USA Softball announces location for 2019 USA Softball Junior Olympic Cup

Aug. 29, 2018, 1:35 p.m. (ET)

OKLAHOMA CITY — USA Softball is excited to announce that the 2019 USA Softball Junior Olympic (JO) Cup will be held in Spartanburg, S.C. July 21-27 at Tyger River Park (179 Dillard Rd, Duncan, S.C. 29334). Created in 2015, the USA Softball JO Cup serves as an opportunity for evaluation by the USA Softball coaching staff and the Women’s National Team Selection Committee (WNTSC).

 

“It’s important to get the best teams at the same complex playing each other and that’s what it’s all about,” said St. Louis Chaos Head Coach, Evan Beatty. “Great coaches, great teams, and that’s what we wanted to be part of."

 

The inaugural USA Softball JO Cup began in 2015 and featured 32 teams in the 18-under division and has grown to include a 16-under division the past two years (2016, 2017) and 14-under division for the first time this past year (2018). There will be a total number of 96 teams split across three separate age divisions. The USA Softball JO Cup features a five-game guarantee, three pool play games and a double-elimination bracket into a single Championship Game. A blind-draw will be conducted for bracket play with protection given to the first and second-place finishers from the 2018 USA Softball JO Cup.

 

"The 2018 USA Softball JO Cup was not only one of the best run tournaments we have attended over the last five years, it was a very competitive field,” said Panthers Fastpitch Head Coach, Jeff Stevens.  "USA Softball’s continued commitment to invite the best competition will allow this tournament to continue its rise up in tournament options!”

 

Tyger River Park is Spartanburg County’s premier park, containing 13 youth baseball/softball fields, a clubhouse, and a large playground. The facility was built to attract youth sports tournaments, a role that it has played well. The park also hosts baseball and softball recreational leagues. As covered in the capital projects section, Tyger River Park was enhanced in 2014 with a perimeter exercise trail, picnic shelters, new restrooms, a splash pad, disc golf, and other amenities.  The park most recently held the 2018 USA Softball Girls’ Class A 12-Under National Championship and was named the 2015 USA Softball Complex of the Year.

 

“We are thrilled that Spartanburg has been selected to host the 2019 USA Softball Junior Olympic Cup,” said Spartanburg Convention and Visitors Bureau’s Sports Tourism Sales Director, Kristyn Hawkins. “It is a testament to our county’s growing sports tourism assets. Players and families will be welcomed by state-of-the-art facilities, freshly renovated hotels and unique local restaurants.”

 

In the first year with three different age divisions, Fury Platinum (14U), Panthers (16U) and St. Louis Chaos (18U) took home their respective JO Cup titles, with all games decided by two runs or less. USA Softball crowned a pair of champions at the 2017 Junior Olympic (JO) Cup following two close championship games Saturday, July 29. The Louisville Lady Sluggers captured the 18-under title defeating the Williamsburg Starz, 3-0, while Michigan Finesse took home the 16-under title in walk-off fashion, 3-2, against the Gametime Stars.  In 2016, the Atlanta Vipers were able to capture the inaugural 16-under Championship with a 7-0 win over Victory USA, while a late-inning rally helped the East Cobb Bullets – Schnute nab a 6-2 win over the Gold Coast Hurricanes for the 18-under title.  In 2015, the Wichita Mustangs nabbed the inaugural title after defeating the East Cobb Bullets 4-0 in the Championship Game.

 

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 69 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.