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Summer 2011 Blog- Chenxi Jiao


I had a great summer. After the performance at National tournament, I got offers from University of Delaware, Iowa state University, Utah State University, Hawaii University and UTEP. It was crazy! I can’t image after 4 month that no one gives offer to five D1 school wants me at same time. After the whole week discussion with Coach Bastian, I decided to go to University of Delaware. 

After I decided to be Blue Hens, I got another great news. I got NJCAA 2nd Team All-American. I finally achieved both my goals. I don’t know how to describe how I felt.

I went back to home on June 1st. My high school coach helped me got the internship from Chinese Softball Association. I love work there. I had great experience there. I worked World softball day in Beijing and also the national slow pitch tournament opening ceremony. I met a lot new people who works in this field and also met a lot my old friends that I haven see them for a while. 

During I worked for CSA, I met the president of the sports school that Beijing Softball team at, he invented me to train with Beijing team. I stayed there for two weeks. It was really hard practice.

The best part of the summer is when I was in national team. I get invented to practice with the new China national team for a while. It’s great to get in touch with the highest-level player in the world. However, I wasn’t able to show my strength to the coach. I was really upset about that. I’m not as fast as Wang lan or Li qi, maybe I’ll never be that fast but that’s how I play. People always confuse what I’m pitching to make the hitter cannot hit off me. Just like today, I had a one-hitter game against Temple. I hope I can get another chance to show them how I play. 


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Summer 2011 Blog- Chenxi Jiao


I had a great summer. After the performance at National tournament, I got offers from University of Delaware, Iowa state University, Utah State University, Hawaii University and UTEP. It was crazy! I can’t image after 4 month that no one gives offer to five D1 school wants me at same time. After the whole week discussion with Coach Bastian, I decided to go to University of Delaware. 

After I decided to be Blue Hens, I got another great news. I got NJCAA 2nd Team All-American. I finally achieved both my goals. I don’t know how to describe how I felt.

I went back to home on June 1st. My high school coach helped me got the internship from Chinese Softball Association. I love work there. I had great experience there. I worked World softball day in Beijing and also the national slow pitch tournament opening ceremony. I met a lot new people who works in this field and also met a lot my old friends that I haven see them for a while. 

During I worked for CSA, I met the president of the sports school that Beijing Softball team at, he invented me to train with Beijing team. I stayed there for two weeks. It was really hard practice.

The best part of the summer is when I was in national team. I get invented to practice with the new China national team for a while. It’s great to get in touch with the highest-level player in the world. However, I wasn’t able to show my strength to the coach. I was really upset about that. I’m not as fast as Wang lan or Li qi, maybe I’ll never be that fast but that’s how I play. People always confuse what I’m pitching to make the hitter cannot hit off me. Just like today, I had a one-hitter game against Temple. I hope I can get another chance to show them how I play. 


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University of Delaware and Chinese Softball Foundation pitcher Chenxi Jiao will be in Stockton, California this weekend participating in the University of Pacific Softball Tournament.

JJ's journey to Division 1 Softball and Delaware is an amazing story! Hope you all can come see this wonderful young lady play/pitch!
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First of all I want to let you know that I want to work for softball team for sure!!! jj told me that you asked her if all I want is to study, I will tell you the answer is absolutely not!!! If you have the chance to ask anyone who knows me well, you could see that my long term goal is to develop softball in China. Even during my interview with professors in University of Miami, where I should say my goal is something related to atmospheric sciences, I told her that my biggest goal is about softball!!!

Before I made my decision to apply for a PhD degree, I struggled for a long time asking myself if that is what I really want. You know what the answer is? "No, PhD study is not what I want. It is not what I truely loved. I want to teach softball in China." This is my answer. But why do I still decide to put my time on it? I need to make a living. I need to make money. You must know that it is impossible to do anything about softball in China without money. It is the reality. Also, my parents used all of their savings to support my undergraduate study, I need to support them from now on. Especially when I'm the only child, I can't ignore their feelings. If I didn't injure my shoulder, the situation might be different...but I can't change it now. The best solution I came up is to become a college professor and use winter and summer vacations for softball.

However, a full supported PhD student is required to work 20 hours a week as TA or RA in order to receive the stipends. There will be no time available for me to work for the softball team after those 20 hours. jj also told me that it is possible that the team can give me some scholarship money, but I don't think they want to put that large amount of money on me. The atmospheric science department will pay all the tuitions, the health insurance, and plus about 27000 dollars a year for stipends, which have a total about 50000 dollars per year. That is too much for a softball team to put on me. 

