NEW VENUE FOR 2011 GOLD
For Immediate Release: 7/7/2010
2011 ASA 18-Under GOLD Awarded to Irvine, California
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. — The Amateur Softball Association (ASA) of America announced today that Irvine, Calif. will be the host city for the 2011 ASA Girls’ 18-Under GOLD National Championships July 31- August 6.
“After the changes that occurred in Reno at the ASA Annual Meeting, we are thrilled to be hosting the GOLD in Irvine, Calif. in 2011 with our new rotation,” said ASA Executive Director Ron Radigonda. “Irvine is a hot bed for softball and has proven to be a successful host for ASA National Championships. This tournament continues to bring the best in softball and with our rotation we feel this is the best solution to meet the needs of the teams and everyone else involved in the success of the GOLD.”
With the Southern California ASA local association serving as host, the 64-team and most prominent ASA Junior Olympic tournament will be held at Bill Barber Park and Harvard Park.
“Southern California ASA is honored and excited to be selected as the host association for the 2011 18-Under GOLD National Championship,” said So Cal Commissioner Phil Gutierrez. “We have a great host venue in the City of Irvine with excellent playing facilities, outstanding hotel accommodations, wonderful weather and world renown attractions such as Disneyland and of course our beautiful beaches. We very much look forward to hosting this prestigious ASA event.”
The 2010 18-U GOLD will take place August 1-8 at the Lost Mountain Softball Complex in Marietta, Ga. and return to the ASA Hall of Fame Complex in Oklahoma City in 2012. (SPY note: the actual, published dates by code are August 1-7.)
Below is the code reference to the site rotation referenced above:
Article 602 H 09 The Junior Olympic Girls 18 and Under Gold Fast Pitch will be rotated to Oklahoma City every third year and in the off years will be placed in other parts of the country by the Executive Director.
Below is the code reference to the new date formula for the 18-Under GOLD National Championship:
Article 509 B 04 f Girls’ ASA Gold 18-Under Fast Pitch. This National Championship Final shall be scheduled to conclude on the first Saturday in August and not be scheduled more than seven (7) days. This event will not have and opening ceremonies event and the managers meeting cannot be scheduled prior to 6:00 PM on the prior Sunday.
Be sure to stay posted with GOLD updates by visiting http://gold.asasoftball.com.
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SPY notes that venue announcements are traditionally made by ASA at its annual meeting when all bids are awarded; however, Gold has not been a bid venture since it was moved to Oklahoma City a few years ago and is now a selection by the Executive Director. The indication is that 2011 Gold will now occur a week earlier than 2010. Like Premier in 2010, ASA will have to make changes at Barber and Harvard, eg, installing fences on several fields if they are used for championship games.