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coach, it seems you, Tim, and I are the only fans interested about the chinese players.
Two positive, One negative.

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coach, you are correct, in this time and age
ignorance IS a Bliss.
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hammer,

the more i read your posts.....

wish u the best...

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Count one more for the Chinese players.  Their stories are inspiring. 

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Chang Xiao Xue, Chenxi Jiao and Lu Xing are all having fun and successful seasons at there respective colleges. There has been some failure also!

Xiao Xue is at Utah State. Chenxi Jiao and Lu Xing are playing for Highland Community College.

You can follow there journey at http://www.ChineseSoftballFoundation.org
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Chang Xiao Xue

 

March 20, 2010

 

I’ve been transfer to Utah St University for over two months. Compare Lassen College and Utah St, there are big differences between them.

 

First of all, Utah St was a lot of bigger than Lassen College, I got lost for a couple times, and sometimes I couldn’t find the place that I wanted to go. Also, there were over two hundred people in my math class and economy class. It was crowd in the classroom compared there were only forty students in my sociology class at Lassen, and that was the biggest class over there.

 

Then, the softball team was more competitive at the Utah St. We had morning weight at 6am for two or three times each week that drove me crazy. But I did a pretty good job, I sleep shorter now than I slept before, but I could still handle it.

 

Moreover, I love the team, and all my teammates. They were the nicest girls I’ve ever seen. They were so kind to me, and they had warm heart. All the girls were interested about China where I came from. I taught them a little bit Chinese. And when I was talking with my parents through the web camera, these girls came and said hi to my mom and dad.

 

The first a couple months were frustrated for me because everything was new and I couldn’t fit into it very well. Plus all the classes were much harder than Lassen College. I felt lost the whole time. But now, I got better; I learned how to organize everything that needed to be take care of, and always strong.

 

Thanks for everybody who cares about me the whole time.   

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Chenxi Jiao 3/21/2010

 

March 21, 2010

 

Because of the weather, we just played four games right now. We got 2 win and 2 lost, which I think we should do better on it.  We played two games in Labette in Mar. 2nd. I was the relief pitcher in both two games. I pitched 9 innings totally, just give 2 runs, and got my first win. That was a amazing start for me.

This Thursday we played with Allen. I was relief pitcher in second game. I pitched 3 innings without run, and got my second win.

I think we should win all four games, but we lost them by errors. We got lots of errors on defense which I think should not happen that much in college games. But you really need to know we were stay inside to practice since this semester start. So I think after we play more games the defense won't be a problem anymore.

Our offense was doing pretty well. In second game in Labette, our outfielder JP hit a 2 run homerun in 5 inning to help the team win the ball game. We got 3 base hit in 7 inning when it was already two outs. My teammates were did an amazing job in that inning, they never give up. When they hit the first base hit in that inning, I told Lu, if they give me the opportunities, I'm gonna save this win. So I gave a strikes out and two pop fly in that inning.

In that games, in that inning, we showed all our passion in softball, and we did a really good job. That is the first time I enjoy this game that much. I really appreciate that my teammates gave me that great time.

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Chenxi Jiao - it is such a pleasure hearing about yours and Chang Xiao Xue's experiences. 

Your softball start sounds excellent, and I hope the successes continue.  But even more, the most important thing, even beyond the victories and individual success, is TEAM, AND to have fun.  It sounds like you have already appropriately prioritized your approach.  Keep it up.

I also hope school is going well for you.  Study hard, and good things will result.

The very best to you, as you continue your adventure in our country.

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A great update letter sent to me!




Spring is upon us, and with that comes more activity as well as new opportunities and growth.  The Chinese Softball Foundation would like to update you on recent activities both in China and the United States.
 
In China, Provincial teams have been preparing for the upcoming 2010 National Women's and Junior Women's Softball Championships, being held April 9-16th and April 19-26th (respectively) at the Kunming Chenggong Training Base located in Chenggong, Yunnan, PRC.  Teams competing will be: Beijing, Tianjin, Shanghai, Liaoning, Shandong, Jiangsu, Guangdong, Sichuan, Gansu and Henan.  It has been reported that the Chinese Women's and Junior Women's Teams, as well as National Team Coaches, will be decided upon the conclusion of these games.  Upon conclusion of the Kunming Games, the CNST will continue with preparations for the ISF World Championship, which will be held June 23-July 2nd in Caracas, Venezuela.  Following the World Championship, the team will continue preparations and training for the 16th Asian Games, being held in Guangzhou, PRC, December 12-27, 2010. All of the athletes are, as always, training hard, and CSF will continue to offer our support and assistance to the athletes and coaches.
 