I love University. If I don't have to worry about money, if I could ever have the chance to choose between PhD and softball, I will not hesitate to choose to work for the team. You must don't know that I gave up my another big big dream when I chose the university in China when I was 17 years old. I chose Sichuan University only because I love softball more. Any other students who have good grades like me will not do the same thing. If all I want is to study, I would not come to the U.S. for softball at all. I just want you to understand me and believe me, it is not because I only want to study, it is not because I don't love softball, it is because there are many times people don't have the choices to do what they want. 
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Sorry I didn’t write blog for long time. I been pretty busy and I have a hard time to keep my schoolwork up with softball.

 

We started our season in Feb. 11th. There were lots of things going on before the season. Our 4th batter didn’t come back and our pitching coach was gone after three weeks of practice. I started the first game against Charlotte. I did pretty well until 7th inning. I wasn’t strong enough to finish that game. So we lost 3-4 but coach Wohlbach and me both felt good about the game. The week after that we went to Florida Culf Coast tournament, I did pretty well over there. I relieved two games, against Boston College and FGCU. I pitched totally 6 innings without gave any run. The tournament we went in Norfolk, VA didn’t go well for me. It was really windy, and freezing cold.

 

Then we went to Stockton, CA. I was sick before we went, I was really worry about I won’t get the chance to start against Washington. Fortunately my coach trust me enough to put me on the mount. I wasn’t doing well when we start, they hit fore hit straight in the first inning. I was mad about myself and ask myself am I really not good enough to pitch against Washington. So I claimed down try to focus more. Then I did pretty well until the forth inning that they kinda figure me out since our calling pitches was kinda too easy. Then I relieved a inning against Pacific without run. The next day, I relieved against Sacramento State. I didn’t do well on defense. After we lost all of three games, we have to play Washington again. Since the first game, I learned I have to mix my pitch more to make them guess what is coming. We did way better job. I give up 5 hit for the entire game but still gave 5 runs since I hit two batter and they both scored. Overall, it was an awesome weekend. I proved myself against the team who is NO.3 in the nation. And also I was really happy to see Coach Bastian and Donna. I learned a lot from the game and Michael. Also, my coach and me had more communication about the game.

 

Last weekend is really rough. We went to Miami play against DePaul and FIU. It was rough not because I wasn’t pitch well. It was because of umpires. I’m not really a pitcher like to talk about umpires that much, but the umpires I had last week are absolutely the worst umpires I have seen in America. The first game against DePaul we made some errors in first inning and then because of the umpire won’t call my pitch, which break from the plate to out of the plate. And he only gave me outside corner and middle between waist and above knee. I gave 3 runs, 2 runs scored by walk. After that two walks, I learned about the umpire strike zone better. I pitched entire game gave two earn runs.  The next day, second time against DePaul the umpire was even worse. He will not give me anything. I gave up a homerun in 1st inning but in normal strike zone I had already strike her out twice. I was really mad and feel hopeless. Coach and me had a conversation after the game that she gave me a complement about what I did against DePaul. She told me there are only amount things I can do, and I did my job pretty well. However, I still think I can do better. I should not lose to DePaul even if they are ranking 25 in the nation.

 

After the game against Washington and DePaul, I gained a lot of confidence and also know myself better about what I can do. And also I know there were a lot of problem I have to solve about my pitching. I have to start off stronger and close the game stronger.

 

This week we will start our home game, against Temple on Wednesday and home tournament on weekends. I want to get my first win in UD this week so bad. So please wish me good luck. J

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Chen Ying Yi has arrived in Holland for the 2012 Dutch League Season.

Chen will be playing for Olympia Haarlem.

Coached by American Caroline Powell.

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Very happy that Chen has made it to the Nederlands.
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How is Chen doing in Holland?
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Today I was able to spend the day on a large Universities Campus in Beijing. Observing the Chinese educational system is so interesting. There system and style is so different from what we see in North America. You can feel the discipline and structure. And the foremost task is to get the best grade and or test score. Have not observed any interaction between a professor and student. It is so fun to analyze the memorized learning that is taking place versus the analytical learning.

Also today I led my second clinic with the North China Technological University Team. These young ladies are a lot of fun and so interested in learning. The language barrier is still a major issue. But I have learned to use my shut up and show/teach coaching style and it is fun.

I have introduced my TFS Crick-HIT swing and hitting system to this team. They are a perfect group to introduce this system too. We have been able to eliminate excessive rotational movements. And place a major focus on getting to a proper
connection point and delivering the maximum energy in to the ball. The results have been a amazing. The girls are giving me a lot of Waa's...! Mandarin for WOW!

On a personal note. I have not consumed any NOTTEA for the entire trip here. No carbonated soda. Amazingly the caffeine withdrawal has not been bad. I am wondering if the Chinese Tea is providing that fix?

I received my Ultimate Pitching Plates from our factory. I am very excited to get this new TFS product out and being used.

