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Softball98mom

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https://www.teamusa.org/usa-softball/team-usa/women
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So USA Softball Tryouts are underway in Clearwater, FL this week, and if "actual' game productivity were measured, this list of positions and the best NPF players to complete for team USA. (measured the RCAB for each player in the NPF in 2017 with at least 100 at-bats), this would be the USA BEST team:

BUT, as we have grown to know the antics of USA softball - many of these players will not make the cut, and some didn't even get an invite to tryout.

Infielders

  • Nerissa Myers (Scrap Yard Dawgs): 0.337 RCAB, 0.957 OPS
  • Nadia Taylor (Texas Charge): 0.327 RCAB, 1.004 OPS
  • Emily Carosone (Chicago Bandits): 0.326 RCAB, 0.936 OPS
  • Shelby Pendley (USSSA Pride): 0.302 RCAB, 0.936 OPS
  • Sierra Romero (USSSA Pride): 0.301 RCAB, 0.880 OPS
  • Lauren Chamberlain (USSSA Pride): 0.291 RCAB, 0.844 OPS

Outfielders

  • Kelly Kretschman (USSSA Pride): 0.503 RCAB, 1.354 OPS
  • Megan Wiggins (USSSA Pride): 0.343 RCAB, 0.968 OPS
  • J. Andrews (Akron Racers): 0.337 RCAB, 0.917 OPS
  • Kirsti Merritt (USSSA Pride): 0.300 RCAB, 0.829 OPS
  • Brenna Moss (Chicago Bandits): 0.298 RCAB, 0.823 OPS

Catchers

  • Sahvanna Jaquish (Chicago Bandits): 0.348 RCAB, 0.974 OPS
  • Chelsea Goodacre (USSSA Pride): 0.226 RCAB, 0.773 OPS
  • Taylor Edwards (Scrap Yard Dawgs): 0.221 RCAB, 0.675 OPS

Utility

  • Brittany Cervantes (Scrap Yard Dawgs): 0.354 RCAB, 0.979 OPS
  • Lauren Haeger (Texas Charge): 0.271 RCAB, 0.896 OPS
swingforthefence2

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So, any idea why USA softball, wouldnt select a Nationally known college softball coach, possibly one who has won a national championship, as their teams HEAD COACH?
Nothing against the current coach, but no one cares about this guy, his college team wins in a crappy conference, and the one time he made it to the "show" they barely got their bags unpacked before they were on their way home again.
The World lost interest in baseball being in the Olympics becuase USA wasn't sending their best players (they were busy with the MLB) and now we have USA softball doing the same (not bringing the best).
Just read this moron head coaches interviews where in his infinite wisdom, he proudly suggests that "players are like real estate, the longer you keep them, the better the team is" and further states: "you dont win games with a team of all stars".
This is his way of explaining, why he keeps hasbeens, and never-were's on the team USA roster, yet some of the most well known players with a tremendously successful body of work behind them, never even get an invite to tryout.
2 players that have been on the USA team for years and getting paid by team USA, are also on his.college coaching staff! Ya, No Bias here!

The fact that this continues, proves that ASA/USA softball is the joke that is always has been.

Oh, can someone please explain why someone like Karen John's, is a part of the USA selection committee? This is the same woman that was fired from coaching a college softball team for retaliation on young girls, because she didnt agree with their gay lifestyle. But she is somehow one of the best evaluators of softball talent in the USA?????
Come On, this is a Crap Show.
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I didn't know Arioto was coaching at USF.
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Originally Posted by swingforthefence2
So, any idea why USA softball, wouldnt select a Nationally known college softball coach, possibly one who has won a national championship, as their teams HEAD COACH?
Nothing against the current coach, but no one cares about this guy, his college team wins in a crappy conference, and the one time he made it to the "show" they barely got their bags unpacked before they were on their way home again.
The World lost interest in baseball being in the Olympics becuase USA wasn't sending their best players (they were busy with the MLB) and now we have USA softball doing the same (not bringing the best).
Just read this moron head coaches interviews where in his infinite wisdom, he proudly suggests that "players are like real estate, the longer you keep them, the better the team is" and further states: "you dont win games with a team of all stars".
This is his way of explaining, why he keeps hasbeens, and never-were's on the team USA roster, yet some of the most well known players with a tremendously successful body of work behind them, never even get an invite to tryout.
2 players that have been on the USA team for years and getting paid by team USA, are also on his.college coaching staff! Ya, No Bias here!

