Clearwater FL to host 2017 ISF Junior Women Worlds
PLANT CITY, FL, USA -- International Softball executives have announced that
Clearwater, Florida (USA) will host the top event in 19-and-under female fast
pitch softball in 2017. The XII ISF Junior Women's World Championship will take
place 24-30 July 2017. The event will mark the first time that Clearwater
has ever hosted an ISF world championship.
“Clearwater and Pinellas County is becoming the softball capital in the southeastern United States and is recognized throughout the country as a premier location for softball tournaments," said City of Clearwater Mayor George Cretekos. "The city is honored to have been chosen to host the XII Junior Women’s World Championships. All of us look forward to welcoming these world-class athletes and hopefully future Olympic champions to Clearwater’s sugar sand beaches and to the United States.”
“We’re honored to be named host destination for the 2017 ISF Junior Women’s Softball World Championship,” said DT Minich, Executive Director of Visit St. Pete/Clearwater. “Hosting an event of this caliber bolsters the area’s reputation as a leader in sports tourism, and we’re looking forward to showing off all the area has to offer.”
United States will now host back-to-back junior women's -- the 2015 tournament
will be contested in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and the 2016 Junior Men's World
Championship in Midland, MI.
"It is an honor to know that Clearwater, Fla. will host the 2017 ISF Junior Women's World Championship," said Craig Cress, ASA/USA Softball Executive Director. "They have proven to host some of the best softball tournaments of all levels of play and adding an international World Championship to their list is exceptional. The countries and participants should look forward to an outstanding event in Florida."
Softball submitted the 2017 bid on behalf of the St. Petersburg/Clearwater
Sports Commission. The Eddie C. Moore Complex -- featuring nine softball fields
and state of the art training facility -- will host the championship.
have every confidence that Clearwater will put on an exceptional world
championship. The ISF looks forward to working closely with the
organizers," WBSC Executive Vice President and ISF President Dale McMann
said. "The location and top notch facilities will be an asset for the top
youth female softball athletes to compete. This is an important competition
opportunity for this age category to be able to continue to test their skills
against their counterparts from around the world."
"At the Junior
Olympic level this is the most elite and competitive tournament in the
world," said two-time USA Softball Olympic Gold Medalist Michele
Smith. "It only makes sense for this prestigious event to come to
Clearwater as it's just another step in our city becoming a hot bed for
softball. Not only do we have a world class facility, amazing fields, the
destination is world-class in its ability to host teams and events like
this from around the world."
will mark the third junior women's world championships to be celebrated on the
two-year rotation -- previously having been one every four years.
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WBSC regulates all international competitions involving any of the National
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The WBSC also oversees the Baseball World Cups and Softball World
Championships and is the only sports organization in the world that oversees a
U-12 youth national team world championship. The
WBSC currently has National Federation members in 141 countries and territories
across Asia, Africa, Americas (Caribbean, Central-, North- and South-America),
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