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18U GOLD National Qualifier
7/8/2009

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. — A pair of berths to the Amateur Softball Association of America’s (ASA) 18-Under GOLD National Championship are on the line July 10-12 when 61 of the nation’s best 18U teams compete at the GOLD National Qualifier in Oklahoma City, Okla., and Mustang, Okla. The teams represent eight states including Colorado, Mississippi and Tennessee, and six regions.

Click here for 18U GOLD National Qualifier updated bracket.

The ASA 18-U GOLD Qualifier action begins Friday and Saturday at 8:30 a.m. and continues through 8:30 p.m. at Oklahoma City’s ASA Hall of Fame Stadium and Mustang’s Wild Horse Park. Sunday’s play, which is at the Hall of Fame Stadium only, begins at 8:30 a.m. with the final games scheduled for 2:30 and 4:30 p.m.

Admission to the tournament is $7 a day for adults and $4 for senior citizens and children.

The ASA 18U GOLD National Championship is August 2-9 at the Hall of Fame Stadium and Wild Horse Park. Hundreds of fast pitch players, representing 64 teams from across the nation, including two from this weekend’s qualifier, will vie for the national title.

Between the GOLD Qualifier and the GOLD National Championship is the KFC World Cup of Softball 4 presented by Six Flags, which brings six countries including 2008 Olympic medalists Japan, the United States and Australia to Hall of Fame Stadium, July 16-20. The USA Softball Men’s National Slow Pitch team will also play July 18 against Canada in the first Border Battle.

Tickets for the World Cup and the Border Battle are on sale now at www.softballoutlet.com. Individual session tickets can be purchased for as little as $10.

Other 2009 tournaments at the HOF Stadium include the Hooters Championship Series in October. More information on tournaments can be found at www.asasoftball.com/tournaments.

About ASA

The Amateur Softball Association, founded in 1933, is the National Governing Body of softball in the United States and a member of the United States Olympic Committee. The ASA has become one of the nation’s largest sports organizations and now sanctions competition in every state through a network of 83 local associations. The ASA has grown from a few hundred teams in the early days to over 210,000 teams today, representing a membership of more than three million. For more information on the ASA, visit http://www.asasoftball.com/.

About USA Softball

USA Softball is the brand created, operated and owned by the ASA that links the USA Men’s, Women’s, Junior Boys’ and Junior Girls’ National Team programs together. USA Softball is responsible for training, equipping and promoting these four National Teams to compete in international and domestic competitions. The USA Softball Women’s National Team is one of the only two women’s sports involved in the Olympic movement to capture three consecutive gold medals at the Olympic Games since 1996. The U.S. women have also won eight World Championship titles including the last six consecutive as well as claimed two World Cup of Softball titles. For more information about USA Softball, please visit http://www.usasoftball.com/.

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