2017 EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP WOMEN’S NATIONAL TEAM SELECTION PROCESS

SECTION 1 – PURPOSE
The 2017 Women’s National Team Program will compete in the 2017 European Championship and the 2017 Jr Women’s World Championships. The purpose of this document is to set out the process that will be used by the Greek Softball Federation to select athletes to the 2017 National team.
This selection process has two objectives:
1. Select eligible athletes to an Athlete Pool. Athletes in the Pool are those identified by the Greek Softball Federation as having demonstrated potential to earn a position on a current or future national team. At any given time, the Athlete Pool represents a ‘snapshot’ of Greek talent in women’s softball.

2. From the Pool, select the best possible Teams for specific events. While some objective criteria will be used to select Teams, it is also recognized that there is a significant subjective element. Subjective elements include such factors as previous and current performance, experience, positional requirements, leadership qualities and team cohesion.

SECTION 2 – ELIGIBILITY
An athlete is eligible for selection to the Athlete Pool so long as they are: (1) in good standing with the Greek Softball Federation, and (2) a Greek Citizen holding a Greek passport or Greek ID (3) a person eligible for Greek Citizenship who is actively pursuing Citizenship.
To be eligible to be selected to a National Team, the athlete must: (1) meet any age requirements and (2) meet any citizenship requirements stipulated by the organizers of the event at which the Team will be competing.
Once selected to the Athlete Pool or to a National Team, all athletes will be expected to be training towards, or to meet the physical standards outlined in Appendix A. These standards on their own will not be used to include or exclude an athlete from consideration for the Pool or a Team, but they will be used by the Greek Softball Federation to measure and monitor an athlete’s training, progress and preparation.
SECTION 3 – AUTHORITY FOR SELECTION
The President of the Greek Softball Federation has delegated authority for all decision making under this policy to the Head Coach.
The Head Coach has final authority for all selection decisions, including selecting athletes to the Athlete Pool, adding additional athletes to the Athlete Pool, selecting National Team from the Athlete Pool, removing athletes from the Athlete Pool or from a National Team, and selecting replacement athletes to a National Team where applicable. In making selection decisions, the Head Coach will consult with the Manager – Women’s National Teams (WNT), and with coaching staff, defined for the purposes of this document to include assistant coaches, scouts and evaluators as designated by the Greek Softball Federation.
SECTION 4 – ATHLETE SELECTION PROCESS
Athlete Pool Selection
The selection of the pool athletes will be based on:
• Previous and current performance
• Experience
• Positional requirements
• Present and projected development and/or improvement
• Leadership/Contribution to team chemistry
• Availability for competition and training
National Team Selection
Athletes from the Athlete Pool will be selected to the National Team, with the goal being to put together the best possible team for any particular event. Factors that will be considered in this selection include physical and technical aspects of the game, as well as team dynamics.
These factors, which will be assigned weight by the Head Coach, as he or she deems appropriate for the decision making process, include:
• Previous and current performance
• Experience
• Positional requirements (primary and backup)
• Present and projected development and/or improvement
• Leadership/Contribution to team chemistry
• Availability for competition and training
• The depth chart, as developed from the evaluation criteria in Appendix A
It is understood that in making selections to create the best possible Team, it is possible that the best individual athletes may not be selected. It is at the discretion of the Head Coach to name an athlete to a National Team even though that athlete may not have participated in selection camps or other National Team events.
The timelines that will be followed in selecting the Athlete Pool and selecting athletes for the 2017 European Championship Team are as follows. Note that specific events, dates and times may be subject to change.
• December 1st, 2016 – The Head Coach will identify the initial pool of athletes selected to the athlete pool. The Head Coach may add to the pool at any time.
• On or before March 15th, 2017 – The Head Coach will select athletes to participate in various events leading up to and including the European Championship, Bollate, Italy (June 25-July 1, 2017) and the 2017 Jr Women’s World Championships, Clearwater, Florida (July 24-Aug 1, 2017) Players may be selected to the team in stages, before that date, at the discretion of the Head Coach.
Alternates may be added to the Team to replace an athlete removed from the team pursuant to section 5. The addition of alternates to the team is at the sole discretion of the Head Coach and will be in keeping with the philosophy of fielding the best possible team.
In addition to the above schedule, athletes are expected to follow the prescribed training regime, take the required regularly scheduled fitness tests and be available to meet with national team staff at agreed to times and locations throughout the year.
UNFORESEEN CIRCUMSTANCES/CHANGES TO THE DOCUMENT
If unforeseen circumstances arise which do not allow for this selection process or the above timelines to be implemented as outlined in this document, the Greek Softball Federation reserves the right to identify an alternate process or alternate timelines. Should this occur, all athletes in the Athlete Pool will be notified of these changes in a timely manner.
SECTION 5 – REMOVAL FROM THE ATHLETE POOL OR FROM A TEAM
5.1 Upon selection to the Athlete Pool or Team, an athlete must:
a) Sign a Team member agreement
b) Provide the Greek Softball Federation with all required documents (passport information etc.)
c) Participate in Team events, activities and meetings, as directed by the Head Coach or his/her designate
d) Ensure they wear proper equipment and clothing
e) Obey all rules established by the Head Coach and/or Greek Softball Federation
f) Assist Softball Greece in public relations and fund raising projects where required
5.2 An athlete may be removed from the Athlete Pool or from a Team where the athlete:
a) Is unable to maintain, or being working towards, to the Head Coaches satisfaction, the training standards set out in Appendix A;
b) Is unable to meet performance expectations;
c) Is unable to perform due to injury, illness or for other medical reason as determined by the Greek Softball Federation’s medical staff;
d) Is unable to commit to National Team Program activities and events (note that an athlete may obtain an exemption from the Head Coach and the Greek Softball Federation)
e) Violates team rules and/or the Greek Softball Federation’s policies and procedures
f) Exhibits conduct that is detrimental to the image of the National Team program of the Greek Softball Federation) Breaches the Athlete Agreement
h) Voluntarily withdraws
i) Fraudulently misrepresents themselves
SECTION 6 – SUBSTITUTION OF ALTERNATES
Where necessary and appropriate, an athlete removed from a National Team may be replaced by an alternate from the Athlete Pool.
Appendix A: Standards for National Team Consideration
Pitchers
Minimum Standard National Team Best
Fastball 64mph 69mph
Change-Up 15-18 mph slower than maximum