The rest of the week I will spend some time assisting with the opening ceremonies for the Beijing Universities Softball and Baseball Opening Day and Opening Ceremonies. This will be fun!

Until My next blog. Keep Grinding!

For the LOVE of the GAME!

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How is Chen doing in Holland?

The Dutch league started this weekend.I don't think she had the start she was looking for against the runner-up of last season.
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Yes! It looks like Chen is off to a slow start. Struggling to say the least. Needs to make some cultural adjustments i think.

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Lu Xing has graduated with a Bachelors Degree from the University of Nebraska.

Congratulations Lu Xin!
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Chang Xiao Xue will graduate from the University of Nevada Reno on Saturday!

Congratulations Xiao Xue!
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Chenxi Jiao has trained with the Chinese National Softball Team this summer. Simply an amazing development journey! Congratulations JJ!
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                The Fastpitch School/CSF Natalie Abrahams
                             South Africa to America Fund


The Fastpitch School is asking for your help in raising funds to help South African student-athlete Natalie Abrahams in her quest to come to the United States and attend college as a student-athlete at Highland Community College in Kansas. We are seeking donations to help Natalie and her family with her airfare from South Africa to the United States. Any contribution to our fund to help Natalie pursue her dream would be greatly appreciated! 

All donations to Natalie's fund will be applied soley towards helping the family with expenses, and should be made through the Chinese Softball Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. All donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent allowable. Time is of the essence, and donations need to be received by December 30, 2012! 

Please make checks payable to:
The Chinese Softball Foundation, Inc

The Fastpitch School
Chinese Softball Foundation, Inc
900 S. Meadows Pkwy #714
Reno, NV 89521
 
 
 
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A little over a year ago I traveled to South Africa to support International Softball. Tomorrow in Cape Town a young African woman has an appointment at the US Embassy. With the goal of obtaining her USA student visa as her first objective. Then on New Years Day. That young woman has a ticket from Cape Town to Kansas City, Missouri. In 2012 we brought her a pair of cleats to play in. In 2013 we hope to help provide her with an education in life skills through SOFTBALL! We still need your help! #HappyNewYear

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GLOBAL SOFTBALL FOUNDATION


International softball cultures will converge in Newark, Delaware during the University of Delaware Tournament, scheduled March 15-17, 2013 at Delaware Softball Stadium. The rosters of the University
of Delawa...re and the University of Hartford feature a pitcher who hails from Beijing, China, and a pitcher that is a native of the Czech Republic, respectively. Chenxi Jiao and Zuzana Kudernatschova, along with their teammates, will join teams from Norfolk State, Villanova, and St. Francis (Pa) during the weekend matchup.

While Zuzana and Chenxi hail from different countries, both are united by their love and passion for the game of fastpitch softball, which knows no societal or cultural boundaries. They met for the first time in 2009 while playing on the Stiggy’s/Team TFS invitational team during the Surf City Showcase held in Huntington Beach, California.

The girls also share another thing in common- both were two year standout student-athlete softball players at Highland Community College (Highland, Kansas), and both led the Scotties to conference and division championships, appearances in the NJCAA Division II National Tournament, top 10 national rankings, as well as both having been named NJCAA All-Americans.

“I’m really excited to see Zuzana and play with her,” said Jiao, “I know how good she is so it will be a tough game for our team. I hope we both can play that game and do good.”


Chenxi, a senior History major from Beijing, China, enters her second season for the University of Delaware ranked 13th in UD history with 128 career strikeouts, and will be leading the Blue Hen’s pitching staff. In 2012, she was selected to the CAAAll-Tournament Team, and was named UDAlumni Association Team MVP, having pitched 181.2 innings with 39 appearances during the 2012 season. She returned to China during the summer of 2012, where she trained with the Chinese National Softball Team, and held her own pitching camp.

Zuzana, a native of Statenice, Czech Republic, enters this season as a junior at the University of Hartford, where she will see time

at pitcher and 1st base for the Hawks. Zuzana is majoring in Health Sciences/Physical Therapy. During her two seasons at Highland, she helped lead the Scotties to two-straight regional championships and a pair of NJCAA national tournament appearances. In her second season as a Scottie, she led the NJCAA Division II in innings pitched (236.0), runs (30), earned runs (15) and strikeouts (342) while amassing 28 wins, the most in the nation, and was named to the 2012 NJCAA All-American First Team. Kudernatschova also led the Scotties to the longest win streak- as well as the most wins- in program history, while shattering Highland’s single season and career strikeout, and career wins records. Prior to coming to the United States to study, Zuzana was a three-year member of the Czech National Team where she participated in tournaments in the United States, Guatemala, Germany, Italy and the Netherlands.

