top of page

About the USA Softball High Performance Program

WHAT IS THE HIGH PERFORMANCE PROGRAM (HPP)?

According to usasoftball.com, the USA SB HPP Program is The Pipeline to the Women’s National Team.  Identifiers (tryouts) will be held in each region to identify a pool of athletes to train, compete and represent USA Softball through domestic and international competition. This program focuses on providing an equal opportunity for players all around the country to show their talent while growing the game of softball in the United States and remaining inclusive to all who wish to participate and develop their skills.

HOW DOES HPP WORK?

Regional Identifiers are the first step in moving athletes through the USA Softball "pipeline".  Team USA players visit each region and serve as IDENTIFIERS, choosing an unspecified number of athletes to move through to the annual National Selection Event using a national standard they have developed to evaluate players.  The list of those chosen last year can be found HERE.   Participation in regional identifiers does not ensure an opportunity to "try-out" for the National Team for a player's age group.  Athletes for each National Team (15u, 17u, etc.) are selected by Team USA coaches at the National Selection Event.  This event DOES NOT include competition between regions.

WHO CAN ATTEND THE IDENTIFIER?

Participation in the REGION 2 Identifier on February 10, 2024, at Kent State University's Field House is presented for athletes living in Ohio and West Virginia. However, athletes from any region can attend identifiers outside of their home regions.  Athletes outside of OH and WV are encouraged to participate in identifiers held by their home state's region to keep selection regional (see a regional map HERE).  Identifiers are held at different times of the year throughout the country based on each Region's program calendar.  

WHAT IF I LIVE OUTSIDE OF OHIO OR WEST VIRGINIA?

At this time, no other identifiers are listed at usasoftball.com, but identifiers will be held in each region.  Check out THIS LIST of athletes chosen to attend this year's National Selection Event and find your region and its representatives!  If you see your region represented, we encourage you to wait to attend your home region's tryout.  If you do not live in Ohio or West Virginia, please contact hpp@usasoftball.com for more information about your region's identifier dates and locations.  This will help you determine which identifier is best for you.   

WHAT HAPPENS AFTER THE IDENTIFIER?

After athletes participate in the Region 2 Identifier, one of three outcomes will occur.  1) They will receive a “Direct Invite” to participate in the National Selection Event and are automatically included in all Region 2 events as noted below. 2) They will receive an invite to participate in the Region 2 HPP Events (see below).  3) They will not receive a National or Regional Invite at this time.  Note: Invites are based on each player’s evaluation score as determined by the USA National Team Players serving as evaluators at the Region 2 Identifier, using the HPP Identifier national standard, and are not chosen by Region 2 volunteers/coaches

WHAT ARE REGIONAL EVENTS?

The Regional HPP events are monthly events managed by USA Softball Region 2 volunteers, led by former Division I coach, Julie Jones.  Region 2 HPP events focus on continued skill development, providing players and their families college recruiting information, introduction to mental performance training, mentoring, and preparing them for the next annual Regional Identifier.  Monthly events include, but are not limited to consisting skill skill-based practices, seminars, “mock” identifiers and specific identifier information and drills to prepare athletes for the National Event and next Regional Identifier.  There is a one-time fee of $100 to participate in Region 2 HPP that pays for a USA Softball practice shirt and facility rental fees and college coach compensation for participation in monthly events. Once an athlete accepts an invite to the Regional HPP events, she is encouraged to attend as many events as her schedule allows.  Attendance is not mandatory and athletes are encouraged to participate in other sports and remain committed to activities with their travel programs.

TO REGISTER FOR THE FEBRUARY EVENT, click HERE!

Check out more program information below!

About the USA Softball High Performance Program

WHAT IS THE HIGH PERFORMANCE PROGRAM (HPP)?

According to usasoftball.com, the USA SB HPP Program is The Pipeline to the Women’s National Team.  Identifiers (tryouts) will be held in each region to identify a pool of athletes to train, compete and represent USA Softball through domestic and international competition. This program focuses on providing an equal opportunity for players all around the country to show their talent while growing the game of softball in the United States and remaining inclusive to all who wish to participate and develop their skills.

HOW DOES HPP WORK?

Regional Identifiers are the first step in moving athletes through the USA Softball "pipeline".  Team USA players visit each region and serve as IDENTIFIERS, choosing an unspecified number of athletes to move through to the annual National Selection Event using a national standard they have developed to evaluate players.  The list of those chosen last year can be found HERE.   Participation in regional identifiers does not ensure an opportunity to "try-out" for the National Team for a player's age group.  Athletes for each National Team (15u, 17u, etc.) are selected by Team USA coaches at the National Selection Event.  This event DOES NOT include competition between regions.

WHO CAN ATTEND THE IDENTIFIER?

Participation in the REGION 2 Identifier on February 10, 2024, at Kent State University's Field House is presented for athletes living in Ohio and West Virginia. However, athletes from any region can attend identifiers outside of their home regions.  Athletes outside of OH and WV are encouraged to participate in identifiers held by their home state's region to keep selection regional (see a regional map HERE).  Identifiers are held at different times of the year throughout the country based on each Region's program calendar.  

WHAT IF I LIVE OUTSIDE OF OHIO OR WEST VIRGINIA?

At this time, no other identifiers are listed at usasoftball.com, but identifiers will be held in each region.  Check out THIS LIST of athletes chosen to attend this year's National Selection Event and find your region and its representatives!  If you see your region represented, we encourage you to wait to attend your home region's tryout.  If you do not live in Ohio or West Virginia, please contact hpp@usasoftball.com for more information about your region's identifier dates and locations.  This will help you determine which identifier is best for you.   

