OKLAHOMA CITY — The Amateur Softball Association (ASA) of America announced today that 28 events including the NCAA Women’s College World Series, the World Cup of Softball VII and Border Battle IV 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 88 days of 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. The ASA/USA Softball Girls’ GOLD 18-Under Fast Pitch National Championship will also return to Oklahoma City this year for the first time since 2009.
For the complete 2012 schedule of events for ASA Hall of Fame Complex, please click here.
“The schedule for the ASA Hall of Fame Complex has never been more jam-packed than it is for 2012,” said Chris Sebren, ASA Assistant Director of Membership. “In addition to our staple events like the NCAA Women’s College World Series, the World Cup of Softball, the Border Battle and various ASA National Championships, we are also happy to bring events like the Jim Thorpe Native American Games and the Special Olympics National Invitational to Oklahoma City. No matter what day fans chose to come out to experience the ASA Hall of Fame Complex, it will be a great day of action. We’re excited to offer only the best of the best in fast and slow pitch.”
The action packed schedule kicks off March 2-4. The Preview presented by Jersey Mikes college showcase featuring Iowa, LSU and 2011 NCAA Women’s College World Series participants Oklahoma and Oklahoma State is March 3 with a 12-Under and 14-Under youth tournament spanning the three days. The 2012 action concludes Oct. 11-13 with the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association (OSSSA) 5A and 6A Fast Pitch State Championship.
The ASA Hall of Fame Complex schedule is highlighted by the NCAA Women’s College World Series, May 31-June 6, which features the top eight teams in Division I softball playing for a National Championship. While the Arizona State Sun Devils prevailed as 2011 NCAA Division I Softball Champions, Alabama, Baylor, California, Florida, Missouri, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State also participated.
“It's a great honor to be able to play in such a great venue for softball,” said Keilani Ricketts, a two-time USA Softball Women’s National Team member who pitches for Oklahoma. “I first played at the ASA Hall of Fame when I was 12 for ASA travel ball and never in my dreams thought I would see myself back there on Team USA. The atmosphere gives me the goose bumps every time I step on the field because there is so many memories from winning GOLD Nationals, being at the NCAA Women’s College World Series and winning the World Cup at the stadium. I can't wait to get back out there soon to make even more memories with our team this year.”
In 2011, Ricketts appeared in two tournaments at the stadium with Oklahoma before pitching the 2011 USA Softball Women’s National Team to the World Cup of Softball VI title. She also led her travel ball team, Sorcerer-Phil, to the 2009 ASA/USA Softball Girls’ GOLD 18-Under Fast Pitch National Championship.
From June 28-July 2, the complex plays host to the top athletes in international softball with the World Cup, which features the 2012 USA Softball Women’s National Team playing teams from around the globe. In conjunction with the World Cup, the 2012 USA Softball Men’s Slow Pitch National Team will play Canada in Border Battle IV on June 30. After suffering a 30-29 loss to Canada in 2010, the Red, White and Blue rose to the occasion last year, run-ruling the Canadians 25-3 in four innings live on ESPN.
"Getting the opportunity to represent your country and wear the Red, White, and Blue is an incredible feeling,” three-time USA Softball Men’s Slow Pitch National Team member Brett Helmer. “Knowing that you are getting the chance to play live on ESPN and have over a million people tune in to watch and cheer us on is truly humbling. Then add in the fact that you are playing that game at one of the best venues, the ASA Hall of Fame Complex, on one of the nicest fields in the world, just puts the finishing touches on an all around incredible experience."
Tickets to The Preview are now on sale online through SoftballOutlet.com or by calling 800-654-8337 while World Cup/Border Battle tickets will go on sale next month. 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 Combat Capital City Classic (April 20-22), Region 2 Junior College Championship (May 4-6), the Jim Thorpe Native American Games (June 11-14), the Special Olympics National Invitational Tournament (Sept. 21-25) and the ASA Men’s A and Women’s Open Slow Pitch National Championship (Sept. 30-28).
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 five World Cup of Softball titles. For more information about USA Softball, please visit http://www.usasoftball.com/.
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