The fact that this continues, proves that ASA/USA softball is the joke that is always has been.

Oh, can someone please explain why someone like Karen John's, is a part of the USA selection committee? This is the same woman that was fired from coaching a college softball team for retaliation on young girls, because she didnt agree with their gay lifestyle. But she is somehow one of the best evaluators of softball talent in the USA?????
Come On, this is a Crap Show.


Please, don’t hold back. Tell us how you REALLY feel.
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I didn't know Arioto was coaching at USF.


Yep, Arioto and Moore.Both on USF softball coaching staff and played on team USA while on his staff.
Look, this guy is a clown, with hidden agendas, and motivations.
USA Selection Committee should be TOP LEVEL D1 COACHES ONLY. Not low level coaches who dont have name recognition or the proven resume showing they can identify a really good player from a great one. Ken Eriksen is not that guy. And can someone please explain Karen Johns being on the USA Softball selection committee?
In case you dont "google", simply paste this in your internet browser:
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Story from AD at Florida who fired Karen John's (little did he know, that John's would be elevated to be one of the countries premier softball talent acquisition people, or at least that's what ASA/USA Softball thinks):

Foley said the firing wasn't a direct result of the bad postseason but rather an assessment of Johns' five-year career.

"We looked at the total picture over those five years," Foley said. "I think we can have more success. We should be further along. . . . I don't think this postseason did it by itself, but it contributed to the whole picture."
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Monica Abbott, Pitcher, Tennessee '07

Ali Aguilar, Middle Infield, Washington '17

Valerie Arioto, First Base, Cal '12

Ally Carda, Utility, UCLA '15

Rachel Garcia, Pitcher, UCLA '20

Jazmyn Jackson, Outfield, Cal '18

Sahvanna Jaquish, Utility, LSU '17

Haylie McCleney, Outfield, Alabama '16

Kirsti Merritt, Outfield, Florida '16

Michelle Moultrie, Outfield, Florida '12

Dejah Mulipola, Catcher, Arizona '20

Aubree Munro, Catcher, Florida '16

Cat Osterman, Pitcher, Texas '06

Shelby Pendley, Infield, Oklahoma '15

Janie Reed, Outfield, Oregon '15

Keilani Ricketts, Pitcher, Oklahoma '13

Delaney Spaulding, Middle Infield, UCLA '17

Kelsey Stewart, Infield, Florida '16

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The USA Clown Show continues!

They Selected; Haylie McCleney who STRUCK OUT more than ANYONE at the tryout (remember, she's a slapper - which makes it even more embarrassing) over Kelly Kretschman who hit over .600 last summer playing with Team USA - not to mention the long standing body of work, awards and accomplishments she has stacked up - even recently!

Aubree Munroe and Dejah Mulipola over Chelsea Goodacre. I mean, the body of work between them isn't even comparable and I'm not only talking about College - which clearly shows Goodacre beats them both offensively and defensively. Munroe sat the bench behind Goodacre in the Pros - and Goodacre even earned a Gold Glove in the Pro's.

Valarie Arrioto over Lauren Chamberlain? I mean, how do you NOT take someone like Chamberlain? The press alone would be a huge benefit and she is a proven hitter. She is the NCAA Home Run Leader - STILL! 

Jocelyn Alo didn't even make the "Cut" over someone like Michelle Moultrie? This young lady crushes the ball and is on track to beat the NCAA HR record set by Chamberlain - another Oklahoma Sooner, and she didn't deserve to make the team?

This is downright embarrassing and when you consider these great players got pushed aside because of USA Softball political bias to protect their incumbent players. It really sends a message on how screwed up this entire thing is.

The players who made the team, over these and other great players - should be embarrassed every time they pull that USA jersey on. They know (just like the rest of us know) they aren't better, nor do they have the resume of these greats. They are on that team because Ken Eriksen likes them and he will not let a proven track record and list of accomplishments at the highest level get in the way of selecting who he likes- PERIOD. 

This should NEVER happen, but it does and these jokers get away with it. 
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Meet Karen Johns, a Member of the USA Softball Selection Committee:

In March 2003, University of Florida Softball Coach Karen Johns kicked Andrea Zimbardi, a starting catcher, co-captain and four-time All-Academic SEC member, off Florida's team. Zimbardi said Johns and an assistant coach tried to force their Christian values and beliefs upon her, made inappropriate comments and ultimately released her from the program because of her sexual orientation (she is gay).