WHAT HAPPENS AFTER THE IDENTIFIER?

After athletes participate in the Region 2 Identifier, one of three outcomes will occur.  1) They will receive a “Direct Invite” to participate in the National Selection Event and are automatically included in all Region 2 events as noted below. 2) They will receive an invite to participate in the Region 2 HPP Events (see below).  3) They will not receive a National or Regional Invite at this time.  Note: Invites are based on each player’s evaluation score as determined by the USA National Team Players serving as evaluators at the Region 2 Identifier, using the HPP Identifier national standard, and are not chosen by Region 2 volunteers/coaches

WHAT ARE REGIONAL EVENTS?

The Regional HPP events are monthly events managed by USA Softball Region 2 volunteers, led by former Division I coach, Julie Jones.  Region 2 HPP events focus on continued skill development, providing players and their families college recruiting information, introduction to mental performance training, mentoring, and preparing them for the next annual Regional Identifier.  Monthly events include but are not limited to, skill skill-based practices, seminars, “mock” identifiers and specific identifier information and drills to prepare athletes for the National Event and next Regional Identifier.  There is a one-time fee of $100 to participate in Region 2 HPP that pays for a USA Softball practice shirt and facility rental fees and college coach compensation for participation in monthly events. Once an athlete accepts an invite to the Regional HPP events, she is encouraged to attend as many events as her schedule allows.  Attendance is not mandatory and athletes are encouraged to participate in other sports and remain committed to activities with their travel programs.

TO REGISTER FOR THE FEBRUARY EVENT, click HERE!

Check out more program information below!

HPP Mission & Benefits

1. Big-time exposure: Exposure to National Team coaches and Selection Committee members.

2. Quality instruction: Learn from USA Softballs' top coaches in your area.

3. Build relationships: Connect with current and former National Team athletes.

4. Compete: Gain the opportunity to train and play with the best local players in your age group.

5. Wear the USA: The opportunity to represent one's state area, region, or country in competition.

Region 2 Program Goals and Benefits!

  • Assist Region 2 athletes in earning a spot on the National Team in your age group.

  • Improve your physical skills through training with excellent instructors.

  • Build mental tools to use your talent and training to their fullest.

  • Get Region 2 athletes in front of college coaches through video and in-person training.

  • Assist in designing a recruiting plan that is right for you and your college softball goals.

Athlete Training Plan!
  • Provide monthly training/practices either in-person or virtually (during HS season)

    • March/April/May virtual

      • June – January in-person

      • Summer practices will be held in Ashland at Brookside West Park or Massarelli's Sports Coplex

      • Dates TBD – Summer practices/training will be held on Tuesdays

      • Winter practices/training (Nov/Dec) will be held on Friday evenings or Sunday mornings, depending on athlete and facility availability in Kent, Bolivar or Canton, Ohio

  • Provide mental training sessions virtually – March

  • Provide recruiting sessions virtually - April

  • Hold mock identifiers to help build familiarity, comfort and experience for upcoming USA events.

  • Host practices/discussions with college coaches providing instruction/information to help you improve your skills and help you understand the demands of college softball.

  • Provide support for you as you move toward your goals through our Region 2 HPP Coaching Staff

  • This program DOES NOT INCLUDE competition between regions

  • Region 2 programming is designed for skill and performance enhancement

Want More Information?

HPP_Banner1_edited_edited.jpg

USA Softball Region 2
High Performance Program
Athletes

Congratulations to the 28 athletes selected to the Region 2 program AND to attend the National Selection Event in

November 2023!

13U

Amiyah Currie

Presley Gatlin

Mattingly Klein

Lila Manfredonia

14U

Whitney Davis

D'Neya Dennis

Tommi Ewing

Anna Jane Jarzab

Emma Kalivas

HayleeMullins

Anniston Shelton

15U

Leah Claugus

Clara Granchi

Azarriah Phillips

Madison Schmitz

Karina Shuster

Kaileigh Taylor

Sydney Walker

16U

Madison Booth

Ella Girard

Olivia Masoner

Lily Palko

Harley Webb

17U

Karlee Ford

Cali Legzdin

Sydnie Watts

18U

Natalie Susa

Whitney Waddell

Congratulations to the athletes selected to participate in the Region 2 HPP Program!

13U

Lila Boilegh

Selena Bottomlee

Madison Maritz

Lucy Reis

Gia Vrona

14U

BriannaDeeter

Avery Evans

Ella Harmon

Alivia Havanas

Jayde Palmer

Gianna Pezzuolo

Emily Pleva

Madison Proud

Danica Trainer

15U

Renee Brown

Maddison Campbell

Mackenzie Carr

Abigail Herren

Brooklyn Marchette

Sylvia Mittendorf

Cheyenne Moore

Nadia Pagan

Ava Paradise

Olivia Powell

Teagan Quisenberry

Kennidie Rogers

Rachel Whitehead

Ava Williams

16U

Kelly Batten

Elizabeth Gleghorn

Gianna Greathouse

Riley Gwinn

Sydney Lutz

Alyssa Shultz

Lilli Sutkowy

Mackenzie Walts

Emmaleigh Zagrodnichek

17U

Morgan Bailey

Jayce Collins

Larken Koran

Andrea Mansbery

bottom of page