SportsEvents Magazine

OCT 2016

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Regional Tourism Authority 2017 Baseball/Softball Sourcebook 13 grow the game all the way to the grassroots level." Play Ball highlights the ways softball can be played and provides players, parents and coaches with the information and resources needed to help with proper play and instruc- tion. Through the partnership, Play Ball brings awareness and accessibility to the program's initiatives through special events and promotional opportunities. In addition, ASA/USA Softball is helping promote the initiative throughout the 70 local associations across the country, as well as assist MLB and its baseball clubs in conducting Softball Series events through various local associations. ASA/USA Softball's initiatives extend well beyond Play Ball, however, to boost the sport wherever possible. The organi- zation provides a variety of educational resources for its coaches, umpires and athletes, such as the ACE Coaching program, which provides practical guides to the everyday situations that youth coaches may encounter. The umpire program provides the best-of-the-best in training for sports officials through national, regional and local mechanic and rules clinics. The organiza- tion is also adding a Slow Pitch National Invitational Tournament to its offerings in January 2017. "It will be the first of its kind for ASA/USA Softball and will feature four open Men's Divisions where teams can choose which divisions to compete in," said Cress. "We also will continue to provide additional opportunities for youth athletes to be seen by members of the Women's National Team Selection Committee at the USA Softball JO Cup." With softball being added to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Program, those in the sport are excited about softball once again being promoted on the world stage. "We're very fortunate in the United States that softball has continued to grow and flourish, despite not being on the Olympic stage," Cress said. "We've got a strong grassroots program and with the added continued coverage of NCAA Soft- ball, the interest in the game continued to stay strong. Adding the Olympic exposure can definitely impact the participation and interest of athletes and umpires who may have otherwise not seen coverage of our sport." n Pony Baseball & Softball Hold your next sporting event in Seattle Southside, just south of downtown Seattle. We offer an unbeatable range of facilities including Starfi re Sports, plus affordable hotels and all kinds of fun. Our sports sales team offers complimentary help with making a game plan for everything from venues, to team housing, to activity planning. Contact GAME ON. GAME AFTER.

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