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indyrun

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Fantastic! Chenxi Jiao named to All-Jayhawk 2nd team, AND got two wins, in best of three series, to help her club move forward, to the Regional Semis.

This young lady has obviously settled in at Highland, both in school, AND as one of the leaders of their softball team.

Congratulations for a job well done - keep it up, and the best to you and your team, as you move forward in the semi finals. 
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The Chinese Softball Foundation would like to congratulate the Highland Community College softball team on winning the Region VI District E Championship in Wichita, Kansas on Saturday, May 8th. The team now advances to the NJCAA Division II National Championship being held in Normal, Illinois May 20-22.

Prior to the regional championship, the Scotties defeated Kansas City Kansas Community College in the semi-final game by a score of 10-4. CSF student-athlete Chenxi Jiao, of Beijing, China, pitcher for the Scotties softball team, led her team to a 31-12 overall record going in the tournament, and led her team to the regional championship win. When asked about her team's win, Chenxi replied "I am so happy to have been able to pitch well and help my team win and go to Nationals. I just cried many tears after because I was so happy."

Congratulations also to CSF student-athlete Xing Lu, who will soon be completing her education at Highland Community College and will be transferring to the University of Nebraska to continue her education. Lu is a catcher for the Scotties and we were honored recently to be present at her last home game as a sophomore at Highland. We are proud of both Lu and Chenxi and know they will both continue to grow and achieve in their lives.

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May 13, 2010 Blog From Xing Lu

 

Our team made the history last weekend. We won the regional district E champion, and we are going to Nationals next week. There was only one team went to nationals before us in our school's history, which was about 30 years ago. When we got back to Highland last Saturday, the whole town was celebrating for us. Lots of cars parked on the main street, and there was even a police car driving in front of us to lead the way!

I saw my whole season stats this Monday and it really surprised me. I played 9 games, and my batting average is the fourth in our team. Although I didn't play lots of games, I did play well when I get chances. Our first catcher is so good that she might will be the first All American player in our team history. I'm very proud that I can play with such a good player!

This week is final week. Again I get an A on chemistry without need to take final. I'm so excited that I don't need to take anymore chemistry class, because I really don't like it...I finished physics final today, and only have a calculus final on Friday.

We are so ready for nationals now...we don't even want to stay here any longer. Maybe me and jj is the first Chinese players in American Softball National Games? If so, we will make another history!

Now I just want to say: Nationals here we come!

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Xing Lu - say, young lady.  Can life be much better right now? Not only should you and your teammates be extremely proud of what you have accomplished already, this year - and it sounds as if "it ain't over yet" - the obvious job you are doing in school, with your studies, sounds marvelous.

Hope the season "goes on and on", and will be following your club throughout the tourney.

You have every right to be both proud and excited - congratulations for what you have accomplished so far!
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Chang Xiao Xue has decided to leave Utah State University and transfer to the University of Nevada. She cited the reason as that she wants to focus on her academics. Made the statement that Junior College was much easier than a University. Softball and Classes included.

Lu Xing and Chenxi Jiao are now starting there play in the 2010 NJCAA National Championship Tournament.

To follow Highland Community College Softball. You can go to http://www.kjccc.org

The Chinese Softball Foundation wishes all the athletes success and happiness!
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It has been a long semester for me. I finally decided to transfer to University of Nevada, Reno. I had fun with the team at Utah; they were the best teammates I ever had. They were sooooo nice to me, and they always gave me help. Thanks coach K, she provided a great opportunity for me, but I didn’t give her my best in this softball season. Utah State will be an amazing memory in my life.

 

I got back to Reno on Tuesday, Michael flew to Salt Lake City, and then he drove back with me. Well, I was sleeping in the car the most time on the way back. Thanks Michael a lot because he always help me.

 

Since I got back to Reno, I got so frustrated because I had to run between international student offices and major advising center many times in a couple days. They were not helpful. For being a new transfer international student, I needed more advice about the school and schedule, but they probably thought I was too smart, so they expect me to find out everything by myself. Well, I did a good job, and I guess I will be fine since then.

