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Ryan7827

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Just wanting to gather everyone's thoughts about the US in international competition, since you all probably keep more up to date on everything than I do.

1.  I am as upset as anyone that softball was removed from the Olympics and will do whatever I can to try and help get it back in the program.  However, I had always assumed that the World Championship every 4 years was as big of an international competition as the Olympics, especially since it's been around for a lot longer.  Isn't it the equivalent to soccer's World Cup?  But I hardly remember hearing anything about it last year.  I get there's a lot more media exposure with the Olympics, but in your opinion, are the Olympics the highest level of international competition?  Again, I'm the first to want these athletes to reach dreams of competing in the Olympics, but I also think the World Championships, Pan Am Games, and other tournaments are nothing to sneeze at. 

2.  I know money, sponsorship, facilities, and funding are major players in any big name tournament that is hosted and I'm sure OKC is an awesome place, but in the interest of growing fan support, should everything be held at Hall of Fame Stadium?  I always enjoy watching the World Cup every July, but do you think if it were held in different places, that could be a good thing?  I've lived in Kentucky/Indiana my whole life and am about to move to Pennsylvania.  I'd still drive a few hours to see the national team if they ever played anywhere close to me.  Again, not complaining, just making conversation.
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The number of responses to this thread is self defining!
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      The competition in the NPF is much better than any international competition..  I heard that the National Team may be playing in Connecticut next summer

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You can't compare international soccer with international softball. International soccer is truly the best of the best players(in my opinion exactly how it should be). International softball is no longer the best of the best. It's more like a college all star game. There are a handful of older players but most of them are college age or even younger. With every summer that passes international softball loses more and more of the talent that is really out there. Softball is trying to get back into the Olympics and apparently the only way the higher ups can see to do that is dumbing the game down. You add that to all the teams inability to pay their players and this is what you get(probably the main problem for international softball). The NPF and the Japanese league have far more talent and elite players than all of the international teams put together. As long as softball is being played the way it is right now at the international level, it will never come close to reaching the level of soccer.

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Interesting American perspective on this thread.

The JPL shuts down play so that the Japanese National Team can participate with there best players in top International competitions.

The level of play is quite good at the top of play this week in Taipei!




‎"So I heard a super cool softball story today: Japan Vs Iraq at the Asian Women's Softball Championship in Taiwan a few days ago. Japan won 10-0. It wasn't a top level international match up but more of a coaching clinic for the Iraqi Women. Some of the Japanese contingent were in the Iraqi dugout helping them through the game!! Every Big Thing has Small Beginnings & maybe this was the 'Big Bang' of Softball in Iraq!"

An awesome Story from Aussie Melanie Roche!

The Japanese are wonderful Ambassadors for International Softball! #TFS"


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Great story.
A competitive producr begins by making sure you have competition.
Build the game.
The world knows who the best is....worry less about showing we are the best and more about getting the rest of the world excited and competitive in the game we all love. That is the only way it will be back in the olympics.
Build the rest of the world up..not just beat them down.


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Interesting American perspective on this thread.

The JPL shuts down play so that the Japanese National Team can participate with there best players in top International competitions.

The level of play is quite good at the top of play this week in Taipei!




‎"So I heard a super cool softball story today: Japan Vs Iraq at the Asian Women's Softball Championship in Taiwan a few days ago. Japan won 10-0. It wasn't a top level international match up but more of a coaching clinic for the Iraqi Women. Some of the Japanese contingent were in the Iraqi dugout helping them through the game!! Every Big Thing has Small Beginnings & maybe this was the 'Big Bang' of Softball in Iraq!"

An awesome Story from Aussie Melanie Roche!

The Japanese are wonderful Ambassadors for International Softball! #TFS"


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The JPL shuts down play so that the Japanese National Team can participate with there best players in top International competitions.
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 Some of the Japanese contingent were in the Iraqi dugout helping them through the game!

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woser - Great personal and nation public relations, something the world could use more of.  Thanks for the post!    Frank
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