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Team USA Unveils New Schutt Custom Batters Helmet

May 16, 2012

OKLAHOMA CITY — Schutt Sports, the official helmet supplier of the USA Softball National Team program, unveiled this week the new Team USA Aqua Tech helmet for the Women’s National Team 2012 season. With a full schedule of events including the World Cup of Softball VII and the International Softball Federation (ISF) Women’s World Championships, , the Red, White and Blue will perform wearing this new style and look of the USA helmet.

“Our Aqua Tech graphics system is an exciting new way to enhance a team’s batting helmets,” said Robert Erb, President and CEO, Schutt Sports. “They look amazing. We worked with Team USA to challenge our designers and painters to create a custom design that was truly unique and worthy of Team USA, and they’ve done it. Teams across the country are going to be talking about the new helmets for Team USA. Plus, for the first time, Team USA’s helmets include our TPU Cushioning - which means the protection and performance has never been better.”

The Aqua Tech design is a new style developed by Schutt Sports with assistance from the USA Softball National office.

“We are thrilled with the new helmet and design for the 2012 season,” said ASA/USA Softball Executive Director Ron Radigonda. “Our partnership with Schutt has been tremendous over the years and with the events and exposure of the women’s team this summer from the Title IX Game to the World Championships our athletes will be proud to represent USA with this unique style.”

The 2012 USA Softball Women’s National Team will participate in exhibition doubleheaders June 14 in Summersville, W.Va., and June 18 in Ashland, Ohio, before beginning international play in Oklahoma City and continuing on to Canada. Oklahoma City will host the team June 23 for a special exhibition Title IX 40th Anniversary Celebration Game against Canada and June 27-July 2 for the World Cup of Softball VII presented by Lumber Liquidators.

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From July 4-9, Team USA will compete at the Canadian Open Fast Pitch International Championship in Surrey, B.C., Canada, and July 13-22 at the ISF Women’s World Championship in Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada. The 2012 USA Softball Women’s Elite National Team was also scheduled to compete at the World University Softball Championship, Aug. 4-10, in Colorado Springs, Colo., but the tournament was canceled due to lack of participation.

2012 USA Softball Women’s National Team Schedule

June 10-12, 2012 Women’s National Team Selection Camp Ashland, Ohio

June 14, 2012 Exhibition doubleheader at 6 p.m. Women’s National Team vs. Women’s Elite National Team Summersville, W.Va.

June 18, 2012 Exhibition doubleheader at 6:30 p.m. Women’s National Team vs. Women’s Elite National Team Ashland, Ohio

June 23, 2012 Title IX 40th Anniversary Celebration Game Women’s National Team vs. Canada Oklahoma City

June 27-July 2, 2012 World Cup of Softball Oklahoma City

July 4-9, 2012 Canadian Open Fast Pitch Championship Surrey, B.C., Canada

July 13-22, 2012 ISF Women’s World Championship Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada

Schedule subject to change.

In January, 12 athletes were named to the 17-member USA Softball Women’s National Team roster by the USA Softball Women’s National Team Selection Committee (WNTSC). Athletes already on the team are Valerie Arioto (Pleasanton, Calif./Cal senior), Kaitlin Cochran (Yorba Linda, Calif./Arizona State 2009), Lauren Gibson (Pasadena, Md./Tennessee junior), Ashley Holcombe (Fayetteville, Ga./Alabama 2009), Molly Johnson (Tucson, Ariz./Kentucky 2010), Stacy May-Johnson (Reno, Nev./Iowa 2006), Jenae Leles (Sacramento, Calif./Arizona 2009), Michelle Moultrie (Jacksonville, Fla./Florida senior), Keilani Ricketts (San Jose, Calif./Oklahoma junior), Jordan Taylor (Valencia, Calif./Michigan 2011), Rhea Taylor (Buford, Ga./Missouri 2011) and Chelsea Thomas (Pleasantville, Iowa/Missouri junior). All were members of the 2011 USA Softball Women’s National Team.

Additional athletes will be named to the World Championship roster as a well an elite team roster on June 13 following selection cam p in Ashland, Ohio.

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