OKLAHOMA CITY, OK, USA — USA Softball – the WBSC-recognized member national federation — announced the rosters for the 2018 USA Women’s Softball National Team. Seventeen athletes have been named to a World Championship roster, which is slated to compete at the WBSC-sanctioned World Cup of Softball and the 2018 WBSC Women’s Softball World Championship, August 2-12 in Chiba, Japan, while an additional 17 athletes will represent the United States at the Japan All-Star Series and compete as a second National Team at the World Cup of Softball.
In addition to naming two rosters for the 2018 Women’s National Teams, USA Softball also announced the selection of four-time Olympian Laura Berg and Patty Gasso as Head Coaches for two 2018 international competitions. Joining Ken Eriksen, who was recently named as the Head Coach for the WBSC Women’s Softball World Championship, Berg will lead the U.S. at the Japan All-Star Series while Gasso will spearhead the second Women’s National Team at the World Cup of Softball XIII.
The USA will look to defend their World Champion title at this year’s WBSC Women’s World Championship, in which the winner qualifies for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. At the 2016 WBSC World Championship, the team claimed their 10th overall World Championship title.
Highlighting the Women’s World Championship Roster:
- An Olympic Silver Medalist
- 10 veterans from the 2016 World Championship roster
- Four Team USA rookies
Highlighting the Japan All-Star Series Roster and second World Cup of Softball Roster:
- An Olympic Gold and Silver Medalist
- Five World Champions and six Junior World Champions
- Three athletes from the 2017 USA Softball Junior Women’s National Team
- Five Team USA rookies