OKLAHOMA CITY –– USA Softball revealed its 2021 schedule for the USA Softball Hall of Fame Complex – OGE Energy Field – INTEGRIS Field. Players, coaches, umpires and fans alike can look forward to events from March through October at the Softball Capital of the World®.
Following completion of the $27.5 million-dollar renovation voted and approved by the citizens of Oklahoma City, USA Softball Hall of Fame Complex reopened its doors for the first time in July 2020 for the Heart of America Fastpitch League (HFL) 4th of July Showdown prior to hosting the USA Softball GOLD National Championships. Events returning to the Hall of Fame Complex for the 2021 season include the highly-touted NCAA Women’s College Softball World Series (WCWS) and USA Softball All-American Games, in addition to the inaugural Alliance Fastpitch Championship Series.
The newly renovated facility will also welcome top participants in the USA Softball Men’s Major Fastpitch and the Men’s Class A, B and C Slowpitch divisions of play to compete and showcase their skills in Oklahoma City through their respective USA Softball National Championships.
“We are looking forward to a welcoming back some signature events as well as hosting a handful of new events at the USA Softball Hall of Fame Complex,” said USA Softball Chief Executive Officer, Craig Cress. “Coming off a season where we completed stadium construction and dealt with the impact of COVID-19, we continue to work with state and local officials to not only offer a full slate of events butmost importantly, provide a safe and enjoyable experience for all who visit the Softball Capital of the World®.”
Kicking off the 2021 season will be a series of collegiate softball tournaments held throughout the month of March, and details will be released when available. USA Softball will welcome back Special Olympics of Oklahoma on April 7, while the 16-Under and 18-Under Girls’ Fastpitch Spring Challenge (April 16-18) and Capital City Classic (April 23-25) return for the first time since 2018. The Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association (OSSAA) will host both their Slowopitch State Championships (May 4-5) and Fastpitch State Championships throughout the Oct. 7-9 and Oct. 14-16 weekends.
Also returning to the USA Softball Hall of Fame Complex is the Big XII Conference Championship (May 14-15) prior to the WCWS (June 3-9), which features the top eight teams in NCAA Division I softball competing for the coveted National Championship title.
New to the schedule is the Alliance Fastpitch Championship Series, where Tier 1 and Tier 2 teams in both the 16-Under and 18-Under divisions will compete in Oklahoma City July 24–Aug. 2. The USA Softball Hall of Fame Complex will then host five consecutive events, beginning August 6-7 with the Men’s Major Fastpitch National Championship followed by the USA Softball All-American Games, a prestigious tournament intended to provide national exposure to elite athletes in the 12-Under Junior Olympic (JO) Fastpitch division.
The All-American Games will be followed by the Men’s Class C Slowpitch National Championship (Aug. 27-29), the Men’s Class B Slow Pitch National Championship (Sept. 3-4) and the Men’s Class A Slowpitch National Championship (Sept. 5-6), while the High School Frenzy will take place Sept. 24-25 followed by the OSSAA Fastpitch State Championships.
Additional events to be held at the USA Softball Hall of Fame Complex may be added at a later date. For moreinformation on the USA Softball Hall of Fame Complex, visit USASoftball.com. Many tournaments are open for teams to register and additional information, including Tournament Directors, hotels and maps can be found by visiting TournamentUSASoftball.
-- Courtesy of USA Softball