OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. --- The 73-team field is complete for the 2012 ASA/USA Girls’ 18-Under GOLD National Championship scheduled to take place at the Amateur Softball Association (ASA) Hall of Fame Complex in Oklahoma City, Okla. and at Reaves Park in Norman, Okla. The tournament, which features the best 18-Under softball teams in the country, begins Monday, July 23 and wraps up Saturday, July 28 as a new National Champion is named. Games are slated at both complexes July 23-26, after which the ASA Hall of Fame Complex will be the sole host for the remaining two days. The field represents 21 different states with California and Texas having the most at 13 teams apiece. Of the 73 competing teams, 11 are returning from the 2011 ASA/USA Girls’ 18-Under GOLD National Championship, which was held in San Diego, Ca. To see a list of qualified teams, please click here.
The official start of the GOLD National Championship kicks off at 8:30 a.m. on Monday, July 23 as 18 pools of four teams each begin play at both complexes. Preliminary play throughout the remainder of the day and through Tuesday afternoon with 2:30 p.m. games concluding pool play. All pool play games will have an hour and forty time limit, and do not count towards a team’s overall seeding in bracket play. Bracket play begins on Wednesday morning at 8:30 a.m. at both complexes and will continue through Saturday with the Championship Game slated for 6:30 p.m. at the ASA Hall of Fame Stadium Field. Pool play and bracket play draws were completed on Sunday evening by tournament officials and coaches.
Admission and parking at both complexes are free, and tournament programs will also be available for $5 while supplies last. Be sure to follow all the tournament action at GOLD.ASASoftball.com where LIVE STATS and LIVE STREAMING from ONLY ASA Hall of Fame Complex fields will take place, while scores from Reaves Park in Norman will be posted. Updates and photos from the event will also be available at ASA/USA Softball’s Facebook and Twitter pages.
For more information, please visit GOLD.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 six World Cup of Softball titles. For more information about USA Softball, please visit http://www.usasoftball.com/.
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