We also have updates on a few former members of the Chinese National Team.  Lu Yi, former member of the CNST, is currently a school teacher in her hometown in Sichuan Province.  Zhou Yi and Li Chun Xia, former members of the CNST and 2008 Olympians, are currently assistant coaches for the Sichuan provinical team.
 
Stateside, our three student-athletes have been hard at work and learning both in the classroom and on the softball field.
 
Chang Xiao Xue is currently a junior at Utah State University, majoring in Human Rescource Management, and is a pitcher/outfielder for the Aggies Softball Team.  Earlier in the year, the team beat the #1 team in the nation, Washington.  Xiao Xue has had to make many adjustments in her life since transferring to a Division 1 school from a small community college, but she is now adjusting to the larger classroom size, harder training, and increased work load much better.
 
Chenxi Jiao and Xing Lu are both attending Highland Community College, in Kansas. Xing Lu is a Sophomore and has been offered an Academic Scholarship to attend the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where she plans on majoring in Meteorology, and will be transferring in the Fall.  Lu also recently was the recepient of the President's Award at Highland, in recognition of academic achievement.  Lu has caught a few games for the Scotties and is recovering very well from a shoulder injury.  Chenxi is a Freshman at Highland and is a pitcher for the Scotties. She is also doing very well in the classroom.  On the field, Chenxi got her first win for Highland on March 2nd on the road against Labette Community College.  Her second win came last week, again in an away game, on March 16th against Allen City Community College.
 
Current blogs written by Chenxi, Lu, and Xiao Xue follow (to read more of their journey, visit their blogs written at http://www.ChineseSoftballFoundation.org ):
 
Chenxi Jiao
March 21, 2010
 
Because of the weather, we just played four games right now. We got 2 win and 2 lost, which I think we should do better on it. We played two games in Labetter on March 2nd. I was the relief pitcher in both two games. I pitched 9 innings totally, just give 2 runs, and got my first win. That was a amazing start for me
 
This Thursday we played with Allen. I was relief pitcher in second game. I pitched 3 innings without run, and got my second win. I think we should win all four games, but we lost them by errors. We got lots of errors on defense which I think should not happen that much in college games. But you really need to know we were stay inside to practice since this semester start. So I think after we play more games the defense won't be a problem anymore.
 
Our offense was doing pretty well in the second game in Labette, our outfielder JP hit a 2 run homerun in 5 inning to help the team win the ball game. We got 3 bae hit in 7 inning when it was already two outs. My teammates were did an amazing job in that inning, they never give up. When they hit the first base hit in that inning, I told Lu, if they give me the opportunities, I'm gonna save this win. So I gave a strikes out and two pop fly in that inning.
 
In that games, in that inning, we showed all our passion in softball, and we did a really good job. That is the first time I enjoy this game that much. I really appreciate that my teammates gave me that great time.
 
Chang Xiao Xue
March 20, 2010
 
I've been transfer to Utah State University for over two months. Compare to Lassen College and Utah St, there are big differences between them.
 
First of all, Utah St is a lot of bigger than Lassen College. I got lost for a couple of times, and sometimes I couldn't find the place that I wanted to go. Also, there were over two hundred people in my math class and economy class. It was crowd in the classroom compared there were only forty students in my sociology class at Lassen, and that was the biggest class over there.
 
Then, the softball team was more competitive at Utah St. We had morning weight at 6am for two or three times each week that drove me crazy. But I did a pretty good job. I sleep shorter now that I slept before, but I could handle it.
 
Moreover, I love the team, and all my teammates. They were the nicest girls I've ever seen. They were so kind to me, and they had warm heart. All the girls were interested about China where I came from. I taught them a little bit Chinese. And when I was talking with my parents through the web camera, these girls came and said hi to my mom and dad.
 
The first a couple months were frustrated for me because everything was new and I couldn't fit into it very well. Plus all the classes were much harder than Lassen College. I felt lost the whole time. But now, I got better. I learned how to organize everything that needed to be take care of, and always strong.
 
Thanks for everybody who cares about me the whole time.
 
Xing Lu
February 28, 2010
 
We played our first 3 games yesterday against NAIA teams, and got 2 out of 3 wins. It was our first day play on field since last semester, so the result is pretty good. However, there were both good things and bad things for me...I catched oru first winning game and preformed almost perfect defensively but it really really bad. Our assistant coach, who is our catching coach is very pleased with my catching, but I'm sure the coaches must be super mad at my hitting. I didn't even get the bunt down... and only get on single out of five at bats. I don't know what happened...it was the worst hitting day I've ever had...I was really mad at myself.
 
