Australia in the Olympics. Dani is so caught up in the attention she gets from
idiots that she forgets little things like how to play. Dot was at her best
about 7 or 8 years ago. She's a washed-up old lady now. (I don't say this
lightly, I'm one month older than she)

Quote:
>Second, have you
>seen them play?  They are awesome!

Yes I have seen them play. Where did you think I found my
information....observation up close and not so personal.

Quote:
>Dot and Dani deserve to be on the
>National team.  Dani is very far from awful.  I would take a whole team of
>Dani's any day.

Then you'd get your ***kicked every day. Dani is horrid. Dot is a marginal
National player at best and her best days are behind her.

Quote:
> She certainly proved herself to me,

WHEN

Quote:
>and Dot doesn't need to
>prove herself to anybody.

No she doesn't. She's just over the hill, that's all. Time for her to move on
and practice medicine, not softball.

Quote:
>If you know softball, then you know what she's
>capable of.

WAS

Quote:
>Not everbody has a good week.

Especially not Dot and Dani

Quote:
>Maybe McFalls is better than
>what I saw. Maybe McFalls is better than she appeared at Superball '97, but
>needless to say I have seen a hundred SS's better than her, based on her
>performance there. Very disappointed in her.  She had a ton of errors.
>Don't get me wrong, I think she's real good.

Wait a minute, don't get you wrong, yet you say Jennifer had tons of errors and
you're very disappointed. What is it, Julie?

Quote:
>I can think of a few college
>players that I would have put in the position before her, for ex. Randi Berg
>(Fresno St.),

Fresno State can't win the World Series, with all the talent they've had?

Quote:
>Julie Adams (UCLA)

STUD

Quote:
>Lisa Pitt (Arizona),

PREGNANT

Quote:
>On the other
>hand, I'm not sure what you are saying about Kathy Arenson...I think she's a
>great lady, I met her...real nice.

Kathy is nice on the surface, at least personality-wise. Kathy has other
motives, using her influence with ASA and USA Softball to recruit athletes to
Mississippi State.

Quote:
>      ~Julie
>P.S.  Dot, Dani, and Sue
>rock!!!

Rock your world, I'm sure.

Borg queen after raising goose bumps on Data: "Was that good for you?"

Vince