 

I went back to Susanville last Thursday. Thanks Paul for letting me stay at his house again. I slept on my bed, it felt so good, and I slept like a baby that night. That’s the reason why it is always good to stay at home. I met my friends, coach Yo’s family, and Paul’s family while I was there, but I only stayed in Susanville for one night because I had to go back to school the next day.

 

Eventually, school will be start again by next Monday. My life will be crazy again since then. I wish I have more time to talk about my life in the blog, but I have to keep my life moving. Hope everyone will have a great summer because it is so short!!

Chenxi Jiao 5/16/2010

May 16, 2010

 

After season start for a while, our coach move me to start pitcher. So I was get lots of time to pitch. I was doing pretty good, I pitched 137 inning, ERA 1.12 got 13wins and 3 lost.

After played 3 close games to win the first round in our regional tournament, I wasn't think too much about the second round. I was just thinking, if I'm pitching, I'll give what I have and won't care that much about the result. I was treat every game like my last game, and do what I can do.

The first game we played Kansas City Kansas, which team we didn't lost in 6 years. I wasn't doing that good in this game. I cannot hit my spot that well. But our offense doing really good. We win that game 10-4. In second game,
I relifed in 4th inning and got that win. In championship game we played Cowley which is 5th in the nation, our offense is doing really good, I pitched that game and got the win.

It is just being amazing how my team show up to play that tournament.

We'll play national tournment in Normal,IL in May 20, 21 and 22.

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Chenxi Jiao is safely in Beijing. She will start training with the CJNST soon.

Lu Xing is at the University of Nebraska. She is meeting with the Softball Coaches today.

Chang Xiao Xue is in Summer Classes at the University of Nevada.

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We All, indyrun, original_coach, and TheHammer wish them all a great summer
Xue beware, don't gamble in vegas.
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The Chinese Softball Foundation is proud to announce that it is actively attempting to place three more Chinese athletes in to USA Colleges. Most all of the Chinese athletes will need to start there studies at the Junior College level academically. Who will the lucky colleges and coaches be?
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If you can read competently?

You will see that Xiao Xue is in Reno now.

Hammer, Please do not make statements on my behalf.

Your posts that include Cultural and National bias and outright false information I do not respect!

Respectfully and Thank You!

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The Chinese Softball Foundation is disappointed to announce that pitcher Chenxi Jiao is NOT age eligible for the upcoming ISF Junior World Championship Games. Therefore she will not be able to participate with The Chinese Junior National Softball Team.
TheHammer

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Why do they not fix their birth certificate like they did for the Olympics gymnasts.

indyrun

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One thing I can say in your favor, Hammer - you are CONSISTENTLY & REGULARLY off base on this subject.  You have never allowed any one, single reasonable thought to interfere with your prejudices.  Good job!

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PLAY BALL!
When the Chinese softball team bats at the International Softball Federation's 12th Women's World Championship in Venezuela this summer it will have a recognizable fan at hand. The team's former coach, Michael Bastian is flying to Caracas for the 10-day competition to offer encouragement to a team he prepared for the Beijing Olympics.

Bastian, who first came to China in 2003 as a coach on the US team, reckons China stands a good chance at the games, which start on June 23. His encouragement will be vital given his old charge will be up against top seeds Japan and the US. But the Chinese women are well placed, partly due to their coaching by Bastian, who revolutionized the ball methods of a Chinese side known for discipline but lacking creative thinking.

A leading coach of the game since he started out coaching his hometown team in Sacramento, California Bastian today runs the Fastpitch School (TFS), an academy training softball players and coaches and scouts talents for American teams.

Bastian brimmed with a near messianic enthusiasm for his game when we talked while he was in Oklahoma City for the Women's College World Series Championship Series. During the phone call he explained how his 2005-2008 coaching time in China stirred a love affair with the country's culture and people in the tall, hulking Californian's heart.

