CHESTER, N.Y . -- Tony Abbatine, the International Director of Instruction for Frozen Ropes will again join the USA Softball Women's National team coaching staff as they prepare for their upcoming international competition this Summer.
With similar positions with Major League Baseball teams— including the New York Mets, Boston Red Sox, the New York Yankees and the Colorado Rockies — Abbatine will provide support in the area of pitch recognition and mental skills training to this year's Women's National Team. Abbatine has worked with several college softball programs, most recently the University of South Florida, UNLV, Oregon State and UNC Chapel Hill.
“Tony’s help in preparing our National Team last year was tremendous," said USA Softball Women's National team Head Coach Ken Eriksen. The 2014 USA Softball Women's National Team took the silver medal in the ISF Women's World Championship and finished the 2014 year with a 28-6 record in international tournament play.
Working with national teams as they prepare for international play is not new for Abbatine. His work in the area of mental skills and pitch recognition has been featured in Sports Illustrated, USA Today and Newsweek.
"It was amazing how receptive these elite athletes were to some topics they had never been exposed to,” said Abbatine. “The great athletes on this team are always looking for the edge in competition; that’s why they are the best of the best."
2015 Team USA Summer Schedule:
June 15-16: Exhibition Games- Houston, TX
June 18-19: Exhibition Games- Waldorf, MD
June 27: Exhibition Games- Kansas City, MO
June 29 - July 5: World Cup X- Irvine, CA
July 10-11: Exhibition Games- Ewing, NJ
July 13-14: Exhibition Games- Findlay, OH
July 15-26, 2015: Pan American Games- Toronto, Ontario, Canada
August 2-10: Japan Cup- Japan
The Amateur Softball Association, founded in 1933, is the National Governing Body of softball in the United States and a member of the United States Olympic Committee. The ASA has become one of the nation's largest sports organizations and now sanctions competition in every state through a network of 76 local associations. The ASA has grown from a few hundred teams in the early days to over 165,000 teams today, representing a membership of more than 2.5 million. For more information on the ASA, visit http://www.asasoftball.com/.
About USA Softball
USA Softball is the brand created, operated and owned by the ASA that links the USA Men's, Women's, Junior Boys' and Junior Girls' National Team programs together. USA Softball is responsible for training, equipping and promoting these four National Teams to compete in international and domestic competitions. The USA Softball Women's National Team is one of the only two women's sports involved in the Olympic movement to capture three consecutive gold medals at the Olympic Games since 1996. The U.S. women have also won nine World Championship titles including the last seven consecutive as well as claimed six World Cup of Softball titles. For more information about USA Softball, please visit http://www.usasoftball.com.
About Frozen Ropes
With facilities throughout the US and training events in Europe and the Middle East, Frozen Ropes provides softball and baseball support to amateur and professional players and teams.
In addition to teaching the fundamental skills at every position, Frozen Ropes training and success stories in the area of Mental skills and Pitch recognition is considered the best in the Industry.
Frozen Ropes has presented several times at the NFCA convention and the ABCA ( Baseball) Convention over the last few years. For more information visit www.frozenropes.com.
Team USA Vision coach Tony Abbatine with USA pitcher Jessica Moore.
Team USA Outfielder Michele Moultrie at Training Camp with Tony Abbatine.