Softballers in the nation’s capital are set to cash in with over $30,000 on offer across two tournaments from 29 November – 8 December.
The Skins tournament has been a raging success for the men’s game since 1988 and in 2018 a competition was created for women’s teams, this year both sides will compete at Hawker International Softball Centre for 10 days of exciting softball.
Cash is up for grabs in every innings played throughout the Skins tournament as well as a prize for winners of every game. Strategy comes in to play with tactics dictating when to use strike player throughout innings throughout each game
The Skins format also allows for teams to be mixed with local league players and Australia representatives. Hayden Mathews, fresh off a WBSC Men’s World Championship campaign with the Aussie Steelers, says it’s an added element of excitement to your regular tournament.
“Skins takes a game already played at lightning speed, speeds it up even more and creates seven different games all within one,” said Mathews.
“It really allows for a tactical brand of softball to be exposed while being played with a high intensity for a whole weekend. One of my favourite tournaments, that’s for sure.”
Since it’s inception in 1988, the Skins tournament has proved to be a celebration for the softball community in the ACT with Clubs across the state descending on Hawker International Softball Centre.
“The atmosphere at Hawker around skins time will be buzzing,” said Jarrod Bradbury, ACT 89er and Skins Event Committee member.
“It’s not only top quality softball but an eventful weekend and I’m excited for the big things planned this year for both the softballers and the Canberra community.”
After a successful staging of the inaugural Women’s Skins tournament in 2018, the ladies return to the diamond to play for prizemoney with Softball ACT anticipating even more participants based off last year’s turnout.
Ben Kirk, Chief Executive Officer at Softball ACT said they’ve already received entries with teams coming from far and wide.
“Our female members love the Skins concept, and it’s quickly establishing a reputation as a great tournament across the country – we’ve got teams coming from as far as the Northern Territory to compete this year,” said Kirk.
“The ACT has one of the premier facilities in the country for tournament softball, and we’re always looking for ways we service our members needs by bringing quality experiences to their doorstep.
“We’ve now got in place a full events calendar with Men’s and Women’s Skins tournaments, and early in 2020 we will launch our first ever ACT Masters event for Men and Women.”
The Men’s Skins tournament will be held from 29 November – 1 December at Hawker International Softball Centre.
The Women’s Skins tournament will follow, held from 6 – 8 December.