Any (2) of the following:
Rise 60mph 64mph
Curve 60mph 64mph
Screw ball 60mph 64mph

Catchers
Minimum Standard National Team Best
Throw: H-2B < 2.00 seconds 1.84 seconds Glove to glove Release < 0.95 0.80 General Fitness Minimum Standard National Team Best Throwing Speed (overhand) > 60mph 68mph
Plank 2.30 min 3.45 min
Beep Test (Leger) 6.5 12
Pro Agility 5.5 4.6
Crunches 30 in 1 min 60 in 1 min
Push Ups 25 in 1 min 40 in 1 min

The Greek Softball Federation Announces 2017 – Women’s National Team Athlete Pool

The Greek Softball Federation is pleased to announce the list of athletes who have been selected to the 2017 Women’s National Team Athlete Pool. In 2017, the Women’s National Team will compete at the European Championships in Bollate, Italy, from June 25 to July 1, and the ISF Jr Women’s World Championship, which will take place from July 24 to 30, 2017 in Clearwater, USA. The team`s 2017 schedule will be finalized at a later date.

“We are very pleased to announce our Athlete Pool for 2017” stated Women’s National Team Head Coach Tony Foti. “Our coaching staff, as well as our network of coaching colleagues from across the country, have provided great feedback on strong team and individual performances. We are excited about getting to know and working with these athletes in the coming months.”

“As we prepare for 2017 European Championship, as well as the 2017 Junior Women’s World Championship, we anticipate that many of the athletes named in this pool will be representing our Greece in international competition” added Foti. “On behalf of the Women’s National Team program and the Greek Softball Federation, we would like to thank everyone who was involved in this process.”

