The Amateur Softball Association of the Philippines (Asaphil) has sent the Philippine Women’s Softball team to US for a 3-month long trraining at the International Softball Federation (ISF) headquarters in Plant City, Florida, to learn new scientific techniques to be at par with other Asian powerhouse counterparts in preparation for their Asian Games stint this September.
Asaphil hopes that the Blu Girls’ training in US will push the team to a podium finish in Incheon, Korea.
Danny Francisco, Asaphil’s Secretary General, said that the training regimen of the Blu Girls in our country is way too old and is only good for the Southeast Asian level of competition where our country has always brought home the gold medal.
“For years we’ve been relying on the natural talents of our players. It is about time that we give them the chance to learn the scientific way and know the latest techniques. Totally different ballgame when it comes to the Asian and world levels,” said Franciso.
Francisco added that the main goal of the Blu Girls’ US training camp is to reach the level that would be able to deliver at least a bronze medal in the 17th Asian Games after the team has went home a fourth place finish for four consecutive years in the Asian Softball Championships sa Chinese Taipei.
“A third place finish gives us a strong chance of barging the Top 10 in the world rankings. But the three in Asia—Japan, Chinese Taipei and China—are in the top five of the world rankings,” stressed Francisco.
The highest finish that the Blue Girls delivered in the world championship was in 1970 Osaka World Softball Championships in Japan where they finish with a bronze medal. The team only placed 4th in the 1974 edition of the game in Sratford, Connecticut.