OKLAHOMA CITY — The Amateur Softball Association (ASA) of America announced today that events including the NCAA Women’s College World Series, the World Cup of Softball VI and Border Battle III will be hosted this year at the ASA Hall of Fame Complex in Oklahoma City. From March through October, the country’s premier softball facility will host 26 fast and slow pitch events for both youth and adults as well as postseason events for high school, junior college and Division I college ball. Both international men’s slow pitch and women’s fast pitch will also be featured at the ASA Hall of Fame Complex.
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“ASA is very excited about the schedule that has been put together for this year at the ASA Hall of Fame Complex,” ASA Assistant Director of Membership/Stadium Events Chris Sebren said. “Some of the events are ASA girls’ fast pitch, ASA men’s and women’s slow pitch, Oklahoma Special Olympics softball and a variety of high school and college events. We are also very excited to be hosting the World Cup of Softball, the Border Battle and the NCAA Women's College World Series, all of which will be featured on the ESPN family of networks.”
The action packed schedule kicks off March 4-6 with The Preview college tournament featuring Auburn, Illinois-Chicago, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State on March 5 as well as a 12-Under and 14-Under youth tournament spanning the three days. It concludes October 13-15 with the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association (OSSSA) 5A and 6A Fast Pitch State Championship.
"Getting to play at the Hall of Fame Stadium means a lot to me,” said Julia Minter, a 12 year old who plays ASA. “Playing on the best softball field in the world is awesome and not a lot of young ladies get the chance to do it. Playing on this field where the very best women in this sport have played is every softball players dream. Just knowing that I have stood and played on the same field as Jennie Finch, Cat Osterman and Natasha Watley, gives me hope that I will someday wear the USA uniform. I have played at numerous softball complexes and in countless tournaments, but by far take away the best memories when playing at Hall of Fame Stadium."
Minter’s 14-Under fast pitch team, the Lady Cardinal of Edmond, Okla., are playing at the ASA Hall of Fame Complex during the opening 2011 event.
The ASA Hall of Fame Complex schedule is highlighted by the NCAA Women’s College World Series, June 2-8, which features the top eight teams in Division I softball playing for a National Championship. From July 21-25, the complex plays host to the top athletes in international softball with the World Cup, which features the 2011 USA Softball Women’s National Team playing teams from Australia, Canada, Czech Republic, Great Britain and Japan. The 2011 USA Softball Men’s Slow Pitch Team will play Canada in Border Battle III during the World Cup on July 23.
"When you put on the Team USA uniform, you know that you are among the best of the best. And I could not imagine a more exciting time to wear the Red, White and Blue than this year’s Border Battle against Canada," two-time USA Softball Men’s Slow Pitch National Team member Brian Wegman (Hamilton, Ohio) said. "The fans watching in Oklahoma City and those tuning in on ESPN are going to witness an incredible moment for the sport of slow pitch softball. We’ve never played at a level higher than this. With Canada taking last year’s game, I’m ready to get out there and take the Border Battle title back for all of our amazing supporters."
Tickets to The Preview and the World Cup/Border Battle are on sale online through SoftballOutlet.com or by calling 800-654-8337. To purchase tickets to the NCAA Women’s College World Series, go to NCAA.com or call Oklahoma City All Sports Association at 405-236-5000.
Other events being held at the complex include the Capital City Classic for adult slow pitch (April 1-3), Region 2 Junior College Championship for women’s fast pitch (May 6-8), ASA Hall of Fame Tournaments for girls fast pitch (June), the ASA Girls' 18-Under GOLD National Championship qualifier for girls (July 8-10), the Tuttle High School Tournament for girls fast pitch (August 26-27) and the ASA Men’s A and Women’s Open Slow Pitch National Championship (September 30-October 2).
For more information on the ASA Hall of Fame Complex events, visit ASASoftball.com.
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 76 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 nine World Championship titles including the last seven consecutive as well as claimed four World Cup of Softball titles. For more information about USA Softball, please visit http://www.usasoftball.com/.
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