Sioux Falls Chosen to Host National Softball Tournament
24 Nov, 2014
Sioux Falls has been chosen to host the 2016 ASA/USA Girls 14U Fast Pitch National Championships. Sioux Falls last hosted this event in 2012, bringing in a record number of 164 teams from across the country. The week-long tournament will be held at Sherman and Harmodon Parks the first week of August 2016 and is estimated to bring in nearly $8,000,000 of economic impact to the city of Sioux Falls.
Without Sioux Falls People for Youth these tournaments would not be possible. Along with the Sioux Falls Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB), Sioux Falls People for Youth paved the way to win the 2016 National Tournament during the recent 2014 ASA/USA Annual Meeting in Sparks, NV. Parks and Recreation Director Don Kearney was also a member of the bidding group. Jerry Dahmen represented Results Radio and did live remote interviews as well as stories on what it takes to compete for National Tournaments.
"Congratulations to all the cities selected to host a 2016 ASA/USA National Championship," said ASA/USA Director of Championships Chris Sebren. "ASA/USA Softball has a long and storied history of hosting quality softball National Championships and we know these cities will live up to that legacy."
Sioux Falls was also selected to host two National Slow Pitch Softball Tournaments during the ASA/USA Annual Meeting in Sparks, NV. Kenny Anderson Jr. worked to bring the 2016 C/D Women’s National Championships and the 2016 E/Rec Men’s National Championships to Sioux Falls. These tournaments are tentatively scheduled for Labor Day weekend 2016 and will bring approximately 80 teams to Sioux Falls.
About ASA: The Amateur Softball Association, founded in 1933, is the National Governing Body of softball in the United States and a member of the United States Olympic Committee. The ASA has become one of the nation’s largest sports organizations and now sanctions competition in every state through a network of 76 local associations. The ASA has grown from a few hundred teams in the early days to over 165,000 teams today, representing a membership of more than 2.5 million. For more information on the ASA, visit http://www.asasoftball.com/.
About USA Softball: USA Softball is the brand created, operated and owned by the ASA that links the USA Men’s, Women’s, Junior Boys’ and Junior Girls’ National Team programs together. USA Softball is responsible for training, equipping and promoting these four National Teams to compete in international and domestic competitions. The USA Softball Women’s National Team is one of the only two women’s sports involved in the Olympic movement to capture three consecutive gold medals at the Olympic Games since 1996. The U.S. women have also won nine World Championship titles as well as claimed seven World Cup of Softball titles. For more information about USA Softball, please visit http://www.usasoftball.com.
Mission: To market the city of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, as a one-of-a-kind visitor destination, and to provide premier visitor services, and increase visitor spending, in order to enhance economic impact throughout the community.