Historic Dodgertown is pleased to welcome the Chinese National Women’s Fastpitch Softball Team, the Beijing Eagles, as they train for their 2019 season. This is the third extended-stay training season at Historic Dodgertown since the team was established in May 2017.
The Eagles trained at Historic Dodgertown this past spring and last fall in preparation for their regular season in the National Pro Fastpitch League (NPF) and for international competition. The team’s long-term goal is to compete in the 2020 Olympic Games.
Last fall after departing from their three month training season at Historic Dodgertown, the team competed in the Asian Games where they qualified for the 2018 World Championships, held this past August in Japan. The Eagles finished ninth out of 16 teams in the World Championship series.
“All of us at Historic Dodgertown are pleased to welcome the Beijing Eagles back to Historic Dodgertown,” said Jeff Biddle, vice president of Historic Dodgertown. “The team has discovered our all-inclusive, distraction-free campus with on-site hotel, dining, training and recreation provides the highest level of convenience and focus.”
The NPF is the only professional women’s softball league in the United States. This summer the NPF announced an agreement with ESPN+ to carry regular season games and the league’s Cowles Cup Championship Series.
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. Historic Dodgertown is also the southern home for Softball Factory.
In 2018, Major League Baseball, in conjunction with USA Softball, conducted the second annual Softball Elite Development Invitational camp was held at Historic Dodgertown. Young women from across the United States traveled to Vero Beach to participate in the elite program.
Since opening 70 years ago, teams and executives from the People’s Republic of China, South Korea, Japan, Italy, Australia, New Zealand, Russia, Canada, South Africa, France, Curacao, Uruguay, 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 League, please visit www.ProFastPitch.com.
To learn more about Historic Dodgertown, please visit www.HistoricDodgertown.com.