I hope I can find my hitting feelings back tomorrow. I did really good at hitting until last week. Sometimes during our hitting group practice I can get 6 out of 6 when hitting live...We will have our first conference game this Tuesday, so hopefully I will be ready to swing my bat at that time.
 
Well, season is coming, and we have a long way need to go. Go Highland Scotties!
 
 
In addition to our current student-athletes, the Chinese Softball Foundation would like to recognize and introduce you to Sarah Weiler, a Junior student-athlete at Centenary College in Lousiana, where she plays basketball for the Ladies.  Sarah is from Shenzhen, PRC, and has been in the United States for four years, having graduated from Yucca Valley High School, where she lettered in two sports and was an honor roll member.  We are proud of all Sarah has accomplished and hope to continue to give updates on her progress throughout her collegiate career.
 
The Chinese Softball Foundation is continuing in our mission to provide assistance to Chinese softball players, while serving as an advocate for cultural understanding, education, and leadership development through the game of softball.  Our goals are to continue to foster our relationship with the Chinese Softball Association, assist in the development of the game of softball in China, as well as continue to create educational opportunities for the Chinese athlete.  CSF athletes have been participating in this mission through their work giving softball lessons, and offering assistance to their coaches in China.  We are very proud of all our athletes both in China and the United States, and we are sure that you share in our sentiment.
 
We still have a huge need to raise funds for CSF developement.  It is imperitive for continued development that CSF continues to have a presence in China. The Chinese Softball Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization (tax ID # available upon request), and all donations are fully tax deductible, and will be used solely to further the mission of our organization. We also have no paid members.  Donations can be sent to: 
 
                                                                     Chinese Softball Foundation, Inc
                                                                      Treasurer
                                                                      3354 Gateway Lakes Dr.
                                                                      Grove City, OH 43123
 
We will continue to keep you updated throughout the year, and hope that we can continue to count on your support of our mission.


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OC - this seems to be quite an organization - honestly, I had never heard of it until "they" originally posted here, what - a year or so ago? Just impressive that there continues to be organizations that direct their efforts to help folks, regardless of what country the "folks" might be from. 

Not sure they get anything much from this but the same satisfaction that at least two of us on this site obviously get (I'd like to think that this is "as interesting" to many others here, also.

All three of the young ladies we have been following, seem to be doing well, likely beyond what could be logically expected, trying to succeed in a foreign country (and, both academically AND in softball).  Hope these up dates continue - I send them to my granddaughter, as she has made several friends (from college) from Japan, and is learning the language, hopefully to get there some day. 
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I am curious to see what the Chinese national team will look like this summer without Zhou Yi and Li Chun Xia and I am assuming some others

Also any update on Zhou Yin?

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Zhou Yin is a new one to me - can find no mention of her on the Chinese Federations web site.

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Below is a quote from Chenxi Jiao!


"Forgot to tell you, I got NFCA Academic All-American in last spring."



What a great accomplishment by JJ! When i associated the All-American academic status with her Chinese heritage. That made me smile.

Now I am confused. Is she a Chinese/American All-American? Or All Chinese academically? Hmm.. I know the answer! I will call her a hard working earthling!

Hammer will enjoy this!

Tim, Thank You for the kind words!


Go USA!

And Go International Softball!

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Coach, keep complementing the Chinese players more and more, and who knows maybe someday soon the chinesesoftballfoundation might hire you as their head coach.
GO COACH, WE ARE ALL VOTING FOR YOU.

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Hammer,

Simply sharing information!

I realize that it is tough in life at times when you dont get it! Or culture does not allow you to understand.

I have no desire to be hired or fired. Or need votes.

Simply trying to help.

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Zhou Yin is living with her mother in Beijing! She is a lil emperorette product of the Chinese 1 baby law. She does not like Softball in China. But does not like to go to school to play Softball either. She wants to be a professional Softball player. 6'1 and strong. Still lots of potential to be a great pitcher. But I sadly do not know if she will find her way. I am trying.

CNST? Look for Wang Lan and Li Qi to be there top pitchers in Caracas. China will have the priority for the Asian games in 2010. Not the ISF World Championships. They will host the games in Guangzhou this year. I think they will bring many new young players to Venezuela. Li Huan could be a new superstar in China.

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Where are you getting this additional info, OC?  I've gone thru the association site, myself, and couldn't find the Zhou Yin updated info.

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Zhou Yin was the first Chinese player to play college softball for Lassen

This was before the Chinese Softball Federation

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The CSF got really rolling because of Zhou Yin landing a place to play ball in the USA?  She was the first one who received the support.

