BURLINGTON, NORTH CAROLINA - Twenty years ago in nearby Greensboro, the first senior softball national tournament was held for players exclusively over the age of fifty and up. The event was organized by Ken Maas who was joined by Bob Mitchell from the west coast to create a true National Tournament which they called the Senior Softball World Series. This year as they have for the previous three years, the Amateur Softball Association, the National Governing Body for the sport, will invite the senior players to return to their roots and compete for the Senior National Championship in North Carolina.
Tony Laws and his staff look forward to serving as the "official host" for the tournament again this year The Burlington Recreation & Parks Department is proud to be hosting the 2008 ASA Men's Senior Nationals Softball Tournament August 29- Sept.1. As the previous host in 2005, 2006 and 2007, this event has a proven track record with the senior teams who enjoy the North Carolina hospitality. Mark Cryan, City Athletic Director will serve as Tournament Director and is very excited to have the seniors coming back to Burlington and looks forward to a great senior tournament.
Teams will find the tournament information for this event on the Burlington website at www.burlingtonnc.gov, "Tournament Information.". There will be no charge for spectators this year and souvenirs and food concessions will be available at each venue. Also, the format will be the same as last year; two pool games on Friday with double elimination starting on Saturday. Tournament officials plan to finish on Sunday and only use Monday as a make-up day for bad weather or overflow of teams.
Hotel reservations may be made through the Alamance County Convention & Visitors Bureau web site at www.burlington-area-nc.org or by calling1-800-637-3804. Teams should make their reservations early since nearby Elon University has an early start this year and the tournament weekend overlaps with the University's move-in day!
The Amateur Softball Association which sanctions this event was founded in 1933, and is the National Governing Body of softball in the United States and a member of the United States Olympic Committee. The ASA has become one of the nation's largest sports organizations and now sanctions competition in every state through a network of 83 local associations. The ASA has grown from a few hundred teams in the early days to over 240,000 teams today, representing a membership of more than three million. The ISSA has been an Allied Member of ASA since 1996. For more information on the ASA, visit www.asasoftball.com.