30 June 2011
The inaugural Softball Australia International Youth Cup will begin at Blacktown International Sports Park on Monday 4 July with Australia to face a number of domestic teams including Academy teams, School Sports Australia and a development team from New Zealand.
The revamped event, formally known as the Friendship Series, is aimed at giving emerging athletes the opportunity to develop their skills on and off the diamond.
The Australian U17 Girls’, U17 Boys’ and two Australian U19 Men’s Squads will be arriving in Sydney on Friday 1 July for a training and development camp which will conclude on Sunday 3 July.
The camp will provide the athletes with an opportunity to learn more about mental preparation and performance, nutrition and training for Softball. These sessions will be led by guest presenters including a presentation by Dr Michael Martin who will talk to the athletes about their mental preparation and performance. Dr Martin a sports psychologist currently works with Carlton Football Club, Melbourne Storm, Melbourne Rebels, Australian Cricket team and state cricket captains.
Former Aussie Steelers captain Mike Harrow will talk to the athletes regarding their preparation for Softball. Harrow has recently worked with the Australian National teams on a Strength & Conditioning Program. Harrow represented the Aussie Steelers from 1990-2009 and was captain when the Aussie Steelers won the 2009 World Championship.
The Youth Cup also provides an opportunity for coaches to develop their skills and learn new techniques from Australian national coaches. Aussie Spirit Head Coach – Kere Johanson, Aussie Steelers Head Coach Bob Harrow, Aussie Pride Head Coach Paula McGovern and Aussie Colts Head Coach John Neilsen will all be in attendance.
“Softball Australia is very excited about hosting this event at the state of the art facilities of Blacktown International Sports Park Sydney” said Julie Anderson, Manager High Performance Pathways.
“We have created a number of excellent development opportunities for our Youth Squads and officials, with some very experienced and knowledgeable speakers presenting during the camp”.
The Youth Cup is a single round robin format which concludes on Friday 8 July. Following the round games, a page system final system will determine the 2011 Champions. At the Closing Ceremony, individual player awards will presented to the tournament MVP, Best Batter, Best Pitcher and MVP of the final. Event updates will be posted on the news section of the Softball Australia website. See International Youth Cup for more information.
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