GOLD Nationals to kick off July 21
OKLAHOMA CITY — Forty-eight teams will compete in the inaugural ASA/USA 16U GOLD National Championship in Broken Arrow, Okla. while 64 squads will take to the ASA Hall of Fame Complex to compete for the ASA/USA 18U GOLD National title. Announced today by the Amateur Softball Association (ASA)/USA Softball, both National Championships feature the best 16-Under and 18-Under softball teams in the country, with the 18U GOLD beginning on July 21 and the 16U GOLD beginning on July 22. Both National Championships wrap up on Saturday, July 26 with two new National Champions named. Click here to see a list of qualified teams for the 16U GOLD and click here for a list of teams at the 18U GOLD.
The official start of the 18U GOLD National Championship kicks off at 8:30 a.m. on Monday, July 21 as 16 pools of four teams each begin play. Pool play, which does not count towards a team's overall seeding in bracket play, will continue through Tuesday afternoon with 4:30 p.m. games concluding pool play. Bracket play begins on Wednesday morning at 8:30 a.m. and will continue through Saturday with the Championship Game slated for 2:30 p.m. on OGE Energy Field at the ASA Hall of Fame Stadium. Pool play and bracket play draws will be completed on Sunday evening by tournament officials and coaches.
For the 16U GOLD, the action kicks off at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, July 22 as 12 pools of four teams each begin pool play. Pool play, which does not count towards a team's overall seeding in bracket play, continues through Wednesday evening with 2 p.m. games concluding pool play. Bracket play begins on Wednesday at 6 p.m. and will continue through Saturday with the Championship Game slated for 2 p.m. on Field 1 at Arrowhead Park in Broken Arrow, Okla. Pool play and bracket play draws will be completed on Monday evening by tournament officials and coaches.
All bracket play games from both the 16U GOLD and 18U GOLD will be available via free live streaming at USASoftball.com.
At the 2013 GOLD National Championship, which was held at the Eddie C. Moore Complex in Clearwater, Fla., the Atlanta Vipers - Giles claimed the title after defeating Wagner's GOLD - Dunn 3-2 in the Championship game.
Admission and parking is free, and tournament programs will also be available for while supplies last. Be sure to follow all the tournament action at USASoftball.com for links to LIVE STATS (all fields) and LIVE STREAMING (select fields). Updates and photos from the event will also be available at ASA/USA Softball’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages.
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 165,000 teams today, representing a membership of more than 2.5 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.