OKLAHOMA CITY –– Due to travel restrictions as a result of the COVID-19 global pandemic, the 2020 edition of Border Battle, an annual international event featuring the Men’s and Women’s Slow Pitch National Teams of the U.S. and Canada, has been canceled. USA Softball will move forward with the annual Men’s and Women’s Slow Pitch Showdown, which has been relocated to Viera, Fla. and will be held at Space Coast Stadium. The Women’s Slow Pitch National Team Program kicks off the action October 4-5 while the Men’s Slow Pitch National Team Program will play games October 11-12.
“After much consideration following the cancelation of Border Battle XII, USA Softball feels it is important that the athletes selected to the 2020 USA Softball Slow Pitch National Teams have the opportunity to represent Team USA in the Slow Pitch Showdown,” said USA Softball Chief Executive Officer, Craig Cress. “We’re grateful for the support of many that help in providing opportunities for our Slow Pitch National Team athletes to compete year after year.”
Four teams are set to compete in the Women’s event, beginning on Sunday, October 4 at 4 p.m. ET and concluding on Monday, October 5 at 12 p.m. ET with the annual Women’s Slow Pitch Showdown featuring a Team USA matchup between the Women’s Slow Pitch National Team (WSPNT) and Women’s Futures National Team (Women’s Futures). Teams competing in the Women’s division include WSPNT, Women’s Futures, On Point and Dirty Sports/Trojans.
In the Men’s division, the Men’s Slow Pitch National Team (MSPNT), Men’s Futures Slow Pitch National Team (Men’s Futures), Drip City and JUNO Athletics will begin competition on Sunday, October 11 at 4 p.m. ET with the MSPNT and Men’s Future’s capping the weekend with the annual Men’s SP Showdown matchup on Monday, Oct. 12 at 12 p.m. ET.
USA Softball announced the 2020 Slow Pitch National Team rosters earlier this year. The MSPNT roster includes athletes from 11 different states with 14 veterans returning to the roster while the Men’s Futures Team is a mixture of veterans and rookies from 11 different states. The 14-athlete WSPNT roster includes athletes from 10 different states while the 15-athlete Women’s Futures roster includes athletes from 13 different states. Athletes on all four rosters have earned numerous USA Softball National Championships and individual tournament accolades.
The USA Softball Slow Pitch Showdown dates back to 2012 with the most recent edition being held in Midland, Michigan last year where the Men’s and Women’s National Teams each finished victorious. The 2019 competition settled with the MSPNT dominating in a 41-23 victory over the Men’s Futures while the WSPNT edged past the Women’s Futures with a narrow 7-6 win.
For more information on the 2020 Slow Pitch Showdown, please visit USASoftball.com
About USA Softball
USA Softball (USAS) 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 & Paralympic Committee. One of the nation’s largest sports organizations, USAS sanctions competition through a network of Local Associations, which includes all 50 states and select metro associations. USAS 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. USAS annually conducts thousands of tournaments throughout the country including over 100 National Championships. The USAS 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, USAS 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 USAS, including its founding and history as the Amateur Softball Association of America (ASA), please visit, www.USASoftball.com.