Clearwater Takes World Stage by Hosting Two Softball Championships Bringing the Best Players From Around the Nation and World
CLEARWATER, Fla. – Clearwater hits a homerun, selected to host the 2017 World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Jr. Women’s Softball World Championship July 24-30. During this week-long fast-pitch softball tournament, a record 26 countries from around the globe will compete to be the top women’s softball team in the world. “Many of the athletes will be representing their countries in the 2020 Olympics when softball returns to the Games,” Brian Craig, Clearwater Recreation Coordinator, said.
Countries participating include the United States, Japan, China, Brazil, Great Britain, Israel, Ireland, Italy and more. Teams from Turkey and the Bahamas will be making their first historic debut in the world championship. “This event brings the world’s best together, and it is also a growing sport, as shown by the record number and first-time participants,” Craig said. “Overall, there will be great competition, tremendous passion, and one of the teams will be crowned the best in the world.”
Games will be played at the Eddie C. Moore Complex, which has nine softball fields and a state-of-the-art training facility. Thirty umpires from 23 countries will oversee refereeing duties during the championship.
Before the WBSC Jr. Women’s Softball World Championship, some of the best teams in the United States will take the field at the Eddie C. Moore Complex as part of the 2017 USA Softball GOLD National Championships. GOLD Nationals is the highest level of competitive fast-pitch softball in the country. For the first time, USA Softball is hosting both the 18 and under, and 16 and under in the same city, Clearwater. More than 110 teams will compete in five days of softball action July 17-22.
During these two weeks of world-class softball, Clearwater will see an increase in visitors from not only around the United States, but the world; bringing an economic impact to the region of more than 10-million-dollars. More than 2,000 players are expected to come to Clearwater with their coaches, staff, family, friends and fans.
“Besides hosting a first class tournament for GOLD and Jr. Worlds, we’re focused on the fan and participant experience off the field by highlighting the wonderful hospitality of Clearwater and beauty of our natural environment and beach,” Craig said. “We’re planning great social events throughout the week, taking fans and participants to Clearwater Beach and Spectrum Field, and creating championship experiences for them while they’re here.”
For more information on the Jr. Women’s Softball World Championship, visit wbsc.org.
For more information on the USA Softball GOLD National Championships, visit teamusa.org.