Athletes Unlimited softball signs players with 2-year contracts


Rachel Garcia and Aleshia Ocasio are among 15 players who have signed two-year contracts for Athletes Unlimited softball – the first such deals offered by the league as it enters its third year.

Athletes Unlimited also added a softball tournament just after the Women’s College World Series. Athletes Unlimited announced the changes on Tuesday.

Garcia was a two-time US college softball player of the year at UCLA and an American Olympian who won a silver medal in Tokyo. Athletes Unlimited drafted her last year, but she didn’t play. Now she is ready.

“After taking some time off after the Olympics, I’m excited to start my professional career with AU next season,” Garcia said in a statement. “I have enjoyed watching several teammates and friends compete at AU, and look forward to competing on the same field with the best players in the game. AU is developing the game for professional female athletes and I look forward to doing so. part of something special.

Ocasio is the reigning Athletes Unlimited champion. The pitcher has recorded 2,096 points in five weeks of individual competition against 60 of the best players in the world.

Other people who have signed two-year contracts include Amanda Chidester, second at Athletes Unlimited last season, and Kelsey Stewart, third. Morgan Zerkle, Gwen Svekis, Amanda Lorenz, Haylie McCleney, Tori Vidales and Caleigh Clifton are also among the two-year signatories. Previous offers were all for one season.

Athletes Unlimited will add AUX Softball in 2022. The two-week non-regular season tournament runs June 13-26, allowing it to build on the buzz created by the Women’s College World Series. It will feature 42 athletes who will play 18 games in a single venue in a single city to be announced.

“I think you’re going to see Athletes Unlimited always doing everything possible to increase engagement with players, and that goes hand in hand with this thought process,” said Athletes Unlimited vice-president Cheri Kempf. “How can we make players feel more secure in the professional sports space and how can we continue to develop their opportunities? So the two-year commitment is part of it, as is AUX in softball.

About a month later, Athletes Unlimited will enter its third regular season. Instead of the August / September period that it had its first two years, the league will return to the Parkway Bank Sports Complex in Rosemont, Illinois from July 29 to August 28. There will be 60 players. More than half of players from last year have re-signed, including Carrie Eberle, last year’s rookie and fourth.

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