His appointment to the Chinese role didn't come without animosity from the softball fraternity in the US, which accused him of betraying his former comrades. Being ostracized hasn't affected

Bastian who after a lifetime spent conducting clinics and symposiums for softball teams across the world has clearly taken up the challenge of growing the game in China. Cultivating the game here is about more than sport: "I see it also as a way to improve understanding between locals and the outside world."

HONOR
Coaching the Chinese team was an honor, said Bastian, who set up the Chinese Softball Foundation (CSF) to give back. The Foundation assists Chinese softball players in getting a scholarship at American softballoriented colleges. The organization draws on generous sponsorship from Jim Easton, founder of the sports equipment maker that bears his name. So far the Foundation has assisted five local players move to US colleges on softball scholarships - the students do a normal academic program but also train after classes.

The CSF currently watches over three student-athletes attending college in the US. Chang Xiaoxue is currently attending Utah State University, located in Logan, Utah; while Xing Lu and Chen Xijiao are both attending Highland Community College, located in Highland Kansas.

Bastian spent a good part of April with each of the three current CSF studentathletes in the US, travelling from Logan campus of Utah State University to watch the progress of Chang Xiaoxue before spending a weekend with Chen Xijiao and Xing Lu in Highland, Kansas.

Bastian spotted Chang's talent while coaching the national team in Beijing. He praises her progress in the US, and the cross-cultural journey she's taken. On the Chinese Softball Federation's website he wrote "America is still a place where dreams come true for little girls from around the world! Congratulations to Chang Xiaoxue and her family!"

He hopes that players who choose to play softball on US campuses will return to China to share knowledge and grow the game here. Chinese players learn much, says Bastian, but face a culture shock, not least in how the game is played in the US. Whereas coaches are impressed by the discipline and respect of Chinese players they also remark on their inability to think quickly and make tactical decisions. "The girls tell me how they find the game faster and much more strategic."

PROBLEMS
Making dreams come true hasn't been without its problems. While he's worked well with the state-approved Chinese Softball Association so far - they supported him bringing players to the US - he's also worried that they see his Foundation as "competition." That's not the case, he stressed. "We all just want to grow the sport in China."

Chinese softball faces a bleak financial future since state funding was axed after the sport's exclusion from the 2012 Olympics. The cash cut-off has him "scared" said Bastian. But he's encouraged by the efforts of Major League Baseball – any encouragement of 'ball and bat' games in china is good news for softball here, he believed.

There's also of course help at hand from the Chinese Softball Foundation. Bastian has kept close tabs on China, going back in China March 2009 for the National Games. There'll be plenty willing to meet him when he visits Beijing in August. That'll be just in time to give the national team encouragement for their next test, the Asian Games in Guangzhou.

Bastian's legacy could be far more significant. If he succeeds in popularizing softball in China and neighboring countries the sport stands a good chance of being reinstated in the Olympic Games. International softball authorities have identified Europe and Africa as priorities for development of the sport in order to win over local Olympics officials. The sport retains a "minor" following in Europe compared to soccer, conceded Bastian. The game's presence in Africa is even more tenuous: During his time in Cameroon as a coach Bastian helped build the country's first softball field.

At a daily Utah State training session, Chang Xiaoxue concentrates hard till she hears the "thwack!" of metal on rubber ball. Decked out in baseball-style stirrup socks and spiked shoes, Chang is thousands of miles from home following her dream and her favorite sport. Softball survives in China, thanks (as so often in Chinese team sport) to the talents of the national women's side. And to the persistence of an energetic coach and friend, Michael Bastian. He has a message for his old friends in China: "I want to continue to be a part of your life and continue to help you. I will never forget you!"

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I just know that I got named Distinguished Academic All American this year. : )
 
Bear  AKA LU Xing  !!!


Wow. Talk about an OXYMORON. A Chinese ALL AMERICAN.


Congratulations LU Xing! BEAR

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CSF - that comment is apt to curdle "someones" milk, I'm afraid. 

