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Team USA High Performance Program Identifier

By dp, 04/07/21, 3:45PM CDT

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The USA Softball High Performance Program (HPP) will identify a pool of athletes to train, compete and represent USA Softball through domestic and international competition. The program will focus on developing player skills, while teaching and growing the game of softball in the United States. Serving as a pipeline to the National Team, the program is inclusive to all that wish to participate and develop their skills. The program will also identify a pool of coaches who can lead athletes and support their goals to advance their skills and achieve success.

Through the HPP, athletes around the country will have the chance to make a USA Softball National Team at multiple age groups. Working first at the local level, the best talent in the game will work through camps, clinics, identifiers and tryouts to make local teams, region teams and potentially be selected to a National Team to participate with USA Softball at a World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) international event.

Coaches in the program can learn from top coaches and invest in athletes’ futures. They can grow the game of softball, both in participation as well as skill level. Giving back to the game and helping with this program will lead to satisfaction and watching their athletes achieve success.

The HPP includes 10 regions and 67 local associations throughout the country. The program is headed by the USA Softball National Office and a committee that was formed to create the program and adjust, as necessary. The committee will also work to place individuals in roles throughout the regions and associations. Through evaluation, placement, training, and re-evaluation each year, HPP can identify athletes for advancement consideration, working to discover the future Women’s National Team athletes.

The HPP age classifications are based on the age guidelines for the WBSC competition schedule. Age groups are defined by birth year and an athlete must be the age group age throughout the entire year. For example, if an athlete is trying out for the 2021 14-Under region team, the athlete must not turn 15 until 2022. The age of the athlete on December 31 determines their age group for the following year. An athlete may try out for their age group team but be asked to move up in age group.

Once a State Team at each age group is named, those players will advance to a Regional Identifier which will be actual softball games. Our region is made up of:

  • Minnesota
  • North Dakota
  • South Dakota
  • Wisconsin

From the regional softball games, regional teams will be formed. Players named to those teams will advance to the Team USA National Team Tryout.

Regional Identifiers and Team USA National Team Tryout dates are yet to be determined.

The identifiers will be held on Sunday, April 18 and Sunday, April 25 at Maple Grove Senior High School from 12:00PM to 4:00PM.

The cost to attend an identifier is $80. To learn more information or register please click here or https://www.teamusa.org/usa-softball/events?SearchText=&SelectedEventTypes=d35f3fe2-b024-408c-a834-c1d2a9b8a92b&startDate=&endDate=&zipcode=&Radius=25&StateId=&CountryId=

If you have questions, please contact USA Softball Minnesota Commissioner, Dan Pfeffer at 763-390-8105 or dan@josoftball.com.