Zimbardi, an honor-roll student with no prior disciplinary problems, was suddenly kicked off the softball team in March. She said Johns often spoke of her knowledge of gay players and made known her belief that homosexuality was wrong.

Zimbardi commented; I don't have any idea what sexual orientation has to do with how I hit or throw a softball. Her job is to coach softball. Unfortunately, she tries to force her lifestyle and beliefs onto you."

Johns was eventually fired from UF and as part of the settlement with this player, University officials said that they will provide training to combat homophobia throughout the entire athletic department, including athletic directors, coaches, and staff, the school will also include a sexual orientation component in its annual nondiscrimination staff training, amend its nondiscrimination materials to include sexual orientation, submit an application to the NCAA for restoration of Zimbardi's final year of eligibility, and pay for Zimbardi's master's degree studies at the university.


Congratulations USA Softball! Nice to know that terrible decisions don't stop at the players you select for your sham team - it's also permeates your selection of staff!

Boycott watching this Clown Show in 2019!
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How in f*** is anyone involved in a situation like Zimbardi’s anywhere NEAR the selection process for a national team?


I know! It's Crazy to think that USA Softball and the USA Olympic Committee would allow this. I mean, you could try and qualify this -  if it were a coach with a long history of success, but Karen Johns? Really? She was never good, by anyone's standards and somehow, someone determined she is one of the nations best at determining a very good athlete from a great athlete at the top levels of the game!
She hasn't coach softball since she was fired over a decade ago - so what makes her qualified? Answer: She and Ken Eriksen are friends, and she will change an evaluation sheet to say whatever it is, Ken wants it to say.
She is a suck-up has-been trying to be relevant because she never was. Are we to ASSUME she found the errors of her ways and has found a new acceptance of gay players? Of course not. She carries a bias that is deeply rooted in her religious background that spews into every facet of her life.
Be interesting if the LGBTQ community demanded to see her evaluation sheets - might be surprised what we find written on those openly gay players who tried out and "somehow" didn't make it - but a lesser talent did.
 
This is a disaster and USA Softball is a disaster. #BoycottUSASoftball (and their sponsors).
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I could be wrong, but I think Karen Johns has been doing some of the SEC Network + softball games on color commentary.
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Meet the "Experts" who assembled this USA National team (I'm sure you'll find them all highly qualified - that is if you even know who they are);

The members of the USA Women's National Team Selection Committee include:

  • Sam Ducato USA Softball Region 10 At-Large Player Representative 
  • Crystal Dombkowski USA Softball of Indiana Player Representative 
  • Karen Johns NFCA Representative (Homophob. that was fired for being a homophob) 
  • Lovie Jung Athlete Representative 
  • Ken Eriksen Women’s National Team Head Coach 
  • Beverly Wiley USA Softball of Rhode Island Commissioner

Looking at this list of, ummm "experts" it really sheds light on why they have the team they have.

Are we somehow to believe that; Chamberlain, Alo, Goodacre, Kretchman couldn't beat those selected players out and even more alarming, Sierra Romero wasn't even worthy of an "Invite"?

#BoycottUSASoftball2019 (and every one of their sponsors).
   
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No way KK or Wiggins got their due look with Johns running around.
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I could be wrong, but I think Karen Johns has been doing some of the SEC Network + softball games on color commentary.


Holy Crap, if this is true - SEC has some 'splaining to do, Lucy!

Why would anyone hire someone like this and have her around the sport that she used to threaten young ladies into hiding their sexual preferences, submit to her GOD, her beliefs or ELSE!

I can somehow understand USA Softball making a stupid mistake like this - because it's in their DNA, and might be their mission statement "We strive to be as stupid and bias as we can, while also hiding it as best we can", but SEC Networks?

Someone needs to put a bug in their ear, if she is really on their airwaves.
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No way KK or Wiggins got their due look with Johns running around.


Of course they didn't!
They were written off, before they ever arrived.

It's a F'ing shame too! All because the moron below, didn't have the sense and courage to bring in unbiased qualified people to assess talent. 

Chris Sebren
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csebren@usasoftball.com

This coward screwed a lot of well deserving players out of a well deserved chance to represent USA.
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Ooh I have been wracking my brain trying to figure out why Sierra Romero didn’t get invited. Now it makes sense. She should sue them.
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Ooh I have been wracking my brain trying to figure out why Sierra Romero didn’t get invited. Now it makes sense. She should sue them.


