Softball Australia is pleased to announce that the first stages of a National Events Review have been completed with the allocation of our National Championships for the 2018-2020 period.
This comes as a result of several high-level recommendations, from the Review, to improve the standard of Softball Australia’s events on a national level.
One aim coming from the recommendations was to give hosts sufficient time for preparation to deliver the most comprehensive, all-encompassing event possible achieved through allocation of 2018 events as early as 18 months from the proposed event dates. The premise behind the three-year allocation is that it provides a certainty of investment to sponsors and government, while also encouraging incremental operational improvements and efficiencies for host organisers and volunteers.
In administering this new allocation process a number of high-quality bids were received, especially in relationship to our Men’s and Women’s Open Championships often seen as the premier events in the softball calendar. Ultimately event allocations were awarded to the highest-quality bid across four combined events (Under 23s Combined Championship TBC):
|2018-2020 Softball Australia National Championships|
|Event||Host State||Host Venue|
|Open Women/U15 Girls||Softball WA||Mirrabooka International Softball Stadium, Mirrabooka, WA|
|Open Men/U15 Boys||Softball ACT||Hawker International Softball Centre, Hawker, ACT|
|U19 Women/U19 Men||Softball NSW||Blacktown International Sportspark, Rooty Hill, NSW|
|U17 Girls/U17 Boys||Softball QLD||Redlands Softball Association, Ormiston, QLD|
|U23 Women/U23 Men||TBA||TO BE ANNOUNCED|
Among other key criteria, successful bids were vigilant in addressing the new two-part purpose for Softball Australia’s National Championships:
|On-Diamond Purpose:||Off-Diamond Purpose:|
|To identify and select elite talent for national teams, development squads and tournaments. Therefore the playing conditions and facilities for National Championships should replicate international standards as closely as possible.||To be a high-profile showcase for the sport that attracts spectators and actively engages with the whole softball community.|
Softball Australia CEO Chet Gray said the National Event Review was the result of a recommendation by State Executive Officers 18 months ago.
“This has been a very positive initiative, which the State Executive Officers recommended,” Gray said.
“Their contribution has been a positive outcome for the organisation as a whole.
“Hopefully, from here we can move forward and enhance the promotion, publicity and media coverage of our National Championships.”
The 70th anniversary of Softball Australia’s National Championships kicks off this coming January, with players in preparation for events across the country.
Keep an eye on the Softball Australia website and our Facebook page for more information on the 2017 National Championships.