Over 185 teams headed to Reno/Tahoe for TC/USA Nationals
The 2015 TC/USA Nationals, one of the most competitive fastpitch softball events of the year, arrives in Nevada from July 14-17. Over 185 teams will be attending, and the 2015 field features some of the most elite teams in the 14, 16 and 18 Open divisions.
“The TC/USA Nationals brings together elite softball clubs from across the country to compete for a national championship,” said tournament director Krista Crawford. “Each year the event is played in a different region of the U.S. This year we are excited to be playing the event in Reno and Tahoe, Nevada, due to the area’s premier facilities, excellent lodging partners and ease of access for teams either driving or flying.”
Twenty-two states and Canada are represented in the field this year (Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Mississippi, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and Washington). Both Texas and California are bringing 55 teams, respectively. Arizona will bring 11 teams of their own and host state Nevada has six teams competing in the tournament.
As the only team from Nevada in the 18 Open division, the hometown Reno Heat will have their work cut out for them. According to usclubrankings.com, 58 of the top 100 teams in the nation will be competing including five of the top 10 and 31 of the top 50.
On Friday, July 17, CBS Sports Network will televise both the 16u and 18u title games. The 16u championship game is slated for 6:00pm ET, and the 18u championship is scheduled for 8:30pm ET and will be played at the University of Nevada-Reno campus.
Triple Crown veteran Thad Anderson (play-by-pay) and gold medalist in the 2004 Athens Olympics, Amanda Freed (analyst) will have the call for both games Friday. Viewers will be able to watch elite teams duke it out on CBSSN which is available on local cable, video and telco providers, and via satellite on DirecTV Channel 221 and Dish Network Channel 158.
About TC/USA Nationals:
Triple Crown Sports created the event in 2012 using the U.S. Club Rankings (www.usclubrankings.com) to help target the top 14U, 16U and 18U teams in the country. TCS takes the top 100 teams listed on the NCR and gives an automatic berth to a program’s 18 Gold, 16U and 14U teams, along with the top five regionally ranked teams from 13 regions around the country. Invites are not passed down if a team chooses not come. Instead, TCS fills all open spots with at-large selections. At-large teams fill out an application listing reasons why TCS should select them to fill the remaining spots.
In 2014, Triple Crown’s USA Nationals was held in Cumming, Georgia. After two years of domination, the Firecrackers-Rico were left out of the championship game, leaving the EC Bullets and the Corona Angels to duke it out for the title. With the game tied in the bottom of the 7th inning, the Angels needed some late game magic to walk away as champions. After a few hits, the Angels executed a perfect squeeze play that scored the winning run and gave them the title.