Feb. 5, 2004
OKLAHOMA CITY - The Amateur Softball Association, the National Governing Body of Softball in the United States, and USA Softball announced today its initial watch list for the 3rd annual USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year Award. Four Bruins, seniors Keira Goerl and Claire Sua and sophomores Caitlin Benyi and Emily Zaplatosch, are on the 40-player list. Former UCLA great Stacey Nuveman won the inaugural award following the 2002 season.
This award, which is considered the Heisman Trophy in women's collegiate softball and is the only national player of the year award, is designed to recognize outstanding athletic achievement by female collegiate softball players across the country.
The initial watch list is comprised of 40 players that represent 26 colleges and 12 different collegiate Conferences. Even if a player doesn't appear on the initial watch list, they are still eligible for the award. The full list of players is available here
The first 25 finalist will be announced on April 6. The list will then be reduced to ten players on April 28,with three finalists being named on May 11. The winner of the 2004 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year Award will be announced at the 2004 NCAA Women's College World Series in Oklahoma City. The winner will also be recognized during the ASA National Council Meeting in Mobile, AL, in November.
A replica of the award will be placed in a permanent display in the ASA National Softball Hall of Fame in Oklahoma City, along with photos of the winner. An additional replica of the award will be presented to the player's academic institution.
The Amateur Softball Association, founded in 1933, is the National Governing Body of amateur softball in the United States and a member of the United States Olympic Committee. As the National Governing Body, the ASA is responsible for identifying, selecting and training male and female athletes to compete in World, Pan American and Olympic competitions.