The athletes who have been selected to the 2017 Women’s National Team Athlete Pool are:
*Alexis Bazos – Outfielder – (University of Notre Dame)
*Steffi Best – Pitcher – (Cal Poly SLO)
Marina Demore – Pitcher – (Oregon State)
*Karas Foreso – Catcher/Third Base – (Eaglecrest HS)
Nikki Gialketsis – Catcher – (Sacramento State)
*Hailey Hanson – First Base – (Mater Dei HS)
*Anyssa Iliopoulos – Shortstop – (Rutgers U)
*Mary Iliopoulos – Outfielder – (Aquinas College)
*Ryan King – Catcher – (Marina HS/Middle Tennessee State)
*Anastasia Kali Kitsinis – Pitcher – (Chaminade U, Hawai’i)
Jenae Leles – Shortstop – (Arizona/Team USA)
*Giulia Metaxia Vitti Koutsoyanopulos – First Base/Outfield – (Capistrano Valley HS/Arizona)
Chelsea Lisikatos – First Base – (UNC Charlotte)
Samantha Lisikatos – Catcher/Outfield – (SUNY Oneonta)
*Mia Marinakis – Pitcher – (Bonita Vista HS/Cal State Fullerton)
Alexis Curtiss – Catcher – (Univ. of Buffalo)
*Olivia Markopoulos – Second Base/Outfield – (Boston College)
Demi Patonis – Shortstop – (Youngstown U)
*Sophia Patonis – Outfielder – (Ravenwood HS/Alcorn State)
Eleni Polites – Outfielder – (Illinois-Chicago)
Heather Rush – Pitcher – (TX A&M, Corpus Christi)
*Eleni Spirakis – Shortstop – (Santa Clara)
Loren Stavrou – Pitcher – (Farleigh Dickenson)
Zoe Stavrou – Shortstop – (North Dakota State)
CaraMia Tsirigos – First Base – (Indiana)

Kristen Wyckoff – Second Base – (University of South Florida)
Demi Turner – Second Base – (Alabama)
*Nikki Visvardis – Shortstop – (Lockport HS)
*Katie Vretzos – Shortstop – (Benicia HS/U of San Diego)
Giorgiana Zeremenko – Catcher – (U of Pittsburg)
Dora Skarogianni – Outfielder – Greece
Rania Zavitsanou – Outfielder – Greece
*Nicolette Papavasiliou – Catcher – (Eagle Rock HS)

Konstantina Panagiotou – Catcher – (Athens, Greece)
*Ciara Mardirosian – Catcher – (Domenican U)
Paulina Anasis – Third Base – (Northwestern U)
Christina Melendez – Third Base – (St. John’s U)
Malena Padilla – Outfielder – (New Mexico State)
*Chelsea Runyon – Pitcher/First Base – (High Tech HS)

*eligible for junior national team

Athletes named to the Women’s National Team Pool are eligible to be invited to Women’s National Team training camps and selection camps. The coaching staff reserves the right to add or remove athletes from the pool at any time.

New Coaching Staff for the 20th European Championship Women in Italy


The Greek Softball Federation (G.S.F.) is pleased to announce that the coaching staff for the 20th European Championship Women in Italy (Bollate) to be held between June 25th to 1st July 2017 consists of:


Tony Foti
(Head Coach)
Angel Santiago (Assistant Coach – Hitting)
Shane Showalter (Assistant Coach – Defence)
Shan McDonald (Assistant Coach – Pitching)
Candida Cerri (Assistant Coach – Bench Coach/Operations)
Babis Trigonakis (Assistant Coach/Trainer)
Denise Horafa (Team Manager)

All coatches staff services are provided in a voluntary basis. We would like to thank you and to wish a successful season.
We would also like to thank our last years coaching staff Jimmy Kolaitis, Kim Wright and Marina Demore for their services and we wish them all the best.

Women’s National Team 19th Place – 2016 World Championship

The Greek Women’s National Softball Team completed its 2016 season competing in the 15th Women’s World Championship in Surrey, B.C. Canada and finished 19th among 31 nations. This was Greece’s 2nd World Championship appearance after its participation in China in 2006.

The team started off facing 2 of the strongest softball nations in the 1st round. On opening day they were defeated by Cuba 8-1 followed by a defeat against China 5-1. The team bounced back and won a very strong Guatemala team 2-0.

The results of the 1st round of play placed Greece in the Round Robin Placement Bracket and would first face Austria. In a very close match, Austria came away with the win by a score of 5-4. Our next opponent was Serbia and with exceptional offense led by 2 doubles by Gialketsis and Chelsea Lisikatos & 1 by Donta, Panagiotou and Skarogianni Greece dominated Serbia 9-2. Pakistan our next opponent forfeited their game thus Greece won be default 7-0.

This moved the team to the Placement Playoff Bracket first defeating Uganda shutting them out 4-0 and then Peru by the same score.

We would then face Guatemala. It was a close game tied 1-1 for 4 innings when Demi Patonis singled scoring Donta from 3rd to put Greece ahead 2-1 which remained the final score.

Greece had secured 19th place in the tournament & would face Austria once again for the 18th spot. The game was even and remained scoreless for 7 innings putting the game in extra innings where Austria would score the only run of the game in the 8th inning defeating Greece 1-0.

