OKLAHOMA CITY — USA Softball is proud to announce the addition of a 14-Under division at the 2018 Junior Olympic (JO) Cup. The 2018 USA Softball JO Cup is slated to be held in St. Louis, Mo. July 23-28 at the Chesterfield Valley Athletic Complex (17925 N. Outer Forty Road, Chesterfield, MO 63005), while Spartanburg, S.C. will host the tournament in 2019. Created in 2015, the USA Softball JO Cup serves as an opportunity for evaluation by the USA Softball coaching staff and the Women’s National Team Selection Committee (WNTSC).
“Michigan Finesse truly values the JO Cup and looks forward every year to competing in the tournament against great competition in this exceptionally well-run event,” said Michigan Finesse Coach Brian Rex, whose team claimed the 16U title at the 2017 JO Cup.
The inaugural JO Cup began in 2015 and featured 32 teams in the 18-under division and has grown to include a 16-under division the past two years (2016, 2017). New this year will be the 14-under division which brings the total number of teams to 96 split across three separate age divisions. The JO Cup features a five-game guarantee, three pool play games and a double-elimination bracket into a single Championship Game. A blind-draw will be conducted for bracket play with protection given to the first- and second-place finishers from the 2017 JO Cup.
The Chesterfield Valley Athletic Complex (CVAC) is a 176-acre complex in the Valley consisting of Catch 22 Miracle Field, 19 ball diamonds, 14 multi-purpose fields (soccer, football, lacrosse and Ultimate Frisbee), 12 practice baseball/softball practice fields, four concession buildings, two playgrounds and four parking lots. The entertainment plaza in the F Quad concession stand pavilion at the Chesterfield Valley Athletic Complex is the perfect place to enjoy a break from the heat and stay cool, while watching your kids play ball or enjoying a glimpse of a Cardinals game. The plaza is 28.5 feet x 23.5 feet and includes six stand up tables, two ceiling fans, a 55-inch television and wraparound stone countertops with tongue and groove siding. There is an unobstructed view of the F3 and F4 baseball fields, too.
“Explore St. Louis is excited and honored to be selected by USA Softball to host the 2018 JOCup next summer,” said Explore St. Louis Sports Sales Director Gary Schurk. “St. Louis is passionate about youth sports, and has become a mecca for elite-level events like the JO Cup. The athletes, coaches and families visiting St. Louis and the Chesterfield Valley Athletic Complex will appreciate how accessible, affordable and exciting St. Louis is during their week-long visit to the region!”
USA Softball crowned a pair of champions at the 2017 Junior Olympic (JO) Cup following two close championship games Saturday, July 29. The Louisville Lady Sluggers captured the 18-under title defeating the Williamsburg Starz, 3-0, while Michigan Finesse took home the 16-under title in walk-off fashion, 3-2, against the Gametime Stars. In 2016, the Atlanta Vipers were able to capture the inaugural 16-under Championship with a 7-0 win over Victory USA, while a late-inning rally helped the East Cobb Bullets – Schnute nab a 6-2 win over the Gold Coast Hurricanes for the 18-under title. In 2015, the Wichita Mustangs nabbed the inaugural title after defeating the East Cobb Bullets 4-0 in the Championship Game.
About USA Softball
USA Softball is a 501(c)(3) not-for profit organization headquartered in Oklahoma City, Okla., and is designated as the National Governing Body (NGB) of Softball in the United States and a member of the United States Olympic Committee. One of the nation’s largest sports organizations, USA Softball sanctions competition in every state through a network of 70 local associations and has grown from a few hundred teams in the early days to over 150,000 teams today, representing a membership of more than 2 million. USA Softball is dedicated to providing people of all ages the opportunity to play the game they love at a variety of levels by offering recreational, league, tournament and competitive play for fast pitch, slow pitch and modified pitch. USA Softball annually conducts thousands of tournaments throughout the country including over 100 National Championships. The USA Softball umpire program is among the nation’s largest and are widely known as the best trained umpires in the game.
As the NGB for the sport of softball, USA Softball is responsible for training, equipping and promoting the six USA Softball National Teams that compete in events such as the Olympics, Pan American Games, World Championships and other international and domestic events. For more information on USA Softball, including its founding and history as the Amateur Softball Association of America (ASA), please visit, www.USASoftball.com.