OKLAHOMA CITY –– USA Softball has officially revealed the 2022 schedule for the USA Softball Hall of Fame Complex. With events slated for March through October, softball fans from across the nation can look forward to many action-packed weekends at the Softball Capital of the World® featuring the highly-touted NCAA Women’s College World Series (WCWS), the USA Softball All-American Games and the USA Softball Junior Olympic Cup. The historic complex will also play host to various USA Softball National Championships including the prestigious 16-Under and 18-Under GOLD National Championship, Women’s Open Slow Pitch National Championship and Men’s Class A and B Slow Pitch National Championships.
“We are looking forward to hosting a full schedule of events at the USA Softball Hall of Fame Complex for the 2022 season,” said USA Softball Director of Membership Services, Rich Cress. “With events slated at the youth, adult, high school and college levels, we welcome the opportunity for fans to experience competition from athletes of all ages in events such as the OSSAA High School Fast Pitch State Tournament, the Women’s College World Series and a variety of youth and adult USA Softball National Championships. It’s going to be a great year of softball and we are excited to welcome all who visit the Softball Capital of the World® in 2022.”
The 2022 season kicks off in March with a pair of collegiate tournaments including the Langston University Red Dirt Softball Classic (March 3-5) and the Oklahoma Hall of Fame Classic (March 18-20) followed by the first slow pitch event of the year with the Capital City Classic scheduled for March 25-26.
USA Softball will welcome back the Spring Challenge (April 1-3), Special Olympics of Oklahoma (April 6) and the Spring Preview (April 8-10) in the month of April before the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association (OSSAA) Slow Pitch State Championship takes place the first week of May (May 3-4). Also returning to the USA Softball Hall of Fame Complex is the Big 12 Conference Championship (May 13-14) prior to the highly-anticipated NCAA WCWS (June 2-10), which features the top eight teams in Division I softball competing for the coveted National Championship title.
An exciting addition to the 2022 schedule is the USA Softball Junior Olympic (JO) Cup, coming to the Hall of Fame Complex for the first time in its seven-year history. The 14-Under division will kick off the competition on June 29 with the Championship Game slated for July 4. Scheduled to take place the following week will be the 16-Under and 18-Under divisions as they compete for the title July 11-16. In addition to facing some of the top competition in the country, 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).
Returning the Softball Capital of the World® following its hosting in 2020, the prestigious USA Softball GOLD National Championships will welcome the top 16-Under and 18-Under girls’ fast pitch teams to Oklahoma City for a full week of competition slated for July 17-23. Following that will be the return of the Alliance Fastpitch Championship Series (AFCS) after the inaugural event in 2021 – this year featuring the 10-Under and 12-Under divisions held July 25-31.
After an action-packed month of July, the competition will continue in August with the USA Softball All-American Games, a top tournament intended to provide national exposure to elite athletes in the 12-Under JO Fast Pitch division, taking place August 12-14. The All-American Games will be followed by a series of Slow Pitch National Championships including the Women’s Open (Aug. 19-21), Men’s Class B (Sept. 2-3) and Men’s Class A (Sept. 4-5) divisions, while the OSSAA Fast Pitch State Championships will close out the 2022 events season at the USA Softball Hall of Fame Complex with tournaments Oct.6-8 and Oct. 13-15.
Additional events to be held at the USA Softball Hall of Fame Complex may be added at a later date.
For more information on the USA Softball Hall of Fame Complex, visit USASoftball.com.