FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 07, 2018
Chinese National Fastpitch Softball Team returns to Historic Dodgertown for training
Historic Dodgertown is pleased to welcome the return of the Chinese National Women’s fast-pitch softball team, the Beijing Eagles, as they train for the 2018 season in the National Pro Fastpitch League.
The Eagles, led by head coach Teresa Wilson, trained this past fall at Historic Dodgertown and over the winter competed in the Asian Games where they qualified for the World Championships in Japan next August, and finished third in the Asian-Pacific Games behind Japan and Australia.
Their regular season in the National Pro Fastpitch League (NPF) begins mid-May. The League consists of five teams throughout the country, in: Akron, Ohio; Chicago; Kansas City, Mo.; Vero Beach, Fla.; and Viera, Fla. The Eagles completed their first season in the NPF last year. The NPF is the only professional women’s softball league in the United States.
The team’s long-term goal is to compete in the 2020 Olympic Games.
Coach Wilson brings a wealth of Division I head coaching experience to the Eagles, from the Universities of Arizona, Oregon, Minnesota, Washington and Texas Tech. While at Washington and Oregon, she took her teams to the NCAA Women’s College World Series seven times.
She offered the following about Historic Dodgertown and the team’s experience here:
“There is no other place like Dodgertown...where you can accomplish so much in such a short period of time,” said Coach Wilson. “The proximity of the hotel rooms, dining hall, locker room, training room, weight room, bunting area, bullpens, cages and fields is beyond convenient and professional. All-inclusive, immaculately groomed and maintained, and laid out to provide the most effortless rotations with no wasted time of any facility I’ve ever had the pleasure of conducting practices. The staff is second-to-none. Their professionalism, intuitiveness, and real passion for what they do show in every inch of Dodgertown!
“Dodgertown is for anyone who has ever dreamed of being a professional athlete, and wondered what it would be like to get to “go to work” playing the game they love every day. Very few get the opportunity to do that in real life, but if you get the chance to experience Dodgertown, you will get a taste of that life...and you will love every minute of it!”
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, and Historic Dodgertown is the southern home for Softball Factory.
In 2017, and returning in 2018, Major League Baseball hosted their Softball Elite Development Invitational camp, with young women from across the United States and Puerto Rico traveling to Vero Beach to participate in the elite program.
Since opening 70 years ago, teams and executives from China, Korea, Japan, Italy, Australia, New Zealand, Russia, Canada, South Africa, France 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, 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