None of this makes sense, and the really crappy thing is, the players who "actually" deserve to represent USA in the Olympic games, as evident by their body of work, are sent a message that none of that matters, because ASA Softball has the last word who gets in and who doesn't, and they make their own rules (as they go).
Chew on this; Kelsey Stewart makes the USA team, and Romero didnt even "deserve" the courtesy of trying out for the team????
Seriously?
There is not a competent coach in the ENTIRE WORLD that would make a decision like this, yet ASA did!
Just hope to God, that none of these amazing players that were intentionally overlooked, forgotten about or slighted think for one minute that this was a true representation of only the best make Team USA, because nothing could be further from the truth...

Entire thing is a crap show. Rotten for the TOP down
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Seriously, this is the BEST THE USA has to offer, in the way qualified people to truly and fairly assess softball skills at the highest level:

The members of the USA Women's National Team Selection Committee include:


Sam Ducato USA Softball Region 10 At-Large Player Representative
Crystal Dombkowski USA Softball of Indiana Player Representative
Karen Johns NFCA Representative (Homophob. that was fired for being a homophob)
Lovie Jung Athlete Representative
Ken Eriksen Women’s National Team Head Coach
Beverly Wiley USA Softball of Rhode Island Commissioner
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Seriously, this is the BEST THE USA has to offer, in the way qualified people to truly and fairly assess softball skills at the highest level:

The members of the USA Women's National Team Selection Committee include:


Sam Ducato USA Softball Region 10 At-Large Player Representative
Crystal Dombkowski USA Softball of Indiana Player Representative
Karen Johns NFCA Representative (Homophob. that was fired for being a homophob)
Lovie Jung Athlete Representative
Ken Eriksen Women’s National Team Head Coach
Beverly Wiley USA Softball of Rhode Island Commissioner


Other than Lovie, who are these people and what makes them more qualified than Gasso, Candrea, Walton, Murphy, White and so many others?

Answer: its not about being "qualified " its about finding worthless fools to put on the selection committee who will "kiss the ring" and only picking players ASA has predetermined they want, even if it undermines all rational thought and will make no sense to everyone who questions it. Becuase in the end, ASA has final say, and there is nothing anyone can do about it.
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Let it all out broseph. Let the hate leave your body and feel the burn of the cleanse.
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Let it all out broseph. Let the hate leave your body and feel the burn of the cleanse.


Thanks Broseph! But the deep hate for idiots, morons, liars and people like Karen Johns who use their positions to target and retaliate on your adults like Andrea Zimbardi. Her bigoted view of Zimbardi and others is a direct result of a Johns prejudiced against homosexuals. She just can't help herself, which is obvious by her unbelievable retaliatory actions when she was Head Coach at Univ. of Florida, where they eventually fired Johns, but not before facing a discrimination suit, which they lost.

How and Why she is on the USA Softball selection committee, is beyond belief.

Once again, I'd challenge anyone to explain how these individuals below, as the most qualified in the entire USA to select the members who represent the USA in the Olympics?
 
The members of the WNTSC include:
1)Sam Ducato USA Softball Region 10 At-Large Player Representative
2)Crystal Dombkowski USA Softball of Indiana Player Representative
3)Karen Johns NFCA Representative/Homophobic Coach fired from UF 
4)Lovie Jung Athlete Representative
5)Destiny Martinez Athlete Representative
6)Ken Eriksen Women’s National Team Head Coach
7)Beverly Wiley USA Softball of Rhode Island Commissioner

ASA is grandfathered in with the US Olympic committee to be the sole organization to field the US Olympic team. Anyone that knows ASA, understands that this is and has been a crap organization for decades. They were so bad, they led to the rise of organizations like USSSA, Triple Crown, PGF, NPF and others. 
With the influx of these organizations, isn't it about time that the US Olympic Committee take another look at what organization should be fielding the US Olympic team? Why does ASA get the rights?


Make your voices heard, if you want fairness for the 2019 USA Softball Player Selection
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I understand the US Olympic committee may be looking into this.

Oh boy, wouldn't that be a great news story!