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indy,



Hope you are having a great summer.

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OC - immersed in the "10th week" of Arizona volleyball camp (just seems like 10, but actually only 2nd week - the days get long), through with this year's tomorrow, PM, and actually it's great fun.  Seeing some really fine athletes. Our practices (VB) start in August, with matches starting at end of month.

Also, waiting impatiently for Fall Ball practices to start. Hope your year is progressing smoothly.
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The Chinese Softball Foundation will be holding organizational meetings in Beijing from August 5-9.

Many new Chinese players are interested in coming to the USA to study and or play Softball.

We also will have reunion events to celebrate the accomplishments of all the CSF athletes.

And we will spend as much time as possible developing the great game of Softball In China!

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CSF - please forgive the following "tongue in cheek" comment, but couldn't resist. 

Better run that 2nd entry past "the hammer" first.
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Indy,

The Hammer is the CSF's largest donor every time he pay's his taxes......

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OC - I'm certain that comment will get his attention...

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Indy,

You make me smile....

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CSF Update:

Lu Xing is at The University of Nebraska and attending classes.
Chenxi Jiao is at Highland College and attending classes.
Chang Xiao Xue is at The University of Nevada and attending classes.
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Chenxi Jiao's Summer Blog 8/2010

I’m on my way to New York City now.  I have a pretty good time with two families this summer.  I went back to Beijing for a month, I hang out with my friends a lot. I went to Beijing professional team and play for Singapore national softball 3 innings. I wasn’t pitch well, because I couldn’t stand play in that hot weather anymore and my body still really tired for my long softball season.  And I pitched for Beijing team to help their hitting practice. They can’t hit my ball well, even I didn’t pitch well, and I miss my spot a lot. By the way, Beijing professional team is Junior Champion in China.  I feel pretty good with it, lol. But I really want to show the coach 100% of my pitch. Looks like I need to wait for one more year to do that.

 

After stay in home a month, I took my mom and grandma came to US. Our first stop is in LA, then we came to my American family. It’s fun to see my two families together. But I got a lot of translate works to do….

 

I played two games with my summer team KC Athletics, I play outfield in first game, I didn’t ready to play, didn’t do anything out there. In second game, I pitched 4 innings, give 3 hit, and got 10 strikes out. Looks pretty good, but I didn’t feel good. I felt really weak, I have a pretty hard time with moving my legs and I give 4 walks in 4th inning. NOT GOOD. So, I’m really looking forward to start my practice and work out. But I hope Heidi don’t want to kill me lol..

 

When I’m in Kansas City, I had to go back to Highland to take my leadership camp. It’s fun. I got know lots of people that already go to school with me a year but I didn’t get chance to know them before.

 

 I’ll be back to Kansas City in 9th. And go back to Highland in 14th. School start in 18th and also practice I believe. So I’ll enjoy my summer for 16 days more and ready to start a fresh school year.

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What an exciting life this young lady is having!

The best to her this coming academic and athletic year - I hope that she excels in both areas, even beyond her wildest dreams. 

Again, it's nice to have her and other foreign athletes in our country - we ALL benefit from such exchanges, and wish them all maximum success, and great experiences.
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Thank you Indy. Always a pleasure to hear from you!

We recently received a summer blog from Xiaoxue:

Chang Xiaoxue's 2010 Summer Blog


Hello! This is Xiaoxue. I had a great summer both in the US and China. I became a student at the University of Nevada, Reno, and I took summer classes for a month. I really like this school. There are a lot of trees and flowers that make this place look so pretty, I feel so happy when everytime I come to school. Also, there is a big green playground in front of the Business building where I will major in. However, I changed my major to business administration and management instead of human resource management. I think the management part will cover more about human resource because I want to learn more. After summer school, I decided to go back home for a little bit more than a month.

