Following the introduction of the U15 Girl’s and U23 Men’s World Cups and age change of Junior World Championships from U19 to U18 (2020 onwards), Softball Australia would like to confirm the Junior Australian squads to be selected in 2019.
In order to ensure Australia maintains a competitive edge on the international softball stage, the governing body will continue an established relationship with SportsLink International to ensure Softball Australia’s Aussie Diamonds Pathway Tours will go ahead in 2019.
Tours are planned for the United States, Japan and New Zealand for U14, U17 and U19 teams with the U19 Women’s team set to compete in this year’s World Cup.
U15 Boy’s and Girl’s teams will also take part in the 2019 Friendship Series.
Softball Australia sees these international playing opportunities as crucial pathways to ensuring the playing stocks remain competitive at the highest level of the game.
Junior Australian squads will be selected following the upcoming ‘Summer of Softball’ beginning this Saturday 5 January with Regional and National Championships getting underway across the country.
Junior Australian Teams selected in 2019 will be:
|Squad||DOB||Selected from||Program||World Cup|
|U14 Girls||2005/6 born||U15 Girls Regionals||Sportslink Tour – NZ||2022 U18W|
|U14 Boys||2005/6 born||U15 Boys Regionals||Sportslink Tour – NZ||2022 U18M|
|U15 Girls||2004/5 born||U15 Girls Regionals||Friendship Series||2022 U18W|
|U15 Boys||2004/5 born||U15 Boys Regionals||Friendship Series||2022 U18M|
|U17 Girls||2002/3 born||U17 Nationals||Sportslink Tour||2020 U18W|
|U17 Boys||2002/3 born||U17 Nationals||Sportslink Tour – NZ||2020 U18M|
|U19 Women||2000/1 born||U19 Nationals||World Cup||2019 U19W|
|U19 Women||2000/1/2 born||U19 Nationals & U17 Nationals||Sportslink Tour||N/A|
|U19 Men||2000/1 born||U19 Nationals||Sportslink Tour||N/A|
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