2019 Junior Olympic (JO) National Championships kick off Championship Season for USA Softball

July 21, 2019, 10:14 a.m. (ET)

OKLAHOMA CITY —  The 2019 Championship Season for the USA Softball Junior Olympic (JO) Program is underway as over 150 teams will head to the ballpark this week on their journey to claiming a 2019 USA Softball Girls’ Fast Pitch Class A National Championship. The USA Softball Girls’ 12-Under (Normal, Ill.), 14-Under (Roseville, Calif.), 16-Under (Salem, Va.) and 18-Under (Montgomery, Ala.) Class A National Championship Finals will take place July 22-28 while the Girls’ 10-Under Class A East (Johnson City, Tenn.) and West (Broken Arrow, Okla.) will be held July 24-28. Teams earned their right to compete for a National Championship Finals title after qualifying through their Local Associations.


Click here to find bracket information for the 2019 Girls’ Class A National Championship Finals


“On behalf of USA Softball, we want to welcome all participants and fans to the 2019 USA Softball JO National Championship Finals,” said USA Softball Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Craig Cress. “USA Softball greatly appreciates all participants taking the time to play USA Softball. We know that there can only be one National Champion decided on the field per division and classification; however, we feel that everyone that participates in a USA Softball National Championship Finals is a 'Champion' and should take pride in competing for a National Championship title.”


Each year, teams within USA Softball’s JO program complete their season the last two weeks of July at USA Softball JO National Championships. In addition to providing top notch competition, venues and facilities, USA Softball National Championships also feature the best-of-the-best officiating crews. With the most knowledgeable and professionally trained umpires in the country, all "blues" must also earn their place at their respective National Championships through their work at the local association and national level. 


In addition to the Girls’ Class A National Championship Finals, teams will also be competing in 30 Territorial Championship Finals. Territorial Championship Finals are held in each of USA Softball’s Territories (North, South, East, West) and are open to teams within their respective Territory that have not qualified for a USA Softball JO Girls’ Class A Fast Pitch National Championship.


Following the conclusion of the Girls’ Class A National Championship Finals, the GOLD National Championships will occur July 28-August 3 in Plano, Texas. The top-division of play for the girls’ 16-Under and 18-Under divisions, the 2019 GOLD Nationals will be hosted by USA Softball of Dallas/Ft. Worth and Visit Plano.