“I feel very pumped up to face Chenxi. She is a very good and confident pitcher,” Zuzana said, “I hope I will get to pitch that game so we can measure our powers again. I haven't seen her pitch for two years so I am excited to see how she has improved and what she has changed. I have learned a lot from her my freshman year when we played for Highland and I am excited to talk to her again. I feel like she is a person who could give me good advices about how to finish my adjusting to a D1 competition.”

Both girls were assisted in their efforts to come to the United States as collegiate student-athletes by the Global Softball Foundation (formerly Chinese Softball Foundation), a non-profit organization formed to foster international softball growth and development, and to assist student-athletes such as Zuzana and Chenxi in their dreams of attending college as student-athletes in the United States. The organization was founded in 2008 by Michael Bastian, whose love for the sport of fastpitch softball, as well as passion for the development of softball internationally, has led him to a lifetime of coaching and teaching the sport at all levels both internationally and nationally, in part as owner and operator of The Fastpitch School. According to Coach Bastian, he met Zuzana while conducting a softball clinic in Prague several years ago, and Chenxi introduced herself to him during a World Softball Day event held in Beijing, China.

“On behalf of the Global Softball Foundation, I am very excited to attend the game between the University of Delaware and the University of Hartford,” stated Bastian. “The journey that Chenxi and Zuzana have taken to get to this day has been simply amazing. I am honored and humbled to be able to attend the game and celebrate all of their successes with them."

“Michael has been able to come to watch my games and help me to have better performance,” Jiao added. “Also, GSF gave me more chance to discover American softball and baseball culture by going to MLB game and the Women’s College World Series.”

Currently, the Global Softball Foundation has aided student-athletes from the Netherlands, Czech Republic, China, and South Africa, with a graduate student at Miami University, and a recent graduate of the University of Nevada-Reno.

“Playing softball in the USA gave me a big opportunity to grow up both as a player and as an individual,” said Kudernatschova. “Yes, I have been through tough times when I just wanted to pack (and I actually did) all my stuff and go home, but facing all these problems only made me a stronger person. I do miss my family every day but I would not change anything that I have done in the past three years. It’s a great experience and an eye opener.”

When asked about the mission of The Global Softball Foundation, Coach Bastian stated, "It has been a mission of the GSF and The Fastpitch School to help facilitate student-athletes in getting an education in life skills through the sport of softball. What we have been able to do through our Organizations has helped to create what is happening in these girl's lives today. We are honored to be able to assist them in their life journey."

For more information on the Global Softball Foundation, please email contact@ChineseSoftballFoundation.org

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Chenxi Jiao Continues to amaze! The University of Deleware Softball Team is now 28-8. Chenxi has an ERA of 1.66. And today she became the ALL TIME SINGLE SEASON SAVES LEADER for Deleware! #GSF #TFS
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Team TFS Texas welcomes the addition of Chenxi Jiao to the Organization’s coaching staff.  Jiao, a native of Beijing, China, was an NJCAA All-American and Academic All-American pitcher at Highland Community College (Highland, Kansas), as well as a standout NCAA Division 1 pitcher at the University of Delaware.  Jiao began her coaching duties with Team TFS Texas on June 17th. In addition to serving as the Assistant Coach of the 16U team, she will also oversee the development of the Organization’s pitchers. “I am extremely excited to welcome Chenxi to the team TFS coaching staff as our AAA assistant coach,” said Matt Prysock, head coach of Team TFS Texas 16u/AAA. “Under her leadership I am confident that our pitching staff will improve daily with each interaction and be successful both on and off the field. Chenxi has a great opportunity ahead of her with team TFS and I'm glad that I can be a part of her softball journey. ”
 
With her experiences in both China and the United States, Jiao brings with her a diversity that has already begun to benefit the Organization.  “We are very excited to add former D1 pitcher Chenxi Jiao to our coaching staff as she pursues her graduate degree from the University of Texas-Dallas,” stated David Heintzelman, General Manager of Team TFS Texas. “I have already noticed a difference in how she has assessed the pitchers from 12U through 18U teams, creating a top priority development list for each pitcher. It will be very rewarding to see the growth and development of each individual pitcher over the next couple years.  As a recent college graduate, Chenxi will also help the girls understand the rigors of college softball and what kind of self-discipline is required to be successful at the collegiate level.”
 
Coach Michael Bastian, owner of The Fastpitch School and Team TFS, initially met Chenxi during a World Softball Day celebration held in Beijing in 2006. “I am extremely honored and excited to have a coach in the Team TFS Organization with Chenxi’s experiences and abilities.  Her background and experiences at both the Junior college and Division 1 level, as well as her experiences while living and playing in China add to her diversity. Put those life experiences together and you have a unique individual that has come into our Organization.”
 
“I look forward to working with Chenxi as she begins her career as a professional coach, and am excited to see the work,” Bastian further stated.
 
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