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October 11, 2018
Chinese National Fastpitch Softball Team Returns to Historic Dodgertown
Historic Dodgertown is pleased to welcome the Chinese National Women’s Fastpitch Softball Team, the Beijing Eagles, as they train for their 2019 season. This is the third extended-stay training season at Historic Dodgertown since the team was established in May 2017.
The Eagles trained at Historic Dodgertown this past spring and last fall in preparation for their regular season in the National Pro Fastpitch League (NPF) and for international competition. The team’s long-term goal is to compete in the 2020 Olympic Games.
Last fall after departing from their three month training season at Historic Dodgertown, the team competed in the Asian Games where they qualified for the 2018 World Championships, held this past August in Japan. The Eagles finished ninth out of 16 teams in the World Championship series.
“All of us at Historic Dodgertown are pleased to welcome the Beijing Eagles back to Historic Dodgertown,” said Jeff Biddle, vice president of Historic Dodgertown. “The team has discovered our all-inclusive, distraction-free campus with on-site hotel, dining, training and recreation provides the highest level of convenience and focus.”
The NPF is the only professional women’s softball league in the United States. This summer the NPF announced an agreement with ESPN+ to carry regular season games and the league’s Cowles Cup Championship Series.
Historic Dodgertown, which opened in 1948, has long been recognized as an international sports facility, conference and event center, and welcomes teams in the sports of baseball, softball, football, soccer, rugby, lacrosse and land training for water sports.
As an investment to grow the game of softball, in 2012 Historic Dodgertown opened the Quad complex for softball. The Quad has been the host venue for the Florida Junior College Women’s Softball Championship (JUCO), the Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) Softball Championship. Historic Dodgertown is also the southern home for Softball Factory.
In 2018, Major League Baseball, in conjunction with USA Softball, conducted the second annual Softball Elite Development Invitational camp at was held at Historic Dodgertown. Young women from across the United States traveled to Vero Beach to participate in the elite program.
Since opening 70 years ago, teams and executives from the People’s Republic of China, South Korea, Japan, Italy, Australia, New Zealand, Russia, Canada, South Africa, France, Curacao, Uruguay, and throughout Latin America have visited and played on Historic Dodgertown’s major league designed fields, trained on the state-of-the-art equipment, stayed in the on-site hotel villa rooms and utilized the meeting rooms, dining hall and recreational amenities.
Historic Dodgertown Chairman and former Dodgers owner Peter O’Malley has long encouraged the growth of sports in China.
O’Malley’s first visit to Beijing, China was groundbreaking. In February 1980 he met with All-China Sports Federation representatives. In the summer of 1980, five representatives of the People’s Republic of China were his invited guests to observe baseball at Dodger Stadium and in Southern California. On Sept. 12, 1986, dedication ceremonies were held at the “Dodger Baseball Field,” privately built by O’Malley at the Tianjin Institute of Physical and Cultural Education (about 120 kilometers south of Beijing). In 1991 O’Malley was named an “Honorary Citizen” of the People’s Government of Tianjin.
To learn more about the U.S. National Pro Fastpitch League, please visit www.ProFastPitch.com.
To learn more about Historic Dodgertown, please visit www.HistoricDodgertown.com.
About Historic Dodgertown – Vero Beach, Florida
“A Florida Heritage Landmark”
World-famous Historic Dodgertown – Vero Beach, Florida is a multi-sport, 80-acre complex on Florida’s Treasure Coast managed by former Dodger owner Peter O’Malley in a partnership since 2012. O’Malley, whose family developed and expanded the site formerly known as “Dodgertown” for nearly 50 years, partnered with his sister Terry O’Malley Seidler and former Dodger star pitchers Chan Ho Park and Hideo Nomo.
On November 10, 2014, Historic Dodgertown was named a Florida Heritage Landmark for its unique historic significance extending beyond baseball, as the first completely integrated Spring Training site in the South. The “Baseball and Dodgertown” historical marker is located at the entrance to the conference center.
The home of Dodger Spring Trainings from 1948-2008, it was the starting place for six World Championships and 14 N.L. Pennant-winning teams. Numerous Baseball Hall of Fame players trained on these hallowed grounds, as well as 20 visits from professional teams in Asia.
The all-inclusive facility, owned by Indian River County, gives teams of all ages the unique opportunity to train, play, dine and stay together in on-site villas. Participants utilize one of 10 ½ playing fields (seven are Musco-lighted for night games), including a new cloverleaf of youth baseball/softball fields with concessions area and new multi-purpose field (110 by 130 yards) for football, soccer and lacrosse.
Other amenities include clubhouses, two full-sized weight rooms, dining room, Stadium Club lounge and a competition-size swimming pool. The home of 6,500-seat Holman Stadium, Historic Dodgertown – Vero Beach, Florida provides an all-encompassing experience for guests and is the ideal setting to build a championship team. It’s the perfect location for tournaments, camps, schools, business conferences and seminars.
Continuing its tradition since 1983, the Los Angeles Dodgers Adult Baseball Camp returned to Historic Dodgertown in November, 2014. Visit historicdodgertown.com for more information.
Ruth Ruiz, Historic Dodgertown – Vero Beach, Florida, (772) 257-8532