2018 GOLD Nationals head to Plano, TX

Nov. 07, 2017, 5:16 p.m. (ET)

OKLAHOMA CITY — USA Softball is proud to announce that the 2018 Girls’ 16-Under and 18-Under GOLD National Championships, two of the most prominent tournaments in Junior Olympic (JO) Championship Play, will be hosted by USA Softball of Dallas/Ft. Worth.  Held in Plano, Texas, the GOLD National Championships are slated for July 15-21, 2018.  

“USA Softball of Dallas/Ft. Worth is honored to host the 2018 GOLD Nationals along with Visit Plano,” said USA Softball of Dallas/Ft. Worth Commissioner Dave Devine.  “Since I became Commissioner, we have been embraced by the city of Plano from day one and are lucky to have some of the most passionate people in softball working with us.  The GOLD Nationals are first-class events and it will be an honor to host them in Plano at their exceptional parks.”

Returning to Texas for the first time since 1995, the 16-Under GOLD and 18-Under GOLD will be primarily played at Heritage Yards in Plano.  Heritage Yards has nine fields and features grandstand seating on their premier championship field.  With covered pavilions, multiple concessions locations and a central operations building, Heritage Yards also has fenced warmup areas for teams.

With convenient access to two major airports, Plano offers visitors and teams a variety of daytime and nighttime activities.  Just a few minutes north of Dallas, Plano accommodates the most diverse budgets and preferences for teams and fans attending the GOLD Nationals.  For more information on Plano, including activities, please visit VisitPlano.com

“Visit Plano and Plano Parks and Recreation are honored to be selected to host the 2018 GOLD Nationals,” said Sports Tourism Manager for Visit Plano Cissy Aberg.  “We are excited for the opportunity to activate our membership with USA Softball by putting our passion for fast pitch and fabulous facilities front and center. We can hardly wait!”

Clearwater, Fla. hosted the 2017 GOLD National Championships with the Virginia Unity and Florida Impact Feldman taking home the 18U and 16U titles, respectively.  The 18U GOLD National Championship is held in Oklahoma City every other year with locations in the east and west alternating in the off years while the 16U GOLD is held in proximity to provide college coaches and members of the USA Softball Women's National Team Selection Committee (WNTSC) the opportunity to identify and recruit a large volume of athletes at the two tournaments.

About USA Softball
USA Softball is a 501(c)(3) not-for profit organization headquartered in Oklahoma City, Okla., and is designated as the National Governing Body (NGB) of Softball in the United States and a member of the United States Olympic Committee. One of the nation’s largest sports organizations, USA Softball sanctions competition in every state through a network of 70 local associations and has grown from a few hundred teams in the early days to over 150,000 teams today, representing a membership of more than 2 million.  USA Softball is dedicated to providing people of all ages the opportunity to play the game they love at a variety of levels by offering recreational, league, tournament and competitive play for fast pitch, slow pitch and modified pitch.  USA Softball annually conducts thousands of tournaments throughout the country including over 100 National Championships.  The USA Softball umpire program is among the nation’s largest and are widely known as the best trained umpires in the game.

As the NGB for the sport of softball, USA Softball is responsible for training, equipping and promoting the six USA Softball National Teams that compete in events such as the Olympics, Pan American Games, World Championships and other international and domestic events. For more information on USA Softball, including its founding and history as the Amateur Softball Association of America (ASA), please visit, www.USASoftball.com.