Major League Baseball and USA Baseball announced on Thursday its inaugural Trailblazer Series, a three-day event that will coincide with Jackie Robinson Day.
The event is the first of its kind, with 100 girls 16 years of age and younger representing 20 states participating in the tournament. The Trailblazer Series will be held in the Los Angeles area from April 13th through April 15th.
Girls participating in the event will be divided into two age groups: 12U and 16U. The girls will be coached by some of the top female baseball players and coaches, including women from the USA Baseball Women’s National Team, MLB announced.
Participants will receive non-game instruction from coaches, meet with special guests connected to the sport, and attend the Jackie Robinson Day celebrations on April 15th at Dodger Stadium. The event is free for participants.
Some of the top female coaches and players in baseball will be coaching the teams, including: Justine Siegal, Donna Mills, Codi Dudley, Veronica Alvarez, Tamara Holmes, Jenna Marston, Marti Sementelli, Bridget Venturi Veenema, A.J. Hamilton and Alex Oglesby.
“In memory of Jackie Robinson, Major League Baseball is committed to making our sport accessible and inclusive for all those who want to play, coach or participate,” said Robert D. Manfred, Jr., Baseball Commissioner. “MLB and USA Baseball have listened to the growing demand for girls’ and women’s baseball by launching this unprecedented event. We will be proud to do so on the most meaningful date on our calendar, Jackie Robinson Day, at our Youth Academy in Compton. It is our honor to support trailblazing young women who will be outstanding representatives of their communities.”
Paul Seiler, CEO and Executive Director of USA Baseball called the Trailblazer Series an “exciting chapter in the history of women’s baseball.”
“We’re proud to partner with Major League Baseball on yet another impactful amateur initiative, one that aligns with and supports our Women’s National Team programming which has represented our country in the Women’s World Cup since its inaugural event in 2004,” said Seiler.