GOLD Nationals set to return to Plano, Texas in 2019

Nov. 08, 2018, 5:06 p.m. (ET)

OKLAHOMA CITY — USA Softball is proud to announce that Plano, Texas will once again serve as host to the USA Softball Girls’ 16-Under and 18-Under GOLD National Championships.  Hosted by USA Softball of Dallas/Ft. Worth and Visit Plano, the 2019 GOLD Nationals are slated for July 28-August 3.

 

"Thank you to USA Softball for the opportunity to host the 2019 USA Softball GOLD Nationals in Plano," said USA Softball of Dallas/Ft. Worth Commissioner, Dave Devine.  "In 2018, the energy at Heritage Yards and the support from the city and Visit Plano was unmatched and we were blown away by the experience of hosting this great event with them.  We want Plano, Texas to be synonymous with hosting USA Softball Nationals and we look forward to making 2019 even bigger and better."

 

Games will be played at Heritage Yards, a nine-field complex that features grandstand seating on their premier championship field.  With covered pavilions, multiple concessions locations and a central operations building, Heritage Yards also has fenced warm-up 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.  Find Plano’s best sports-friendly hotels, restaurants and attractions at Plano’s Sport Survival Guide.

 

“Visit Plano and the athletics staff of Plano Parks and Recreation is thrilled to host the GOLD Nationals for the second consecutive year,” said Sports Tourism Manager for Visit Plano, Cissy Aberg.  “We look forward to improving on last year and having lots of fun doing it!”


At the 2018 GOLD Nationals, the 16-Under division Championship game saw undefeated Texas Glory-Naudin 16U bring home the National Championship title to the state of Texas, beating Santa Fe Inferno- Lovett, 8-1.  Rock Gold-Waye took home the 18-Under division title in exciting style, fighting their way through the loser’s bracket to defeat Team GA Henning 4-1 in the “if-necessary” 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 through a network of Local Associations, which includes all 50 states and select metro 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.