With an overall record of 6 wins and 4 losses Greece remained 19th in the World and 6th in Europe.

STAFF
Head Coach: Jimmy Kolaitis
Assistant Coach: Kim Wright
Assistant Coach/Trainer: Charalambos Trigonakis
Assistant Coach: Marina Demore
Team Manager: Denise Horafa
Assistant Team Manager: Zoe Stavrou
Bat Girl: Sophia Sherik

PLAYERS
Loren Stavrou
Nikki Gialketsis
Katie Vretzos
Chelsea Lisikatos
Samantha Lisikatos
Demi Patonis
Ioanna Donta
Konstantina Panagiotou
Evangelia Stefatou
Artemis Traikapi
Efstathia Giavri
Athina Pavlou
Dora Skarogianni
Theourania Zavitsanou
Iliana Kourea

Greek Women’s U22 National Team – 6th in Europe

 Greek Women's U22 National Team - 6th in EuropeThe Women’s U22 National Team travelled to Pardubice, Czech Republic in July to compete in the U22 European Championships. The team had high hopes on improving their 3rd place finish in the previous U22 Championships. A difficult task as they faced some of the top European Softball Nations.

On opening day Greece faced the tournament favorite and later the European Champion Netherlands. The Dutch were too strong thus defeating Greece 15-0. The team bounced back and later that evening beat Poland 9-1 with solid pitching by Loren Stavrou.

The next match against Slovakia was highlighted by a Katie Vretzos homerun in the 5th inning, but that was not enough, as costly defensive errors resulted in a 5-2 loss. The defeat did not affect the team as the next day they dominated Lithuania and won 16-1.

The following two games of the tournament were against two of the strongest European nations, Russia and the host Czech Republic. Greece was defeated 15-0 and 9-1 respectively.

The final day of play saw a rematch against Poland. The game was tied 1-1 until the 6th inning, when costly defensive errors by the Greek team resulted in a 4-1 loss. This result placed Greece in 6th place in the European Championship.

STAFF
Head Coach: Dennis Horafas
Assistant Coach: Iandros Zavitsanos
Team Manager: Maria Horafa
Assistant Team Manager: Zoe Stavrou

PLAYERS
Loren Stavrou
Katie Vretzos
Demi Patonis
Iliana Kourea
Dafni Emmanouil
Danai Emmanouil
Foteini Nikolaki
Stavroula Tzortzi
Vasiliki Minou
Stavroula Merliga
Elpida Diavati
Iliana Vlasi

 

Surrey 2016 WBSC XV Women’s World Softball Championship

Surrey_2016_WBSC_XV_Womens_World_Softball_Championship

The Greek Women’s National team will travel to Canada to compete in the 2016 Women’s World Championships held in Surrey, BC, Canada.  This will be Greece’s second participation in World Championships 10 years after competing in China and placing 9th in the competition.

A record 31 nations will be competing in the games from July 15-24, 2016.  The teams have been delegated into 8 sections as follows:

Round Robin Pools

Section 1: Japan, Venezuela, France;
Section 2: USA, Brazil, Austria, Israel;
Section 3: Australia, Mexico, Switzerland, Serbia;
Section 4: Canada, Great Britain, Ireland, Uganda;
Section 5: Chinese Taipei, Puerto Rico, India, Ecuador;
Section 6: Netherlands, Czech Republic, Philippines, Pakistan;
Section 7: China, Cuba, Guatemala, Greece;
Section 8: New Zealand, Italy, Kenya, Peru

Greece was placed in section 7 and will compete in the first round against China, Cuba and Guatemala.  Details on the Championship can be found on the tournament website: www.surrey2016.com.

Women’s National Team – 10th Place, 2015 European Championship

GSF_Womens_National_Team_Netherlands_30Jul15The Greek National Softball team completed its 2015 campaign at the 19th European Championship finishing 10th overall.  2015 marks the first time in eight years that Greece has competed with a National Team.

The 12 members of the team battled opponents, weather and a challenging playing schedule with great success, turning in a 5-3 record before the tournament was suspended due to weather.  Greece’s success was largely due to a strong battery, lead by pitchers Loren Stavrou and Artemis Traikapi and catcher Konstantina Panagiotou who caught every inning of the ESF Championship.