 

Also, I had a great summer in China. It was really amazing that I could go home for visiting my family. No matter where I go, home is always my final destination. This summer, me and my mom got to spend some time with my dad because we went to the city my dad was training in. We stayed there for a week, then we went to see my grandparents. I haven’t seen them since last summer. I missed them so much, and my grandpa always asks me when I will go back home and never leave again. Haha… After a week of visiting my grandparents, I got back to Beijing, then I hanged out with all my friends. We went shopping a lot, and I think everything is still cheaper in China than the US. I was so happy cuz Michael went to China. We had hot pot for dinner one time, and he got to drink bai jiu with my dad again. Both of them were a little bit drunk that night. Time pass so fast. As I was still enjoy my vacation in Beijing, school almost start.

 

Finally, I got back to Reno by Aug 22nd which was one day before school start. And now, I begin to be busy again. This semester I’m going to take 5 classes, and every single one of them is much harder than last year. I have to work harder, and be patience. I won’t play softball anymore, but I got a great chance to help UNR softball team for a little bit, so I’m happy that I can keep softball in my life.

 
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One of the "most important" aspects of these exchanges - the families and friends left behind - is one I had not thought much about. 

Projecting back to my college days, I couldn't even imagine leaving my home town, and went to the only school I had ever seriously considered - Kansas State.  I really can't, even for a minute, imagine how I could have possibly handled being not just being separated from my loved ones by a few insignificant miles - one state away from another - much less a world away.

The exchange student has to be a special person - I'm afraid my heart would be breaking, and not sure I would have been strong enough to make such a decision.  I can only imagine the emotion involved in both the initial separation and subsequent re-uniting. 

Again - the best to you all.  
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After NJCAA National Game I came to Lincoln in the middle of May. Lincoln and UNL are both just like what I imagined. Not a very big city and the campus is not very large either, but I really enjoy the atmosphere here. Lincoln is a bike friendly city, so I can go to everywhere by my bike. I spent about 3 weeks to look for apartment for rent, and I finally found one which is very close to campus, and at the same time it is cheap. But I may want to find a new place that I can live by myself in the near future.

I took a class during summer session, the very first meteorology class that is required by my major. The pace of summer session is much faster than regular semester...but the good thing is I only need to study for 5 weeks. I finished it with an A, which gave me confidence to my future study at UNL.

I went back to China after summer session. I missed Chinese food very bad...but actually I didn't eat much during my time in China. I spent my time in three different cities this summer. I went to Shanghai for the EXPO several days after I went back to Beijing, and I went to Zhengzhou as a assistant coach of my middle school softball team. There were so many people in Shanghai...sometimes we need to go in to the row for 5 hours for only one pavilion. The longest one even needs 8 hours. You can imagine how many people there are...I don't want to go into any line after this EXPO experience. But on the other hand, those pavilions are really good. I saw many wonderful things there.

Our middle school softball team won the champion of the national game. This is the first time in our school history...just like Highland made the first trip to national game. Also the best pitcher prize was given to our little pitcher. During the time in Zhengzhou I taught our little catchers some drills that I learnt from Scott. I hope I can see some big improvement the next time I go back.

Michael went to China this summer, which suprised me a little bit. The miracle thing is we went to Fengtai Stadium to watch Beijing Game softball part on the same day. So I acted as his interpretor for half a day. I enjoyed this job. : )

I really didn't do anything else besides these three things...oh yes I went to see a Chinese doctor to have my shoulder looked at. The result is not very good...so I just gave up to play in club team this year and hope I can have it well recovered during this year. The worst thing I need to do is receive a surgery. I might will do that. I still want to play ball...

Now the school has almost started for 2 weeks. I think I have never had life that busy like this. I have 2 tutor jobs and 1 volunteer job for UNL softball team, and I have 17 hours class. Everyday I need to go out in the morning before 9 am, and come back to home after 10 pm. I don't really know when I have my homework done...Well I hope the money I earned can help me buy a car soon, then I may will relax some next year. And...the big thing is I can go to Highland whenever I want, and I can go to Kansas City when Mariners come to play!

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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.

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