OKLAHOMA CITY — The Amateur Softball Association (ASA) of America/USA Softball is excited to host the Men's Military Slow Pitch Championship June 20-22 at Route 66 Park in Edmond, Okla. The winner of the Championship will receive a cash prize of $2,000 and a paid berth to the ASA/USA Men's Class A or Class B Slow Pitch National Championships. The Men's Class A Slow Pitch National Championship will be held September 26-28 at Route 66 Park and the Men's Class B Slow Pitch National Championship will be held August 15-17 at Route 66 Park.
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"As the Governing Body of Softball in the U.S., ASA/USA Softball is honored to partner with our Armed Services to establish a Military Championship for military installations and units below the Military Branch level," said ASA/USA Softball President and retired Major in the United States Marine Corps Phil Gutierrez. "This is a natural partnership as the Armed Services Softball Team annually participates in the ASA/USA Softball Men’s Slow Pitch Class 'A' National Championship, plus many members of our leadership throughout the country are military veterans who continually celebrate the accomplishments of the military and proudly support their efforts to keep us safe and free."
In order to be eligible for the Men's Military Slow Pitch Championship, all players must be assigned to their respective military base/joint base/installation. Players must also have their military ID cards and must have active, guard, reserve, dependent or retiree status (retirees and dependents limited to three per team). The Men's Military Championship play will be based on the Men's Class B Slow Pitch division rules with each team allowed six home runs per game, after which each home run is counted as an out.
"What an honor for us to host a Military Championship for military members and their families," said ASA/USA Softball Executive Director Craig Cress. "ASA/USA Softball takes pride in the relationship we've established with our Armed Forces and look forward to continuing that tradition as we host our first-ever Military Championship."
For more information on the tournament, including brackets, visit TournamentASA.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 200,000 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 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 as well as claimed six World Cup of Softball titles. For more information about USA Softball, please visit http://www.usasoftball.com/.