The USA Softball High Performance Program (HPP) is the new way USA Softball will identify pools of athletes to train, compete and represent USA Softball through domestic and international competition.
The program focuses on providing an equal opportunity for players to develop their skills and show their talent while growing the game of softball in the United States. Serving as a pipeline to the National Team, the program is inclusive to all that wish to participate and develop their skills. The program will also identify a pool of coaches who can lead athletes and support their goals to advance their skills and achieve success.
Through the HPP, athletes around the country have the chance to make a USA Softball National Team at multiple age groups. Working first at the local level, the best talent in the game will work through camps, clinics, identifiers and tryouts to make local teams, region teams, and potentially be selected to a National Team to participate with USA Softball at a World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) international event.
Coaches in the program have the ability to learn from top coaches and invest in athletes’ futures. They have the opportunity to grow the game of softball, both in participation as well as skill level. Giving back to the game and helping with this program will lead to satisfaction and watching their athletes achieve success.
The HPP includes 10 regions and 62 local areas throughout the country. The program is headed by the USA Softball National Office and a committee that was formed to create the program and adjust, as necessary. The committee will also work to place individuals in roles throughout the regions and areas.
Through evaluation, placement, training, and re-evaluation each year, HPP can identify athletes for advancement consideration, working to discover the future Women’s National Team athletes.
The HPP age classifications are based on the age guidelines for the WBSC competition schedule. Age groups are defined by birth year and an athlete must be the age group age throughout the entire year. For example, if an athlete is trying out for the 2021 14u region team, the athlete must not turn 15 until 2022. The age of the athlete on Dec 31 determines their age group for the following year. An athlete may try out for their age group team but be asked to move up in age group.