The Canadian Women’s National Softball Team is kicking off its 2018 season with a two-week Japan Tour that will include 14 games against several local Japanese teams between June 14-26. The team will work to get ready for the WBSC Women’s Softball World Championship, to be held in Chiba, Japan, from 2-12 August.

Canada National Team just completed a 12-day training camp held at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks, Calif. and will head overseas with a roster of 21 athletes.

Following the Japan Tour, Team Canada will travel back to California to rest and train before competing in the USA Softball International Cup from July 9-15 in Irvine, Calif. immediately followed by the Canada Cup from July 17-22 in Surrey, B.C. After the Canada Cup, the team will return overseas to train in Japan ahead of the WBSC Women’s Softball World Championship.

Canada’s 17-player roster for the WBSC Women’s Softball World Championship will be announced after the team returns from the Japan Tour.

Canada shares Group B of the World Championship with Japan, Australia, Italy, China, Great Britain, Venezuela and Botswana. The Maple Leaf team will make its debut in Chiba against Venezuela on 3 August, at 18:00 p.m. local time.

The 1st Place finisher in Chiba will be awarded direct entry into Tokyo 2020 without having to pass through Qualifiers. (Should Japan win the WBSC World Championship in Chiba, the 2nd Place finisher would be granted the Olympic spot). Canada is one of five nations in the world to compete in every softball Olympic competition (along with Australia, China, Japan and USA).