OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. --- The 64-team field is complete for the 2009 ASA 18-Under GOLD National Championship scheduled to take place August 2-9 at the ASA Hall of Fame Complex in Oklahoma City, Okla. Pool play draws were completed on Monday by tournament officials as 16 pools of four teams each kick off the tournament action before the 64-team championship bracket is drawn on the evening of Monday, August 3.
Be sure to follow all the tournament action at http://gold.asasoftball.com/ where LIVE STATS and LIVE STREAMING of the stadium field will take place.
The tournament format, where pool play games are used to seed teams into a double elimination bracket, returns for the first time since 2004.
“The significance of being a No. 1 seed after pool play is that you will play a No. 4 seed in your first bracket game, and No. 2 seeded teams will play No. 3 seeded teams,” said ASA Assistant Director of Membership Services and Stadium events Chris Sebren. “This means that the bracket draw will take place at a second coaches meeting following completion of pool play and we will continue to protect teams from within the region and the pools when drawing into the bracket.”
The field represents 24 different states with California having the most at 16 teams and Texas at No. 2 with 12 teams. The tournament officially begins on Sunday evening with opening ceremonies and pool play games starting at 6:30 p.m.
The 2008 National Champion Gold Coast Hurricanes, of Plantation, Fla., will return to Oklahoma City looking to defend their title after finishing with a perfect 7-0 record last year after defeating the Corona Angels - Tyson, of Corona, Calif., 6-5 in the Championship Game. The Corona Angels are also returning to the tournament.
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/.
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