Zhou Yin and Wang Lan appeared in the 2006 Surf City OC Batbuster Showcase.

There have been 5 mainland Chinese players play in the US since 2007.


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Thanks - I'm still learning.

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Xing Lu

 

March 27, 2010

 

I know I didn't write blogs for March at all, but I don't know what I can write about... Days are so plain, and we got disappointed by snow or rain on almost all the game days...Can you believe that we only played 6 games until today? And we will have 18 days need to play in April...

Well, finally I got a good news this week. Our high school headmaster says the team can go to Orlando this summer! We are starting preparing for it. I think the biggest problem now is how many parents can afford the costs for their daughters to come here. We will figure it out this coming week. However, all of the players are so excited about this. I really hope I can see all of them in the U.S.!

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Xing Lu 
 

 

We played 6 games this week, and end up with 5 to 1. Today's game got rained out again...and we don't know if we will make it up or not. I caught one game and performed very well on both defense and offense. I got 1 double, 1 single, and 1 walk with 3 at bats, which made me so happy. I hope I can keep doing well whenever I can get the chance to play! Right now we are 5th in conference and 4th overall.

Happy Easter!

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The Founder and President of The Chinese Softball Foundation is spending time during the month of April with each of the three current CSF student-athletes in the United States, and is evaluating their progress. The weekend of April 2-4 is being spent in Logan, Utah at Utah State University with Chang Xiao Xue.  The weekend of April 22nd will be spent in Highland, Kansas with Chenxi Jiao and Xing Lu. The following is an excerpt of a message written while in Logan, Utah:

"What an amazing day it was yesterday! Watching a young woman who I met while coaching the Chinese National Softball Team in Beijing China. Chang Xiao Xue is now a Junior at Utah State University. She was awarded an athletic scholarship to be a student athlete at USU! The young girl I met in China would not even look at me. Now, watching her play college softball is priceless!  Laughing, crying, losing and winning! Life is a journey! What a cross-cultural journey this has been!  America is still a place where dreams come true for little girls from around the world! Congratulations to Chang Xiao Xue and her family! Xiao Xue is living her dream!"

All involved with the Chinese Softball Foundation are very proud of all the girls both in the United States and in China. We look forward to the continuing journey!

 

http://www.ChineseSoftballFoundation.org

 

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Got this email today........................



2010 Chinese National Softball Team Coaches Announced

 

Coaches represent provinces of Shanghai, Guangdong and Sichuan; will lead team in World Championship and Asian Games

 

Reno, Nevada April 17, 2010 -- The Chinese Softball Foundation reports that the Chinese Softball Association recently announced the coaches chosen to lead the Chinese National Softball Team in 2010.  The coaching staff was selected following the conclusion of the 2010 National Women’s Softball Championship, which was held April 9-16 at the Kunming Chenggong Training Base, in Chenggong, Yunnan, PRC.

 

The coaching staff is as follows: 

Head Coach:  Ya Ming Liu (Shanghai provincial team), former head coach of the CNST and head coach of the 2000 Chinese Olympic Softball Team during the Sydney, Australia Olympic Games.

Assistant Coach:  Wei Hong Zhang (Guangdong provincial team), Pitching coach;

Assistant Coach:  Chang Dong Tang (Sichuan provincial team).

 

The newly chosen coaching staff, as well as the soon to be announced Chinese National Softball Team, will begin training in May in either Kunming or Beijing for the upcoming ISF World Championship, which will be held June 23-July 2, 2010 in Caracas, Venezuela. Following the conclusion of that event, the team will continue training for the 16th Asian Games, which will be held in Guangzhou, PRC December 12-27, 2010.

 

About The Chinese Softball Foundation:

 

The Chinese Softball Foundation is a non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization with a mission to provide assistance to Chinese softball players, while serving as an advocate for cultural understanding, education, and leadership development for the athletes through the game of softball.

 


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Great article by CSF, on their visitations to Xiao Xue, the young lady at Utah State, and their planned visits with Chenxi Jiao & Xing Lu, presently students, and playing SB at Highland Juco in Kansas.

These girls ARE obviously "living their dream".  Again, congratulations go to each of them, and special kudos to the tremendous support and oversight being provided by the Chinese Softball Federation, ensuring this all can be happening.
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xiao Xue is that the player with a 0.129 batting average ?????

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hammer,

look at her era.

maybe it will enlighten you...


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Hammer - at times you almost seem lucid, and then there are other times...?

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awesome who ever had an ERA of 24.

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pitchers who get cut!

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