Greece’s victories over Slovakia, Switzerland, Poland, Sweden and Slovakia propelled them to the 9th place – 11th place bracket that lead Greece into another matchup against Sweden, Greece was up 4-3 with a runner on second base and one out when play was suspended and later cancelled.   Solid offensive performance by Stavrou who lead the team in batting average batting .522 for the tournament.  Teammates Panagiotou, Traikapi,  Ioanna Donta, Evaggelia Stefatou and Alexandra Papageorgaki all batting over .300 for the tournament.  The offense scored 48 runs in 8 games and was only shut out twice.

Earlier this spring the Women’s National Team won the gold medal in the 1st Balkan Championship held in Sofia, Bulgaria from April 23rd -26th, 2015.  Following the Balkan Championships the team continued to train a few days a week until July when their training schedule increased to 5-6 days a week.

Greek Softball Federation President, Kostis Liarommatis, initiated the surge to bring back the Women’s National Team in the fall of 2014.   Other members of his staff are Head Coach Tina Kramos, Assistant Coach Charalampos “Babis” Trigonakis, Pitching Coach Marina Demore, Team Manager Denise Horafa and Team Assistant Chelsea Lisikatos.  Team members include, Artemis Traikapi, Ioanna Donta, Alexandra Papageorgaki, Konstantina Panagiotou, Theodora Skarogianni, Iliana Kourea, Athina Pavlou, Nicole Kotsia, Dafni Emmanouil, Evaggelia Stefatou, Evaggelia Diamanti and Loren Stavrou.

Author:  Tina KramosWomen’s National Team Head Coach

Final Standings:  http://www.echw2015.nl/

Women’s National Team to Netherlands – 2015 Women’s European Championship

Hellas_Team_Women_04Jul15The Greek Women’s National Team travels to the Netherlands to compete in the 2015 Women’s European Championships in Rosmalen.  The Tournament will be held July 19-25, 2015.  Our team plays its first game on Sunday against Slovakia at 14:15 local time.

Details on the Championship and play by play of all our team’s games can be found on the tournament website: www.echw2015.nl

 

The National team’s complete first round schedule is as follows:

July 19th:  14:15   GREECE-SLOVAKIA

July 20th:  11:45   GREECE-ITALY

July 21st:  09:30   SWTZERLAND-GREECE

July 21st:  13:45   GREAT BRITAIN-GREECE

GSF WOMEN’S NATIONAL TEAM ROSTER:

Artemis Traikapi, Ioanna Donta, Alexandra Papageorgaki, Konstantina Panagiotou, Theodora Skarogianni, Iliana Kourea, Athina Pavlou, Nicole Kotsia, Dafni Emmanouil, Evaggelia Stefatou, Evaggelia Diamanti and Loren Stavrou

GSF COACHING STAFF:

  • Tina Kramos – HEAD COACH
  • Charalampos Trigonakis – ASSISTANT COACH
  • Marina Demore – PITCHING COACH
  • Denise Horafa – TEAM MANAGER

The team is accompanied by the GSF President Kostis Liarommatis.

Tina Kramos, Women’s National Team Head Coach

Tina_Kramos_Coach_WNT_2015The Greek Softball Federation is happy and proud to announce Tina Kramos as the Women’s National Team Head Coach. Coach Kramos is a former player of our National Team and competed with the Olympic team in the Athens 2004 Olympics.

She is currently the Associate Head Coach at Illinois State University. For Coach Kramos’ complete bio please read more at GSF National Team Coaches.

 

1st Balkan Championship – Greece Takes Home Gold

1st_Balkan_Championship_Greece_Takes_Gold_Apr23-26-2015The Women’s National Team won the gold medal in the 1st Balkan Championship held in Sofia, Bulgaria from April 23rd -26th, 2015.

In the first round of the tournament Greece won Serbia 12-2, Slovenia 9-1 and Bulgaria 9-8.  In the Final of the Championship Greece faced the Tournament hosts Bulgaria and won by a score of 4-3.

The coaching staff that led the team to this success was Head Coach: Babis Trigonakis,  Assistant Coach: Denise Horafa and the National Team Roster:  Alexandra Papageorgaki – Team Captain, Artemis Traikapi, Konstantina Panagiotou, Ioanna Donta, Ioanna Korontzi, Dora Skarogianni, Nefeli Anagnostou, Iliana Kourea, Evangelia Stefatou, Evangelia Diamanti, Athina Pavlou, Nicole Kotsia, Daphne Emmanouil, Stathoula Giavri and Christina Zampeta.

The head of the National Team was the Greek Softball Federation President Kostis Liarommatis.