Stay Tuned...
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ASA's "Hand Picked" "Best Talent Acquisition Evaluators and members of the USA Women's National Team Selection Committee: 
 
Sam Ducato USA Softball Region 10 At-Large Player Representative
  • Sam is in construction by day, but when he's not hammering nails he is the USA SOFTBALL SELECTION CZAR.
 
Crystal Dombkowski USA Softball of Indiana Player Representative 
  • Purdue Agriculture Information Technology Business Relationship Manager (really not sure what this job is, but I'm sure it has to do with recognizing softball talent) but she ONLY is in Agriculture when she is not determining who are the best softball players the USA has to offer and worthy of making TEAM USA
 
 
Karen Johns NFCA Representative (worst person they could have ever allowed on staff)
  • Fired UF Coach, but not before she caused a discrimination lawsuit against the University for her homophobic views and retaliation on a player.
  • Fired from Virginia, where she compiled a dismal 46-65 overall record and an awful 8-33 mark in Atlantic Coast Conference play in two seasons and finished the 2007 season with an embarrassing  17-39 record
  • Fired from assistant from Mississippi State after one year.  While she was there, MSU had a very disappointing seasons capped by a failure to get invited to the show that year, as well as a poor showing in the SEC.
Yep, although Johns resume is a collection of lawsuits, poor performances and firings - ASA Softball looked beyond that, and brought her on staff and around players anyway. Fantastic! [nono][nono]
 
Lovie Jung Athlete Representative (and most qualified to identify talent)
  • University of Arizona standout player
  • Appearing in two Women's College World Series.
  • Won a gold medal at the 2004 Olympics and a silver medal at the 2008 Olympics
  • Currently a Fire Fighter in Riverside County, CA
 
Ken Eriksen Women’s National Team Head Coach and "Women Are His Real Estate" founder.
  • In 22 seasons the best this guy could do is 1 WCWS appearance in 2012 where he went out on the 1st day? Seriously? And we are to believe this is the BEST qualified softball coach in the country? I mean, shouldn't we expect a deeper resume for the USA Head Coach than 1 WCWS appearance in 22 years (where they went out, 1st round)?
  • From his Interviews;
  • "People are like real estate. The longer you hold on to them, the more valuable they become.
  • "for us to have an all-star team is unrealistic in winning a GOLD medal.[crazy][thumb]
 If you don't understand what Kenny is saying here, it's his way of explaining WHY he overlooks players like; Romero, Chamberlain, Alo, Goodacre, Kretchman, Wiggins for less accomplished players - Real Estate! Makes Perfect Sense...[confused] 

Beverly Wiley USA Softball of Rhode Island Commissioner
  • Public address announcer for Brown University athletics;
  • Compliance officer at the Community College of Rhode Island;
  • Officiating high school and college volleyball;
  • Serving as a member of the Advisory Board for the Rhode Island Sports Commission.
  • Board of directors at School One and a trustee with the Community College of Rhode Island Foundation.
  • Served on the advisory board of the Providence After School Alliance (PASA)
  • Worked as the summer recreation director for the town of Foster, R.I., among many other community activities.
Bev has an impressive resume of public service, but not one iota of experience in high level softball and scouting the best softball talent the USA has to offer, yet she does. God Bless her....[crazy]

Last, Patti Gasso was at the tryouts and was on USA Staff last year - so why didn't Kenny and his band of misfits give her a clipboard, have her evaluate players, well we know why, because Gasso would have selected the very best players and Kenny doesn't want that. It would have been embarrassing to see who the top softball coach in the entire country selected compared to what this herd of incompetents chose, and they wanted no part of it.
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That poor horse. What did he do
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That poor horse. What did he do


I know...it used to be directed at Iveson.
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Iveson is no longer in the coaching ranks, which is appropriate when considering her abilities, She now sucks a paycheck from UA for doing absolutely nothing.
I saw her utter incompetence early on, when so many others were coming to her defense and hammering me, instead of actually looking at what she brings to the UA team!
Well, it turns out I was right!
So, go ahead and say it! Come on Janiedoughball, say it! I was RIGHT ALL ALONG!

YOUR WELCOME.
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That poor horse. What did he do


I'm not sure what "horse" you are speaking of, but if it's a reference towards Monica Abbott, I think its a highly Inappropriate thing for you to say and I expect better from you!
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Nice try but notice I said he.
Since I will give you the benefit of the doubt that you are pretending to not know I will spell it out.
The horse is the dead one you have been beating incessantly over this topic.
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