FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 9, 2011
ASA Softball closes out Junior Olympic Championship play; 1,653 total teams participate
OKLAHOMA CITY — The Amateur Softball Association (ASA) of America, the National Governing Body of Softball in the United States, completed Junior Olympic (JO) Championship play over the weekend crowning over 50 National Champions. Thousands of athletes, coaches and umpires representing all 50 states traveled to National Championship tournaments in the United States looking to take home the title of ASA National Champion.
A total of 1,653 JO teams participated in National Championship play with the highest attended tournament being the ASA/USA Softball Girls’ Class A 16-Under Fast Pitch in Chattanooga, Tenn., with 172 teams. The Next Level (Delamater) from Temecula, Calif. was crowned the champion with a record of 9-1.
“We had a record number of 172 teams in the 16U Nationals in Chattanooga,” said Kim Swafford of Chattanooga ASA and tournament director for the ASA/USA Softball Girls’ Class A 16-Under Fast Pitch National Championship. “Our city was thrilled and the estimated economic impact was 3.6 million dollars. Most all the teams and the 200 plus college coaches were very complimentary of our city, the playing facilities and the tournament organization. It was miracle on the order of loaves and fishes, but we played 516 games without a drop of rain falling. We are grateful to ASA for giving us the nod and allowing Chattanooga to host this prestigious tournament.”
The Girls’ GOLD 18-Under Fast Pitch National Championship took place July 25-30 in San Diego, Calif., with Team North Florida (Dunnellon, Fla.) taking home the hardware of the capped 64-team field. Normal, Ill. hosted the ASA/USA Softball Girls’ Class A 18-Under Fast Pitch National Championship, welcoming 104 teams to the Midwest. Indy Crush 18U-Walker of Indianapolis, Ind. won the championship with a perfect 7-0 overall record.
The ASA/USA Softball Girls’ Class A 14-Under Fast Pitch tournament was held in Midland, Texas where 103 teams traveled south with the Lasers GOLD from Canton, Ohio, claiming the top prize.
“It was an incredible experience,” said Lasers head coach Steve Gambone of Canton, Ohio. “We talked about making history and knew that no Ohio team had ever won this event. It was our goal from the beginning. Our team gelled together at the right time including the players, coaches, and families and then we just did it. We stumbled along the way a little bit and regrouped and on championship Sunday we went through everybody and now we are champions! I thought the facilities were great and considering the conditions of heat, Freddie and his crew did a great job. Everyone treated us so well from the photographers and people who tossed the coins to the tournament officials- overall a tremendous event.”
At the ASA/USA Softball Girls’ Class A 12-Under Fast Pitch in Montgomery, Ala., Firecrackers-Brashear of Chino, Calif. won the National title of the 89-team bracket. Johnson City, Tenn. hosted the youngest group of the ASA/USA Softball Championships with 31 teams competing for the 10-Under crown. Team Watley of Santa Ana, Calif. took home the crown with a 5-0 record.
Other territory tournaments crowing champions over the weekend were the Fast Pitch Girls’ Class A 14-Under Western with 100 teams; 14-Under A Northern 54 teams; 14-Under A Eastern 51 teams; 12-Under B Eastern 36 teams; 10-Under A Southern 18 teams; and the Girls’ Slow Pitch for all ages included 58 total teams.
Complete results and order of finish are still being received by the ASA National Office. All results will be posted at the link below when received from tournament directors.